Believe it or not, but I have literally been to only one wedding in my life, excluding my own. I was 9, and I was apart of the wedding party of someone who was truly special to me and my family. I will be honest, I do not remember much, but I do remember I wanted to have further involvement in weddings when I was older. And I did… in a way.
For a while, I worked designing cakes for weddings and other special events. However it was the wedding cakes I excelled at. Through it, I got to design someone their special cake, and, even if for that special moment, it would feel like I was seeing their happiness made visible. As I would be told how they wanted their cake, the happy couple would always tell me how their wedding will be so the cake can match. I once met a couple going down the full Star Wars wedding path!
It certainly made me fall in love with unique weddings. However, what could be more unique than having a record-breaking wedding!? Wyboston Lakes have put together a guide of record-breaking wedding feats, which you can try to break in their spectacular wedding venues in Bedfordshire, available to book today.
Largest wedding banquet or reception
Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and movie star Jayalalitha Jayaram hosted the largest wedding banquet/reception when over 150,000 guests came along to her foster son’s wedding. The ceremony was held in Madras, India, on September 7th 1995.
Oldest person to conduct a wedding ceremony
UK reverend William Noel Tavernor holds the record as being the oldest person to conduct a wedding ceremony. He was 98 years and 227 days when he achieved the feat by marrying his grandson Jack Thomas Tavernor to Rebecca Jane Floate at a ceremony in Bettws-y-Crwyn on August 15th 2015.
Most expensive wedding dress
The most expensive wedding dress was priced at $12 million. Created by Martin Katz Jewellers and bridal couture designer Renee Strauss, the dress featured 150 carats’ worth of diamonds. It was created specifically for the Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal Show, which took place on February 26th 2006.
Most crystals on a wedding dress
At 45,024 crystals, Özden Gelinlik Moda Tasarim Ltd of Turkey created the wedding dress with the highest number of crystals on it. The dress took five days to prepare and was presented at the Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall on January 29th 2011.
Most pearls on a wedding dress
Yumi Katsura of Japan is credited with creating the wedding dress with the most pearls — 13,262 pearls in total. Only genuine Akoya cultured pearls were used, with the dress presented to the public at the 2012 Yumi Katsura Grand Collection event in Bunkyo, Tokyo on February 21st 2012.
Longest wedding veil
Vivian Shun-Wen Cheng of Taiwan wore the longest wedding veil for her wedding ceremony, which measured in at 6,072.23 metres long. Three people spent over three months making the veil by hand as a gift from the bride’s father, which was worn on December 10th 2016 at Papago International Resort in Chihshang, Taitung County, Chinese Taipei.
Longest wedding dress train
The longest wedding dress train measures in at 2,599 metres long and was inspired by a sea of flowers in Shililanshan, in Xiamen. The wedding dress was also decorated with petals and was worn to a ceremony on August 20th 2015.
Largest wedding bouquet
When Christa Rasanayagam married Arulanantham Suresh Joachim in the Canadian city of Ontario on September 6th 2003, the bride held the largest wedding bouquet ever recorded. Measuring 60.09 metres long and weighing 92kg, the bouquet was made up of 1,500 flowers divided into 500 roses, 400 carnations, 340 baby breaths, 200 daisies and 60 lilies. An array of bear grass, Italian Ruches and Ontario Cedar completed the array.
Most bridal bouquets caught
By catching 50 bridal bouquets when attending the weddings of friends and family between June 15th 1996 and April 30th 2016, American Jamie Jackson holds the feat of catching the most bridal bouquets ever. This record has seen Jamie become a local celebrity in her home state of Utah and earn the nickname “The Bouquet Slayer”.
Most bridesmaids to one bride
American Tina Ackles holds the record for having the most bridesmaids to one bride. When she tied the knot in the US state of Florida on April 18th 2015, the bride was accompanied by 168 bridesmaids.
Largest wedding cake
Weighing in at 6,818 tonnes, a cake created by chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, takes the feat of being the world’s largest wedding cake. This magnificent wedding cake was put on display by the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino for their New England bridal showcase, which took place on February 8th 2004.
First zero gravity wedding
American couple Erin Finnegan and Noah Fulmor are credited with having the first zero gravity wedding. To achieve this feat, the ceremony took place aboard a modified Boeing 727-200 on June 23rd 2009.
Deepest underwater wedding
When Hiroyuki Yoshida of Japan tied the knot with Sandra Smith of the USA, the ceremony took place 130 metres below sea level; making it the deepest underwater wedding. The wedding took place at Song Hong Lake, in Trang, Thailand on September 30th 2013.
Largest underwater wedding
The marriage of Polish couple Ewa Staronska and Pawel Burkowski is credited with being the largest underwater wedding ever, with 303 divers present. Orka Group Ltd organised the event, which took place at the Koparki Diving Base, in Jaworzno, Poland, on August 27th 2011 and involved communication via waterproof texts and sign language.
Largest motorcycle wedding procession
Peter Schmidl and Anna Turceková took their passion for motorcycles to new heights when they tied the knot in Bratislava, Slovakia, on May 6th 2000. This is because the pair enjoyed a wedding procession of 597 motorcycles — making it the largest motorcycle wedding procession ever.
*The record-breaking wedding post is a collab with Wyboston Lakes