TRISH TAKES FIVE: Wedding memories score nul points
We could hear the strains of Charpentier's 'Te Deum' as we walked towards the Mirror Pool in the gardens of Versailles. The rousing prelude by the 17th century French composer was accompanied by fountains: jets of water soared into the sky in time with the jubilant trumpet sounds.
Dougie and I were sitting in this magnificent setting last summer, entranced by the spectacle. We had chosen this piece as the processional music for our wedding nearly 30 years ago. I've always loved it. Until now.
It's only recently dawned on me that this glorious piece of classical music is better known to many as the theme tune to the Eurovision Song Contest.
How did I not know this before? I've been a fan of the kitsch show all my life. We've been to Eurovision parties, sat in front of the telly with score cards, laughed at every bizarre costume. But to only now realise that Eurovision was part of our wedding ceremony has made me question whether any of the congregation knew at the time... and did they snigger?
If I had realised this in 1990, we could have given the whole wedding a Eurovision theme. Imagine an exchange of rings to 'Making Your Mind Up' by Bucks Fizz, with Dougie executing a sharp tug on my wedding dress to reveal a skimpy mini-skirt.
Our vows could have been taken from the lyrics of Abba's 'Waterloo'. Me, solemnly: 'Promise to love you for ever more.' Dougie in reply: 'Couldn't escape if I wanted to.'
Instead of walking out of the church to Widor's 'Toccata', we could have had Cliff singing 'Congratulations'. That would have had everyone dancing in the aisles.
There's so much about Eurovision that's perfect for weddings. Allow me to share some cracking Euro tunes to select for your own 'Fairytale' nuptials.
For the ceremony I suggest 'Save Your Kisses for Me', 'Let Me Be the One' or 'Love Shine a Light'.
Why not surprise your guests with a toe-tapping Riverdance routine for your first dance?
Leaving for your honeymoon? How about 'Ooh Aah Just a Little Bit' or possibly 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' to set the scene for your wedding night.
As the years go by, let Johnny Logan serenade you on your anniversary with a few verses of 'What's Another Year' or allow Sonia to keep it real with 'Better the Devil You Know'.
And if it doesn't work out and you part company then Eurovision is still there by your side to comfort you with 'The Bad Old Days' or 'Rock Bottom'.
You can read Trish's blog at www.mumsgoneto.co.uk