When I was home at my parents last weekend my mum was showing me an envelope that my dad had found in the attic......it contained all the cards and telegrams they received on their wedding day in 1964! In a time when everything is instantaneous and travel so much easier, it is funny to think of people not being able to attend weddings because it would take 2 days to travel from the States or that telegrams were sent as opposed to emails or text messages...but they are oh so much more cherishable....
From their collection it was obvious that there was a degree of service you could buy when sending a telegram - just a straight forward telegram that arrived on a sheet of paper with a postcode stamp, destination and point of origin or the wedding service that attached the same telegram sheet to a beautiful wedding card.
My parents received numerous telegrams. My mum's sister sent a telegram, as she was getting married 3 days later across the Atlantic in New Hampshire, USA, friends who were on holiday in the south of England etc.
Some of the messages were very funny! Like this one:
"Today's the day, tonight's the night, we've shot the stork so you're alright!"
I actually had to ask my mum if that one meant what I thought it meant and that someone had read it out in front of her parents.....
Some were more touching:
"May your joys be as deep as Loch Ness and your sorrows as elusive as the monster"
The 1960s style wedding cards that the telegrams were inserted into were something special too!