A RUGBY-mad groom decided to plan his wedding in the middle of the pitch at halftime – despite his bride wanting a small ceremony.
Wesley and Charlotte, 22 and 20, met two years ago on a night out in Devon, and it was “love at first sight”.
After becoming parents a few months ago, the pair were getting ready to tie the knot as the latest couple on Don’t Tell The Bride.
Charlotte is a self-confessed ‘girly-girl’ who always dreamed of being a princess and having a big white wedding.
Wesley, on the other hand, is less romantic.
Revealing how he proposed, she said: “I do love my engagement ring but he did buy it with my debit card so I know where it’s from and how much it cost so it did ruin it a bit.”
But armed with a £13,000 budget, Wesley sets about making his dreams come true.
He says: “I love Charlie, I love rugby, I’m putting them together for the wedding.
“I want to get married in a rugby stadium, at half time, in front of thousands and thousands of people.”
That’s in stark contrast to his bride-to-be, who says her dream is a “really small, intimate” wedding in front of a few “friends and family”.
Charlotte has moved back in with her mum, Cindy, leaving all the planning to Wes.
And when Cindy checks in on his progress, he lies to her, claiming he’s organised the venue and transport.
So Wes sets about trying to find a venue – a rugby stadium.
After calling around, he finally gets lucky with the Leicester Tigers – 200 miles away.
I actually regret organising this in front of this amount of people
He coughs up £5,500 to be able to tie the knot at half time, but because it’s a live match, he’s informed he’ll only be allowed five minutes on the pitch.
And he plans the reception while he’s at it – a tent in the stadium carpark.
Wes then decides the next most important thing is to get himself a suit, splashing out £1,000 on a new outfit.
He finally goes dress shopping for Charlotte, but tells the shop assistant he has no idea what her size is.
Wes says: “I don’t know how long dress shopping goes on for, maybe an hour. We’ll probably end up being in there all day.
“You’d think it’d be simple, but it’s not.”
He finally settles on a sleeveless £1,195 A-line dress, a far cry from the sparkly, princess dress Charlotte had in mind.
And after seeing the price of a veil he decides against it – a decision he’ll come to regret.
The groom said: “Obviously I’m going to look amazing in my suit, and I reckon she’ll look amazing. I reckon she’ll outshine me. Maybe.”
But the bridesmaids dresses don’t impress, with Kerry and Molly breaking down in tears when they see the red gown he’s picked for them.
Raging at Wes, they said: “We look about 50. I just think it’s a bit thoughtless to be honest with you. I thought the worst you would do is put us in a fancy dress outfit.
“I’m disappointed because I had hoped he wouldn’t be as s**t as that I thought he’d have put a bit more thought into that.”
Things start to unravel days before the wedding,when Wes begs Cindy for help, after admitting he’s not invited any of Charlotte’s family – or got a cake.
In disbelief, Cindy asks him about how many people are coming, saying: “You mean absolutely none?
“Did you not think about people like nan when you booked the venue and organised things?”
A sheepish Wes replies: “No I did, I thought about her and I just thought, she’s best off sitting at home.”
When Cindy relays Wes’ attitude back to Charlotte, the wedding is nearly cancelled.
She rages: “So he’s not even going to bother inviting her? I won’t marry him. And I mean that. I’ll move out, I won’t be with him.
“He cannot treat my nan like that. How can he be this much of an idiot?”
As the wedding approaches, Charlotte goes to see the dress he picked.
To her surprise, she likes it and calls it “pretty” – but there’s one thing missing.
“He’s really done well. He’s really proved himself. But I need the veil. Someone needs to phone Wesley”, she says.
“I really don’t know why he wouldn’t have bought a veil. It’s really devastating.”
When her bridesmaids tell Wes he needs to get to the shops pronto, he informs them there’s only £3 left of the budget.
Finally the big day is here, and an excited Charlotte jumps into the awaiting Mercedes.
But five-and-a-half hours later she’s still in it, as she travels the hundreds of miles from Devon to Leicester.
Believe or not I’m proud of Wesley
As they approach the town, Charlotte sees floodlights and it dawns on her where she’ll be getting married.
Wes says: “I actually regret organising this in front of this amount of people. I’m genuinely really f****g nervous and scared.”
Traditional organ music plays to the thousands-strong crowd at the match – which is also being broadcast on TV – and Charlotte makes it on time to walk down the ‘aisle’ for their allocated five minutes.
Despite wanting a small, intimate wedding, she’s blown away by his efforts.
She says: “Believe or not I’m proud of Wesley.
“I can’t believe you did this it’s amazing it’s probably the best thing ever.”
She praised his reception with the fairy lights, decorations and dance floor, saying ‘it’s perfect’
Charlotte gushed: “You’ve done so well you’ve made my day perfect.
“I’ve never been happier.”
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