When my husband and I held our wedding reception at our local pub (The White Horse, in Coxtie Green, Essex, for those of you who are interested!) we were, it seemed at the time, in something of a minority.
All the weddings I had ever attended were (with one glorious exception in Sicily) at fabulous country manors, or super plush hotels, or castles.
Tying the knot at the cute church behind your house and then enjoying pie and mash and a pint or two (that’s the fellas, obviously. I stuck happily to Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial) was seen by rather a few of our friends and family as pretty quaint and a little unusual.
But it would appear it’s rather more common than one would at first think.
This morning I stumbled across some new research from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) which found that one in two (so, half) of us have attended a wedding reception in a pub and 75 per cent of people have celebrated a friend or family member’s birthday in one.
The stats also showed one in five people have met their current partner in a pub and 36 per cent of us have ‘wet a baby’s head’ in a pub.
It all seems to suggest that we’re fonder of pubs than we realise (despite the fact they’re closing at a rate of 18 a week.) So as the weekend draws closer, I can’t help but think it’s definitely worth popping into your local, wherever that may be…
Want to know more about the Campaign for Real Ale? Visit: www.camra.org.uk
PS Pics by the fabulous Gavin Woollard: www.reportagephotography.com