Don’t tell the bride we will be lowering the throne - surprise for bride-to-be at Theatre Royal Wakefield

Ian and Jay got married on Don't Tell the Bride
Ian and Jay got married on Don't Tell the Bride

A blushing bride-to-be was lowered on a throne into Wakefield Theatre as part of her 1920s-themed wedding.

Ian and Jay Lettice tied the knot earlier this year in a somewhat unusual fashion by having the entire process filmed for BBC Three programme Don’t Tell The Bride.

Jack-the-lad Ian, from Ossett, wanted his bride to be flown into the theatre but his £12,000 budget wouldn’t allow it.

To accommodate his vision, the theatre offered to have her lowered in on a swing, which was dressed up as a throne.

Ian Lettice, 31, said: “I wanted something grand and something local and that’s why I chose the theatre.

“We couldn’t have had a standard entrance so it had to think of something extravagant which is why I had Jay lowered into the ceremony.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Inspiration for the wedding came from Ian’s dad Dennis, who worked as a doorman at Batley Variety Club.

Gareth Williams, production manager at Wakefield Theatre Royal, said: “We’ve done a few weddings but this was by far the most extravagant.

“Budget allowing. we will do whatever it takes to make the day special.”

Murray Edwards, executive director at the Theatre, added: “It was an interesting experience and great for the theatre.”

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