THE WEDDING day chosen by a couple who will tie the knot in Bestwood Village would surely get the royal seal of approval.
For Toni Newbold and Adam Sandy are getting married on the same day as Prince William and Kate Middleton — Friday April 29.
Whereas the royal duo will walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey, Toni (23) and Adam (24) will celebrate a ceremony at the picturesque Goosedale conferencing and banqueting suite, off Goosedale Lane.
But the Dispatch district’s answer to Kate and Wills certainly have one up on their more famous counterparts. For they picked the day first!
Toni, who is currently studying for a degree in childhood and youth studies through the Open University, said: “When we heard the news (of the royal wedding), I imagined that it would mean our wedding costs spiralling out of control because the day had been designated a Bank Holiday.
“But fortunately, this isn’t the case at all. It’s actually quite exciting to be sharing the date with royalty.”
Toni, whose mum died two years ago, thinks it is admirable that Prince William proposed to Kate using the engagement ring of his own mother, Princess Diana.
Toni will also be wearing her mum’s ring on her big day.
“William and Kate’s do will obviously be a grand, high-profile affair with thousands of guests,” said Toni. “While ours will be a much more intimate celebration with 50 guests during the daytime.
“But it will hold the same meaning to all couples getting married on the day, and Goosedale is a lovely venue.”
Toni and Adam, who live in Arnold, are among seven couples getting married on April 29 at Notts County Council’s register offices in Mansfield and Basford.
Adam, who is an aerospace graduate and works for Lionbridge in Derby, said: “I don’t think the royal couple have stolen our thunder at all, although some of our guests are joking that they are going to get a TV to watch the coverage!”
Coun Mick Murphy, a Hucknall Conservative member of the county council and lead member for community safety, said: “All of these couples had pre-booked their ceremonies by the time news of the royal engagement was announced.
“We haven’t experienced any rush to book weddings for April 29, even though it is a bonus Bank Holiday.”