50 Reasons Why Our Wedding Will Always Be The Most Heavily Themed Monty Python Wedding Of All Time


Hi, I’m Gemma and I met my husband, John Wood, via the Monty Python relationship Facebook group that he arrange. John’s quite passionate, to say the least, about Monty Python, and after his divorce in 2010, he was decided that his subsequent girlfriend/life companion/spouse was going to be as large a Python fan as him. At first, he tried to seek out her through relationship websites, beginning with women who listed Python amongst their pursuits. But that didn’t work, so he determined the one option to do it was to arrange his personal Python relationship website! So in 2014, he merely created a relationship Facebook group for Monty Python followers which he referred to as “Pythonesque Dating” which I joined, and the remainder is historical past as they are saying! Here’s a number of what was on present on the day – there was far more than this however I believe you’ll get the concept… For these , the marriage itself value about £20,000 and the Python gadgets I had commissioned or made myself added one other £10,000 to the invoice.

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Not one to do issues by halves, John discovered essentially the most excellent and most applicable approach of proposing; he went down on one knee in entrance of two members of Monty Python, Sir Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, in 2017 at a fundraiser on the Roundhouse in London, hosted by Sanjeev Bhaskar. What a shock it was for me, as you’ll be able to clearly see within the picture. There was just one date that will make sense for the marriage: fifth October 2019, Monty Python’s fiftieth anniversary. And guess what, it was a Saturday! This was clearly meant to be! Let the planning preparations for essentially the most closely themed Monty Python marriage ceremony ever in historical past and, all the time, start! Photo credit score: John Wood

The Invitation

Not solely did I ship all of the company a ridiculous “Save The Date” video that inspired them to affix the Wood Party (from the “How Far Can A Minister Fall?” sketch), however the invitation began life as Prince Harry and Meghan’s marriage ceremony invitation with all the main points crossed out and our particulars written in as a substitute, as a reference to the quilt of “Another Monty Python Record.” Photo credit score: Gemma Wood


It is conventional for brides to ship their husbands-to-be a message on the morning of the marriage. I despatched John a card while he was getting modified, however it was no odd card. It was a Holy Grail-style scroll connected to an arrow, similar to Prince Herbert shot out the window within the “Holy Grail” movie. The phrases had been: “To whoever finds this note, I have been imprisoned by my father, who wishes me to marry against my will. Please, please, please come and rescue me. I am in the tall tower of Swamp Castle.” Only joking… I can’t wait to marry you! John, I really like you extra. See you quickly. Gemma xxx”. Photo credit score: York Place Studios

Silly Road Signs

The marriage ceremony was held at The Ravenswood in West Sussex, which was pleased to tolerate our overly lengthy set-up and take-down occasions, for which we are going to at all times be extraordinarily grateful. At the doorway to the automobile park, I put a highway signal that I had specifically made that learn, “Something Silly’s Going To Happen,” and additional down the drive, one other signal that learn, “Beware of Vicious Gangs of Keep Left Signs in the Area” from the “Keep Left Signs” sketch, together with three actual Keep Left Signs and by the doorway to the constructing, there was a newspaper signal that learn, “Man Turns Into Scotsman” from the “Man Turns Into Scotsman” sketch. Photo credit score: York Place Studios

St Looney Up The Cream Bun & Jam

John and I labored for days, with none carpentry abilities or expertise, to make this St Looney Up The Cream Bun and Jam signal (from the “St Looney Up The Cream Bun and Jam” sketch), having purchased the wooden on-line. It additionally references the “Rat-Faced Git” sketch with the disemboweling occasion, the following occasion to be held after the marriage. Photo credit score: John Wood

Statue of David

To additional assist individuals perceive what kind of marriage ceremony this was going to be, on their approach into the constructing, they had been greeted by a cardboard cutout of the statue of David with a figleaf over his privates, as within the Terry Gilliam animation. Those that dared to carry the figleaf noticed John’s head rather than David’s privates, and the message, “We’re not going to allow this sort of smut at the wedding.” Photo credit score: John Wood

Coconuts and Lupins

In the reception room the place the company had drinks earlier than the ceremony, I put a big basket full of coconut halves and an indication that learn, “Horse Rides,” from the “Holy Grail” movie. I additionally had some lupins in a vase on show, however they, sadly, needed to be synthetic as a result of lupins aren’t in season in October. I dyed them the identical colours as they seem within the “Dennis Moore” sketch. Photo credit score: York Place Studios

The Ceremony

I’ve handy it to Crawley Register Office as a result of they allowed us to “Pythonize” the wording of the particular marriage ceremony ceremony, they usually even joined in! Firstly, I arrived on the Monty Python theme tune (“Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa), which ends with a fart noise which cracked up the company, informing them in Python’s inimitable model that this was not going to be like all marriage ceremony they’ve ever been to earlier than. After the half the place the registrar asks, “If any of you has any reason why these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace,” she then mentioned, to our shock, “I only ask because no one expects the Spanish Inquisition.” Then, referencing the “Happy Valley” sketch, when John was requested, “Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?”, he replied, “Perhaps…” which, I believe, brought on the most important snicker of the entire day. “Oh, say you do!” I pleaded, to which he replied, “Yeah, alright.” We sang the well-known hymn, “All Things Dull and Ugly,” which brought on a great deal of chuckles amid the singing. The ceremony was held within the medieval-looking Baronial Hall of The Ravenswood, which was excellent as a result of it gave it a “Holy Grail” really feel, so pointing all the way down to us from the ceiling was an enormous hand of God. Two banners in medieval model proclaimed, “This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let’s not bicker about who killed who.” Having been pronounced Mr & Mrs. Wood, as a substitute of strolling previous the company to have confetti thrown over us, John picked me up and ran out of the room with me! “The Mattress Sketch” had begun! Photo credit score: York Place Studios

The Ceremony Booklet

The company got booklets that contained the order of the day/ceremony and the phrases of the hymn. The entrance cowl was designed to appear like “Monty Python’s Big Red Book” however was modified to “John and Gemma’s Big Wed Book.” Photo credit score: York Place Studios

Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

I felt the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from the “Holy Grail” movie would make a beautiful and memorable ring holder, so I purchased a fundamental one from Etsy, painted it gold, and bejeweled it. It labored a deal with on the day! Photo credit score: York Place Studios

Mattress Sketch

After the ceremony, the company had been ushered via to a different room that seemed like a mattress store. They had been then proven a video we had filmed a number of weeks earlier of John carrying me, simply as he was once we left the Baronial Hall, throughout fields and working alongside the road in Ealing Broadway (the precise spot the place Python filmed this sketch in 1969) and into the mattress store once we reappeared in entrance of the company with John nonetheless carrying me. He put me down, after which we carried out “The Mattress Sketch,” with Gary Byrne, Best Man, enjoying Mr. Lambert, Jonathan Gash enjoying Mr. Verity, and Lee Gash enjoying the unnamed Michael Palin and John Cleese characters. (It’s on YouTube). Photo credit score: Hy Money

Listening Booths

After the sketch, company had an opportunity to go searching the room the place a lot of my Python reveals had been on show. I created listening cubicles 4 and 5 from the audio-only “First World War Noises” sketch on the “Matching Tie and Handkerchief” album, which should be a world first. They got here full with a CD participant and headphones so company might hearken to the sketch, similar to within the sketch itself. I pushed the boat out much more by creating album covers of data talked about on this sketch, and others, which have solely ever been talked about however have by no means really existed, i.e., First World War Noises by the French and the Germans and The Ronettes Sing Medieval Agrarian History, each from the “Matching Tie and Handkerchief” album, Bing Tiddle Tiddle Bong, Monaco’s Europolice entry by Chief-Inspector Jean-Paul Zatapatique from the Europolice Sketch, Pleasures of the Dance – a group of Norwegian carpenters’ songs compiled by Oscar Tritt from “Another Monty Python Record,” and Cardinal Richlieu’s model of “Don’t Sleep In The Subway,” impersonating Petula Clark within the “Historical Impersonations” sketch. Photo credit score: John Wood

Homage to fifth October 1969

Paying homage to the printed of the primary episode on fifth October 1969, I rented an outdated TV from a props firm and had the very first episode enjoying on it on a steady loop. Beside it was an unique October 1969 copy of the Radio Times, open on the web page that listed the primary present that occurred to incorporate a photograph of Carol Cleveland (see beneath), plus a (plastic) useless crab and a (plastic) block of butter (concerning the “Can You Tell The Difference Between Whizzo Butter And A Dead Crab?” sketch). Next to the tv was additionally a Nineteen Sixties desk calendar set on fifth October 1969 and a Nineteen Sixties clock, set at 10:55 pm, the precise date and time of the primary broadcast. Photo credit score: John Wood


I designed many posters that had been on show throughout The Ravenswood all through the marriage, however right here’s my favourite. It’s the “Being Eaten by a Crocodile” Olympic occasion poster that I imagined from the “Contractual Obligation” album. (The poster isn’t really creased; the creases are a part of the design). Others I imagined had been “Are you Tall Enough To Be An Archeologist?” from the “Archeologists Sketch,” Germany vs. Greece philosophers’ soccer match, a public data poster about the issue of cannibalism within the Royal Navy; and a poster promoting the interview with the filmmaker, Sir Edward Ross. Another poster I simply needed to do was of Graham Chapman because the Colonel saying, “Stop That! It’s Silly!” Photo credit score: John Wood

Warning – Fresh Fruit!

I put some fruit in a bowl and cordoned it off with yellow tape that I had specifically made that learn, “Warning – Fresh Fruit” from the “How To Defend Yourself Against A Man Armed With Fresh Fruit” sketch. Photo credit score: John Wood

Marcel Proust

I recreated each element of the scoreboard that seems within the “Summarizing Proust” sketch, in addition to including bunting. Photo credit score: John Wood

The Cheese store

It was a should that “The Cheese Shop Sketch” needed to be referenced, and I felt one of the best ways was to show a cheese board, devoid of all cheese. I additionally discovered on eBay a replica of “Rogue Herries” by Hugh Walpole talked about within the sketch and positioned it subsequent to the cheeseboard. Photo credit score: John Wood

Silly Notice Board

I made a decision to create a discover board with foolish notices on it such because the calling playing cards of corporations talked about in sketches, together with these for Confuse-A-Cat Ltd from the “Confuse-A-Cat” sketch, the undertakers, Arthur Sodgen of Prestatyn from “Monty Python’s Previous Record,” “Bicycle Repair Man” from the sketch of the identical title, and “Pet Conversions,” additionally from the sketch of the identical title. Photo credit score: John Wood

Dead Parrot

Here is one useless Norwegian Blue in a cage. Photo credit score: John Wood

Silly Clothes on The Lower Peg

On the Lower Peg (referencing the “Meaning of Life” movie), I hung up a blood-stained white coat (a reference to “The Barbershop Sketch”), a choose’s wig and gown plus lingerie (a reference to “The Cross-Dressing Judges Sketch”), a lumberjack’s shirt (a reference to “The Lumberjack Sketch”) and a jacket with a FRAUD insurance coverage firm “Never Pay” insurance coverage coverage in certainly one of its pockets (a reference to “The Insurance Sketch”). Photo credit score: John Wood

Silly Tidbits

I purchased a slice of strawberry tart in plastic and added a number of plastic rats’ tails as a reference to “The Dead Bishop Sketch.” I additionally placed on show, on a gross sales tray, plastic larks’ tongues, wrens’ livers, chaffinch brains, jaguars’ earlobes, wolves nipple chips, Tuscany fried bats, otters’ noses, and badgers’ spleens concerning the “Life of Brian” movie. Photo credit score: John Wood

Flower Arranging

This is an instance of Mr. Gumby’s flower preparations I placed on show for our company to get pleasure from. Photo credit score: John Wood

Hungarian Phrase Book

I purchased an precise Hungarian Phrasebook and added two pages, with the textual content of the identical font because the guide, that included the well-known Hungarian to English translations, “My hovercraft is full of eels,” and “Drop your panties, Sir William; I cannot wait until lunchtime,” and many others. I additionally created the guide “Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying” and “Olsen’s Standard Book of British Birds – the expurgated version.” Photo credit score: John Wood

Penguin in your TV

I put a penguin on prime of the TV referencing “The Exploding Penguin Sketch.” Luckily, it didn’t explode. Photo credit score: John Wood

Embroidered Killer Joke

The merchandise that took essentially the most time to create was the embroidered, framed killer joke in German from “The Killer Joke” sketch. It took me the equal of two months of full-time work! Photo credit score: John Wood

Cannot Be Seen

Our sensible photographer, York Place Studios, took excellent benefit of one of many posters I designed, which references the “How Not To Be Seen” sketch. Photo credit score: York Place Studios

Upper-Class Twit

In reference to “The Upper-Class Twit of the Year” sketch, I recreated the medal that seems on the finish of the sketch. Photo credit score: John Wood

No. 1 The Larch

The marriage ceremony wouldn’t have been full with no Larch poster from the “How To Recognise Trees From Quite A Long Way Away” sketch. Photo credit score: John Wood

The Comfy Chair

The Ravenswood kindly let me use certainly one of their armchairs which I placed on show as “The Comfy Chair” from “The Spanish Inquisition Sketch,” along with its data panel. Photo credit score: John Wood

Another Dead Parrot


I contacted the artist who made the big useless parrot which was used to publicize Monty Python’s farewell on the O2 in 2014, and requested him to make a smaller model for the highest desk on the marriage ceremony. It was 9 toes/2.75 meters lengthy! Photo credit score: York Place Studios

16-ton Weight

Python sketches usually ended with a 16-ton weight being dropped on individuals’s heads, so I requested the identical artist to recreate one for us. We suspended it over the company’ heads whereas they ate their meal. Photo credit score: York Place Studios

Always Look On The Bright Side

You can’t have a Monty Python-themed occasion with out referencing the tune “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” from the “Life of Brian” movie, so I had this neon lights signal specifically made for the marriage. Photo credit score: Hy Money

Fish with Faces

Since “The Meaning of Life” is my favourite of all of the Python movies, I simply needed to have the fish with faces opening scene on the marriage ceremony by some means. Luckily, I discovered a prop maker who might make goldfish with faces I suspended in an empty fish tank with invisible wire. I added Botticelli’s Venus within the fish tank as a reference to how “The Dead Parrot Sketch” begins and caught on the surface of the fishtank a “Fish Licence” from the sketch of the identical title. Photo credit score: John Wood


As a reference to “The Albatross Sketch” in “Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” I dressed up a male model to appear like John Cleese in ice-cream-sales-girl uniform and had him holding a reproduction of the albatross (specifically made for us by a prop maker) on an ice cream tray. No choc ices had been wherever to be seen! Photo credit score: York Place Studios

The Bishop

I created this poster from the ridiculous titles of the hilarious spoof movie, “The Bishop,” that seems in Series 2 Episode 4. It was tough matching the precise font used on the unique present. Photo credit score: John Wood

The Last Supper

I “adjusted” Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” to incorporate three Christs, a kangaroo, 28 disciples, and jelly, as per “The Last-But-One Supper” sketch. Photo credit score: Hy Money

Smuggler’s Suitcase

Referencing “The Smuggler Sketch,” I stuffed a suitcase that had “Zurich” and “Swiss Air” stickers on it, with outdated clocks. Next to the suitcase are three Finland brochures referencing the “Finland, Finland, Finland” tune. The suitcase doubled up because the place for the company to place their marriage ceremony playing cards and presents. Photo credit score: John Wood

The Table Plan

Continuing the “Election Night Special” sketch theme, the desk plan comprised political occasion rosettes representing every desk, particularly the Sensible Party, the Silly Party, the Slightly Silly Party, the Very Silly the highest desk was the Wood Party. At every desk setting, company got a rosette to put on that corresponded with their political occasion. Photo credit score: York Place Studios

Silly Table Decorations

I let my design abilities run wild with the desk decorations that included a foolish booklet entitled “The Brand New Mr & Mrs. Wood Papperbok,” the quilt of which was designed to appear like the “Brand New Monty Python Papperbok” that gave the menu and lot of different foolish issues; a Watney’s Red Barrel beer mat from “The Travel Agent Sketch,” wine glasses that seemed just like the Holy Grail itself and, in fact, a field of Whizzo sweets for every visitor as a reference to the “Whizzo Chocolate Company” sketch (larks vomit and crunchy frog not included). Photo credit score: York Place Studios

Carol Cleveland

John e-mailed Carol Cleveland, usually referred to as the “7th Python”, to inform her concerning the marriage ceremony a number of days earlier than the fifth of October, and her reply was, “I’m only disappointed that I haven’t been invited as your special surprise guest.” After telling John she wasn’t capable of attend anyway, she really turned as much as everybody’s shock and was such enjoyable, posing for footage, and many others.! She is such a stunning individual! It was so surreal to see her there, and John and I, nonetheless, can’t recover from it, asking ourselves if that actually did occur! Her being there was mind-blowing and made the marriage much more particular in the event you can think about that! Photo credit score: York Place Studios


The first course of the meal was Salmon Mouse, naturally, from the “Meaning of Life” movie, and the dessert was Strawberry Tart with out a lot rat in it, from “The Dead Bishop Sketch,” and Spam was served with the principle course. Carol ate some for the primary time in her life! Photo Credit: John Wood

Spam Board

Creating this Spam Board from the well-known “Spam Sketch” was an actual labor of affection that took ages to make, primarily resulting from getting the spacing proper between the letters after which having to attach in every one. It is the one merchandise of all of them from the marriage that will get essentially the most consideration on-line. Photo Credit: York Place Studios

Squashing the Cake

Everyone cuts their cake, and Python represents breaking custom and being completely different. So, as a reference to Bronzino’s Cupid foot squashing the titles originally of virtually each present, we determined to squash the cake and the nasty plastic conventional marriage ceremony couple collectible figurines on prime of it with afoot. It was a vegan cake as John is vegan, as had been a number of different company, so caterers served them a squashed cake. Photo Credit: York Place Studios

Lumberjack Cake

The remainder of us had been served a slice of our lumberjack cake that was, in fact, a reference to “The Lumberjack Sketch.” The cake, which seemed like three massive logs on prime of one another, got here full with suspenders and a bra draped over one of many branches. The cake topper that we had specifically made was Bevis, the lumberjack, together with his finest woman by his aspect (typically performed by Carol Cleveland) however with John and me’s faces. Photo Credit: York Place Studios

Sit on my Face

Unfortunately, Carol missed our “Mattress Sketch performance,” however she did see our efficiency of the “Sit On My Face” sketch. It was so surreal to be performing it to her! Lee Gash and I held up the phrases on large boards so John and pals might sing alongside to this vulgar tune after which flip round and naked their bums, producing an enormous snicker from the viewers, clearly! Photo Credit: York Place Studios

Spot the Looney

In the women and gents loos, I put a big “Spot The Looney” check in reference to the sketch of the identical title above the mirror. Photo Credit: York Place Studios

Albums Playing within the Loos

Playing constantly within the loos had been the “Are You Embarrassed Easily?” sketch from the “Previous Monty Python Record,” and an excerpt of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto from the “Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom” episode. Note the poster telling you to not flush your budgie down the toilet as a result of they breed within the sewers. Eventually, you get evil-smelling flocks of giant dirty budgies flying out of individuals’s bathrooms infringing their private freedom. Photo Credit: John Wood

Opened by Gary Cooper

I designed a blue plaque positioned on the entrance to the loos that learn, “Classic Silbury Hill – These toilets were opened by Gary Cooper in 1957” in reference to Michael Palin’s immortal phrases from the “Holy Grail” album. Photo Credit: John Wood

Silly Walks

I had a highway signal made that confirmed a silhouette of John Cleese doing his foolish stroll with the phrases, “Silly Walks Zone,” and we positioned it on the way in which to the loos, encouraging company to do a foolish stroll on the way in which to or getting back from having a pee. Photo Credit: John Wood

Certain Death

Also in that very same hall was a medieval-looking picket signpost that I made that confirmed the way in which to “Camelot” in a single path and “Certain Death” in direction of the place the reception was being held, from the “Holy Grail” movie. Nibbling the shrubbery on the base of the signal was… the Killer Rabbit! Photo Credit: John Wood




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