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Willy Wonka wedding is couple's golden ticket to happiness

Yahoo! News UK
5 April 2013
Donna and Ben Low at their 'Willy Wonka' themed wedding with an Oompa Loompa (Caters)
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Donna and Ben Low at their 'Willy Wonka' themed wedding with an Oompa Loompa (Caters)


A couple have tied the knot in a "world of pure imagination" at a Willy Wonka themed wedding complete with golden tickets, giant candy canes and an Oompa Loompa.

Newlyweds Ben and Donna Low combined the groom's love of the classic 1971 musical 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' with the bride's obsession with sweets.

The reception was resplendent with enormous sweets and purple decorations - the colour sported by the character Willy Wonka himself.

Teacher Donna Barker, 25, married marketing man Ben Low, 26,  in Barnsley, Yorks on Saturday. The couple sent guests 'Wonka' chocolate bars with golden tickets inside, which they imported from America, as invites.

On arrival the guests had to walk through giant 'Wonka' purple and goldest gates.

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The reception room was decorated with giant candy canes and lollipops, a pick and mix sweet table and each table had it is own sweet-theme and name.

Instead of confetti guests threw small sweets and the bride's bouquet was made from flowers and lollipops - and there was even a short actor dressed as an Oompa Loompa to keep people entertained.

Although the happy couple dressed traditionally, they kept to the theme with deep purple coloured hats and shoes, and the groom had a cane filled with candy.

Ben said it took six months to plan, cost about £15,000, but was worth every penny.

He said:  "Everyone loved the Oompa Loompa we hired, who played a goblin in the Harry Potter films, and he helped me with my speech, which people found quite funny.

"Even staff at the venue who weren't working that day came in because they wanted to see the reception. It all went to plan and everyone seemed to have a good time and a laugh."

However, the surprises for guests didn't end there - the couple performed a carefully choreographed wedding dance set to rival the best entertainers in showbiz.

Ben added: "People were expecting something wacky and that's what we did. It was amazing."