Ant McPartlin married Anne-Marie Corbett yesterday and their spectacular wedding included emotional speeches from both the groom and his best man and a series of personalised touches featured from the cake to the bouquet
Ant McPartlin married Anne-Marie Corbett yesterday in spectacular fashion and the happy couple went all out to make sure their big day was perfect.
The telly star, 45, tied the knot with his bride, 43, at St Michael’s Church in Hampshire before heading back to a plush country hotel for a reception with their 150 guests.
The wedding is reported to have cost around £500,000 in total.
Attendees included some of ITV’s top talent, who were all treated to a two-night stay at the swanky manor, with Ant said to be footing the entire £100,000 bill to make sure his pals were comfortable.
The wedding celebrations stretched over three days, and are set to conclude today with a posh breakfast being put on for the guests, who are sure to be in need of a filling meal after a late night of partying.
Now we take a look back at the couple’s big day and how they made it so special.
The wedding at St Michael’s was presided over by Rev’d Canon Dr Marion de Quidt, who spoke of her joy at being asked to take part in the nuptials.
It was a Church of England service and featured a series of moving readings from the couple’s closet friends and family.
Anne-Marie’s two daughters, from her first marriage, gave two of the readings, with one said to be Richard Bach’s poem The Bridge Across The River about soulmates.
Ant’s best man Dec also said a prayer and performed one of the readings.
The dress – and the suits
Anne-Marie wore a one-shouldered £15,000 Suzanne Neville gown with a detailed bodice, full skirt and she added a tradition veil.
The bride arrived at the ceremony in a £300,000 Rolls-Royce Cullinan and carried a pink and purple bouquet.
The groom opted for black tie and best man Dec wore a matching suit, with the pair posing for pictures outside the church standing together exactly the same way they do on TV.
Anne-Marie added a moving tribute to her late dad as he was not there to walk her down the aisle. She added a picture of him to her bouquet and carried it down the aisle with her.
The couple’s beloved dogs, Labrador Harley and maltipoos Milo and Bumble, were missing from the big day so the pair decided to include them in their wedding cake.
The three-tiered cake featured figurines of all three dogs on top and was made by one of London’s top bakeries.
Dermot O’Leary was there with his partner Dee Koppang, while Alesha Dixon and Frank and Christine Lampard were also there.
Holly Willoughby was rumoured to be among the attendees, but did not show up. However, her This Morning presenting partner Phillip Schofield was there with his wife Steph.
Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “It was amazing. It was really fun, really nice, warm and cheerful. I really enjoyed it.”
Also absent was Amanda Holden, who sent her apologies for missing her pal’s big day. The Britain’s Got Talent star is on holiday with her family and she was unable to make it back in time.
After the church service, the guests were put on a coach and driven back to the swanky Heckfield Place hotel where the reception was being held.
A huge marquee was erected in the grounds of the country house hotel where the guests could enjoy their wedding breakfast before the party started.
Ant reportedly splashed £100,000 to ensure 100 guests can stay with him and his new wife, paying for them to have a two night stay at the hotel so no one had to travel home afterwards.
Ant reportedly joked about his battle with booze in his moving speech at the reception.
The telly favourite, who previously credited Anne-Marie with helping him turn his life around, is said to have started his speech with a joke about his dark times.
According to the Daily Mail, Ant started his speech by saying: “Hi, I’m Ant and I’m an alcoholic.”
He then reportedly went on to pay tribute to his bride, admitting he fought back tears when he saw her walk down the aisle.
According to The Sun, he said: “When Anne-Marie walked into the church, I had to fight to hold it together as she looked so beautiful.”
He also praised Anne-Marie’s two daughters for welcoming him into the family, reportedly saying: “They are amazing girls and I’m grateful that they call me Dad.”
Dec is also said to have toasted his pal, calling him “the best friend a man could have”.
A surprise comedy routine
Ant’s Saturday Night Takeaway co-star Stephen Mulhern is believed to have been given a starring role in the wedding by performing a stand-up routine for the guests.
According to the Mail Online, he had the attendees in stitches as he poked fun at the groom and best man Dec.
A source told the publication: “Stephen was hilarious. Nobody was expecting it, but he had everyone in rafts of laughter.”