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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Who is the surprise guest of your dreams?
A newly wed couple got the surprise of their lives when former US President Bill Clinton dropped in on their wedding reception.
Mr Clinton was playing golf in the grounds of the reception venue in northern England. As he finished his round, he went over to wish the couple good luck and took part in the family picture.
For many, uninvited guests are the last thing they want on their special day. But this time, the newly married couple were more than happy to welcome the unannounced visitor.
Who would be the surprise guest of your dreams? Did your own wedding have any extraordinary moments?
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At my wedding I would like to have: 1) A contingency of the former US presidents - Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, 2) Edward Heath and John Major, 3) Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell and Jean Chretien, 4) Nelson Mandela
I would like to have Morrisey show up at my wedding and play, "Heaven knows I'm miserable now".
The Pope, John Paul II, would be the best surprise guest.
Well, there was this guy who turned water into wine at a wedding....
Bill Clinton, I would ask him to come back and be President. We could reminisce about the old days when we used to elect our leaders and not appoint them. Save us, Bill.
Clinton as a dream guest at my wedding?! No way! I would have to spend the whole day keeping his hands off my bride.
My dream guest would be a combination of Virgil and Bernie Winters. They would give me both culture and entertainment.
Richard Banner, Kansas City, USA
It would be delightful if Patrica Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) would make an impromptu visit.
I'd like Paul Daniels and his lovely wife Debbie McGee to come to my wedding, just to make our special day even more magical!
Certainly not Bill Clinton. Was he hitting on the bride?
Imran Khan, my hero. Although I met him lots of times as we lived in the same city, I would be very excited if he showed up to my wedding, suddenly. Wow...........
Being a Liverpool supporter, it would have to be John Barnes! Instead of having the speeches, he could astound us with his silky football skills!
That would be Masaaki Hatsumi Sensei - a person which holds so much wisdom, knowledge and skills in the martial arts is always welcome in my house, even more so at a wedding.
Some people in this column have said that Mr Bill Clinton is a person who broke his marriage and a lot of other stuff...but I am sure you would have done the same thing at that point of time, buddy, or even something worse than that. We are all human beings and we do err. Mr Bill, my house is open to you and I hope you would be my surprise guest.
Gerald Humbing, UK
Sarah Michelle Gellar - just in case any vampires turned up. Honest. (It's June 30th by the way, just in case you are listening, Sarah.)
I would be pleased to have Paulo Coelho in my wedding since his books have built a little of my personality today. Of course he would be the focus of the party but I don't care what other people would say. The wedding is mine and I'd be glad to have people I like near me in such a special day.
I will be very very happy if Nelson Mandela to be unannounced visitor on my wedding. He is a man of everyone. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because my wedding will be in Cape Town.
The one, the only: Sir Sean Connery. Who else would you really want?
Tulani Nhamoinesu, USA
William Shatner. Canadian countryman, amazing actor and author, definitely the life of the party.
My surprise guest, it's got to be Bill Clinton. Are you kidding me, the guy is smart and funny, what else can I ask for! He is the ultimate.
I am getting married on July 5, and the most cherished surprise guest would be my dad. I left my home in Manchester for the Royal Navy in 1977 at age 16 and never really went back other than shore leave etc. Then when I left the Navy in 1985 I moved to the USA. He died in 91, and at the time, my life was not good. I am not a religious man but can't help but feel my dad guided me in the right direction to meet my beautiful bride from "up there" I'd just like to buy him a pint to say "cheers dad" and get to know him as a 40 year old man instead of an annoying 16 year old.
Dream surprise guest would have to be Gore Vidal. Failing that Liz Hurley would do.
The Dalai Lama. To have my wedding blessed by such a man would be the highest honour. Failing that, Clinton Morrison of Crystal Palace would be great.
Unlike most of the people who would welcome "unwelcome guests", I do not share their point of view. When the time comes for my wedding, it will be my future bride's and MY day. I would not want some so-called "celebrity" crashing my party and becoming the focus of attention...let alone Bill Clinton? Who is he to just barge in on someone's wedding? Has he become so desperate for media attention? Anyways, nice going Bill on scoring free dinner and drinks.
Michael Ryan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When I get married I am told that Desmond Tutu will be in the same (small) town at the same time. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Nelson Mandela. If George W.Bush Jr stops by, it would be hilarious.
To Abiye of Ethiopia: Bill Clinton "the ultimate"? Pleeaase! At a wedding? A man who made a mockery of his own wedding vows, disgraced and humiliated his family (and his country) by having an adulterous affair with a women young enough to be his daughter? Not at my wedding.
I would love to have Paul McCartney drop by and say hello. How could you be mad at him for dropping in?
I would love to have David Gilmour of Pink Floyd dropping by my wedding and playing a couple of songs. Maybe Learning to Fly.
Perhaps Elizabeth Taylor. She has been married and divorced so many times it could bring a salutary reminder of the fragility of today's vows.
I got married at the end of last year in rather hurried circumstances. I had to rely on two of my University friends to act as witnesses. They both turned up drunk, smelly and full of themselves (one of them with a girl he had met the previous night in a Casino). As their laughter mounted the registrar threatened to stop the ceremony if they did not at least try to take the whole thing seriously. Later they were asked to leave the office promptly after throwing rice in total defiance of the viscous ban placed on this practice by the registrar. They had made fools of themselves. I cannot tell you how funny the whole thing was. I can now never return to Norbiton.
The surprise guest of my dreams would probably be Clinton himself. The guy has an unmatchable charisma; in fact, he seems to have more of it than when he was president. Those were lucky couples. They have been blessed by the ultimate.
As long as my future wife turns up, I don't care who comes!
I would have liked Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong to drop in on my wedding, as these guys fully appreciate the significance of such a big step.
Just as long as he didn't take the attention from my bride on her wedding day, I'd like Ozzie Osborne to drop in on my reception.
My horse arrived at my wedding, along with horses for my husband and bridesmaids, on which we rode back to the reception!!
Our wedding is this August in St Andrews. If only we'd timed it better
Bill Clinton could have dropped in to our reception after his round on the Old Course.
I'd be in seventh heaven if Stevie Wonder turned up at my wedding and did an impromptu gig at the reception.
My ideal surprise guest without a doubt would have to be Harrison Ford or Robert De Niro, our wedding did have a very funny moment -Bruce Forsyth was doing a celebrity round of golf at our venue and also posed for a quick photo!!
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