That's some guestlist! Stunning images show huge dynastic wedding between Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families which attracted 25,000 guests

Well-wishers, some forced to stand so far back they had to use binoculars to see what was happening, arrived from all over the world

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Strapless dress approximately £278, jcrew.com

Maids to measure: Forget the taffeta and ruffles, bridesmaids are going down the aisle in style

Brides are shunning traditional flounces, frills and dubious themes and turning to the high street instead to dress their bridesmaids in style, says Libby Banks

Strapless dress approximately £278, jcrew.com

Maids to measure

Brides are shunning traditional frills and turning to the high street to dress their bridesmaids in style, says Libby Banks

The move could cut costs as couples would not to have to hire venues

Proposal to legalise outdoor weddings: Legislation ending need for licensed venue or religious ceremony is discussed by ministers

At present, marriages are only legal if they are conducted by religious or civic officials

Pastoral starring Anna Calder-Marshall as crazy old Moll

Theatre review: Pastoral, Soho Theatre, London

Thomas Eccleshare’s first play won the 2011 Verity Bargate award, so named in honour of the Soho’s founding co-director, and it arrives in London from a season at the High Tide Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk (where I saw it), full of bleak poetry and hilarious stage action.

Have 'Generation Rent' given up on plans to buy a home?

Nearly a quarter of renters say a higher priority is ensuring money for leisure time and regular holidays.

Dubai's skyline, with the Laguna Tower in the centre of the image

British fitness instructor killed in Dubai tower plunge

Circumstances surrounding Elwood McIlwraith still remain unclear

Jenny Gilbert on Mayerling: The drugged-up prince, the underage girl, and a right royal cover-up

History rarely supplies plots for full-evening ballets, and with good reason. Dance tends to be strong on feeling, weak on facts. As George Balanchine once drolly observed, ballet has no way of saying “this is my mother-in-law”.

Vega Gupta weds Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City

Flight for lavish tycoon wedding sparks inquiry

Guests bypass customs at South African air base on way to Sun City

Split up or leave, South African school tells lesbian parents

When a five-year-old boy in his first few months at a private South African school proudly announced to his teacher that he has “two mothers”, his parents were given an ultimatum: get a divorce or have their son kicked out.

The 10 metre pool at the four star Down Hall Country House Hotel was open to guests but unsupervised. The couple, who had checked in together, were found in their swimming costumes

Two guests found dead in Essex hotel pool 'drowned'

Staff dived into the water to save them but they could not be resuscitated

The scene of crash on the westbound carriage of the M62 near Pontefract in West Yorkshire between a lorry and a minibus

Woman killed in M62 hen party crash named as Bethany Jones

Tributes were flooding in today for a teenager killed in a horrific motorway crash involving a minibus taking a group of women to a hen party.

Sex manual for ultra-orthodox Jews aims to initiate newlyweds

Dr David Ribner's book The Newlywed's Guide to Physical Intimacy educates young couples who likely have very little experience with the opposite sex

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