Riam and Eric's Wedding Update Hello everyone! With the big wedding weekend just a few days away we thought we'd write with some last- minute information, details and updates. Please take the time to read through this, especially if you think you might have questions - because there's some good information below! Another suggestion: print this page and bring it with you to Cambridge. You'll also find this same information on the website. Upon Arrival in Cambridge If you're driving in we'll assume you've printed out detailed directions and will be able to follow those directions to your final destination, whether it's the Crowne Plaza, a B&B or Magdalene College. Or maybe you have GPS? If you're arriving by train, we suggest taking a taxi from the station to wherever you're staying – taxi drivers will recognize Crowne Plaza, St Edmund's College, Magdalene (pronounced 'Mawdelin') College etc... but below we have provided the exact addresses should there be any confusion. Contact Please don't hesitate to call us if you need anything – especially to tell us that you've arrived! Numbers are as dialled from within the UK. Eric – 0750 342 5319 Riam – 0750 333 4996 Adrienne van Dok: 0755 1935 971 Adrienne has volunteered to be a 'help-desk'. She's a good friend and has been helping us with planning and knows Cambridge and she just might be able to answer your questions. Addresses Riam and Eric's St Edmund's College Mount Pleasant Cambridge, Cambs CB3 0BN Google Map for St Edmund's College Magdalene College Magdalene Street Cambridge, Cambs CB3 0BN Google Map for Magdalene College Crowne Plaza Cambridge Downing St Cambridge, CB2 3DT Google Map for Crowne Plaza The map below shows the main accommodation destinations. For those staying at Magdalene College IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you have not yet paid for your accommodation at Magdalene, please do so at the following link before your arrival: http://www.riamsara.com/roomreservations.html. And as always, thanks to those who have already paid! Upon arrival, check-in must be done with the porter at the entrance on Magdalene Street. The Porters' Lodge is manned 24 hours a day and can also be reached by telephone at 01223 332 100. You will receive an electronic key-card and be shown (or given directions) to your room. Some rooms are in the Cripps Building, which is a five-minute walk around the corner from the porter's lodge. Rooms are furnished with bedding, towels and basic toiletries. Think about bringing a converter for any appliances you bring from abroad - voltage in the UK is 220-240V, 50Hz. Attire Presumably you're all packed and ready to go, and you know exactly what you'll be wearing when. But for those of you who don't... Friday and Saturday are fairly casual affairs, Saturday night is smart casual and Sunday is formal. With the diversity of guests who will be coming, we're sure to have a diversity of formal wear. Riam's father and brother, and Eric and his brothers will all be in morning suits, as will a few other guests. Many of the women will be in long dresses or cocktail dresses. So have fun, get dressed up, and enjoy! Weather We have not looked at the weather forecast and we do not plan on doing so - we're just hoping and praying for the best. But we'd suggest you do. And remember: this is England! Rain is very common here! It gets cold at night, and sometimes during the day too! We would suggest bringing an umbrella and a rain coat, as well as shoes that don't mind getting wet. Also, cambridge is a walking – and biking – city, so bring comfortable shoes. Speaking of the weather... Foul-weather Alternative Plans We have thought long and hard about this one and come up with a great solution: in the event that foul weather upsets our outdoor activities, we shall move to plan B – go to the pub! Of course everyone also has the option of striking out on their own and visiting the colleges, the shops, the restaurants...and the pubs. The Schedule As it stands today, the schedule is below. Dress is casual for most events, smart casual for Saturday night, and formal for Sunday. Thursday Night 9 PM - The Punter, 3 Pound Hill If you're in town meet at the Punter Restaurant / Pub for Eric's birthday drinks. Come earlier if you feel like dining on some good gastro-pub grub. Friday Night 7 PM - The Eagle, 8 Benet Street We have not reserved a room for Friday, but we'll pop into one of Cambridge's most historic pubs, the Eagle, for a drink and a chat with anyone else who feels like stopping by. Saturday 10 AM - Walk to Grantchester, departing from Magdalene College We'll depart from Magdalene College in the courtyard on the opposite side of the street from the porter's lodge. The walk is a few miles each way and will take just over an hour each way, with great views of the River Cam and the treat of a final destination - The Orchard – 'where time stands still as the outside world rushes by'... Wear comfortable shoes. 2:30 PM – Punting, Scudamore's Mill Lane Boatyard We'll meet at Scudamore's Mill Lane location, located at the southern end of the Backs, between the Anchor pub on Silver Street Bridge and the Mill pub on Mill Lane. Then we'll divide into groups of six and punt ourselves along the backs for a different view of Cambridge. We'll have the punts for about an hour. Bring drinks and snacks if you think you might get thirsty or hungry. And you might get a little wet. 7:30 PM - Buffet dinner and Pub Quiz, The Cambridge Union Society, 9a Bridge Street We'll end a full day of activities at the Cambridge Union where a buffet dinner and drinks will await us, and a Pub Quiz will test our knowledge of the to-be-married couple. Sunday 4 PM – Wedding, Riam and Eric 5:15 PM – Drinks reception, Pepys Cloister, Magdalene College 6: 15 PM – Dinner (or Wedding Breakfast as it's known here),Old Hall, Magdalene College 8:30 PM – Reception, Ramsay Hall, Magdalene College Monday departures Many of you will be heading to the airport on Monday the 14th. We'd suggest that you talk to one another during the wedding and let others know your plans, and perhaps you can share a ride, save money, and save the planet all at the same time!
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