You’re not supposed to upstage the bride!  French and Saunders bring the laughs in comedy dresses as bridesmaids at real-life nuptials for Comic Relief

By Fay Strang

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It’s a well-known fact that bridesmaids are not supposed to upstage the bride on her wedding day.

But it seems Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders didn’t get the memo or in the name of comedy and indeed charity they decided to ignore it.

Attending a real-life wedding organised by Miranda Hart in aid of Comic Relief,  the comedy duo got more than a few laughs in their massive dresses and Red Nose themed tiaras.

Lovely: Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French take on the role of bridesmaids in a wedding which took place on Friday for Comic Relief

Lovely: Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French take on the role of bridesmaids in a wedding which took place on Friday for Comic Relief

Standing on the steps of Westminster Registry office the women looked like butter wouldn’t melt as they prepared to help Claire Gilchrist walk up the aisle.

 

Dressed in what one would describe as typically horrible bridesmaids dresses, their pale peach colour gowns were more than unflattering. 

With frills around the collar and puff sleeves, when they turned around it was revealed the red sash at the front turned into a huge bow.

Fancy: The comedy duo wore gowns which were anything but simple with huge bows

Fancy: The comedy duo wore gowns which were anything but simple with huge bows

Can't be missed: The pair stood beside the new Ben and Claire Springett as they left the venue

Can't be missed: The pair stood beside the new Ben and Claire Springett as they left the venue

In keeping with the event in hand they wore tiaras with red balls on them.

The duo seemed delighted to help Miranda with her impressive challenge and in the studio later that evening they couldn’t contain their excitement, as they kissed each other and Miranda on the lips.

And it seems that their turn as bridesmaids went down particularly well with the public who took to Twitter in their droves to praise the stars. 

That's better: The bride fortunately had two of her own bridesmaids with her for her big day

That's better: The bride fortunately had two of her own bridesmaids with her for her big day

One user wrote: ‘Just watching comic relief and I would happily let them organise my wedding if it meant I got French and Saunders as my bridesmaids.’

While another wrote: ‘I want French and Saunders at MY WEDDING. #comicrelief’

Miranda, with the help of a host of celebrity friends, successfully pulled off the wedding of all weddings as newlyweds, Ben and Claire Springett, officially tied the knot at 6.07pm in Marylebone Town Hall among a throng of friends, family and famous faces. 

Double trouble: French and Saunders were also joined by Tom Fletcher and Harry Judd from McFly

Double trouble: French and Saunders were also joined by Tom Fletcher and Harry Judd from McFly

The challenge was sponsored by BT, a long term supporter of Comic Relief.

It marked the end of the Call The Midwife actress’ BT Red Nose Challenge: Miranda’s Mad March, in which she raised an extraordinary £1,140,615 for Red Nose Day.  

Pleased: The pair talked about their interesting dresses as they appeared on the show on Friday evening

Pleased: The pair talked about their interesting dresses as they appeared on the show on Friday evening

Kisses all round: Celebrating their success the women all kissed each other live on TV

Kisses all round: Celebrating their success the women all kissed each other live on TV


 

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

We talk about one's wedding day as one's "big day" - this is one that this couple's great-grandchildren will describe to their grandchildren one day!

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Well done everyone, but disappointed at the swearing and sexual references long before the watershed.

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Multi millionaires beg for cash; you couldn't make it up! - RB , Wiltshire, 16/3/2013 09:27...................................................I think you are rather missing the point. They get together and fundraise for Children in Need - not for themselves. It brings everyone together as a community where events happen. It's not just about the money - it raises awareness. I'm sure many of them make donations too. Tell me RB - what did YOU (and the 111 people who ticked you up in agreement) do to raise money for this cause?

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- Mummy Lou, UK, United Kingdom, 16/03/2013 09:46 I agree! I complained to the BBC about the Rowan Atkinson sketch. Such disrespect at the time of Lent was completely wrong. Calling himself The Archbishop of Canterbury, and saying those things was tantamount to sacrilege.

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My husband and I watched last night and I agree with the lady the language and other things by row an Atkinson would pn too early my grand daughter aged 6 years old asked what does 'shag' mean? We switched to another channel

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The lot of them get on my nerves.Begging a country on its knees for money that goes here there and everywhere and never makes any difference.

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I found the double entendre (i know misspelt,)from Walliams and co,very off putting,and entirely un funny,as the tumble weed rolling through the audience showed,the best bit for me was Simon Cowel's wedding skit.the most perplexing was Jessie J shaving her head,why ?later into the night when walliams and the gap toothed one traded sexual innuendo,the audience didn't clap,i could see them waiting for the applause but to no avail,then showing a clip in what looked like a chippy and the so called star shouting that he sold ketamine,is that funny?NO...so i turned it off and didn't see the rest.

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Totally eccentric funny women, amongst the best ever known!

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I'm done with Comic Relief. The complete hypocrisy of the 25th Anniversary BANQUET, catered by the Great British Menu chefs, staged at the Albert Hall, by an organisation that allegedly aims to feed the starving in Africa just beggars belief.

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That looks like such a fun wedding to be at, it's one to tell the grand kids anyway! Congratulations to the bride & groom.

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