Christine and Paddy McGuinness’s wedding details including speech from Peter Kay

Christine and Paddy McGuinness celebrated 10 years of marriage this summer and in her new autobiography, the mum-of-three gave a detailed insight of their beautiful wedding day for the first time.

The couple tied the knot at Thornton Manor on the 4 June 2011 surrounded by 200 guests – although the 33-year-old admitted she “didn’t know anyone there.”

“I didn’t have any friends to invite and only 20 of the guests were my family,” Christine, who recently revealed she’s been diagnosed with autism like her three children, said.

In her memoir, A Beautiful Nightmare, she explained that it wasn’t a star-studded occasion, with just two celebrity guests there – Keith Lemon and Paddy’s best man, childhood friend and comedian Peter Kay.

Peter’s speech was particularly poignant for Christine as she reflected on the lovely things he told the newly married couple.

“The one thing he said that always stuck with me is, 'As long as you’ve got laughter, you’ve got everything. And you two have got that,’” she penned.

“It’s so true and I say it all the time. It’s become a bit of a mantra for me. Even during the most difficult times in our marriage and in our lives, we’ve managed to laugh our way through.”

Guests were treated to a performance from Never Gonna Give You Up singer Rick Astley, although Christine admitted to not knowing who he was at the time.

The bride wore a “timeless” bespoke frock made by famous dress designer Ian Stuart, but Christine’s search for the perfect wedding gown wasn’t without its challenges.

She explained she had a “real Pretty Woman” moment when she was turned away from a dress shop in Cheshire when she walked in a tracksuit and no make-up.

After the shop assistant wrongly thought she didn’t have enough money for the expensive bridal wear, Christine told readers: “She then ushered me in the direction of a cheaper dress shop down the road.”

As a result of the knock back her confidence plummeted to a “real low”, she got her dream dress designed by Ian, which was strapless with a sweetheart neckline and diamantes around the top, ruched at the sides with a long train.

“It was absolutely gorgeous,” she said.

Christine ruled out suggestions of a vow renewal as she reflected on the day in the chapter, Becoming Mrs McGuinness.

“I always say no because in our eyes we’ve done it once and we’re happily married,” she explained.

“Instead of a vow renewal I’ll settle for a holiday or, more realistically, just a few more cosy lunch dates in the not-so-distant future.”

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