After so many funerals over the past years, it was great to get an invite to a wedding. It was of the leader of our local Gemeinde or council and his wife used to run the kindergarten. We just got invited to the church service and the evening do.
The whole thing was quite complicated. I heard that they were awakened with a gun salute at 5 am, which a lot of folks get on a round birthday. Later on in the morning, the Bride and Groom were legally married by a registrar up at Burg Finstergrün and we guess quite a lot of beer followed as Dave spent all Friday setting it up.
Then they were down in Gemeinde and up to all antics. As he is part of the local voluntary fire-brigade, they set up all sorts of jokes, songs and dances. There was also a fake bride, which Linde tells me is a traditional thing.
They then walked up to the church.
They were blessed at the door, then it was a formal service with a Mass.
Lots of people with kids, no one seemed to have thought to bring things to keep the kids quiet! It was lovely that the choir was there and some of the songs were modern and in English.
Afterwards, there was a guard from the Football team and the Kindergarten kids came and sang a song. Wine and bread were on offer.
They also said that cake and coffee was available in the local guest house. The wedding group then went back up to Finstergrün for more drinks etc.
Then there was a big meal at our local restaurant, the Jagglerhof, followed by dancing and merriment.
What a day, makes an English wedding seem quite uncomplicated. Still, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, although we didn’t make it to the evening do. Quite a culture change!