….not to mention delicious food, live music, dancing and fine Polish vodka drinking!
On July 24, 2010 I’ve attended my cousin’s Lukasz (Luke) and his beautiful bride Anna wedding in Wroclaw, Lower Silesia region of Poland and wanted to share the whole experience with you. Mostly through pictures, because as they say: ” A picture is worth a thousand words”. It was a lovely wedding and reception! If you ever visit Poland and someone invites you to join them at a traditional Polish wedding don’t hesitate to accept. You’ll have a great time guaranteed, as weddings in Poland last from one to three days, get to try excellent cuisine, drink the best of Polish vodkas, sing and dance with fun loving and hospitable crowd.
Marriage is an important rite of passage in all cultures around the world and is celebrated in unique ways in Poland depending on which region you visit. For example, every year in June, in Wegrow, in the Mazovia region of Poland, a festival is held celebrating marriage traditions. The Festival of Wedding Rituals is a fabulous event with contests for best regional wedding ceremony, foods and music. If you enjoy weddings, you will for sure enjoy this festival!
Over 200 people attended Anna’s and Lukasz wedding. Four generations of family members and friends of the bride, groom and their parents. On Saturday, in the early afternoon groom’s parents and grandparents traveled to the bride’s family home for a special blessing before the church ceremony. At 4 pm the wedding ceremony started and lasted about an hour. During a traditional Catholic Mass the couple exchanged vows and everyone enjoyed soloist singing “Ave Maria”.
The reception was a culinary heaven! The variety and quality of food was amazing. It was simply impossible for one person to try everything. The tables were “bending” from all the foods and drink. We all started our culinary adventure with the main course which included traditional clear broth soup with noodles – “rosol” then potatoes, Silesian dumplings, eight kinds of hot meats to choose from and various vegetable salads. Everything was so delicious!
Besides all the wonderful cuisine and drink, wedding guests joined together in dancing and singing. Each table received a booklet with traditional wedding songs.
On Sunday many guests gathered for a follow-up party called – “poprawiny”. It was a great party again, with wonderful music, food and lots of dancing and outside grilling. Some out-of-town guests stayed until Monday to visit and party with the newlyweds and their parents.
ANNA & LUKASZ
July 24, 2010
ON THEIR MARRIAGE!!!
May your life be filled with happines and joy forever!
(and BIG THANKS for your hospitality!)