• Polish wine for sale at summer festival
  • Grapes at Jasiel winery in Jaslo, Poland
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests visiting Adoria vineyard in Lower Silesia region of Poland
  • Delicious food shared with Poland Culinary Vacations guests in Gronkow village, Podhale, Poland.
  • Krakow Market Square, Poland.
  • Oscypki sheep cheese sold at Zakopane, Poland open market
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests cooking in Obidowa village, Podhale, Poland.
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests at the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
  • Chicken livers with apples from Wesele restaurant in Krakow, Poland.
  • Musicians playing for visitors heading on their rafting trip at Pieninski National Park.
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests having lunch in Gronkow village, Podhale, Poland.
  • Poland Culinary Vacation guests rafting on Dunajec river in Pieninski National Park, Poland.
  • Boleslawiec Polish pottery from Lower Silesia region of Poland.
  • Modern Polish cuisine from Ancora restaurant in Krakow, Poland.
  • Poland Culinary Vacations guests posing in traditional costumes in Dlugopole village, Podhale, Poland.
RSS Feed Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Twitter Check us out us on Trip Advisor Visit us on You Tube Visit us on Flickr Visit us on Pintrest Contact Us
Phone: 772-777-0571 | Toll Free: 888-703-8130
Make a Reservation Culinary Vacations Visit our Blog Visit our Blog's Rave Reviews About Us

Archive for August, 2010

Polish Weddings – Celebrations of Love, Family and Tradition

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

….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!

Priest meets the couple before the wedding ceremony

Priest greets and blesses couple before the Roman Catholic wedding ceremony.

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”.

Anna & Lukasz at the altar

Anna & Lukasz at the altar during the wedding ceremony.

Olivia - one of the flower girls

Olivia - one of the beautiful flower girls.

Here come the newlyweds! - greeting guests and accepting gift on church doorsteps.

Here Come the Newlyweds! - greeting guests and accepting gifts on church doorsteps.

The parents welcome newlyweds with bread and salt in front of the reception hall.

The parents welcome newlyweds with bread and salt in front of the reception hall.

Traditional wedding bread.

Traditional wedding bread.

Ania & Lukasz in the reception hall. The sign about them says: " God Bless the Newlyweds"

Ania & Lukasz in the reception hall. The sign above them states: " God Bless the Newlyweds"

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!

Rosol - chicken broth with noodles. A must dish at Polish weddings.

"Rosol" - chicken broth with noodles. A must dish at Polish weddings.

Various potatoes and Silesian dumplings for main course.

Various potatoes and Silesian dumplings for main course.

Various meats for main course.

Various meats for main course.

Various vegetable salads for main course.

Various vegetable salads for main course.

More salads for main course - buraczki - beet root salad.

More salads for main course - "buraczki" - beet root salad.

After eating main course, Ania & Lukasz did their first dance with wedding guests surrounding them.

After eating main course, Ania & Lukasz did their first dance with wedding guests surrounding them.

Throughout the evening, guests could enjoy yummy desserts with their coffee and tea, various hor’dourves – like home-made cold meats, pig-roast, bigos – Hunter’s Stew and much, much more. To drink – of course – lots of Polish vodka, fruit cordials and red wine.

Wedding Vodka card encouraged all friends to drink up for the health of the newlyweds and have a great time!

Wedding Vodka card encouraged all friends to drink up for the health of the newlyweds and have a great time!

Various wedding desserts.

Various wedding desserts.

Various cold hor'dourves.

Various cold hor'dourves.

Various home-made cold meats.

Various home-made cold meats.

More of home-made cold meats.

More of home-made cold meats.

Pig roast and sausage.

Pig roast and sausage.

Bigos - Hunter's Stew.

"Bigos" - Hunter's Stew.

Besides all the wonderful cuisine and drink, wedding guests joined together in dancing and singing.  Each table received a booklet with traditional wedding songs.

Wedding song-book for guests.

Wedding song-book for guests.

Groom's grandfather (in middle) and other family.

Groom's grandfather (in middle) and other family.

Wedding guests.

Wedding guests/family.

Wedding guests.

Wedding guests/family.

Wedding guests and family.

Wedding guests/family singing and having fun with mother of the groom (in pink dress).

Wedding cake.

Wedding cake.

Anna & Lukasz sharing their wedding cake.

Anna & Lukasz sharing their wedding cake.

Ania & Lukasz getting ready for unvailing - "odczepiny".

Ania & Lukasz getting ready for unvailing - "odczepiny".

Transfer of the vail.

Transfer of the vail.

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. 

The table is set at the follow-up party - "poprawiny".

The table is set at the follow-up party - "poprawiny".

Cold meats platter at the follow-up party.

Home-made cold meats platter at the follow-up party.

Fish & seafood platter.

Fish & seafood platter.

A beautiful vegetable salad.

A beautiful vegetable salad.

Deviled eggs platter.

Deviled eggs platter.

Home-made pate platter.

Home-made pate platter.

Home-made ham and pickled vegetables platter.

Home-made ham and pickled vegetables platter.

Salceson, lard and pickled vegetables.

"Salceson" - a type of head cheese, smalec - "lard with onions" and pickled vegetables.

Veal stuffed with spinach.

Veal stuffed with spinach.

Grilling and beer drinking outside.

Grilling and beer drinking outside.

Outside grilling with the chef.

...and some more outside grilling.

Anna & Lukasz

Anna & Lukasz

CONGRATULATIONS

TO

ANNA & LUKASZ

July 24, 2010

ON THEIR MARRIAGE!!!

May your life be filled with happines and joy forever!

(and BIG THANKS for your hospitality!)


Szczesliwej Podrozy i Smacznego! (Happy Travels & Bon Appétit!)
 
Partners and Affiliations NTA WFTA Indian River County WFTA Slow Food Polska
We accept We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express

Poland Culinary Vacations, Inc.~ 129 39th Drive ~ Vero Beach, FL 32968
Toll Free 888-703-8130 ~ Tel: 772-777-0571 (outside the U.S. and Canada)

POLAND CULINARY VACATIONS, INC is registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST39171.

Need More Information?   info@polandculinary.com

Copyright 2017. Poland Culinary Vacations, Inc. All Rights Reserved.