Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wedding Bells, Continued

There is not too much that's different in a Latvian wedding from an American wedding. One key difference is that after the church part, they go out to some place in the countryside and hang out all day and all night and play games and dance and such. It's sort of like a reception, but better - although we can't confirm this as we sadly were unable to attend that portion of the festivities. One smaller difference - everyone (except us) brought flowers to the church, and immediately after the ceremony, the bride and groom walk down the aisle and then turn around and go back to the altar and have a receiving line right there. They collect flowers from everyone in attendance, which at the modest wedding we were at was as much as two people could carry. At a large wedding, they must hire extra attendants to carry all the flowers out of the church.


Anonymous said...

What a great experience! If you get to attend another wedding while in Latvia, now you will know the custom of bringing flowers!

Anonymous said...

The all day all night thing was a custom with the Bauers and Saltzmens, Great Grandparents on your Grandma Stokes side. I went to some of them when I was a boy.