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Danish Wedding

Starting the Family Life in Style

Different communities, religions, and races practice distinct wedding traditions and customs that make them special and unique. Wedding ceremonies are a complex affair, with a lot of emphasis put on the expectations laid out by the society that includes conforming to the dictates of religion, traditions, and customs. Despite the complexities of weddings, they present a chance to the newlyweds to start their family life officially. Weddings are also an opportunity for family and loved ones to come together as a show of love, unity, and concern for the bride and groom.

The diversity of weddings around the world are as a result of different cultural and traditional aspects of each community. Modernity and the transformation of the world into a global village has made it easy for us to imitate some aspects of other cultures and traditions, the key being marriage ceremonies. You can easily tap into the idea of an exotic wedding plan and own it, turning your wedding into something memorable and unique. One of the most standout wedding ceremonies that you should check out is the Danish wedding.

Denmark weddings have a touch of sophistication with a mixture of distinct cultures and traditions that have traversed centuries. If you are a lover of diverse cultural and traditional marriage ceremonies, then the Denmark wedding is the ultimate plan.

Danish Wedding Traditions and Customs

Customs and beliefs are prevalent everywhere you go, and Denmark wedding ceremonies are not an exception. People in the country hold weddings in high regard and place it among the most important social functions of anyone's life.

One of the most standout wedding customs performed far and wide in Denmark is the "Gate of Honor." The "Gate of Honor" is an arc of pine branches and beautifully designed flowers usually constructed just in front of the bride's home entrance. Family members, friends, and neighbors are in charge of erecting the customary "Gate of Honor," which the bride passes through on her way to the wedding venue. The gate is placed strategically, usually directly above the doorstep or on the pathway leading to the bride's home. During the 25th wedding anniversary, the "Gate of Honor" is also constructed to commemorate the couple's longevity in marriage.

The majority of the Danish people profess the Christian faith, so it is expected that there are a lot of similarities between weddings in Denmark and others around the world and, in particular, the united states. Religion plays a significant role in how people conduct wedding ceremonies, with many processions centered on the Christian faith in Denmark. Many people prefer to host their weddings in the church, while others choose outdoor venues to exchange their vows.

In many cases during the wedding ceremonies in Denmark, a priest or church official will officiate the wedding, including presiding over the couple as they exchange their vows. It is also customary in Denmark for the bride and groom to invite family and friends to come and witness as they are joined in holy matrimony.

Wedding Dress Code

Just like in the United States, a bride in the Danish wedding wears the traditional white wedding gown that signifies purity and covers their face with a veil. The bride is also required to include something red in her dressing, a color that traditionally means love and is believed to ward off evil spirits in Denmark. The groom is responsible for buying the bridal bouquet and is banned from purchasing the bride her wedding shoes, something which she is tasked with doing by herself.

The groom is expected to wear an official suit with matching shoes during the wedding day. The guests should also be presentable, and it is common practice for them to come dressed in the most gorgeous and colorful outfits they can get.

The Wedding Ceremony

Many wedding ceremonies take place at the church in Denmark, while others hold their celebrations in selected venues or at the state office registered for that purpose. The groom and other guests are expected to be seated earlier on, with the bride and her father arriving a little late, accompanied by ululations and joyful noise from the guests. The bride and groom then exchange their vows and rings in the presence of a priest, church official, or state officer and are later pronounced man and wife.

On their way out of the wedding venue, just like in the United States and some other places globally, the bride and groom are showered with rice. The symbolic gesture is to wish the newlyweds good tidings, health, and prosperity as they begin their lives as officially and legally married couples.

The Wedding Reception

Many people look up to wedding receptions because here is where all the fun is at in any wedding in Denmark. The guests are required to remain standing as they arrive at the reception venue and continue to do so until allowed to sit, contrary to which appear to be rude. Or impolite.

The receptions include people making speeches and a toast offered to the newlyweds. People then later mingle, have fun, which includes music, dancing, merrymaking, eating, and drinking. One of the most notable fun moments during the celebration is singing, which usually involves everyone present at the reception. The songs sang at the parties have a luxurious Danish touch, composed of famous Denmark melodies that include;

  • Jeg en gård mig bygge vil
  • Marken er mejet
  • Det er hammer hammer fedt

 

The groom and bride perform their newlywed dance at midnight, as the guests gather around in a cycle and move in closer to cheer them on as they dance. You should expect a lot of kissing in any Danish wedding reception, not only for the newlyweds but for many other people among the guest because it is quite a common practice.

It is also at the reception that the wedding cake, locally known as the “Kransekage”, is cut, and the bride and groom share it with the guests available.

Danish weddings are a joy to participate in or even watch. Their weddings are full of fun and entertainment with traditions and customs that are unique only in Denmark.

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