Not everyone can afford to have their nuptials in one of the most enchanting castles in Slovakia, but sometimes just being close to a place like this can give your big day that extra touch of glamour. I don’t know if it was careful planning or just a coincidence, but this family wedding happened to be at a time, when there is an annual Festival of Ghosts and Monsters taking place in Bojnice (pronounced as Boynitze ) Castle. Indeed, there’s a palpable sense of magic all around the area in May, and this year the weather made the experience even more gratifying. No matter what was going on behind the castle walls, the wedding my family and I attended below the castle was thoroughly enjoyable.
I’ve been given a go-ahead by the newly-wed couple to take you on a short virtual tour of their wedding party. Come and join me for a feast of colours, scents, flavours and emotions. You won’t get a whole picture though, simply because my photography was interrupted by eating, chatting, singing and dancing.
It started like most Slovak weddings with a marriage ceremony in church. Straight from there we moved to a wedding site at a stone’s throw from Bojnice Castle. In a cosy restaurant just outside the town, all the wedding entourage counting about 60 people sat down to a festive table:
And here we go! The bride and groom hit the floor with the first music vibes, and are shortly followed by other spirited dancers.
Well into the wedding night and well lubricated with vodka, slivovitza or wine, everybody’s merry and ready to take part in each and every game the lady-in-chief comes up with.
No time to lose when it’s ‘Time of My Life’ …
Just before midnight, the married couple treat their guests to one of their wedding cakes.
Before the bride and groom change into more informal clothes, a traditional little farce is staged before the eyes of the guests, in which the bride passes her bridal veil onto another young, unmarried lady. Both the groom and the bride are then crowned with ceremonial hats symbolising their admission to the ‘married’ club.
This is how far I made it. Sleepy and dead-tired after hours of dancing, I went to bed at one. However, I wasn’t the first or the last one to leave. Many carried on partying for another three hours, and the most loyal guests remained with the newly-weds until half five in the morning.
No time to lose when it’s ‘Time of My Life’.
We left for home after a hearty brunch the next day, but the wedding weekend continued with small after-parties for family and friends until Sunday night. That’s just very typical of a Slovak wedding though!