So, in Danish Weddings (Part One), I told you about the Danish marriage ceremony.
Now that we’ve said “Ja!” (Yes!) to each other and are officially married, what next? Well, let’s get the party started, selvfølgelig!
Danish weddings involve lots and lots (and lots) of kissing. You’ll need to keep your wits about you!
Keep your ears open:
Ching, ching! Ching, ching, ching! Someone starts tapping a knife on their wine glass or plate. Then everyone joins in. Ching, ching, ching, ching, ching, ching, ching, ching, chiiiiiiiiiing! And you don’t stop making the noise until the Happy Couple get out of their seats, stand up on their chairs, carefully reach out towards one another (careful, mind you don’t fall!) and kiss. Mwa! And skål! (Cheers!)
Repeat at random. Over. And over.
Keep your eyes open:
You also need to keep your eye firmly fixed on the Bride and Groom. If, at any point, the Groom leaves the room to go wee-wee, then it’s open season on the Bride!
The men dash over to her, and queue up to give her a kiss.
Given that we are in liberal Denmark and there is full equality, the opposite applies selvfølgelig if the Bride leaves the room. Then all the ladies have a chance to go smooch the Groom. You might want to make sure that the Bride and Groom are drinking plenty of water, so they’ll need to leave the room often. Otherwise you’ll just have to lure them out under false pretences. Perfectly acceptable!
Join me next time for the next round of Danish Wedding traditions!