Thursday, May 8, 2014
Thoughts on Having Our Wedding in Copenhagen
Wedding planning is finally kicking into a higher tempo around here! We have ordered and received a shipment of jars for our wedding favors, RSVP's are coming in, we've submitted our wedding papers to the kommune, and I had my first dress fitting today. I've bought a few things to start making a few decor items and I'm planning on talking to some florists in the next few weeks. I can't believe that there is just a little over two months left to our big day!
In some ways I feel like my wedding here in Copenhagen is or would have been a lot different had I had my wedding in Vancouver. I have been reading some of the Danish wedding forums, I have been to a few bridal boutiques here, I've researched wedding venues, and I have also been learning about Danish wedding traditions. All I can say is that, weddings in Denmark are still quite traditional and well, maybe ten or even fifteen years behind the industry in North America. The invitation style, decor style, and many wedding dresses I've seen here aren't my style at all. Our wedding follows more the trend and styles of current weddings at home in Canada (maybe a little more relaxed and toned down) and will incorporate more traditional Danish aspects in the ceremony format for example.
There are some downsides to having our wedding in Denmark. The costs are much higher for pretty much everything. For example, I really wanted my wedding cake from a specific conditori in the city but when I do the math, the price per person for one slice of cake is pretty ridiculous. I mean, $16 for the slice of cake plus another $5 cutting and plating fee isn't really worth it for me. If we have eighty guests or so, the price of the cake beats the price of my dress! (If you have any recommendations for great cake bakers or conditori's in Copenhagen, please do share!)
On the other hand, I think it will be a great experience for my family and friends from all around the world to see where we are living and get to know Copenhagen a bit more. Copenhagen is our home and I am so incredibly happy that we have amazing family and friends who are willing to come and share in our wedding here. It's also fun because we will have a hybrid wedding. We get to choose the traditions and aspects of North American and Danish weddings that are meaningful to us and build our own Scandi-Canadian wedding.
Have you planned a multicultural wedding? Did you blend the two cultures and how? Did you have two weddings in both countries or? What are your thoughts on the Danish wedding industry?