On the weekend David and I attended our very first Romanian wedding...and it was one for the books! :)
We left slightly later for the 2pm ceremony than we had planned (lol- typical). We sped down town in the pouring rain, quickly parked the car and ran (in heels!!) to the church, only to arrive at 2:02pm! When we opened the doors to the church, the bride was standing there and we thought "OH NO! She's about to walk down the aisle!!" We rushed passed her and turned the corner into the sanctuary only to find a COMPLETELY EMPTY ROOM! Whaaat?!? I whispered to David "Are we supposed to be here? Maybe people don't attend Romanian wedding ceremonies?". We didn't know whether to sit down or wait at the back. I tried to talk to the photographer but she didn't speak very much English, so we were pretty much lost/confused. After 10 minutes, the groom casually walked into the sanctuary and encouraged us to take a seat. Here's a quick video we took from our seats....
It was a good half an hour before the ceremony began, and we were two of 10 people in attendance...the only two who didn't speak Romanian. The ceremony seemed traditional/serious, but the atmosphere was SO casual! People walked in and out of the sanctuary throughout the ceremony (including the flower girl who ran up and down the aisle no fewer than 13 times!!!) and the priest asked David and I to be a part of the ceremony 5 minutes before the wedding started! HA. It was funny because I had never met the bride OR groom! Oh well, with 10 people in attendance, they couldn't be too picky!
David thought he'd heard that 60 people were attending the wedding. After the ceremony I wondered if he'd mistaken the number 16 for 60. We were anxious to see what the reception would be like....would we ALL be sitting at the "head table?!" ha ha. The invitation said that the reception would start at 6pm and we arrived pretty much on time. An hour and a half later the rest of the 60 guests had finished trickling in and the reception officially began! The food was great (all vegetarian!!) and the dancing was plentiful (my kind of party)!
At 9:30 David hit up the dessert table. There was no MC (or any sort of structure to the evening) and we had already eaten salad, pasta, risotto, antipasta etc. and danced for a good hour so we thought it was dessert time for sure! As we started eating dessert, the waiters started setting out new dinner plates. I guess I looked a little surprised because the Romanian woman beside me told me that 9:30pm was WAY too early to be done eating dinner and assured me that we would be served AT LEAST another course! HA-whoops! Guess we should have held off on the dessert! After dessert, there was MORE dancing! I love how other cultures have traditional dances that everyone knows and participates in. We learned a bunch of group circle dances where everyone joins hands and moves around the bride and the groom who dance in the centre- it's SUPER COOL!
The whole day was totally bizarre....but SO much fun! While I love traditional North American weddings, there was something refreshing about everyone's relaxed demeanor and go-with-the-flow attitude!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,