So, now, we’re busily tucking into our food. Which, if it’s like 95% of the numerous Danish weddings I’ve been to, will be: a seafood or fish starter, beef or veal for the main course and chocolate cake/icecream for dessert. In Jutland (the Danish mainland) the tradition is suppe, steg og is. Soup, roast and icecream. And – being Jutland – the serving staff will always come round with a second serving of the main course. Hooray for that! 🙂
But don’t get too engrossed in the starter because – ching, ching, cough, cough – the Toastmaster has just announced the first in a very long line of speeches. Oh, you thought there would only be three speeches: the Father of the Bride, the Best Man and the Groom? Well, think again! In Denmark, everyone can join in. It could be a friend of the Bride, a former boss, Kirsten Giftekniv (the “Matchmaker”) who brought the Happy Couple together, an University chum, the Groom’s brother, the Best Man, colleagues…
Or all of the above – and more. As happened at our wedding! 😉
And, ladies, remember those hankies! Because you’re about to discover that Danish men are actually incredibly romantic. When the Groom gives his speech, he’ll start off – selvfølgelig – with a few funny anecdotes. But towards the end the whole atmosphere of the room will change and you’ll be able to hear a pin drop. He’ll turn to his Bride and solemnly declare “Jeg elsker dig!” (“I love you!”) Sniff, sniff, not a dry eye in the house!
And, hey, let’s give some credit to the unsung hero of the wedding party – the Toastmaster. He really has his work cut out for him – working out an order of service, communicating with the kitchen staff (“Hold the roast pork, Moster Gerda is up next!”) and the keyboard player/DJ (“Stop the music, Bedstefar Ole wants to bring a toast!”) .
Phew – what a line up! And – wait a minute – our Toastmaster also needs to fit in all those songs, specially written by the guests for the occasion…
More about those next time!