La suisse n’existe pas: Switzerland does not exist.
Nearly half of the 40,000 Switzerland destination weddings that take place every year are held between June and September; during these four months, castles, mansions, and lakeside restaurants from Geneva to St Gallen are fully booked – so start your planning early!
Note that, like a few nearby countries, Switzerland destination weddings require that you legally marry at a registry office before exchanging vows in a church. Once you have the proper documents, you and your newly minted husband are free to hold a ceremony anywhere you choose; many previous brides and grooms have chosen to bypass the local churches in favor of a castle courtyard or alpine chapel – but finding clergy willing to perform weddings outside their own parishes is not always easy.
Looking to entwine some Swiss traditions into your ceremony? Swiss brides traditionally wear a crown or wreath down the aisle, symbolizing her maidenhood; the wreath is removed and burned after the exchanging of the vows – if the crown burns quickly, the bride is considered lucky. Once newlyweds and are living in their new home, a pine tree is planted in their yard to represent fertility.
As noted on Crikey.com, weddings in Switzerland are steeped in tradition and there is a veritable minefield of rules, social mores, and appropriate attire. From knowing that Swiss wedding guests are expected to sing for their supper (literally) to how to best negotiate gravel, grass and cowpies in high heels – read on at Crikey for their Swiss Wedding Survival Guide!
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