I live in a small city surrounded by farms and small villages full of traditions and customs, places where everyone knows everyone and everyone knows everything. I’m constantly amazed by how different these traditions are sometimes; one that’s been on my mind lately concerns weddings.
My grandma—who grew up on a small village in the middle of the hillside—talks about the tradition of village weddings, weddings where everyone in town is invited. Traditionally the family lets everyone know by putting a spot on the radio, papering the village with flyers, or by word of mouth. Sometimes people from neighboring villages might show up.
The reception is hosted in the town square. The couple’s families sacrifice a cow or some sheep to feed the entire town, they might provide beer for everyone, and of course they pay a live band to play the entire night.
If the event’s really big other people might even sell food or snacks around the city square, kind of like a fair. Sometimes the entire village might help and contribute to the party.
If the event’s really big, other people might even sell food or snacks around the city square, kind of like a fair. Sometimes the entire village might help and contribute to the party.
I was impressed by this concept, but I reached amazement when I recently heard it is still done! Some people at the small farms or villages surrounding the city still do these kinds of parties; some are even partially sponsored by the local brewery. Some big events even draw people from out of town, depending on how good the band playing is.
An acquaintance is marrying a small-village guy, and the groom was adamant about putting out a radio spot to let everyone know about the party. With today’s technology there’s the chance of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people showing up to the party.
Wanting a small event, the idea of inviting the entire village to your wedding shocks me in ways I can’t describe; however, that’s what these people grew up with and are used to. I can totally envision a young bride dreaming about having the entire town dancing at her wedding, whether she knows them or not.
Would you like to have such a big wedding? Would you like having everyone there you know that day?