“The bridesmaids or groomsmen will often plan a whole day or weekend where they surprise the groom and kidnap him.Normally the other partner knows that this will happen and will lie to make sure that they are in the right place at the right time.The Swedish royal wedding at Stockholm Cathedral on Saturday, with 8,000 soldiers and police patrolling rose-draped streets, sealed in matrimony the biggest palace love story since British Prince Charles and Diana tied the knot in 1981.
While in the UK or America men and women usually know when their stag do (or bachelor party) or hen party (bachelorette bash) is — or even plan part of it themselves — in Sweden they’ll often be caught completely unawares.
Typically in Sweden, this involves the groom or bride being kidnapped by their friends.
“But since I work with so many international clients including Swedes living abroad or where one of the couple is a Swede, my clients often blend the two traditions,” says Gink.
In some cultures it’s forbidden for the groom to see each other before the marriage ceremony but in ever-efficient Sweden, couples sometimes get their wedding snaps taken a few hours before for logistical purposes.
Hundreds of dukes, earls, kings, and princesses descended on Stockholm in recent days, many by yacht.
After the wedding, the newlyweds made their way by horse and carriage to a wedding reception hosted by her father, Carl Gustav, whose lineage dates back to when Prince Jean-Baptise Bernadotte of France (renamed Karl Johan) became the monarch in 1810, after Sweden lost the Finnish War in 1809.Don’t be a thief—save your grade, use Bib Me™ and give credit to those who deserve it!Unlike in the US or UK, in Sweden there is no tradition of the father of the bride giving his daughter away to her husband and the bride and groom will typically walk down the aisle together.A high profile example of this was the wedding between Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, when Victoria requested her father to walk her down the aisle.“In the end she walked almost to the front of the altar with her father and then Prince Daniel took over and they walked the last few steps together,” says Gink.Swedish weddings tend to drag on a bit due to the amount of speeches.