My (darling) sister-in-law asked me yesterday for the date of our Copper Wedding because she wanted to keep her calendar free for the big celebrations we should (she inferred) be planning. So how long have DH and I been married if we are going to celebrate our Copper Anniversary? Well, if you google it, you could choose between 7 or 22 years in the USA, 9 years in Scotland or 32 years if you live in France....
But you do know that those crazy Danes love to do their own thing, don't you? They don't worry about what others think and are very liberal. And thank the heavens for that - that's one of the best things about living here! :) One of the first countries in the world to have a woman minister, Nina Bang, in the government of 1924, one of the first countries to decriminalise homosexuality in 1933, one of the first countries to allow women to vote at local elections in 1908 with full suffrage in 1915. And...the only country in the world to celebrate a Copper Wedding after 12½ years of marriage. 12 and a what? Where on earth did they get that ½ from?!
Cynics might suggest that, as one in three Danes get divorced, there isn't much chance of actually making it to 25 years and holding a Silver Wedding party. So they just divided it in half. Pardon? Whatever the reason for it, the Copper Wedding is a 'Big Thing' in Denmark and not to be taken lightly. Family and friends expect you to throw a Party. Hire a venue kind of party. And will sneak in to your garden during the night and put up an archway (but just half!) of flowers around your front door. And expect to be invited in for breakfast at 7am on the morning of the glorious 12½ years. Yikes, Shaggy, I'd better make a Flylady Control Journal and get planning...and hope DH is writing another good speech.
DH and I got married on 11 April 1998. So officially our Copper Wedding will be 11 October 2010. Mark it in your diaries now! ;)
Have a wonderful wedded Wednesday! :)