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Now, unfortunately, statistics say that over 40% of Danish marriages are doomed to end in divorce. But, hey, many Danes go on to remarry - so let's look on the bright side...even more weddings! ;)
So where does it all start? Well, you can either get married in the Danish church (which also, by the way, performs same-sex marriages - halleluja! - an idea supported by a large majority of Danes) or at a civil cermony (usually at your local town hall, but can also be your back garden or at a hotel). And you can - selvfølgelig - also choose to go the whole hog and do both!
The ceremony itself is short and sweet. Forget all those toe-curling Hollywood film scenes where the bride and groom bumble through their marriage vows... There are no lines to learn! Those practical Danes get straight to the point. The priest or mayor will give a little speech then ask you two questions:
- Do you take Morten/Christina to be your husband/wife?
- Will you love and cherish him/her until death do you part?
And if you reply "Ja" (Yes) to both questions, you're married - simple as that!
Oh, and don't be surprised if the flower girls or ushers turn out to be the bride and groom's own kids. It's very common for the Danes to get married after they have kids, not before. Sometimes they even kill two birds with one stone and have a joint wedding/baby christening...
Join me next time when we'll be getting ready to celebrate!