(Kinda) Church on Sunday/Nice Day for a White Wedding
Belgrade’s City Hall isn’t a church, but it seemed like one this morning when over 100 couples were joined together in Belgrade’s “Dream Wedding,” an annual event that takes place in front of City Hall.
Information on the event in English is limited, but it appears that this event started in 1999 during NATO air raids. The weddings are performed for free. Serbian and non-Serbian couples are welcome to get hitched in front of friends, family, and hundreds of strangers. Like me.
The first couple in the wedding procession was quite a sight; a handsome military officer and a bride with one of the longest trains I’d ever seen. I suppose her “something blue” were the jeans worn by her ten attendants.
I don’t know about this year, but former Dream Wedding couples received free dresses, hotel rooms, and gifts. Judging from the number of expectant brides, I’d guess that the city still offers free strollers to couples/soon-to-be parents. But the real prize, I presume, is celebrating a happy relationship in such a fun and unusual way. People waved and shouted to the couples, a gypsy band joined the walk to the hall, and ballerinas dressed as peacocks performed. City Hall may not be a holy place, but this morning, it was my kind of church.