A Positively Pagan Wedding in the Czech Republic: Pavlina & Tomas
Finding ways to incorporate all the things that make you into your wedding can sometimes be a little tricky but todays couple are living proof that it can be done, all you need is a little bit of creativity and prioritisation. Personally I think it all comes down to expectation, you have to have a strong belief in what it is you want your wedding to symbolise.
I believe there are a few things we can learn from Pavlina and Tomas today and they are to always be true to yourself, only include traditions that are important to you and incorporate loves and interests that have brought you together as a couple. Make sure you read through to the end as well as Pavlina has even more advice for you…
“We were married on late Baroque chateau which is owned by our good friend. We both fell in love with its history, in the 17th century the chateau was built by local aristocrat for his ill wife as he believed that the local water could heal her. The chateau is full of love and I really believe that you can really feel the spirit!
We didn´t like to use classic wedding decor so we used the things we loved from our home and those that we found in the chateau. Tomas is a vocalist from a metal band and we both love rock and metal music so we decided to choose black, red and white tones. My bouquet was bound with black bow and the Tomas’s had a tie with a pagan symbol (the hammer of Thor). On our wedding cake was the Icelandic symbol Vegvisir, it means alot to us as we both have a Vegvisir tattoo – the symbol is our guide, we believe that the symbol helps the bearer to find the safe way back to home.
All the food served on at our wedding, including cakes and beverages, were 100% vegan. We wanted to show our friends and family members how we eat and that our eating habit has many variants. We were happy that in the end everybody was surprised and satisfied with all courses.
One big inspiration for our weddings was drawn from our lives. I am student of history whilst Tomas works in a theatre. We both love old things, dark music, vegan food, nature and our friends all together. We decided not to have a strict wedding schedule, instead we had the ceremony, cake cutting and the first dance with our beloved perfect for our non-formal garden party with lots of positive energy.
Our wedding ended up lasting a few days in the end. It wasn’t planned but we loved it! Some of guests arrived a day earlier (including our friend who was also our photographer) and lots of guests also stayed longer (from Friday till Monday in the case of my maid in honor!:)) I enjoyed the ceremony so much, I couldn’t stop laughing, I also loved cutting the cake with an old sword. The most emotional moment was the first dance, I was just so occupied with love.
My advice for any couples planning a wedding now would be to choose a venue that you will fall in love with. Be yourselves! Don’t try to satisfy all your guests (with a food or with a wedding dress). Be happy! If you are happy, all the guests will be happy with you and for you. Lastly I would say choose a wedding photographer that you will feel good with, so that they can catch all the important moments. And don’t be afraid to write your own wedding speech! Everything is more personal if the speech is about you and your love!”
So what do you think? Good advice or what?