Have you ever wondered what a Georgian wedding is like?

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We were invited to the most spectacular wedding on Saturday.

A beautiful couple from Europe held their very traditional, autumnal wedding on  Mtatsminda – the mountain in Tbilisi. This is actually the same mountain Shota and I accidentally climbed on his birthday this year. It was beautiful, but the funicular is a bit easier…

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Yes, soppy couple shots, because if you don’t feel romantic at a wedding then when do you?

I’m conflicted with the thought of marriage as I understand it’s an old-fashioned business concept and that engagement rings are just a money-making scheme but I also love old romance films and would rather view and embrace relationships in the same way, rather than with cynicism.

This wedding further emphasised that. It was so full of love and excitement and encompassed everything there is to love about Georgia and its culture.

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We arrived to a terrace adorned with elegant guests, beautiful flowers, food and, of course, Georgian wine.

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Autumn is a very popular time to get married in Georgia as the heat from summer has passed and it’s not quite as icy and bitter as winter. We were actually invited to another wedding the same day, and Shota’s sister attended one as well. It was the perfect time for the foreign guests who attended to see Tbilisi as the whole city was celebrating Tbilisoba, and fresh wine and chacha was in abundance after this year’s harvest.

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As a Spring baby, I’ll still maintain that it’s my favourite time of year, but who can deny the arousal of the senses that Autumn brings! Just look at those colours! I’m sure you can imagine the indulgent smells and tastes too, sorry technology isn’t good enough to share that yet…

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As I said, the wedding encompassed everything admirable about Georgia, including the local, fresh, rich food flavours. There was even a tent with a chacha degustation and churchkhela being made!

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All to the harmony of these guys:

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After admiring the view and mingling with other guests, we soon filed in and made our way to our seats.

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We were sat with some of the groom’s colleagues, who were all very excited and interested by Georgia, having arrived for the first time just a few days before.

Shota, being the only Georgian at the table, did his best to explain the peculiar tradition of a Georgian supra. Complete with kantsi. Three rounds and a jug of Kvanchkara (a semi-sweet red from Racha and supposedly Stalin’s favourite) later, conversation was flowing.

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The bride and groom opened the night of Georgian folklore with their first dance, which swiftly lead to various performances in national dress from different regions of Georgia.

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As well as some very popular Georgian and Russian singers, my favourite being these guys.

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Obligatory bathroom selfie before the dancing started. I’m in love with this dress and rarely look fancy so don’t you judge me.

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By the time the cake was cut we were all shemomadjamo from the supra and suitably drunk from the wine. So it was time to dance!

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A band played a variety of cover songs for a while before a DJ took over. Chacha and beer was being shared amongst the dancers, most of whom were from our table (Shota did well with introducing them to Georgian traditions, obviously).

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Oh, and what’s a wedding without fireworks?

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We got home at about 4am, dazzled and enamoured by the night we just witnessed.

Have you ever been to a wedding abroad? How was it different from your home country?

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19 thoughts on “Have you ever wondered what a Georgian wedding is like?

  1. maryannniemczura says:

    Magnificent account of the wedding with photos and videos. I almost felt as if I were experiencing this wedding firsthand. I was invited to a wedding at a German castle which was the home of the bride and groom. Guests from all over the world were hosted at local hotels. It was an outdoor wedding on the castle grounds in July. There were many tables set and a stage for an Oktoberfest band which played later in the evening and all night. I had our two children along, and about midnight, we were too tired to stay. After a lovely meal indoors, all the guests were taken via bus to the local village inn for more music, singing, dancing, wine, champagne and beer. It was part of a “play” to save the bride who had been “kidnapped” and to bring her safely home. More food and entertainment followed back at the castle. The next morning, all the guests went to another inn for a huge German breakfast. Most everyone had been up all night. I met guests from all over the world at this wedding. This was very memorable to us along with all the customs such as baby clothes hung from a line on the roof of the castle. If there were a baby in the first year, the fire department would come and take the clothes down and have a party. If there was a baby after the first year of marriage, the couple had to take the clothes line down. As it turned out, the couple had to take the clothes down. Today they still live in this fairy tale castle with their three children.

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