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"Weddings" etiquette Tip by Scarlie

etiquette, Sofia: 13 reviews and 11 photos


Weddings are one of those special things -- if you are invited, don't miss the opportunity. You have to bring a gift though, but luckily we do not have wedding/marriage lists. Everyone buys whatever they decide (or afford).

If you are somehow personally involved in the wedding (getting married or related to someone who is getting married), you'll have to make gifts to each member/branch of the family. They don't have to be fancy, but it is an all or nothing affair (pick and chose is not an option). Pay particular attention to the old people (i.e. the grandparents, and in some cases, great-grandparents).

Today, most Bulgarians have both church and civil wedding (the civil is the only one legal). Both are usually on the same day (civil first, then church), followed by lots of food and drink.

There are some special rituals during the party -- like feeding the mother in law ('stuff her mouth now, so she does not say anything during your marriage'); breaking the glasses; the bread w/ salt/pepper (i.e. the good and bad thingsin a marriage)... and of course, the bouquet. The first toast is to the newly-weds and everyone chants 'Gorchivo' ('Bitter'), i.e. drink all the bitter stuff now and have only goods experiences together.

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  • Written Sep 26, 2002
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