Post # 1
My fiance and I are getting married in June in a small castle in Germany (where we live). I’m a fairly laid-back bride (don’t let the castle thing throw you; castles are everywhere here, so they are very common venues!) but there is one thing I am having trouble with: the chapel doesn’t have an aisle.
The top of the building is false, and the doors are blocked, so the actual chapel is the bottom part up to the first two windows and is not very big (even though it looks huge!) When you walk in you run smack into pews and there are two pillars about five feet from the door. There’s nowhere to wait in the back or behind anything because the pews take up the whole building, minus the altar. There isn’t enough room to manuever between the pews with any sort of grace (which I pretty much lack) because it’s so narrow. The photos I took with my phone aren’t good enough to show perspective so I hope this makes sense!
So what do we do? There is a dirt-road hill leading from the castle, so I thought about walking down the hill as the guests wait outside, but June is the rainy season and dirt =mud if we don’t have blue skies that day. It’s also it’s too far to walk in a white dress and heels. My fiance suggested rolling up in a fancy car but I can just see falling on my face or pulling an accidental Lindsay Lohan!
Besides, even though we are paying for this by ourselves, I really want my dad to walk me down some sort of aisle, and I want my best girlies to have their moments as well.
HELP?!?! 🙂 Pretty please?! 🙂
Post # 3
Could you and your dad pull up in a car outside… about 20 feet away, and then your dad can get out of the car and walk to your side of the car to help you out (you won’t fall if he is helping you and he can stand in front so you don’t “flash” anyone). Then you and your dad can walk together from the car to the castle. Perhaps your bridesmaids could be in another car ahead of you?
Sorry, it’s probably not the best solution, and I am sure other bee’s will have some great ones! Your location looks amazing btw!
Post # 4
Could you set up chairs outside in the courtyard and use the beautiful architecture of the building as the backdrop to your ceremony instead?
Post # 5
giving you this sort of feeling
Post # 6
Thanks girlies! Great suggestions! 🙂 The road might be too narrow to set up chairs though. Firie, was this your wedding?
If I didn’t love the castle and this chapel things would be so much easier!:)
Post # 7
I’m getting married in a tiny castle in Germany next year as well and I’m having the same sort of issue! Damn you, tiny castles! Unfortunately, if you’re actually getting married at the castle (meaning if a marriage registrar does the official ceremony) you probably won’t be able to get married outside. That’s just not the “normal” thing to do in Germany.
How about pulling up in a car and all your guests are waiting outside for you? Then you could all go inside together.
Oh, and by the way – beautiful location!
Post # 8
@Ivy81: Thanks! Congrats on your wedding! We actually changed the venue last month to one closer to my FH’s family, near Hamburg. ONE of the reasons was the chapel size but there were tons of actual issues too (we have to get married legally where we live, which means we couldn’t find someone to marry us in the village the castle is in, etc.) SO many rules here! =)
Post # 9
I’m new to Wedding Bee, but I need some help.
My fiancee and I are currently living in Montreal, however, he is from Germany and we are trying to have our wedding there. As such, it will be very small – 15 people.
We’re having a difficult time trying to find venues that are accomodating in either Hamburg or Berlin.
It’s especially stressful/exhausting, as all the venues refuse to write to us in English, and I speak very little German.
Does anyone have any recommendations or advice to give?
Thank you kindly,
Post # 10
@allegraercolanese: Welcome to the Hive! I have flagged this post to have a moderator move it to the Europe board. I think you will get more help there. You may want to edit the title while you still can to “Need ceremony site in Hamburg or Berlin”