According to the Complete Book of
"whether a wedding takes place in
a church or outdoors, groomsmen should try to arrive in time
to greet the guests and reassure
them that they are in the right place"
("the Complete Book of Australian Weddings",
Kangaroo Press 1987 - No joke!)
However, according to German custom, there will be no groomsmen. We do
not know why this is the case,
probably because they would be late anyway... So, in our case, Florian
will try to arrive in time (1:30 pm)
and give you the reassuring feeling that, where there is a groom, there
will be a bride!
Just in case you're lost, this is the chapel you are looking for on the
grounds of Liebenstein:
We'd like to give you a rough
idea of what is planned for that Saturday:
Ali walks into the chapel
around 3 pm
drinks, nibbles and some music in the moat
later in the afternoon
an optional little "Spaziergang"/walk through the adjacent vineyards
(It took Florian some time
to convince Ali that this seriously is a German tradition. Ali has
bought white hiking boots...)
You might then want to have a little nap in the grass or your hotel
bed, or else join our friend
Jochen in the beergarden of Liebenstein Castle.
The reception is being held in the castle cellar opposite the chapel.
After dinner - to get the bridal party started - put your dancing shoes
on for Florian's old saxophone teacher's
Rock'n'Roll band - Pumping
on DJ "Shoe Bert" and DJ "Inden House" will be hitting the decks!
Hope you can join us for a nice
Sunday breakfast buffet at the castle
One reason for us to
choose Liebenstein Castle was that it is really great for your young
kids (if you take them along).
There is no traffic, it is surrounded by walls - behind the walls there
are vineyards or the golf course if one should be able to escape...
And there should be heaps of fun things to do on the castle grounds.
We'll bring along some games and footballs.
For later on, when the reception is happening,
we were assured by the hotel management, that you can drive down the
and you can park your car just in front of the reception venue, so that
the kiddies can sleep inside the car.
The hotel people have had good experiences with this arrangement.
For more information about
the weather, what to say (or not to say), etc. click here