11thPolish National Meeting of Couples Who Had Non-Alcoholic Wedding Celebrations

Wedding of the Weddings 2005

Olsztyn (Poland), 2005

A couple from Germany came to Poland with their families to have a non-alcoholic wedding reception. In Germany it would have not be imaginable to have a reception like this. So we danced jointly, the participants of the Wedding of the Weddings and the non-alcoholic wedding guests.

This was by the way the longest ever Wedding of the Weddings - it lasted over a week. First we visited a tiny village of Gietrzwa³d, inhabited by some 1,000 people. But for years it is a place where to pilgrims stream day and night. It was the place of the apparitions of Our Lady in 1877. The Holy Mother appeared for 180 consecutive days calling for rosary and sobriety as conditions for blessing to Poland.

We stayed there for a couple of days praying on the Stations of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, distributed of the beautiful countryside.

Then we went on a tour through the countryside, visiting a museum of olsztynian village, the place of the famous Battle of Grunwald (1410, where Polish Army defeated and united Crossrider and Western Europe Army) and the so-called "green channel" (where tourist ships are transported through meadows separating two lakes).

Finally we came to Olsztyn, a picturous town in North-East Poland, of over 170,000 inhabitants. In the old cathedral we participated in the wedding ceremony of the mentioned couple from Germany and then walked through the streets of the town, lead by the city president, to the urania-hall where the wedding reception was celebrated.