Here at Transun, we were privileged last month to be part of bride and groom’s special day in Lapland.
We can’t personally think of a better way to say ‘I do’ than deep in the Arctic Circle, at an ice chapel nestled amongst the snow laden forest 160km North of the Arctic Circle. With the groom making his grand entrance by husky and his beautiful bride by reindeer sleigh, it truly was a magical and memorable day for all!
The picturesque village of Hetta, where the Sami culture is alive and strongest in Lapland, was the location of the Ice chapel for our guests wedding ceremony. Although we offer traditional weddings in Lapland, with Sami National Day on February 6, here at Transun we thought we would have a look at some of the Sami traditions surrounding their wedding celebrations.
At a Sami wedding, the bride and groom wear traditional Lapp costumes, predominately the primary colours of red, blue and yellow. The bride wears different layers of scarves, with up to 15-30 brooches, furthermore the bride wears a bridal crown with a row of long coloured ribbons attached.
2. Bridal Procession
The bridal procession consists most often of unmarried boy and girls and the bride and groom as the fourth couple in the procession. The best man and bridesmaid follow the bride and groom. All the couples go hand in hand, it begins at the home of either the bride or groom and ends at the church.
3. The more the merrier
A traditional Sami wedding is a big event, in fact it is not unusual to have upto 600-700 guests at the reception. In some cases it is reported that up to 2000 guests attend the wedding!
Here at Transun, we can help you create a magical winter wonderland wedding, whether it be for large colourful parties - Sami style, or a more traditional, intimate wedding. We are there every step of the way to ensure that your day, from your private transfers, to photographer to flowers, to the wedding breakfast and most importantly the location of the two most important words that you will say in your life, ‘I do’.