Friday, May 19, 2006

Civil Registry Office

Passing by Wiesbaden's Civil Registry Office, I noticed these guys waiting outside for the bridal couple to come out. It had started raining (as this lady who walked into my photo can prove) and they lined up at the wall to stay as dry as possible.

A lot of couples have two ceremonies here in Germany. First the mandatory civil ceremony and then a church ceremony which is optional but usually a lot more festive. That's also where the bride dresses up with the white wedding dress, whereas the civil ceremony is usually a bit more casual.



At 8:51 AM, Blogger Sam said...

They look like they're lined up to get married, waiting for thei brides to show up! lol.

Love the blue motorcycle below - very cool!!

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Kris said...

i think one of the men is in his track-suit! how comfy, i'd like that :)
over here, both civil and church(optional) are on the same day, with the couple in full wedding attire ..i imagine very tiring!!

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I got married in a small village primary school that doubled up as the registry office. Long time ago now. Didn't do a church ceremony as it wouldn't have been very honest.

At 12:03 AM, Blogger Natalie said...

So is a church wedding not considered legally binding? How interesting? Here any ol' fool who calls themself a minister can marry just have to get a marriage license and fill out the appropriate papers and have two witnesses.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Kala said...

thats so fascinating how its done in different countries - and the line of men! I noticed you never used the "M" word - people prefer calling it a Civil ceremony?

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Fraser said...

Both interesting and informative. What a wedding photo!

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

sam - that's what I thought, too. :)

fotoaddict - some people are doing it on the same day as well. But it's really a lot of stress they're going through then.

bob - a lot of people do that like that as well over here, just having a civil ceremony.

natalie - nope. If you just do a church ceremony you're legally not married in Germany.

nicholas - :) I've been avoiding the "m" word since both ceremonies are considered marriage but only one is legally binding over here.

faser - thank you!

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Christine said...

I had to tell you I nicked a few of your photos. My daughter was born in Wiesbaden and it was either this door or one very, very close by that we had to go in at der Rathaus to register her birth and get her birth certificate! It brought back fond memories and I thought it'd be nice to have a pic for her :)

Gorgeous photos. You did well in capturing the essence of the ped area!



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