Here is part 2 from my trip to Sweden. As you know I was beyond excited to be invited to one of my good friend’s Evan Jager’s wedding in Sweden. My mom and I agreed, it is a once in a life time experience and we had to go! So, we prepared and planned not only a trip to Stockholm but to Sigtuna, for the actual wedding.
Once we spent 4 days exploring Stockholm restaurants, fashion and of course culture, we took a 40 minute cab ride to Sigtuna. All of the guests and wedding party were staying at the beautiful hotel where the reception was being held, Sigtuna Höjden Spa. Here is a picture of the inside of the hotel and what our room looked like.
The hotel and it’s grounds were absolutely stunning. All the food, made by the chef onsite was organic, local and eco friendly. It was located on a small body of water and was surrounded by wooded trails. The back deck overlooked the woods and had hot tubs that were opened to guests, even at night.
Since Sigtuna is the oldest town in Sweden we walked to downtown Sweden to check out shops, eat some delicious chocolate and do some site seeing.
All of the shops had that antique feel to them and were fun to explore. If I would have had more room in my luggage I would have bought more trinkets, clothing and decorations for the house.
They had a decadent chocolate shop that everyone indulged in. And then I can say it was a first time in my life that I ordered coffee from a shop that also sold raw crawfish…smell was not good…
After a few hours of enjoying ourselves our feet were killing us so we ended up just taking a bus back to the hotel. As you can see I missed my dog Kip very much throughout my week long trip!
The day of the wedding, my mom and I slept in, grabbed lunch at the hotel and then prepared for a lovely day ahead of us. Evan and Sofia’s BIG Day!
The ceremony was held at this little adorable old church in the middle of nowhere. It was like something out of a fairy tail and very romantic!
Once they said “I do”, it was back to the hotel for cocktail hour and the reception.
In Sweden there are a few things that were different than a traditional American wedding.
First you do not sit directly next to your significant other. The reason why they do this is because you have a little printed pamphlet at your seat with every single guest’s name. Next to their name there is mini bio about each guest, explaining your relation to the couple and some quirky fun facts about each guest. It allows you to get to know a large variety of people at the wedding and not be stuck to your own circle of friends. It was super fun to meet and get to know everyone. It gives you a feeling of comfort as you are able to find things in common with guests sitting at your table. By the end of the night everyone knew each other really well.
Another Sweden wedding custom is when the groom leaves the room every single man has to run around the room and kiss the bride on the cheek and the same goes for when the bride leaves the room, the single ladies have to kiss the groom. Weird but cute. Perfect timing for me, I just applied lipstick. Last but not least regarding unique Sweden Wedding customs was the constant speeches. A designated toast master is in charge of coordinating speeches throughout the evening and anyone was able to give a speech, toast or just a nice little saying to the couple. I am pretty sure I cried like 3 times throughout the night!
Dinner was absolutely amazing! Presentation and the 3 courses were delicious! Very impressive and completely entertaining all throughout dinner getting to know the guests at my table and listen to the heart warming speeches.
After dinner there was a DJ and my friends and I danced until the wee hours of the morning.
For more details of my trip to Stockholm, click here.