If anyone is interested in attending the info I have says the renewal will be at 11 AM on Sunday, May 3rd on the main stage of Norway Day. Appropriate dress will be Bunads and there will be a kransekake tasting afterward. If you go, please send them a hearty congratulations from Sons of Norway!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with a traditional Norwegian wedding, here's some interesting factoids:
- The couple normally wear Bunads that represent the regions they are from.
- The bride often wears a bridal crown that is decorated with small metal bangles that make a somewhat metallic musical sound as the bride moves.
- This sound is supposed to ward off evil spirits who might do harm to the bride.
- Historically the invitation was something done in person by a an individual designated the bedamann ("bidding man").
- At the end of the ceremony the couple will exchange wedding bands and then kiss. The circular wedding bands are symbolic of endless love and the kiss represents the couple exchanging their souls.
- After the ceremony there is a reception, but unlike modern receptions the celebration of old would last as much as a week!
- Finally, at the couples new home, two small fir trees are planted on either side of the couples door as a symbol of the children to come.