Day 4, Saturday (Part 4 of 4): Wedding – Reception (Part 2 of 2)
The dinner was being served. Each course was preceded by a small poem (some rather risqué) by the Master of Ceremonies.
After the meal the bride took farewell from her friends to the sound of Auld Lang Syne. This was a touching ceremony, after which a number of couples took to the floor. The formal part of the wedding reception concluded with the Bride’s Dance, whereby anyone putting a small amount of money in a bowl could have a short dance with the bride.
Unfortunately Ann had to leave at this point so that we have missed the rest of the fun.
Before each course the Master of Ceremonies recites a small poem (at times rather naughty) recommending the fare to the guests.
First course: chicken soup ‘Újházi’
A second course: turkey breasts with potato, mixed vegetables and a pineapple ring
Third course: various cakes
When guests clink their glasses, it is an invitation for the pair to kiss each other.
Gyuszi is leading Ági for a dance.
I too have a dance with Adi, ...
... while others are still trying to make up their minds.
The girls form a circle around the newlyweds dancing to the tune of Auld Lang Syne, each carrying a burning candle.
Ági, grandmother and Adi follow the proceedings intently.
Dancing around the circle Ági blows out each of the girls’ candle as a gesture of good-by.
Finally Gyuszi blows out Ági’s candle and with that Ági has bid farewell to her life of a single woman.
The wedding cake is brought into the dining hall.
It is the bride’s responsibility to cut and distribute the cake (with some help).
Everyone has got a piece, including us
People are queuing up to bring presents and kiss the newlyweds. Here the father-in-law, ...
Finally a huge box arrives. Who will open it? Are there instructions? Yes, there are.
As the most beautiful woman Ági has a go but it is another box!
As the man with the least hair now it is Ferri’s turn. Another box!
The excitement is mounting. Everyone is eagerly waiting for the next step.
The final box reaches the most handsome man.
A pair of slippers because his active life is over and two bottles of drinks to console himself during the marriage blues.
The Master of Ceremonies announces the start of the bride’s dance.
He has the privilege to have the first dance.
You throw money into a bowl ...
... and for that you can have a short dance with the bride. You can be a man, ...
Béla and Gabi enjoy the proceedings, ...
... whilw Adi surveys the happenings critically.
Some enjoy themselves by dancing, ...
... others at the bar, ...
... while others try to save the world.