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Receiving The Guests - Traditional Polish WeddingReceiving the guests at the home of the parents of the bride. Before the church ceremony everyone would gather at the home of the bride to accompany the bridal couple to the church, but also to witness the blessing and symbolic farewells of the bride with her parents, relatives and friends. The blessing by the parents before church was seen as more important than the church ceremony itself. It was customary to have musicians playing as the wedding guests began arriving at the “Dom Weselny” wedding home for the blessing. Sometimes the musicians were rewarded with a small tip for their services. When the guests enter the home of the bride, they are greeted with bread or cake by the “Staroscina” bridesmaids and a toast of vodka to drink by the Starosta” groomsmen. The music is playing throughout this process as this sets the tone and excitement of the celebration. When most of the guests have arrived the blessing ceremony will begin.
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Siwy Kon To The Dom Weselny - Traditional Polish WeddingArrival of the and groom and best man: Groom and best man “Starszy Druzba” arrive by “Siwy Kon” (Gray
Horse) and wagon to the “Dom Weselny” (Home of the Bride ) for the blessing and to take the bride to the church.

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Music And Toasts - Traditional Polish WeddingReceiving the guests at the home of the parents of the bride: Continuation of Receiving the guests at the home of the parents of the bride.

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Zareczyny or Zrekowiny - Traditional Polish Wedding“Zareczyny or Zrekowiny” The engagement period: The main event on the night of
engagement was the tying together of the hands of the couple to be married. Because engagement was as binding as the marriage itself, it was always done in a public act in front of family and friends who acted as witnesses. Starosta joined the right hands of the couple above the bread, tied them together with white cloth, and made the sign of the cross over their joined hands representing “the joined endeavors of the man and woman to prepare the bread” that they always have bread beneath their hands.
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Reading of the Przemowa - Traditional Polish Wedding“The reading of the “Przemowa” ( wedding proclamation ): Part of the blessing Ceremony at “Dom Weselny” (The Bride’s home) The blessing and symbolic farewells of the bride with her parents and relatives.

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Dom Weselny Blessing Ceremony - Traditional Polish Wedding“Blessing Ceremony at “Dom Weselny” (The Bride’s home): The blessing and symbolic farewells of the bride with her parents and relatives. Before the church ceremony everyone would gather at the home of the bride to accompany the bridal couple to the church, but also to witness the blessing and symbolic farewells of the bride with her parents, relatives and friends. The blessing by the parents before church was seen as more important than the church ceremony itself.
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Sto Lat and Polski Obiad - Traditional Polish Wedding““Polski Obiad” Polish Dinner at the home of the bride: Following the Blessing, music resumes with drink and plenty of food. Usually, polish dishes are provided by members of the village. There is always plenty of food and drink to help celebrate this joyous occasion.

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Siwy Kon - Traditional Polish WeddingArrival of the bride and groom: Traditionally the wedding couple rode in a wagon to and from the church with stately horses pulled by a wagon. The bridal party, family and guests await the bridal couple in a receiving line in front of the bride’s home or today the reception hall.

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