We are going to a wedding in September, a lovely English girl and her handsome french guy.
It’s a long and complex procedure here and goes something like this. First a civil ceremony at the local village Mairie, then sometimes but not a requirement, a church wedding. Following this, a vin d’honneur (drinks and savoury bites) for the larger number of people usually lasting a couple of hours, then the full reception for family and friends, dinner, chat and often dancing, which is expected to last well into the small hours. The following day for those who have survived – the French always do, there is a lunchtime reception with more drinks and food.
I just know this will be a lot of fun, but we may have to go into training to prepare our stamina levels for this marathon – and we are just guests.