| Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning
is a Danish/Norwegian word
that loosely translates to a feeling of cosiness,
for comfort and celebrating the feeling of warmth,
love, and intimacy.
A key feature of hygge is that it revolves round
connecting and being with loved ones, nature, and
simplicity - getting back to basics, prioritising
what is important, and being in the moment.
Typical articles about creating a hygge atmosphere
in the home focus on cold weather, fires, hot
drinks, and warm throws. Not something you'd
normally think about in a heatwave! But if you step
away from the way interior decorators have
appropriated the term and the concept, and go back
to the original definition, hygge creates a feeling
of sanctuary, and a hygge wedding is a perfect way
to beat the heat and have a cosy and comfortable
Being comfortable and
When it is cold and dark
outside, warm fires, cuddly sweaters,
comfort food all create and atmosphere of cosiness.
When it is hot outside, being inside in the cool can
do the same. It is no accident that homes in very
hot climates are often dim inside. So dim the
lights, or perhaps schedule the ceremony for early
evening, wear warm-weather comfortable clothing (no
three piece suits), and turn up the aircon.
Gather loved ones
A cosy wedding is, by
definition, a small affair you share with close
loved ones. Trim the guest list. Being
surrounded by people with whom you have a close
connection is a big feature of a hygge wedding.
And so is dispensing with a wedding party and
choosing parents, grandparents, or other loved
ones for your official witnesses.
Bring nature inside
Use greenery to decorate.
vases filled with gum branches can look amazing. A few
candles can up the feeling of intimate cosiness
without increasing the temperature. Just be fire-aware
when choosing the candles and deciding where to place
Keep everything simple
And that includes the ceremony. Focus on your
connection to one another. Celebrate and acknowledge
your connection to everyone present. Make your vows,
your personal promises that express your vision for
your marriage, the centre of the ceremony. Dispense
with "traditions" that feel awkward and may create
some stress for you. Feel free to go off-script and be
spontaneous (I encourage that!). Keep the menu simple.
There are summer comfort foods that everyone loves,
but don't forget that you can serve hot drinks on a
warm day. As the composer Guiseppe Verdi reminds
us, “Coffee is balm for the heart and
spirit.” Research bears him out. Just the smell
of coffee in a room makes 90% of the people there
experience a feeling of well-being. It stimulates the
brain and generates a sense of pleasure. Exactly what
you want at your wedding.
Allow everything to flow naturally. Greet people with
a drink and something to nibble on as you would for
any other family gathering. We'll get to the ceremony
when it feels right and everyone is settled, cosy, and
in the mood and the moment.
Thanks for reading!