Why Not Have Your Wedding in the Czech Republic?

Of all the countries in the world that claim to be the most romantic the Czech Republic is one of the top places. The gas-lit cobbled streets of Prague are steeped in the past, while the walls of its elegantly-designed buildings echo with imagined voices from a romantic age and trumpeted fanfares from a castle balcony proclaim that age isn’t dead. Beyond the city, its outlying unassuming villages coexist in quiet deference to the Gothic castles dominating their landscapes – where kings, aristocrats and Teutonic knights once held domain. And so it goes on, far beyond the capital region to outlying provinces such as Moravia.

As if these surroundings are themselves not enough to cast an eternal love-spell, there’s more. Just imagine a couple, after a day soaking up scenery, returning to their honeymoon suite to find the bed strewn with rose petals, surrounded by flickering candles, champagne, chocolates and romantic music. Or discovering a balloon and bouquet left strategically on Prague’s grand Charles Bridge while walking back to the hotel. Perhaps even a fireworks display accompanied by a violin serenade. Either way, the fairytale needn´t end there. If there’s a wedding in the offing, this is the place to be.


The Czech Republic has carved out something of a niche for itself as a wedding venue, attracting an estimated 525 British couples in the past 10 years – quite an achievement for a destination once the haunt of Brits ‘stag’ breaks. The gap in the market since the pre-nuptial ‘rowdies’ moved on had been filled by a variety of romantic holidays, from short breaks in a palatial hotel, to pre-wedding inspection trips leading to the full works.

The most popular wedding venues include: Prague’s Old Town Square, for civil weddings in the Old Town Hall, and St Nicholas Church for religious ceremonies. The Old Town Hall is famous for its astronomical clock, and the Baroque St Nicholas Church is also a major venue for concerts. But for the full works in a fairytale castle setting, the most popular option is Konopiste Castle about 30 miles (30 minutes’ drive) south of Prague. The 13th-century fort – featured in the 2006 movie The Illusionist – has a beautiful castle chapel which can be used for the ceremony.

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Russian Orthodox Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski in Paris

Russian Orthodox Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France
Russian Orthodox Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France

The intermingling of Russian and French culture is renowned.  So while in Paris, one must simply make a trip to visit Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski.  Located north of the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe the five-dome church and clearly the unofficial Russian cultural centre of Paris provides a little taste of Russia in this chic city.

This church may not be as visually stunning as the Church on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg but it was witness to Picasso’s marriage to Olga Khoklova in 1918.  The couple then lived just a few streets away on Rue de la Boetie.

Who was Alexander Nevksy?

Alexander Nevsky was a Grand Prince of Vladimir from which the kingdom of Russia was formed.  It is said he successfully defended his kingdom against the Germans, Swedes and Tatars.  Despite not being directly in line for the throne it is believed he was invited by the inhabitants to take the throne as he was respected throughout the region for his military might and political aptitude.

Close-up, Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France
Close-up, Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France

The infamous Soviet film-maker Eisenstein made a film about Nevksy and his military exploits which was used as part of Stalin’s expansionist propaganda campaign; its success furthered Eisenstein’s career, Stalin later permitting him to tackle the first Muscovite Tsar, Ivan the Terrible.  Unfortunately, his fall from favour did not take long.

Cathdrale Alexandre Nevski
Rue Daru
Open Tuesday, Friday, Sunday 3 – 5 pm

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Celebrate the future with St Andrew in Poland

polskaToday thousands of young Poles are celebrating their futures and hoping to catch a glimpse of their love-to-be, as part of St Andrew’s day.  Traditional belief has it that on the night before St Andrew’s day, a young woman is able to “see” her future husband – although today both women and men celebrate the day with equal enthusiasm, hoping to discover the love of their life.

In Poland, traditional Andrzejki superstitions include pouring hot wax from a candle into cold water through a key hole – a future husband’s profession can be determined from the shape of the resulting piece of wax. It is also popular for young women to write the names of potential husbands on pieces of paper and then put them under their pillow. In the morning they take one out, which reveals the name of the husband-to-be.

While tradition and superstition abounds on St Andrew’s eve, it is now well known as a party night throughout Poland with young people across the country celebrating their youth. This year the celebrations will take place on a Saturday, making for a great party atmosphere and an ideal time for people to visit the country.

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