Imagine having the wedding at your house and feeding several hundred people but doing so without the benefit of electricity or having a car to go to the store. Then imagine having dozens of women come to help prepare all of the food from scratch but most of them are dragging half a dozen little kids or more so the whole time you have 50 children running around plus a dozen babies crying, needing to fed and changed. Yeah, it is chaos.
In general the Amish do all they can to avoid drawing attention to themselves. But on her wedding day the bride gets to get kind of fancy and be the center of attention for the day so it is a major deal for them to plan and prepare for that one day, even more so than "English" girls.
Anyway here are a few pictures of the set-up. I am pretty glad the wedding is over so life can get back to "normal".
|Most of the year this room holds farm equipment|
|The bride's mom baked and decorated the cake|
|The "corner" where the bride and groom and two pairs of |
side-sitter witnesses sit during the reception.
|During the actual marriage ceremony, the bride and groom sit|
across from one another with two friends paired up on
|The guests at the wedding, in this case the ceremony |
is at the bride's grandparent's place
|The wedding party buggies decorated for the two mile ride to the reception|
at the bride's home.