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Copenhagen Outdoor Weddings 2021
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Copenhagen Outdoor Weddings 2021

Most couples, when they decide they would like to elope to get married in Copenhagen, make the decision to get married at Copenhagen’s magnificent City Hall.

Of course, being at the heart of the city in more ways than one, it’s the natural first choice

However, what a lot of couples travelling to get married in Copenhagen don’t know is that throughout the year, it’s possible to hold your wedding at a number of alternative locations outside of the City Hall. 

These locations could be the perfect choice for you if you always wanted to get married in Copenhagen but have a desire for something just a little more quirky than the town hall, something that fits perfectly with each of your personalities, interests or particular lifestyle.

There are a number of locations that are offered by Copenhagen City Hall, that are outside of the City Hall on specific dates and times throughout the year.

These locations cost just that tiny bit extra than if you wanted to get married at the town hall (€130 for most of the venues and €195 for both the Royal Opera House and the Royal Theatre) and depending on what you love in life, one of these locations could be just what you’re looking for.

Please note, due to the popularity of these unique outdoor weddings there will be limited availability so if you’re interested then we recommend you contact us to get started as soon as possible. 

These ceremonies will be exactly the same as a ceremony held at the town hall, short and very sweet, lasting no longer than 10 minutes. There will also be other couples getting married before you and also after you.

Let’s take a little look at each location and what it entails…

Royal Theatre Old Stage

a magical winter wedding

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Last but certainly not least, here is an absolutely incredible opportunity for a stunningly unique wedding. The Royal Theatre is a beautiful and iconic building in Copenhagen, built in the 1700s and it utterly radiates history, magnificence and culture.  

The Old Stage part is used almost exclusively for ballet performances and it is here, on the balcony in the Old Stage where you would get married, looking down on Kongens Nytorv and the city’s Christmas lights twinkling around you. 

Simply magical. 

Learn more about this fabulous wedding opportunity at Royal Theatre Old Stage here.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg

a world of contemporary art

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Are you and your partner lovers of contemporary art? Do you have walls adorned with the latest up and coming artists, along with modern artists that have already made a solid name for themselves in the art world? If so, then we are delighted to be able to tell you that you could have your wedding at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.

This venue is the largest contemporary art gallery in Northern Europe and has opened its doors for you to get married there in December!

See more about a wedding at Kunsthal Charlottenborg here.

Østre Anlæg Park

city centre park

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A great many people think that autumn is by far the most magical month. If you agree and have always wanted to get married in the outdoors surrounded by the stunning golden brown colours of autumn, then you should definitely consider getting married here at Østre Anlæg Park.

Situated in the centre of Copenhagen the park was designed with nature in mind, boasting many wild herbs, perennials, grasses as well as sculptures, museums and lakes. It is a very romantic place and an utterly lovely place to get married, particularly in autumn. 

The wedding would take place on the lawn in the southwest corner of the park, between Statens Museum and the Hirschsprung Collection. 

Find out more about a wedding in the romantic Østre Anlæg Park here.

Thorvaldsen’s Museum

for the mythologists

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If the mystery and wonder of Greek Mythology, Roman Gods and Egyptian Artifacts has always fascinated you, then this is definitely the place for your wedding!

Thorvaldsen’s museum has it all. You’ll find yourself immersed in other worlds and a day spent here is a day you’ll never forget, so just imagine getting married here! 

Check out Thorvaldsen’s Museum for yourself.

Amager Strand (Beach)

the beach wedding

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Amager Strand is the largest beach in Copenhagen and would be the perfect place for your wedding if you have always dreamed of a beach wedding but wanted to be close to the hustle and bustle of city life. Here your dream would come true! 

You would get married at the water’s edge, with the waves lapping at your feet, the sea stretched out in front of you, the city life behind you. 

Learn more about this unique beach / city wedding here.

World Pride 2021 Wedding

a little part of history in the making

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It’s a well known fact that Denmark has always been a place the LGBTQ+ community can feel safe and welcome.

Celebrated in fact! So much so that World Pride will be held in Copenhagen this summer.

And for those of you who are contemplating your wedding this year and you just know you HAVE to be a part of World Pride too, then a wedding during CPH World Pride would be the créme de la créme of weddings!

It would be a celebration united in freedom and love. 

Your outdoor wedding during World Pride would take place on a bridge in Østedsparken, which is a beautiful park in the center of the city.

The beautiful colors of the rainbow flag lighting up the city while you cement your love for one another in this amazing serene location. What an amazing experience!

To find out more about a wedding during World Pride, please see here

The King’s Garden

the oldest park in Copenhagen

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The Kongens Have (the King’s garden) is Copenhagen’s oldest and most visited park.

Your wedding here will take place in the southwest corner of the park, under the pergola, with the view of the renaissance stage towers in front of you. If you love royal history, then this could be just the place for you!

Read more about a wedding at Kongens Have here.

Copenhagen’s Royal Opera House

Culture, Music & Refinement

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The Copenhagen Royal Opera House is an utterly unique building.

Located right by the water it sits on the historic axis where old and new Copenhagen meet!

Your wedding here would be an outdoor wedding underneath the iconic square roof while looking over the water. What a phenomenal location for a wedding!

You can look into a wedding at The Copenhagen Royal Opera House in more detail here.

Amaliehaven

A touch of class

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The Amelie Garden is nestled between the Amalienborg Palace and Frederiksstaden waterfront.

It’s a beautiful Royal Park in an inner-city location that is bustling with life and energy. You will marry surrounded by the stunning flowers and trees in the park with the palace and the water as your backdrop! 

You can look into a wedding at Amaliehaven in more detail here.

Ofelia Plads

The beautiful game

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Here is another once in a lifetime opportunity for you football lovers hoping to combine your wedding with the European Championships. Ofelia Plads is located on the pier by the Royal Playhouse.

Your wedding here would take place in the ‘Fan Zone’ and you would be at the very heart of the city’s action during the European Championships. Just imagine the atmosphere!Find out more about getting married at the Ofelia Plads here.

Bibliotekshaven

Cosy & romantic

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The gardens of the Royal Library will make a beautiful setting for your wedding. Described as a “secret oasis in the middle of the city” it is utterly romantic and would make for an incredibly intimate wedding. 

Here you would marry in the garden under the trees swaying in the breeze, standing between the flower beds, the gentle sound of the fountain as your wedding ‘soundtrack’. 

Learn more about a wedding at the Royal Library garden here.

Circelbroen

If football is the ‘other’ love in your lives 🙂

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Are you football crazy? Football mad? Totally in love with the game, as well as each other?

Then this could be the perfect location for your wedding in the summer! Combine your love of football with your love of each other by getting married in Copenhagen in June while the European Championships take place in the city. 

Here you will marry on the Circle Bridge, a footbridge that connects the south of Copenhagen to the North of the city, the Copenhagen 2021 Logo adorning the bridge with pride as you say your “I dos.”Find out more about a Circle Bridge wedding here.

Amager Fælled

City and nature in equal measure

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Amager Fælled is Copenhagen’s answer to Central park. It’s a huge green, scenic location, surrounded by the tall buildings of Copenhagen’s city landscape. 

Your wedding here would take place on one of the ‘small’ mountains at the south of Amager Fælled looking down on the stunning views around you. 

You can learn more about Amager Fælled here.

ByOasen

For the urban nature lovers!

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ByOasen is described as an oasis in the middle of the city and it’s beauty shines particularly brightly during the late spring as all the flowers will be in  bloom. There will also be the animal residents there too; the goats & chickens!

If the sun is shining you’ll marry in the open air on the lawn by the Orangery, if the rain makes an appearance then your wedding will be held in the beautiful Orangery with a view of the park. 

Check out ByOasen for yourself.

Kastellet

For you who love old castles

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Kastellet – The Citadel! A simply stunning location, located in the heart of Copenhagen by the edge of the sea and is one of Europes best preserved fortresses. Here you will marry close to the memorial for fallen soldiers, surrounded by oak trees, the old red gates as swans gently pass you by in the moat. 

After your wedding there are a plethora of options as to how you spend the rest of your day!

You can find out more about a wedding at Kastellet here.

Planetarium

For all you star gazers

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Copenhagen’s Planetarium is located in the centre of the city and boasts a newly renovated dome hall, which has Europe’s largest enclosing dome canvas. Just imagine, getting married under the stars of our beautiful universe, what a romantic, unique and unforgettable experience that would be.

Find out more about a wedding under the stars here.

 

Copenhagen City Hall loves nothing more than to be able to offer couples the opporutnity to get married in an outdoor location each year.

They feel that’ this gives couples “a unique and unforgettable experience, where they get an ‘extra bite’ of Copenhagen to take home and experience both known and unknown places in the city”.

It also offers those couples wanting to get married in Denmark the opportunity to include some of the other passions or hobbies in their lives into their wedding day, making the experience that extra bit more magical. 

If you are thinking about getting married in Denmark this year, and are looking for something that little bit different, then do consider one of these amazing options. 

We would simply love for you to contact us if any of these locations look perfect for you or if you have any questions about anything at all, we would be absolutely delighted to help you and your partner organise your very special day in Denmark. 

 

**Please note: there may be Covid rules and restrictions in place. These guidelines are reviewed and amended regularly as the Covid situation evolves. 

You can read more about these as the situation changes on each of the wedding location links above. Or please do contact us directly to find out more. 

No matter where you were born or where you live, getting married is, for the most part, a huge life event that calls for much celebration!

Given Denmark is The Easiest Country in Europe for Foreign Couples to get Married, here at GMiD, we are constantly excited to see that this results in so many multicultural and multinational couples coming here to celebrate their love for each other! Each couple bringing with them their own requirements of ‘must have’ wedding day traditions.

We thought, because so many couples come to Denmark every year to get married, it would be great to explore some of the more common traditions that you’ll find surrounding a Danish wedding, so maybe you can decide for yourself if you’d like to integrate some of them into your Danish wedding adventure…. :-)

What Happens in the Lead up to a Traditional Danish Wedding?

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Prior to a traditional wedding in Denmark, there are a few customs that are likely to take place before the wedding goes ahead! ;-)

Asking For Hand In Marriage

A very ‘old school’ / old fashioned Danish wedding custom, that goes back a long way, and is actually a tradition that spans many countries and cultures, is asking the father of the bride for his daughter’s hand in marriage. 

This is often seen as a way of showing respect for your [hopefully] soon to be father-in-law! If he says yes, that is… In Danish it is called: Anmode om datterens hånd.

The Engagement Ring

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So, if the proposal was a success, then you are officially engaged – Congratulations! 

Danish tradition states that the engagement ring should be placed on the left ring finger. This is due to a vien that runs from the fourth finger on the left hand directly into the heart, thus earning itself the name ‘The Vein of Love’. 

This is another custom that is not only seen as a Danish wedding tradition but a tradition of many other Western countries too.

The Night Before The Wedding

A very common Danish wedding custom is that the couple should not sleep together in the same bed, or even see each other for that matter, the night before the wedding. 

This is not seen to be ‘proper’ and could even potentially be viewed as bad luck. In Denmark, the custom here states the brides stay with their bridesmaids and the grooms stay with their family or friends the night before the big day!

Æresport (or ‘Gate of Honour’ in English)

This is a very traditional Danish wedding custom (and is probably my favourite) whereby the family, friends, loved ones of the couple get together secretly the evening before the wedding and go to the soon-to-be-married couple’s house  (although some decide to go to the wedding venue or place of the wedding reception). 

They make a ‘port’ around the main door into the house of, traditionally, flowers and tree cuttings such as spruce, but can often include things personal to that couple. So, for example, if one of the couple is a teacher, the port would also include things like pencils or rulers! 

It is designed to bring the couple luck in their married lives together but also to let the whole neighbourhood know that there is something to be celebrated.

There is an additional ‘fun’ twist to this tradition though, as after the couple’s friends have made the port, they go into the house and create a mess, or what is more affectionately known as a ‘gentle ravage’! This includes throwing of toilet paper around the house, messing up cutlery draws – silly things like this! 

GMiD’s Mie is still finding dried rice in her draws, 4 years after her wedding! ;-) Rather sweetly, the tradition of making the port around the couple’s doorway is repeated again on the couple’s 12.5 year anniversary (copper wedding), their 25th wedding anniversary (silver wedding) and 50 year anniversary (golden wedding)!

The Day of the Traditional Danish Wedding

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The day of the wedding has arrived! It’s a very happy day indeed. There is a buzz in the air surrounding each half of the couple, getting ready, laughing with bridesmaids, hugs with family and friends. This is where in Denmark, the wedding traditions really start to get underway….

The Guests Wedding Clothes

There are actually a few unwritten rules that must be adhered to when it comes to what clothes you should wear when attendance at a Danish wedding. 

Firstly, It would be considered really rather rude if any of the female guests in attendance at your wedding in Denmark arrived wearing white. This colour is reserved for the bride alone!

Also, customarily, it didn’t used be the done thing to wear black either, as black used to be very much associated with grief and being in a state of mourning – not very ‘weddingy’ at all! 

However, these days, black is a very popular choice for outfits and it is said that if you want to wear black at a wedding, it would be courteous to check with the bride first – just to make sure it’s ok.

Lastly, gents, this one is for you… You absolutely must not attend the wedding as a guest in clothes that are ‘finer’ than the clothes the groom is wearing. So for example – if the groom is wearing a suit and tie, you should not show up in a top hat and tails! ;-)

The Order in Which Everyone Arrives

It is customary at a Danish wedding that the groom must always arrive first. 

Once he arrives, he must stand at the front of the room, before all the guests while he awaits his beloved! 

Following on from this, the bride should arrive last. Last, but hopefully not late! ;-) 

So, let’s set the scene… it’s a windy autumnul day, the guests and the groom all patiently await the brides arrival. 

A gust of wind blows the venue doors open, the groom turns around and there stands his bride, dress and veil blowing in the wind! Romantic huh?! Also, the sort of thing you only really see in films! :-)

The Brides Father Accompanies Her Down The Aisle

This is another old tradition, one that is not only seen in Denmark, and is sometimes called ‘giving the bride away! 

She is no longer to be looked after by her father, as he passes on this responsibility to his soon to be son-in-law.

Throwing Rice

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In Denmark, the throwing of rice is a symbol of fertility and so ensuring the newlywed couple are showered in rice as they leave their wedding ceremony is a way of hopefully seeing them blessed with the gift of children.

The Ceremony is Over and it’s Time to Celebrate - Danish Style!

So the REAL Danish wedding traditions really start to shine at the post wedding ceremony celebrations, naturally! Let’s face it, the Danes know how to party! 

Some of these traditions are firmly routed in Danish wedding celebrations and wouldn’t be considered a ‘proper’ Danish wedding without them!

The Cutting of the Wedding Cake

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There are a few different styles of wedding cake that you might come across at a Danish wedding. One type is called ‘Kransekage’ (this translates as wreath cake) and is made up of almond paste rings. 

Another choice though is a cornucopia shaped cake called ‘Overflødighedshorn’ (which translates as horn of plenty). This is also almond based!

The most popular though is the ‘classic’ style wedding cake which is tiered. In the case of the tiered cake, the couple will keep the top tier of their cake to eat together on either their first wedding anniversary, or in some cases the baptism of their first child.

Whichever cake is chosen by the couple, they should make sure it is cut before midnight on their wedding day and it is customary that every guest receives a piece – this is said to bring the newlyweds good luck in their lives together. 

The Speeches

It’s pretty customary at most weddings that someone will make a speech. The Groom will nearly always make a speech at a Danish wedding, but it’s also becoming more popular for the Bride to make a speech also. 

Then, if a close friend of the couple wishes, they can also stand up to make a speech. 

Often the friends of the couple will pick a famous song and re-write the words, creating a song for the wedding couple! This is always such fun and will often get incorporated into the speeches, though not always. 

The Many Many Kisses!!

This one is a sweet Danish wedding tradition, although not necessarily too hygienic in a post Covid world!! 

At the wedding party, if the groom needs to leave the room for any reason, it is a MUST that all the men will go kiss the bride! 

And the same if the bride leaves the room – all the women in the room will hurry to go and kiss the groom! 

The guests are firmly in control of when and where kissing should happen! If the guests start to bang their knives and forks on the table, the newlyweds have to kiss each other – but they must do this standing on their chairs! 

If the guests start to stamp their feet on the floor, the newlyweds must kiss, but this time under the table!!

Brudevals (Bridal Waltz) ie The First Dance

As per the cutting of the cake, the couple’s first dance or ‘bridal waltz’ must take place before midnight. 

When it’s time, all the guests will stand in a circle around the newlyweds and clap as the couple begin to dance. 

The music for this dance traditionally originates from August Bournonville’s ballet “Et folkesagn” (which translates as ‘A Folk Tale’) from 1854. 

As the couple dance, the guests make the circle smaller and smaller and eventually the couple kiss (again!). 

Then one of the more wonderful and very very Danish wedding customs is immediately carried out…

Cutting the Toes of the Groom Socks

Now this is one of those wedding traditions that you probably will never have heard of and then one day you’re invited to a Danish wedding and this happens in front of you! You might be left wondering what on earth just happend! And why?! 

So let us explain… the men closest to the groom will pick up the groom at the end of the bridal waltz, take off his shoes and cut the toes off his socks. 

This is a HUGE part of the Danish wedding for the groom and his friends, and symobilises the huge responsibility of the groom entering married life. He is no longer a young single boy. He is now a married man!

A less endearing part of this tradition is that then these torn socks can then sometimes be given to the bride for her to fix, almost as a test of her ability to ‘look after her husband’ in ways such as darning his worn or damaged socks!! Charming!

The Cutting of the Bride’s Veil

As the grooms socks are being cut off, the Bride’s Veil is also destroyed! This symbolises the woman’s exit from being a young girl who has now entered womanhood! She no longer has need for her bridal veil!

The Day After a Danish Wedding!

It’s not quite all over once midnight on the day of the actual wedding ceremony – there is one last ‘treat’ left in store for the bride….

The Morning Gift

It is customary for the groom to gift his bride with some kind of jewellery, commonly a necklace or ‘medalion’ of some kind, containing something extremely personal relating to him, such as a lock of his hair or his picture for example. 

However, this tradition goes back a long long way and stems from the fact that should a husband die ‘early on’ in the marriage, his wife would inherit nothing, with all his inheritance being passed to his parents. The poor widow would be left with nothing! 

So to ensure a newly bereaved wife would not be left totally destitute in the event of her husband’s death, a ‘morning’ gift was offered. In these old days, it would ususally be money or land or even sometimes property such as a small hut – somthing that would give her some kind of financial recompense or security, should her husband die before his parents. 

Thank goodness times have moved on since these days and women don’t need to rely on men for this kind of thing anymore, right?!

But are these Traditions Outdated?

You may, while reading through some of these popular Danish wedding customs, have wondered if they still have a place in today’s society. We know we certainly have.

Things like asking for the father’s permission for a woman’s hand in marriage for example certainly feels extremely outdated. And it goes without saying that a woman’s worth as a life partner is so much more than her ability to darn a pair of socks! 

So, take from these traditions what you will! 

But if you’re getting married in Denmark, maybe there might be one or two you’d like to add your own take onto, and bring to your Danish wedding day, possibly even creating a new family wedding tradition of your own.

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