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Welcome to Slovak wedding traditions website! Slovakia boasts with numerous wounderful traditions, where the wedding ones definately stand out from the rest of Europe!

If you wish to include some lovely and unique wedding traditions from your Slovak background into your special day, you will definately find something on our pages! Browse through descriptions and photos of the most popular wedding traditions across Slovakia. There is a lot to choose from as different regions of Slovakia have different customs.

We also touch on some helpful advice on legal paperwork (from personal experience) if you are getting married in Slovakia.

We hope this website will be of great help to you and that you find something useful here that will make your day more than memorable for your guests and even more special for you!

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  1. #1
    susan 

    what is the meaning of the slivovitch toast at a slovak wedding?

  2. #2
    jana 

    Hi Susan,
    Slivovica is a ‘national’ drink made out of plums. It is quite strong (usually 40% or 50%), which is why we drink it as shots. We usually drink it for ‘good health’ at weddings or other celebrations. You can also come across some home made slivovica, which is the ‘proper strong stuff’ as the alcohol can be even higher :)
    If you’re not used to drinking strong alcohol a good hint for drinking it is: breathe in, drink your shot, pause and then breath out. it might seem silly, but this way it doesnt ‘burn’ but you just get a nice warm feeling – my husband swears by it :)
    jana

  3. #3
    Tom 

    My future son in law is Slovak and an orphan. At the wedding rehearsal dinner, I would like to offer a toast in the Slovak tradition, acting in the place of his parents and in honor of their memory.

    Could you point me in the right direction?

    Thank you

  4. #4
    jana 

    Hello Tom,

    Speeches at Slovak ceremonies are usually short, however, there doesnt seem to be a traditional concept. I’ve searched on many Slovak language forums, but there seems to be a confusion what is meant to be said. Most of the time, it was suggested, that a funny story from childhood of the bride and the groom are quite popular, which might be quite tricky for you. Others suggested just simple wishing the couple all the best in the future, many children (that’s very Slovak ) and lots of good health and happiness in their married life. Or maybe something like that you’re sure that his parents would have been pleased to see their lovely son being happy, settling down and setting up a family on his own.
    If you feel like it you might want to say ‘congratulations’ in Slovak – ‘gratulujem’ [grat-too-loo-yem] and ‘cheers’ – ‘nazdravie’ [nas-trav-yeah].
    If you need some more phrases I’d be happy to translate them for you, just give me a shout.
    Jana

  5. #5
    Sylvia 

    Hi Jana, I will attend a wedding in Slovakia next month and I was wondering what kind of flowers would you usually give to the bride outside the church? Above all I would like to know if there is any kind / color of flavour that should NOT be given to the bride! Also is the money/gift given to the groom at the same time or is there a better time for that? Thanks very much for your advice and great job on the website! Sylvia

  6. #6
    jana 

    Roses are the most common flowers given to the bride. Sometimes people give a single rose decorated with some greenery or glitter spray, or usually in a bouquet mixed with other flowers such as gerberas, lilies, cala flowers or whatever flowers are in season. Regarding colours of flowers, all colours can be given to the bride. There isnt any rule about what kind of flowers shouldnt be given to the bride, however, I dont think that you’d see many chrysanthemums or carnations at Slovak weddings.

    The money gift for the groom is usually given to him at the same time as it is seen as you have something the give to both, the bride and the groom – also he can keep it safe in his jacket. At some weddings, couples have a special dance at about midnight, where the guests pay for the dance with the bride, so you could put your money gift in then (but not every couple have this dance). So I would recommend putting your gift in an envelope with a card and giving it to the groom outside the church. But also keep a few euros to hand just in case they do have the dance.

  7. #7
    Hanna 

    Dear Jana,
    Thank you for the wonderful site and lot of useful information. We are going to a wedding ceremony in Slovakia soon. They are our friends. We have known each other for several years. They are modern couple, living out of Slovakia.
    We are wondering what will be the adequate present for the wedding. Should we prepare present or envelope with the money? I know that it is individual but can you give us idea about the normal value of the wedding present? We don’t want to be embarrassed. Also, can you tell us is the bottle of good red vine for the groom and flowers for the bride in accordance with ceremony. Thank you in advance.

  8. #8
    jana 

    Hi,
    the value of wedding gifts can vary, depending on your relationship. Usually, we give a gift/money roughly in the value of the meals and drink the newlyweds have to pay per head at their reception. Now this is usually for guests that live nearby and dont have to pay for expensive flights. I think, if they consider, that you had to pay for your flights to get to Slovakia, a nice bottle of wine and flowers, or a nice personal present will be absolutely fine. Just to give you an example, we were recently at a wedding of our very good friends in Slovakia and we gave the groom £50 in an envelope, a rose for the bride, 20 euros at their midnight dance and a guest book as well.
    Hope this helps. Contact me if you have any more questions.

    Regards
    Jana

  9. #9
    Ben 

    you never got back to me?

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