Couples from all over Yugoslavia and six European countries gathered in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, on Saturday (14 July) for a colourful mass wedding ceremony in traditional costume.
GV of Town Ljubljana.
MV Statue and crowd waiting for procession.
GV Band leading procession in national costume.
MV Horse-drawn decorated carts.
MV Dancers in national costume.
CU Signboard showing places names and grooms in cart.
CU Brides in cart. (2 SHOTS)
GV of Couples and dancers in square.
CU Peasant woman bringing bread and wine.
MV Grooms waiting in Town Hall.
MV Brides walk up hall.
MV Official with couples in front of him.
CU Couple kissing PAN INTO exchanging rings.
CU Glasses being filled with champagne people drinking. (2 SHOTS)
MV EXTERIOR Hall, couples waving at crowd.
MV INTERIOR Hotel with backcloth giving greetings to couples and couples dancing and drinking at reception. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: Couples from all over Yugoslavia and six European countries gathered in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, on Saturday (14 July) for a colourful mass wedding ceremony in traditional costume. Mass weddings have been held in Ljubljana since 1965 and were a regular event until a few years ago when the tradition was allowed to lapse.
SYNOPSIS: This year the city authorities revived the ceremony and invited couples, selected by local newspapers and radio stations, from a dozen towns in Yugoslavia to join couples from Austria, Italy, Switzerland, West Germany, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. Thousands of people gathered int eh streets to watch the couples, dressed in national costumes, arrive in horse-drawn carriages. In some cases entire villages turned out to join in the celebrations.
Hundreds of tourists, staying in Ljubljana, watched the brides and grooms make their way separately to the Town Hall for the wedding. Peasant women came forward to welcome the couples with bread and wine, in accordance with local custom.
In the Town Hall, guest foreign couples paired off with a Yugoslav bride and groom and approached the city official to be married in twos. Slovenes and Czechs, Serbians and Austrians, macedonians and Russians walked up the aisle together to be married int he traditional way.
After the customary kiss and exchange of rings, champagne corks popped and the couples were congratulated by officials.
The newly-weds then made their way through the waiting crowds to a nearby hotel where a reception was held in their honour to mark the conclusion of the twelfth mass wedding in Ljubljana's history.
Congratulations were exchanged in a variety of languages, but linguistic and national barriers did not seem to matter as the couples joined together to drink and dance to their future happiness.