Serbian wedding traditions
LIVELY, LOUD and LAVISH
As we mention, our wedding is an international wedding with a Serbian touch.
There are far more traditions, and we will only go for a few which we believe are fun. Let's start with the fact that inviting extended family and friends is a must and not being invited to a wedding might cause even feelings of insult.
So a usual wedding party can easily start with 200 guests.
So will our wedding, too :-)
One of the first things you should do when getting to know the culture of the Serbian people is to taste the Serbian Rakija.
On our wedding party, there will be a “Rakija Bar” where you have the unique opportunity to taste many different Rakijas.
Serbians take much pride in producing Rakija. Making your Rakija is no exception. Every Serbian either makes their own Rakija, has a cousin who makes it, or just knows somebody who makes it.
Fun Fact: Mary’s Grandma, who has unfortunately passesd away last year, has 20 years ago prepared 50 Litres of Rakija for Marys wedding. It has finally come the time, this Rakija can be consumed.
Among the Serbs, it is accepted to drink Rakija at any time of the day, even in the mornings it is considered that a glass of Rakija is good for you (not more than 2).
Although Rakija is served in shot glasses, you should not drink it all in one sip. Please don’t treat it like Tequilla. Rakija is taken with a lot of respect and therefore drunk in small sips.
Please be aware of that and don’t overdo, especially if you are not trained to drink tough liquor. Rakija can quickly put you in a tipsy state.
PS: If a local is offering you Rakija or asking you to drink it from the Buklija, you are expected to take some. If you don’t feel like drinking directly out of the Buklija (because is shared among many people), grab a glass you can find around you and ask the person to pour some in your glass.