Unlike Church of England weddings, the Romanian wedding service is actually the least important part of the wedding! Many Romanian guests won't attend the service at all, and just come for the reception party in the evening.
The Romanian orthodox service is also different from what many UK guests will be used to:
- There are no "pews" in the church - everyone stands for the entire service (a few chairs are available for the elderly etc)
- There are no hymns sung or music played in church. The priest will however sing a few chants acapella.
- Instead of music in church, the "music" (a small violin/accordian band) accompanies the entire wedding party on foot from the house to the church
We will be getting married in "The Royal Saint Nicholas Church" which is the oldest church in Iasi, founded by Saint Stephen the Great in 1492. The church was for centuries the place where the rulers of Moldavia were anointed