• Sweden edition
 
Strangers to marry at alternate 'royal' wedding

Strangers to marry at alternate 'royal' wedding

Published: 11 Jun 2010 12:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Jun 2010 12:45 GMT+02:00

PotatoPotato is a network of artists in Malmö in southern Sweden who after having arranged a "kinda cheaper, not as good" Eurovision and "kinda cheaper, not as good" Alice in Wonderland, decided to sign up to the marriage hype surrounding the royal wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

"We thought why not. We were inspired by the royal wedding and we asked ourselves - can we arrange our own wedding?" wedding planner Freja Hallberg at PotatoPotato told The Local on Friday.

The "kinda cheaper, not as good" wedding package costs 500 kronor ($60) which includes wedding clothes, wedding ring, an all-day party including paying guests, and last but by no means least - a spouse.

"In today's society there is too much to choose from, so we make it easy for you. We offer the whole wedding package," Hallberg said.

True to the all-inclusive theme of the special day, a divorce is thrown for good measure and all of the 20 participants signed divorce papers on registration, leaving the names to be filled in later.

Despite the formalities and the fact that the couples will only become acquainted just hours before they pledge their betrothal, Hallberg is open to the possibility that cupid's arrow might strike.

"If there is any couple that really takes a liking to each other, they can always remarry," she said.

The Local asked Freja Hallberg if the event could be interpreted as a critique of the excess that is typically associated with weddings.

"Yes you could say. Although we are very happy for Victoria and Daniel and that they are getting married, otherwise we would never have organized this and had the chance ourselves," said Hallberg, who will herself be one of expectant hopefuls lining up in Malmö's Folkets Park next Saturday.

The event has given the group cause to reflect on the prevailing norms that apply to twosome relationships and weddings, specifically over who gets to decide how a wedding should look, who are deemed suitable partners, and how long is an acceptable amount of time for a couple to have known each other before they can commit.

"There has been the odd person accusing us of wasting public resources, but we pay the same as everyone else and the criticism has led to some interesting reflection over what a wedding is for," Hallberg told the The Local.

The mass wedding service will be held in Folkets Park at 4pm on June 19th, half an hour after the royal couple enter Stockholm's Storkyrkan.

Each couple will be introduced at around midday and then they will proceed through several preparatory stations - costume, make up, photographing, song, poem and then choose a soloist.

"A wedding is a nothing less than a huge theatre performance," the group exclaim in a statement advertising the event.

The ceremony will be followed by a procession through the park, a traditional waltz, and then an all-night party, before the guests, and the newlyweds, go their separate ways in the morning.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

17:29 June 11, 2010 by mjennin2
OMG! This is awesome! I wanna particiapte, must you have citizenship to play along?? :D
19:01 June 11, 2010 by Madstadlad
Mockery of weddings starts here! Sad IMO. I married 18 years ago and committed myself to my wife taking seriously the vows in our church wedding. The service was a significant point in our lives. This approach baffles me!
20:52 June 11, 2010 by mjennin2
Yes but this is not to mock the intention behind the institution of marriage, Mad. This is to mock the FESTIVITIES of marriage. It is a themed party, only that to put it over the top there is an actual binding marriage ceremony (and then immediate annulment). This isn't to literally and seriously marry people or make fun of lasting relationships, it's to parody the silly royal extravaganza and allow people (many of whom are outraged with the roraly wedding) to express themselves and make the best of a sour situation. It's all a measure of comedy and not to be taken so seriously! :D
21:40 June 11, 2010 by Atlas
3 words: Sign me up
22:13 June 11, 2010 by suckfist
"Voila! You now have Swedish citizenship."

Count me in!!!
23:11 June 11, 2010 by Taniia
A party in wedding finery is one thing, But a legally binding marriage as a result? And not only as a result, but as the drawcard. Even if it followed by a legally binding divorce, what are the implications? Marital status on official forms goes from 'single' to 'divorced'. Does a 'marriage' even without co-habitation leave a loophole for later claim against each other's estates? I think that this does make a mockery of marriage, but maybe in a country where marriage is not at all respected, and de facto laws cover everything, it's not seen as an issue.
01:07 June 12, 2010 by diegoveggie
it must be nice to have this kind of free time..
17:31 June 12, 2010 by Atlas
@Taniia, my best guess will be that the participant will have to sing some sort of pre-nup agreement to avoid possible loopholes of estates claims...

As for marital status going from single to married to divorced within a couple of hours, personally i don't see anything wrong...as long as the participants are fully aware what will happen...
Today's headlines
Science
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Contraceptive pills have been linked to mood swings. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ  

National
Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe
The ship was rescued on Thursday. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe

After fears a ship carrying around 52 tonnes of oil could sink in Stockholm's archipelago, Sweden's Coast Guard said the vessel had been towed to safety. READ  

National
Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal
A scene from a video of the attack published by Dagens Nyheter

Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal

A policewoman accused of letting her dog attack a drunk man while she repeatedly hit him with a baton, has had her conviction overturned by a court in Stockholm. READ  

Entertainment
What's On: October 31st - November 7th
Uma Thurman will soon be on her way to Stockholm. Photo: TT

What's On: October 31st - November 7th

Halloween fun and an international film festival are the big events hitting Stockholm this week. We cast our eye over the capital and the rest of the country for the best activities to check out this week. READ  

International
Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark
Gottrid Svartholm Warg. File photo: TT

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark

Sweden's Pirate Bay Founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking crimes in a Danish court on Thursday. READ  

National
Malmö loses out as rare toads move in
The European green toad. Photo: H. Krisp (WikiCommons)

Malmö loses out as rare toads move in

After a rare species of toad moved into southern Sweden's Malmö, builders have had to tone down massive expansion plans in the area. READ  

Politics
Palestine recognized as state by Sweden
Sweden's Foreign Minister is Margot Wallström. Photo: TT

Palestine recognized as state by Sweden

The Swedish government has officially decided to recognize Palestine, with the move announced in a speech by the country's new Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. READ  

Interview
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
For ten days, Globen is transformed into a giant pumpkin. Photo: Shockholm

Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween

American Bill Schacht missed the spooky outfits, family feasts and charity events he associated with Halloween when he moved to Sweden. So he did something about it. The Local meets the founder of the capital's annual Shockholm parade. READ  

Business & Money
Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall
A Vattenfall plant in Germany. Photo: TT

Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has reported losses for the third quarter in a row. READ  

International
Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza
Malala receives the Children's Prize from Queen Silvia. Photo: TT

Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza

UPDATED: Girls' rights champion Malala Yousafzai, who was in Sweden to accept the World's Children's Prize on Wednesday, said she would use all her winnings to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Blog updates

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

1,005
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN