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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)

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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...
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