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Pray Your Love Will Last Till 2017

If the only place you ever considered getting married at is Dómkirkja church in downtown Reykjavík, you may have to pray your love will last until the summer of 2017. Only a few spots remain open for wedding ceremonies at the church this summer, Vísir reports. Bookings for the summer of 2017 are already being accepted.

Churchwarden Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir states, “I’ve been here four years and I have the feeling that the number of church weddings is on the rise year-round. There were two weddings last weekend.”

She says that there are often four weddings booked the same Saturday. At least an hour and a half is reserved between ceremonies. “If people have preconceived ideas and want all dreams to come true, Dómkirkjan included, then I wouldn’t delay booking.”

Holidays, such as June 17th (the National Day) and Culture Night (held in late August), as well as gatherings such as SlutWalk complicate things for the bride and groom, because of the church’s proximity to Austurvöllur square, Reykjavík’s main gathering place.

Minister Sveinn Valgeirsson explains that couples hire a minister of their own choice to perform the ceremony, not necessarily one from the church itself. Thus, the church’s ministers are not overworked because of the wedding schedule. He is happy that people cling to a tradition of a church wedding despite declining attendance to church in general. “I’ve never noticed people wanting to do without blessings and intercessions,” he states, but admits the music of choice isn’t necessarily religious.

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