Csíkszereda Musings

My life in and around Csíkszereda, also known as Miercurea Ciuc.


Posted by Andy Hockley on 27 November, 2005

Mr Andrew Hockley and Ms Kocsis Erika would like to announce the wedding of themselves to each other.

On Friday November 25th, 2005 at 11am Mr Andrew Hockley and Ms Kocsis Erika were married in a civil ceremony held in Csikszereda City Hall. After a special breakfast of poached eggs served on individual cakes of bubble and squeak and topped with a white wine mustard sauce, cooked by the groom, the couple disported to the wedding venue. The bride wore a fetching pair of dark pinstriped maternity trousers and a peasant blouse made of the finest hessian, while the groom wore what he always wears at any vaguely dressy occasion viz the only nice shoes, trousers, shirt, jacket and tie that he owns.

The formalities were conducted by an unfriendly civil servant resplendent in Romanian red, yellow and blue sash. The ceremony was conducted in Hungarian with English interpretation provided by Elvira, friend and colleague of the bride. Since the groom does not have TB, syphilis, or any other wives*, the Romanian state is apparently very supportive of us and is happy to bless our union. The wedding took place in a large room in the city hall, especially reserved for such affairs, and had a backdrop of a badly designed triptych highlighting the famous sights of the city, poorly superimposed on a cobblestone background. Music, “The Wedding March”, came from a boombox in the corner.

After the wedding the bride and groom took their two witnesses to lunch at which the marriage was toasted with Stella Artois N.A. The groom was heard to remark that he’d never imagined drinking non-alcoholic beer on his wedding day. Later, the bride’s father arrived and the marriage was yet again toasted, this time however in copious amounts of palinka.

The bride and groom are honeymooning in their apartment.

Friends and family of the bride and groom who were not invited and feel in any way slighted should note that the decision to get married only happened a couple of weeks in advance, and the date for the wedding was set one week prior to the event. Participation was also limited by the bride’s insistence that she is not fit to bake and prepare anything elaborate, as well as feeling like the size of her belly detracts in some way from her beauty. The groom would like it be known that this is not true.

Global receptions in honour of this event will be held in various locations during 2006 to which you will be invited. For now, however, feel free to toast this happy occasion.

(*Please see Wed Tapefor details)

Photos of this joyous occasion can be found here.


13 Responses to “Announcement”

  1. Anonymous said

    Congratulations to the groom and his beautiful bride!

  2. Julie J said

    Congratulations Andy & Erika! Hope you have a lifetime of bliss!



  3. Michael Furey said

    おめでとう ございます! Поздравляю! מזל־טובֿ!‏ (mazl tov)! Felicitaciones! Glückwünsche! Congratulazioni! Comhghairdeas!

    Ye, congratulations!

  4. Bogdan Giuşcă said

    Congratulations! Gratulálok! Felicitări!

  5. Cezar said

    Congratulations! Casa de piatra!

  6. Anonymous said

    Congratulations to the two (four?) of you, from the four of us.

    Multi ani traieasca.

    Richard, Cristina, Dominic & Sylvia.

  7. Paul said


  8. Sean said

    Congratulations Andy and Erika! Best wishes from all of us in Vermont.

  9. Sean said

    Congratulations Andy and Erika from all of us in Vermont.

  10. Anonymous said

    Congratulations! Gratula!
    I’m soooo happy for you!

  11. Anonymous said

    Congratulations Andy & Erika.

    Peter, Budapest

  12. Dezső said

    Sok boldogságot kivánok! Congrats and all the best!

  13. Romerican said

    I hope it is not out of place for me to add some friendly congratulations. Egeszegedre!

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