Papers – fancy, tissue, legal!

Thanks heaven! Only one step left… this process really takes all the romance out of getting married!

So, this is what we went through (it wasn’t always very clearly communicated, and the Finnish system is lot more helpful than the Hungarian…).

At first, the usual way seemed quite complicated, but we managed to find another, less time-consuming one (I did spend a lot of time online, however, to figure out all the steps and the most cost-effective options):

1. Get information about your marital status from the registry in Hungary (Hatósági bizonyítvány – okmányiroda / 3500HUF)

2. Get an apostille to go with the 1., you have to request it in person (Ministry of Foreign Affairs / 5500HUF + travelling costs)

3. Get 1. and 2. to Finland (postal costs/flight costs)

4. Get 1. translated by official translator in Finland (45€ or over) !Note: Finnish office accepts documents in English – but Hungarian office only provides them in Hungarian 😦

5. Get 1., 2. and 4. to Maistraatti.

Now you are registered in the Finnish system as ‘single’ (if you were single).

6. Request impediment check at Maistraatti prior to wedding (form is available online, needs to be presented in person, or witnessed by two / no fee) this is also the time to notify about desired name changes.

Now you are free to marry! Yippee 🙂 And then:

7. Request marriage certificate in English (yeah, you can get it.. and English-Hungarian translation is cheaper than Finnish-Hungarian).

8. Get apostille for 7. (costs – yet unknown).

9. Get 7. and 8. to Hungary.

10. Get 7. officially translated (costs – yet unknown).

11. Get 7. and 8. to Okmányiroda. Then the Hungarian registry is updated.

Now, the next step is not yet figured out, as name change is kind of happening automatically in the Finnish system, but apparently need to request that in person in Hungary. So will I have two different names until I go home? Or is it only for those who live there anyways? Gah…

Somebody please, make this simpler!


Back to basic physics

It is quite important that we won’t create much waste as a result of this wedding. This means that we try to also think about the afterlife of all the things we make. Are we going to be able to use them in a different capacity? Is it recyclable/compostable? Would it end up on landfill?

So, as it is going to be a mostly outdoor wedding (fingers crossed!!) we need some sort of lighting for the evening hours. Even though it gets dark quite late, like 10pm or something, lights also help with ambience, creating the mood… and not the least can be perfect background for photos.

Now, being true to the DIY spirit, the lights will also be our creation. What kind of light thou? There are many options. Finns have a very cool thing for winter time called jätkänkynttilä, which is basically a log that is cut down half way in a few segments, filled with some flammable material and then lit.

by Jan-Erik Finnberg

This site has a tutorial as well as showing a new way of utilising this ‘candle’. It looks awesome, no problem with disposing, but might be slightly dangerous when wee girls and boys are running around.

There is a craze about mason jar candle lights – or any glass jar for that matter. It’s pretty simple to make, very cost effective, not wasteful, but doesn’t provide very much light. An example from CasaSugar:

Or another non-hanging option from Pinterest:

If we look further than candles, I really like this idea I found also through Pinterest:

Well, yea, so what does physics have to do with all this? Khm, it seems I have to relearn everything about currents, watt and voltage and stuff. After all, we gonna make our own lighting… you know, using LED diodes, wires, capacitors, resistors, etc, etc, etc 😉

The plan is to create a light curtain using (warm) white LED lights, and hopefully not electrocuting ourselves on the way. For this we popped in to Helsinki Hacklab yesterday. Do I need to mention I was the only female there? Anyways, these hacklabs are quite cool places, there is one probably near you (if not, set one up ;-). They have a 3D printer there among many other gadgets. I don’t want to include any photo of how I imagine our curtain to look, cos we might end up having something totally different, whatever we manage I will be happy with 😀

And what is the afterlife? It will take pride place in front of our window every Chritmas (and be a reminder of what makes a happy marriage ;-))

Happy DIYing!

Over 200kgs and settling

And so we moved…

The flat is nice and modern, quite bright, if the sun is out (if, hasn’t been too much yet…). But we have no furniture, apart from an old sofabed and inbuilt cupboards.

The contents of our bedroom: bed-NO, craft books-YES, borrowed sewing machine-YES. Well, also bought a cheap bedsheet to be made into curtains, but that has nothing to do with the wedding, so it will be posted in a different blog. I bought a small piece of fabric in Edinburgh, which will be made into the invites. Already have some ideas for it, but with no table around I thought I would wait a little.

Oh yes, yesterday we visited a craft store in downtown Helsinki. It has a massive selection of all things crafty and I couldn’t leave without buying something, so now I’m a proud owner of a tube of Mod Podge. Today a cheap glue was added to the collection. I brought with me the acrylic paints I had, so I’m almost all set. I still miss a few dyes and brushes, which we will get free, I believe, when getting some paints for the flat.

One more thing on the wedding front. Most small churches close for the winter time (have no heating, or no visitors, or neither..) which started yesterday. Luckily, that does not mean that we cannot visit them this weekend, so we might have a venue very soon!


We are moving to Finland! Huh, after 6,5 years. Yea… some things will become a lot easier to organise, some things won’t. But at least things will start to progress bit faster (like, actually getting a venue).

Have to develop my finnish vocabulary, related to DIY, crafts, etc… but I won’t be alone 🙂 Already started sourcing second-hand shops (kirpputori), cos there are very few charity shops over there.

We are moving to the Helsinki area, and if you haven’t noticed yet, Helsinki will be the Design Capital of the Year 2012! I bet there will be loads of inspiration around. Can’t wait!

Not that I can’t find enough otherwise… I want to do a lot of work with fabrics (you know, getting things cosy…) and recently I came across Alisa Burke‘s work. I love the carefree, experimenting attitude she has towards creating art. I will most likely use some of her techniques for my projects. I totally share her view that ‘why to buy if you can create it yourself’.

Luckily, H2B’s family has a fair amount of women (and men) with craft skills as well, so those long winter nights could be transformed into some long wedding-craftalongs! I just need to be good at communicating my vision.

On my family’s side, my parents already offered their cooking and baking skills. Obviously, making some hungarian dishes and nibbles… it would be a great way to bring some culture over. I just hope the venue will be able to accommodate such.

Venue – Church (2)

I listed one possible venue already, but surely one should consider more options, so I went to the Visit Finland website to see what they have an offer – keeping in mind that I wanted an old church.

I found 4 more lovely places.

The old church in Aitolahti, near Tampere, is built of stones, has a stream running next to it and there are two heart shaped flowerbeds in front of it… can something be any more romantic? I can’t yet decide whether having a big city so close is a bonus or a minus, since we wanted to escape to the countryside, on the other hand it would make catering a bit more easy. I couldn’t find the date when it was built, as only 1928 is mentioned, when the church was consecrated.

Not far from there is another, bit more older, stone church in Messukylä – medieval, built around 1540.

I love those wooden floorboards, even if it isn’t very practical for high heels…

The third church is in Tyrvää – still in the Tampere region. It is also a stone church with wooden parts. Sadly, a few years ago it has burnt down, so the old medieval bits are all gone. The church was rebuilt with the help of hundreds of volunteers and the craftsmanship is amazing, but obviously it all looks shiny and new. Maybe in a hundred or so years the wear and tear will be visible again.

In the opposite direction, near Jämsä is the 4th church. Kuorevesi Old Church is a wooden church, painted the usual red on the outside, but blueish on the inside… (I do like the natural colour of wood…).


And one extra… I don’t think it is really an option, but an interesting place nonetheless: the church in Fagervik. It is in private hands, tiny, next to a lake, lovely… but totally remote, didn’t really find a place for the reception nearby. Would be great though!


Oh yes, just remembered another one that I actually visited. It’s in the “middle” of Helsinki, perhaps thatswhy it didn’t come to my mind before. There is an island near downtown Helsinki, called Seurasaari. It is a collection of all buildings old, from around the country – an open air museum or skanzen. Naturally, there is a church as well, and it is wooden! The Karuna church was originally built in the late 1600s.

Hm… would we be able to have a relaxed coutryside wedding among loads of tourists?


Venue – Church (1)

In Finland it’s enough to have a church wedding, unlike in Hungary, where you need to have a civil ceremony as well. Luckily we are both baptised and belong to the lutheran church, so it should make things easier (though I will have to get a paper from home confirming that).

So how are the churches in Finland…

Couple of years ago I was invited to one Finnish wedding in Sodankylä, Lapland. It was the wedding of my soon-to-be-brother-in-law. I love that part of the world, north of the Nordic circle! The venue was a lovely, old wooden church with floor boards so far apart one was worried dropping a ring there would mean loosing it for ever.


So yes… I was sold on the idea of old wooden churches. And realising that Finland has almost 3/4 of its land covered with forest you might think there are loads of them. Well, yes and no. There are loads of wooden churches, but not many of them are old… partly because they are obviously quite flammable and partly because they were torn down on purpose (bah..).

Probably, the most famous one can be found at Petäjävesi, in central Finland. The old wooden church is an UNESCO world heritage site. This is definitely one that I will want to check out.

You can find more photos here.