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Amish Weddings

Updated on May 12, 2011
by JR Hager II
by JR Hager II

Amish Weddings....

....take place from late October through December, after the autumn harvest. The days for weddings are Tuesdays and Thursdays, so there is time in between to get ready for and clean up after each. Even also, it can get pretty busy during the "wedding season," with some Amish going to two or three weddings in one day!

Jack and I could only get as close to an Amish Wedding as we got in the video. When he wasn't with me, however, I came back and drove right into the area. I half expected the Amish to surround me and do nasty things to me for entering their farm and Wedding area. There was nothing of a kind.

If I had some journalistic background, hard-nosed with 'nothing stopping me to get the story' type of attitude; I would have gotten out of my Jeep and just gone in and started to film. But I have more respect for people, and more respect for the Amish.

I did ask a lady, before I turned around and left, "I would love to videotape your wedding today."

"Thank you for stopping by," she said, "but that is as far as you are going to get."


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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Seems as though there are enough painful situations in life to draw one into the closeness, if that is what is needed. And if so, seems like most of the world's population would 'be there', which seems to not be the case!

      Well - it's for different reasons, but I prefer to sleep without a pillow! hehe One has to wonder. . .

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      johnwindbell 7 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Thanks so much for dropping by, and adding your experience. Amish are very nice people, as are Mennonite. To break off from Mennonites would mean they wanted something more strict. Wow. We have 'Cloister' here in Lancaster, aren't many left, but they were even stricter yet. They had their pillows made of wood!

      Less pleasure, closer to God?

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Johnwindbell. This is interesting to me. My father's people were among the early emigrants in the 1600s from Switzerland seeking religious freedom in the New World from oppression in the "anabaptist" movement in Europe. They were Mennonites, which (not usually known) was the original belief from which the Amish broke off, considering the Mennonites too modern and worldly. I find that pretty amazing! My grandmother's entire worldly goods were a few dark colored dresses and books. She wore no jewelry and smiling was not a frequent activity. Even my Dad never flew in an "aereoplane" though he did drive motorized vehicles - all black, of course.

      Some went to Canada, and others' early landings were in Lancaster County, and others went across Ohio and finally into Indiana, where my Dad grew up among Mennonite churches named for his family.

      I have never known the religion personally, but of course it is interesting to me. My Dad broke from it before I was born and moved from northern Indiana to Texas. But one could see the influence of his early training in him, though, plus his own ethics, some of which led him away from it.

      Anyway - I saw your follow on someone's profile and "I'm lost, so I'll just follow you, and everything will be OK." caught my eye. hehe. I doubt you are lost, but it is charming.


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