“Once I married a couple from the Czech Republic up here on the glacier. The groom was really nervous. He was already up at the top when the bride got out of the cable car. He was absolutely terrified and kept on crying all the time. I tried to calm him down but it was impossible. In the end we had a drink with him and eventually convinced him to go ahead with the ceremony. Often the couple will go skiing straight after the wedding. One bride even cut off her dress. You experience a lot of different things here, from small weddings with just a few people to bigger ceremonies with 40 guests. Last time there were ten dogs as well.
As a registrar I get to share a very personal moment with the bride and groom, even if it is only a few minutes. The bridal couple will remember you and the ceremony for the rest of their lives – it’s a big responsibility. That’s why there are still some days when I get nervous, even though I have already married so many people. For example, when I try out a new speech. After all, I don’t want to use the same speech over and over again for 30 years. A new speech gives me new motivation – and, of course, a few butterflies in my stomach.”
Christian Melmer, Registrar
Christian Melmer has married more than 70 couples, including around 30 on the Pitztal Glacier. The Café 3340 on the glacier is home to Austria’s highest registry office. Couples wishing to marry in this exceptional alpine location can contact the registry office in St. Leonard im Pitztal – and ask for Christian Melmer to carry out the ceremony.