In just over a week, Princess Sophie of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg will marry Count Constantin Fugger von Babenhausen, in an ecumenical service on June 24 at the Wertheim Stiftskirche.
The bride is Lutheran and the groom is Roman Catholic.
The couple's legal wedding, the civil ceremony, took place in December at Schloss Kreuzwertheim.
Sophie is the daughter of the Prince and Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg. Her mother, Princess Elisabeth, is in the final week of preparations, and things have not gone completely smoothly. The crane that was to be used to help erect the tends, proved to be a bit too heavy and started to sink into the ground.
Three tents have been erected. "One is set up as a lounge and serves as an extension of our salon in the afternoon," said Princess Elisabeth. It stands next to the larger tent, which will host the "bridal soiree."
Most of the flower arrangements will be in blue and yellow, the colors of the bride;s house. The bride's flowers will also be blue and yellow.
500 guests have been invited to the afternoon reception, where finger food will be served. A more intimate reception (280 guests) will be held in the evening. This will be a three-course meal with wines from the family's vineyard, and a "very special Bordeaux" from the vineyards of the Count Stephan of Neipperg.
Nineteen cooks have been hired to prepare all of the meals.
Guests include members of the Saxe-Coburg, Bavaria, Hohenzollern, Sayn-Wittgenstein. Oldenburg, Württemberg, two branches of the Waldburg family, Leiningen and Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenvberg,
"Many guests come from other european countries and from overseas as well," said Princess Elisabeth.