The Mushroom ... the Public Services Civil Hall - where one goes to register to be married
Boy, the Georgians could show most nations a clean pair of heels re efficiency ..
One enters - go to the middle of the interior - info desk - state your requirement and they give you a ticket and area to go to .... by the time you get there - your number will be shown and the desk to attend
Registration and the service cost c. £30 - it cost £45 for the Apostatised (?) Marriage Cert
We elected to get married in one of three dedicated marriage halls in Tbilisi - in the old city walls
SC was booked into a beauty parlour at 10:00 and FOUR women were still working on her at 13:45 - and we were 20 mins drive from the Marriage hall and no amount of 'encouragement from me to hurry up' seemed to make an impression
" This is Georgia - the Bride can be an hour late !" ... Not according to my 'fixer' - who kept the lady registrar calm !
I had a premium taxi booked and the guy wouldn't wait - even though being paid and we arrived just under an hour late in a Toyota Prius that stank of stale cigarettes and SC was complaining the back seat was dirty and would ruin her dress
One of my biz partners was outside to wave us down and whisk us in to the marriage hall and I had rung and asked the fixer to allow me to speak in RU to the registrar and apologise... which went down well ! She conducted the service in RU for SC - as neither of us would have understood Georgian and we made little speeches to each other in English and Russian ...
'm not enjoying myself as much as she was
After the marriage, we had to walk back to the mushroom building to request our speedy 'apostilisation' of the marriage cert and it was a wonderful scene as even Ambulances stopped to take photos then zoomed off with sirens and blue flashing lights..We felt like movie stars !
Photos are forbidden within the mushroom, but it did not stop the photos being taken ))
Then we headed off to the Radio Cafe and nearby Park for our wedding do !
Eventually back to the apartment
Compared to getting married in the UK, Russia or CY ... Georgia is a doodle - apart from the time-keeping of Beauty salons !