From Germany with love: Groomsmen complete epic trip to deliver wedding invitations

Groomsmen Marcel Uffenbrink, Andre Schwettmann and Malte Sander travelled to Dunstable from Germany to carry out the tradition
Groomsmen Marcel Uffenbrink, Andre Schwettmann and Malte Sander travelled to Dunstable from Germany to carry out the tradition
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Three groomsmen went above and beyond the call of duty as they travelled from Germany to hand deliver wedding invitations in Dunstable over the weekend.

Marcel Uffenbrink, Andre Schwettmann and Malte Sander made the trip from Wagenfeld, north Germany, on behalf of Julian-James Mandviwala, whose aunt and three cousins live in Dunstable.

Groomsmen Marcel Uffenbrink, Andre Schwettmann and Malte Sander travelled to Dunstable from Germany to carry out the tradition

Groomsmen Marcel Uffenbrink, Andre Schwettmann and Malte Sander travelled to Dunstable from Germany to carry out the tradition

As part of an old tradition called Hochzeitsbitter the trio decorated bikes and cycled to each home to pass over the invites, which they did while telling funny stories or reciting songs.

In keeping with the custom Marcel, Andre and Malte were a stand out sight during the tour of the town, as they all wore colourful top hats and carried walking sticks.

Julian-James’ father Nick, who was born in Manchester but now lives in Germany, told the Gazette that the groomsmen enjoyed their visit to Dunstable.

He said: “As my family is from the UK my son said he would like to send the invitations in a special way with Hockzeitsbitter.

Groomsmen Marcel Uffenbrink, Andre Schwettmann and Malte Sander travelled to Dunstable from Germany to carry out the tradition

Groomsmen Marcel Uffenbrink, Andre Schwettmann and Malte Sander travelled to Dunstable from Germany to carry out the tradition

“His friends were delighted, they would have stayed for longer but more time off from work was not possible.”

After first delivering invitations in Manchester the trio took a train down to Milton Keynes, where they met Nick’s sister on Sunday.

She laid on three bikes for them to decorate in style.

Marcel, Andre and Malte also shared a few drinks with Julian’s cousins along the way.

Nick said: “They got tremendous enjoyment from it, one of them speaks very good English so that helped.

“The weather was fantastic as well, ideal for this sort of thing.”

Julian-James,27, and wife-to-be Ann-Christin, 24, will marry on November 21– nine years to the day since the couple first met.

And it’s a special date for the couple as on the same date last yearJulian popped the question during a surprise visit to Venice.