meeting nikandros’s family
It was an Akielon tradition, Damen told Laurent, that the extended family of the wedding party stay in the city after the wedding. It was a time to reconnect with loved ones that lived far away and to prolong - as Akielons tended to do - the celebrations.
For commoners, it meant a week of partying and fighting with relatives. For royalty, it meant more feasts and finding accommodations for the abundance of cousins and embracing aunts while pretending to know the name of their newborn. It was supposed to start in the wedding and last until the honeymoon, but the cultural mixing meant that Damen’s relatives had been in Ios while they were married on the border, and would stay for some time after.
It was their best attempt to permit both Veretian and Akielon wedding customs - even if it meant sitting for hours while Lords and Ladies from every province presented themselves in front of the thrones.
“I did not know you had so many relatives,” Laurent mused.
Damen stifled a groan. “Neither did I.”