There were speculations about the venue. Some rumours claimed that the couple planned to marry in Tihany. Still, according to the latest information, the ceremony was held in the Alcsút Arboretum, one of Hungary’s oldest English gardens. The preparations had already been started a week ago.
A few days ago, it was leaked to the press that Lőrinc Mészáros, the wealthiest and one of the most influential individuals in Hungary, would marry Andrea Várkonyi, TV show host and reporter, on Friday, 24 September. All preparations were carried out in secret, and although some rumours claimed that the couple would get married in Tihany, other clues had already suggested that the wedding would be held in Alcsút.
According to the official website of the Alcsút Arboretum, the garden was closed for technical reasons or due to film shooting between 13 September and 26 September, and even the small railway is out of order for this period. Index also noted that
several trucks of white flowers had been transported to the arboretum.
According to the correspondent of Hvg, the ceremony started between 15:00 and 16:00, since the vast majority of guests arrived before 15:00. It was impossible to see what was going on inside because the road was cordoned off, and a number of security guards protected the scene from prying eyes. The front gate had been guarded for days.
The security guards checked everyone on the guest list − PM Viktor Orbán was also rumoured to be on the guest list −, VIP guests could park inside, others were directed to a parking lot on a side road. Every guest received a wristband adorned with an L&A logo (incorporating the initials of the couple) designed explicitly for the event. Since photographers and journalists had already tried to approach the venue, the guests were first directed to the Pancho Arena in Felcsút, and they were then transported to the arboretum with vehicles with tinted windows, explains 168. The correspondent of Hvg saw at least 80−100 cars at the site; other guests arrived by taxi or minibus.
Despite the serious security measures, some people tried to get into the most important wedding of the year without an invitation: film director and publicist Gergely Gulyás attempted to drive through one of the entrances, but the guards immediately stopped him