If she cannot speak polish then would probably also need an official translator
She certainly would. Figure on min. 200PLN for that.
there were "obstacles" for the bride and groom
In cities you might encounter a few kids who hang around outside register offices when there are weddings. Have ready a few coins or sweets to give them.
The music was just a simple "Here Comes the Bride" played from a CD in the background, nothing more.
Bring your own music.
surely they can't keep a legal document that's my property from me.
What can you do about it? Official copies are easy to get. Just consider it part of the process. It's not a big deal.
We had music, wine, bread and salt courtesy of the registry office.
The register office provided wine?