30 kinds of wonderful: 9. Two Indian weddings.

OK, so I’m doing this thing where I’m counting down to my 30th birthday with 30 kinds of wonderful. If you need to catch up, just start here.
Now let’s go!

9. Two Indian weddings

Take a top-notch “Western” wedding. Multiply it by three days, nine meals, countless floral arrangements, and multiple costume changes, and you have yourself an Indian wedding.

If it sounds a bit too full-on to embark on yourself, make yourself Indian friends post haste and encourage them to marry!

The beloved design fascist and I have been lucky enough to travel to India twice now, both times to attend weddings.

The first was in the Punjab, in North India quite near the Pakistan border in cold and foggy December and early January. The second was in Bangalore, much further South, also in January but pleasantly sunny and warm.

The first wedding involved epic drives in mini buses through fogged out roads with numerous whiskey stops. It culminated in a trip to Amritsar on New Year’s Day with the newly weds to visit the Golden Temple, all the while horrifically hung over from a New Year’s Party the night before that took place in a ballroom with a metal detector in the doorway and a sign that said “No live ammunition in the Ballroom”.

It involved a short trip down South to Bombay, where we evaded some very enthusiastic pick-pockets at this night market.

And it involved some fabulous hand-wrapped turbans for the Gentlemen, one of which I am modelling here.

The second wedding involved even more sparkles and fairy lights (if such a thing is possible!). We stayed in the Bangalore club and were treated with (justified) haughty suspicion by the cashed-up local members.

The various nights were colour-themed (well, to my eyes anyway – the hosts may find my comments a little overly simplistic).

Sangeet was pink…

The wedding was white…

And the reception was red and gold. So lovely!

The hardest thing about Indian weddings, besides finding space for all the beautiful food, is coming home and having to put away the sparkles!

To be continued…

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~ by Niccola on January 11, 2012.

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