Chapel Of LoveDelhi, Spring 2012

Last night our homestay family had the opportunity to attend an Indian wedding. The venue, food, and “small” guest list of about 400 people proved to be totally overwhelming and totally amazing! We spent the last few weeks getting our saris tailored and bangles purchased. Our Auntie lent us her amazing jewelry sets and bought us clutches that matched our fabric. Lakshmi, our cook,  helped us to wrap our saris – which I am not sure I will ever be able to do by myself. I have never felt so much like a princess as I did last night and it took me about twice as long to get ready as it did for prom…

The groom arrived on horseback with the traditional parade (complete with fireworks). In order to get into the building he had to bribe the brides family with his enormous money necklace. Other fun traditions included stealing the grooms shoes as he entered so that he cannot leave at the end of the night and has to stay with the bride. We enjoyed an excessive amount of food and enjoyed watching the exchanging of garlands. I personally believe that Indian wedding fashion is unparalleled by any other variety of formal attire. I was blinded by sequins, jewels, and bangles that covered entire arms. The garlands weren’t exchanged until around ten o’clock at night, and as we drove away just before midnight I had the feeling that the celebrations were only just beginning. The entire production of the wedding was unlike anything that I have ever experienced in western culture and I am so glad that I was able to attend!

Family photo!

The girls.

Roommates

Suchi, Atol, and Kaviya at the ceremony.

The serious bride and groom.

Exchanging of the garlands.

Lakshmi wrapping my sari.

Jayme's sari.

The most dressed up I've ever been.

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