Tuesday, July 13, 2010

back from bridesmaiding

...at what turned out to be the most beautiful wedding in the world (apologies to those hoping for horror stories! Better luck next time ;). It was seriously like being in a regency-style remake of Pride & Prejudice. 1100-year-old English church, seven miniature flower girl cousins in shades of pinks and purples, groom in top hat, barefoot Scottish dancing in a hayfield late into the night. Everything (everything!) was done by hand in an incredible show of teamwork by the bride's family and friends (her mom made the bridesmaid dresses and grew the sweet pea flowers, which her grandmother arranged and used to decorate the church; one extremely talented family friend made the professional-looking cake, did the bride's hair and make-up, and slaughtered the cow from her own herd to cook the steaks for the rehearsal dinner, etc). It was really incredible to see all those people come together.

As you know, I'm a big sap, and basically cried the entire time. Except while dancing. The only major casualties of being a bridesmaid for me were tearful dehydration and majorly sore calves from reeling and romping for eight hours. Definitely, definitely both worth it.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the Aunda was also at a wedding--a traditional Afghan-style Muslim wedding, quite an exciting experience for her. Many years ago, when my brother and sister were babies, my mother hired as a babysitter an Afghan woman, whose family had evacuated under extreme duress--they had to ride camels through the desert to Pakistan before finding asylum (Fatima, the mother/wife, was six months pregnant at the time--an incredible story). The Afghan family was still getting their start in America at the time--they are quite prosperous now, but back when my bubbies were babies they were in a position where it helped a lot for Fatima to watch children. We are still family friends with them, but we aren't as close as the Aunda, who, as everyone knows, is a major meddler, and is now so involved with the family that she scores invites to all these awesome parties. She said the reception--300 people--was like nothing she had ever seen before, and she was extremely impressed with the food (hard to believe, but they didn't serve pasta! instead they had rice! how interesting!) and everyone's dresses. This morning she chatted to me for a very long time about all the points of Muslim weddings she had learned about--the most surprising part to her was that the bride has to pretend to be sad during the entire wedding. The Aunda, however, was NOT sad to be there, and a good time was had by all.

So all in all, an extremely positive weekend for weddings. HOWEVER, while I was away, I received THE MOST amazing horror stories about OTHER people's wedding experiences! So fear not, entertainment will commence anon.

I'll probably post a story a day for the next week. Thanks to everyone who submitted, despite the fact that I never officially even announced a prize. I couldn't pick a winner, because all the stories are hilarious. If you entered, send me your mailing address and I'll send you a little treat as a token of my esteem :)

13 comments:

John Smith said...

Welcome back! I can't wait to hear some of those wedding horror stories.

Amanda said...

My sister's wedding was a Muslim wedding in Palestine, but she didn't have to pretend to be sad because her family was in the US and wouldn't be offended if she acted happy. It was actually an all-around mashed experience as they wanted to do it half Western half Middle Eastern, so they mixed Western songs with Arabic lyrics, most unusually had the guys and girls all in the same room, and many other touches to make it a very unique wedding. I had a great time there.

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

Welcome home. Nothing like butchering meat to bring a family closer. I'm happy you're happy. You've got good stories.

JEM said...

Siiiiigh, I miss weddings. We went through a rash of them about a year ago (8 in one year, huzzah!). Now I'm waiting for the second wave of friends to get married so I can have an excuse to dress way fancier than I need to and dance around barefoot.

Stephanie McGee said...

Glad that you had fun. It's always interesting to hear about other weddings. They're so exciting compared to all the wedding receptions I ever go to.

Looking forward to the horror stories.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm glad it went so well. SOunds lovely.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

How did the dress work out???

Glynis said...

Glad you had a great time. It sounds lovely.

Susan McBride said...

Aw, I love happy wedding stories! But, Moonrat, how were the shoes? Did they give you blisters again? And did you catch the bouquet??? Inquiring minds want to know (okay, this inquiring mind anyway!)!

moonrat said...

Caroline--like a DREAM. It fit PERFECTLY. Lucky, right?

Susan--the shoes are for the next wedding! And as for the bouquet, the bride forgot to toss it. They also forgot to cut the cake. There was too much dancing, apparently :)

Susan McBride said...

Ah, I have gotten ahead of myself, as usual! What, no cake cutting? I hope someone cut it eventually. People had to get hungry after all that dancing. ;-)

Ebony McKenna. said...

Welcome back, and how wonderful.

I'm a bit of a sucker for weddings too. Ahhhh, how fabulous.

Jennifer Ambrose said...

Wow. I do love a happy ending. So glad it worked out and was beautiful and moving and fun. Welcome back!