Rules for an Indian Wedding
I haven’t blogged in four days – this is a new record for me! I’m hoping you can excuse my absence as this past weekend was a whirlwind of wedding events for Ali’s cousin, who got married yesterday.
The wedding, like most Indian/Pakistani weddings, was an epic adventure that took us from one end of California to the other and kept us awake far past our standard bedtime of 9:30pm. After four consecutive action packed days, things finally wound down this afternoon.
Indian/Pakistani weddings tend to throw me into panic-mode because there are so many different events, and jewelry and super fancy clothes are imperative for each. Talk about pressure. It’s definitely tricky trying to navigate things, but I came up with several ways to make it easier:
1. Let your far more stylish mother-in-law pick all of your clothes, jewelry, and shoes. You can’t go wrong.
2. Be sure to flat-iron your hair to death to minimize frizz in the chilly, foggy weather conditions.
3. Stay out-of-the-way of Ali and his cousins when they start dancing…you could get trampled and nobody would find your for hours.
4. When you are driving 65 miles down to event #2 and your husband is weaving in and out of the carpool lane with one hand on the horn, keep your mouth shut.
5. When you commit the cardinal sin of repeating an outfit you wore to someone else’s party earlier that year, simply deny it by walking away.
6. One should never ruin their sleeveless wedding outfit by throwing a shawl on top, no matter what the weather conditions dictate.
7. When your daughter loudly asks “When are they going to hand out the goody bags?” during the wedding ceremony, pretend to look around as though you too were trying to identify the obnoxious source.
8. Five and a half hours of sleep is not enough to get by on, but through the miracle of Bare Escentuals, even the most exhausted of guests can make themselves presentable for brunch.
9. Sometimes it’s okay to ignore the auntie’s glares just so you can be the first girl in the buffet line.
10. Celebrations are fun but getting back to real-life isn’t so bad when you think about the fact that you can slip back into your warm sweats, toss your hair into a ponytail, and say goodbye to your makeup for another 6 months.