British-Asian Wedding Marathon Finally Over
by The British Asian Blog
..and at last, I get a chance to write and have some quality time to myself. The British Asian Wedding Marathon has been a blast of a time.
Over the last two weeks popularly known as Easter period, I have attended 5 weddings in 5 days (7th, 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th April). Not just attended but been pretty much part of the organisation of them too, including all the ceremonial activities, often expanding for couple of weeks prior to the big day.
Over the last few years, the Easter period has increasingly proved to be a popular time in the year for families to plan weddings. It has benefits for everyone. The kids are off from schools, students are off from Colleges and Universities and most people who work tend to take off holidays during this period, to be with their families and siblings and also to take advantage of the two public holidays (Good Friday and Bank holiday Monday).
As my wedding marathon comes to a close, I feel proud that I managed to be part of all the weddings, including planning before, during and after each wedding, and still lived to tell the tale(s).
Most of these weddings have been in the planning phase for well over a year and in one case almost two years. It’s been a sensation in watching each wedding come together on the important day(s) and in the end, it’s all been worth it without a doubt. Majority of these weddings were either relations or distant relations and a couple were of close family friends.
Many of you no doubt will be aware that Asian weddings are not ‘one day’ ceremony. Asian weddings span over couple of weeks of ceremonies, including singing and dancing, Mehndi night(s), and other ritual events often building up to the ‘big day’. These 5 weddings didn’t fall short of any expectations I must say.
It’s been the first time ever that I physically got involved in these weddings. Previously, I would have come up with all the reasons under the sun, for not wanting to attend such weddings and I have explained this in an early post. For some reason which is unknown to me, I couldn’t avoid them and in fact – truth be told, I actually wanted to be part of them.
Many people, who read this, will be accustomed to the grandness of Asian weddings, especially South Asian style weddings. There is never a small wedding and guest less than 400 are frowned upon as not being too Grand-enough.
Right now, I feel extremely tired, not just physically but mentally too (including financially). While I write this post, I have had a strong mug of coffee. Thanks to Amy (the Business Analyst) who made me one after instantly recognising that I needed one when I walked into the office like a zombie at 10:25. You may question “what’s the big deal with having a mug of strong coffee?” Well the reason why I mention this is because the last time I had coffee was in University during my studies and that was back in 2006.
For now, this is all I can physically and mentally afford to write. Stay tuned as I have more tales and stories to share with you from these five weddings, including my thoughts, opinions and views on many aspects of Asian weddings.