You know the time is about to strike the moment the bride is sitting down, flushed with all the attention, when the final decision has been made: the couple is going to get married.
Right now, the atmosphere I’m living in is quite frenzy and crazy. My cousin is getting married tomorrow yet the number of things to be done is still in plenty.
That’s what you find in Indian weddings.
It’s never calm.
There are things happening day in, day out. No matter how many times you keep striking things out on your to-do list, they somehow always find their way back on the chart.
In our weddings, the wedding whirl begins quite before the wedding itself. Say a month? No scratch that.
The moment the wedding date is decided, that’s when you must be prepared to run around for literally 15 hours a day, running around doing your errands.
Weddings in India, in case you haven’t noticed already, are a big thing. Starting from the minute you print all the invitations to the wedding itself, things are crazy.
Think about it, there are precisely less than 30 hours left for my cousin’s wedding.
Yet I see around me, seven women in the room, driving themselves wild and packing different saris quickly to give people for tomorrows peli koothuru puja (the puja that takes place before the wedding at the brides house).
The bride’s dad, along with four other people, is at the wedding venue, finalizing tomorrows plan.
The bride sits there; doing what she is instructed to do. Be it, the pujas or not going out of the house until tomorrow.
The house is full of people running around, talking to the catering company, beauticians, mehendi designers and all sorts of people.
Kids running around and the maids making food for a number of guests.
And you know what? I love this atmosphere.
It’s absolutely amazing how so many people can come together and join two people making a promise to unite forever.
It’s not just the fact that they’re attending a marriage six hours away from their homes, but the fact that they actually care. They help in the making of the whole marriage itself.
If it was just left to the bride, the groom and their parents, trust me, no Indian wedding would be possible.
Another thing that fascinates me is the outlook of the wedding. Unlike Christian weddings, Indian weddings are amazingly colorful and so diverse. Personally, I love getting ready for these weddings. Dressing up, sorting out all your jewelery and wearing the right traditional heels is all part of my favorite routine. From chudis to gagra cholis to saris, the place bubbles with miscellany.
Well? Tomorrow is the wedding of one of my closest first cousins.
And I’m excited.
Especially to know for a fact that my cousin is going to be one happy lady married to her prince and about to live the rest of her life with an amazing guy.
Hope you guys stay together forever with each other vadhina (: