Snapshots from THE Indonesian Wedding (part two)

14 May

My last post focused on the first part of wedding celebrations for my host sister. It featured photos from the Ijab which is the actual wedding ceremony. It is custom here for there to be two wedding receptions or pesta pernikahan. One is hosted by the groom’s parent’s and one is hosted by the bride’s parents. Sometimes these parties immediately follow the ceremony or are combined. In the case of my host sister and her now-husband, they chose to have the wedding receptions two months after the ceremony. So the festivities officially concluded this weekend. This post includes photos from the day of reception my host parents (the parents of the bride) held. Instead of holding the reception at our home, they choose to hold it at a local hall, likely because of the sheer number of guests they invited. The above photo of my host father is probably one of my favorite. He just looks like a boss donning his suit, which Indonesians rarely wear in the village. He also is kind of the man around town, well respected and a local RW (sub-division village leader.) So it’s kind of a big deal that he is giving away his second and youngest daughter to be married.

The party was a hit, albeit hot and way more crowded, at times, than the picture above shows. My host brother-in-law (not the newlywed one) later commented that they should haveĀ had a bigger place for the 1,200 plus guests that ended up showing up. The crazy thing was even after the party was over and we returned home, more people showed up at our house to give their congratulations. This once again sent everyone around in a frenzy to cater to the guests offering them food and entertaining them. (I’m not sure if you can beat Indonesian hospitality, or at least that of my host family’s.) After it all, the rambunctious place that my home had become was silent again. Everyone had passed out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them as tired as I did between the events of this weekend and the event back in March.

All in all it was a great weekend. I was happy that I got to be part of the wedding celebrations, including the wedding party with my matching seragamĀ (uniform).

Photo of the whole wedding party taken by a member of the wedding photography crew. I’m second from the end on the right.

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2 Responses to “Snapshots from THE Indonesian Wedding (part two)”

  1. fairyedensor May 15, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    lovely dress..hihi… hope them have a happy and unbreakable marriage. wish that I’ll have my own party someday.. :D

    Indonesian wedding party is vary, refer to the culture they belong to.your host-sister wedding party is a modern wedding party, and nowadays peoples tend to held this kind of wedding party than to held a cultural ceremonial wedding party like ages ago. but, Nicole … you’ve got to see one. it’s epic.

    • Nicole May 15, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks Fairy! I got the impression too that this wedding was much more modern. I love how ornate and elaborate the decorations, dress and whole atmosphere of weddings are here.

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