Why I Love Desi Weddings

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Being of 22 years of age and of Pakistani origin, I’ve attended many a wedding in my time. In fact I attended one just this past weekend, and 2016 was the year of matrimony in terms of my social and familial circles. Typically weddings can be a mixed experience for many reasons, as with any social events, but there are many reasons why I love attending them, which I will list below, so sit back, grab a cup of chai and enjoy.

1. The Food

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This one is probably a no brainer. I mean, food is always a hugely emphasised in desi culture when it comes to social events and gatherings in general, but at weddings expectations are usually even higher. As a result, the food at these events are typically awesome, especially where catering services for desi style of food is more established like in many parts of England, America and Pakistan (obviously). Of course its often good to have a variety of different foods at weddings, especially when expecting guests of different ethnicities (not everyone is into a vintage lamb nihari) and this is often the case, at least for many weddings I have attended.

The other great thing is the food is often served in very nice portions, so you are extremely likely to be able to eat your fill without issue.

2. The Clothing

Suit up (http://www.studiosuits.com/blog/getting-a-good-suit-at-a-good-price/)

Personally, when I’m dressed up in a nice suit or my best sherwani I just instantly feel 200% confident. I’m a guy quite into my fashion so I really love getting well-dressed for weddings, plus I really love traditional pakistani clothing so I’m always interested to see what clothing the groom and bride go with, especially since us Pakistanis don’t typically go with the standard white dress and black suit (although the groom typically wears a suit for the Walima (groom’s reception) at least). Pakistani wedding clothes can and are available in pretty much any colour you can think of, and personally I love colourful clothing so seeing the variety available is very cool to me, and opens the door to a lot of creativity with the clothing design.

Tell me this isn’t pure swag (https://www.pinterest.com/kiranusman560/pakistani-groom-wedding-dresses-2014/)
Red is a popular colour for pakistani bridal clothes (http://www.stylespoint.com/bridal-walima-dresses-collection-2014-for-pakistani-bride/pakistani-bridal-dresses-for-walima/)

3. Catching up with people

Nothing better than catching up with family and friends (http://www.tv.com/shows/friends/)

Lastly and most importantly, I love weddings because they’re a great way to catch up with people. I’ve attended weddings where I’ve gotten a chance to catch up with family and friends that I hadn’t seen in many years. It great because you get to meet up with your loved ones and for such a happy occasion, although the family members involved in the wedding also are typically kept busy with making sure everything is running smoothly and as planned, which is to be expected given that they’re the hosts. Because of this weddings often feel like they are over so quickly, but that’s only because of how enjoyable they are, and being able to eat, laugh and take pictures with everyone you really care about it a wonderful experience, and it’s always the biggest highlight for any wedding I attend, and why I’m often very happy when I hear one is coming up. Plus, it’s nice to be able to congratulate the couple and their families in person, and you can even meet new people at these events and make some new connections, and there’s certainly no downside to that.

Well, those are just 3 reasons of many why I enjoy attending Pakistani weddings. I hope you enjoyed reading this, and hopefully you find it relatable, even if you aren’t pakistani. Thanks for reading, by for now!