Today, I was invited to the wedding of a relative in Bang Bua Tong near Bangkok. My father in law’s nephew named Yod was getting married to Rose.
A Thai wedding is very different to what we have in Europe. People are buddhist and there is no trip to church or City Hall to register the marriage, which can be done at anytime after or not done at all. I got myself married this way in 2008 in a small village at 60 kms from Loei in the northeast of Thailand.
We arrived at around 9:00 a.m. and were greeted by some members of the family before the ceremony starts shortly after. The bridegroom first left the premises on foot with several members of the family and guests to a location at around 200 meters were a woman, master of ceremony, was waiting. Everyone then, had to take the offering in their hands to bring them back to the bride.
It was determined by the MC lady that 9:19 a.m. was the best time to meet the bride at the house. In Thailand, people are very superstitious, and it is good luck to do important things at a time finishing in “9″: 9:09, 9:29, 9:39 a.m. would have worked.
At the house, the couple was seated on the floor and received their best wishes from all the guests by having a thin cotton thread attached to their wrist and receiving a red envelope containing money.
It was time now, at around 10:00 a.m. to enjoy the food prepared on location by a team of cooks. The dishes were varied, in quantity, and spicy for some. A few photos are worth a thousand words.
At noon, everything was over and guests started to leave.