Wedding Guests You’ll Meet at an Indian Wedding, Who Add a Dash of Sweet and Salty to Your Wedding Celebrations
Dear brides and grooms, you need to know that when it’s your shaadi, it’s everyone’s business. When we say everyone, we mean rishtedaars. No matter how prepared you are to face their volley of comments and questions, you never know what ‘googley’ they might throw your way. Love it or hate it, but the actual show stealers are these real life entertainers, creating nothing less than another “Wagle Ki Duniya” in real life (sorry for those of you who came into this world after this cult Indian television classic and can’t associate) You might draw a better association from The Kardashians life being played out on You Tube. Whether you to choose to sugarcoat and call them sweet or a tad bit annoying, they sure add a dose of entertainment in a rather endearing way. Scroll through the ‘varieties’ below, and you’ll know exactly what we are talking about.
The Self-Proclaimed Matchmaker Aunty
These aunties have a ready-to-use database for eligible bachelors in and around town! Their ‘teekhi nazar’ will not miss a single bachelor at the wedding and they arrive with the sole agenda to get all the singles hitched. They believe that they are vested with special matchmaking powers and can instantly know which girl or guy would make the most suitable match. You will be delighted to hear - ‘Arey, Mehta ji ki beti bhi toh kunwari hai’. It is a species sent by God to worsen your matchmaking vows!
The ‘Disco Dancer’ Uncle
Now that we've talked about the aunty, we must not forget the uncle. Yes, you know which one, don't you? Uncle who's got the moves on is super charged and happy. He can put the youngsters to shame with his energy, enthusiasm, not to mention the dance moves. He is flexible enough to get down on his knees and do a ‘chinta ta ta chita chita or the ever popular ‘naagin’ dance, which the eighties brigade is quite fond of. He has such unfathomable energy, he forgets that the lady he’s dancing with isn’t actually his wife, until the wife comes into the picture and sets things straight.
The ‘Forever Drunk’ Brigade
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This is for all those people whose first question is ‘free daaru milegi'? They head to the bar the moment they enter a wedding and then proceed to make the most controversial wedding toasts. But we know that it is the love in their hearts coupled with the alcohol in their veins which is doing the talking. We love to hate em but we know that we love em.
The ‘Begani Shaadi Mein Abdullah Deewana’ People
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The typical ‘gatecrashers’ who have no ‘sharam’ and are there only for free food. We have all been guilty of this pleasure now, haven’t we? Hey, I’d pick gatecrashing a wedding over being invited to one, any day! What difference will yet another plate make to an Indian Wedding? It takes a village to raise a child they say, but it takes the entire city and then some gatecrashers to complete a successful wedding party.
The NRI Crowd
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If you haven’t come across this ‘gold class’ wedding audience, you’ve missed out on something. Right from the horrible weather, the spicy food or the sudden emergence of ‘tacky’ dressing sense in India, there’s always something that’s not right. But there is a whole different set of NRI’s who love India and love everything associated with it. They get dressed in traditional outfits and cry even at the mention of ‘Bharat’ or Baraat?
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Then there are those self-appointed critics) who will give you the low down on the best and worst dressed, trends for the season and which designer was being sported by which person, better than the Oscar behind the scenes red carpet coverage. A moving, talking encyclopedia of designer wear, this set of wedding guests will make your wedding sound like a red carpet affair for sure.
The ‘Sizzling’ Saali
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She’s the one who gets every guy’s eyes popping out when she steps into the party. The eye candy for the evening, she’s the topic of discussion of every group and is dressed in the best designer wear from the latest movie. Like a multi-brand store, everything she owns will be a statement.
The Critics Committee
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Just like the movies, every wedding has a censor board. A set of people who will find faults in the food, people, and clothes - nothing seems to please them. From direct complaints like ‘mujhse aashirwaad nahi liya’ to complaints with a tinge of sarcasm like ‘sab kuch badiya tha, sirf khaane mein mazaa nahi aaya, they will add some ‘vishesh tippanni’ to the wedding celebration. It’s definitely fun to have them around.
The Selfie Paltan
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Make way for the selfie experts, folks. The pouts, the big eyes, the open mouths and the constant clicking might come across as borderline obsessive behavior but its fun nonetheless. Do not be surprised if you end up in one of the selfies and then find yourself tagged on all social media handles even before the phone camera goes click.
So, when the rishtedaars finally arrive, slip into your running shoes and get set, go!