Lao Wedding (Part 1)
|Gold and Jewelry from parents for the newly wed couple|
|Decorated Bed For Their "First Night"|
|Beautiful bride is getting ready for her BIG day|
Once the groom arrived at the front door, he was warmly greeted by the bride family. Then as he walked into the first door, there are number of barriers protected by a lots of gatekeepers, tied with string or silver or sometime gold necklace even, between the bride's family and friends. In order to pass these gates, he would need to pay up !!! By giving an envelope filled with money to crack the gate down. The fun part is, the gatekeeper can negotiate to get more money or ask him to do something special before letting him into the house. The groom normally has no choice but to do it. The richer the groom's family is, the more money they will ask for and the longer the gate is. They surely need lots of money for a wedding, so better have it once and keep the marriage everlastingly. Very fascinating and so fun to watch indeed.
|Finally he has arrived in the main door to see the love of his life|
The photo below just showing some of the ritual that they have to do in Lao-style wedding.
|Congratulation to the wonderful couple|
The bride and groom need to make a (Laos spirit and vodka) toast with every single table !!! In a way to say thank you to their guests. Notice that they both must be very strong drinker though, otherwise how drunk they would be if they have 50 tables to do so. I personally would KO by the third shot !! At the end, they were sober enough until the wedding end.
|Self-Serve Papaya Salad|