Weddings are supposed to be special occasions not only for the bride and groom but more often than not, they can be very memorable occasions for the guests as well. I can’t recall how many weddings I have attended but I have gone through my share of memorable weddings, sometimes for the wrong reasons.
My most memorable wedding experience was:-
How I spent the night in the Honeymoon Suite – Not many guests get to sleep in the honeymoon suite together with the bride and groom that why this was truly my most unforgettable occasion.
It was Alex and Ran’s wedding where we were loitering after the dinner because K. Lan was waiting for her husband to pick her up. We all couldn’t bear to leave her waiting alone, so we, KT, Gwen, FT, Casey, May & I waited with her.
Alex then asked us to help finish the barrel of beer which he had bought for the dinner and when we started, we couldn’t stop. Young took his time picking up K. Lan and he reached at 11.00 p.m. By then we were pretty high and Alex made the mistake by insisting that we follow him to his honeymoon suite. We initially agreed that we vacate by 12.00 a.m.
In the honeymoon suite, one by one started to knock out. At 11.30 p.m. one of us slept in the spare bedroom in the two room suite. At 12.30 a.m. another one of us ended up hugging the bidet and refused to leave the toilet. By 1.30 a.m., two more were taking turns to puke into the kitchen sink. Only Gwen and I remained sober. By 3.00 a.m. it was clear that we will not be able to make it home.
We finally make it out at 6.00 a.m. and we spent the whole morning taking turns to calling the bride and apologising. No amount of apologies could make up for the rudeness of overstaying our welcome. But Alex and Ran truly have hearts of gold and they are truly our friends until today.
That was my most memorable experience in a wedding.
I have had other great wedding experiences amongst which were how I caught the bride’s garters thrown by the groom in church, how we had a beer only (no food) wedding dinner, how Samy Veloo came up and shook my hand, how I danced to the Bhanghra Music with Nyonya Chef Auntie Florence in a Punjabi wedding, how we drank alcohol in a conservative Christian teetotaler wedding or how I attended the wedding of a total stranger just for the dinner. But I fear all these stories would take too long and will be too long winded.
Nevertheless, I have one interesting a wedding where we had dinner all by ourselves without the bride and groom.
Why? Read On……
Early Yet Late For A Wedding – The wedding invitation stated church reception at 3.00 p.m. and dinner at 6.30 p.m. on a working Friday in Quezon City. It was the wedding of my colleague; Carol & Robert. Since it was a working day, we decided to skip the church reception and head straight for the dinner. We left our Pasig office at 4.30 p.m. to get a head start against the notorious Edsa traffic. Anyway, we managed to reach the designated restaurant at 6.00 p.m.
As we entered the restaurant, there was a hive of activity with all the guests on their feet and before we know it, there were a pair of white pigeons flapping through the air. Everyone was trying to catch it. The ceiling fans were spinning at full speed as we watched in horror as the pair of pigeons continued to circle round the room and somehow miraculously avoided the blades of the fans. Somehow, the pigeons were caught and everyone applauded. We then found out that freeing the pigeons were part of a local tradition and it was the end of the wedding dinner. Apparently, the church reception ended early and everyone proceeded to the restaurant for dinner. It was all done by 6.00 p.m. and freeing the pigeons was the finale. The whole entourage was then ready to leave. The bride and groom insisted that we stay back for the dinner.
So we managed to catch the finale of the wedding and we stayed back for the rest of our colleagues; Edgar, Sarah, Chona, Sixto and Emil. Everyone arrived by 6.30 p.m. but it was only us and we enjoyed a wedding dinner by ourselves without the bride and groom.
This was a truly unforgettable dinner.