My husband and I went to a wedding reception for a couple he works with.
It was really different. They are from the Middle East (sorry to be so vague, but I don’t know more than that), and from Muslim families, even though they are less traditional.
The wedding was a mix of Western and traditional. The bride wore a Western style white dress, but had it altered to come up to her neck and have long sleeves. She wore her hair covered. The couple spent the whole event sitting on a stage on his and her “thrones”.
Some of the guests wore traditional clothing. It was really something to see a woman in full traditional dress dancing to “Gangnam Style” later that night. What was really different culterally, is that the women kind of danced together, and the men danced in another group. The men were also more animated dancers, and would also hold hands and dance with each other as a couple. Very different.
There was a reading from the Qu’ran in Islamic, a syrian musical group who sang a traditional wedding song where they danced with swords with the groom, and the food was some Western, and some Eastern. The music afterwards was some western, and some modern Middle-Eastern popular dance music.
It was kind of an adventure for me, because this was not just a comfortable family wedding. It wss kind of upscale, so my husband and I got more dressed up than we would have for family. We didn’t know many people (I hadn’t met ANYONE, these are people my husband works with at his jobsite 600 kilometres away from me), and I didn’t know what to expect culturally.
Overall, it was a lot of fun, and nice to meet some of the people my husband works with.