It is 6 a.m. in the morning and the bride is already up. Her nervous but at the same time excited mother jumps out of the bed after a sleepless night and opens the door to the hair and make-up artists.
Two hours later the bride sees herself in the mirror, of course, not totally satisfied with her look. But there is no time for redoing anything because the groom and the photographer are already waiting in an expensive hotel with a beautiful interior design. The bridal dress hanged on a crystal chandelier, bride in a white silk robe. This is a typical way how a photoset begins. Then they go outside and take photos with friends. An hour later, everyone is on rent limousines, the amount of which can range from six to ten. The youth drive around the city singing, dancing and drinking champagne in limo salons. But suddenly, someone from the crowd receives a call. The person on the other end of the wire is yelling “All guests are already here, waiting for you for more than an hour!” Well, here you should know that if an invitation says the wedding starts at 2 p.m., the ballroom will be full only at about 4 p.m. And now add additional hour for the couple’s small pre-partying. So, the wedding finally begins at 5 p.m.
A ceremony at the beginning, many wishes from hundreds of people- all these are quite boring, to be honest. The interesting part for me is dancing (lots of dancing), playing/observing funny games and expecting a celebrity to come up the stage. Of course, not everyone can afford it. The reason is our stars overvalue themselves, in my opinion. 6,000 to 10,000 dollars for 30 minutes of, probably, phonogram singing… Also, a good host- who is an actual pearl of the wedding- will ask for about 1000-dollars honorarium. Unfortunately, if a host sucks, the whole wedding does too. In a Kazakh wedding, it is extremely difficult to catch the attention of 300-400 guests. And if a host cannot handle that, the crowd will turn the ballroom into a bazaar. So, if there is something you need to save money on, the host should be the last one in the list.
I tried to write a common scenario of a Kazakh wedding for you. Lucky you that you got invited! I have not been to weddings for a few years now and I miss that atmosphere so much… And by the way, Kazakh people are very hospitable, especially for foreigners. So, I guarantee that you will be treated as a king. But I remind you, do not go early, arrive two hours late!