Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sousa and the Bride

Last Saturday, we attended a wedding in town. Jeff was the minister, I was the "send 'em down the aisle" lady and Kinley and Alex were the CUTEST members of the wedding party!



There are many interesting tid-bits about a Ugandan wedding...

1. Weddings are expected to last up to 4 hours---the church ceremony folks. Exactly what is there to say in 4 hours that you can't say in 30 minutes? I do not know. Jeff's ceremony on Saturday lasted one hour and a half. Everyone was amazed and said it was the best wedding EVER!

2. The bride gets her hair done in a Saloon. That's how they pronounce it. Saloon. I wonder if they drink out of shot glasses and play poker while their hair is done?

3. The bride is, on average, over an hour late for the wedding ceremony. At least.

4. Everything and everyone MUST move SLOOOOWWWWLLLLYYYY. There is no real way to give you a clear picture. It almost defies nature. The flower girls were going so slow down the aisle...they almost weren't going. The bride walked in slow military fashion ALL DAY. When she went down the aisle, when she entered the photo shoot, when she entered the reception, when she walked to the bathroom... SLOW.

5. The music for the wedding was Pachebel Cannon off of one of our CD's AND various selections played by the St Leo's Secondary School Marching Band. Yep. You heard me. Marching Band. Complete with bass drums. Cymbals. And a brass section that would send Charles Nail's moustache into MANY convulsive twitches. (FYI Mr Nail was my beloved band director at Permian High School. We didn't only do football, ya'll.)

The most amazing moment of a very full cultural experience of a day...was the MOMENT when I thought..."Wow. This marching band is a nice touch."

Culture stress can send your brain into upside down logic. Even after 11 years.

9 comments:

Lori Ann said...

hey, why not a marching band...it is upbeat and peppy and you can dance to the beat of the big drum!
wouldn't you love to see the faces of people in a "traditional" wedding in teh states...priceless.

Jason Hill said...

I love that picture of your kids.

Trisha said...

I'm laughing! What must they think of us running through life so hard we can hardly catch our breath! Maybe there's something to be learned. They're really cherishing the moment, I guess!?!

Aimee Jo said...

Um, that is the cutest picture!! Those kids are so sweet!! Maybe I'll bring my saxaphone and between the 4 of us, we can offer our services for music at other weddings!!

Anonymous said...

Those two kids would be the cutest at ANY wedding, as would their two brothers and two cousins. As Ronald would say, "They look SMAHT!"
Papa

KMiV said...

Its really funny how one of the most important days for a couple become fast paced--stressed, and complicated. I liked hearing how the Ugandan's soak up the day and make it a celebration. The bride should go slow--she spends a lot of money on a dress she wears only once. Like I always say, get your money's worth, take your time.

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Billy said...

Did you make a Baked Oat meal cake? I hear it is suppose to be a new favorite for Uganda weddings!