A Word About Weddings

One word: glamorous

Three words: It’s all women

A bunch of words:

This Friday I was lucky enough to attend my very first Omani wedding! Families are big here, and the amount of distant cousins seems to never end so weddings are pretty common. Someone, somewhere, somewhat related to you is probably getting married every few weekends. The wedding I went to was for an aunt’s cousin’s daughter…I think. It can get tough to keep track of who’s related to whom around here. Wedding ceremonies are just women so since there are no men around, the women tend to go all out. Heels, sparkles, ball gowns and intricate henna designs are all commonplace on the dance floor.


My host mom, Selmira and I


My host sisters Zeynep and Zakira


My host cousin Sofy and I at the reception

Most weddings are held in ballrooms or large halls and set up with tables and a large stage at the front where the bride and groom sit on a couch to be greeted by the guests. The evening begins with a large dinner (which was delicious!) and then the bride enters, walking down the aisle and sitting down on the stage. The guests greet the bride and take pictures with her (there were A LOT of pictures taken, towards the end I started to feel bad for the bride for having to sit through them all.) and then after some dancing the groom enters. He walks down the aisle followed by all of the female members of his family, which in this case included at least 70 or so women. When he reaches the bride he reads a verse to her from the Koran and they exchange rings.

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The bride and groom posing with some of their family members. The groom wears a dishdasha, the traditional Omani dress, complete with a decorative sword.

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The bride as she enters the wedding hall

It was a really fun experience and even more exciting is the fact that there is another aunt getting married in a few months so I’ll get to go to another one!!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cousin Myra
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 12:06:53

    Loving your commentary. Am so glad to be a part of it. How old were the bride and groom? Cousin Myra


  2. Jeri
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 18:45:00

    Great blog, so interesting and love the images!


  3. BUBBE
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 01:48:24



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