Here are 10 key points you need to know if you are ever invited to an Arab wedding.
1. The music will be LOUD and I mean so loud you can barely talk.
2. The bride will appear extremely late (both to the pre-wedding party and the main event)
3. There will be a lot of food.
4. You will drink mainly sweet tea.
5. There is no possibility that you will ever over-dress.
6. You won’t see a bloke unless you stay around until the very end (around 1.30am) when the groom appears.
7. Everyone will be very nice to you, but you will only be able to tell that by their smiles, as you can’t really hear what they say.
8. You will have to leave any cameras or mobiles with cameras at the door.
9. There are no boring speeches.
10. If you are invited, you are expected to go, it is very rude not to. And you should, it’s good fun. Added to which it is possibly the only time I have ever been to bed in the early morning and not woken up with a hangover.
Girls in dresses borrowed from Mahara and Salama before the pre-wedding party
Our house lit up (Ali’s house is on the left)
Me getting ready
Bea and Leo ready for the party
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2009
Thank you again for your blog, as enjoyful as ever. I must admit though I was sad to hear you were leaving Europe and mooving away to Abu Dabi. Your lifestyle in France was such an inspiration to myself and my husband, that we got into holidaying in Languedoc & Luberon in Provance and were even looking into buying & renovating a house there.
However, I would like to pay you a compliment, you look fantastic! Obviously life in your new country treats you very well. And well done for discovering the new frontiers!
Helena, you look lovely!
Wow, you look fabulous! I see no sign of the “Abu Dhabi stone”??
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