Of Bangladeshi wedding...
Bangladeshi weddings are very extravagant, gorgeous and fanciful. We celebrate different ceremonies - engagement, Gaye Holud (turmeric on the body), wedding and reception.
Engagement is known as Paan-Chini. This is a small and informal event where each party visits each other's house with close family members. After some pleasantries, the senior-most member of the family would slip a ring on the finger of bride and groom. Foods are often home cooked.
After the warm introduction at engagement, the most exciting event comes--Gaye Holud (turmeric on the body). Both the bride and groom's family hold this ceremony at their own premises where bride or groom sits with several mouth watering platters. Guests line up to come and dip their fingers in turmeric paste and then apply it to the bride or groom's forehead. Usually, brides wear floral ornaments with yellow saree or dress. Female guests wear yellow or red sarees. Some people use liquid or dust of paint to make the event more memorable. Then comes the main event. Bride wears gold jewelleries and red outfits. Groom wears gorgeous sherwani. Mouth-watering scrumptious foods are served like Biriyani, Rezala, kebabs etc. The last gorgeous event is Reception. It is arranged by the groom's family. This has similar flavour like wedding minus the ceremony. Brides can wear anything they wish to.
The gorgeousness of these ceremonies depends on the ability and financial ability of the families. Many parents borrow money or sell properties to maintain this tradition. The lavishness of the party depends on the parents' abilities and financial strength. Bride or groom doesn't have to share the expenses of the party.
However, at present, the tradition of Bengali wedding has changed significantly. In my time, it was done in such a manner that brides and grooms were not allowed to meet each other until the day of the wedding. But this tradition has become outdated now. Because of Islamic influence, Gaye Holud is now gradually disappearing from Muslim weddings. Instead, Henna Night is taking place. Everything remains the exactly the same just instead of turmeric paste henna is applied on the hands of bride. Therefore, professional henna artists are invited to decorate the bride and her guests' hands. Sometimes wedding party is done jointly. Thus the party gets bigger and better. Now dress code has changed as well. Brides can wear different outfits of different colours.
Though some changes are seen in the observance of the ceremonies of weddings, the essence remains authentic. We enjoy all the occasions whole-heartedly.