Apparently Moll ought to have read Neoindian's advice and KA's notes in this blog post - but no-one was around to point her in the right direction. You see Debo's parents put on an act in front of all the relatives that they were deeply upset with Debo's choice but deep down were extremely thrilled that Debo had snagged a Gori wife. So Debo was busy mock defending his choice that he had no time to really explain to Moll what the wedding ceremony was really going to be like.
The date rolled around and a jet lagged Moll and family landed in Kerala. Moll was horrified to discover she had to wear a plain white saree with a thin gold edge. (What ever happened to the gorgeous worked lehengas and stunning red bridal veil?). She was cajoled into wearing some ancient pieces of jewellery (hand-me-downs from Grandma and Great-Grandma). The only consolation was someone came around and applied mehndi (henna decorations) on her hands and legs the previous day.
The wedding ceremony itself was in her words "over in the blink of an eye". No dashing Bharaat procession on a horse, no wailing shehnai (musical instrument generally played at weddings). One discerning cousin made up a little bit. For the reception she got Moll a gorgeous lehenga and organized an impromptu song and dance session of the latest Bollywood hits.
Moll eventually made up for all this. She got her parents to organize a most elegant and sophisticated Church wedding back on home turf (New York) complete with bridesmaids and a horse-drawn carriage. The reception was at her Grandparent's home in the country - the barn was decorated very prettily done up, as were the dinner tables with matching candles and napkins and what-not!
[Nairs are a caste that hail from the state of Kerala in India. Apparently a traditional Nair wedding is a very simple and short ceremony - with the Groom tying a "thali" (wedding chain) around the bride. It is not as long nor does it involve a host of complicated rituals as in some other community weddings from different regions around India.]