<P>Saudi Arabian Style of Wedding By Maryam Al-Dabbagh, Saudi Arabia. All over the world, a wedding is one of the most special occasions that can occur in a persons life; a special day both for individual and the community. This is expressed in many different wedding customs and traditions that one can find in all the worlds myriad cultures. From the famously colourful Indian celebrations to the festivities in traditional African tribes, wed- dings have always been a cause for heartfelt revelry; Saudi Arabia is by no means an excep- tion. Weddings in Saudi Arabia are well known for being over-the-top occasions, and this arti- cle discusses some of the aspects you will wit- ness at such weddings. Although there can certainly be no one size fits all description of a Saudi wedding – after all, they can differ amongst themselves as often as between different cultures – there are certain characteristics that most typical Saudi wed- dings share. Normally, weddings are held at special venues, such as a banquet hall or a hotel ballroom. Large weddings are becoming more common in Saudi Arabia, with guest lists ranging between 400-600 people – in larger and more influential families, the number of invitees can even reach a thousand or more. This is common among weddings nowadays, yet there are some characteristics that can be found in Saudi weddings which distinguish them from other wedding practices around the world. One huge difference is in timing. Contra- ry to what is often the case in the Western world and other places, Saudi weddings are rarely conducted in the afternoon, usually beginning quite late. A start time of around 10 or 11 PM is not unusual! Another unique thing about Saudi weddings is the fact that the wedding parties are often seg- regated by gender, meaning that there will be two entirely separate parties: one for men, and one for women. They will be held at different venues, often next to each other but some- times in two eseparate places; they can even be held at different times. They also differ in other matters. For example, often there will be more female than male guests. The mens venue can be more subdued as well; where the men will sit politely chatting amongst themselves, the womens section will have the guests dancing enthusiastically to the blasting music. Mens celebrations will also last for less time than womens celebrations, which usually stretch into the early morning. Howev- er, both are equally filled with happiness for the new couple. The bride usually appears to join the womens party halfway into the night, with the groom joining her afterwards for a short while so that they can cut the cake, take pictures with the family, and spend some time together before the groom goes back to the mens section. All in all, while there are certainly a great deal of special things about the customs and tradi- tions practiced in Saudi weddings, the one thing thats most important to remember is the fact that, essentially, all weddings worldwide are largely the same. What all weddings share is joy: the opportunity for the family and friends of the couple to come together, and celebrate this new stage of their lives.</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/11/11/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/12/12/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/13/13/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/14/14/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/15/15/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/16/16/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/17/17/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/18/18/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/19/19/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/20/20/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/21/21/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/22/22/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/23/23/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/24/24/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/25/25/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/26/26/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/27/27/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/28/28/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/29/29/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/30/30/">Page-30</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/31/31/">Page-31</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/32/32/">Page-32</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/33/33/">Page-33</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/34/34/">Page-34</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/35/35/">Page-35</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/36/36/">Page-36</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/37/37/">Page-37</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/38/38/">Page-38</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/39/39/">Page-39</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/40/40/">Page-40</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/41/41/">Page-41</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/42/42/">Page-42</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/43/43/">Page-43</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/879/ednqpzlod/44/44/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/879/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>

 

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