How to Attend an Indonesian Traditional Wedding

Your Indonesian friend is getting married, and you’re invited into the reception which held in Indonesia. Some Indonesians nowadays moderately adopt western style wedding, but if you happen to attend the party in traditional style, no worries.

Steps

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    Wear formal dress. Females can wear almost anything proper, but pick the dress that is not revealing too much skin. Revealing your cleavage would be considered rude. For males, it is a suggestion to wear Batik and formal long pants. T-Shirt and anything jeans is a no. Too-casual wear will be frowned upon.
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    As you come into the entrance of the buildings, write down your name into the guest book, and put your envelope into the box. The receptionist will give you the wedding favor. And then follow the red carpet.
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    Go into the queue. The married couple will stand together side by side at a big stage-like called ‘pelaminan’ which will be decorated depends on the couple’s origins. Some people might already queuing there to give their ‘congrats’ to the couple.
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    Go up from the left side of the ‘pelaminan’ and shake your hand with the married couple and their parents. Go down from the right side of the ‘pelaminan’. Just follow the flow if you're confused.
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    Be prepared to stand a lot. The usual system is standing party. If you don’t feel like eating while standing, go find a chair. But do not expect to find a chair with table. Usually tables and chairs are only presented at a family buffet area.
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    Realize that this is not the time to seek out the married couple for a conversation. The married couple in a traditional wedding usually does not mingle with their guests. If you want to talk more or hang out with them, find another time.
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    Stay for the party. Usually the party endures for around two hours. But if you come after the party for at least an hour, you might find yourself out of food. If you come on time, you might see some interesting traditional wedding procession.

Tips

  • For females, you’ll eat while standing, so make sure to bring a party bag that will go easy on you.
  • Indonesia is a country with tropical climate. Night air can be very humid at sunny days and can be quite chilly at rainy season, pick your dress carefully.
  • The usual date to throw a wedding party is by weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The time will start at 10 AM or at the middle of the day and if the party held at night, it will start at 7 PM.

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