Thursday was some kind of ceremony which mainly involved the girls all getting henna tattoos on their hands! Not being a girl, and not especially desiring henna, I mainly hung out with cousins.
Saturday was the actual wedding! It began with the groom showing up, and walking down the aisle, which took a while. The priest doing the ceremony was pretty long-winded, and tended to drag things out. I kind of dozed off at this point for a bit, but I am informed that I didn't miss all that much. I woke up in time for the satyapadi, where the bride and groom take seven steps together, each of which symbolizes something (don't ask me what). They then exchanged vows - traditionally, the bride extracts seven promises from the groom, and then the groom gets one in return from the bride. After that they exchanged rings, and then the priest went on for a bit, managed to quote Shakespeare and Browning while explaining the ceremonies, and then there was food.
Sunday was the reception. I know that people reading this will be most interested in the differences between Indian weddings and traditional Christian weddings, and they will be mostly disappointed here - as far as I know, the biggest difference was the choice of music. There's a fairly standard repertoire of Guyanese music that gets played at all my family events, since my mom's side of the family hails from there. Here's a pretty representative sample.
Looking at it, this is a pretty crappy post. I am posting it anyway, because I am sleep-deprived and have been for quite a while, and if I don't fall asleep soon my parents will start snoring. :(