Took this snap last night around 11pm. Aizawl covered in mist takes my breath away even at night. The hazy steps that you see above leads to my house from my best friend’s place. I was hanging out with our gang till 11’ish discussing about the wedding, planning the bachelor party and finalizing my “special invitation” card.
Yesterday we managed to send out all the wedding invitations. Here’s the Mizo “method” of sending out wedding invitations:
- Bunch the wedding cards together according to similar area/locality.
- Go over to a relative’s place and ask him/her to distribute the cards meant for people in his/her locality.
- If there are no relatives at a particular locality, then we call upon our closest friend living in that area.
- There is always somebody you know extremely well at every locality, after all, this is Mizoram we’re talking about
Likewise, when a cousin from another locality gets married, it is our duty to personally distribute their wedding cards that are for people in our locality.
More than 50% of the invitees are from my locality. The other day I was just sitting and listening to my aunts and uncles building up the list, and I am still amazed at the number of people they know. They seem to know more or less each and every single person in my locality!
In Mumbai or any other place, we might happen to know our flat neighbours, but do you know every single person in your apartment? I live in Andheri, and this would be like I know all the residents of Andheri right from the vada-pav walla who sleeps in a small shack by the road to the dude who lives in a penthouse apartment behind, and what they do and who they’re married to! This is something you’ll find only in a close knitted society like ours.
This is where the siblings of the future groom or bride come in. We send out “special invitations” to our friends, even if their folks have already received the official wedding invitation from us. This is to show that they (our friends) are more special than the other invitees because they are our friends.
Even during the wedding they will hold important positions in helping and managing the wedding. The special invitees are like a bunch of bouncers at a night club whose role is to see that everything rolls smoothly.
Being the “do things differently” person that I am, I designed this simple invitation instead of the usual formal invitation that most people make, like “You are cordially invited to attend my sister’s wedding on blah blah blah”. Having learnt a few PS tricks @ webchutney, I came up with this simple design and this is what I’ll be distributing to all my friends. It’s in greyscale as I’ll be printing it on a white paper.
Here is one such copy to you, my dear blog reader. You are invited to attend my sister’s wedding! Hugz.
The content is in Mizo, and it basically translates into, “I’m really expecting your presence at the wedding.”
I’ll catch you all later as there are like a gazillion other things I still gotta do today. Cheers.