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A Marvelous Matrimony, Cambodian Style Phnom Koulen National Park  Cambodia

A Marvelous Matrimony, Cambodian Style

What should you expect when you attend a Cambodian wedding? A crowd of people glimmered up for three full days of celebration, a bride prepared to change into 230 different, but dazzling dresses, an eclectic circulation of local food and a never ending flow of Angkor beer. And if you’re a foreigner, expect to be a sign of good luck.

I was picked up by a local man on a motorbike from my hostel and side sat the entire way to a wedding far off into the vibrant countryside. We may have gotten lost if it wasn't for the distant Khmer music booming through the rice fields for miles, which helped us find the way. From the moment we arrived, I realized this is definitely the most colorful and culturally glamorous event I've ever been to. The tent was draped in a multitude of colorful tapestries and the wedding party, and guests, were painted to the nines in makeup with hairdos that could outdo any disney princess star. We wandered about then got cozy at one of the myriad round tables. A plethora of delightful dishes began to circulate around the table, tapas style--fried pork, pickled veggies, various dipping sauces, sticky rice, grilled freshwater fish and more. After feasting, copious amounts of swigging and the bridal party’s eighth costume change, the crowd meandered to the dance floor, Apsara style—picture a bunch of hula dancers on a merry-go-round with indo-chinese-tribal dub step blasting in the background and there you have a snapshot of a typical Khmer ceremony.