Balinese Wedding Reception
Wedding reception is quite a new thing for Balinese since in Balinese traditional ceremony there is no such a thing as wedding reception. But Balinese cope quite fast with these emerging trend, nowadays, Balinese couple usually hold two ceremony in their wedding, the traditional ceremony and the wedding reception.
The traditional ceremony usually begins in the morning, and attended by the families, relatives, clan members of both sides and the hamlet or village members of the groom. The attendees of this traditional wedding ceremony are invited by sending package of food and verbal invitation to the house of each attendee a day prior to the ceremony. this gift is reciprocated by the attendee by giving a package of gift which consists of rice, sugar, coffee, and sometimes completed with cloth. The traditional wedding ceremony usually last until late in the afternoon.
The wedding reception is usually held early in the evening right after the traditional wedding ceremony is over or the day after. This wedding reception is attended by friends, colleagues, business partners, other acquaintances which are not invited to the traditional wedding ceremony. The attendees are invited by sending invitation cards and they also bring gift to the couple usually money inside an envelope; the gift is usually put in a decorated container on the reception table. This reception is western style, everyone wears ordinary clothes, the attendees are socializing and having fun there, the buffet diner is usually served. The reception last until 10 or 11 PM.