Wedding Preparation a la Balinese
A wedding for Balinese is not just the business of the happy couple but rather a family or sometimes the clan business and often the couple has left little to do in preparing their own wedding ceremony. As soon a Balinese couple announce their intention to hold a wedding ceremony, their families begin to take the main role in preparing the ceremony.
All members of the families, clan and sometimes member of the hamlet will eagerly participate in the preparation of the wedding ceremony. The elders of the family will consult a priest to find auspicious day for wedding ceremony. The male members of the families, clan, and hamlet will work voluntarily to decorate the venue of the ceremony, preparing the offering, slaughtering the pig, cooking the food, gathering materials for offerings and wedding ceremony, while the female members preparing the offerings and food and cake for the weeding ceremony. What is usually left to be done by the couple is determining the friends and colleagues to be invited to the weeding reception.
The wedding ceremony for Balinese is the most anticipated and wanted event especially for the parents because when a Balinese man gets married he takes all the responsibilities from his parents, all community works, temple obligations, and family works is transferred from father to married son. No wander the Balinese parents are excited when their children getting married.