The wedding invitation cards are often printed "7.00pm Sharp" and the Malaysian Chinese bridal couples would often walk in after 8.30pm!! Why don't the invitation cards print 8.30pm instead? When I was younger, I had become the best man for 13 closest friends' weddings and had seen all the squabbles & woes of wedding preparations up to gangsters with armed parangs storming into a 1000 guests wedding reception. It was a bloody wedding affair with the sirens of police cars wailing to the Penang Chinese Town Hall in 1990. It was a talk of the town the next day as all the goldsmith shop towkays in town were invited too.
Some 10 years ago, I attended a close friend's wedding at a restaurant in Petaling Jaya. The restaurant was upstairs a row of shop lots next to Atria. The groom received his guests at the entrance below and gave me a big bear hug & greetings. I gave him my red packet gift and promptly walked up the stairs. Half way up, I simply turned and looked behind. My jaws dropped and my eye brows reached higher than the restaurant's high ceilings. The very handsome groom in tuxedo suit was holding my opened red packet and counted the dollar bills inside! He was shocked to see my opened mouth and his face instantly turned very Tomato Red!! @#%$*!!
Chronicle Of Last Night's Wedding Dinner
Time 07:00 pm - Almost all the guest had arrived and seated. Everyone received this cute table gift of a chocolate inside to keep your hunger pangs away, in case the bridal couple is late.
Time 07:30pm - The tables were almost filled up. Almost all guests were playing games and fiddling their phones. This is a new habit now for young and old guests.
Time 08:00pm - The groom has been outside receiving guests and the bride was ready waiting inside the private room. Guests were hungry and almost everyone were busy playing games and watsaping!
Time 08:30pm - The bride came out of the room to receive the guests at the entrance. The groom entered the same private room with 3 usher ladies from the entrance with 3 recycle bags.
They locked the door of the room and started counting all the red packets! OH MY GOD!!!!!
Time 08.55pm - Green lights given by the groom! MC announced the arrival of the bridal couple. All the guests stood up, clapped and fireworks popped the streamers out.
Time 09:15pm - The very late dinner started and dishes were brought hurriedly. The restaurant was racing for time and all tables had 2-3-4 dishes served at once! Voila! Bingo! Gila!
Time 11:45pm - Groom watsaped Twilight Man. "Thank you for coming blah blah blah and I will bring the baby in 5 month's to visit you..."
Twilight Man - (.....speechless......)