Wedding in expensive hotels and Banquet Halls are seen as a prestigious one for organizing families. Some Brides and Grooms like to have their wedding lavishly held in 5 star hotels to show their wealth and pride to their relatives and friends. Nearly 400 to 1,000 guests used to be invited for these kinds of marriage ceremonies. The Buffet cost for each guest may start somewhere from Rs 5,000. Some rich people had paid 15,000 for each of their guest's dinner or lunch at these hotels. Each tables used to be marked with the guest names. And at the entrance of the hall, visitors may see the seating plan with their names and table numbers. Hotel staff will accompany the guests to get their seats. The tables used to be filled with expensive short eats along with exclusively imported bottles too used to be placed there.
One waiter used to serve two tables of guests, which are reserved according to the visiting guests' status. These kinds of lavish wedding parties are planned for invited guests only. So the families used to inform the guests in advance that if they can't attend the ceremony, then to inform them early. So they can invite another guest or may reduce the number of plates served at the venue of marriage.
Special theme decorations are made in the wedding hall as per Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim traditions. They are decorated by some Banquet hall decorating companies. Lighting and Audio systems are covered by sound system providing companies. Local live band used to play live music according to the moments. Later they may play music for guests dancing on the wedding floor after the ceremonies and dining is over. Some expert guest may sing to the music of the band while others are dancing.
After the wedding ceremonies 100's of vegetarian, poultry, seafood and meat dishes will be opened for the guest to eat as much as they want. At a corner, Hotel Chef used to prepare freshly fried dishes according to the arrived guest of the wedding. It used to include Prawns, Crabs, Sausages, Tender Meat, Lobsters and many more expensive dishes are prepared there hot for the waiting Guests. Once the wedding is over and when the guests are leaving they will be provided with expensive items as gifts and a copy of the newly married couples photograph.
At the bottom of the wedding cards they used to print it as RSVP. (Répondez S'il Vous Plaît.) This is in French and it means: Reply, If You Please) and date at the bottom of the card, if you are organizing a expensive dinner. So the guests will inform you about their presence and you can save on number of guests, if any of them are unable to attend the event. Some time people may provide a separate card with the RSVP to send them about your intention on the event.
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