Indian Wedding in Bangkok

I am back from my trip around the world and besides some serious Jet Lag and a bit of Brochitis, I can’t stop thinking about my incredible experiences.  The highlight of the entire trip was this incredible Indian Wedding that we got to attend and be part of.

Liz Fields in Indian Dress attending a wedding in Bangkok

Liz Fields in Indian Dress attending a wedding in Bangkok

We arrived in time for the 3rd night of festivities, also called the Sangeet which is the celebration, or the equivalent of American receptions.  The difference is that Sangeet is actually before the nuptial ceremony.

I wore a traditional Indian dress and all the women were so beautifully dressed.  Although there aren’t distinguishable bridesmaid dresses, the culture takes such pride in the feminine figure and decorating it with gorgeous colors, fabrics, and embellishments.  Everybody wore their best and most celebratory formal attire and prepared for all-night partying and dancing.

As a designer, I was completely inspired and engulfed in all the festivities, dress, costumes, entertainment.  It is so nice to be part of such a rich culture and witness our generations continuing to pass down the traditions even in the age of internet and video games.

Bride being carried in on a type of "palki"

Bride being carried in on a type of "palki"

I posted some photos on Facebook.com/byLizFields so be sure to add me as a friend to see more from this wedding.  The highlight for me was watching the Bride in an intricately hand-beaded, one-of-a-kind traditional Indian wedding gown being carried in on a type of palki by four men! She looked like a Princess and her face was pure joy and happiness.

If you have any great stories about your wedding or a wedding you attended, you can email me at LizFields@LizFields.com ( I read all the emails!)

A Cultural Affair

For the next 2 weeks I will be traveling literally around the world for the weddings of people very close to my heart.

First Stop: Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel-Aviv, Israel

Tel-Aviv, Israel

So this will be my first Israeli wedding taking place in Israel.  Being in the wedding industry, everybody seems to assume that I know the proper traditions and appropriate dress for every cultural wedding.  Well…I don’t!  I had just as many questions as anybody else, most importantly, ‘what do I wear!?

Now, the wedding I am going to is not a Religious one, so I’ve been told it can be easily confused with a huge dance party.  The ceremony will be a traditional one in which the bride and groom perform their nuptials under a Chupah.  For this I was told I can dress slightly more formal, but even though I will be in the ceremony, I am not required to wear any special color, style or anything resembling a Bridesmaid dress.  Funny enough, I will be wearing one of my bridesmaid dress styles anyway! See below.

After the Ceremony is the Reception and after the Reception is the after-party and dress is casual.  Now, there is no way I can be completely casual and being a dress designer, I want to wear a dress.  I was warned that I should wear flats or anything which is comfortable for hours and hours of some of the most intense partying I will ever see.  So my plan is to wear the same style dress as the long one at the reception, but in short length and with flats!

Liz Fields Bridesmaid Style #236 and #237

Liz Fields Bridesmaid Style #236 and #237

Next Stop: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

This one is exciting….Sikh Indian Wedding!! I can’t even express to you how lucky I feel to be able to be part of an Indian wedding.  What a great culture!!  And I’ve learned through all my questions and preparation for this wedding, that Indian Wedding tradition must be the most celebratory, genuinely friend and family oriented,  and colorful of all weddings that I have prepared to attend.

Unfortunately, I will be missing the Mehndi portion of the pre-wedding celebrations; This is when all the women get together and paint the bride’s hands and feet and, traditionally, bangle bracelets or some sort of colorful adornments are given out.  A wonderful friend walked me through all the different events that  I will be attending and loaned me the most beautiful traditional Indian clothing and jewelry.  She is so wonderful and I thank her deeply for all the information and gorgeously beaded and embroidered Saree, skirts and tops!

So I am off….excited, nervous, and even more excited! I’ll be back in two weeks and I’ll be sure to post a blog right away with photos and information on how it went.