I prefer to attend the muhurtam of a wedding rather than the Reception for various reasons. I do agree that the event in the evening is more colourful with the young couple looking their best, the bride bedecked in the choicest jewelery matched with a zardozi saree and wearing a plastic smile throughout. You can also catch up with your long lost relatives, friends and acquaintances. In addition you can pick and choose from the buffet that is laid out and unobtrusively take a peep into the spread before you actually go for it. But let me warn you if you wish to carry on a conversation, try to avoid picking up a naan or roti because you find them so rubbery that you are prevented from uttering a word as your mouth will be otherwise occupied!
Traditional food served on a banana leaf after the muhurtam(sometimes even before the couple tie the knot) is more attractive especially to people like me. For instance, since ‘naans’ and ‘rotis’ don’t constitute an inevitable part of the menu and the spicy side dishes that go with them, you find these unfriendly items spare not only your teeth but your stomach as well. Also there is no risk of the gravy in mutter paneer or chole splashing on your expensive saree / trousers/ shirts as it happens when people are standing (with hardly any gap between them) and eating.
n.meera raghavendra rao