In Malaysia a couple goes to the government and is registered and then they are considered married. They can then do their tribal traditions, wedding receptions or marriages after that. Muslims by law can have more than one wife but Christians or other faiths cannot.
Lucia's wedding reception was probably the social event of the year. There were over 600 people at the wedding reception. Below is the menu for the 8 course dinner. The fish lips soup was very good. We found it taste a lot like onion soup. We were told by our fellow table companions that the lips are taken from a fish that has big lips. We were taught to add a little vinegar to the soup to soften the taste of the fish flavor. It tasted good with or without the vinegar. Brent even ate two little marinated Japanese octopuses
This is one of the sisters from the Kuching District. Her dress was beautiful. The picture does not do it justice.
Here is the stage for the reception. There was a live band to the right of the stage. We were sitting right next to the band. Brother Lebanon situated 9 sets of missionaries throughout the crowd at different tables. The Muslims were put at different tables than the missionaries. It is against the law to teach the Muslims about the Gospel. We were told "I'm feeding them, you teach them", to the rest of the crowd. So we came prepared to give out "pass along cards". We brought the cards of the temple and shared with our table about Lucia and Victor's plans to go to the temple in a year and about being sealed together as families for time and all eternity.
Lucia and Victor in the native Bidayuh costumes. Lucia is Bidayuh like her parents but Victor is Chinese. He looks like he could be part of the tribe.
Here we are with our table companions. Brother Lebanon and Sister Molly (parents of the bride) are beside us. The two men sitting are dear friends and former business partners in pharmaceuticals with Brother Lebanon.