Many people are surprised when I say I have some Tongan family members. They look at me and say… You don’t look Tongan. The relation is only through marriage, I myself am not Tongan. When I was young my Aunt married a Tongan. Her new father in-law was the pastor for the local church of Tonga. Needless to say I attend my Tongan activities and celebrations. As far as weddings go I think we Palangi’s could learn a few things from Tongan’s about partying. After the ceremony in Salt Lake City, Ana and Singa’s reception was held at the Utah State Fairgrounds. When Tongans have a wedding EVERYONE is invited. Over 500 people show up for the dancing and food. Yes people dance!
When was the last time you saw a wedding were people actually dance their hearts out, late into the night? Now, I am not saying dancing never happens its just extremely rare unless alcohol is involved.
Tongans also serve so much food that people can and do take leftovers. They roast entire pigs, lobsters, and other tasty traditional Tongan food.
Tongans have some fun and interesting traditions including lovingly attacking the bride and groom during the reception.