Malayalee weddings are quick affairs. You wait and wait for D-Day and when it finally dawns and the events unfold you hardly have time to savour them. So, here the bride and groom become husband and wife almost in an instant. He ties the thali or gold necklace around her neck, they exchange garlands, and pray to the Almighty to bless them (here, from outside the sanctum sanctorum). It is a new dawn… new hopes… new aspirations.