|By AvatarRokusGhost||Part of thecontinuity.|
|"Then by the power of the Moon and the Ocean Spirits and the grace of the tribal chieftains, I now certify your union. You may now kiss the bride."|
|— Water Shaman in The Search for a Candidate|
|Wedding of Katara and Aang|
The wedding of Katara and Aang took place three weeks after the Winter Solstice in 105 AG, just a few years after the end of the Hundred Year War. The event and celebration were held in the traditional Southern Water Tribe style. As the wedding of the daughter of a Tribal chief and the Avatar, the ceremony and reception were large and extravagant and guests from all over the world came to attend.
After Aang initially proposed to Katara while flying on Appa over Whaletail Island and she happily accepted, the wedding took months to prepare for before the decided date, which would be three weeks after the Winter Solstice at the beginning of the following year. As Katara's family insisted, the wedding ceremony would be of the traditional Southern Water Tribe style, which meant the menu included sea crabs and roasted polar bear leopard cuisine. As a vegetarian, one of the few dishes that Aang would be able to eat was the sea prune stew. Fruit pies were not allowed on the menu because they would not be right for the climate.
Once the engagement was official, there would be minimal contact between the bride and groom until the day of the wedding. To violate this was considered bad luck in the Water Tribe. Aang was frustrated by this and went on a quest to learn Energybending until the day of the wedding.
Katara, on the other hand, remained in the South Pole and prepared herself for the big day with the help of Kanna and other women from her village. Initially annoyed about all the fuss being made over her, Katara cheered up when it came time to design dress. Kanna ordered white dragon flowers from the Earth Kingdom and delegated the task of setting up the seating arrangements to a young woman named Taika.
Such a large wedding was expensive to pay for and Hakoda would later remark to Pakku that he would be "spent after this."
Aang arrived back from his journey with Sokka, Trinley and Appa just in time for the wedding. Luckily, Toph was waiting for him with an extra change of clothes, which she gave to him. Aang was stunned when he saw Katara, beautiful, elegant and in a gorgeous dress. The ceremony was held in the village pavilion and was conducted by the Water Shaman, a holy man from the Western Water Fortress. The ceremony was followed by the reception dinner and dance.
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