I've never seen as many fancy evening gowns anywhere as I have seen in Saudi Arabia. Women dress to the 9s here when they attend weddings. It's the whole package - gown, heels, makeup, jewelry, hair, evening bag. etc. All the weddings I've attended here in Jeddah feel like I'm at the Academy Awards. The affairs I've been to also only have been attended by women. Men usually have their own separate wedding function.