The splendor of Indian weddings highlights a rich culture and treasured traditions as the happy couple joins as one. Indian weddings are in a class by themselves as lavish affairs with huge guest lists. And keeping with tradition, planning, at least the financial side begins many, many years in advance to cover the often six-figure price tag.
What to Expect at Indian Weddings
Indian weddings are typically three day events. The first day, the Ganesh Pooja, is usually reserved for only family and close friends. The second day is the Mehndi and the Sangeet. A Mehndi is a party for the bride and other female relatives and friends where her hands and feet are painted with intricate henna designs that she will wear throughout the three days. The Sangeet is like a big “meet and greet” dinner for the family and selected wedding guests. The actual ceremony happens on the 3rd day.
Indian weddings are festive, fun, exuberant affairs so enjoy the music and colorful decorations. Speaking of colors, guests are encouraged to wear bold, jewel-toned colors in the festive environment. Be sure to wear gold. You’ll see the bride and bridal party members wearing this cultural favorite; it is a sign of security.
The Traditions of an Indian Wedding
The happy couple will be married under a Mandapa, or wedding alter. It’s built on the day of the wedding and the groom is welcomed by his in-laws there before the bride arrives.
Near the Mandapa you’ll see the Sacred Fire, or the Agni. It is a symbol of a divine presence at the ceremony and is lit by the priest performing the ceremony. The bride and groom will encircle the fire in unity.
The arrival of the bride and groom to the altar are productions themselves. In the Baraat the groom enters the wedding venue on a horse as his family and friends dance around him. The Kanya Aagaman, or the bride’s arrival, is where she is escorted by either her maternal aunt and uncle or a mixture of female relatives and close friends.
During the ceremony you will see an exchange of garlands. This touching moment occurs as the bride approaches the altar; the groom greets her to exchange floral garlands. The garlands represent acceptance, happiness, and aspiration. You’ll also see a member of the groom’s family tying a portion of the bride’s sari to the groom’s scarf to signal the two are now joined together.
Don’t expect the exchanging of rings! At an Indian wedding the groom ties a cord with two gold pendants around the bride to show she is now a married woman.
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