Wedding season can get extremely overwhelming and confusing especially in an Indian scenario where the events are so elaborate and there is so much to take care from an event planning perspective as well as with respect to following all the rituals and traditions.
During this time of the year, you will notice that every open land or indoor banquet is adorned with colorful flowers, lights and motifs. Indian weddings are a grand affair and tend to keep even the extended family on their toes.
Wedding Costs- Depending on a number of factors, Indian weddings typically host parties of people between 300 and 1000 guests. Since the weddings are considered to be a very important even in one’s life, this big affair is one way of showing to their society the extent of one’s hospitality. Additionally, this extensive guest list is commonly hosted over multiple events that last over a week.
Significance of Kundli Matching- The first thing that happens in any Indian wedding scenario is the kundli matching. Here, the family priest determines whether or not the couple make a good match after comprehensively studying the astrological charts. Once the kundli matching process is complete, which also determines the suitable date of the matrimonial ceremony the wedding planning commences.
Interesting Facts about Indian Wedding Traditions–
- The invites are typically hand-delivered to the guests, to convey the importance of their attendance in the celebration.
- The bright colors like red, pink and maroon are considered very auspicious in Indian tradition and that's the color Bride usually wears on her wedding day.
- It is a common belief that the darker the color of the mehendi (henna) on the bride’s hands, the more care and love she will get from her mother-in-law! I am not sure how much its true about this. Also it is believed that the bride should not work or cook till her henna is completely faded.
- In a number of Indian communities, the varmala or jaimala ceremony is converted in a game so as to say, where the bride and the groom compete with each other on who puts the varmala easily. There is an entire fun and game where the siblings and other family members join in where the bride is lifted high enough so that groom struggles to put varmala. Its ofcourse all fun and once varmala is done, there is a lot of cheering and blessings from the elders.
- Another common tradition in Indian weddings is when the sister’s of the bride hide a groom’s shoes while he sits in the wedding ceremony. He needs to then bargain with the family to get back his footwear.
A typical Indian wedding consists of a number of rituals and events. Some of the most common Indian ceremonies include the mehendi ceremony, the sangeet ceremony, the baraat, the pheras followed by a reception. In addition to this there a number of smaller rituals those are conducted at the homes of the bride and groom depending on their familial beliefs and expectations from the elders.
Attending an Indian wedding can be quite an experience since each one feels like a grand celebration right out of the movies.
Attending an Indian wedding that is grand and full of rituals can be quite an overwhelming experience’s. Read this article to gain a basic insight into the great Indian wedding.