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 colourful flowers, lights and motifs. Indian weddings are a grand affair and tend to keep even the extended family on their toes.
Costs Involved in an Indian Wedding
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–
1. The invites are typically hand-delivered to the guests, to convey the importance of their attendance in the celebration.
2. Indian traditions consider shades of red, pink and maroon very auspicious and this I why the saree of the lehenga of the bride is usually of that colour.
3. It is a common belief that the darker the colour of the mehendi (henna) on the bride’s hands, the more the mother-in-law is believed to love and take care of her new daughter. It is also believed that the bride is not to contribute to the household work until the henna has completely faded.
4. 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 how puts the garland first on the other while they are lifted in the air by their brothers and friends.
• 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.