So, you’ve finally decided when the “Big Day” is. Now you’ve got many questions in mind narrowing down to how can you make it perfect, and not just picture-perfect, mind you. Weddings are a time when you create memories, not just to remember, but to re-live them.
The grand entrance, lip-smacking food, soft illumination, awe-inspiring decor, breathtaking attire, palatial venues, everything through to the sumptuous cake and not to forget a stress-free, in-the-moment state of mind. So, the sooner you start planning, the better it gets for you. Go out and book your favorite venue. It is better you start early if you are looking for your favorite-yet-generally-occupied venue. Decide on your caterer and baker, and get on with the tasting already. Finalize on the accommodation for your guests from out of town. These trivial things are available with multiple options at your locale, but it is the detailing where your attention and time is required.
Indian Weddings, in particular, are more intricate to plan on, considering many different rituals that are followed, irrespectively of which religion. Generally, an Indian Wedding would be a two-to-three days’ affair. And these two-to-three days can be a whirlpool if not planned well. To get the Indian necessities in a place like Canada is quite a task, looking at the scarcity of the material available.
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An Indian Wedding generally would have the following ceremonies:
1.Engagement & Sagan Ceremony:
Indians are mostly married through arranged set-ups, in which the families look for a suitable marital partner in the community. An Engagement is when it is official in the community that the Couple has been engaged and is due to get married soon. It is here when rings are exchanged between the to-be-Bride and to-be-Groom, with Indian Sweets in decorated boxes. Traditionally the Girl is gifted with Jewelry and clothes in a Sagan Set and Sagan Potlis by the Groom’s family
Customized Sweet Box
Sagan Potli Set
Jewelry Necklace Set
2. Haldi (Maiyan):
A ritual celebrated at the respective houses of the Bride and Groom, wherein, close family members, relatives, and friends come together and cleanse the to-be-Bride or to-be-Groom. A paste of Turmeric Powder, Gram Flour and Oil is prepared and applied on the limbs and face of the Bride or Groom. Phulkari , Ganna and Thal are laid before the bride or groom and turn-by-turn all the family members apply the turmeric-based paste on the to-bes. This, apparently, makes the to-bes a tone fairer.
3. Jaggo: This ceremony is held a day or two before the wedding, wherein the maternal side of the family come to the wedding home singing and dancing, inviting other relatives and friends to join in for the wedding. The Maternal Aunt with her entourage carry decoratives in a Jaggo and designed Sticks / Dandas
4. Mehndi Ceremony:
This is more of a female-oriented ceremony, usually where all the female members of families, get Henna drawn on their palm. These temporary tattoos last through the remaining wedding rituals. It is said the color of the Henna says a lot about the bond; apparently, the darker the color, the stronger the bond between the groom for the bride.
5. Sangeet Ceremony:
This ceremony is organized by the respective families for their family members, close relatives, and friends. The relatives put together a show of dancing and music performances, for the Bride or the Groom.
6. Nani Shuk / Mameru / Mosadu:
Traditionally the Maternal Uncle gifts the wedding attire to the Bride or the Groom, it isn’t hard and fast today, although clothes, gifts and Indian sweets in decorated trays are exchanged during this ceremony along with a small pooja. This gesture brings luck for the Bride or Groom in their new step in life. This ceremony also shows the significance of the maternal side of the family in Indian Weddings.
7. Pre-Wedding Ceremony:
The final ceremony has a stream of small rituals lining up to the blissful union of the couple. Ideally, the Bride has a Choora Ceremony, where she is given 21 bangles by her maternal uncle for the wedding. And the Groom has a Surma, where his eyes are lined with Kohl, to keep the groom from evil’s eyes. Sehra Bandi is a ritual where a turban, a necessity for a Groom’s Attire, is tied on the Groom’s Head before the Baraat takes off for the Bride Home for the Wedding ceremony. Baraat is a procession when the Groom’s family walks to the Bride’s house, dancing all the way, bursting crackers. The Groom rides on a Horse during a Baraat.
8. Wedding Ceremony (Anand Karaj):
Once the Baraat arrives at the doorstep of the Bride’s House for the wedding, Milni, is performed, where the Bride’s Family, lead by the Father, greet the Groom’s Family and welcome them in for food and drinks. After the Milni, The wedding ceremony (Anand Karaj) takes places, where the couple takes vows for life in front an agni (Fire).
9. Wedding Reception:
Usually the next night, following the wedding, a Reception in organized for the guests to greet and felicitate the newly-wed couple. Blessings are given in the form of gifts or cash envelopes.
Above are a few important ceremonies to mention about. It all depends on how elaborate one wants the wedding to be. So, it’s better you start sooner with the planning. And don’t forget to get in touch with us to get your hands on the Indian wedding traditional necessities.
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