Wedding Traditions in India

India is a land rich with varied cultures and religions that the cosmopolitan mass follows and when it comes to weddings, the traditions along with the fun and frolic add up to the extravagance of this grand celebration. Indian weddings are celebrated not just as a union of two souls but as a bond between two families that love, respect and cherish each other.Moreover, the rituals and rites involved in Indian weddings vary from place to place and from culture to culture with most families placing immense importance and emotional value in them. Although different regions of the country have their own set of customs for the pre-wedding and wedding functions, the first and foremost Engagement ceremony remains the same. Following are pre-wedding functions such as the Haldi, Mehendi and Sangeet which are known to add the fun quotient. Hence, having an event planner arrange everything required to carry out these religious and frolicsome ceremonies that hold emotional value makes it easier and more systematic.

Speaking of different variations of Indian weddings, let us have a look at what goes into these
and how your event planner can help you organise a glitzy and memorable wedding.

North Indian Weddings

The traditional North Indian weddings are celebrated with much grandeur and loyalty to every custom carried out by their ancestors. With the Engagement or Sagai being the first ceremony, the main wedding nuptials take place at the bride’s home where her father treats the groom to honey and yogurt as a way of welcoming him into the family. The bridal couple then exchanges garlands as part of the Jaimala ceremony after which the bride and groom are tied in Gath Bandhan to proceed with walking in circles around the fire or Havan as they take their vows.

If you are having a North Indian style wedding, your event planner can help with transforming the bride’s home into a beautiful abode with wonderful themes. For the Jaimala ceremony, your event planner can get customised garlands made of exotic flowers along with other attractive décor for the wedding nuptials.

South Indian Weddings

South Indian weddings like other Hindu wedding ceremonies too have a number of customs that hold religious and sentimental value. As rituals performed by the bride and groom’s family signify their welcome and entry into each other’s families, your event planner will make sure the intricate details of your South Indian wedding such as decorations made from mango leaves, Rangoli at the doorsteps and the South Indian Shehnai playing a traditional wedding tune are present.

East Indian Weddings

The wedding nuptials that take place in Assam, Orissa, West Bengal and other northeastern states make up the East Indian wedding traditions. The Bengali wedding tradition involved the groom arriving with the marriage procession and the bride’s residence where he is welcomed with flowers. Further, just like other Hindu wedding customs, the bride and groom exchange garlands which are followed by the Saat Paak ritual, the Sampradhan and the Saptapadi ritual and many others that bind the couple in wedlock. The Assamese and Oriya wedding ceremony too have their own set of rituals including exchange of flower garlands as they take their vows and fun-filled activities to celebrate the union of the bride and groom.

For the special Aartis and Haatha Ghanti ceremony, you can ask your event planner to play
with fusion themes as well as customise your meals with authentic cuisines.

West Indian Weddings

The Gujarati, Marwari and Maharashtian weddings are most commonly referred to as West Indian weddings with traditions that are much like the Hindu marriage ceremonies with some variations. If you are having a West Indian style wedding, your event planner can arrange magnificent settings to host the Mehendi, Sangeet, Jai Mala, Saat Pheras and Saptapadi, and Laxmi Narayan puja as well as other Aartis.


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