Traditional Indian Wedding Ceremonies
Indian weddings are a colorful and vibrant mélange of several customs and events. If you take into consideration the various different cultures and religions in the country, you will find a variety of pre-wedding functions and celebrations that span over days, apart from the more serious ring exchange ceremony and the exchanging of vows.
A couple of the most popular and commonly celebrated functions are the Sangeet and the Mehendi. The Sangeet is one of the livelier and more colorful celebrations at Indian weddings. It’s a function replete with enthusiastic live music and dance performances, and food and drinks galore. The highlight of Sangeets these days is the dance, enthusiastically put together by the couple’s family and friends under the guidance of a choreographer, and often performed with popular Bollywood film songs and other wedding songs. Given the larger-than-life scale of Sangeets today, it isn’t rare for the couple to hire professional performers too.
It is also quite common to merge the Sangeet with the Mehendi function. Not only does this help to cut down on costs as well as to use time more efficiently, but it also serves to give the couple and their family an extra day to rest before the big day. The Mehendi function is one that spans over different religions and cultures. The bride’s hands and feet are adorned with intricate henna patterns. This pre-wedding ceremony is also filled with food, music and a big dose of fun.
The Roka ceremony is indigenous to Punjabi weddings, where the bride and groom’s families meet to formalize the wedding. The Roka is a pre-wedding custom that signifies the formal relationship and commitment between the families, celebrated with a gift exchange and music and dance. A similar pre-wedding ceremony is the Kashmiri in the Sindhi community. The Kashmiri is a ritual that precedes a formal engagement; an informal engagement takes place with an exchange of gifts, fruits, coconuts and misri (sugar), symbolizing a commitment between the couple. The groom’s sister covers the bride’s head with a red dupatta and the groom also feeds her to his future sister-in-law.
A ceremony common to Hindu and Muslim weddings is the Haldi ceremony. During the Haldi ceremony, the bride is made to sit on a small stool and family members apply a turmeric paste on the bride’s face and body. This fun ceremony usually takes place a day before the wedding and most people add their own spin on it. The paste made with turmeric, sandalwood, and rose water is meant to beautify the skin and get the bride ready for her big day. Female family members normally sing traditional Haldi songs.
The Rose ceremony is a pre-wedding ritual that is followed by some Christian communities. Also held on the day before the wedding, the bride or groom to be is given a bath with hot water and coconut milk or juice; oil is also applied on the forehead or in the ears. Nowadays family and friends also have a little fun by putting all kinds of weird things like eggs on them. The Rose is then followed by a dinner for all guests present and marks the start of the celebrations to come and signifies the last bath as an unmarried individual.
Of course, this is just a little sampler of the diverse wedding traditions and ceremonies in India. Whatever kind of wedding ceremonies you decide to have, we at Marry Me, Mumbai, will help you put it together. We will help you organize all your pre-wedding functions and take care of the smallest details. From planning every wedding-related event including the Griha Shanti right up to the Baraat, Marry Me is adept to offer you only the best when it comes to executing every aspect of the grand Indian wedding.