Throughout the years we’ve gotten the opportunity to produce and design for various styles of weddings. One style we’ve always enjoyed is Indian weddings. The vibrant colors, various traditions, all the glitz and glam AND witnessing the elegance of the bride on her big day – we just can’t get enough!
One of the many qualities of Indian weddings is the pre-and post-wedding events in addition to the main wedding day. This means a LOT of planning is involved, making an event planner and wedding designer even more essential. Many different traditions that are a part of an Indian wedding ceremony take place over several days. Today we’re bringing you five traditions we love about the Indian culture.
The Mehndi is a pre-wedding event days before the wedding with female attendants only – similar to a bachelorette party. The bride’s hands and feet are adorned with henna in intricate patterns along with her loved ones. They say the darker the mehndi, the more love the bride will receive from her mother-in-law. Mehndi is an integral part of Indian wedding traditions.
Bright Wedding Attire
Trading “something white” is never a bad idea. On the day of the ceremony, many Hindu brides wear bright colors such as red, burnt orange or pink. Red represents happiness and good luck. The colorful elements of the dress are meant to symbolize commitment, wealth, and spirituality.
Couple Wed Under Mandap
In a Hindu ceremony, the bride and groom sit beneath what is called the mandap. The mandap is a canopy held on four pillars. Each of the pillars represents one of the parents. It can consist of vibrant flowers and greenery draped with various fabrics.
The Bride & Groom’s Garments Are Tied Together – Granthi Bandhanam
The granthi bandhanam is an important ritual in which the newlyweds have their garments tied together. Tying the shawl and scarf together symbolizes the couple’s being joined together in new life through holy matrimony. Some may say they’ve officially tied the knot!
Emotional Vidaai Ceremony
Not every bride’s goodbye end with sparklers. When a Hindu bride officially leaves her home to begin a new life with her spouse, the farewells are warm and very tearful. The vidaai ceremony is the symbolic end to all the wedding festivities and is known as a final farewell to their daughter. Taking handfuls of rice to be directly thrown over her head, shows her appreciation for the love and time given to her in her parents’ home.
Here at Fairy Godmother, we strive to make your wedding day and the overall planning process easier so you can enjoy the wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for a planner, designer, or event producer in the Bakersfield area, we are here to help! We help captivate every couple’s unique love story on their fairytale day. Hiring Fairy Godmother, a Wedding & Event Planning Co. will ensure your wedding planning process is enjoyable and made easy for you every step until the big day arrives.
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