Common Indian Wedding Customs & Traditions!

An Indian Wedding

A wedding is in every culture an important event however when it comes to the scale of it the Indian wedding comes out at the top in its celebration. Indians weddings are a key milestone in one’s life and as such the event is prepared with much love and care.

  1. Lucky dates to get married: Wedding dates in India are commonly organized from October to February. However, these aren’t hard rules to follow. most Hindu families organize their wedding dates in consultation with their priests and astrologers who suggest certain dates considered auspicious for their wedding
  2. Wedding Card design & format: Wedding cards in Indian traditions hold quite an importance. Indian wedding card designs are carefully planned and prepared. Before printing a wedding card several details are required to be confirmed like the date and venue of the marriage, post which an invite would be sent out to the guests.

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  1. Colourful wedding dresses: Wedding dresses are an important part of any Indian Wedding. If there’s one thing that’s common throughout the various cultures of India is the presence of people in gorgeous colourful attire that makes Indian weddings so vibrant and exotic.
  2. Pre-wedding Sangeet & Mehendi Ceremony: In the Sangeet ceremony the bride gets the blessings of the elders of her family and traditional music alongside makes the ambiance unique. In the Mehendi ceremony, the mehendi designers make gorgeous designs in the palm as well as the legs of the bride. Nowadays both of these occasions also serve the purpose of introduction between the families of the bride and the groom.

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  1. Haldi Ceremony: Haldi or turmeric has many medicinal values as it acts as an antibacterial agent and a skin purifier or cleanser. The purpose of the Haldi Ceremony is that the elders of the bride would bless her by covering her skin in turmeric paste and then her soul and body will be cleansed once the paste is removed. Indian Mythology also suggests that Haldi repeals the evil spirits from the wedding as well.
  2. The Mandap: The Mandap of an Indian Wedding is an integral part of the wedding itself as it is the place where the main rituals of a Wedding are held in front of all the guests invited to the wedding.

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  1. Lighting the Holy Fire for Saptapadi: The holy fire of Saptapadi is the most important rite of an Indian Wedding. According to the Shastras, Saptapadi means seven steps. In reality, after the groom ties the mangalsutra around the neck of the bride they both take seven steps together around the holy fire

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  1. Donning a Mangalsutra: A Mangalsutra according to the shastras is a piece of string that is tied around the neck of the bride by the groom and to be worn by the bride till the death of one of them.
  2. Hiding the Shoes: The cousins and the sisters of the bride playfully hide the shoes of the groom which symbolizes their affection towards the bride as they want to deter the process of Bidaai or the bride’s departure from her father’s house to her in-laws’.
  3. The Reception Feast: The Reception is the day where the bride and groom present themselves in their respective society as a newly married couple and hosts people who have attended the wedding with food and drinks.
  4. Aashirwad ceremony: The Aashirwad or the blessing ceremony is the conclusive ceremony of an Indian Wedding as the elders of the families of the bride and groom as well as of the society shower their blessings as well impart their wisdom and thereby accept them as the newlywed couple in their family and the society.

To sum it up a wedding showcases the status and standing of the family and therefore no expenses are spared to conduct it in the most extravagant manner that is affordable by the parents.

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