What happens in a big fat Indian wedding?

Ever been curious about what it is like to be a part of a big fat Indian wedding? I am sure yes in some way or the other. Let me make an effort to take you there with this article. A big fat Indian wedding is all about merrymaking and is celebrated with much fervour with multiple celebrations all over the country. Designer dresses, big banquet halls, bright and colorful decorations, Sherwani, multi cuisine restaurants, glittering jewelry, swarms of guests and expensive gifts are some of its ingredients. It is not a one-day visit to a church or about exchanging rings, this extravagant affair may take up to a few weeks. An Indian wedding is celebrated with numerous traditions and is said to be a union of not only two people but also two families. Hence, Indian parents are always sceptical about their kids going in for love marriage.
States of North India, Rajasthan and Maharashtra are some of the states that host the most glamorous weddings in the country. Rajasthan is the home of Destination weddings. Cities like Jaipur, Udaipur and Goa host about a million destination weddings from India and world over. This wedding costs much more than a normal city wedding but the amazing time you get to spend with your loved ones is totally worth it.
Sometimes event organisers are called for organising weddings. These organisers have to take the responsibility of doing everything from arrangements, booking venues to deciding about clothes.
Pre-Wedding ceremonies:
Each ceremony follows the other in quick succession. After the Bride-Groom finally decide to get married, Rauka ceremony takes place in the Bride’s house where both the families pick up an auspicious date for the marriage and other functions. Then takes place the engagement ceremony where the girl and the boy exchange rings in the company of their friends and relatives. After the engagement, the whole burden of marriage is on the bride’s side. Bride’s family has to book a proper venue and invite their guests. There are many pre-marriage ceremonies which happen before the marriage day. Ceremonies may vary from place to place but most of them have Haldi and Mehndi. Haldi is common for bride and groom, where turmeric is applied over their body. After Haldi, Mehndi ceremony happens. In Mehndi, henna is applied on bride’s palms with beautiful designs and patterns. It is believed that the darker the color of henna, the deeper the love between the couple. Other ceremonies like cocktail ceremony and Tilak also happen. In Tilak, vermillion is placed on the forehead of the groom by the bride’s family.

Wedding Day:
On the day of marriage, the groom mostly wears a Sherwani coupled with a Sehra. Sehra is a kind of an embroidered hat, kept on the head of the groom whereas the bride wears a lahenga which is mostly red in colour with a few gold ornaments. The groom reaches the designated marriage place on a horse. He is accompanied by all his guests that dance all the way to the venue to celebrate their joy. After arriving at the designated location, the baraat is welcomed by the bride’s family and the bride and the groom sit together on a decorated stage which is called Mandap, in front of all the guests. There they exchange garlands with each other and other marriage ceremonies are performed by the priest.
After this ceremony, the guests start eating the different items kept for them from the extravagant buffet. Bride’s side ensures that everyone gets to eat properly. After this, most of the not so close guests return to their homes and those who stay mostly enjoy DJ over there or see the rest of the marriage ceremonies. Then the bride and grooms have to sit for a very long ceremony, mostly three hours and this is the most important of all. This ceremony consists of the essence of Indian marriages. The bride and groom have to circle around fire together, seven times in a clockwise direction while the priest chants mantras. The groom ties mangalsutra around the bride’s neck, which symbolizes that she is now married to him. He also applies vermillion in the forehead of the bride.
Post-Wedding Ceremonies:
After above ceremonies are complete, the bride has to leave her house and go with her husband to his home, forever. This ceremony is called Vidai. When she arrives at the groom’s house she is welcomed by an Aarti. She then, has to topple a metal pot filled with rice, with her right foot. After this, the couple starts living together.
However, this is not the end of the ceremonies. After a few days the groom’s side organizes a reception for family and friends where they come and give blessings to the newly married couple.

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on Oct 17, 2016

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