Ten Things You’ll Witness Only at an Indian Wedding

An Indian wedding is a festival in many rights. It usually comprises a week-long celebration with traditions and ceremonies that are specific to that community or region. However, there are some standard quirks that you’ll see at every Indian wedding, irrespective of which caste, creed, region or tribe you belong to. And, these are what make an Indian wedding an affair to remember.

Let’s take a look at a few:

The Shehnai

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The Shehnai is the quintessential wedding instrument for Indian festivities and ceremonies. It is a popular aero phonic, double-reed wind instrument used in North Indian music. The sound of the Shehnai is intrinsically associated with Indian wedding music and retains its charm to this day. It is predominantly associated with celebration and happiness, and no wedding ceremony is complete without a seasoned bandwala churning out heart-wrenching music from this peculiar-looking descendent of the Persian surna.

Marigold

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The marigold flower, also known locally as ‘the Genda Phool’, is another classic element in Indian weddings. Marigolds have forever been associated in India with prosperity and good fortune, and no larger-than-life celebration is complete without the presence of these sun-kissed blossoms in decorations and important ceremonies. In fact, they even hold religious significance in Hindu ceremonies. In addition, marigolds come in bright and cheery colours such as orange, yellow, and reddish-orange, which have made them a favourite with wedding decorators and event planners. They are often used for torans, draped on walls and pillars, in mandap decorations as well as in wedding garlands or they’re simply used to add colourful touches to the wedding venues.

Multiple Cuisines

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If you haven’t been to an Indian wedding yet, attend one just for the food. Food is an integral part of festivities in any part of the world, but Indians take this concept to a whole new level.  Indian cuisine is a diverse mix of regional staples from across the country, infused with their own cultural, religious flavour. However, Indian weddings usually house a host of cuisines from across the globe and not just the country. Apart from your average Indian spread of chaats, curries, breads, pulavs and biryanis, these days you’ll usually be treated to lip-smacking desi versions of Italian, Chinese, Thai and Mediterranean food as well. To experience a meal at an Indian wedding is one for every bucket list!

Haldi

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‘Haldi’, known around the world as turmeric, holds an important place in Indian wedding festivities. Though weddings in the country are generally religiously diverse, the haldi ceremony is a typically Indian tradition for every caste and creed. Known among different communities as haldi, uptan, peethi, mandha, roce and many other names, the essentials of this ceremony remain pretty much the same. In the ceremony, a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, rose water and other goodness is applied to the bride and the groom’s body before their wedding to give them that added pre-nuptial glow. In short, it’s like your very own ancient Indian spa day!

The Baraat

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The baraat is the most fun-filled Indian wedding ceremony, and Indian weddings deserve a separate category for how fun and entertaining they are. This is basically the groom’s procession of all his colourful and festive relatives and friends that commences from his house up to the wedding venue. The spruced up groom is perched on a mare (or elephant, if you’re going for the truly regal feel) in all his royalty and escorted to his eagerly waiting bride. The highlight of this ceremony is the crazy dancing the relatives indulge in during the procession. It’ll truly make you feel like Indians are the happiest people on this planet (at weddings at least).

The Sangeet

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Sangeet, or music, is synonymous with festivities in India, be it the shehnai at the wedding reception, the bhangda at the after party, the dholakwalis at the mehendi, or the sangeet ceremony before the actual wedding. The tradition, as the name suggests, is all about dance, music, and merry making. This is usually a grand, elaborate affair, encompassing the real spirit of the big fat Indian wedding. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for the wedding party to relax, unwind, enjoy the festivities, and celebrate their happiness together. It short,  the sangeet is great to break the ice between the bride and groom’s families.

The Saree

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The Saree is one Indian trend that’s garnered attention worldwide. This long, seamless fabric worn by women varies in design, colour and significance in different regions in India. The South Indian kanjivaram is poles apart from the Gujarati panetar and bandhani sarees and Mangalorean sados. Each saree is symbolic of a different tradition and ritual. Banarasi, Nauvari, Chiffon, Chanderi, the list is endless. Needless to say, you’re bound to look elegant in this gorgeous garment as it suits any body type, skin tone, and age group!

The Safa

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Safas, pagris or turbans are known for their elegant, regal look and are a significant detail in the Indian groom’s attire. It is basically a long piece of unstitched cloth that’s wrapped around the head. Available in bright colours such as fuschia, red, orange and so on, they add a touch of grace and vibrancy to the ensemble, and can be paired brilliantly with a suit, jodhpuri, sherwani or any other traditional wedding attire.

Lots and lots of Gold

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Indians, in most parts of the world, are considered gold crazy. This isn’t far from the truth, largely because this precious metal holds a special place in Indian tradition and society as a whole. Gold purchases are also thought to be auspicious on festivals such as Dhanteras, Onam and Durga Puja. From the Indian perspective, gold not only brings good fortune, but can be an investment, a status symbol, a great ornament, a thoughtful gift item, a cherished heirloom and a religious contribution. Indian brides are usually adorned in beautiful gold jewellery as a sign of prosperity and happiness, which bodes quite well for the global gold industry.

Paan/Mukhwas

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After-meal refreshments are quite popular at Indian weddings and are the perfect end to any meal. Paan and mukhwas have been used for years by Indian royalty and locals alike as a digestive and palate cleanser. Mukhwas comprises an assortment of aromatic colourful seeds and nuts coated with various flavours. Paans basically consist of saffron, gulkand (rose jam), sweetened cashews and almonds, and other minty elements wrapped in a betel leaf. These refreshments are usually set towards the exit of the venue or near the food counters so guests can help themselves after the meal. All we can say is that these minty surprises at the end of the meal are totally worth the wait!

These little quirks and peculiarities truly help make Indian weddings memorable affairs. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what the Indian wedding scene has to offer. The details is what makes these festivities a true experience for any wedding lover.

Purple It Up !

We at The Wedding Co usually get a lot of quirky requests from to-be-weds regarding the detailing at their wedding. Obviously, everything from the wedding theme to the giveaways are customized to suit the couple’s taste. However, we’ve noticed one particular colour trend that has ruled the roost in the wedding world for a while now, and that is *drum roll* : the colour PURPLE!

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Ever so often we have blushing brides contact us with requests for a completely purple-themed, royalist wedding that’ll make the wedding party’s eyes go wide with wonder. Purple, traditionally associated with nobility, is available in dozens of shades and can be paired with virtually any colour under the sun, if done well. Besides, it’s a good shade for day and evening weddings alike.

Here are some purple trends to watch out for this 2015:

Invitations:

If you’re planning a purple-themed wedding, let your wedding invitation set the mood for it. You can opt for a simple white invitation with a purple ribbon or pattern. Alternatively, you can pick a combination of purple and gold for a regal-looking invite. For a modern appearance, try a cream card printed with a bold plum embellishments to give your audience a prelude to your purple, festival.

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Flowers:

Orchids are an exotic, dramatic choice for the D-day. There are also loads of other purple flowers to choose from, such as calla lilies, dahlias, and asters, that you can use in the wedding centerpieces, mandap decorations, and bridal bouquets. Purple flowers often need lighter elements to bring out their richness, so include some white or cream flowers, silver decorations, or some daring pops of unconventional tones to reinvent your wedding decor.

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Purple tones go great with wooden or earthy tones, stone backgrounds, church backdrops, and possibly anything you can dream up. It won’t matter whether you’re tying the knot in a maharaja’s palace, among the ruins of an old fort, in a rustic church, or at the beach, purple pairs well with any pattern and for any style of wedding. Adorn the church pews with it, use in on the mandap pillars, or make it the dress code for the cocktail reception; this colour will not disappoint.

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There is so much room to go crazy with purple, and you’ll still end up looking like you’re royalty on your wedding day. The shade has a little something for the traditional and contemporary alike. And, because it’s not a conventional choice, a well-executed purple colour scheme can be truly memorable. Furthermore, there are literally hundreds of shades of purple to meet every bride’s taste, and the colour flatters almost any skin tone. Purple symbolizes dignity, tolerance and togetherness, in addition to royalty and spirituality. So if this colour is your weakness, incorporate it into your wedding and dazzle your audiences with the imperial touch. It’ll definitely be one to remember!

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Revamping the Trend at Every Bend!

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Wedding trends are an ever-changing phenomenon. What was trending in 2013 was probably obsolete by 2014 and is blasphemous this 2015. The only constant trend of the century has been to reinvent what already exists.

Here’s what’s in store this year:

Themes and colours

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This year wedding themes and colours schemes get even bolder than last year; the palette primarily constitutes muted tones paired with vibrant colours. You can couple luscious red with sober taupe, pair vivacious orange with mouth-watering mint, or combine royal purple with sterling silver to adorn your wedding day. And that’s just the beginning of the list; there are a host of other quirky ideas you can choose from.

Un-Hotel Wedding Venues

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This season to-be-weds are looking to make a statement by picking the wackiest location for their special event and give the wedding party a true experience to remember. The benefit of an offbeat, unique wedding venue is that you won’t need to fuss over the decor too much as the natural state of the location is bound to be striking. Palaces, historical monuments/ruins, boats, botanical gardens and film cities make for stunning, unlikely wedding venues that’ll surely remain in the memory of your audiences for years to come.

Stunning Entries

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Gone is the age of horses and horse-drawn carriages. New-age grooms are discovering innovative ways to make stunning, awe-inspiring entries to make a solid statement of style on the D-day. Vintage cars, decorated bicycles, custom bikes and helicopters are some popular means of transport among these modern-days knights. Well, all that seems to be missing is a 50-foot tower and fire-breathing dragon to get to the bride!

After Parties

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A few years ago, it was all about the cocktail parties and sangeets. However, wedding couples these days have taken the celebrations up a notch, with post-reception parties being the flavour of the season. After parties are a great idea to break away from the formality of the wedding reception and provides opportunity for easy interaction between the wedding guests and the newly weds. They’re also a great opportunity for the bride and groom to get to know their partner’s family. Besides, these parties need not be extravagant, so they’re easy on the pocket. Opt for something low key like karaoke and drinks, relax at a lounge, go bowling or to a videogame arcade or just unwind with a house party. Post-wedding trends are the best thing since cupcakes!

Wedding Media

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Media has played a significant role in weddings for the longest time, but social media and other new elements have completely revamped the look and feel of weddings and made this a multi-billion industry. Wedding pairs are increasingly opting for pre-wedding photo shoots, wedding films, wedsites, wedding mobile apps and Twitter hashtags to spread their bliss. However, though the trend has been to make the wedding famous through social networking, several couples are opting for unplugged weddings so their guests can truly be present in mind and spirit to enjoy the festivities on their wedding day.

Ultimately, trends are what appeal to a mass of people, which is why they gain popularity. They’re encouraged and appreciated, but never an obligation and can most certainly be reinvented. Don’t shy away from doing something completely out of the box and wowing your wedding party. Start your own trend!

Colour Me Wedding!

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Indian weddings are all about glamour, to say the least. Luscious reds, royal goldens and imperial greens are usually preferred for D-day themes, which are untold signature tones for Indian affairs. However, the country is slowly moving out of its comfort zone, away from these safe hues and on to more daring shades.

Here are some scintillating colour palettes trending this 2015!

The Peacock

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This palette is an amazing, classy combination of the various shades of the regal bird, which are easy to incorporate and pair together. Tints of teal, gold, blue and purple make for a royal wedding like no other. These gorgeous hues will impart a surreal feel to your already dreamy wedding.

Fluorescents and Pastels

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The trend of the age has been to pair the subtle with the bold. Match the overdone exuberance of fuchsia pink with a sober splash of pastel green, or the vivacity of flaming orange with the calming ripples of aqua. You’ll make a style statement that’s sure to make the wedding party swoon.

The Colourful Trinity

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Three-colour combinations give you the liberty to customise everything from the wedding outfit to the table centrepieces.  Some popular trios are peach, gold and mint; pink, grey and ivory; and purple, silver and blue. These awesome threesomes are sure to fit into any wedding style and personality, and they’ll add that extra oomph to the celebrations to make the revelry complete.

Single Tone

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Single-tone themes are always a safe bet; you can truly play around with different patterns and shades to add a classic appeal to your wedding decor. Pick shades of green if you wish to add an earthy feel to your wedding festivities, reds to make the affair sensuous, hues of blue for that a mystical element, pinks for a fairytale-like feel, yellows for a summertime wedding, the list is endless. These numerous tints and shades will contribute that extra pizzazz to your happy day.

There are various other combinations you can choose from to ensure that your wedding affair is one worth remembering. Fusions such as black and gold, pink and navy, purple and blue or lemon and lime, though unconventional, could be absolutely breathtaking if paired well. However, if you’re looking for a bold theme, it’s best to let a professional wedding planner handle the arrangements for you so you don’t go over the top with the preparations. On that note, pick a colour theme you relate to the most, and make your wedding day your dream come true. Happy coupling!