If you think Indian Wedding outfits are the prettiest, you will be surprised at these Wedding outfits from around the world!

Weddings are such a magical time, the festivity and colours are something we just can not get enough of.

The newlyweds are the centre of attention and their wedding outfits are something everyone appreciates. We obviously love the traditional Indian wedding lehengas and sherwanis.

But ever wondered what traditional wedding outfits from other countries look like?We’ve put together a list of traditional wedding outfits from around the world and they are a feast for the eyes!

Afghanistan

Image Credit: Cosmin Danila Photography 

Bulgaria

China

Indonesia

Romania

South Korea

Tibet

Japan

Scotland

Turkey

Ghana

Where ever you may be, there is one thing common in all the above photographs, and however cliche I may sound, it is love and it shows on the couple’s faces!

 

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These Punjabi Wedding ceremonies are so much fun you may as well call it a Fun-jabi wedding! Pun intended!

They say you know someone is a Punjabi when their party catering for 100 people can actually feed 500 people, they are willing to do the bhangra everywhere they go (except the Gurdwara) and they call people they don’t know ‘uncle’ and ‘aunty’. And when you imagine a whole load of such people together, you can expect nothing less than fun, excitement and noise. In short, a big fat Punjabi wedding.

Punjabi weddings are extremely reflective of the culture and these customs and traditions just tell you how much fun they truly are!

Roka Ceremony – An official engagement is held to seek the blessings of family and friends. At this ceremony, the to‐be‐bride receives a very significant part of her wedding day jewellery, the nose ring, popularly known as the ‘nath’ by her mother’s brother.

Shagun – Translated as engagement, in this ceremony the girl’s family confirms this relationship between the couple. This is celebrated with the boy’s family receiving gifts and jewellery.

Sagai ‐- This is the formal engagement ceremony which takes place at the groom’s house. Followed by the tikka ceremony, The girl is draped in her ‘chunni’ by the grooms mother and a dot of mehendi is applied to her palms for good luck.

Sangeet – Translated as music, this ceremony is our answer to the Western bridal shower. The female family and friends of the to‐be‐bride gather for an evening of traditional music and dancing while they play the Indian instrument, ‘dholki’. Over the years, this has been modernised with a DJ belting out commercial music.

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Mehendi – As per customs, the ‘mehendi’ is sent by the boy’s mother.
The ‘mehendi’ marks the end of the pre‐wedding rituals and the wedding ceremonies begin. A set of rituals are followed in the bride and groom’s homes before they get together for the wedding ceremony.

Haldi – Wedding preparations begin with the bride being beautified with the application of a paste of turmeric and mustard oil. Post this ritual, the bride and groom are not allowed to meet each other until the wedding day.

Chuda – On the actual wedding day, all family members touch a set of red and cream‐ivory bangles which will be presented by the uncle to the bride. This will be worn by the bride as part of her wedding attire but she does not see these bangles until she is dressed up for her wedding. Close family and friends tie gold plated dangling ornaments called ‘kaliras’ to a bangle on each wrist.

Ghodi charna – Once the groom is dressed and has been protected from evil, he is set for the final ceremony which is ‘getting on the horse’. The groom makes his way to the wedding venue on a horse that has been fed and adorned by his sisters and cousins.

After a series of rituals in both homes, the wedding ceremony takes place at either the temple, gurdwara or a generic wedding venue.

Varmala – The bride and groom meet for the exchange of the garland of flowers. This ceremony signifies the acceptance and love they have towards each other while stating that from here on they will live with each other. Both the families tease the couple and an atmosphere of fun and frolic is built and an auspicious time is chosen for the wedding ceremony.

Kanyadaan – As per Indian traditions, a father gives away his daughter at the time of marriage. In order to get his daughter married he first places a ring on the groom’s finger after which the actual wedding ceremony can begin.

Phere ‐- The main part of any Hindu wedding is the circumnavigating the mandap like Christopher Columbus did to the world, only this needs to be done 7 times around the sacred fire with Panditji chanting away something, which few people understand.The groom applies sindoor to the centre of the bride’s head and then gets her to wear a black and gold beaded necklace called the ‘mangalsutra’.

Joota Chupai – While the ceremonies are being performed, the bride’s sisters and friends steal the groom’s shoes.the groom generally has to pay a price to get them back.It is so much fun when the groom’s side decides they wont let it happen.

Vidaai – Once married, the bride departs her parents home throwing puffed rice over her head. Accompanied by her brothers, she makes her way to her new home.At her husband’s house, she is welcomed by her mother in law who circles a glass of water thrice around the head of her daughter in law before welcoming her in.

Pani bharna – The girl then steps in to her new home by using her right foot to knock a vessel filled with mustard oil which has been placed at the entrance. This is followed by a prayer offered by the couple in their room and blessings taken from the elders.
This brings them to the end of the wedding rituals and to the start of a new life filled with love, happiness and health for both.

Phere dalna – The following day, the bride’s brother picks the newly wed couple and takes them to the bride’s house so the couple can spend a day with her parents.

Who would not want to be a part of the festvities! Amazing fun!

PS: It is usually left unsaid, but Daaru flows freely like water does 😉

Go Green!

While many might say ‘opposites attract’, we believe it is the love for common things that brings people together.

With people becoming more and more aware each day, it won’t be long before we have weddings that are more environment friendly, use lesser resources and yet radiate the same charm like every other wedding. If you and your partner share a common love for nature and all things natural then why not consider an eco-friendly wedding? To begin with, the idea might seem vague in an era where there are people lavishly outdoing each other at organizing weddings but then a rethink and you will realize an eco-friendly wedding stands out because of the traditional spark it provides. What does that mean? We will tell you more!

Like every other wedding, an eco-friendly wedding one requires great thought but lesser work. To begin with, scan the city for shops or factories that produce eco-friendly material. Once you get an idea of what is available to you and what needs to be sourced from elsewhere, you are better prepared to go ahead with the planning and styling of the wedding.

Invites

The biggest giveaway for guests on what to expect at your wedding are the invites. While this theme would focus on e-invites, for those still adamant on following the age old traditional method of inviting, you could opt for wedding cards made from recycled paper. You could actually go a step ahead and make the invites usable to guests by printing cards in the form of a paper file or a bookmark. This way your wedding invite is printed on one side and the card does have a use other than being disposed once the wedding is over. Don’t forget, this beautiful, nature-friendly card of yours is given to guests in a jute or paper bag else it defeats the purpose.

Venue

Bring out the beauty of nature at your wedding. Aim at selecting a venue that allows natural light and preferably opting for a wedding during nicer months of the year as this would restrict the use of air conditioning and allow guests to dwell in the natural breeze. An option would also be a nice outdoor venue to soak in the natural surroundings as much as possible. The courtyards of old forts, beach side weddings and lawns of societies, perhaps your own farmhouse, family home far away from the urban cities are some options you could consider.

Decor

Like we pointed out earlier, eco-friendly weddings radiate a traditional charm and you will notice that once you work on the decor. Materials that would suit this theme would be natural flowers like marigolds, earthen clay diyas and matkis. While these can beautifully adorn the entrance to the venue or highlight areas like the buffet counters, the stage or mandap can also be very much inline with the theme. Mud bricks and banana leaves can be used to set up the mandap and rose petals could be strewn around creating a pathway for you and your partner’s entry. Shut your eyes and visualize the gorgeousness of these Earthen elements along with the vastness of nature in the backdrop and you won’t have a second thought about your decision even once.

Entertainment

We all know that Indian weddings mean laughter, singing, dancing… in short quite a bit of noise and yours doesn’t have to be any different just because you are choosing to keep it eco-friendly. Skip the DJ, decks and sound system for traditional instruments like the dholak, harmonium and folk singers or a band.

Do remember that aiming for an eco-friendly wedding does not mean you eliminate every sign of modernization but instead you aim at limiting it and instead opt for the basics as much as you can. Express your love for each other and for the same things in this unusual and practical way.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle should be the motto this wedding season.