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!

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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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Band, Baaja, Talkies! 7 Best Bollywood Wedding Movies of Our Generation

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We did a piece a while back on the best Hollywood movies you can watch for pointers on your wedding preparations. Well, it would be blasphemy, then, to not mention the industry that is know for its larger-than-life, festive, colourful theatre. Bollywood family entertainers are the very essence of what an Indian celebration is all about. We’ve compiled a list of some top Bollywood entertainers by stalwarts in this genre, so jot down your notes and get ready for some valuable wedding lessons:

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When it comes to wedding movies, no one does it better than Sooraj Bharjatiya. The colour, magnitude and fun associated with Indian weddings was first brought to the fore by this godfather of Indian family cinema. The movie focuses primarily on the various ceremonies in Indian weddings and the rituals and traditions that go with it. The pops of colour, the grand sets and sparkling star cast are an absolute feast on the eyes. This one is an absolute must watch!

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This one is another blockbuster starring Salman Khan from the house of Rajshri. This movie, in addition to glorious weddings, highlights the trials and challenges faced by a joint family in modern day India. This movie truly celebrates the concept of a big fat Indian wedding.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

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DDLJ was a super hit when it first released in 1995, but soon surpassed expectations to become a cult following, a part of every household in India. Shahrukh Khan and Kajol immortalise the love story of Simran and Raj, and how their love gets caught up in the midst of preparations for Simran’s full-blown Punjabi wedding. Every character in the movie is tailor-made to fit the plot and works beautifully to bring conclusion to this glorious love affair. This movie is a classic family entertainer if there ever was one.

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This one is very close to our hearts because it focuses on the more technical and painstaking side of wedding planning and not just the happy festivities. This story follows the lives of two planners who collaborate to form an event management company that caters to wedding celebrations. However, things get complicated when the two fall in love and this begins to affect their business. The movie is fresh, youthful and entertaining, and focuses on the little details and enormous prep that goes into actually planning a wedding. It also attempts to highlight the things that could go wrong at a wedding and why event planners play an important role, which goes way beyond the physical planning of the events.

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This masterpiece by Nagesh Kukunoor does a humorous take on matchmaking in India and how the prospective match’s eligibility is determined based on their social status in the community. It highlights the social stigmas and mentalities often associated with arranged matches. NRIs are preferred over locals, fair skin over dark skin, tall over short, and so on. The movie is centred around an NRI who is back home in India on a vacation, and how his mother is using all her resources to have him married to a local girl before his vacation ends and he’s back overseas. What we love about this movie is that it doesn’t focus on the typical Punjabi weddings usually portrayed in Indian movies, but on the subtler customs of South India. This one is an absolute cracker, and thoroughly entertaining!

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This one comes from the maker of Bend It Like Beckham (another great wedding movie), which is a modern Indian take on Jane Austen’s cult classic Pride and Prejudice. Gurinder Chadha spins the comic tale of a witty young woman trying to find a suitable husband to a cross-cultural setting that spans 21st century India, London and America. The movie focuses on the disparity between non-residents and locals and how their sets of expectations from a wedding vary greatly. Don’t miss this one for some light-hearted entertainment.

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This amazing piece by Mira Nair is a happy movie that surpasses national boundaries and is a celebration of human behaviour. It is a comedy-drama about how several generations of an Indian family come together to partake in the wedding of their daughter with an NRI. The hilarity and complications that ensue will keep you tickled through the length of the movie. This offbeat wedding extravaganza is a must watch.

I hope you enjoy this list of wedding treats and are able to take away from the essence of what each movie has tried to portray. Until next time!

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 😉