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Indian Wedding Traditions

Indian wedding ceremonies are lavish affairs, with bold and bright colors, rooted deeply in the traditions of the Indian culture.

The SolahShringar, or sixteen beautification treatments, are a vital part of the wedding custom and take place before the wedding ceremony begins. The ritual starts with the bride’s hair: the women of the household along with friends wash her hair and apply oils. They also adorn her hair with flowers and ornaments. Then turmeric and oil are applied to her body to enhance her beauty. The bride’s forehead is adorned with Maangteeka, which is a hair accessory that is worn in the middle of the head. Her eyes are highlighted with eyeliner and she is draped in jewelry including bangles, earrings, nose ring, and more from head to toe. She puts on her bridal dress, which is traditionally a bright, bold red color, and is thus ready to begin the wedding ceremony.

The groom is part of a lively processional to the wedding venue; this custom is referred to as the Barat. The groom usually rides to the ceremony on a horse that is fully decorated, accompanied by his cousins and siblings, and music is played as they process. The bride’s family greets the men, and gives them garland made of flowers. The mother of the bride places Tilak on his forehead to ward off evil spirits.

Seven vows or SaatPheres, are taken around the sacred fire to make sure the bond of marriage is eternal. With each vow the bride and groom make a promise.

The couple pledges that they will acquire a healthy and prosperous living. They ask for physical, mental, and spiritual peace from God. They ask for wealth through righteous and proper means. They promise to maintain love and respect for one another and their families. They ask for children and that they will be responsible. The couple promise to lead a peaceful life and pray for the longevity of their relationship in marriage. Then they promise togetherness, companionship, commitment and understanding.

The Kanyadaan usually occurs next. The custom has been a part of the Hindu religion for centuries and is considered a very sacred and dutiful act. The father of the bride gives the bride’s hand into the groom’s hand. This signifies the bride is now part of the groom’s family. Then the mother of the bride pours water on the palms of the couple.

A Mangalsutra (usually a piece of jewelry) is given to the bride by the groom. It is a sacred thread of love worn by married women to show that their relationship is successful. In some cultures this is a yellow thread that is painted with a paste. The groom will tie it onto the bride’s neck with three knots. The three knots are symbolic of the promise to live together forever. It is also believed to protect the couple from evil.

Incorporating your cultural traditions into your wedding, is a memorable and important part of the wedding planning process. Visit Advantage Bridal today to purchase all of your Indian wedding accessories!