Indian wedding inspiration
Few weddings evoke more fascination than Indian ones. Lasting for up to five days, weddings are one of the most important ceremonies in the Hindu religion. The number of guests often reaches several hundred! Due to the numerous Indian sub-cultures there are different versions of an “authentic” Indian wedding, but they all include a number of events before and after the wedding ceremony (which in itself includes many different rituals). When you get frustrated planning your wedding, just imagine the woes of an Indian bride-to-be!
Adding a Hindu flair
Traditional Hindu weddings are characterised by vibrant colours, energetic dancing and elaborate clothes and jewellery, which most likely influenced Katy Perry’s decision to don a sari and marry Russell Brand in a Hindu inspired wedding at a luxury Indian resort. Having the groom arrive at the wedding on an elephant might not be your cup of tea, but there is a lot of inspiration to be drawn from Indian wedding traditions.
One lovely custom is the Mehndi night where the bride’s hands are decorated with mehndi (henna) before the wedding. According to the myth, the darker the henna stain, the deeper the love between the husband and wife will be. This procedure requires the bride to sit still for quite some time, but in return her friends and family entertain her by singing and dancing. Not a bad way to spend the night before your wedding!
Another beautiful ritual is the Jaymala, where the bride and groom exchange flower garlands signifying their acceptance of one another. The person to hang his or her garland first is said to have the upper hand in the marriage, so make sure that you’re quick!
In terms of decoration, Indian weddings are generally colourful affairs. Why not skip the pastel colour palettes and minimalist decorations and go all in with beaded fabrics and bold colour combinations? Mixing and matching colours such as red, pink, green, purple, and gold is a perfect way of incorporating some Indian charm into your reception.
Watch out, once you immerse yourself in this wonderful universe, you might want to throw a five day wedding yourself!