Indian Wedding Customs

Every bride and groom aspires to have the most memorable wedding evening of their lifestyles. There are many different things you can do to make your big day special and specific for you, but there are a few traditional components that must be present for an Indian marriage to be genuinely authentic.

The man is escorted down the aisle on either the hips of his friends or by a bright horse during the Baraat, or gate of the bridegroom, an exciting festival. He is dressed in a spectacular turban with an elaborate Kalgi pendant and an intricate sherwani suit. The groomsmen typically carry a basket of rolled rice to feed to the holy fire as they go, and he is accompanied by his household.

The wife is welcomed by her groom’s home upon arrival and led to the Mandap, or symbolic building, where she will be waiting for her future husband. A mangalsutra, which is essentially a platinum collar with black beads, is placed around the bride’s neck as the few exchange Milni Malas, or flower bouquets. Additionally, he recites Hindu mantras that call upon Soma, Gandharva, and Agni to bestow his new wife with strength, youth, beauty.

The final act of the service, known as kanya primo, or the bride’s giving away, is a very going event. The wedding dips her feet in a dairy and crimson blend to symbolize accepting her position as the mind of her family while the couple’s family holds her close and showers him with gifts of clothing and jewelry. She therefore calls out to Lakshmi, the goddess of love, charm, and riches, leaving dark traces on the ground.