Indian weddings are fun, vibrant, culture-rich, and full of celebrations. Usually, Hindu weddings will blend family traditions and ceremonial fun; they also include many rituals and mini celebrations leading to the main ceremony day, that bind the couple and both families together.
We are GD Events, and as wedding planners in Sydney, Australia, we share some tips to keep in mind for a fun and exciting Hindu wedding:
1. The Time and Date of the Wedding.
Hindu weddings are determined by astrology; it is compulsory to match the Kundali (charts) of bride and groom in order to find out the perfect match between them.
Once an auspicious time is predetermined and provided by the priest, other preparations can then follow.
Also, a traditional Hindu wedding will last three days with different events taking place each day.
The Ganesha Puja ceremony commences the wedding events on the first day for good luck to the couple and their families. This is usually an intimate event with only close family in attendance.
On the second day, the Sangeet ceremony is held at the bride’s home; and attended by most guests and on the third day, the main ceremony is held.
Before the wedding kicks off, the Mehndi ceremony takes place on the same day as the sangeet. This is usually attended by the bride’s close female friends and family members. It’s here when henna is also applied on her hands in intricate designs to symbolize patience that she will have to endure in marriage.
Thus, it is important to consider all of these events during the wedding planning.
2. The Dress Code
The bride wears a red dress-a sari or a modern lengha- during her wedding day, usually with beautiful patterns and embroideries to symbolize her commitment and fertility. During the Mehndi ceremony, henna is applied on her hands.
For such fun and vibrant weddings, don’t be afraid to be bold and vibrant in your dressing! However, be sure to avoid black which is considered unlucky, red which is the color the bride wears and white that is associated with funerals.
Indian guests are usually dressed in bold outfits; it’s common for women to wear traditional outfits like saris, and the men to wear long-sleeved tunics and pants. Remember that women should have their shoulders, legs and occasionally, arms covered.
Also, both men and women should also bring something to cover their heads during the ceremony.
3. The Guest List
Most Hindu weddings are big! While the Ganesha Puja ceremony is more intimate and consists of only the family members, the Sangeet ceremony and main wedding can consist of even more people, perhaps an average of 150 to 200 guests and, larger wedding events can involve not only the friends and family, but also, the entire community.
4. The Décor
A beautiful temporary structure known as the wedding mandap, or wedding altar, is constructed for purposes of the marriage ceremony. It is usually decorated colorfully with wedding flowers, greenery, fabric, crystals, and other wedding accessories.
In the center of the mandap, a fire is kindled as a witness to symbolize the viability of the marriage. Offerings are made in this place, including the homam, offered by the bride as well.
Usually, the couple is joined beneath the mandap by their parents or priest. The newlyweds then exchange a flower garland, known as, jai mala, to symbolize the partners welcoming each other into their families.
The couples’ garments are tied together as they walk around the fire seven times, symbolizing their friendship. They can they shower each other with rice to symbolize their happiness, fertility and prosperity.
5. The Entertainment
Traditional Indian weddings are very ceremonial yet intimate with family gatherings as well. Thus, the choice of entertainment, preferably the music is key.
As a bride, the musical celebrations start at the Mehdi ceremony, a casual ‘ladies-only’ session where the bride is pampered.
A playful song would also be a nice choice at the Sangeet ceremony where both families usually entertain each other with dance and cheer, celebrating the new union.
During the main wedding ceremony, the bridegroom as well as the bride can also arrive in playful processions. And while the guests eat, a calming background song always anchors the atmosphere.
It is also important to plan for a memorial song for the bride’s farewell during the Vidaai ceremony.
6. Food and Drinks
Usually, there is no alcohol served or brought in Hindu wedding ceremonies as they are full of religious traditions and customs.
Indeed, Hindu weddings are fun and vibrant! If you’re looking for wedding organizers in Australia, we can help you. As luxury event planners in Sydney, GD Events can create a bespoke wedding for you. Hire us today!