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Pre and post-wedding ceremonies in Indian marriages.

-By Shreya Kanabar

Marriage is a sacred bond of love, life, and commitment. A wedding is a part of a marriage, it is one of the many ceremonies we have in Indian marriages. And the pre and post-wedding ceremonies make an Indian marriage different from the others, celebrating both the family’s culture and region and respecting each other’s rituals make the bond stronger between the families because after all, marriage is not between two people it is between two families!

As you may know, in India there is a total of 16 different sansakars to be performed throughout a man’s life and a wedding is one of them.

Weddings are all about fun, food, celebration, gifts, and grand arrangements. But when you look behind the scenes, you’ll find lots of steps and ceremonies that have been followed by the respective families.

The affair starts from the mangni ceremony, which you may refer to as an engagement or a sagai. To formally announce the rishta to the society, the bride and groom exchange rings to signify the engagement.

Now before the wedding day itself,  most of the functions and ceremonies take place at both houses. In ancient times, 10-15 days before the wedding; all the females would get together at the bride’s home and start preparing for the Day. Back then there wasn’t any service like catering, the family members themselves would make everything at home. So singing songs and blessing the couple, day by day doing all the household work, the concept of pre-wed ceremonies comes.

Following this 3-4 days prior, ceremonies like grah shanti, mehndi, haldi, sangeet begins. A cleansing ceremony to stay away from every negative vibe, grah shanti puja is held. A yellow turmeric paste made for the bride and groom to apply all over their bodies before the wedding to bring out the natural glow. The application of the bridal mehndi, or henna design, to her hands and feet intended to temporarily dye the skin in intricate designs, which adds more beauty to the bride’s look. Sangeet is an event,  held mostly the day before the wedding. It is essentially a pre-party for the big day where families and relatives come together to sing, dance, and celebrate the wedding festivities to come.

All the pre-wedding celebrations and rituals give time to both the families to get to know each other better and to bring all the family members together. It washes away all the nervousness from the bride and groom’s mine. It gradually prepares you for the big day.

Weddings are considered a life-altering thing in India, and it actually is. It isn’t just one event to get done simply, it is a whole package of preparations, sentiments, togetherness, aspirations, joy, and celebration of life. And the most important thing is to share this beautiful memory with your loved ones. It is something beyond words.

The same as pre-wed ceremonies, post-wedding ceremonies are like being thankful for getting all the things done in time and give blessings to the lovely couple for their auspicious journey.

Starting from the vidai, where the bride receives a formal ritually performed goodbye from her side of the family with a blend of joy and despair, the groom’s side finally leaves the wedding venue. Reaching their home a grih pravesh rasam is performed to welcome the bride. She is asked first to push a Kalash filled with rice with her right toe to make her entry to the house. This ceremony signifies that the family of groom has accepted her to be a part of their family. Then the couple plays some games to drift their mind from the vidai and to forget if anything negative has happened during the rituals. Mooh dikhai is a rasam where everyone from the groom’s side sees the newlywed bride and gives blessings to her. The next day or a day after a pag phera rasam is to be done by the bride, where she is taken to her parent’s house. It is believed that girls are the form of goddess Lakshmi and thus the bride comes back to her home to ensure the prosperity of her parents.

 

And so when it all comes together it really appears that pre-wedding and post-wedding ceremonies complete the whole thing and it is as important as the wedding ceremony.

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What are the latest bridal beauty trends to follow this season?

Are you planning your wedding day? Do you want to hire the best destination wedding planner in Udaipur and select the most exotic location in the Pink city? Are you are a traditional Punjabi family and want to hire one of the top destination wedding planners in Delhi to organise a grand event in one of the sprawling farmhouses? While some of the big jobs of planning for the wedding ceremony or hiring one of the top wedding vendors in India require a lot of thought and money, you should not also ignore some of the small things that also help in making your wedding a grand success. In this article, we will share with you some of the amazing beauty trends which stylists are following this season so that you can choose one hand to have a great look on this auspicious day of your life.

Diffused eyes

Most Indian women have beautiful bold eyebrows that can be further workedupon to create an amazing look. You can use thick eye kohl for this purpose. You can also define upper and lower water lines that would ensure in creating the bold eye look. To improve the diffused eye look that you want to create you can use eyeshadows, false eyelashes as well as apply thick mascara and create a dramatic look. You can also use a metallic eye shadow to give a smouldering look to your eyes. Your eyes can make a bold statement if you use black or brown eyeshadows that would go superbly with your skin colour as well as your bridal saree. At present, the trend of smoky eyes with nude lips is very popular amongst the new brides.

Matte a coloured lips

Once you have selected what you want to do with your eyes (what kind of look you want to create), you can match it with bold looking lips. If you want to opt for the lightweight natural-looking lip look, then we suggest that you should choose the matte colour. However, if you want to look gorgeous on this important day, then we suggest you should go for the bright coloured lips that would match your dress. A bold and sensuous look is always in trend no matter what the season is.

Accessories

Accessories are an integral part of any bridal make-up. While earlier, traditional accessories wherein vogue, nowadays brides want to experiment with quirky accessories that would highlight their make-up further.

These stylish trends are in great demand this season. Since this is an important day in your life, we suggest that you should not fret too much, book your make-up artist well in advance and enjoy this time with your family and friends.

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Food that you want to see for your Wedding!

Your wedding menu!

Majority of the guests at your wedding will remember only the food that was served on the day. Therefore, a proper reason for you to pay attention to the menu card of your wedding.

With Indians being experimental with food preferences, we have a larger scope in terms of cuisines. One can choose from traditional north Indian or south Indian cuisines to continental, Chinese, Thai and even Mexican. You can pick a food theme for your wedding too.

Food is on top of the wedding planning list especially in north of India. Weddings in Delhi are known for their exquisite food options. Delicacies like dal makhni, tandoori chicken, malaipaneer or pindichole are always on the wedding menu.

We can always plan a three course meal that takes care of major food preferences especially what the bride and groom love. It can include starters, main course and desserts. Each category having a minimum of five to three different food variants. Also, the presentation of the food stalls is of great importance as they attract your guests and urge them to try more options. Sometimes the food stalls are decorated in a way that they add to the wedding decorations.

Couple of suggestions basis the mass food preferences at the Indian weddings.

The North Indian extravaganza – this primarily includes all the popular dishes at the weddings and is a great package for those who prefer for a traditional wedding. It has great options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. You can also choose from Punjabi, Rajasthani, Pahari, Kashmiri or Lucknowi cuisines.

Chinese platter – The food options listed here are primarily for the starters as they are preferred by all and are filling. People tend to eat more of starters and less of main course. Dishes like chilli chicken, honey chilli potato wedges, spring rolls and soups are loved.

Dessert delight – What is wedding without sweets! You can explore plethora of options ranging from traditional mithaai and halwa to ice-creams, cakes and chocolate mousses.

Hope this article gives you some points to begin your wedding planning. Share your thoughts with us. See you at the wedding! Happy eating!

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