So You’re Going to Your First Indian Wedding…
You’ve probably heard that South Asian weddings are unlike any wedding you’ve attended before. Not sure what to expect? Have one coming up? We’ve got everything you need to know to help make the experience unforgettable! Here’s are three things that will definitely help you prepare for the festivities to come:
1. Bolder is Better!
Indian weddings are filled with vibrant colours and wild pops of accents. The entire extravaganza, from ceremony to party, are as radiant as the people and the culture! Not too sure what to wear? Be bold! Go with something uber-colourful.
2. Expect to See Party Animals – (Not) Figuratively Speaking.
Don’t be surprised if you see some animal friends joining in on the fun! Due to the lavish, grand nature of Indian weddings, it’s not unheard of for an elephant to pop up somewhere! Horses may be abound as well; the Baraat (or the groom’s procession) has the groom arrive to the ceremony on a white horse while guests dance to the beat of the dhol (an indian drum). These are just some of the animal possibilities!
3. Save the Date…or Two…or Three
Thought planning a one-night reception was hard? Indian weddings tend to be a three-day affair; and yes, people wear different outfits to each!
In a Hindu wedding, the first day typically consists of the Ganesh Pooja, a ceremony performed by a priest with only the couple, bridal party, and close relatives at home.
A Sikh wedding is made up of the Mendhi, Miyan, Choora, and Jaggo events, in no particular order. The second day can begin with the Mendhi, where the bride and all the important women to her are adorned with intricate henna on their hands and feet.
Later that evening, there is usually a Sangeet – everyone comes together to mingle and officially introduce themselves to the bride-and-groom-to-be and each other’s family.
Finally, the third day is where the main ceremony takes place, followed by the reception in the evening filled with eating, drinking, and of course, dancing! (These can be divided into two days, so a day four may be in order!)
These are a few things that we think will help you prepare for the celebrations to come. We hope you enjoy your first Indian wedding!
- The work day usually ends up as a 16-hour day for the media team (photo and video), typically 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- The bride gets up at 4:00 a.m. and takes about 2-3 hours to get ready.
- Bridal parties can have up to 40 people
- The highest number of guests we’ve shot at a wedding: 1300
- A “small” indian wedding consists of usually between 80-150 guests.