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BOLDER is Better Indian weddings are filled with bright colours and vibrant pops of accents. The ceremony, the party, and the entire extravaganza are as bright and radiant as the people and the culture, from the food, to the music, to the venue itself. Not too sure what to wear? You can’t go wrong with something with radiant and colourful and don’t be afraid to go bold!
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Party Animals Don’t be surprised if some animal friends want to join in on the fun! Because Indian weddings are very lavish and grand, it isn’t unheard of to have an elephant make an appearance. One of the best surprises for non-Punjabi attendees is a tradition known as the baraat, or the groom’s procession, where he arrives to the ceremony on a white horse, while guests dance to the beat of the dhol, an Indian drum. But like we said, the wedding is a large affair, so the more the merrier!
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Dance the Night Away! We hope you brought your dancing shoes because once the dance floor opens up, the real party begins! Ever heard of the bhangra? It’s a fairly simple Indian folk dance that’s very easy to pick up. But don’t worry, you’ll hear Western music, as well. Whatever the song, everyone loves to dance and party and will use any excuse to bust a move!
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Save the Date (or Two or Three)! Thought planning a one-night wedding reception was hard? Indian weddings tend to be a three-day affair. And yes, people wear different outfits to each. While there are many different cultures, religions, and sets of beliefs in India, these are the most common. -In a Hindu wedding, the first day will typically include a ceremony known as the ganesh pooja, performed by a priest with only the couple, the bridal party, and close relatives at home. In a Sikh wedding, there is typically the mehndi, miyan, choora, and jaggo events, in no particular order. -The second day may begin with the mehndi ceremony, where the bride and all of the important women in her life become adorned with intricate and unique henna patterns all over their hands and feet. The belief is that the richer the colour and the pigment, the richer the love between the newlyweds. Later that evening, there will typically be a sangeet, where everyone comes together to meet, mingle, and officially be introduced to the bride-and-groom-to-be and to each other’s family. -On the third day, the ceremony takes place and later that evening is reception with eating, drinking, and, of course, dancing! Sometimes these two are divided into two days.
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Fun Facts Section -16 hour-day for media team (photo & video) typically 7am-11pm. -Bride gets up at 4am to get ready - takes about 2-3 hours to get ready. -Bridal parties can be up to 40 people. -Most number of guests we’ve shot at a wedding 1300. -A “small Indian wedding” is between 80-150 guests.

So You’re Going to Your First Indian Wedding…

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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!

Fun Facts:

  • 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.

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