Posted in: Weddings
Date: June 17, 2011
How do you envision your dream wedding? Will your groom make an entrance as grand as your own, arriving atop a decorated elephant or horse as in many traditional Indian weddings?
That’s what bride Monisha had in mind for her wedding at The Woodlands Resort last December. Known in Indian culture as a baraat, her groom Pritesh arrived at the ceremony in a horse drawn carriage amidst singing, dancing and music from family and friends.
Lasting for days, traditional Indian weddings are lavish, brightly colored events with music, dancing and wonderful food. Typically known to be larger than American weddings, Indian brides and grooms can expect anywhere between 500-1,000 to attend.
There are variations in Indian wedding traditions according to religion, region and the community.
Brides take part in the festive mehndi ceremony where henna is used to decorate the hands and feet on the eve of the marriage ceremony. Joined by the women in her family, this is a fun and happy gathering for the bride.
Hindu wedding ceremonies take place under the mandap canopy. Typically, the bride and groom sit on cushions or chairs in front of the Sacred Fire where the priest recites various mantras.
The wedding reception is a lively and grand affair with non-stop dancing, music and traditional cuisine.