The wedding ceremony itself was a dream! It was a grand celebration with lots of interesting rituals full of zest and fan fare.
The interesting thing is that both the bride and the groom have separate ceremonies taking place at their house with their respective friends and family.
I was friends with just the groom so I attended a total of four ceremonies which took place at some of Delhi’s fanciest hotels as well as the groom’s family house. Celebrations were mostly held outdoors even if its winter season in India, but with so much drinking, eating and dancing, it was very much necessary!
My favorite pre-wedding ceremony was the Mehendi & Sangeet ceremony which is when the friends and relatives get together for singing sessions at the groom’s family house. Indian people love dancing, music, food, there was great food at all times, I just couldn’t get enough!
The other neat thing about this ceremony is that guests wear their traditional dresses- Punjabis, Hindus, Sikhs…so colorful!
There was even a henna parlor, which is also part of the ritual- Mehendi- which is the art of applying henna to the hands as temporary decoration.
Here are some snapshots of the ceremony…the saris, the jewelry, embellishments…simply out of this world!
Bride and groom during the final ritual around the holy fire
Saris and their colorful décor (ps- love the midnite blue pompoms)
Jewels and henna
Scenes from the street celebration in which friends of the groom dance and sing to the beat of drums as he makes his way to the hotel where the bride patiently awaits him for the final religious ritual.