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South Asian-style weddings are typically lavish .[1] some couples in urban areas consummate "love marriages". Marriages in India are a mainstay in the social calendar of the whole community. The period of Hindu marriage ceremonies[2] dates from the application (lagan) of tilak.000 in the UK[citation needed] compared to an average of £14. Many wedding customs are common among Hindus. in which the partners decide to marry each other without family involvement or assistance. The day before the expected arrival of the marriage procession. language.[3] Contents [hide]  o o o o o o 1 Traditions 1.5 Flower bed ceremony 1.6 Shaadi Planner  2 Gallery  3 References  4 Further reading  5 External links Traditions[edit] Drawing of a doli or covered litter in which an upper class bride was conveyed to the bridegroom’s house. the first dance and the traditional wedding cake.441.[4] lavish preparations are done by the family to receive . etc. Traditional Indian weddings are generally structured into pre-wedding ceremonies. They combine local. the father of the bridegroom visits the father of the bride.Marriages in India are filled with ritual and celebration that continue for several days. Though most Indian marriages are arranged. The traditional Indian wedding is about two families being brought together socially. caste. Generally anywhere between 100 to 10. religious and family traditions.2 Bariksha 1. the Varmala and the Satphere). When the marriage has been agreed upon.3 Tilak 1.estimated at costing on average £30. and the Vidaai.000 people attend.1 Kanyadaan 1. many of the attendees are unknown to the bride and groom themselves. Jains.4 Byaha Haath 1. region. Western features are incorporated. Often. with as much emphasis placed on the families coming closer as the married couple. ethnicity. in Delhi (1843) Wedding traditions vary across religion. Many wedding traditions that originated in India. wedding day ceremonies (consisting of the Baraat. such as speeches. Sikhs and Muslims. Increasingly.

Kanyadaan[edit] . I will always have faith in my wife. Vidaai is when the bride is formally sent to the groom’s household. A woman is referred to as Vamangi or one who is on the left side. 6. Brides decorate themselves with gold and diamond jewellery. We will sort out our differences and mistakes in privacy by ourselves. I will always make an effort to ensure her comfort and happiness. I will support her in overcoming them. apply [mehndi] to colour hands and feet. I will not find fault or criticize my wife before others. typically farmhouses or hotel halls. Brahma created man from the right shoulder and woman from his left shoulder. I will be affectionate and treat my wife like a friend. These vows direct the couple to a positive path of action. where a sacrificial fireplace called marhwa is built. An example of the complexity of an Indian wedding can be seen from the various phases of a wedding inNorth India.the groom (shaadi ki tayaari) in beautiful and decorated venues. I will bring home all my income to my wife. I will never express dissatisfaction about any shortcomings in my wife. 4. I will always follow a compromising policy. nor have an illicit relationship. I will look after her just as I look after myself. Many songs have immortalized this moment when the bride leaves her ‘babul ka ghar’ or father’s house. 5. 7. I will explain them to her lovingly. A wedding ceremony in Delhi. when the bride and groom have exchanged marital vows. the bride and groom walk in a circle (phera) around the sacrificial fire. I will consider my wife to be The better half. Throughout the marriage ceremony the bride sits on the right side of the groom. They help in promoting marital happiness for a lifetime. The following events take place in a typical Eastern Uttar Pradesh Hindu marriage: The bride and groom are told about their duties and responsibilities in married life by the priest. I will never look at another woman with wrong intent. If my wife is unwell. 9. is the wife seated on the left side of the man. 2. 8. If there are any. I will have a courteous and tolerant attitude towards my wife. 3. I will not withdraw support or refuse to fulfill my responsibilities towards her.[5] According to Hindu religious texts. including wearing bridal lehenga or saree. To complete the marriage. or is unable to fulfill some of the responsibilities or through some misunderstanding behaves wrongly. The household expenses will be incurred with her consent. That is the place for strangers and acquaintances. and undergo various bridal rituals. Only after the Saptpadi. Accepting her as in-charge of my home. I shall plan things in consultation with her. Vows by the Husband 1. Bridegrooms typically wear a [sherwani] dress or a designer suit.

'Ubtan' is a mixed paste of sandalwood. In Hindu marriages. Shaadi Planner[edit] This is the term used for planning the wedding. the bride's family does Badcheka/Bariksha of the groom. this takes place on the night of the wedding. earn sufficiently to support his family (artha). He repeats these vows thrice in the presence of Agni (the sacred fire) and all who are gathered there. and love his wife (kama). hands and feet of the bride and groom. and the groom and his family have agreed.[6] Bariksha[edit] Bariksha is when the bride's parents have informally shown intentions that they want a particular groom. Only a nominal number of members of the bride's family are present (usually only very close relatives. Currently Shaadi Specialists has trademarked the term "Shaadi Planner". . This daytime ceremony prepares them for the nuptials. Reneging at the end of this stage is frowned upon but is acceptable. Typically. A large feast is organised by the groom's family to celebrate this occasion. Lord Ganesha is believed to bring prosperity and happiness to the marrying couple and their family. This ceremony is a token gesture to confirm the alliance and signifies that the groom is now "taken" and can no longer look for other prospective brides. Flower bed ceremony[edit] In the flower bed ceremony. the female marriage proposal is very rare. often only tens of people). the bride’s parents give their daughter away in marriage. Lord Ganesha on an Indian weddinginvitation card. The groom makes three promises – to be just (dharma). This is the night of consummation. In Muslim marriages. this takes place on the night of the reception. After this ceremony the bride and the groom are not allowed to step outside the house before the actual wedding. the bride wears floral ornaments and the marriage bed is decorated with flowers by the groom's family. Tilak[edit] Tilak involves the bride's parents traveling to the groom's family home to formalise the relationship. Byaha Haath[edit] This ceremony signifies the purifying of the mind. Once the wedding has been accepted by both sides. This is when the bride's father and brothers go to the groom's side with sweets (including a coconut) and some pooja items like rice and turmeric.During kanyadaan. turmeric and rose water which is applied by seven unmarried female members of the families to the faces. body and soul of bride and groom.