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 SPECIAL EVENTS » WEDDINGS
 
  
 
Welcome to India. Plan your wedding here in style. India being a multi faith multi cultural country, any type of wedding can be arranged for in the numerous exotic locales. We at Indian Voyages make arrangements for any style of wedding. We have packages that fit any budget.

Here are a few of Indian style weddings
 
     
 
Traditional North Indian Wedding: The Groom's party visits the Bride's house 12 days in advance and each day is a mix of rituals and games. First the groom's party is welcomed at the Bride's residence. They bring the wedding wear for the bride jewels et al. Then the Bride is tattooed on hands and feet with Mehendi (a natural dye that wears off in a fortnight). Next the ladies have sangeet or songs generally related to wedding. Then the actual groom arrives and the last two days of heightened festivities start. The groom usually arrives riding a horse and his visage is behind a curtain of jasmine flowers. The girls at the bride's place now whisk off the groom's shoes and hid it somwhere. Then they demand a price for the shoes. If the boys in groom's party find it, well and good, else the price has to be paid. The actual wedding takes place with lots of rituals.
 
     
 
Tamil Wedding: The tamil Brahmins have a really detailed wedding. The brides wear a nine yard sari in a peculiar fashion and have diamond studded noserings. The groom comes to bride's place to get married. The groom is taken around the city or village and introduced to the who's who and shown the sights. Then the next day, both the groom and the bride are given a bath of tumeric solution to cleanse. Turmeric is applied as paste on the cheeks too. A piece of dried turmeric is tied to the string and worn as headband. Mehendi is applied on the hands and feet of the bride. When bride and groom finally arrive for the wedding, both wear a black spot made of soot and oil on their cheeks to ward off the evil eye. The elders shower blessings in form of flowers as the wedding takes place amidst chanting of rituals. A mangal sutra is tied around the girl's neck by the groom. Then the games begin. First the groom will be held high by his friends so that the bride finds difficulty to garland him. After much coaxing, he allows to be garlanded. Then the couple fishes for a diamond ring in a narrow mouthed pot full of water. One who wins keeps the ring.
 
     
 
Christian Wedding: India has a large Christian population and christianity was brought to the land by none other than St.Thomas. He landed in Kerala and today Kerala has one of the largest concentrations on Christians inspiring papal messages to be in the local language (Malayalam) too.
Like in other places, the wedding takes place after the betrothal. On wedding eve, there is a grand bachelor's party in which other family members also partake to an extent. On the wedding day, the vows are taken at the church that the groom's family go to or choose. This is followed by merrymaking and a feast.
 
     
 

Muslim Wedding: Like Christianity, Islam also arrived on the Indian subcontinent long back and it first came to Kerala. The Cheraman Masjid in Kodungallooor is believed to be the oldest muslim shrine.
Muslim wedding keep to the Islamic laws and you never really get to see the couple together until the wedding is over. But Muslim weddings are really festive as celebrations start a week ahead of the wedding. On wedding eve, the splendour is at the bride's residence where women in the family and neighbourhood sing and dance to 'Oppana', the song that teases the bride about the wedding dreams.
On the day of the Nikah(marriage), the Musaliyar(Imam) asks the willingness of both the groom and bride after fixing the meher(bride money). The bride is beyond a curtain in aveil and often her family speaks loud for her for the Imam to hear. When both say yes, the merry making and feast starts but always without intoxicants.