As times change, more couples are blending their cultures together to create unique wedding ceremonies and receptions that lead to custom family dynamics. If you are marrying someone who would like to include traditional Hindu elements in the wedding ceremony, it helps to understand what these elements are and what they mean.
Swagatam and Madhuperk is the first part of the ceremony and is the time for guests to welcome the groom and his family to the wedding venue. They sing and dance as they enter the venue and the bride's family gives them sweets as a symbol of good tidings.
After the groom and his family are seated in their respective places, the ceremony begins with prayers to Lord Ganesh to bless the wedding and create a carefree and happy day with no obstacles.
During Vadhu Aagman, the bride will arrive. Her escorts will typically include an uncle from her mother's side as well as her bridesmaids and the groomsmen. The bride and groom are separated by a cloth called an antarpat during the ceremony, which is meant to represent their separate existence before marrying.
Once the bride and groom have both arrived, the ceremony includes aspects such as talking about the expectations of married life and starting the marriage journey. As with any wedding, the exact elements will depend on the family and the couple. Very traditional families may expect every step of the ceremony, while nontraditional families may skip several of the less modern aspects of a Hindi ceremony.
Hindi wedding invitations are traditionally brightly colored and include beautiful patterns, making them a gorgeous addition to the wedding whether you are having a formal or informal ceremony. Wedding Paper Divas sells a wide range of Hindu invitations, including the elegant Detailed Ornament style and the uniquely patterned Inlaid Flowers.
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