Weddings are special affairs, right from the energy, spark and happiness these fuse to how it brings together are family and friends, it is something nobody should mind being a part of. However, in India, it is a larger than life subject that is filled with countless rituals, traditions, ceremonies, and lots of fun and dancing. Unlike west, it is an illustrated event that extends through 3-5 days making it one of the most memorable events of a couple’s lifetime. Though most of the rituals are same, our diverse castes and religions allow us to have different styles of weddings.
There was a time when north and south Indian weddings were a completely different subjects. But since times are changing and people are adapting to new changes there is a lot that has been borrowed by South India from North India specifically in terms of wedding. There are many wedding planners in Rajasthan who are now being called to help South Indian families for wedding planning. Here are some noteworthy changes they spoke to us about:
- Mehandi: Mehandi is one of the most important ceremonies in North Indian weddings. There are countless Hindi songs, Bollywood sequences, and movies based on Heena ceremony. It is a fun filled event on both bride and groom’s side where all female relatives and bride/groom get their hands and feet heenad. Usually, this ceremony was only part of North Indian weddings but now even South Indian wedding ceremonies are also including this ceremony in their weddings. Even there are Christian families that are now including Mehendi in their weddings.
- Sangeeth: A highly energized ceremony, it is rehearsal of the final wedding day. The spirits are high on this day where everyone gets into celebratory mode and dances with the groom or the bride. The marriage halls, on this day, are on high spirits and if both groom and bride side are holding the function together than the function turns into a full blown party. It is such an important function that even professional dancers and orchestras are called these days
- Wedding Dresses: Irrespective of the region she belongs to there is hardly any Indian girl who can resist the temptation of wearing wearing lehenga on her wedding day. Similarly, sherwanis are also becoming a groom’s attire these days. Similarly, other north Indian dresses like Anarkali style heavy work bridal dresses and Banarasi salwar suits are now slowly making their way in South Indian weddings as well.
Happiness grows by multifold when people intermingle truly with each other and learn to respect ways of each other. New charges and adding fusion on any level is definitely a better way to invite more fun and happiness in people’s lives.