Wedding related Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently searched questions related to Indian weddings along with concise answers:

Indian weddings typically include several key events: It is based on the Religion and Sampradayam. Most of the wedding will have Welcome of Bride and groom [Maapillai Azhaipu], Engagement, Mehendi (henna ceremony), Sangeet (music and dance night), Haldi (turmeric ceremony), Kasi Yatrai, Oonjal, Paadha Poojai, Wedding Muhurtam,Bidai and the reception

Guests should wear traditional Indian attire such as  Dhoti, Pant / Shirt, sarees, lehengas, or sherwanis. Bright colors are encouraged, but avoid black color costumes.

Mehendi ceremony involves applying intricate henna designs to the bride's hands and feet, symbolizing beauty, joy, and the bride’s transformation. This ceremony is mostly adopted across all religion. This is a nice way of having a family get-together and fun.

Mangal Pheras are seven rounds taken by the couple around a sacred fire, each representing a vow of their marital commitment.

Indian weddings events may spread over 3 to 7 days, depending on the cultural background and specific traditions of the families involved. The main wedding Muhurtam will be about 2 hours.

Kanyadaan is a ritual where the bride's parents give her hand to the groom, symbolizing the transfer of their responsibilities to the groom

Common gifts include cash in auspicious amounts (like 501 or 1001), jewellery, gpay or household items. Some couples may also have a wedding registry

Yes, guests are usually required to remove their shoes before entering the sanctified areas of the ceremony

The Haldi ceremony involves applying a turmeric paste to the bride and groom to bless them with good luck and enhance their beauty before the wedding.

The Sangeet ceremony is a way of bringing bride and groom family together. The core theme is to have dance / activities that would involve both the families and create the friendship and acceptance

Wedding expenses are often shared between the families of the bride and groom, with both sides contributing towards various events and arrangements

Most of the Indian wedding would have the food served in Banana leafs for the wedding muhurtam. The guest uses their hands to take the food and eat. For International guest the food is served in plates with spoons.

A Baraat or Mapillai Azhaipu is a groom’s wedding procession, typically featuring music, dance, and celebration as he arrives at the wedding venue. Lot of fun elements like chariot, fire crackers, dhol and band are added to make the event more memorable. Some people take the groom thru the streets in an open car or chariot with families / friends walking  along.

A wedding planner helps manage and coordinate all aspects of the wedding, from venue selection and decorations to catering and logistics, ensuring a smooth and stress-free celebration

The reception is a post-wedding celebration where the newlyweds are introduced to friends and extended family, featuring a grand feast, music, and dancing

Indian wedding menus are elaborate and include a variety of dishes such as  Variety Rice, Biryanis, curries, kebabs, naan, and a range of sweets like gulab jamun. There are lot of starters, sweets and ice-creams added to enrich the eating experience.

Non-Indian guests are encouraged to wear traditional attire, but modest Western outfits are also acceptable. Bright and festive colors are recommended

Wedding jewelry, especially items like the Mangalsutra (sacred necklace), symbolizes the marital status of a woman and is believed to protect her and her husband

RSVP as soon as possible, adhering to any instructions provided on the invitation. This helps the families plan better for the event. Inform them the time of your arrival, number of guests, accommodation requirements and transport requirements.
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