South Of The Border: Trendy and Traditional South Asian Weddings
Aug 08, 2017 09:42 AM Back
Traditional Indian affairs are truly affairs to remember as most are multi-day soirees steeped in intricate details and customary celebrations.
Indian weddings consist of three very distinct parts: Pre-wedding,  The MAIN event, and post wedding celebrations.
Pre-wedding festivities are in some sense “similar” to what we in North America are accustomed to and consist of a host of preparations and a party, where families can mix, mingle and meet before the big day, getting to know each other, eat, drink and make merry.

A Pandit (a Hindu scholar well versed in Sanskrit and Hindu philosophy and religion) is responsible for picking out the wedding date based on the couples’ respective horoscopes and conducts a special  wedding prayer with the family members in an effort to bless the union and provide the  couple with a long and happy married life.

A wedding altar known as a mandapa is build on the day of the wedding and here the groom is welcomed by his future mother in law to have his feet washed and where he is fed with milk and honey. Here  also the groom’s soon to be sister in law will make an attempt to “steal” his shoes and should she be successful, he will have to  pay her to have them returned. The groom is also traditionally expected to wear a turban adorned with a veil of flowers in an effort to guard him from evil spirits.

Both parents (not just one) traditionally give an Indian bride away (to her groom)…however, no food or drink are consumed prior to the ceremony so that all parties will remain pure for such a solemn occasion. The bride’s saree is tied to the groom’s scarf as a symbol of two souls coming together as one. Another similar ceremony calls for a cord to be tied around the couple’s neck by elders known to the bride and groom as a way of protecting them from evil spirits.

The Mendi, or the painting of (ladies’) hands and feet, known as the mehndi, is also an integral part of the wedding preparations. Guests of honor are given and adorned with garlands in lieu of corsages and rose petals are thrown for good luck.

The Magna Sutra (a Hindu necklace) is tied around the bride’s neck in lieu of exchanging wedding rings. The Magna Sutra is a cord with two gold pendants that is tied in three knots signifying the unification of the two souls for 100 years. Plus, it denotes that the bride is married.
The Mangal Pheras is a fun ceremony calls for the bride and groom to circle the  sacred fire four times (representing dharma, artha, kama and moksha) then running back to their seats. Whoever makes it back to their seat first is said to be the ruler of the household.

The Saptapadi is a tradition in which the groom assists the bride in touching seven betel nutes with her right toe while also reciting seven vows. Following, seven married women from the bride’s side (of the family) pass by the couple whispering blessings in the bride’s right ear. Once the wedding is over the bride is carried out by her brothers.

After she is carried out, the bride makes her way to the groom’s house where her new mother-in-law has placed a container filled with rice at the entryway of the home. The bride is expected to tip over the container with her right foot signifying wealth and her willingness to accept her new role and responsibilities as a married woman and wife.

Another festive tradition is a game known as Aeki Beki where a tray of water mixed with milk and sindoor (vermillion) containing coins and a ring gives guests the chance to “go for the gold”. The one who finds the ring four out of seven times will be the one who (supposedly) will rule the household. The day and the event is brought to an end with a pronunciation of prayers sent to God asking for love and happiness for the newlywed couple.
South Of The Border: Trendy and Traditional South Asian Weddings south asian weddings Indian Weddings Pandit Mendi mehndi Magna Sutra Saptapadi Aeki Beki
  • Sole East
  • Chat With Local Brides
  • Chateau Briand Caterers
  • Mediterranean Manor Caterers
  • Lessings Waterfront Weddings
  • Tailored Events-Tailored Events
  • Island Exclusive Entertainment-Island Exclusive Entertainment
  • Plastic Surgeons-
Welcome New Vendors
#splurgevssave #weddingdosanddonts #weddingplanning affordable vacations after hours music armenia armenian wedding ideas beach weddings best bands best man advice best wedding bands bridal extravaganza bridal gown bridal planner group bridal reflections NYC bridal show bridal showcase bride bride-to-be bridesmaid brunch wedding charitable gift classic music code bleu cultural weddings dessert ideas destination wedding donation gift elegant wedding engaged engagement engagement looks engagement session english wedding traditions Eyebrows fade to black ny fancy wedding father of the bride father of the groom good behavior groom groom pampering groom style grooms honeymoon honeymoon ideas invitation invitations invites irish weddings italian wedding customs jewish wedding traditions LIBE liwedding liweddings long island long island bridal extravaganza long island bridal gowns long island bridal show long island engagement photographer long island wedding long island wedding dj long island wedding gowns long island wedding photographer long island wedding photography long island wedding rings long island weddings makeup maltese wedding manscaping marriage advice mehndi menu middle eastern wedding traditions military military wedding mirror beauty ring new york city wedding dress new york city wedding salon ovation photo booth party favors party planning long island weddings patriot brides Permanent Makeup program rhapsody ring bearer gift roslyn hotel russian bride russian groom signature drinks skyline southern wedding ideas spring wedding spring wedding ideas st. patricks day thank you note traditions vintage music wedding wedding advice wedding bands wedding beauty wedding beer selection wedding bow tie wedding budget wedding cake wedding coffee wedding dance wedding dances wedding dancing wedding dessert wedding destinations wedding DJ wedding donation wedding donuts wedding drink ideas wedding drinks wedding food ideas wedding gown wedding ideas wedding invitations wedding invites wedding kids wedding limo wedding makeup wedding music wedding party wedding planning wedding seating wedding showcase wedding suit wedding tuxedo wedding wheels wedding wine wedding wines weddings weddings splurge vs. save what to wear who to invite wild west wedding wine suggestions wine types winter wedding winter wedding ideas wooden place settings #weddingbudget Aeki Beki affordable vacation after hours dj entertainment armenian wedding at home bridal shower backyard weddings beach getaway best man Bridal Expo bridal reflections Bridal Show bride children fashion country club wedding couture weddings daytime wedding dessert table destination wedding donors unite engagement engagement parties engagement rings english wedding escort cards fade to black new york Fall Bride Fall Weddings First Dance Wedding Song gentleman groom groom groom gifts groomsmen high voltage entertainment honeymoon planning hvdj hvdjsny imakeupyou Indian Weddings invitations irish wedding italian wedding jewish wedding letterpress LIBridalExtravaganza liweddings long island long island bridal extravaganza long island weddings long island weddings. liweddings Magna Sutra malta wedding ideas married life Mendi Microblading middle eastern wedding military wedding Pandit photo booth photogaphy place settings planning form ring bearer russian wedding Saptapadi skyline orchestras south asian weddings southern wedding spring weddings summer wedding summer weddings texas wedding the lombardi bride the roslyn hotel tropical wedding tuscan wedding tuxedo villa lombardi's vintage weddings wedding wedding advice wedding blog wedding brunch wedding car wedding costs wedding dance wedding date wedding dates wedding drinks wedding favors wedding food wedding games wedding gifts wedding gowns wedding guest wedding ideas wedding music wedding photography wedding planning wedding prep wedding rings wedding signature drinks wedding style wedding tradition wedding traditions wedding trends wedding venues weddings wine winter wedding winter weddings