India is a land of diversity, which is quite evident from its rich tradition, culture, language, ethnicity, cuisine and festivals that are unique and different from each other. Indian weddings too have their individual customs and traditions that vary from one community to the other, and this is where the difference lies between India and the rest of the world. No other nation is as diverse and vibrant as India, and it is an Indian wedding where you get to experience the best of cuisine and fashion, which otherwise is not possible to explore to its fullest during normal times. A traditional Indian wedding is a riot of colors, essence, style and flavors that an individual must experience, to get a first hand feel of it.
Indian Weddings and Religious Customary Traditions
Both are synonymous, as an Indian wedding is deemed incomplete when any of the below mentioned component is missing. Such as the bridal clothing, bridesmaid attire, bridal jewelry, regional cuisine, religious mantras, chants & hymns as well as customs, that form the core of any Indian wedding; be it a Hindu, Sikh, Parsi (Zoroastrian) or a Muslim wedding. Every community wedding has its own customs and traditions that are adhered religiously and strictly. Next comes the grand wedding cuisine that differs from one state to the other. For example a Punjabi or a Sikh wedding must have non-vegetarian delicacies and Tandoor specialties, whereas in Gujarati, Marwari (Rajasthani) or Hindu South Indian wedding, it mostly comprises of vegetarian items. Obeisance are paid to their respective Gods and Saints, and thus the bride and the groom get tied in the eternal knot of life, till separated by death.
Indian Weddings and Traditional Indian Fashion
Nothing best describes an authentic Indian Wedding, than a traditional bridal attire that has all the elements of style, design, craftsmanship, grandeur, color and pristine quality fabric. It is the ornate and intricate craftsmanship on fabric that grabs eyeballs and makes a bride hog the limelight, along with the bridesmaid. Now here comes the twist in the tale. Bridal fashion differs from one region to another, as brides in North India would always prefer a bridal lehenga choli, whereas a bride in South India will always prefer a bridal saree. Similarly, brides in Bengal, Assam and Odisha would always prefer a Banarsi silk saree, Muga silk saree and Sambalpuri saree respectively. Though a Banarasi sari is the most preferred one, out of the three. Nowadays, Indo Western gowns have also gained huge popularity among the fashionable elites.
This somewhat sums up an Indian wedding and it’s customary traditions, cuisine and fashion statement which always attracts travel and fashion bloggers from all over the world. Indian weddings are truly colorful and vibrant in every respect.