Indian Brides and Asian Brides: Bring South Asia to Western Weddings
South Asian weddings to Indian weddings are some of the most colorful, elaborately decorated events in the business.
From the colorful dress, jewels, fabrics and pillows, and even the food, everything is done big, bold and beautiful.
The events leading up to the wedding, the almost parade-like procession in the streets, amazing!
But how do you bring a wedding of this caliber and style home to the west?
Traditionally Indian weddings concentrate on red and gold but that does not mean you can't do pink and green, blue, white, or any color imaginable – I recently saw a wedding on television that was very pink.
Want to do an East meets West ceremony? Ceremonies done with Eastern religions are filled with a plethora of rich details. If you want something a tad more modern to add your American culture or Canadian culture in, try adding some typical Western wedding details. If you are worried about stepping on tradition or dishonoring either culture, speak with your officiate and families for suggestions and advice - always best to be safe than sorry!
Bridal Tradition: Mehndi
Mehndi is a very vital part of any Pakistani and Indian wedding, and adds to the bride’s beauty on her wedding day. It is an absolutely beautiful tradition and every time I see photos of the art I'm amazed at how delicate the details are.
When Mehndi should be applied (via Indian Wedding Site):
Mehndi should ideally be applied 2 days before your wedding.
Have your manicure and pedicure done before having mehndi applied for the deepest color.
Have your mehendi application started an hour or two before guests arrive at your mehndi night so you can enjoy the evening.
Another factor that is important to keep in mind with your South Asian wedding. While it is a very common practice in American weddings, they are extremely necessary if you have guests that have never attended a wedding like that of a South Asian wedding.
Try to explain every aspect of the ceremony in detail so that guests will not be confused; make sure that you explain it properly so that it is easy for guests to follow along.
Aside from using the program to address your cultural events, you can incorporate the traditional American themes by including information about your wedding party, music, etc. You can even honor the memory of a passed love one that can't be with you physically but you wish for their presence to be there in spirit.
Bridesmaid and Groomsmen
This is a very special way of adding a special touch to your ceremony that both cultures use that involves your closest family and friends.
You can have them either walk in before you like the typical American wedding, walk in with you all together, or just silently be part of the wedding already in place.
Have all the men in sherwanis and the women in matching saris that complement your colors. These items are very vibrant and a great way to enhance the color for your South Asian/India wedding.
A blend of traditional Indian Cuisine and World Cuisine is a must with your South Asian to Indian wedding! As the years pass, the styles of the guests at your wedding will be vastly different. Sophistication, elegance and grace all has to be incorporated into your cultural display; and as with almost any culture... food says it all!
A majority of brides choose to present their favorite dishes from a multitude of ethnic backgrounds for the wedding feast.
Japanese foods, Italian wedding food, Grecian are very typical cuisines to display during your wedding feast. Shinjuku bars that highlight hand rolls, miso glazed cod, tempura a la minute, oriental spring rolls with mustard sauces; Carnaroli Risotto Stations that feature Seafood and Wild Mushroom varieties; a Mezze Saloon, with Flaming Saganaki, Spicy Feta Salad, and Tapenades.
Finally for traditions sake, an Indian and Vegetarian station is almost a requirement - it features both the brides and grooms favorite dishes and reflects the blending of both of their heritages. I can't handle Indian foods (acid reflux, ouch!), but if the reviews of many South Asian brides is any consultation, this style menu is fan-tas-tic!
There is so much more to be said about South Asian weddings and I could go on and on about my findings, but I want to leave some of that fun to you.