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Indian Wedding: Indian Bridal Wear, Tradition, Music, Decoration

Updated on December 10, 2014

Indian Wedding Tradition

A traditional Indian wedding is divided into two parts.


The first part is the engagement for which only few people like parents, siblings and best friends are invited. They exchange rings and two families exchange sweets. The parents and the priest fix the wedding date.

Then there is a ritual called "Mehendi" which consists of putting henna on the hands and feet of the bride.

All of these ceremonies are accompanied by singing and music.


The wedding begins with the arrival of a procession comprising of the family, friends and relatives of the groom - collectively called "Baraat". The family of the bride and groom performs another ritual at their respective homes that give permission to their children to get married in the temple. Then comes the Jaimala where the bride and groom exchange garlands signifying their union.

The next important part is when the bride and groom exchange their vows before God chanting with the priest. Then the couple take seven rounds around the fire - called Pheras - with a special meaning. The first three rounds mean that the family of the bride will cover the first three years of the couple, and four other symbolise that the groom's family will take care of the rest.

After that, the bride puts Sindoor at the separation of hair and Mangal Sutra around the neck that she will keep it for the rest of her life. Then is the grand feast, and finally the ceremony ends with fun games that form part of the "Vidaai" ceremony.

Indian Bridal Wear For Women

A Wedding is a fundamental moment in every woman's life regardless of her culture or background. Nevertheless, certain cultures or religions emphasise the importance of such moments more than others.

In India, traditions are very important. Most of the attention is on the bride, and this is why the choice of the bridal dress is a crucial factor in wedding planning. Usually once the bride chooses the dress, everything relating to the wedding is styled in a way that created a colour pattern with the bridal clothes. As an example, the colour of the flowers used for decorating the venue are decided in co-ordination with the colours selected by the bride.

In terms of traditional clothing, there are several different types of dresses that a bride can select for her special day: Bridal Lehengas, Anarkalis and Sarees are the most popular for this purpose.

Bridal Lehengas are a timeless option. A Lehenga is a two pieces garment that includes a top and a skirt. The skirt is what gives the name to the traditional piece of clothing: a Lehenga is a pleated and embroidered skirt. Precious fabrics, detailed embroidery and embellishments are the main features of bridal Lehengas.

Bridal Anarkalis were born as a re-styled version of Salwar Kameez suits. The differences in style between an Anarkali and its predecessor were introduced with the purpose of flattering the curves of the bride. In recent years several Brides opted for Anarkalis for their wedding with particular emphasis on the choice of the fabrics and on the detail of the embroidery.

Bridal Sarees (or Saris) are the perfect choice for lovers of tradition. A Saree is the first piece of traditional Indian clothing that comes to everyone's mind when thinking about traditional Indian fashion. Nevertheless Bridal Sarees are special - they are typically designed and created to represent the bride's personality and this makes each piece unique.

Regardless of the type of dress chosen, Indian families invest significant amount of money to get the perfect garment. They often contact the most famous designers, such as Raakesh Agarvwal, Siddartha Tytler or Narendra Kumar, to create a unique masterpiece for the event. The result is always beautiful and the standards are outstanding, so that the price of the end product is justified.

Indian Bridal Wear For Men

The bright garments worn by the groom include a set of different pieces, including:

Sehra: It is a head dress that has hanging garlands covering the groom's face. Sehra has a deeper meaning. Sehra is a prayer and poem, signed by the groom´s sisters where they pray for their life to come.

Dhoti: It is a long rectangular cloth from the waist until the ankles. The dhoti is wrapped around the waist and tied in a knot. Traditionally in the north of India, the Dhoti is worn with the Kurta. In the South of India it is worn in all traditional ceremonies and cultural occasions.

Kurta: It is worn by the groom as a top and is a shirt that usually covers the knees.

There are a variety of garments worn by men in the bottom part of the body. Usually for weddings, silk is used for the clothes.

In the video, we can see some of the garments worn by a groom as described earlier.

Indian Wedding Ceremony

Indian Wedding Music

Music is the heart of an Indian wedding. The couple and family want to celebrate love and have fun for this very special moment and great songs are a key to achieve that.

These are some of our favourite songs, from contemporary to traditional Hindi music and from romantic to can't-help-but-move-my-feet kind of songs, there is something for every moment and everyone in the list below:

1. Mahi Ve from the movie Kal Ho Na Ho


2. Ainvayi Ainvayi, from the movie Band Baaja Baaraat


3. Laung Da Lashkara from the movie Patiala House


4. Mujhse Shadi Karogi, from the movie Mujhse Shadi Karogi


5. Balle Balle, from the film Bride and Prejudice


6. Teri Ore, from the movie Singh Is Kinng


7. Sab Ki Baaraatein Aayi


8. Wah Wah Ramji, from the movie Hum Aapke hain Kaun


9. Bumbro, from the movie Mission Kashmir


10. Kala Shah Kala by Anamika


11. Babul ki Duayen Leti jaa by Azam Baig, from the movie Janam Samjha Karo


Indian Wedding Decoration

Indian wedding decoration is known to be really colourful, elegant and full of energy. According to tradition, bright colours are the most used for an Indian wedding decoration. Red and gold are the favourite colours for the decorations because they symbolise long life and prosperity for the couple.

Flowers are very important including exotics like orchids, roses, carnations, lilies are used to decorate different aspects - tables, Shamianas (Tents), Mandap (canopy erected during the wedding).

Beautiful carpets and tapestries are used to decorate the wedding. Incenses and candles are also very popular for an Indian wedding.

Some Beautiful Pictures from Indian Weddings

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Beautiful BrideLots of celebrations with friends and familyThe Groom !Jewellery is very important in India - the bride puts on a LOT of jewellery!Venues tend to be decorated in a mix of traditional and contemporary styles using a range of colours!
Beautiful Bride
Beautiful Bride
Lots of celebrations with friends and family
Lots of celebrations with friends and family
The Groom !
The Groom !
Jewellery is very important in India - the bride puts on a LOT of jewellery!
Jewellery is very important in India - the bride puts on a LOT of jewellery!
Venues tend to be decorated in a mix of traditional and contemporary styles using a range of colours!
Venues tend to be decorated in a mix of traditional and contemporary styles using a range of colours!

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