India Edition: A Big Fat Indian Wedding (Part Two)

If there was one word to describe an Indian wedding, it would be colorful. For the two day celebration, I saw so many beautiful sarees, choli, dresses, and kurta. It was a feast for the eyes.

For the wedding, we started off attending the sangeet party. This is when the bride and groom get their pictures taken with wedding guests and there’s a lot of traditional dancing involved. It’s a great to kick off wedding festivities.

A little snip-it video that I’ve captured of the tradition dancing.  Adjust volume lower before playing!

The second day began with the groom’s procession, also known as the baraat. This is when the groom rides on an elaborate horse drawn carriage to where the wedding will take place. In our case, it took an hour and half to go 1 kilometer. This is because there is a lot of dancing and throwing of the money during this time, sort of like a parade.  The throwing money is to entice the marching band to play louder.

The marching band playing at the start of the groom’s procession

Then the ceremony starts. In my opinion, it’s always an honor to witness two people join together and commit to one another, no matter what culture. One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to.

Flowers to be thrown at the couple during saptapadi, or seven steps, as they vow to support each other and live happily together
Fire ceremony

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