An Indian wedding is known for its vibrant traditions, customs, and cultural events celebrated over a few days. From Haldi to Mehndi to Sangeet there are various significant customs take place in a typical Indian wedding. The wedding day itself has different exciting moments that make the day happening and memorable.
Here is an Indian wedding timeline covering all the significant events.
Haldi (2-3 hrs)
Haldi is one of the pre-wedding ceremonies of an Indian wedding. A mixture of turmeric, water, and oil is applied to both bride and groom. This holy ritual happens in the morning also known as the Pithi ceremony. A sangeet ceremony at night follows the ceremony.
Mehndi (2 hrs)
This traditional yet exciting pre-wedding ceremony is celebrated at the bride’s place.
A beautiful mehndi is applied on the bride’s hands, arms, feet, and legs by professional henna artists.
Barat (1-3 hrs)
Barat is the most celebratory time in the Indian wedding. The groom makes his way to the bride’s house accompanied by his family and friends. The event involves a lot of singing and dancing throughout the journey.
At the bride’s place, the groom is received by Pooja and Aarti. Depending on the distance between the groom and the bride’s house, this event may take 1 to 3 hours.
Varmala (15 to 30 minutes)
Sometimes, referred to as Jaimala, this wedding ceremony holds a significant position in the Vedas. Bride and groom put fresh flowers garlands into each other’s necks. The event includes some funny tricks as well played by family and friends.
Kanyadaan (1 hour)
The bride’s father accepts the union and places her daughter’s hand in the groom’s.
Phere (1 hour)
Phere or Saat phere is the sacred union of bride and groom. It is the most important event of the Indian Wedding in which the bride’s dupatta (a long scarf) is tied to another scarf worn by the groom. After that, the couple takes seven round against the havan kund (sacred fire) and takes the oath of their relationship.
Sindoor (5 to 10 minutes)
Groom applies sindoor or vermilion in the parting of the bride’s hair. Following which he makes her wear a wedding necklace (Mangalsutra). Couples also play some interesting games after this event like one is finding the ring.
Bidai (30 minutes to 45 minutes)
Bidai is ritual of bride’s farewell to her family, usually accompanied by the emotional atmosphere as bride parts from her family. Traditionally, the bride was taken to a home in a palanquin (Doli) which today has been transformed into a car.
Graha Pravesh (12 minutes to 30 minutes)
This event takes place when the bride reaches her new home. Aarti is performed to welcome the new bride.
Reception (3 to 5 hours)
This event marks the end of the Indian wedding. All near and dear ones are invited to this grand party. As the name indicates, in this event, the newlywed couple receives society for the first time after marriage. Usually, a reception party includes a cocktail hour, wedding party introduction, group pictures, cake cutting, special dances and finally dinner hour.
All in all an Indian wedding is a colorful carnival where you witness various interesting rituals and traditions, enjoy a lot of music and dance, and satisfy your taste buds with mouthwatering food.