The RENTALYA Guide to Indian Weddings: Events

The RENTALYA Guide to Indian Weddings: Events

You’ve heard bits and pieces about Indian weddings… a week long affair with more than 400 hundred people and multiple outfit changes?? Yes, yes, and yes. Here’s your ultimate guide to Indian weddings! 

THE COMPLETE RENTALYA GUIDE TO INDIAN WEDDINGS
1: The Events, What to Expect
2: The Attire, What to Wear
3: The Food, What to Eat
Appendix: The Lingo 
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INDIAN WEDDING EVENTS
A typical North Indian wedding has three main events, each one just as colorful and festive as the next. 


Sangeet

The Sangeet is a night of music and dancing that typically takes place the night or two before the actual wedding ceremony. It can often feel like a mini-reception or a welcome event to kick off the festivities. At the sangeet, friends and family of the bride and groom often perform choreographed dances that they have been preparing for weeks, sometimes months. 

See our recommendations on What To Wear to a Sangeet. 

Wedding Ceremony

A hindu wedding ceremony is a beautiful display of ancient vedic traditions. It kicks off with the groom’s grand entrance, or the baraat. The baraat is a procession made up of the groom’s family and friends. The groom is often seated on a decorated white horse, but we’ve even seen grooms on elephants, lamborghinis, and bicycles! The procession has one task: to dance their hearts out to the beat of a dhol, an Indian drum. 

The ceremony itself typically lasts anywhere from one to two hours and takes place largely in Sanskrit. Nowadays, some priests translate some of the ceremony to English or the couple provides a helpful program or guide on each seat that explains the traditions of the ceremony. The ceremony takes place under a traditional canopy called a mandap. 

The hindu ceremony is a joining of not only the bride and groom but also the families, which is why the immediate families of the couple are seated alongside them under the mandap. In front of the couple is a small fire, or agni, that is considered sacred in hinduism. The marriage is official after the couple takes their seven steps, or Saptapadi. The couple walks together around the sacred fire seven times, each time signifying a vow to each other. 

See our recommendations on What To Wear to an Indian Wedding Ceremony. 

Wedding Reception

The wedding reception generally takes place the evening of the wedding ceremony, after an outfit change and if you’re lucky a little break to rest your feet before the dancing begins! Indian wedding receptions are the ultimate party, with hours of dancing, plates of food, and the best music. Don’t worry if you don’t know any Indian dance moves before the wedding. There will definitely be some token family and friends on the dance floor who will teach you the classic steps and have you moving like a Bollywood star in no time! But, if you do want to get a head start, we love this Bollywood playlist and this instructional video on some classic moves.

See our recommendations on What To Wear to an Indian Wedding Reception. 


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2: The Attire, What to Wear
3: The Food, What to Eat
Appendix: The Lingo 
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