Punjabi weddings are full of fun, color and frolic. Since punjabis love celebrations, grandeur and splendor, therefore it should reflect from their marriage also. As an event planner it is your job to create a wedding which statisfy their taste. The first ritual in a punjabi wedding ceremony is ‘Roka’. It is a type of engagement .
It marks the beginning of a matrimony between bride and groom family. A commitment is made in this ceremony that no one from either the bride’s or groom’s family will look any further for a suitable match. A small function is organized which is generally attended by close relatives and bride and groom’s parents. There can also be exchange of gifts in this ceremony. After Roka we have the ‘Sagan’ ceremony. It is generally organized at the groom’s house. It is like a ‘tilak’ ceremony in the tradtional Hindu marriage. In this ceremony prayers are offered by the priest and blessings and gifts are given to the groom from the bride’s family. There is the ceremony of ‘Chunni Chadana’ in which the groom’s mother place a red chunni on the bride’s head. Bride is offered boiled rice and milk by the groom’s family as a sign of acceptance in the family. Jewelery is also gifted to the bride by groom’s mother. This ceremony is organized in bride’s house and is attended by close relatives of both the bride and groom’s family.
Hindu ceremonies are generally elaborative and expensive. One such ceremony is Hindu wedding. It is one of the most important ceremonies in the life of a Hindu and is organized on a grandiose level. The marriage can last for few hours to several days depending upon where it is organized. In Hindus getting approval from elders of the family is customary. Since the wedding is not a private event here, therefore the whole family is included. Before the marriage dates are announced, a priest (usually family priest) is consulted to evaluate the compatibility of the bride and groom astrologically and to calculate the dates most auspicious for the wedding. The venue of the wedding is generally the bride’s house. There are 15 rituals in a traditional Hindu ceremony. However you can choose to have only those which you prefer and which can help up in shortening your wedding time. This is particularly useful if majority of your guests are very busy people. These days DJs, celebrity singers, bands etc are hired to occupy the guests during the wedding ceremony. Wedding meals are generally elaborative and contain lot of sweets and refreshment. There is one important ritual in the wedding known as the saptapadi in which both bride and groom takes seven rounds around the fire and take vouches to take care of each other during thick and thin. The priest chants mantra for happiness and wealth of the couple
The Hindu marriage ceremony begins with exchange of flower garlands (also known as the jaimala ceremony or var mala ceremony) between the bride and the groom. It is an significant ritual of the hindu wedding and has been followed since Vedic area. This ritual takes place once the groom reaches the birde’s house along with the barat. The groom is welcome by the bride’s mother on the doorstep. She applies tilak on her forehead and bless him.
There is a small tussle between the bride, groom and their friends as part of the ritual. The tussle is that groom’s friends prevented the bride to put garland around his neck. The bride is supposed to garland the groom somehow. In this process, bride’s friends can also help her. Once this ceremony is performed, both bride and groom are taken to the mandap where another ritual called the ‘Kanyadaan’ is performed. ‘Kanyadaan’ means to donate the virgin. As the name says, the brides’ father gives away his precious daughter to the groom for marriage. However the groom has to promise that he will help his wife in achieving in three important life goals: kama, artha and dharma. This ritual is performed along with the sacred chants performed by the priest. It is considered to be the most significant ritual among all other wedding rituals.
Planning Hindu weddings are one of the most lavish and expensive on earth. How expensive? They can cost from $10k to several million dollars. Actually there is no fixed price range. It all depends upon how much you can spend. Hindu weddings can last for few hours to a month depending upon where it is organized. In rural areas weddings generally last for few days if not few months. However in urban areas they are winded up in few hours. This also means that in case of urban areas, many wedding rituals are either shortened or skipped to reduce overall time of the wedding. In any case Hindu weddings are highly traditional and strongly follow the ritual and practices laid down by the ancestors in ancient time. Unlike western weddings, the Hindu weddings are organized on a very large scale: 300 to 3000 guests are invited on an average. Contrary to western weddings which are considered to be a private affair, an Indian wedding is a union of two families and therefore a family affair. Hindu wedding is one of the 16 sacraments of Hinduism. The marriage journey starts with sagai (also known as engagement) where bride and grooms exchange rings. Next is the Tilak ceremony in which gifts are given to the groom by bride’s family and some prayer is also performed by the priest. Then just one day before the wedding, Ladies Sangeet is organized in which only female members are allowed. They generally sing and dance to rejoice the occasion. Then come the mehendi ceremony in which bride’s palm is decorated with hennas patterns.