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Indian Wedding Traditions

Indian weddings are not just about serious rituals and customs. There are various other fun filled moments in traditional Indian wedding ceremonies  that lightens the mood and will remain as cherished moments in the coming years. Weddings mark the beginning of a new relationship not just between two individuals, but also between two families. There are various moments of a traditional Indian wedding ceremony that help to build new relationships. If you are planning to celebrate an Indian Wedding, you are in the right place. Babylon Productions offers many different kinds of services that will make you wedding perfect! Indian Wedding Photography, Indian Wedding Videography, Indian Wedding DJ Services, Wedding Limo Services, Wedding Invitations, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florist, Wedding Decor, Live Musicians. Our photographer and videographers are here to make you look your best and show that you are having the most enjoyable day of your life. Babylon Productions are also here to help you get all the stress off you and make us take care of everything you need to do. Book your Indian Wedding by giving us a call!!

India with such diverse cultural background showcases a variety of fun filled rituals and customs. And nowadays, with Hindi movies becoming so popular among everyone, people are even following some of the customs and rituals shown in the movies. Especially movies like ‘Hum Apke Hain Koun’, which showcases all the rituals associated with Indian weddings. Some of the customs that are a part of a traditional Indian wedding ceremony may be: ‘Parsee saalis’  takes gifts from their brother-in-law or ‘jija’ during the ritual of ‘haath boravanu’, where the groom puts his hands in water and cannot remove them until he pays money to them in Indian Weddings. ‘Pag dhovanu’ is another such ritual where the groom is threatened with milk on his shoes and ‘chero chorvanu’ is a ritual in which seven strands of thread tying the couple together are removed on payment. In Gujarati custom the groom’s mother-in-law tries to catch his nose on arrival of the ‘baraat’, as a reminder of the fact that he is taking away their daughter and is now responsible for her happiness in Indian weddings. ‘Aeki-Beki’ is also a very fun-filled ritual among the Gujarati community. A tray or pot of water is mixed with milk and vermilion. A ring and a few coins are thrown into the mixture, and the bride and groom are given seven chances to fish out the ring.

The winner is considered as having a dominating personality and it is predicted amidst much laughter amongst close friends that he or she will rule the roost! In Punjabi custom the brides wear a ‘chuda’, which is a set of red and ivory bangles given to her by her maternal uncle. This custom is considered good women for the bride as it is said to bring good luck to her in her new home. Punjabi brides wear ‘kaleeres’. These are silver or gold plated ornaments tied to the chudas. It is said that the bride has as many friends as there are leaves in the kaleere.

Sweets, eggs, and money are woven into to wedding themes of India. They symbolize, respectively, a sweet life, fertility, and prosperity. The Hindu wedding ceremony also includes customary rituals to ward off evil spirits. After the wedding vows have been exchanged, the groom’s father or brother showers flower petals on the newlyweds, then he holds a coconut over the bride and groom’s heads and circles it around them three times. An Indian groom often wears a turban with a veil of flowers streaming down in front of his face to protect him from evil spirits. Traditional Indian brides wear pink and red saris on their wedding day, adorning themselves extravagantly with as much jewelry as possible. Henna staining, a customary art form, is still practiced by many Indian brides-to-be. On the eve of her wedding vows, following a traditional ceremonial cleansing, the bride-to-be will have her hands and feet painted with henna, in beautiful paisley or medallion patterns. Then a special wedding gift is given to the bride, a necklace signifying her married status. Another ritual, which is found in almost every community, is when the groom brings home his new bride, the groom’s sisters block the entrance to the home and demand money from their brother as a ‘shagun’ before they let him in. This is a fun filled and well-enjoyed ritual. These are some of the light-hearted customs in an Indian wedding which makes it exciting and enjoying. These fun memories are cherished for the years to come, and should be captured by some of our expert photographers and videographers.

For over 25 years, Babylon Productions has been planning traditional Indian weddings, as well as many other cultural weddings! We can provide entertainers that speak your language, and even wedding DJs that will play traditional Indian wedding music. If you prefer a live band, we can provide a band that will play traditional Indian wedding music, or any songs you may request! Our amazing videographers will capture your whole day on film, and edit as you wish! They can even add a soundtrack featuring popular Indian wedding music, or any romantic ballad you may prefer. When you trust Babylon with your wedding planning, you are ensuring a flawless and enjoyable wedding reception. We want to make sure your traditional Indian wedding runs smoothly, and that you have the wedding day you’ve always envisioned! Trust the best in the wedding and wedding photography business. Trust Babylon.