• Sarah

Indian Wedding: The Ceremony (Part 3 of 3)

Hey guys,

Whew, I know it has been a while since I have been here. Since my last post, I have gotten engaged, started a new job, moved gotten married (don’t worry, we will talk about that in more detail), and gone on a luxurious honeymoon.

Now that we are back, we are very excited to be moving full steam ahead and making sure Shaadi Outfitters is the best that it can be for all of you.

I realized I never published a third part to my series on Indian wedding events so before I post about our wedding, (which you definitely want to stick around for, it was a blast) I am here to talk about the Indian wedding ceremony itself.

There are a few types of Indian ceremonies, and some can be quite long. The long ones, which can get upwards of an hour and a half to two hours, are steeped in traditional elements, prayers, songs, and readings. The shorter ones cut out some of the extremely traditional rituals and focus on the most important ones in the eyes of the priest.

The center point of an Indian ceremony is the fire, known as a havan kund, in which oils, water, puffed rice and ghee are given as offerings throughout the ceremony.

Some of the special parts of the ceremony include the drinking of the holy water, the exchanging of flower garlands, called jaimala, and the seven rounds of the fire, called the pheras which are the vows the couple make to each other.