If you would like to learn more about the wedding traditions we will be following, please enjoy reading through this page!
Mehndi, otherwise known as henna, is a paste associated with positive spirits and good luck. The Mehndi ceremony is held before the wedding as a way of wishing the bride good health and prosperity as she makes her journey on to marriage. The bride gets mehndi on her hands and feet.
Sangeet translates to “sung together”. During this event wedding guests will celebrate the beginning of the wedding week. There is dancing, singing, and instruments played by family and friends.
Maiyaan ceremony involves two components: a maiyaan board and applying vatna (tumeric paste) to the bride and groom. The bride and groom each have their own maiyaan board, that is decorated using colourful rice. The colourful rice is carefully placed to create a design by close female friends and family of the bride and groom. The maiyaan board is placed on the floor in front of the bride and groom. Following this, family members and close friends of the bride and groom will apply turmeric paste to the bride and groom’s arms and legs. The turmeric is applied to cleanse the skin and create a beautiful glow for the couples wedding day. There is also a large piece of decorative cloth that is held above the bride and groom the entire time. This is held up by brothers or cousins.
Jaggo translates directly to “wake up”. The Jaggo is a rambunctious celebration full of music, dancing and joy that typically takes place late in the evening. Decorated vessels are carried on the head of female relatives while dancing, while other female relatives will carry a long stick with bells, shaking it. The vessel will continue shifting every few minutes to the heads of all family members to ensure everyone is given a chance to carry it. All other females will dance as well. This tradition was originally done while dancing on the streets, in order to announce to the neighbourhood that the wedding week has begun.
A set of red bangles called choora are traditionally worn by bride on the wedding day and for a period after the wedding. The choora is put on the bride-to-be during the choora ceremony prior to the wedding day. The choora is believed to bring prosperity to the married couple. As per the tradition the bride will wear the bangles up to one year after the wedding and the groom’s sisters or other female family members will then remove them. Brooklyn will be wearing her choora for 45 days.
Wedding Day Traditions
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
The famous wedding recipe derives from an Old English rhyme. These objects were considered necessary for brides to wear their wedding day, with the belief that they would bring good and happy marriages
Something Old represents continuity from the past; a bride will often wear an item of heirloom jewelry or commemorate lost loved ones by tucking an old photo into a locket or bouquet as a reminder of someone who is with them in spirit. (Brooklyn's is a gold pendant that belonged to her maternal grandfather)
Something New offers optimism and hope for the future. Brides will often choose their wedding gown or a new pair of shoes as their something new. (Brooklyn's is her wedding outfit)
Something Borrowed is intended to bring good luck to the couple. By borrowing something from a happily married couple, the bride can ensure a little of their good fortune will rub off. (Brooklyn's is an heirloom ring, borrowed from a great friend)
Something Blue is meant to deflect the evil eye, though the blue also represents love, purity and fidelity. (Brooklyn's is a blue gemstone)
Steal The Grooms Shoes
As soon as grooms shoes come off, the brides family will begin scheming to steal them. If they are successful, it's going to cost the groom some cash to get them back!
The groom does not wear shoes during the wedding ceremony as no shoes are allowed on the mandap (wedding platform), so the groom will need to ensure his family and friends keep a watchful eye of the vulnerable shoes.
Hindu Wedding Ceremony
The groom is led to the wedding venue in a procession known as the baraat; he is accompanied by family members, groomsmen, friends from the grooms side. The baraat dances to the tunes of music, and rejoices as the bachelor of their family will start his new life today, with his life-long partner.
The baraat eventually reaches the venue where the family members and friends of the bride await to welcome them.
Accompanied by his family, the groom arrives at the site of the ceremony and is greeted by the brides parents. The mother of the bride welcomes the groom to the ceremony.
The groom is then escorted to the mandap (wedding platform) by the parents of the bride, and is accompanied by his parents and groomsmen.
Jai Mala is a wedding ritual in which the bride and groom put fresh flower garlands around each others necks. The ceremony is not just the meeting of two souls, but a union of two families, a merge of traditions, values and customs that make the entire wedding complete.
The brides father joins the hands of his daughter and the groom, declaring to everyone present that he hands her to the care of the groom. The father seeks a pledge from the groom of his enduring love, fidelity, and security in caring for the bride.
The pheray are one of the most important features of the Hindu wedding, involving multiple rounds around a sacred fire - each representing a vow. Vows made in the presence of the sacred fire are considered unbreakable.
At the start of each round, the brides brother fills the brides palms with rice signifying great health and bountiful wealth, prosperity and happiness. The grains are offered to the fire as a sign of giving up worldly possessions in order to receive rewarding blessings.
Mangalsutra and Sindoor
The groom now places sindoor, or red powder, on the crown of the brides forehead and welcomes her into his life. The sindoor is indicative of a blood union, and is the unmistakable mark of a married woman.
He then places a mangalsutra (necklace) around her neck, symbolizing his enduring commitment to their marriage.
Kashev and Brooklyn will also exchange wedding bands at this point in the ceremony.