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Our Wedding Traditions

Mehndi

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.

Marigolds and Colorful Bells

Sangeet

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.

Maiyan ceremony involves two components: a maiyan board, and applying vatna (tumeric paste) to the bride and groom. The bride and groom each have a maiyan 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. Following this, family members and close friends of the bride and groom will apply turmeric paste to the bride and grooms arm and legs.  The turmeric is applied to cleanse the skin and create a beautiful glow for the couples wedding day.

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. A decorated vessel is carried on the head of female relatives while dancing, and another female relative 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.

Choora

A set of bangles called choora are traditionally worn by bride on the wedding day and for a period after the wedding. The choora is believed to bring prosperity to the married couple. As per the tradition and the bride will wear the bangles up to one year after the wedding and the groom will then remove them.

Choora

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.

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.

Something Borrow 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. 

Something Blue was meant to deflect the evil eye, though the blue stands also represents love, purity and fidelity.

Hindu Ceremony

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Carry Bride Over Threshold

Many cultures across the world incorporate this tradition. Superstitious Western Europeans believed that a bride who tripped over the threshold of her new home would irrevocably bring bad luck to her home and marriage. 

By carrying the bride over the threshold, the groom avoids the chance of his bride stumbling, and prevents the mishap from occurring altogether. 

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