I was invited to the Indian Wedding of Swapna and Shashi that took place at the Epsom Downs race course, it was a stunning location. I get asked a lot of questions regarding Indian Weddings and how colourful and vibrant they are, but also about the actual Wedding Ceremony. I LOVE an Indian wedding ceremony, not only is it joining two people together but two families. It is a great occasion to put on an incredible outfit and catch up with family and friends
The Indian Hindu Wedding Ceremony may seem an elongated process but it has beautiful customs attached to it. The Wedding Ceremony is exciting but can also be very emotional for the brides family as they are giving her away. During the ceremony there was not a dry eye, it was beautiful. The breathtaking moment when you see the bride walk down the aisle for the first time is amazing as she looks stunning in traditional Indian wedding wear. The traditional colours for an Indian bride is red, red is the colour of life- in this case a new life. The bride leaves the shelter of her family home and starts a new life with her in laws. In our day and age we could be living in the same town as our family home and with technology we can always Facetime. So staying connected to both sides of the family is a lot easier.
I always love the moment when the groom sees the bride for the first time. They are sat opposite each other in the mandap (the platform the wedding takes place in) with a cloth in the middle restricting the bride and groom from seeing each other and then the cloth drops, they see each other for the first time. It is a quality moment. There are three main rituals in a Hindu Wedding, Kanyadaan – the bride is given away by her father, Panigrahana – a ritual that involves fire, the groom takes the brides hand to represent their togetherness and Saptapadi – is one of the most important rituals. The bride and groom take seven steps that represent seven vows they promise to one another.
There are also a number of really fun rituals. One mischievous ritual is where the girls on the bride’s side try to steal the groom shoes in exchange for money. My favourite ritual for newlyweds is the Aeki Beki. A tray has water mixed with milk, filled with coins and one ring that the bride and groom have to find. The whole family gets involved as it is a competition between the bride an groom, who can find the ring first? It is a really fun game, everyone gets involved and it can become a screaming match between both sides
An Indian Wedding involves the whole family, wether thats in the actual ceremony or helping and organising on the day. It has a lovely atmosphere of happiness, joy and a whole lot of fun. I personally love catching up with everyone and feel honoured to be a part of the Bride and Grooms special day. Everyone makes a massive effort when it comes to getting ready, the flashes of all the amazing colours and sparkling jewellery makes it magical. Everyone goes all out. With it being such a lovely location and great weather, we could not help taking a few cheeky photos.
For us girls finding the perfect outfit is the exciting part. I knew I wanted a outfit that was bold and bright but also easy to wear in the morning. Let’s face it Indian Weddings start super early! I bought my outfit which is a Lengha from Bombay Looks based on Green Street in East London. As well as this amazing Lengha I bought all my Jewellery (earrings and tikka) and bangles in Bombay Looks too. I got a really good deal in store and getting everything in one place did make my life a lot easier. I chose to wear a lengha instead of a saree because I just fell in love with this lengha as soon as I saw it and no other saree gave me that reaction. I used a wand to create loose curls and clipped my hair to the side around my tikka. I wanted a relaxed messy curl look as my outfit is pretty loud. For make-up I went for seriously dewy skin and added a pop of colour (blue) on my lower waterline and bright pink glossy lips to match the colours on my lengha. My look was complete
This lengha is a mixture of gold, hot pink, dark blue and bright green. I LOVE this colour combination, it’s fresh and summery. The outfit has beautiful embellishments on the borders and the blouse. When I bought this Lengha it was pretty big and I needed it adjusted. When it comes to tailoring an outfit I am very particular and the only person I go to is a good friend of mine Alice, who is a seamstress. She runs her company ‘Little Blue Dress Creations’. Alice transformed my outfit and it fit me like a glove. Instead of my skirt being straight cut, she created a fishtail skirt. I LOVE it! It gave the skirt section of my outfit definition. She adjusted my blouse for me perfectly, all the beading work was intact and it felt great when I wore it. She has an Etsy store and check out her Instagram and Facebook Page. I honestly would not go anywhere else to get my clothes adjusted, she can adjust and create any items of clothing you may need. I am a very petite build so a lot of my indian outfits have to be adjusted. I felt seriously glam in this outfit.
No Indian Wedding is complete without a great Wedding photo I had an amazing time at the Wedding, Congratulations Swapna and Shashi! I cannot tell you the amount of times the older generation has asked me when it will be my turn to get married. Marriage is a sacred bond that should not be taken lightly. When my time comes it will happen, there is no pressure. It will be at the right time with the right person.
Thank you so much for reading my post. I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Let me know what are your favourite rituals in an Indian Wedding. Do you know anywhere that does amazing wedding clothing, I would love to know. You can get in touch via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook (all @krupaaroundtown) and follow me on Snapchat (Krupa Around Town). I have a lot more coming in the ‘Wedding Season‘ Series on my blog as I am going on a hen party in Mykonos so keep your eyes peeled!