Hindu weddings are vibrant and culture-rich events full of traditions and rituals. They are about the happy couple, but also about their families. Here’s what to expect at a Hindu wedding.
What to wear?
Guests usually wear traditional Indian clothes – pants and long-sleeved tunics for men and lenghas or saris for women. You should wear the most glamorous outfit at the reception and wedding ceremony. You can also wear Western clothes, but remember that men should wear long pans and long sleeves. Women should have legs, shoulders and arms covered. During the ceremony, both women and man should cover their heads. Vibrant colors are a good choice. Don’t wear white, this color is connected with funerals. Also, don’t wear black (unlucky color) and red (the bride wears red dress).
Should you bring gift?
It’s not common to bring gift to a wedding ceremony. If you want to give a gift to the couple, have it mailed to their home. If you want to give money, it’s ok to give the envelope to the couple during the wedding reception.
How long does the ceremony last?
Hindu weddings last 3 days. Different events take place each day. Reception and wedding ceremony (third day) and Sangeet (second day) are events that are attended by most of the wedding guests. Ganesh Pooja ceremony (first day) is an intimate event, attended only by close family members.
How big is the Hindu wedding?
Much bigger than Western weddings. Intimate Hindu wedding has 150-200 guests. The entire hometown community is invited to the Hindu wedding, not only family and friends. Number of guests can lead into the thousands.
Will the bride and groom kiss?
There isn’t a kiss at the end of the ceremony, as a result of conservative culture.
Will there be alcohol?
Hindu wedding ceremony and reception are alcohol-free.
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