Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Indian wedding 3: The wedding ceremony

This is the continuation of my niece's wedding in India.

Indian wedding ceremonies last at least three days. After the sangeeth and bride making ceremonies, here is a glimpse of the actual wedding ceremony.

A typical Indian wedding is a very colorful affair.

The bride is all dressed up with exquisite saree with matching jewelry for the biggest day of her life, her wedding day.

Though the bride and groom steal the show, the friends and relatives of the bride and the groom all dressed in their best clothes for the wedding.

Fresh coconut is decorated with jasmine flowers and used in the ceremony

Bride and the groom were separated by a thin screen in part of the ceremony

Friends of the bride and groom in traditional attire

A traditional Hindu wedding ceremony takes longer than three hours. In most South Indian weddings, it is customary for both the bride and groom to wear a black spot on their cheeks to ward off the evil eye.

Couple seeking blessings from the grandmother

The bride and groom changed clothes many times during the ceremony.

Exquisite collection of bangles. Don't you think?

The priest had them play some fun games during the ceremony.

Conclusion of the wedding

Us four sisters at the wedding

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes), please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.


  1. Fabrics are gorgeous. Colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your family and the beautiful wedding.

  2. The wedding ceremony is full of color and happiness. Thank you for taking us along. I've never been to an Indian wedding and have much enjoyed you sharing this experience with your readers.

  3. This was fascinating--those bangles were gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the ceremony. :)

  4. What beautiful pictures! The colors are amazing, and everyone looks so happy. Thanks for sharing. :)
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  5. Absolutely beautiful!!! The colors are a real treat for the eye and seeing photos of the aspects of this ceremony was fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

  6. These are so sweet and special! love them.. the lighting, the locations, the love! so sweet.

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