In the Hindu tradition, instead of exchanging wedding rings, the groom ties around the bride’s neck a mangalsultra with three knots which is a necklace with two gold pendants to signify a strong bonding for 100 years.
Vibrant colors such as red, gold, orange and burgundy fill all the space is the most remarkable parts of Indian weddings which is found on the attire, the flowers and decoration.
According to the traditional customs, the bride will wear Solah Shringar which is a 16-piece attire includes make up, jewelry, clothes and the most notable piece – the Mangtikka. The Mangtikkais the giant jewel the bride wears on her forehead and through the part of her hair. The actual garment and jewelry the bride wears will vary depending on what region she is from. However, each item shares the same meaning which is to bring out the natural beauty of the bride.
On the contrary, the groom’s attire on a traditional Hindu wedding is not as complicated. He simply wears a Sherwani and Mojari, which is a type of shoe that is seen often in Mughal art.
As for the female guests, they will be wearing a Sari or a Lengha in loud color as the bride and groom. They can also wear Bindis and Bangles or payals (anklets) as part of their custom wedding attire.
Every culture has it’s own characteristics of wedding traditions. Understanding about different wedding customs from around the world is a good way to blended in and living the life and shares the special traditions of other cultures and even to better understand your own. Indian weddings is one of the very rare unique customs that still remains till today. So if you plan on attending one or married a Hindu, it’s a great idea to gain a good understanding of what to expect