If you haven't already checked out my post from last week, it was all about the lead up to the wedding - and now for the most important part of the week-long festivities! :P
Bucket load of photos coming your way!
So, we arrived in the town where the wedding was happening, after a 12 hour bus trip (tired is a good word to insert here :P), and we were greeted by my cousin's extended family from her mum's side.
And met with some good old indian comfort food ;)
To me, one of the best parts of indian weddings is the
food clothes music I repeat food fact that the bride to be's whole extended family (from her mum and dad's side) end up staying in the same hotel or house for at least 3 days. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between - spent together! You see the same people event after event, everyone piles into one person's hotel room and the teasing, joking and laughing that fills the whole wedding house, ahhh, it's just the best. ❤️
The next morning we got straight into the festivities, beginning with what we call the 'Haldi Ceremony'. Haldi, known as turmeric powder, paste is applied to the bride for essentially beautification purposes. Indian culture is FILLED with the best natural remedies and recipes, turmeric masks really cleans up the skin and makes for a glowing bride! :)
It's a really fun, lighthearted event with music and rituals.
After that about 15 of us were in a hotel room and looking at how our Mehendi turned out after over 24 hours of getting darker and darker.
That night we had the 'Sagai', which is basically like an engagement ceremony.
And as usual, it wasn't long before the dancing started :P
But, the photographer got this really cool shot of my lehenga skirt.
And THIS is why I looove indian outfits ☺️
But now - onto the ACTUAL WEDDING CEREMONY! :P
That morning everyone ate breakfast in their pyjamas, because we all had a late night before - and then I opened up my nail salon :P
And when it hit nighttime - everything got started! This is the outdoor part of the venue after the workers had set it up!
All of those ^ are food stalls. Indian weddings obviously have indian food, but they also have italian and chinese food stalls, pastries and desserts, as well as indian sweets. JUST. SO. MUCH. FOOD.
Anddd some more food stalls.
The indoor part of the venue!
Typically, the couple sits on a stage for the first part of the wedding ceremony.
The bride all ready! :D
And when everyone else was ready, the photoshoots began :P
With my mumma.
All of the aunties of the wedding just happened to be in an orange-pink colour scheme :P
Some of the cousins!
And, then it was time for the ceremony to begin!
The bride's entrance is always ushered in by her brothers and brother cousins.
And the sister and sister cousins are usually next to bride helping her walk, haha, no joke, those wedding outfits - although gorgeous - can range from an extra 8-10kg you're carrying, easily!
The groom comes to the bride and they make their way to the stage.
And, then she literally popped up behind us and asked for a selfie! :P
My gorgeous mumma ❤️
The first part of the wedding is a couple of rituals, loooots of photo-taking, the couple takes photos with everyone, lots of moving inside and out, grabbing food, socialising. And then - the above photo is everyone getting settled for proper dinner, around 12 am :P
And more food.
At the end of dinner they set up the area for the rest of the wedding. In traditional english weddings, the actual marriage happens after the vows and exchanging of the rings. In Indian weddings...
The marriage happens after the couple does a series of prayers together, and then they walk around the sacred fire together.
They do 7 rounds of the fire together ('the pheras'), and each round essentially symbolises a different vow.
After the wedding, by the time we all got back to our rooms it was almost 6am! #typicalindianwedding
Haha, like I said - it's an experience for sure!
Indian weddings are one thing.
India in general, is a whole other beast - stay tuned for that next week! :P
I'd like to take a quick second to say that I'm STILL trying to get back into the routine of everything and thank everyone for being so patient with me!
My blog's images have been coming up blurry and although I tried to work on it last night, it's just not cooperating with me - soon hopefully though!
AND - I still haven't put technology back into my routine fully! Although, I have to admit it's been liberating to take a break from my computer, I will be back and commenting on and reading blogs ASAP now!
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