According to Indian astrologers, this past weekend kicked off an auspicious 3-day period (Nov 23 2012 – Nov 25 2012) and, as a result, more than 10,000 couples wed in New Delhi, causing traffic jams and a serious flower shortage. Halls and reception centres were double and triple booked and the city was decked out in vibrant flashes of red and gold. What a sight it would have been!
Here at Avior Pictures, we do have some great chances to share the wedding joy with our indian friends once in a while too!
The wedding ceremony is rather different from Chinese or Western culture. Traditional Indian weddings are generally structured into pre-wedding ceremonies, wedding day ceremonies (consisting of the Baraat, the Varmala and the Satphere), and the Vidaai. When the marriage has been agreed upon, the father of the bridegroom visits the father of the bride. The day before the expected arrival of the marriage procession, lavish preparations are done by the family to receive the groom (shaadi ki tayaari) in beautiful and decorated venues, typically farmhouses or hotel halls, where a sacrificial fireplace called marhwa is built. Brides decorate themselves with gold and diamond jewellery, apply [mehndi] to colour hands and feet, and undergo various bridal rituals, including wearing bridal lehenga or saree. Bridegrooms typically wear a [sherwani] dress or a designer suit. To complete the marriage, the bride and groom walk in a circle (phera) around the sacrificial fire.
Vidaai is when the bride is formally sent to the groom’s household. It can get quite emotional even for the most stonehearted.
We strongly feel that this is the time where memories/moments should be captured via wedding photography and you will treasure for the rest of your life.