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South Florida Indian Weddings

Posted on April 20, 2012

All Indian weddings promise to be large events filled with colorful decorations and loud music. The Indian culture is very diverse and therefore many different kinds of customs and traditions are a part of the weddings but some are common amongst the different religions.
Since an Indian wedding is more about celebrating with the entire community it is a very large affair. Between 100 and 10,000 people may be invited, depending on how many people the families know and how many they can afford to host. The Indian wedding extends over several days of events and dinners due to the different customs and traditions involved, and there are several pre and post wedding functions, with different clothes made for each day.
The mehendi is a colorful affair where henna is applied to the bride’s hands to strengthen the bond of love. This is primarily a female’s only event where there is a lot of singing and dancing. Another event that is focused on music and dancing is the sangeet where both families come together and dance the night away. While there are no specific traditions associated with this event, food and drinks are served and it is usually a large affair as all those close to the families are invited.

At the main wedding affair, the groom and his family arrive at the venue with a band and lots of dancing along the way. Sometimes the groom will be riding a horse which has been decorated, but more modern families opt for decorating a car instead. The bride will normally wear a red or pink sari with a lot of heavy embroidery and jewelry to go with it. Her hands and feet will have been painted with henna in the days before.
The actual wedding ceremony takes place in a mandap which is decorated with flowers and red cloth. It can last several hours during which the priest will carry out many different prayers. The most significant ritual are the saat phere where the bride and groom walk around the fire and light, a symbol of God, seven times while the priest recites mantras. The groom then filled sindoor in the center parting on the bride’s head and puts a wedding necklace, known as a mangalsutra, around her neck. Both of these signify that she is now a married woman.
After the wedding rituals are completed, the bride is sent with the groom’s household. This is called vidaai and can get quite emotional as this signifies that the bride has left her parent’s house forever and is now a part of another family.

Many modern Indian families are now choosing to opt for simpler affairs, even some destination Indian weddings, especially those families that have lived away from India for a long time. Destination Indian weddings will have only the close family and friends as guests and only involves those traditions that the family deems important. Some are simple court marriages with lavish dinners or parties after, especially popular when the bride and groom are from different religions.
Regardless of whether the wedding is large or small, lavish or not, it is important to capture the important moments so that they may be looked back upon in later years. For a South Florida Indian Wedding, an experienced South Florida wedding photographer will capture the important moments and expressions of the day and ensure that these memories are immortalized.

Some of the more popular locations for a South Florida Indian wedding include the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, The Eden Roc Hotel, Vizcaya, Boca Raton Resort & Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Hillcrest Country Club, Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, The Diplomat Hotel, The Breakers and the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

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