We love being a part of the weddings of different cultures and traditions. Brian and Reena had a traditional Hindu wedding at the Westin in Mt Laurel New Jersey.
We find different cultures to be very inspiring! The different mix of colors, mixed metals and tradition really makes for a stunning and memorable event. After receiving their photos from Events Capture, we were curious about the Hindu wedding traditions. Here are a few things we found interesting;
Hindu brides have as many as 16 traditional elements of makeup and jewelry, that they choose for their wedding day. Each item is thought to enhance the natural beauty of the bride and bring out her inner goddess. Here are a few things that represent Hindu wedding tradition ;
Mangtikka This giant jewel is worn in the middle of the forehead, on top of the hair-parting. Mangtika’s are extremely traditional as they hang over the ajna chakra, the home of the body’s mind and intellect.
Bindi There are a variety of reasons why Hindus place these jeweled stickers between their eyes, not least of which is the belief that it represents the woman’s third eye. The bindi traditionally signified the wearer was married.
Karn Phool Meaning ‘ear flower’ these earrings can err on the side of ginormous. Often they are so heavy they hook into the bride’s hair for extra support.
Nath The Nath, or nosering, is considerably bigger than the standard Indian nose piercing today, it is still a wedding staple. In some regions, the Nath is meant only for married women.
Haar Hindu brides typically wear a range of jewelry which can include any items from the following list: chokers, heavy draping bibs, princess-length jeweled necklaces, long gold chains, or intricate collars. In some traditions, brides will layer these pieces while in others it is more common to only see a single intricate necklace.
Choora No matter where in India you’re from, no Hindu bride is complete without her bangles. Traditions vary as to what color and how many bangles there should be, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bride with bare arms on her wedding day. Bangles can be made of glass, gold, metal or ivory and will traditionally come in red, green, white, and gold. Modern brides usually match them to whatever color their dress is.
The Mehndi event is a colorful and fun celebration held the night before the wedding, which is traditionally celebrated by the women on the bride’s side of the family. Generally, a professional mehndi artist or relative will apply henna in intricate designs to the hands and feet of the bride and other women in the family. These intricate designs symbolize joy, beauty, spiritual awakening and offering. The bride’s mehendi sometimes goes half way to her knees!
The wedding dress can be a sari, a lehnga, or salwaar kameez, depending on what region of India the bride’s family is from. It will usually come in a bright, auspicious color like red, maroon, green, or gold and is embroidered head to foot in gold and silver thread. They’re usually majorly blinged out as well. There is no simple guide as to what the wedding dress will look like because it depends about 90% (or more) on the personal tastes of the bride. Modern brides deviate often from tradition and will wear dresses in all the colors of the rainbow, dripping in rhinestones or completely modest.
We were so happy to be a part of Brian and Reena’s special day!
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