Have you attended a Hindu Wedding Ceremony?

It’s beautiful … traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies can last for days and involve much ritual in Sanskrit which may be only understood by the priest conducting the service.

This ceremony was considerably shorter (1 and a half hour) and was intended to be understandable – even to a non-Indian audience making it suitable for intercultural or mixed Hindu/non-Hindu marriages like this one. The Bride – Tracie Johnson – is American and the groom is Indian.

The priest guided the participants through their parts in the ceremony and explained the meaning of the service to the audience.

Hindu weddings are supposed to take place outside, on the earth, under a canopy known as a mandap. If that’s not possible, you can build a mandap inside and pretend you’re outdoors – just like we did due to the windy weather.  Seating under the mandap on chairs the bride and groom made their Indian vows.

Front and center under the mandap is the sacred fire. The fire is confined to a brazier or dish for safety.

Keeping with tradition, the bride wore a red sari draped modestly over her hair. The groom wore a kafni (long shirt extending to the knees) with pijamo (leggings) or dhoti (sort of an overgrown loincloth). The groom also wore a turban.

One feature of the bride’s wardrobe that has become popular abroad is the use of henna or mehndi to decorate her hands and feet. It’s said that you can tell how well a new bride is being treated by her in-laws from how long it takes for the mehndi to wear off. For the guests, it’s a good idea to avoid much black attire and to be aware that you must take your shoes off to enter a temple or the wedding canopy, so be prepared to leave them at the door.

The traditional gift at an Indian wedding is money. The amount should be an “auspicious” number ending in 1 — $11, $21, $51, $101, $201, $501, etc. (or similar numbers in rupees, pounds, or what have you). Cash or a check is fine. Very interesting …

The second ceremony was the American vows, which took place afterwards outside – once the weather was better.  It lasted only 20 mins and then the reception started.

At the reception the guests enjoyed the variety of Indian and American Cuisine prepared by our chef David Weirshousky.

I can’t forget to say what a pleasure it was to work with Trisha Cranor, from Working Brides that made our job very easy. Please see her note to out team presented below with some pics from the wedding.

“Hey Girl,

Let me first thank you and your staff for a SUPERB job on Friday”

Seating under the mandap on chairs the bride and groom made their Indian vows

Seating under the mandap on chairs the bride and groom made their Indian vows

Hindu wedding ceremony

American Wedding Ceremony at Newton White Mansion

Place Cards Table

Flowers by Davinci

Tables setting

Buffet Setting

Buffet setting

Buffet Flowers by Janet Flowers

Guests enjoying dinner

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