What We Love: Color, festivity, tradition, and gorgeous saris in Indian weddings

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I am the sky,
you are the earth.
I am the music,
you are the melody.
I am the mind,
you are the speech.
Let us walk together through
the journey of life
keeping the peace and harmony
between us always.
Let us promise to be together
not only in this world,
but the one beyond.

So begins a famous wedding shloka (verse) from the Vedas (the oldest Sanskrit scriptures in Hinduism), used even today in traditional Indian marriage ceremonies. For people interested in design and artistry, India is a wealth of inspiration, and today we’re inspired by Indian weddings. Lasting several days at a time, weddings in India are marathon affairs full of ritual and celebration. Many marriages in India are still arranged, although in more urban areas “love marriages” are becoming more common. Weddings are considered to be contracts between two families, not just individuals, a perspective that helps explain the “arrangements.”

Brides often wear red, which is generally considered good luck, and a reflection of fertility. Bridal saris are usually made of silk, with gold or silver embroidery and sometimes the addition of precious stones.

Wedding traditions vary according to local, religious, and family customs, many of which have been increasingly integrated into Western immigrant weddings. By the same token, many young Indian couples have begun to incorporate Western features, like the tiered wedding cake, into their ceremonies, as you can see in the video from Lightyear Cinema.  Check it out!

-Emily

video:  Lightyear Cinema

photo: www.myweddings.com

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