Super Stylish Sunday ~ Indian Wedding Fashion, Décor, Tradition and Education

What's shakin' brideys? It's Super Stylish Sunday, and I could not be more excited to share today's post! In my wedding planning experience, I have had the pleasure of planning several Indian weddings. And it's truly an incredible experience for everybody involved. I mean, look at the picture above! Um, that's an elephant! Right? AMAZING! And that elephant (sometimes a horse) is used ceremonially to bring the groom, accompanied by his family, to the bride... A Northern Indian tradition.

I love all of the color typically often associated with an Indian wedding. From the beautiful wedding lenghas, saris, jewelry, and henna, to the mandap, wedding cakes and décor, there is just so much to look at and absorb. The cool thing, brideys? You can incorporate this into your wedding no matter what your background is! 

Seriously, the bride in blue? How absolutely stunning is she? I am totally in awe when I look at her. Or the beautiful bride in her red lenga and bangles? Just amazing.
The bangles are always incredible to me. I have received many as gifts, and not only do I feel super cool when I wear them, but it's nice knowing that they are authentic, as they were purchased in India, not at store nearby. 
The henna this bride is rockin' is probably some of the most beautiful henna I have ever seen. I love her pink nails, and the rock on her finger shining through. It takes time for henna to be applied to the body; think of it as an artist creating a masterpiece. The paste is as thick as glitter glue (sorry... couldn't think of anything else to compare it to!). It takes about 20-30 minutes for it to dry, and sink into the skin.
I love that the bridesmaids are all wearing saris. They look beautiful, and clearly it makes for some stunning pictures! Now, take a look at the groom and his men. The groom is wearing a fantastic sherwani (generally worn on formal occasions), and his men are wearing tuxes with scarfs that compliment... Just cool, right?
The groom on the horse? He is making his arrival to meet his bride in the Baraat ceremony. As I mentioned in the beginning, this ceremony is typically done with an elephant, however, depending on where you are in the country, some cities have pretty strict regulations, and won't let an elephant walk down a busy city street. But, they do allow horses... (Side note: I once had a groom so nervous to get onto the horse, that I had to sneak him a shot of vodka to calm his nerves. True story.)
The mandap above is the focal point of Indian ceremonies. The mandap is a wedding canopy held up with four pillars. It reminds me of a chuppah used in Jewish wedding ceremonies, however the four pillars of a mandap signify the four parents of the couple and the role they played in raising their children. Whereas the chuppah represents the couple's new home, and the open sides of the structure represent welcoming visitors. 
I am completely obsessed with the garlands this couple is wearing. No, brideys, these are not Hawaiian leis. Sometimes the flowers are procured from Hawaii, but that's where it ends. The garlands can have several meanings, but often, exchanging garlands is a symbol of acceptance of one another and is done at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. 
Whenever I have the pleasure of planning an Indian wedding, I am always blown away by the outcome. And not because I am a fabulous planner (I mean, I am, but...), but because of all of the colors mixed with the energy in the room and even the service platters! Seriously, look at all of the possibilities for the décor? The deep jewel tones, the vibrant lighting... AMAZING!
See the guys above? Those are the Bhangra dancers! And let me tell you, nothing gets a party started like some Bhangra dancers! They are brought in to celebrate with the couple, and the occasion. And the drummers below? Those guys are playing the dhol drum. The dhol is a double headed drum, and these guys go hand and hand with the Bhangra dancers!
I have no words for the cakes below. The elephant is the most worshipped deities in Hindu pantheon, and the trunk facing upwards is good luck. 
I love this picture. I love the details on their clothing, and I love the sign they are holding.

 

What do you think bridey? How cool would it be to incorporate some Indian culture into your wedding?

Photo Cred: {Elephant w Couple via Jared Wilson Photography}, {Blue Bride via The Wedding Tiara}, {Red Lenga & Bangles via Maharani Weddings}, {Pinkish Bangles via SFGate}, {Henna via Inku}, {Bridemaids/Groomsmen via Person + Killian Photography}, {Groom on a Horse for Baraat via Maharani Weddings}, {Mandap via Shaadi Belles}, {Holding Hands via Katha Images}, {Modern Indian Venue via An Indian Summer}, {Beautiful Venue via Lexa Vega}, {Bhangra Dancers via Swanky Panky Events}, {Dhol Players via Flickr}, {Red Cake via Person + Killian}, {Tall Beautiful Cake via Four Seasons San Francisco}, {Kissing Couple via Saudi Marriage}