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With elements like fire, fabulous body artistry and a wedding “gown” like no other, it’s no wonder that celebrities like Katy Perry have fallen in love with Hindu wedding customs for their big day.

Hindu weddings are a feast for the senses with three main parts, Kanyadaan, Panigrahana and Saptapadi. Kanyadaan is the father giving away his daughter, placing her hand in the groom’s. Panigrahana is the bride and groom holding hands near a small fire (fire is an essential part of the Hindu wedding ceremony!). Finally, Saptapadi is the seven steps the bride and groom take around the fire.

Weddings from Around the World

Colorful Hindu Wedding Traditions

A spectacular display of colors, the bridal wear begins with intricate henna artistry on her hands and feet. Topped with a red saree, adorned with (real!) gold jewelry, you’ll never have to worry about standing out from the wedding guests or bridesmaids. Meanwhile, the groom wears Kurta Pyjamas (a loose fitting tunic and pants in cotton or silk), often with a studded collar and cuffs. Red is considered a lucky color and is used throughout the entire wedding, for decorations, favors and flowers.

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

Reader Discussion: 7 Comments

  1. Avatar of Sarah Uibel

    This is inspiring me to not only find a husband but to get married in multiple countries! lol

    Guess I need to find a man first. One can dream : )

  2. Avatar of Brana Dane

    Wow… Such amazingly interesting rituals.
    The cutest I feel is welcoming the Groom with Almonds dipped in Honey, according to Greek wedding traditions!!

    I personally love colorful Indian Weddings.
    A friend of mine once attended a wedding in India. It was a wedding in the state of Bengal. I was mesmerized when I saw the wedding pictures.

    A wedding in itself is such a beautiful event and all these different rituals from different cultures, make wedding an even more heart warming.

  3. Avatar of Jude Vargas

    Weddings are love. I just love attending events like this. And watching one, too! Be it in the movies, reality tv shows or just attending a plain classic wedding of a friend. This article showed me different traditions in holding a wedding ceremony. It might actually not be a bad idea to suggest to friends to hold traditional weddings… Hmmm.. 😀

  4. Avatar of Zenab Bello-Osagie

    Zenab Bello-Osagie

    I absolutely love that Urbanette is all about being unconventional and breaking moulds. Integrating inspiration from around the world is such a great idea!

  5. Avatar of Langley Fox

    I love weddings that are unconventional and use influences from multiple cultures. When I get married, I’m going to use some of these ideas. Maybe I’ll do my own henna illustrations.

  6. Avatar of Lyndsi LaRose

    I adore the Iranian sugar tradition and the henna skin decorations. So charming. @Tinsley – great idea! Silver or gold would look stunning!

  7. Avatar of Tinsley Mortimer

    I love the Henna one — so pretty! You could do it in gold or silver metallic… would be so glam!

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