11 Adorable Western Wedding Traditions For *Your* Shaadi!
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India is a land of culture and traditions. We are known for our grand weddings and we all love the rituals and ceremonies attached to our weddings. Each ritual in our country carries with itself a reason and story behind it. Similarly, there are some rituals and traditions in the western world too that have become immensely popular in India. Here is a look at some of the white wedding traditions which are extremely sweet and have been adopted by us in our weddings too!
1. Entry with your dad
We have all seen how the father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle in white weddings. This concept has become extremely popular in India too. And this is probably one of the sweetest traditions as it shows the bond between a father and his daughter. After all, it is the day when all eyes are on you and you need to share this moment with your dad.
2. The RSVP
This is a good practice that has become a part of Indian weddings as it gives us a real estimate on the number of people who would be attending the wedding.
Wedding cakes have gained extreme popularity in India. Most couples now cut their wedding cake at their reception. There are some beautiful multi-tiered wedding cakes becoming popular now.
4. The pretty little flower girl
The little darling of the house precedes the bride by scattering rose petals on the bridal path or carrying a sweet message on a placard. This has become one of the cutest sights at Indian weddings now!
5. The bride and groom’s entourage
The girls formerly known as “saalis”, are now called “bridesmaids”, and “ladke ke dost” have become “groomsmen”. There are various duties of the bridesmaids and now they even wear matching outfits. And, of course, a picture of the bride with her girls has become a MUST shot for the photographer.
6. The couple interacting with all guests
Earlier, the newlyweds had to sit on the stage and pose with all the relatives coming up to congratulate them and get a picture clicked. This concept is now changing as the couple prefers to not have a stage. Instead, they choose to interact with all the guests personally.
7. A sweet speech
Raising a toast to the couple and saying something sweet or emotional about them has become pretty common. It is usually done by a close family member of the bride or the groom, or their best friends, who often tell everyone something sweet about the couple.
8. The wedding registry
This is purely a western concept which is slowly gaining popularity in India. Even though it is a completely new concept in India, couples are opting to choose this method nowadays as it helps them tell their family and friends what they exactly would need in this new chapter of their life together. It makes sense because this way they won’t get gifts that they would never use.
The next step to this concept is honeymoon registry. This involves the couple asking their friends and family to contribute to their honeymoon. Although this concept isn’t a very common one yet, we’re quite sure it will gain popularity soon.
For the girl, her “Bachelorette” and for the guy, his “Bachelor’s Night”. This is an important part of Indian weddings now, and it has become the duty of the friends of the couple to organize a crazy and fun night for their soon-to-be-married friend.
10. Wedding vows
Gone are the days when only the panditji recited the mantras and the vows for the couple. Nowadays, the bride and groom have started to write down their wedding vows for each other. This is one of the most adorable things as it allows the couple to create their own vows for each other, which are truly and only theirs!
11. The father and daughter dance
Remember these lines from the song “Heartland”? “But I loved her first and I held her first, and a place in my heart will always be hers. From the first breath she breathed, when she first smiled at me, I knew the love of a father runs deep. And I prayed that she'd find you someday, but it's still hard to give her away, I loved her first...”
This is one of the most emotional moments of the evening, doesn’t matter in which part of the world you live in!