South Indian weddings were never known for their Mehendi functions, but with exposure to Hindi films, Mehendi functions have become very much a part of the ritual. Not many North Indians wear toe rings, but with more and more exposure to the fashion in the South, toe rings have become fashionably fashionable.
Let`s have a look at some of the fun customs in some of these weddings - something that we can incorporate in any wedding to make it more fun and entertaining!
- In Punjabi weddings, the groom has to watch out for his shoes. In the wink of an eye, the girls from the bride`s side whisk away the shoes and then hold the groom to ransom. The groom is forced to pay in cash or in kind in return for the shoes. It can be a fun game, provided the groom is the sporting kind!
- Among the Gujaratis, the mother-in-law of the groom attempts to catch hold of the groom`s nose during a ritual performed to ward off the evil eye. Perhaps it is to help lighten the relationship between son-in-law and mother-in-law.
- In North India, the groom`s face is hidden by a veil. This is again to ward off the evil eye. However, before the ceremony takes place, someone from the bride`s party lifts the veil to check that the groom is the right one!
- Parsi couples plant a sapling four days before their wedding. Each of the families plants a mango sapling in a pot. The soil is enriched with betel, turmeric and rice. The sapling is planted as priests chant prayers. It is kept at the entrance of the house and watered every day, until eight days after the wedding. Then it is transplanted elsewhere.
Don`t you agree that these simple and yet fun things can be incorporated in your wedding?