All Indian weddings have wedding rituals and customs of their own. These rituals and customs of a Wedding in India are widely different from those of others with a few occasional similarities. Of all the Indian Wedding Rituals and Customs, one of the most unique and wonderful are the customs and rituals of Punjabi Wedding. A Punjabi Wedding that observes and performs all the customs and rituals, has to go through a number of stages that include good many customs and rituals.
The first stage of a Punjabi Wedding is Chuda. Chuda is a puja that is conducted by the Pandit. After the completion of Chuda, the pundit ties a mauli round the would be bride`s wrist. The presence of the elderly members of the family is a must. The significance of this ritual is that the elderly persons offer their best wishes to the bride for the coming married life.
The next of the customs and rituals of a Punjabi Wedding is the Ghara Ghardoli ceremony. In this ceremony, the girl takes bath with the holy water that is brought from the nearby temple. This ritual is common in the houses of both the bride and the groom. After this ritual the bride or the groom puts on their wedding attires.
A puja is performed after the groom is dressed. A `sehra` or a pink turban is placed on the groom`s head by an elderly member of the family. This ritual is called the `serabandi`. All the witnesses give gifts or money to the groom. Then the groom rides his decorated horse and leave for the marriage venue.
Milni ceremony is a very interesting ceremony in Punjabi Wedding, that is performed at the wedding venue as the groom reaches. This is the reception of the groom`s party. The next stage of the Wedding in Punjabi style is Varmala and Wedding puja, where the bride and the groom exchange garlands between them. After a lot of fun following this ceremony, the bride is led to the wedding `mandap` and `Kanyadan` is performed. The last stage of a Wedding in Punjab is the `mangalpheras`.