Here Come the Newly Weds!

Published: July 31, 2014

KIM TREHAN
VANCOUVER DESI

Men dressed in bright uniforms, playing the traditional tune of the Bollywood hit song “Mere yaar ki shaadi hai” (It’s my best friend’s wedding), led by a drummer.  But wait, don’t forget the man with the large sign with the company name “Maharaja Band” or “Bittu’s Band“.  The neighbours looking down from their balconies as the processional dances its way to the ceremony and reception site.

This is how the groom’s family and friends make their grand entrance on the streets of India.

Since I got my username and password for VancouverDesi.com, I’ve been thinking long and hard about my first blog. What should I start out with?  After all, there are so many elements to an Indian wedding that it’s difficult to figure out where to begin.  So I sat down and thought of my favorite part of an Indian wedding. Not the ones in Vancouver but in New Delhi. And I got my answer – the entrance.

Pic Source: indiamart.com

My utmost favorite is the classic Band Bajaa entrance.   Nothing sets  the  tone like  music and dance at an Indian wedding.  The stupendous  music, radical dancing and  mouth-watering foods are what Indian  weddings are known for best.

Dance your way to the ceremony or to the reception with the help of  some upbeat  music played by live musicians.  Book a dholi (drum  player) for sure!

Pic source: Bollywoodshaadis.com

Traditionally the bride would be  taken to the altar by her brothers under a dupatta as a symbol of protection from harm, pain and dust.   She would walk in like a princess.  In contemporary times, the dupatta can be swapped with flowers.  A long sheet of flowers that the bride (and the groom) can walk under. Use this element for the ceremony entrance, the pre-wedding celebration entrance or even for the reception.

The bride and groom can walk under this for the reception while it’s held up by brothers and sisters of both to symbolize the family’s support during the couple’s trivial times (God forbid!).

Pic source: jainmilan2008

Then there is the doli entrance.  Traditionally, the bride would be  carried to her new home in a doli which was led by  the musicians, the  grooms family and the groom.  It’s a carriage seat that four men  would carry the bride in. This form of transportation was generally  used for royalty  and therefore utilized for the bride as to make her feel  special and welcomed to her  new home and life.

Fast forward to 2014 and this tradition makes a fascinating entrance  for the bride  and groom.  My take on this tradition is to have the bride  brought in to the reception  site in a doli with her husband walking in alongside.  The symbolic significance  being that he will treat her well and always be on her side as they enter their new  lives together.

Pic source: Indiamart.com

For those couples entertaining the idea of an outdoor reception I bring to you, the crane entrance.  Imagine already being there when your guests arrive and emerging from a lotus or a crane.  A mesmerizing and incredibly popular theme being applied to the varmala  (the exchange of flower garlands between the bride and groom) ceremony. This idea can easily be applied to a contemporary wedding taking place outdoors.   I do advise taking precautions when doing this: make sure you work with a professional company and have a contingency plan in place.

Let me know what else you’d like to learn about and I’ll include that in my upcoming blogs!

Until then… Happy Planning and shaadi mubarak!

xoxo

Kim

kim@soireeplanners.ca

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