Monday, June 15, 2009

How Weddings Begin

In my case, this did not happen... but traditionally the parents of the bride or groom to be, will start looking for suitable suitors for their child. Profiles of the would be groom or bride will be created at 'Wadhuwar Suchak Mandals' ( Matchmakers ) both online & offline, close relatives will be notified & subtle hints dropped here & there that 'we are looking' ..

Once some suitors have been short listed, arranged dates (for which the would be bride & groom are accompanied by their respective parents & sometimes close relatives as well & which are usually held at one of their homes ) are setup. This is known as a 'Chaha Pohe Karyakram' ( As traditionally Tea & Poha- A popular food item are served). A string of such dates take place before the match is made.

Sakharpuda or the Ring Ceremony

Once the couple is finalised, an engagement ceremony takes place this is known as Sakharpuda. This in our case was almost a mini marriage since even close people from both sides came to 300+ !

More info about traditions & ceremonies in a typical Wedding in Pune, Maharashtra : http://www.globalweddinginvitations.com/Rituals/Maharasahatrian.htm#Muhurt%20Karane

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Wedding : 16th June 2009 - My Blogs about it...

I am gonna get married on the 16th of this month.. A lot of people have expressed interest about what an Indian Wedding is all about. So i decided to blog & twit about it as & when i can get some time out from the ceremonies..

First the basics..

Who's the Guy ?
Thats me , Parth Lawate
Who's the Gurl ?
That would be Himangi Chhatre

We got engaged on 28th Dec an year & half back.

Now India is big country with a lot of religions with plenty of regional variations. So what you will see here is a typical wedding taking place at Pune, Maharashtra. Now with weddings in India one of the most important things is a huge number of ceremonies that accompany the wedding & a huge amount of food with very diverse menus.

This is what i have planned for this blog series.. Lets see how it goes..

1. Traditional Way of 'Setting up' the wedding ( The arranged method ) . Since i met the girl directly & we ended up falling in love..its a Love marraige.. but this is how it would go by the traditional route.

2. Pre Marraige Ceremonies & Planning & Shopping..Loads of it !

3. The Marraige Ceremonies ( This would consitute live blogging when possible with photos)

4. Post Marraige Ceremonies

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