26 Amazing Gujarati Wedding Culture & Traditions (2023)

Gujarat is the land of colors! The warmth of the Gujarati people, the delectable vegetarian cuisine, the exquisite bandhani art or patola weave and the rich culture of the state – all can be exclusively experienced at a Gujarati wedding. A wedding in the Gujarati community is not only plump with pomp and grandeur, it is also replete with numerous interesting and meaningful tradition.

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A Gujarati wedding is a three-four day long affair where every day is significant with traditions and customs. The fashion for each ceremony is also well-defined. Today we will tell you more about Gujarati wedding traditions. We will also outline the fashion practices for each occasion. This blog takes you on a roller-coaster journey of the Gujarati wedding which is glamorous, rich, replete with traditions yet immensely enjoyable.

Culture at a Gujarati Wedding

To get a 360 degree view of a Gujarati wedding it is important to understand the culture of the people. Like every other state and culture in India, Gujarat too has sub-cultures. The wedding customs may differ from community to community within the Gujarati society.

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Traditional Gujarati families still prefer to form marital unions within their sub-castes and cultures. Though caste is still given importance in the community, a great thing about the Gujarati culture is that both sides, that is, the side of the groom and that of the bride, are given equal respect and importance in all the marital customs.

Now let’s take a look at the various wedding customs in a Gujarati wedding.

Pre Wedding Customs & Rituals in Gujarati Wedding

1. Chandlo Matli – Acceptance

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This custom is conducted to formally announce the marriage. In other words, Chandlo Matli is a sign of acceptance of the union. For this ceremony, the father of the bride visits the groom’s house with a matli or steel utensil containing sweets and gifts for the groom and his family. The bride’s father is accompanied by four important male members of the bride’s family.

Before handing over the shagunmatli full of gifts and symbolic cash money – to the groom, the bride’s father draws a red circle or chandlo with vermillion on the forehead of his ‘would be’ son-in-law. The date of the Gujarati wedding is also fixed at this ceremony.

2. Gol Dhana or Sagai – The Official Engagement

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This ceremony takes place at the groom’s house. The bride and her family arrive at the groom’s house for the ceremony where the bride and the groom exchange rings. Gol Dhana means coriander seeds and jaggery.

According to custom, these things are distributed among guests at the ceremony. Five married women, from each side, bless the couple. The function takes place around a couple of days before the wedding. It ends with a grand feast where friends, relatives and other guests participate.

3. Mehendi – Painting her Hands with Henna

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Mehendi ceremony takes place a day or two prior to the wedding, at the bride’s house. Wearing mehendi is an integral part of the Gujarati wedding. Beautiful and intricate designs are drawn with henna leaf paste on the palms and sometimes, even feet of the bride. It is believed that the deeper the color of the designs, the more love the bride will receive from her groom.

Other members of the family also wear mehendi. In most households, it is an all-women occasion. Women sing songs and dance among themselves during the ceremony.

4. Sangeet Sandhya or Sanji – An Evening of Dance, Music and Fun

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The sangeet ceremony usually takes place on the eve of the wedding day. In some households, it might also be observed right after the mehendi ceremony. This time, the groom and his family come to the house of the bride where this ceremony is arranged. Friends and relatives also come to take part in the fun and frolic.

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This event also goes a long way in easing out the relationship between the two families. Modern song and dance, folk songs, as well as traditional Garba and Dandiya dances find place on this evening.

5. Mameru or Mosaalu – Gifts of Love

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This ritual, unique to a Gujarati wedding, takes place at the house of the bride, usually a day or two before the wedding. The mama or maternal uncle of the bride visits her with gifts of various kinds like sweets, saree, bangle, jewellery etc.

6. Mandap Mahurat & Prayer to Lord Ganesha

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This ceremony is observed in both households. The mandap mahurat is basically a puja offered to Lord Ganesha at the beginning of all the rituals relating directly to the wedding.

A priest offers the puja, praying for the removal of any possible obstacle in the wedding ceremonies. Parents of both the bride and the groom also pray to Mother Earth before the construction of the wedding mandap. After the prayer, they dig a piece of land to mark the start of the construction of the mandap.

7. Grah Shanti – Warding Off Obstacles

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This is also a puja performed by a priest, at both households. Usually, horoscopes of the bride and the groom are matched before the planning of a Gujarati wedding. This may indicate some adverse planetary positions. To ward off any such obstacle in the conjugal life of the bride and the groom, this puja is offered.

8. Pithi – The Beauty Ritual

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This ceremony is similar to haldi ceremony in the weddings of other cultures in India. Instead of just turmeric paste, a paste of pure sandalwood, turmeric, rosewater and perfume is made for this ritual.

This ritual takes place at both houses separately. Usually, the kaki or paternal aunt of the bride or the groom prepares this paste. The bride or the groom sits on a low stool, while their relatives and friends apply this paste on their hands, feet and face. Then they are taken for a bath. This ritual takes place on the wedding morning.

9. Baraat or Varghoda – The Groom Arrives

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The baraat refers to the groom and a party of people consisting of his friends and family who accompany him to the bride’s house. The sister of the groom waves a pouch of coins over the head of the groom to keep off any bad luck or the “evil eye”. Then the procession sets off with the groom on horseback and the accompanying party dances and bursts crackers while arriving at the house of the bride.

10. Ponkvu & Jaan– Welcoming the Groom

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As the groom arrives at the venue, the bride’s family welcomes him and the rest of the baraat with a lot of grandeur. Then the bride’s mother performs aarti of the groom and applies a tika on his forehead. It’s now time for a unique ritual of a Gujarati wedding.

As the groom touches the feet of the bride’s mother, she tries to catch hold of his nose to pull him inside the venue and he tries to avoid this. It goes without saying that this is done for a fun purpose! This custom signifies the gratitude and respect that the groom should give his mother-in-law as the latter is giving away her precious child, her daughter to this man.

Wedding Rituals

11. Jaimala – Exchanging Garlands

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The bride and the groom meet for the first time on the wedding day with this ritual which commences the start of the main wedding rituals. They exchange garlands thereafter. In the first round of exchange, the groom stands on a higher pedestal, usually using a stool. For the second round, he steps down to mark equality in the marriage.

12. Madhuparka – Washing His Feet

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After the jaimala, the groom is led by his mother-in-law to the mandap, where his feet are washed with water and milk. Then he is asked to take a sacred drink made up of milk, honey, ghee, sugar and yoghurt called the panchamrit.

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13. Antarpaat – Placing the Opaque Cloth

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The bride now arrives at the mandap led by her maternal uncle and an opaque cloth is placed between the bride and the groom like a curtain as the mantras of the Gujarati wedding is chanted.

14. Kanyadaan – Giving the Daughter

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This ritual symbolizes the father of the bride placing his trust on his son-in-law. From now on, his son-in-law is responsible for the happiness of his daughter.

15. Hasta Milap – Tying the Sacred Knot

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The priest now ties one end of the groom’s shawl to one end of the bride’s saree while chanting the sacred verses.

16. Pheras – Four Goals of Life

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Unlike other Indian cultures, in a Gujarati wedding, the couple takes four pheras, instead of seven, around the sacred fire. The four pheras have immense significance in the marriage. Each of them symbolizes one goal of human life –Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.

17. Saptapadi – Seven Steps of Togetherness

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This ritual involves the couple taking seven steps together, as the priest cites mantras. Then they recite the seven sacred vows.

18. Sindoor Daan – The Sacred Vermillion

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The groom shall, in this ritual, smear the sacred vermillion on sindoor on the forehead of the bride. Then we will tie the mangalsutra – another important sign of marriage – around the neck of his bride

19. Kansar – Last Step of the Wedding Rituals.

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As the core wedding rituals end, the bride and the groom feed each other sweets.

Post Wedding Rituals & Customs

20. Saubhagyavati Bhava & Ashirvaad – Time for Blessings

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As the main marriage rituals commence, it is time for the newly-wed couple to seek blessings from the elders. But first, seven married women bless the couple. While blessing the bride they say “Akhanda Saubhagyavati Bhava”, meaning ‘may you remain gloriously married forever’. Then the couple seeks blessings from the other elder members of both families.

21. Chero Pakaryo – A Mother & Son Matter

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Now comes the time for the fun rituals of a Gujarati wedding. In this ritual, the groom catches and pulls the saree pallu of his mother-in-law asking for more gifts. Then her pallu is filled with gifts and cash by the elders present. This gift is sent to the groom later.

22. Joota Churai – Time for the Groom to Pay Up

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This fun ritual has been immensely popularized by Bollywood and most of us know a little bit about it. The bride’s sisters demand money against the groom’s wedding footwear. For this they need to steal the shoes and hide it somewhere till they get their cash. The stealing of shoes is usually done by the gang of sisters during madhuparka.

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23. Vidaai – Time for Goodbyes

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It is finally time for the beautiful Gujarati bride to leave her paternal home and embark on the journey of a new life with her husband. It is an emotional moment at the Gujarati wedding as the bride, her parents, her siblings and other close friends and family members are unable to stop their tears. The bride takes some rice in her hands and puts it on the pallu of her mother, thanking her for all her parents have done for her.

24. Ghar Nu Lakshmi – The One Who Brings Fortune

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The Gujarati bride is welcomed by her in-laws as the Goddess Lakshmi who shall bring in fortune and good luck into the house. A kalash full of rice is placed on the threshold of the main door and while entering the house, the bride is supposed to spill the rice by gently knocking down the kalash with her right foot. Then her mother-in-law conducts an aarti of the new bride and applies a tika on her forehead.

25. Aeki Beki – The Game of Dominance

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This is a fun game that the couple is asked to play. A round tray is filled with a mixture of milk and vermillion. Some coins and a ring are put in the tray. The opaque milky pink color of the liquid makes it impossible to spot the ring. The couple is asked to look for the ring by immersing their fingers into the liquid. The game is played in four rounds. Whoever finds it first for the most number of turns is considered to be the ruling force in the household.

26. The Reception Party

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This party is thrown by the groom’s family to introduce the new member to their friends and relatives.

In many Indian cultures, marriage customs are inclined to pay more attention towards the groom’s side. But in the case of the Gujarati wedding this is not the case.

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Most Gujaratis are hard-core vegetarians. Gujarati cuisine consists of numerous vegetarian delicacies that are quite different from the usual vegetarian cuisine of India. Many Gujarati curries and lentil dishes require sugar, which gives them a uniquely delicious taste.

Gujaratis are foodies and the dinner served at the wedding is something that both guests and families look forward too. Apart from the dinner, farsaan or various kinds of appetizing fried snacks are served throughout the wedding.

Gujarat is a land of tribes, folk dances, folk music and tribal culture. These things have penetrated all strata of the Gujarati society. In certain wedding functions too, the influence of this folk culture is evident. Traditional dances like Garba and Dandiya also form part of some functions at a Gujarati wedding.

Gujarati Wedding Fashion & the Traditional Weave

Gujarat is proud to boast some of the most popular Indian weaves and art forms. From tie and dye bandhani art to the gorgeous patola weaves, from the tribal mirror and embroidery art to the mashru weave and ajrakh dyeing – the list is endless. Most of these traditional art and weaves forms finds place in the Gujarati wedding fashion.

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The Gujarati bride wears two sarees on the day of her wedding. These are – the panetar saree and the gharchola saree.

The Panetar Saree or Lehenga

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On the day of the Gujarati wedding the bride wears a traditional red and white saree called Panetar. Panetar sarees have a bright texture and are typically made up of gajji silk. They may either be plane or embellished with zari threadwork. With changing taste in fashion, some Panetar sarees come with stone work as well nowadays. According to customs, the maternal uncle or mama of the bride gifts the wedding Panetar saree. This saree is worn by the bride during the initial rituals of the wedding.

With the popularity of the lehenga-choli among Indian women, as the ideal bridal attire, a new variation has emerged – the Panetar style wedding lehenga. This latest trend is being adored by the Gujarati brides nowadays as this red and white or red and cream or goldenlehenga is a perfect harmony between tradition and fashion. Panetar style lehengas are much in demand among Gujarati brides both in India and abroad.

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Bridal Jewellery with the Panetar Saree

Brides at a Gujarati wedding wear heavy traditional jewellery like gold, kundan and jadau pieces as they go well with the metallic gold embroidery of the Panetar sarees. Jadau jhumkas also called kan ni butti is immensely popular too. Brides look gorgeous if they go for traditional jewellery pieces like the nathani or nose ring, armlets, anklets, bangles, maang-tika and kamar-bandh.

The Gharchola Saree

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The Gharchola silk is gifted by the groom’s family to the bride as a sign of welcoming her into the family. Usually, her soon-to-be mother-in-law hands this saree over to the bride. This is a bandhani saree which typically comes in either a rich red or maroon color along with zari work. The Gharchola is draped in the typical Gujarati style with the pallu fanned out in front. The bride wears the Gharchola for the later customs of a Gujarati wedding, especially the vidaai.

It would not be wrong to call Gharchola sarees pieces of art! Each saree is a result of meticulous craftsmanship. They are made up of cotton silk fabric and have check-like woven patterns all over. The bandhani pattern also follows this grid structure which means that these sarees are first woven and then dyed. Some of the sarees are further embellished with zari, stones etc to increase the richness.

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These embellishments or ornamentations also sometimes include various wedding scenes embroidered on the saree. Embroidered floral or animal and bird patterns also find place in some Gharchola sarees.

Accessories and Jewellery with the Gharchola Saree

Embellished bindis are necessary accessories with the Gharchola saree. Some of the traditional jewellery pieces with this saree are the gala nu har, kan ni butti, nathni, bajubandh, bangadiand patla, chandlo and chadda. You can also choose kanjivaram orbanarasisaari

Patan Patola Sarees

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A discussion on the traditional weaves and wedding fashion of Gujarat is incomplete without the mention of the Patan Patola sarees. These sarees are legendary. Patolas are intertwined with Gujarati history, heritage and culture and are quite expensive too. Patal Patolas are considered auspicious and make great gifts to mothers-in-law.

A Patan Patola from the old days is very rare and a family owning one considers it heirloom. Like expensive jewellery, such a saree gets passed on to the next generation during a Gujarati wedding.

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Rajkot Patolas are comparatively less expensive and women of the family – both young and old – often choose to wear these sarees during the wedding festivities. Patola lehenga cholis are also popular nowadays.

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Groom’s Fashion

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On the day of the wedding, the Gujarati groom wears dhoti-kurta. These days most grooms prefer the sherwani or the Indo-western kurta-pajama as well. Most grooms accessorize with colorful bandhani dupattas. The turban, matched with the rest of the outfit, is an important part of the groom’s attire at a Gujarati wedding. The turban is often adorned with pearls, precious stones and bright embroidery.

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Now that you know all about the Gujarati wedding, the various, customs, rituals and culture associated with it, don’t shy away from attending one. But remember that as a guest at a Gujarati wedding, you can’t skip on your ethnic wear. You can wear a Rajkot patola saree, a bandhani saree or a simple lehenga-choli.

As the fashion at a Gujarati wedding is immensely colorful and completely ethnic, wearing Indo-western clothes may make you look completely out-of-place. Women, who don’t prefer saree, may go for a bandhani salwar kameez or an ethnic crop top with a ghagra-style skirt. Men who don’t want to wear anything heavy can go for a plain silk kurta and pajama. If you are looking for the ideal outfit of a guest at a Gujarati wedding, or if you are looking for traditional Gujarati outfits for your own wedding or any other occasion, you will get all this and more at GetEthnic.

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FAQs

What are the rituals of Gujarati wedding? ›

During this ceremony, the father of the bride along with four male relatives visit the groom's place with a steel container or maatli full of sweets and gifts for the groom and his family. He then applies chandlo or a red circle at the center of the groom's forehead and gives him the maatli and some money.

What are 4 Pheras in Gujarati wedding? ›

The four pheras each signify "Dharma", "Artha", "Kama" and "Moksha" respectively and are the four pillars of a happy married life.

How many days are Gujarati weddings? ›

A Gujarati wedding is a three-four day long affair where every day is significant with traditions and customs. The fashion for each ceremony is also well-defined.

What 4 Things is a bride supposed to have? ›

The tradition is based on an Old English rhyme that dates back to 19th-century Lancashire. It describes the items a bride should have on her wedding day: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe."

What is the famous tradition in Gujarat? ›

The traditional folk dance forms include Garba, Dandiya Raas, Tippani, Padhar, Sidi, and Dangi. Dandiya Raas is a romantic, very energetic, colourful, and playful dance originating in the state of Gujarat.

What are the 7 promises of marriage? ›

First Vow
  • Groom Promises: Om esha ekapadi bhava iti prathaman.
  • Bride Promises: Dhanam dhanyam pade vadet.
  • Groom Promises: Om oorje jara dastayaha.
  • Bride Promises: Kutumbum rakshayishyammi sa aravindharam.
  • Groom Promises: Om rayas santu joradastayaha.
  • Bride Promises: Rava bhakti as vadedvachacha.
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Do Gujarati brides wear Chooda? ›

3. Choora Worn by a Rajasthani and Gujarati Bride. In Rajasthan and Gujrat, a set of 52 ivory bangles which is also called as Hathi dant ki churi, is worn in both hands. The Ivory choora is usually gifted by the bride's mother.

Did Alia Bhatt take 4 Pheras? ›

And they indeed were breathtakingly beautiful. Now, post the wedding, in a recent interview, Alia's brother Rahul Bhatt revealed that the newlyweds didn't take 7 pheras, they only took 4. Well, it may sound unfamiliar to many, but in reality, it holds great significance in the Indian marriage custom.

What is the most popular wedding tradition? ›

13 popular wedding traditions & their origins
  • "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." ...
  • Carrying a bridal bouquet. ...
  • Bridesmaids in matching bridesmaid dresses. ...
  • Wearing a wedding veil. ...
  • Wearing your ring on the "ring finger." ...
  • Mailing guests printed wedding invitations.
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What are 3 traditions that occur during an Indian wedding? ›

The actual nuptial ceremony and reception, similar to what a Western wedding encompasses, take place on the third day after two days of more intimate events (such as the tilak ceremony, the haldi (or pithi) ceremony, the mehndi party, and the sangeet) that are only attended by close friends and family members.

What is a love lock ceremony? ›

In a Love Lock Ceremony, the Bride and Groom lock their individual heart padlocks together as one. They may then assure that the keys that first opened their hearts can never be used to separate what has been joined in their wedding. Sometimes the keys are tossed into a place from which they can never be retrieved.

What Colour do Gujarati brides wear? ›

Brides traditionally wear bridal Panetar saree

The ethnic wedding saree of a Gujarati bride is a vision in white and red. The Gujarati bridal saree is called as a Panetar.

What is Gujarati wedding called? ›

Varghodo is the Gujarati wedding version of a Baraat. The groom arrives at the bride's house on a horse and is followed by a dancing procession lead by his family members and friends. Of course, the family members are also accompanied by a group of band members playing instrumental music.

What should a guest wear to a Gujarati wedding? ›

You want to be comfortable, but at the same time you want to look smart. Choose a saree, lehenga or an anarkali suit which is suitably festive. Try not to choose black or white, as these colours are not traditionally worn at an Indian wedding.

What a girl needs before marriage? ›

You need to be able to communicate with not just your husband but even in-laws. Show them that you care. When you leave your house and go to a new place, you're feeling out of place. but also understand that your in-laws too have a new member in their midst and they might be scared about making you uncomfortable too.

What are the 3 parts of a wedding? ›

"There is typically a welcome or introduction by the minister, followed by the exchange of vows. The couple then exchanges rings, and after the couple shares a kiss, the minister announces them for the first time as a married couple," says Miller.

What is unique about Gujarati culture? ›

Gujarat is a flourishing state with cultural diversity. It is vibrant with its true colors of rich heritage and cultural traditions. Dating back to history with the Harappan civilization, the state becomes a confluence of many religions – Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism.

What is famous in Gujarat to gift? ›

The vibrant state of Gujarat is particularly known for its Bandhini dress materials, sarees, dupattas and other products. The fabrics are available in attractive colours and patterns and many are adorned with intricate needlework and small glass pieces.

Which god do Gujaratis worship? ›

Shaivism (Shivaism), the cult of the Hindu god Shiva, has long flourished in Gujarat; so too has Vaishnavism (the worship of Vishnu), from which have emerged not only the cult of bhakti (devotion) but also a rich repertoire of verse and song.

What are the 2 most important things in a marriage? ›

Honesty and trust become the foundation for everything in a successful marriage. But unlike most of the other essentials on this list, trust takes time. You can become selfless, committed, or patient in a moment, but trust always takes time.

What is the golden rule of marriage? ›

4. The Golden Rule. Treat your significant other the way you would want to be treated. Be the person you would want to be married to.

WHO removes choora? ›

The choora ceremony (dahi-choora) is held on the morning of the wedding or the day before. The bride's maternal uncle and aunt give her a set of chooriyan. Traditionally, the bride would wear a choora for a full year, although if a newly wed bride became pregnant before her first anniversary, the choora was taken off.

Can you wear black to a Gujarati wedding? ›

"Guests can wear any other color except for black. It's definitely not a color you should wear at an Indian wedding."

What is Gujarati saree called? ›

Patola Sarees from Gujarat | WeaverStory.

Why are there only 4 Pheras and not 7? ›

Every Hindu wedding has at least 4 pheras and these pheras hold a special meaning and are related to the 4 Purusharta or big pearls of wisdom of life: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.

Why do Hindus take 7 rounds of marriage? ›

The bride and groom take seven rounds of the fire god and vouch for seven different promises together. It validates the commitment between bride and groom and makes them husband and wife. Saat Phere is quite a respected and celebrated tradition in Hindu culture.

Who walks first in Saat phere? ›

The bride leads the first three walks around the fire and the groom takes over for the fourth.

What are the 3 days of wedding? ›

An overview of the three days is traditionally the following:
  • 1st Day – The Ganesh Puja otherwise known as the Mandap Muhurat & Pithi. ...
  • 2nd Day – Grah Shanti which is also called a Sathak/Mandvo or Mameru ceremony.
  • 3rd Day – Wedding celebration and usually an evening reception.
8 Jan 2020

What is the luckiest day for a wedding? ›

One lucky option is to select a wedding date, such as February 4th, that has a 2 and a 4 to bring symmetry to your wedding date.
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Lucky Wedding Dates 2024
  • January 2, 20, 25, 27 and 28.
  • February 9 and 24.
  • March 1, 2, 15 and 30.
  • April 2, 20 and 24.
  • May 3, 9 and 31.
  • June 1, 14, 19 and 30.
  • July 1, 11, 21 and 28.
  • August 1, 2 and 21.
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What are the 8 types of marriage? ›

The normative texts, dharma texts and some Gṛhyasūtras classify marriage into eight different forms which are Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, Gandharva, Rakshasa, Paishacha. This order of forms of marriage is hierarchical.

What do the 7 steps in a Hindu wedding mean? ›

The word, Saptapadi means "Seven steps". After tying the Mangalsutra, the newlywed couple take seven steps, that is called Saptapadi. After the seventh step, the couple legally become husband and wife. Saptapadi is sometimes mistaken with Saat Phere.

Why does marriage happen at night? ›

According to Hinduism, sun signifies power, fire and the immortal world of Lord Brahma. But, Moon signifies cool and calmness, an indicator of general well being. It is believed that to have a calm and soulful relationship between the couple, marriages are generally conducted at night in north India.

What is a Handfasted wife? ›

Handfasting is a traditional practice that, depending on the term's usage, may define an unofficiated wedding (in which a couple marries without an officiant, usually with the intent of later undergoing a second wedding with an officiant), a betrothal (an engagement in which a couple has formally promised to wed, and ...

Why are there 13 coins at a wedding? ›

Thirteen (13) coins (either gold or silver) represent Christ and his 12 apostles. It is a simple ceremony where the Bridegroom gives the Bride these coins to represent his responsibility as a provider, and his trust in his Bride with his material possessions. Usually a few words or vows are exchanged.

What are the three knots for marriage? ›

The first two knots tied by the groom signify the commitment of the couple and to assure the well-being of the bride. Meanwhile, the third knot tied by the groom's sister signifies commitment between the two families.

What color is lucky for wedding? ›

Red. It's the color of luck and wealth in China, where it's said to drive away evil spirits, and Chinese brides traditionally wear red. So do many Indian brides, as the color is associated with the goddess Durga, the rising sun, love, and fertility in India. Plus, it's such an attention-grabber!

Which Colour is lucky marriage? ›

Indians consider yellow and red as lucky colours for marriage. Yellow signifies purity, and red signifies fertility and prosperity. These two colours dominate everything in an Indian wedding. From wedding decorations to clothes, yellow and red can be seen everywhere.

What is the main dresses of Gujarat? ›

The traditional Gujarati dresses for men include Kediya or kurta on the top and dhoti or chorno at the bottom. Women in Gujarati wear sarees or chaniya Choli. Recently, they have started wearing Salwar Kameez as well.

Why do Gujaratis have 4 Pheras? ›

The four pheras each signify "Dharma", "Artha", "Kama" and "Moksha" respectively and are the four pillars of a happy married life. After every round, the brother of the bride hands them puffed rice to be offered to sacred fire (similar to Khoi fela in a Bengali wedding).

What happens at a Gujarati wedding? ›

Unlike most Hindu weddings, Gujarati weddings have 4 pheras rather than 7. The priest chants the mantras, while the couple takes rounds around the sacred fire. They take seven steps together that are known as the saptapadi. The married couple then seeks the blessings of all their elders.

What is Varadh in Gujarati wedding? ›

This ceremony, called Varadh, symbolized the laying down of past family burdens before God, Himaxi Patel said. That evening, the bride's and bridegroom's families came together for Raas-Garba, a celebration with traditional dancing.

What colors are not allowed at an Indian wedding? ›

Just like you wouldn't wear white to a Western Wedding, at an Indian Wedding, you should avoid wearing the colors black and white. These colors can be seen as disrespectful since they are common colors when attending a funeral. Also, it's polite to avoid wearing shades of red because the bride typically wears red.

What we Cannot wear in wedding? ›

It doesn't matter if the dress code requests "casual" attire; jeans, T-Shirts, shorts, and sneakers are never appropriate to wear as a wedding guest. Show respect for the bride and groom by dressing formally.

What colors should you not wear to a wedding? ›

Here are the colours that are off limits for wedding guest attire.
  • Any shade of white. OK, this is probably pretty obvious, but you really can't wear white to a wedding. ...
  • Gold (and other metallics) ...
  • Light pastels. ...
  • Neon. ...
  • The colour the bridesmaids are wearing.
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What are the 5 parts of the wedding ceremony in order? ›

Order Of Wedding Ceremony
  • Processional. The processional begins with bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle, typically paired up. ...
  • Readings. A few people may be invited up to share or exchange readings at this point in the ceremony. ...
  • Exchange of Vows. ...
  • Pronouncement of Marriage. ...
  • Unity Ceremony.
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What are the 4 types of rituals? ›

Gluckman (1962) distinguishes four kinds of ritual—magic action, religious action, substantive or constitutive ritual, and factitive ritual—clearly point out that rite of passage is a typical constitutive ritual.

What are the 4 types of ceremony? ›

Types of Ceremonies
  • Weddings. I honestly believe that your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. ...
  • Commitments. A way to declare your commitment and love as a couple to family and friends. ...
  • Renewals. ...
  • Rituals. ...
  • Namings.

What are the 7 rules of marriage? ›

These principles include: enhancing their "love maps"; nurturing their fondness and admiration; turning toward each other instead of away; letting their spouse influence them; solving their solvable problems; overcoming gridlock; and creating a shared sense of meaning.

What are the 7 promise of marriage? ›

Saat Phere are seven vows taken collectively by the bride and the groom as they do the parikrama around Agni Dev by taking him as a witness to their marriage. This is called AgniSakhi. The groom leads his bride while doing the first four parikramas while the latter leads her man during the remaining three pheres.

Who walks in first at a wedding? ›

1. Officiant. Your officiant is generally the first person to walk toward the altar, signifying the ceremony is about to commence.

Who puts ring on first in wedding? ›

Traditionally, the groom goes first in the exchange of rings. Although most couples choose to follow tradition, there's no rule that says you can't switch things up. If one of you is more comfortable than the other in front of an audience, then you might want that person to go first, so the other will be less nervous.

Who is seated first at a wedding? ›

Anyone walking down the aisle—parents, grandparents, etc. —should have a reserved seat at the front of the ceremony, as should anyone who is doing a reading during the ceremony. (Readers should be seated on the aisle.) The dates of these guests should also be given a reserved spot next to them.

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