Gujarati Weddings: Customs and Traditions (2023)

Rituals, customs, style and more! Here's everything you need to know about Gujarati weddings.

Grounded in traditions yet undeniably fun, Gujarati weddings are a perfect portrayal of their colorful culture, warm hospitality and delectable vegetarian cuisine. From twirling bandhani outfits to fun wedding games, and of course, a whole lot of garba, there is never a dull moment. Exploring the colorful traditions of Gujarati nuptials, we bring you this installment of the Wedding Tradition Series which is a kaleidoscopic guide to different regional cultures, spanning rituals, customs, fashion, and more.

As more and more couples from diverse cultures and countries tie the knot, they desire a beautiful blend of memorable celebrations. This Wedding Tradition Series aims to answer all your questions about ceremonies in different Indian cultures and their significance, how to dress for functions, and more. Here, you are invited to step into the vibrant and traditional festivities, fashion and food of gorgeous Gujarati weddings!

Wedding Functions
Chanlo Matli
Once the union between the groom and the bride is finalized, this function kicks off the pre-wedding festivities. ‘Chandlo’ means a dot of vermillion on the forehead. The bride’s father along with four other male members of the family visit the groom’s home to anoint him with the ‘chandlo.’ Gifts or ‘shagun’ are also given to him, and the wedding is fixed.

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Gol Dhana
‘Gol Dhana’ refers to the sweet treat made with jaggery and coriander seeds that is exchanged between the bride and groom’s families at this function which symbolizes an engagement. The bride, along with her family, visits the groom’s home with gifts and sweets, wherein they exchange rings and seek blessings from five married women from both families. The ceremony is followed by a sumptuous traditional meal.

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Lagan Lakhvanu (kankotri)
This ceremony marks the writing of the first official wedding invite called Kankotri, which is offered to god as a token to invite his blessings to grace the wedding. It also seeks his blessings for the couple and for the wedding to be held successfully on the chosen auspicious date. After the completion of this, official invites to guests are sent out. The ceremony traditionally was held a month before the wedding, but varies now as per convenience.

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Mehndi
Generally hosted two days prior to the wedding at the bride’s home, the mehndi is where the women gather for a cheerful function of music and dance as the bride’s hands and feet are covered in beautiful henna designs. The groom’s initials are often incorporated into the design. The rest of the women also get the hands painted with henna.

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Sangeet Sandhya
A night that everyone looks forward to, the sangeet is a night of music and dance held generally a night before the wedding. Both families get together to let loose, sing songs, play dandiya and garba and have a gala time!

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Mandap Mahurat
Invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha before any auspicious occasion is a common practice in Indian/Hindu culture. The bride and groom host a prayer function in their homes respectively and pray to Lord Ganesha, seeking his blessings for a prosperous future with no obstacles. They also pray to Mother Earth to bless the spot where the mandap would be erected.

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Griha Shanti
Also done in both houses respectively, the ‘Griha Shanti Puja’ is done to ensure a happy and peaceful marital life for the couple.

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Pithi
The ‘pithi’ or haldi ceremony is held at the bride’s and groom’s homes separately. They are made to sit on a low stool while their loved ones smear a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, rosewater and other herbs on their face, hands and feet. This paste is prepared traditionally by the bride/ groom’s paternal uncle’s wife or ‘kaki.’ They are then bathed in holy water.

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Mameru
Akin to a tradition present in more Indian cultures, a day before the wedding, the bride’s maternal uncle or ‘mama’ and her maternal aunt’s husband called ‘mousa’ visit her home and gift her a traditional Panetar saree, jewellery, ivory ‘chura’ (bangles), sweets, dry fruits and so on. The gifts are beautifully wrapped and presented to the bride.

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Varghodo
Equivalent to the ‘baraat,’ the groom travels to the bride’s home or the wedding venue on a magnificently decked horse as his relatives dance along with him on the way. Upon reaching, the groom and his family are welcomed by the bride’s mother with sweets and aarti in the ‘jaan’ ritual. In a fun custom, the bride’s mother then lightly pinches the groom’s nose to remind him to be humble since he is there to ask for her daughter’s hand, as he playfully tries to avoid getting caught.

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Jaimala
The couple exchange beautiful flower garlands as everyone cheers and showers them with petals.

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Madhuparka
The groom is then led to the mandap by the bride’s mother, where his feet are washed with milk and water and he is fed a holy drink of milk, yogurt, sugar, honey and ghee known as ‘panchamrut.’

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Antarpaat
The bride is led to the mandap by her maternal uncle, after which a cloth is hung up like a curtain between the bride and groom called the ‘antarpat.’ It is slowly lowered as they gaze upon each other’s faces for the first time.

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Kanyadaan
The ‘kanyadaan’ ritual is an important ceremony where the father officially gives his daughter’s hand to the groom. After washing their feet, he asks his future son-in-law to take the responsibility of his daughter’s happiness and wellbeing from them onwards with folded hands.

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Hasta Milap
After the kanyadaan, the bride’s pallu is tied to the groom’s shawl by the priest as a holy symbol of their union. He also places their hand in each other’s hand and chants mantras as their family showers them with petals and rice grains.

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Joota Churai
One of the most fun rituals in Indian weddings, the groom’s shoes are ‘stolen’ by the bride’s sisters for money, creating a lot of merriment.

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Pheras
The couple walk around the holy fire as the priest chants from the holy scriptures in the pheras ritual. The brother of the bride hands the couple puffed rice after every circle to offer to the fire.

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Saptapadi
A crucial ritual in any Hindu wedding, the couple take seven steps together known as the “saptapadi” as they take seven vows of holy matrimony, binding them for eternity.

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Vidaai
After the completion of the nuptials, the bride takes leave from her home to go to her new home with her husband. The ceremony sees a tearful goodbye and emotional moments, and she throws puffed rice overhead towards her family, which her mother catches in her pallu.

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Ghar ni Laxmi
Translating to ‘the goddess of our home,’ in this ceremony, the bride is seen as a symbol of Laxmi, the goddess of good fortune. She is welcomed fondly to her new home, which she enters by kicking over a small copper vessel of rice as an auspicious symbol.

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Aeki-Baki
The hectic days unwind with some fun wedding games to truly welcome the bride into the groom’s family. A large bowl is filled with milk and a ring is dropped into it. The bride and groom then compete to see who finds it first.

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Things You Will See in a Gujarati Wedding
While all Hindu weddings share common cultural and ritual nuances, there are some aspects that speak specifically to Gujarati customs and values.

Dandiya Raas & Garba
High on energy and fun, Dandiya Raas and Garba dancing are the most awaited activities of Gujarati weddings! The twirling lehengas, peppy music and the clinking of dandiya sticks are sure to have wedding guests on their feet for hours at late evenings/nights when these sessions are typically held.

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Delectable Vegetarian Cuisine
An exquisite blend of flavors and textures, the stunning vegetarian spread at Gujarati weddings is loved by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

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Alcohol is Fun, but Chaas is Cool!
Ask any Gujarati – the tangy, refreshing buttermilk beverage is much more than a staple; it is the essence of life! All Gujarati weddings serve up chaas in abundance, and many even have chaas drinking competitions.

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Fashion Tips to Stand Out at Gujarati Weddings

Bandhani & Mirror-work
The traditional crafts of tie-and-dye and mirror embellishments are an integral part of Gujarati culture, and they instantly lend your ensemble an undeniable Gujarati flavor. Don breezy skirts, shararas, lehengas and sarees in vibrant hues for a mehndi function.

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Patan Patola
Made by just a handful of families who have passed on the craft through generations, Patan Patola is one of the rarest and most precious traditional craft forms in India. Rich, beautiful and often quite expensive, it epitomizes Indian luxury and deeply reflects Gujarati heritage. A Patan Patola creation is a lovely option to wear for a wedding.

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Whirl of Colors
Feel free to embrace the full spectrum of colors when it comes to building your wardrobe for a Gujarati wedding. It is undeniably going to be the most vibrant celebration of your life.

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FAQs

What happens in Gujarati wedding? ›

In a Gujarati wedding, Gold Dhana basically represents a Sagai ceremony or Engagement. The bride and her family arrive at the groom's family with sweets and gifts. The couple then exchanges engagement rings and seeks blessings from five married women from each family.

Why do Gujaratis only take 4 Pheras? ›

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.

What is Gujarati wedding dress called? ›

The Gujarati bridal saree is called as a Panetar. Despite new trends like bridal lehenga choli making inroads in a great way, many Gujarati families prefer that their girls wear the traditional cream/ white and red saree for, at least, the wedding rituals.

What are the rituals of Gujarat? ›

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 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 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.
1 May 2018

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.
15 Dec 2021

Why are there 7 steps in marriage? ›

Saptapadi- The Seven Steps

The Saptapadi involves the couple walking seven steps in a clockwise direction around the Angi near the Mandap. Each of the steps is called a 'Phere', and each Phere stands for the seven promises and principles made by the couple to each other during the exchange of vows.

What does 7 Pheras mean? ›

The 7 Pheras or the Saptapadi is the true essence of a Vedic wedding. Only when the bride and the groom take the 7 vows keeping the holy pyre as the witness, they are called as married. The bride and the groom hold their hands and take seven rounds around the Agni and promise to be with each other for eternity.

How long is a Gujarati wedding ceremony? ›

The ceremony itself can take up to two and a half hours as it consists of many prayers and rituals. You can learn more about what occurs during the actual ceremony here! Since the ceremony is quite long, drinks and sweets will often be served to guests.

What is Gujrati saree called? ›

Patola Sarees from Gujarat | WeaverStory.

Is it 4 or 7 Pheras? ›

Pheras hold a very significant role in Indian marriage ceremonies. 7 pheras are the 7 promises the groom and bride make to each other for all their eternity together.

What are the 3 rituals? ›

The 3 Types of Rituals Everyone Should Incorporate Into Their Day
  • A savoring ritual. "Make the good times better by having something you do to focus on the good things. ...
  • A starting ritual. Turns out, rituals are also an effective way to beat procrastination. ...
  • A luck ritual.

What is the culture and tradition of Gujarat? ›

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 traditional Gujarati dress? ›

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.

Who walks first in weddings? ›

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

What are the rules of a wedding? ›

  • You must wear a white dress. ...
  • You must wear a dress. ...
  • The bride can't be seen before the ceremony. ...
  • Guests of the bride and the groom should sit separately. ...
  • You must walk down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride” ...
  • You must serve cake. ...
  • The bridesmaids must wear matching dresses. ...
  • Wedding parties must be gendered.
3 May 2019

What is the first thing to do for a wedding? ›

Choose a wedding date.

Select your wedding date as soon as you can. There may be some back and forth as you reach out to must-attend family and friends to hash out dates that work for everyone. But weekends for popular venues fill up fast, so decide as early as possible.

What is the party after a wedding called? ›

A wedding reception is a party usually held after the completion of a marriage ceremony as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receive society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.

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 four main types of wedding? ›

Learn about different types of wedding ceremonies: civil, religious, military, and same-sex.

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.

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 are the 5 C's of marriage? ›

So take them in the spirit in which they are offered, which is a lens to think about your own relationship. This blog is the first of a series on the 5 C's which are Chemistry, Commonality, Constructive Conflict, Courtesy and Commitment.

Why do Indians tie thali? ›

A mangala sutra (IAST: maṅgala sūtra), or thaali (ISO: tāḷi), is a necklace that the groom ties around the bride's neck in the Indian subcontinent, in a ceremony called Mangalya Dharanam (Sanskrit for '"wearing the auspicious"'). The necklace serves as a visual marker of status as a married Hindu woman.

Why does the bride walk around 7 times? ›

Circling. In the Ashkenazi tradition, the bride traditionally circles around her groom either three or seven times under the chuppah. Some people believe this is to create a magical wall of protection from evil spirits, temptation, and the glances of other women.

What is the ritual after marriage? ›

Mooh Dikhai is an important Hindu post wedding ceremony. It is basically held to introduce the new bride to the groom's family. The ladies unveil the face of bride and also shower her with gifts. The mother-in-law, in particular, offers presents to the bride as a gesture of welcome.

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 night before an Indian wedding called? ›

The Mehndi party is one of the most vibrant and essential of the parties.

What are gujrati known for? ›

Gujaratis in India and the diaspora are prominent entrepreneurs and industrialists and maintain high levels of social capital. Many notable independence activists were Gujarati, including Gandhi, Patel, and Jinnah, as well as the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Which garment is famous in Gujarat? ›

Ghagra Choli or Chaniya Choli - Traditional Dress of Gujarat. The traditional attire of Gujarati women is Chaniya Choli or Ghagra Choli; Women also wear an Odhni (dupatta or chunni) with it.

Which silk is famous in Gujarat? ›

Patola is a double ikat woven sari, usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat, India. The word patola is the plural form; the singular is patolu. They are very expensive, once worn only by those belonging to royal and aristocratic families.

What does 7 mean in Hindu? ›

Indian Symbology of the Lucky Number 7 Runs Deep

In Hinduism, there are the seven stars named from the seven great saints. The Saptapadi is comprised of seven promises, there are seven gurus, seven seas, and seven worlds, and the seven Chakras establish many traditions and philosophies in the eastern world.

Who walks first in Saat phere? ›

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

How many rounds are in a marriage? ›

'seven circumambulations') is one of the most important features of the Hindu Wedding, involving seven rounds around a sacred fire lit for the purpose amidst the Vedic mantras.

What are 2 common rituals of Hinduism? ›

The most common rituals practiced in all Hindu households are puja, meditation, silent prayers, yoga, recitation of scriptures from Bhagavad Gita or bhajans, reading religious books, participating in Satsang (prayer meets), performing charitable work, visiting a temple, and chanting the name of their beloved God.

What are examples of traditions? ›

20 family tradition examples
  • Swim on the first day of spring. ...
  • Make homemade gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah (or birthdays) ...
  • Go hiking in the same place or at the same time. ...
  • Have a movie night. ...
  • Visit the same restaurant. ...
  • Do a family digital detox. ...
  • Take up a new activity as a family. ...
  • Start a gratitude jar.
17 Dec 2021

What are traditional rituals? ›

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a ritual as any action that is "always done in a particular situation and in the same way each time". Therefore, cultural rituals such as christening a baby, and everyday rituals such as a firm handshake that we often overlook, can all be considered traditional rituals.

What are 3 traditions in India? ›

Unique cultural traditions of India
  • Tradition of Vedic Chanting.
  • Ramlila.
  • Yoga.
  • Kumbh Mela.
19 Dec 2019

What are the traditions and culture? ›

The main difference between culture and tradition is that traditions describe a group's beliefs and behaviors that are passed down from one generation to another. Culture describes the shared characteristics of the entire group, which has been amassed throughout its history.

What is special in Gujrat? ›

It is renowned for its beaches, temple towns and historic capitals. Wildlife sanctuaries, hill resorts and natural grandeur are gifts of Gujarat. Sculpture, handicrafts, arts, festivals also make the state rich.

What is Gujarati dance called? ›

Garba is a form of dance, as well as a religious and social event that originates in Gujarat, India. Garba is a community circle dance from the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat. The word "garba" is also used to refer to the event at which the garba is performed.

What is Gujarati Jewellery? ›

Famous Gujarati Jewellery Styles. Earrings (Known as Bali in Gujarati) Silver Armlet (Known as Bajuband in Gujarati) Nath or Nose Pin (Known as Kil in Gujarati) Waist Belt (Known as Kandora)

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."

How long does a Gujarati wedding ceremony last? ›

The ceremony itself can take up to two and a half hours as it consists of many prayers and rituals. You can learn more about what occurs during the actual ceremony here! Since the ceremony is quite long, drinks and sweets will often be served to guests.

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.

What happens on the first night in a Hindu wedding? ›

Rituals. The veracity of this ritual is yet to be determined. In popular practice, the bride and the groom have a special arrangement where they engage in sexual activity on the very first night at a pre-determined auspicious time. It depends upon which Grhya Sutras the locality and family follows.

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 happens when sindoor falls on nose? ›

There's a saying in Hindu culture that while applying vermillion, if a bit of it falls on the nose, then it is a sign of your husband's love.

What are 8 types of Hindu marriages? ›

The last four were not advocated and the last one was condemned. These are: Brahma Marriage, Daiva Marriage, Arsha Marriage, Prajapatya Marriage, Gandharva Marriage, Asura Marriage, Rakshasa Marriage, Paishacha Marriage.

What is the most important part of a Hindu wedding? ›

The Saptapadi (the seven steps) is the most important Hindu wedding tradition. After tying the Mangalsutra, the newlywed couple takes seven steps around the holy fire. Once completed, the couple legally becomes husband and wife.

Why do we use white bedsheet on wedding night? ›

According to the custom, a bride's virginity is tested by looking for blood stains on a white sheet after the wedding night. The sheet is checked by the family and the groom has to declare before the elders whether the bride is a virgin.

What are the rule of first night? ›

Droit du seigneur ('lord's right'), also known as ius primae noctis ('right of the first night'), was a supposed legal right in medieval Europe, allowing feudal lords to have sexual relations with subordinate women, in particular, on the wedding nights of the women.

What is the first night after marriage called? ›

In many traditions and statutes of civil or religious law, the consummation of a marriage, often called simply consummation, is the first (or first officially credited) act of sexual intercourse between two people, following their marriage to each other.

What are traditional wedding rules? ›

Tradition states that the bride and groom sit together in the centre of the top table. To the bride's left should be her father, the groom's mother and the best man. To the groom's right is the bride's mother, groom's father and chief bridesmaid.

What are popular wedding traditions? ›

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.
11 Mar 2020

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