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WEDDING TRADITION IN INDIA

The Indian wedding ceremonies are the most ritualistic and serious affair than any other kind of marriage performed anywhere else in the world. Most of the religions in India regard marriage as more of a religious ritual than a social or legal affair like that in west. Indian weddings are a perfect blend of traditions, values and celebrations. In India, marriage is not simply regarded as an event, rather it is considered as a soulful affair of the merger of two souls.

Steps

Exchange of Garlands
The couple exchanges garlands as a gesture of acceptance of one another and a pledge to respect one another as partners.

Offering of Yogurt and Honey
The bride's father offers the groom yogurt and honey as the expression of welcome and respect.

Giving Away of the Bride
The father of the bride places her hand in the groom's hand requesting him to accept her as an equal partner. The concept behind Kanyadan is that the bride is a form of the goddess Lamxi and the groom is Lord Narayana. The parents are facilitating their union.

Lighting of the Sacred Fire
The couple invokes Agni, the god of Fire, to witness their commitment to each other. Crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar rice and oil are offered to the ceremonial fire.

Sacrifice to the Sacred Fire
The bride places both her hands into the groom's and her brother then places rice into her hands. Together the bride and groom offer the rice as a sacrifice into the fire.

Tying of the Nuptial Knot
The scarves placed around the bride and groom are tied together symbolizing their eternal bond. This signifies their pledge before God to love each other and remain faithful.

Walk Around the Fire
The couple makes four Mangalpheras around the fire in a clockwise direction representing four goals in life: Dharma, religious and moral duties; Artha, prosperity; Kama, earthly pleasures; Moksha, spiritual salvation and liberation. The bride leads the Pheras first, signifying her determination to stand first beside her husband in all happiness and sorrow.

Seven Steps Together

The bride and groom take seven steps together to signify the beginning of their life together. Each step represents a marital vow:

With every step, the bride and the groom take a Vow. The Wedding Vows are as follows:
1. On the first round, both of them pray to god that they always get nourishing and good food.

2. On the second step, they pray to God that he may give them physical, mental and the spiritual strength so that they may be able to lead a life that is healthy.

3. With the third step, they pray to the Almighty for a life full of prosperity and preserving of wealth and that they will be with each other at the time of pains and sufferings.

4. On the fourth round, they swear to stay together and attain harmony and happiness by sharing love and trust mutually between them.

5. On the fifth step, the couples pray to have a family of their won and they also pray for the well-being of all the beings of the universe.

6. With second least step, they pray to God that he may give them togetherness forever and help them lead a long and life full of joy.

7. With the seventh step, they pray for companionship, understanding, unity and loyalty with each other.

After the Saat Phere finish off, the man says to his lady that they have created a relationship of friendship with each step and that both of them will try to reach each other's friendship. This is the essence of Wedding Vows.

Red Powder
The groom applies a small dot of vermilion, a powdered red lead, to the bride's forehead and welcomes her as his partner for life. It is applied for the first time to a woman during the marriage ceremony when the bridegroom himself adorns her with it.

Parental Blessing
The parents of the bride and groom give their blessings to the couple. The couple touches the feet of their parents as a sign of respect.

Henna Ceremony
The traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the Henna plant. The term refers to the material, the design, and the ceremony. It is tradition for the names of the bride and grooms to be hidden in the design, and the wedding night is not to commence until the groom has found both names. After the wedding, the bride is not expected to perform any housework until her Mehandi has faded away.

Thread of Goodwill
A necklace worn specifically by married women as a symbol of their marriage.

WEDDING SERVICES

  • Guidance on venue selection
  • Unique wedding themes
  • Co-ordination with venue and suppliers
  • Travel arrangements - flight & accommodation
  • Local transportation
  • Catering
  • Floral decoration
  • Mandap & Stage decor
  • Traditional/Western designer clothing
  • Traditional Entertainment - Musicians, Fire Eaters, Snake Charmers, Dancers, Fireworks, Elephant/Horse hire, Puppet show, etc.
  • Trousseau selection & gift packing
  • Bridal make-up & hairdressing
  • Mehendi/Henna Artists
  • Video/Photography
  • Wedding Invitation Management
  • Welcome Packs for guests
  • Sight-seeing packages for guests
  • Honeymoon package

Highlights

Bridal costumes

Wedding Cake

Grand Feast

Honeymoon

Cultural programs

Floral Bed Decoration

WEDDING LOCATIONS

Hi-tours provide the best possible venue for your wedding in India. A wedding is just not only for the bride and groom but also for everyone involved in the wedding. There are various location possible in India.

Royal Palace wedding

In North India there are many cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Devigarh, Jaisalmer, Neemrana, Udaipur and Mandawa. Each of these cities houses different elegant wedding places. These are the places where you can get the actual essence of the Exotic Wedding in India.

FEW OPTIONS:

OBEROI RAJ VILAS - JAIPUR

The Oberoi Rajvilas is a unique way to experience Jaipur, one of India's most vibrant and exotic destinations. Amongst the most preferred luxury hotels in India, the distinctive character of The Oberoi Rajvilas revives the gracious lifestyles of India's legendary Rajput princes. It is located in 32 acres of beautiful gardens, pools and fountains, in the peaceful Rajasthani countryside, the hotel is an oasis of elegance and luxury.

RAMBAGH PALACE - JAIPUR

For nearly two centuries the Rambagh Palace has been home to a generation of royals. In 1925 it was converted into a palace and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Now part of the chain group of Hotels, it offers its guests a taste of royal living a luxury and extravagance that was once the sole preserve of the maharajas.

LALITH LAXMI VILAS PALACE – UDAIPUR

The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur Hotel radiates with royal and regal charm of an earlier era. Built by His Highness Maharana Bhupal Singh in 1911, it overlooks the majestic Fateh Sagar Lake, and is surrounded by picturesque hills. The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur Hotel has been carefully restored with special attention being paid to the accommodation options - which amalgamate all modern day luxuries with unique royal splendours.

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Exotic Backwater / Beach Wedding

There are exquisite beaches and backwaters. You can celebrate your wedding party in the banks of quiet and serene backwater lakes of Kerala. In South Inida there are range of mesmerizing beaches such as Goa, Kovalam, Varkala, Mamallapuram and Mararikulam which are also the wonderful Exotic Wedding Venues of India.

HOTELS:

THE LEELA – KOVALAM / GOA

The Leela is a beautiful blend of South India's temple traditions combined with the Goan Portugese heritage. This 5 star beach resort, spread over 75 acres in South Goa, and (remove) boasts its own private beach and golf course. The hotel has a choice of 152 rooms, suites and villas and can accommodate functions up to 400 people in either its gardens or conference facilities.

KUMARAKOM LAKE RESORT

Kumarakom Lake Resort is a luxurious property on the shores of the Vembanad Lake at Kumarakom. The resort is considered one of the best lake resort in India and has received a number of global awards for service.

RADISSON TEMPLE BAY – MAMALLAPURAM

Temple Bay beach Resort is a 5 star property of GRT Hotels and Resorts located at Mamallapuram near Chennai. It offers a complete hospitality solution for both businesses and leisure. Relax in the sun, sand and the waves all year round.

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Temple / Church wedding

The Wedding in Temple / Church is also common in India.

Temple wedding: The temples in India are considered to be the most auspicious venue for wedding. Indian Temple Wedding is believed to add sacredness and divine blessing to the life of a couple.

Church Wedding: Christian marriage often takes in the church and the priest in presence of the holy mass conduct. The wedding is declared in all church services before three weeks of the marriage day.

The weddings are planned in most delightful manner. We can arrange in Rural villages, Himalayas and hill stations as well.

Program Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Transport using services of air-conditioned deluxe coach
  • Services of accompanying English speaking tour escorts/guide for the whole tour
  • Traditionally dressed girls to welcome the guest
  • Ritual wedding arrangements including Mandap decoration
  • A Wedding representative for pre wedding consultation
  • Traditional bedroom arrangements
  • Lunch / Dinner / Tea Party for the guests
  • Wedding album
  • Special Garlands for marriage
  • A tailor dress make up for bride and groom
  • Honeymoon tour for the couple to the exotic destination.
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Activities which are mentioned as optional
  • Meals which are mentioned as optional
  • Any expenses of personal nature/insurance airfare etc

Pre – post wedding arrangements for Hindu wedding

The Pre - Wedding Ceremony
The bride is luxuriously anointed with scented oils and bathed in special aromatic oils. The bride and the groom are pampered together with a special massage.

Wedding Ceremony
A special choir adds to the special moment and sings during the ceremony. Arrangements for the the bride´s wedding dress, ring, priest, photographer etc will be arranged. Depending on the choice of the theme all the arrangements will be arranged by hi-tours.

Post - Wedding Ceremony
A delicious, dinner is provided with the option of traditional Indian Music or Goan music. A special dinner menu is prepared to compliment the evening´s unique theme.

The Wedding Night
Couples will be provided with best possible accommodation. Candle light dinner with champagne is organized. Couples can choose the romance of dining to create a memorable evening.

The Next day
Special breakfast is arranged for the couple and the guest.

Honeymoon trip
Couples can continue their honeymoon trip and depart with unforgettable memories.

Pre–post wedding arrangements for Christian wedding

The Pre - Wedding Ceremony
Mehendi (special henna colouring applied in intricate, beautiful patterns on the hands) of the bride and the guests. A special Sangeet (Indian wedding songs) can be arranged.

Wedding Procession
A traditional procession starts from the hotel's gates of the hotel. Folk dancers and girls welcome the couple with a traditional dance, fireworks, escorting them into the main venue for the wedding.

The Wedding Ceremony
The Poojari conducts the special Hindu wedding ceremony in front of a "havan" or small fire, speaking ancient chants and blessing the wedding. An Indian music group plays traditional Indian music in the background.

Post - Wedding Ceremony
A delicious, dinner is provided with the option of traditional Indian Music or Goan music. A special dinner menu is prepared to compliment the evening´s unique theme.

The Wedding Night
Couples will be provided with best possible accommodation. Candle light dinner with champagne is organized. Couples can choose the romance of dining to create a memorable evening. A specially decorated room filled with flowers and the traditional glass of flavoured milk (Badam) that is offered to the groom by the bride. 2 bedtime drinks (Badam milk), dry fruits, cookies and fresh fruits will be kept in the room.

The Next day
Special breakfast is arranged for the couple and the guest.

Honeymoon trip
Couples can continue their honeymoon trip and depart with unforgettable memories.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVE

On arrival, our representative would meet you outside the customs gate; you will be escorted to the hotel. Guest will be welcomed with the ritual of anointing the forehead with vermillion paste (Tilak) and garlands symbolic of wishes for a pleasant stay. Later check into the hotel. Evening the most entertaining sight of the day will be the traditional Bridal Mehandi ceremony which refers to decorating bride's hands and feet with Henna. The day will end with a delectable meal served while one relishes the enticing Indian live classical music performance. (Overnight stay at hotel)

Day 2: AT HOTEL

Early Morning : Our beautician will help with the bride and groom for dressing and makeup.

Morning : Nuptial Chain ceremony for the groom. The final onset of the wedding takes place with a grand entrance of the groom with the exhilarating sounds of Panchavadyam music the groom and his family is traditionally welcomed by the bride's family on the gate of the pavilion. Beautifully decorated thalies (platters) are exchanged between the two families as the groom and his family is welcomed with garlands and floral showers.

The party then advances to the pandal for over the Homakudam for performing the rituals with holy fire as witness, amidst the sounds of sacred mantras chanted by the priest. The nuptial ceremony is fulfilled with the exchange of garlands by the couple as they vow to spend entire life together.

After the grand wedding the guests then can relish the scrumptious cuisines in typical South, North, Goan Indian ways (depending on clients choice and destination). Afternoon is left free for relaxation and leisure which is then followed by a bright and colorful evening adorned with performance by a dance troupe and the dance forms.

Day 3: DEPARTURE TRANSFER

Morning after breakfast departure transfer will be arranged for the guest. New married couple can enjoy their honeymoon trip.

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