A Bengali wedding is followed bysaat paak,where the bride encircles the groom seven times, while covering her face with betel leaves. Afterwards,shubhodrishtiis performed, where the bride removes the leaves and the couple’s eyes meet. This is followed by the blowing of conch shell.
2. Malayalee Wedding
Weddings in Kerala are short and crisp. They are held in the morning. The nuptial ceremony is calledvelli.The bride’s father welcomes the groom by washing his feet. The groom ties ataali (a yellow thread) around the bride's neck.
3. Assamese Wedding
The wedding day starts with the bathing custom, where the bride and groom’s mothers visit a nearby river to fetch holy water for the bath. The reception party, in Assamese weddings, is held before the marriage ceremony. Earlier people were fed curd, rice and jaggery, but nowadays people conduct lavish wedding reception.
4. Buddhist Wedding
A Buddhist wedding, just like their culture, is a simple affair; there are no mandatory rules and regulations. The couple gets married in a Buddhist temple, licensed as a legal marriage venue.
5. Jain Wedding
Jain'vivah vidhi'is followed by three major pre-wedding ceremonies,Lagan Lekhan,LaganpatrikaandSagai.Pherasandkanyadanare two important aspects of aJainiwedding.
6. Kannada Wedding
The first ritual is to clean themandapwhere the bride and groom will sit. The bride is brought to themandapby her sisters, covering her face with a fan made of peacock feathers. Afterwards, the bride’s parents give their daughter away in a ritual called‘dhare herdu’followed by‘satapadi’(seven circles.
7. Gujarati Wedding
The wedding starts withjaimaala, where the couple exchange garlands twice. There are just fourpherasin Gujarati weddings followed by seven steps.
8. Kashmiri wedding
On the wedding day, ‘Diugun’ is performed (like the haldi ceremony). At the arrival of the groom and his family, the fathers of the couple exchange nutmeg as a symbol of their friendship. Kashmiri weddings are very similar to Hindu marriages.
9. Marwari wedding
Pithi dastooris one of the important pre-wedding ceremonies which continues till the wedding day. When the groom arrives at the bride’s place, he has to hit atoran,tied on the door with aneemstick, followed bypherasand kanyadaanam.
10. Maharashtrian wedding
Prior to the wedding, theshakhar puda(engagement) ceremony takes place. During the wedding, the couple is separated with a silk shawl partition. Aftermangalshatkasare recited, the shawl is removed. After a few rituals, the couple seek permission from their parents to get married and then thepheras take place.
11. Punjabi wedding
On the wedding day, the bride’smamagives her ‘chuda’ (white and red bangles). Then the bride and groom are bathed in holy water brought from the Gurudwara, calledghara ghardoli. On the wedding night, the couple exchange garlands and then taken tomandapfor performing the rest of the rituals.
12. Christian wedding
The bride arrives at the venue with her father and is received by the groom’s best man with flowers. The priest reads the psalms and the couple take their vows and sign on a register. The reception is a great affair in Christian weddings.
13. Pahari wedding
On the wedding day, the groom is received with a ceremony calleddhulyarag.The bride wears a traditionaldupattacalled ‘pichhori’ and get ready for thepheras, which is followed by vidai.