We are famous for our Big Fat Weddings! People of this sub-continent put their soul in the wedding decoration that looks spectacular, made of flowers, creative staging, floral arrangements, lighting, music and of course lehenga clad girls and women glittering in gold, all this and so much more that might put Hollywood’s most dazzling event to shame. Indians take pride in their weddings and one of the most cardinal elements in making a wedding grandiose is a flower. Although every flower is a beauty to marvel at, a few of them are an absolute favorite of people of India as you will find them in the wedding of every budget.
Here are the 5 most popular florals that mark the beauty quotient in Big Fat Indian Wedding.
Rose petals are not only used as decor in Indian Weddings but are also used as a flavor in some beverages served in the event. The most prominent use of rose petals is made during the ‘jaimaala’ ceremony when they are showered on bride and groom continuously for a few minutes. The reason behind this ceremony is to shower the couple with love that the flower is considered the epitome of.
Considered as one of the most stylish florals in a wedding, orchids are used in garland that bride and groom exchange to initiate the ceremony. The exchange of garlands can be considered as greetings between the couple and is known as “jaimaala”, jai: greeting, maal: garland (maala). It is one of the most fun part of the wedding ceremony in India. It is equivalent to ring exchange in the white weddings.
Marigold is being used in Indian weddings long before “Sasural Genda Phool” gave this flower a celebrity status. It is the most popular wedding flowers in India. Different shades of this flower are used to create Rangoli, a decorative pattern created at the doorstep or entrance of the venue with flowers to welcome the guests with fragrance and beautiful designs made of flowers. Rangoli is further adorned with diyas to symbolize the light in the path of guests that are attending the event.
Mandap is the most sacred part of the wedding where the rituals of the wedding takes place. It is a four pillared ornamented altar where the marriage is officiated. Phere, mangalsutra and sindoor, all the three ceremonies the marks the holy matrimony between the bride and the groom is performed under a decorated space designed in the center of the venue or in a different space altogether. Mandap is decorated with carnations in vibrant shades to lend a magical look to it.
They might be known for their medicinal values but when it comes to Indian wedding they serve multiple purposes. Not only they form an essential part of the bouquets to gift but also adorn the mesmerizing hairstyle of women making it pretty enough to command attention from everyone. Although the flower comes in a variety of shades, pink, blue, lilac, purple & light yellow but the most loved shade of this flower is white.
Having an Indian Wedding is a unique wedding idea that your guests will love, even if you aren’t Indian!