Punjabi wedding traditions are considered to be among the most fun filled, pompous affairs in the country. There is dancing, singing, food, fun and frolic all throughout the ceremonies which start with Roka and Thaka where the two families exchange sweets and gifts to officiate the engagement. Then comes the Chunni chadayi where the groom's family visits the brides family with jewellery and gifts and a trademark red chunni for the bride. That is followed by, mangni or the official engagament of the couple by exchanging rings. Then comes the fun filled mehendi and ladies sangeet, which are both full of dancing and singing. The bride and all females of the family apply gorgeous henna designs on their hands.
On the wedding day, ceremonies begin early with Jago which starts late on the night prior to the wedding and goes on till the wee hours of the morning. The wedding day morning is very ceremonial too with Chooda chadhana where the bride's maternal uncle slips the chooda onto the bride's hand. The cermeony is filled with blessings and a lot of other pujas. The bride is also applied a mixture of sandalwood, turmeric, rosewater and mustard oil as a part of the haldi ceremony. This ceremony takes place at the groom's side too. Finally, in the evening the wedding ceremony takes place when the groom takes a baraat (procession) to the wedding venue and the two tie the knot among family and friends
Typically, the bride wears a Punjabi wedding suit or lehenga in bright colours and heavy embroidery. Although Red is a very popular colour, brides also opt for colors like green, gold, fuchsia and orange. The lehenga is paired with a matching dupatta with which she covers her head.
She is adorned in heavy jewellery which could be either heirloom or contemporary style . Some of the important inclusions in her jewellery are- maangtika, bangles, Nath, kamarbandh and Paijaniya. The bride's sister-in-law ties a set of Kalire ( dome shaped ornaments with danglers) to her wrists. Her henna covered hands looks absolutely beautiful in the traditional chooda (red and white bangles typically gifted by the bride's maternal uncle).
The groom normally wears a sherwani for the wedding day with either dhotis or churidar.
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