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99Labels Wedding Week Blogging Contest

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Chandu from Bohemian Rhapsody has requested her friends to participate in the 99Labels Wedding Week Contest (and also cuz she’s promised to split the points earned with me and share the free shopping :P) and also because she thinks three-and-half years post shaadi & abundant advice  given to the unmaried friends, I’m qualified to give shaadi gyan.

So the topics I could choose from, are as follows:

  • My big fat Indian wedding
  • What “not to do” while planning a wedding!
  • My dream wedding – Simple or lavish?
  • Traditions I love/hate in Indian weddings
  • My wedding shopping spree!

My Big fat Indian Wedding: The wedding planning happened over 3 cities, crazy working schedules, leave issues at work (for me), dengue (the Hujband had dengue right before the wedding), my mom did the sari shopping in Cal completely (I only chose the wedding sari after my mom coerced me to) while I did the interesting part of wedding shopping in Bombay and MIL did the rest of the shopping in Delhi, while the Hujband was only told to book the tickets to 7 fro Delhi and Cal (So he books 6 tickets from Delhi to Cal and 6 tickets back…he forgot to book my ticket from Cal to Delhi till it was loudly & pointedly brought to his notice by his sister). Did I mention we had the pre-shaadi & shaadi in Cal and the reception in Gurgaon. We had 2 pandits (Bong & Punjabi) who kept trying to outdo each other and made us sit in front the blazing fire for ages till the Hujband quietly whipped out a couple of 500 ka notes & gave it to the pandits. trust me the rest of the ceremony was wrapped up in 20 minutes flat.

What I do actually want to talk about are the Traditions I love/hate in Indian weddings.


  • The cost of hosting a typical Indian wedding
  • Inviting the entire world and his family
  • The umpteen relatives all throwing their respective tantrums – FROM BOTH SIDES
  • The “gifts” given to the groom’s family & friends (I recently attended one where a fully loaded latest model Honda City was proudly displayed by both parties at the reception venue)
  • The 3 hours where the couple is made to sit before the scared fire while the havan goes on (I like Mallu weddings that way…blink & you miss it)
  • The thousands of myriad rituals and dare you miss on anyone for the fear of offending anyone from either side (more so in a cross cultural wedding)
  • Having to invite all & sundry even if you haven’t met them ever before in your life
  • The bowing down by the girl’s family before the groom like they’r doing the girl’s family a favour

Likes (Loves actually):

  • The food (especially in a Bong wedding)
  • The entire family coming together (especially if you come from a big family like mine)
  • The masti, mazak, naach-gaana, hanging out with cousins, ganging up & taking the poor bakra/ bakri’s case
  • Getting to wear my saris
  • Meting old friends & making new ones
  • Getting to visit new cities & towns
  • Experiencing the different cultures & traditions that Indians have to offer (For instance did you know that in Assamese, the MIL puts sindoor ont he bride before the wedding)
  • National integration (especially in my family) and each new member will come up with superstitions & traditions from his/ her part of the country & trying them all
  • Taking the case of new members and making sure they’r welcomed (and that’s my job mostly since I’m a sister in a family with alot of brothers of marriageable age)
  • Meeting grandparents and hearing old old stories retold time and again with a new detail everytime
  • The catching up & the bonding sessions with cousins (this time in Cal we cousins bonded over daaru in Oly Pub :P) and grandparents
  • Hearing the old stories of how the entire family used to get together in the summer vacations at the ancestral home and 5 kgs of rice would be cooked every single day
  • Being told how much I am like my mother/ my grandmother/ my great grandmother
  • Whacking old heirloom saris from grandmoms, getting them polished & wearing them with a modern twist
  • The traditions we create on our own
  • Actually understanding why we have certain traditions

Yup Indian weddings are fun; and courtesy our entire extended khaandaans & the gaana-bajaana & khaana-peena, they all are BIG FAT INDIAN WEDDINGS in their own way.

All you have to do is blog about one or more of the topics mentioned hereinabove.

There are no fixed rules for content of posts. Anything goes as long as it is fun and original. Just use your imagination!!!!

What’s in it for you?

  • The best blog entry wins Rs 3000 worth of free credit on 99labels.
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    Topic : Traditions I love/hate in Indian weddings.

Written by SupMM

November 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

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