From grooms atop of gold-adorned white horses to stolen shoes, read on for five of the most interesting South Asian wedding traditions you are likely to see at an Indian Wedding at Moon Palace Resorts that’ll leave you starry-eyed and possibly considering a move to Mumbai.
Blessings and Body Art
Probably the most-recognized tradition when it comes to Hindu weddings ceremony is Mehndi (or Henna) parties. Imagine the ultimate girls’ night in, but instead of manicures or DIY facials, the bride and her closest girl gang have their hands and feet adorned with intricately drawn on henna designs, which signify the blessing of the bond between the bride and her future husband.
Moon Palace Resorts offers Mehndi artists as part of its Indian Wedding packages, so prepare to have your extremities made into works of art.
You Won't Miss the Groom
Westerners are no strangers to making grand entrances at their weddings, but nothing is quite as impressive as the groom’s arrival at a Hindu wedding.
In the baraat (or groom's procession) the husband-to-be arrives to greet his future bride on an ornately-decorated white horse (yes, he literally rides in on a white horse). After his unforgettable entrance, he’s then welcomed by guests dancing around him to the beat of a drum, followed by the bride and her family who greet him with floral garlands.
At Moon Palace Resorts, a team of wedding specialists are there to assist with a tailor-made wedding that fulfills the intricate planning of the baraat, including flowers, décor, and even the horse itself!