Wedding Extravaganza: my traditional Gujarati wedding!
For my wedding at Kabir Farms in Vadodara, Gujarat last year- I opted for a traditional Gujarati drape called the panetar. I had always fancied myself in a traditional panetar for my big day!
The white body of the panetar is generally woven in gajji silk whereas the red border generally has stripes or designs interweaved with gold zari. To prettify the look of the panetar, designers overlay a patch of tie dyed bandhani on the pallu of the saree (as was the case with my outfit). Gujarat has a rich tradition of tie-dye textiles which is mirrored in the art of the panetar.
The chunni over my head and shoulder symbolizes my shift into the new family as well as my responsibility as a wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, and for future’s sake- a mom. It’s astonishing how many roles a woman plays in the Indian culture! Pondering about this silent thought, I thank all the beautiful women in my life- chiefly my two gorgeous moms!
The main red bindi on my forehead signifies the “third eye” or what is believed to be the hub of the nervous system. You will often see me idolizing the bindi in most of my photos or for those who know me, have probably heard me yak about it all the time- I love big bindis! The red and white bindis ornamenting my face symbolize Parvati- Goddess of good fortune. I talk about the significance of the colours red and white in my very first post "What is a Linchpin?".
My wedding rituals and ceremonies were performed as per tradition however; my entry as a bride had to be a tad atypical as the bride’s entry is one of the most sought after affairs of an Indian wedding. A cycle- rickshaw decked with marigold flowers (one of my favourite flowers btw) was used for my swanky entry. Traditionally the bride’s maternal uncle (i.e. mama) walks the bride to the mandap but because I didn’t want my mama to break bones on the rickshaw with me on it, my brother chauffeured me to the mandap.
With a swanky goodbye- until next time- wed on!
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Captured by: Raghav Trivedi and Mihir Mehta
Makeup by: Sakhi Beauty (Vadodara)
P.S. Don't tell me you missed the Virushka Wedding!?!