Lisbon Wedding Planner a wedding planner team based in Lisbon, through time has organized several Indian weddings in Portugal. Actually there is a growing tendency of Asians searching for a wedding destination in Portugal because of the its good weather and hospitality.
Having planned Indian weddings, Lisbon Wedding Planner is familiarized with the Indian wedding traditions such as the exchanging of flower necklaces, the traditional paintings with the mehndi (henna) on the bride and guests. Did you know that it is said that as darker the painting is on the bride the more she will be loved by her future husband? According to tradition the Indian wedding lasts a week, the festivities beginning with fertility rituals, where the bride and friends have their hands decorated with mehndi while singing traditional songs about love and the future couples life. As couples choose Portugal as their wedding destination and because it is a foreign country, the logistic has to be different and the Indian weddings normally last two days. Lisbon Wedding Planner knows the perfect venue to host your Indian wedding ceremony in Portugal - Villa Sao Paulo a wedding venue and also a wedding accommodation on the Cascais coast.
Villa Sao Paulo has already hosted several Indian weddings with the wedding planning of Lisbon Wedding Planner. Normally the couples choose Villa Sao Paulo as their wedding destination in Portugal for the idyllic location by the sea and for being such a unique wedding venue. As tradition is adapting itself to the contemporary world and love is not all about races, nationalities or skin colour, interracial weddings are a growing trend. So in the case of Indian weddings in Portugal we have been witnessing weddings that are made of two different religious ceremonies to respect the couples wishes and traditions.
And that has been the case of the weddings that Lisbon Wedding Planner has organized: weddings with two different ceremonies to respect different religions. In India the Indian wedding ceremony normally lasts about a week and through this week there are several occasions where gifts are exchanged and games are played to bond. But doing an Indian wedding in Portugal requires a different logistic and so normally couples choose to have a two day wedding, one for the Indian wedding ceremony and the other one for the civil ceremony.
Lisbon Wedding Planner helps plan the whole wedding process starting with the Sangeet ceremony on the night before the wedding day. This is a celebration where the family and friends of the couple make a presentation and then an Indian DJ does the party with songs from famous movies of Bollywood and Bhangra Dance.
At the entrance of Sangeet, women receive a common colorful flower bracelet or bangles and men receive a colored cloth to tie on the handle.
Women also receive a pack of bindhi (third eye). The day after is the actual wedding ceremony that is made by a Brahmin or Pandith, he is a key part of a marriage because he is the leader of the whole ceremony.
The celebrations begin in the morning, first with the Ganesh Puja, when the groom's relatives pray to the elephant god asking for success during the day.
The Indian wedding ceremony is usually longer than an average "Western" wedding, normally exceeding 90 minutes. The wedding ceremony takes place under a four-pillar structure. In much of the ceremony the bride and groom are sitting across from each other and maintain eye contact all the time.
On the wedding day the bride’s clothes are the Saree made with cotton or silk, sequins, sparkles and beads. They should be full of colors to be more festive and full of bright jewellery, a lot of gold and most of all they must be red because of the color of the Goddess Lakshmi that symbolizes beauty, the abundance, generosity and especially wealth and fortune.
The guests must also have vivid and bright clothes. The groom wears a turban and he is often accompanied by a vice groom – it is believed that the vice groom brings luck to the groom.
The bride also has a vice bride, the vice groom and vice bride are considered shadows of the couple and they are also meant to help during the festivities.
One of the most iconic moments of the Indian wedding ceremony is when the bride's father washes the groom's feet: "So that they are as pure as the bride."
The most important moment of every Indian wedding is the Saptapadi, or seven steps, when they go around the sacred fire (Agni). At the end of the wedding ceremony the groom covers the bride with Sindur, the powder that she will use for the rest of her life until her death or until she becomes a widow.
At the end of the ceremony the bride and groom seek the blessing of the elderly and say in turn "Petru Pathunarum, the Vahlga Peruvahlum" - translation: May you reach sixteen Graces and live a glorious life. "
Some important elements for the indian wedding ceremony:
Fresh flowers – means beauty
Ghee - the special butter to feed the sacred fire.
Sindur - red powder to bring good luck, that will be used by his wife after marriage.
Rice and other grains - represent the food needed for life.
Coconut - female fertility
Water - Purification element
Agni - sacred fire
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