Wedding rituals and traditions of India are generally based on religion or society. It is the community that decides the kind of wedding ceremony a couple would have.
Arya Samaj Wedding:-
Unlike all other Indian communities, the Arya Samaj people in India don’t believe in the grand rituals of the typical Hindu wedding function.
One can also blend Arya Samaj wedding with any other Hindu community wedding. According to the popular belief, the Arya Samaj weddings are mainly conducted for Hindus, but in case there are non-Hindus who want to have an Arya Samaj wedding, they can also get married according to the Arya Samaj traditions. But to perform such a wedding, they have to be transformed through a practice called `Shuddhi` meaning purification.
North Indian Wedding:-
The north Indian weddings are usually associated with grandeur and magnificence and are the most popular kind of Indian wedding.
In fact, North Indian Weddings have cast its spell on so many foreigners that there are many who want to get married in India. As a result, wedding tourism in India has also gained huge popularity. Apart from the extravagance, another exceptional feature of North Indian weddings is their complete loyalty to traditional customs and rituals. Like all other parts of India, North Indian weddings follow common rituals and customs.
South Indian weddings:-
The customs and rituals of a typical south Indian wedding are very interesting and exciting.
The south Indian wedding is popular for flowers and fragrance. In the wedding hall of a south Indian wedding, one would find decorations of grown plantain trees, which are suggestive of evergreen plenty for endless generations. Overhead embellishments of mango leaves symbolise the never ending relationship which is about to begin. Then, notes of nadaswaram are recited that suggest union of the bride and the groom is scared and divine. Kolam or rangoli designs are made at the doorsteps to complement the mood of the occasion. After that, the family of the couple gives a hearty welcome is to the guests who arrive for the ceremony. At the wedding entrance, sprinkling of rose water perfumes the visitors.
The sugar candy which is offered in the wedding indicates the sweetness of a happy event.
East Indian weddings:-
The East Indian weddings stringently follow the Vedic rules and regulations instructed. In the states like West Bengal, Bihar Orissa, Assam, predominant rituals of a marriage are reflected.
As per Hindu matrimonial dharma, marriage is believed to be a sacrament of two souls. In the East Indian weddings, the rituals and traditions are considered the principle component of marriage. Marriage is a lifetime commitment from a man to his wife and a woman to her husband. Marriage is the strongest social bond that can take place between a man and a woman. The east Indians believe that Grahastha Ashram or the householder stage, the second of the four stages of life, as per the vedas, begins when a man and a woman enter the holy union of matrimony.
As per east Indians, matrimonial is not an incentive for human weakness, but it is meant for overall spiritual and emotional growth. Man and woman are considered as soul mates that through the foundation of marriage direct the energy connected with their entity instincts and zeal into the development of their souls. The eastern states of India like West Bengal, Assam, Bihar or Orissa signify the customs of such a marriage.
West Indian weddings:-
In the West Indian weddings, the culture of the Indian states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and so on gets reflected. The culture of these states may be very different but the wedding rituals are almost similar to the rest of the nation.
The West Indian marriages generally follow the customs of western India. The states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and others perform their customs and rituals in a typical West Indian manner. Arranging a marriage is a pre-requisite of Indian parents and other relatives of both bride and groom in a West Indian wedding.
There was a time when parents got their children married during their childhood so that they can start living as husband wife after reaching the legal age. However, these days, this practice is not performed.
In India, no matter, you are a part of which state, a wedding here is always celebrated as the most auspicious and grand occasion of one’s life.