Marathi Weddings: Some Simple Ways to Have Great Fun

Marathi weddings are somber and simple with a lot of emphasis laid on rites and rituals. Unlike North Indian weddings there is not too much scope for fun and frolic. But with changing times, couples want to add some fun element to their weddings. Here are some unique ways of making a Marathi matrimony into one with a lot of entertainment.


Fun Venue Selection– Instead of having a wedding in the regular venues such as a marriage hall or a garden, have your wedding in a more vibrant and fun place. For instance, keep your wedding at an amusement park. Book the entire park for the wedding. Keep a small place for the official ceremonies and thereafter, let the guests enjoy the rides and other fun things at the park. In this way you can also have some fun at your wedding.

Are Wedding Ceremonies– Though Marathi weddings do not have the concept of having a cocktail and sangeet night or even a big mehendi function but youngsters these days want to have all these ceremonies as they add an element of fun to the wedding. Organize a gala entertainment programme with a lot of music and dance and also games so that all the guests can have a good time and so can the bride and the groom. At this event, the bride and the groom’s families can perform a special dance. Even the bride and the groom can shake a leg in rhythm and have their friends join in. To keep the kids entertained you could have a magic show or some activity based games.

These functions also work as ice breakers between the bride and the groom side before the main wedding. You could have simple food but emphasis on the entertainment quotient at these events.

Post wedding reception- Usually most weddings are somber as the main focus is the rites and rituals. So there isn’t much scope for having any fun. However, you could have a grand reception after the wedding for all the guests. In this party you can have music and dance. Also, have photo booths and other props to keep the guests enthralled and engaged.

Fun Photo Shoot- Most couples are quite done with the formal photos being taken at weddings. Now the trend is to have a candid photo story. So you can have a fun photo shoot before the wedding at different locales (both outdoors and indoors). It could be a fine mix of formal, informal, with props, at coffee shops or their favorite meetings place. It could be made into a story and screened at the reception.

Weddings are occasions for people to meet and bond. They are happy occasions and the best way to make them memorable is to add some special elements to it. With these small tips you will surely have a memorable wedding- one that will go down the memory lane for all.

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Ideas to Make a Marathi Wedding Stunning

Marathi weddings are perhaps the simplest and least grandiose weddings in India with no elaborate pre wedding ceremonies. All the rituals and ceremonies have a spiritual significance that showcase the values and traditions of the Maharashtrian culture. Still Marathi weddings are full of color and vibrancy with fun elements added to the somber rituals. We tell you ways and means to make a Marathi wedding look more glamorous and stunning.


Glam up the venue– Usually a Marathi matrimony take place in a marriage hall where not much can be changed or done. So you can make the wedding look more glamorous if the venue is shifted to an outdoor location or by the poolside of a hotel. An outdoor setting always adds charm to the wedding. Also, minimal effort is then needed to accessorize the place as the natural beauty overtakes everything else.

Different Decor– Instead of having the same run-of-the-mill decor of flowers and drapes you could plan something different for the wedding, which will look good and also not cost too much. You could use recycled paper and objects to create wall art or lighting. You could use dupattas with work on it as drapes. It will not only add color to the place but also be light on the pocket. You could also get a professional to suggest some good decor ideas. 

Photo Booth– The latest trend at weddings is to have a photo booth wherein the guests and family take pictures of themselves with props. It is a good way of entertaining the guests without having to do much. You could have some interesting props so that the whole activity becomes fun. This could be a part of the wedding reception. 

Destination Wedding- A lot of couples are planning destination weddings today to get away from the hustle bustle of the city and also have only a few select people for the wedding. When the guest list is curtailed a lot can be done on the venue and decor as the funds can be diverted to glam up the wedding. Get a professional to work on your venue decor because in an outstation venue, it is best to hire someone as you would not know too much about the place.

Wedding Favors- Though giving favors is a more western culture but in Indian weddings as well gifts are given to immediate family and close friends. You could make this more personal by giving customized gifts for each member of the family. This would be more meaningful as well as inch up the classy notch of the wedding.

Weddings are a way of celebrating the union of a couple. Whether they are done on a large scale or not, the idea is to have fun and to spread love and cheer.

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Some Post Wedding Rituals in a Marathi Wedding

Marathi wedding is not restricted to a particular day and the celebrations and ceremonies continue post-wedding too. It is not just one day of fun; the couple and their family enjoy and participate in almost a week filled with festivities and ceremonies.  Let us have a look at the post wedding rituals that are an integral part of the post wedding ceremonies of a Marathi matrimony.


Laxmi Narayan puja : A newly married couple is said to be a symbol of Laxmi and Narayan; i.e. Lord and Goddess, and hence everyone including the groom’s mother, worships them like we worship our deity and all seek their blessings as they are symbol of love, prosperity and harmony.

Pathavni :  This is definitely the most daunting and emotional post-wedding ceremony, i.e. pathavani.  Almost like bidding farewell to the bride by her family as she now is a part of a new family. The bride seeks blessings of her elders and parents and wishes her siblings a good life and luck. While the bride is meeting her family members, the groom goes and pick the the idol of Annapoorna deity and keeps it in his pocket. Later this deity is placed in the groom’s house, it represents that there will be no dearth of food and prosperity in his house.

Varat : Amongst the tears of pathavni, the groom and bride sit inside the car and starts the varat. A procession that carries the bride to the groom’s house is varat. It comprises groom’s family, his friends and so forth.  Lovely music is played; firecrackers are burst to announce the arrival of a new bride. This joy and celebrations, lightens up the bride’s mood too.

Grihapravesh : Every moment of the new bride’s life is a celebration, as she enters the groom’s house for the first time, there is a grihapravesh ceremony held in her honor. A bowl filled with rice grains is placed at the threshold and the bride kicks it with her right feet. This symbolizes that the new bride rings In prosperity.

Satyanarayan puja: Post wedding, generally the next day or the day after, a puja is held in the honor of the newly married couple. A priest comes and performs it, and the newlyweds perform it as per his instructions.  This is the first venture they undertake as a husband and wife; they seek blessings for a prosperous and happy married life. Later, there is a lovely Maharashtrian feast to celebrate the puja.

Kuldevat Puja:  Every ritual and ceremony is ticked off the list, however there is still one more to be taken care off. Every family has a deity that has his or her temple in a particular village.  After the Satyanarayan puja, the newlyweds go and seek blessings of the groom’s kuldevat (family deity). They either go on alone or the groom’s family accompanies them.

A Marathi wedding is a perfect mix of rituals, traditions and merriment.  It respects our traditions as well as ensures that everyone has a good time.

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Essential Pujas Before a Traditional Marathi Wedding

Marathi wedding is all about respecting your traditions and following simple rituals. Throughout the wedding, there are ceremonies to worship and seek blessings of different deities. As the couple embarks on a new journey, the idea is to start it on a positive and happy note. Let us take a look at the essential pujas that are performed before a traditional Marathi wedding starts.

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Seeman Puja:  The wedding ceremony kicks off with a welcome ceremony or Seeman puja. As the groom and his family arrives at the wedding venue; the bride’s parents welcome them and greet them. Hindus believe that guests are like Gods and they are to be respected accordingly. The bride’s mother washes the groom’s feet and smears chandan or sandalwood paste on his feet. She applies haldi and kumkum on the groom’s mother’s forehead. And, later with diyas and silver plate, the groom’s family’s aarti is done by the mother.  And amidst smiles and chatter, the groom and his family enter the wedding venue.

Ganesh puja:  Every and any ritual is incomplete without the blessings of Lord Ganesh.  The Ganesh puja is to worship him and seek his blessings so that the entire wedding ceremony and the marital life of the newly-weds is sans any hardships and obstacles. Everyone prays to Lord Ganesh and thus the wedding ceremony begins. There are separate pujas performed by bride and groom’s family respectively.

Devdevak:  After worshipping Lord Ganesh, the bride and groom and their families pray and worship their respective gods and deities. Each family has their own deity they pray to and before they venture into a celebration they thank their family deity and also seek his blessings. This includes God and Goddesses that have their temples in the native villages of the families.  It is not always practical for the families to visit the villages, so the priests perform a puja at the wedding venue itself.

Gauri Haar puja: Just before the garlands are exchanged, the bride goes away from the main venue. She adorns a yellow or golden colored saree gifted to her by her maternal uncle and prays to the Goddess Parvati idol placed on a mound of rice. She keeps placing grains of rice and flowers to the Goddess.  She prays for long life of her groom and a happy marital life. She goes on praying, until it is the muhurta or the auspicious time to get married.

The ceremonies or the pujas are referred to with different names in different regions of Maharashtra. However, the key idea is to seek the blessings of every god for a successful and happy married life of the newly-weds with Marathi Matrimony. Though with passage of time, the wedding venue and themes have changed, the love and respect for God is unparalleled.  Different deities like Brahma, Parvati, Ganesh are worshipped and respected. Not just that, even the different planets like Rahu are worshipped; even diverse energies like akash and agni and Jal are respected.

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Diary Of A Balija Bride

To share the plans and inspirations that a Balija bride has for the day of the wedding is fantastic and it brings back all those things that she has harbored in her mind for long. As a matter of fact, the feeling is hard to express but the fact that she wants to begin life with someone whom she has probably met for a few years or even a week before the wedding create a sensational excitement. One of the most important things on which the bride focuses is the look and it should be different than the way in which she may have dressed up until now. While Balija Matrimony is all about a series of rituals, there is little to explore but the preparations to bring the change must begin early.

  • Busy with preparations: You should never be too busy with the preparation which steals the tine that you spend for yourself. Instead of roaming in the sun and doing all the shopping, you can take time out to pamper yourself. Taking a bath with mineral salt and rose petals added to the water is the best you can do during the day.
  • Call the beautician: You may have thought of visiting the beauty salon a couple of times but never mind if you have discarded the idea as you can invite the salon expert at home and relax.
  • Pay attention to the teeth: How about all those make up on the face with a smile which exposes your yellow teeth? It is hard to find out how the reaction may come from the other end but if you pay a little bit of attention and carry out dental polishing before the arrival of the big day, there is not much harm you will do to your teeth but surely win over people with smile.
  • Buying the sari: The experience is more important than the sari but it would be bookish to say that and the best you can do is to experiment with colours. You can try different hues of shades that are bright or combine the bright and light shades to complete the wedding. When you allow love to sparkle, it shows its glitters all the way.
  • Enjoying a tea party: Celebrating the fervour of wedding with a tea party is all that you need to light up the occasion in more ways than one. However, it can create the way for another session of brainstorming with the entire set of friends expressing their perceptions about wedding and its preparations.
  • Driving round the town: Giving a boost to your driving skills is one of the things you can do to set the stage alive. The best option is to derive around the city which will create a feeling of empowerment and all that you have learnt about woman emancipation until now is to be implemented subtly.
  • Talking to the fiancé: You can take your time out for the day and speak to your fiancé about anything and you bet it is the best ways to avoid being judgemental but knowing a person becomes easy.

Wedding is destined as once in a lifetime occasion and the same is applicable for Balija Matrimony and its rituals. Make sure that you celebrate life in the way you have penned the lines in the diary.

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Get The Right Groom Look For The Balija Wedding

When it comes to Balija Matrimony, the ways in which the groom should dress up and the appearance are things you need to consider. Just as the bride looks bright and energetic on the day of the wedding, the groom must reflect an equal spirit and fervour. As far as the appearance of the groom is concerned, it is not so much about what you can create rather synchronising the appearance with the attire which can make the difference. The happiness that lurks around and the jittery feelings showcase how the groom needs to look during all the rituals that care to be held before the wedding and a day before that. Similar to the bride, the groom also needs to apply a bit of those natural packs that can bring the change even if temporarily and the climate during the wedding ceremony is one of the things that you should keep in mind.

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  • Exercising before wedding: With all the belly fat that the groom may have accumulated over the years, it is not easy to get it down in a few months. However, it is always possible to shed a few kilos and this is the first step you can take to create the appearance of the groom.
  • Do not starve: Although you may need to shed a few pounds before wedding, there is no need to starve as it can take away the brightness to a certain extent. It is necessary that you eat healthy and avoid all those things that can make the appearance.
  • Choosing the attire: When it comes to the attire of Balija Matrimony the dhoti is indispensible. However, the men have started to deviate from the traditions and many of them prefer the modern day suit, sherwani or the dresses that the grooms wear in the northern part of India. Whatever it may be, the appearance of the groom is to be taken into consideration and what you nut be suitable for the groom according to the built and height.
  • New clothes: It is true that during the rituals of the wedding ceremony, the groom is showered with gifts and clothes and no matter how traditionally the groom needs to dress during the wedding, the rest of the clothes can be purchased according to the preferences of the groom. Shopping with the bride a few days before the wedding brings the couple close and builds the mutual trust which is needed.
  • Elegant and gracious: To present yourself as a groom in front of rest of the people, the groom must portray a lot of elegance and graciousness in the attitude. In no way can the groom invest in a dress which is cheap or colours that do not work with the traditional aspects of wedding.
  • Carrying the attire: Regardless of the dresses that the groom should wear during the wedding ceremony, it is good enough to carry the attire well and depicting smartness is the way to look like a groom on the big day.

The appearance of the groom on the day of the wedding can change a lot of things such as the feelings of the bride and the way in which the ceremonies are perceived. Buying the right clothes and applying optimum makeup is a good way to begin.

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