Saree Options For a Marathi Bride

Marathi Matrimony is the most simple and least grandiose wedding within India with emphasis laid on rites and rituals. Even a Marathi bride does not go over the top in terms of makeup, wedding attire and jewelry. Infact a Marathi bride is dressed simply yet looking very elegant in a traditional ensemble and jewelry with simple makeup.

Traditionally, a Marathi bride would always wear a nine yard saree from the conventional loom. It is a Paithani silk saree in yellow or green as these colors are considered auspicious. However, today, with modernity taking over every aspect of our lives, a Marathi bride also dresses up in different styles of sarees and also varied kind of sarees. Lets have a look at the variety of options that she can work around.

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Traditional Nine yard saree– A Marathi bride looks the best in a nine yard saree draped in the traditional style usually in green or yellow. All the jewelry and other accessories are visible well when the saree is draped in this manner- the waistband, the armband, head piece, necklace, the nose ring and of course earrings. It makes her look elegant and powerful at the same time.

Six yard saree– Many brides also wear the regular six yard saree and pin it up well so that the waistband and the arm band are visible. The bride looks evidently beautiful in this ensemble as well. The saree could be in any silk loom. The popular looms in Maharashtra are paithani, narayanpeth and ikkat. However, these days, brides choose other fabrics and looms as well. They are usually in silk and a bright colour to add to it.

Stone embellished saree- With immense influence from Bollywood, Marathi brides have also started wearing stone embellished and zardosi sarees for weddings and if not for the main function, they definitively try to get a designer wear for one of the pre- wedding events.

Unique Saree Styles– Brides like to try out new styles of saree draping to give a different look to their attire. Gone are the days of wearing a normal styled saree, today brides experiment with novel styles often aped from their favourite movie start or celebrity.

Every girl grows up dreaming about her wedding day and how she will look on that day. These varied saree options can make any bride look like a damsel and steal a million hearts. So get set to look beautiful and elegant on your big day!

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Dressing Ideas For a Bridesmaid For a Marathi Wedding

Bridesmaid is a western culture where the bride’s sisters and friends are an integral part of the wedding. They are the shadow of the bride and have specific roles to play. Slowly this culture is venturing into India as well. Indian brides also have about 5-6 women as their bridesmaids who are the most important people at the wedding after the bride and the groom of course!

Choosing the bridesmaid is daunting task and so is deciding their attire for the wedding. We give you some ideas on how to make your bridesmaids look pretty and elegant and yet not overshadow the bride-to-be in a Marathi Matrimony.

Sarees, lehengas, anarkali suits or salwar kameez are some of the popular choices for Indian bridesmaids. However, nowadays there are special trends that are in vogue and the bridesmaids want to look nothing but perfect for the wedding.

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Match it right- Pick colors from the brides ensemble and get something made for the bridesmaid out of it. For instance if the bride is wearing an orange and red lehenga with green motifs and embellishments, you could get simple lehengas made in red and green for the bridesmaid. This will give them a unique look and they will be matching with the bride as well.

Contrast is in- Today, contrast is also in vogue so you can choose a completely different color for the bridesmaid’s attire that goes with the bride’s ensemble but has no resemblance to it. For instance, if the bride is wearing an orange lehenga or saree, the bridesmaid could be dressed in a red attire or even yellow. The two colors are different but they blend in well. It will make for amazing pictures as well.

Color Play- Usually, bridesmaids outfits are monochromatic using a single color. Think out of the box and get different color outfits for each bride. You could plan to have all the hues of the rainbow or choose two-three colors that blend in well like red, orange and yellow have the bridesmaids wear these shades so no particular color gains prominence.

Mix and match- The bride and her team of bridesmaid can mix and match their color scheme. If the bride is wearing a combination of purple and pink with purple being the base color, the bridesmaids could wear the opposite with pink being the base and purple the other color. Along with the colors the bride and her bridesmaids could also mix the type of outfits they plan to wear. If the bride is wearing a lehenga for the main function, the bridesmaids could wear sarees. For some of the pre-wedding functions they could swap.

Indian weddings are all about color, celebration and fun. Lets bring out the colorful best in a Marathi matrimony through the variety of outfits the bride and the bridesmaid can wear. These simple tips will help you plan for your big day in a more aesthetic manner.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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