What is a Sangeet?
Sangeet – This ceremony is observed during the evening a day or two prior to the wedding. Both the bride’s and the groom’s family come together at a common venue and perform songs and dance routines, especially traditional Dandiya, Garba and Bhangra dances. The ritual presents an informal setting for the two families to get to know each other well.
Please try not wear uncomfortable shoes to this event - we want to dance with you :)
What is the Dress Code for the Sangeet?
We prefer Indian attire for the Sangeet. If you do not have an Indian outfit, feel free to wear what you like, as long as it's a little formal and you can dance in it :)
What is a Baraat?
Baraat - The wedding procession that starts from the groom's house and ends at the bride's. However, since the groom lives too far from the bride, we will start ours in the parking lot of The Marigold and end at the entrance of the wedding hall.
The groom will arrive on a horse, along with his relatives, who will walk with him while dancing to live music and a band.
The bride's mother and sister will then welcome the groom's family at the entrance.
I've never been to an Indian Wedding. What should I wear?
An Indian wedding ceremony is a festive occasion, so colorful outfits are welcome! A Sangeet is also a colorful event, so colorful Indian outfits are preferred.
The wedding is more formal and the couple will be wearing heavier Indian outfits.
Just pick something you love and can dance in! If you're looking for a more detailed answer, just ask the bride - she loves talking about clothes!
What is the significance of henna or mehndi?
Mehndi is a temporary natural dye used as an adornment by women, and is often associated with special celebrations such as weddings, Diwali, etc.
It will be applied on the bride's hands and feet a day or two before the wedding with intricate patterns and the groom's name/initials, which will be hidden somewhere. He will then have to find it (shhhh - if any of you find it before he does, don't tell him).
We will have a mehndi station at the Sangeet Night for anyone who wants to apply it!
What is Indian Standard Time (IST) and will this wedding be on IST?
Indian people are said to have their own standard time, because they always show up about 1-2 hours late to everything. Don't expect more than a 15 min IST. This wedding will NOT be IST and breakfast will be served at 9:30 am sharp.
What will the ceremony be like?
The ceremony will take place under a canopy-like structure called a mandap. A Hindu priest will officiate the ceremony and numerous relatives will perform specific roles under his guidance.
The bride and groom will be seated in front of the priest for most of the ceremony. The priest will recite verses in Sanskrit, but will also provide English explanations of the rituals. The ceremony will involve mostly Punjabi customs.
More detailed information will be available in our wedding program.
Is parking available at the wedding/sangeet venue?
Yes! There are large parking lots next to the hotel (sangeet venue) and banquet hall (marriage venue) that are complimentary for all wedding guests.
Is the wedding indoors or outdoors?
The wedding ceremony will be indoors, however, the baraat (groom's procession) will start outdoors.
When and how should I RSVP?
You can RSVP right here on the website! Click on the RSVP tab from the menu. Type in your name(s) as they appear on your invitation and press "Find RSVP".
If your name is not working, please contact the couple. The site will then display your name(s) and provide your e-mail. Please do send us your addresses, if we don't have them already.
You can then use the RSVP menu to indicate how many people from your invitation will be attending (you may also include RSVP for your +1s).
Submit your RSVP March 1st!
Is there a hotel room block?
Yes! On this website, click on the TRAVEL tab from the menu where you will find information about the hotel and discounted room rate.
I hear the bride and groom and their families play games during the ceremony - what's this about?
There are a lot of fun traditions surrounding Indian weddings. One is for the bride's sisters (or cousins) to steal the groom's shoes as he takes them off before entering the mandap. The groom must pay the bride's sisters in order to get them back because he is supposed to leave the mandap with the same shoes he came in.
Another game is played when the bride and groom race to their seats after circling the fire sacrifice. The first one to sit down wins the game and also is said to have the upper hand in the household.
OK, enough about the wedding. What about the food?
There will be vegetarian (mostly Indian) food at all of the wedding events. We have decided this because most members of our families follow strict vegetarian diets - no eggs, meat or poultry.
The basis for a vegetarian diet is a religious belief that treats all living things with respect. (Don't worry - we've tried the food, and it's quite tasty!)
Also, we are working with our caterer to specify if any dishes contain allergens like nuts, so please don't worry - you'll know what's in the food before you take it.