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Going for a Mixed Indian Wedding And Not Sure What to Do? Here’s How.

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So, you’re not Indian but gearing up for a mixed Indian wedding? That’s awesome sauce! But hold up, if you’re feeling a bit perplexed about how to blend traditions seamlessly, fear not, fellow weddinggoer! We’ve got your back with all the deets you need to make this celebration lit!

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Embrace Diversity, Yo!

Let’s kick things off with a major key: diversity is what makes mixed weddings so dope. Whether it’s different cultural backgrounds, languages, or traditions, it’s all about celebrating the mashup! So, get ready to groove to Bhangra beats one moment and sway to some Western or Chinese tunes the next. Embracing diversity is what makes this shindig uniquely lit.

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Dive into a Spectrum of Colors:

Bright, bold colours are a hallmark of Indian weddings. From elaborate decorations to extravagant outfits, you’ll be surrounded by a kaleidoscope of hues. Blend in by opting for vibrant attire, and don’t shy away from experimenting with bold colour choices. If you’re in doubt about what to wear, consider a traditional saree (read more below).

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Embrace the Crowd:

Indian weddings are grand affairs, and you can expect a sea of people. Be prepared for the hustle and bustle, as these celebrations are not just about the couple but also about bringing together extended families and friends. Navigate the crowd with a smile, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the infectious energy of the event.

Not Sure What To Wear? Go for a Saree (Female) / Sherwani (Male).

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When it comes to finding the perfect saree, Stylemart at Selegie Road is a go-to destination for expert advice and craftsmanship. This exclusive boutique has been the #1 choice in Singapore for generations and offers a wide range of traditional and contemporary sarees, ensuring you’ll find the perfect outfit for the celebration. 

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The artisans at Stylemart are literal masters of their craft, and their work has even been featured at the recent Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024. 

To catch a glimpse of their fusion bridal fashion wear, you can explore a sample catalogue on their website here. The fusion of traditional and contemporary designs showcased in their collection reflects the evolving trends in bridal fashion, making Stylemart a trailblazer in the field.

For gentlemen attending the wedding who don’t want to simply don a suit at the wedding, traditional Indian attire such as a kurta or sherwani is a safe and stylish choice. Complement your look with appropriate accessories – it’s a celebration, after all!

Allocate Time for the Full Experience

Indian weddings are not quick affairs. Be prepared to dedicate an entire day, if not more, to the festivities. From the morning rituals to the late-night celebrations, each part of the wedding holds cultural significance. Embrace the experience, savour the moments, and allocate enough time to fully immerse yourself in the celebrations.

Never Decline Food. Do Not Say No!

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In Indian culture, guests are considered a form of divine beings – ‘Athithi Devo Bhav,’ meaning the guest is God. Politely refusing food is considered rude. So, when offered a plate, indulge in the delicious array of traditional dishes. Your taste buds will thank you, and it’s a great way to connect with the culture.

Understanding the Alcohol Dynamics

While Indian weddings traditionally avoided serving alcohol during the main wedding ceremony, things have evolved. Alcohol might be served during the reception or the Sangeet party, which typically precedes the wedding. However, be prepared for the possibility of an alcohol-free main ceremony, and respect the cultural choices of the hosts.

What’s the Ang Bao Rate Ah? Master the Gifting Etiquette!

When it comes to wedding gifts, follow the custom of ending the denomination with the number ‘1’. For example, consider giving a gift in denominations like 101, 501, or 1001. This symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the newlyweds.

Don’t Forget there is ALWAYS a Part 2 in a Mixed Wedding

Depending on who is the other half, there might be a Chinese Tea Ceremony / Banquet or Malay Bersanding (Wedding Reception). These events often follow the main Indian wedding ceremony and are an integral part of mixed weddings. 

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The Chinese Tea Ceremony involves the newlyweds serving tea to their elders as a sign of respect and gratitude, while the Malay Bersanding is a regal affair where the couple sits on a beautifully adorned dais.

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Be sure to inquire about and prepare for these additional ceremonies, respecting and embracing the diverse traditions and dress codes that may come with them. 

This way, you can fully engage in the entirety of the celebration, appreciating the cultural richness that a mixed wedding brings.

Navigating a mixed Indian wedding is all about embracing diversity, blending while respecting traditions, and adding your flair to the mix. So, go ahead and make this celebration one for the books – you’ve got this, fam! 🎉✨

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