Archive for November, 2019

Flowers and South Indian Weddings

What is the most important part of the wedding halls of any Indian wedding? No doubt, it is, of course, the center stage. This is the place that gets the maximum attention because the groom and the bride adorned the center stage. So if you look at any pictures of wedding halls, the center stage is emphasized.

The center stage in the wedding hall cannot be left emptied or ordinary. It should stand out from the other parts of the wedding hall. So, what can be done to make it stand out from the rest? Well, you can decorate it. One of the best things to decorate it with, is flowers. This is very true, especially in the case of south Indian weddings.

The décor of the wedding feels incomplete without the fresh flowers. It makes a perfect background and presents an amazing look to the stage. Not only is it used only in the center stage, but it is also in fact decorated in the whole venue giving a gorgeous look.

A South Indian wedding is incomplete without fresh flowers. They are unavoidable and they are seen from the puja thali to the décor of the hall. Also, they beautifully adorn the bride’s hair and are also used in the garlands of the bride and the groom. The garlands are mostly made of jasmine and are a very common sight in the south Indian weddings. It gives the wedding a vintage effect. The flowers play a very important role that almost all the ladies adorn their hair at the wedding with flowers, especially the jasmine. The aroma, beauty is unmatchable to any other place.

In south India, the wedding stage is decorated with heavy flower decorations. It is considered auspicious and is mostly adorned with jasmine and other flowers of their choice. 

Flowers and Hair

In south India, flowers are believed to be auspicious and also a custom. The ladies adorn their hair with beautiful fresh flowers like rose, jasmine, kanakambaram, chrysanthemum and other flowers which are beautiful and fragrant or whichever suits them. In the mythological stories of south India, flowers were used both by men and women to beautify their hair. Slowly the custom of men adoring the head with flower vanished but women kept it with them. 

It is a propitious symbol in the tradition of Hindus, and they must adorn with flowers on every auspicious day especially during weddings. Beautifying their hair with flowers symbolizes longevity, good fortune, and happiness in their married life.

Symbolic Flowers

Flowers add beauty to any wedding venue, either in south India or any other place in the world. They are used as a sign or symbol and for decorative purposes too. In south India, there are few flowers that must be used specifically at weddings, for instance, jasmine. It is believed to be connected with their god, Lord Krishna, who according to their legend, always adorned with a flower garland. Their role is so important in the south Indian architecture, decorations, and religious practices that it is very deeply connected with their gods. It symbioses fertility, divinity, knowledge, and wealth. 

Ceremonial Flowers

When the south Indian groom and bride exchange garlands of flowers, it represents the creation of a new divinely connection. They also sprinkle petals of a rose or any other flowers on the newly wedded to ward off the evil.

Flowers to Wear

The groom and the bride in the wedding usually adorn themselves with fragrant flowers, mostly jasmine buds or blossomed ones. It is also decorated in the head of the bride that beautifully decorates the whole hair. The groom is seen to be wearing a string of jasmine buds on his forehead, covering his face. 

In any south Indian weddings, the marriage is taken under the heavily flower decorated canopy known as the Mandap. The wedding halls consists of arches covered in flower strings, columns with flowers that extend up to their mandap. The flowers are also decorated in the sitting area at the end corners to enhance and synchronize with the decoration of the wedding hall. 

Just like the rituals in south India, flowers are also a very important part of the wedding. It beautifully rules even in today’s modern world, where without flowers, the wedding is considered incomplete.