Indian Engagement Ceremony Photos

Indian Bridal Mehndi and Bangles
menhdi hands - indian engagement

Traveled with Air France on an unusually nice flight. We survived an Indian engagement ceremony. In India. With Swedes. And an occasional stomach problem.

Now that we have our Swedish engagement done, it was time for the Indians to take over and show what a Hindu engagement is about. An Indian engagement can be a large or small affair. A small involves 30-50 people. Okay, that is not small for Swedish standards but considering in India, we invite everyone for a wedding, 30 people is super duper small.

Giving Blessings
Blessings - Indian Engagement

We invited only family, i.e. my dad’s brothers and sisters and their family, my mom’s brothers and families and my grandmother’s in laws. Despite having a few extra people show up, we still had only 40 people.

For the ceremony, there are two parts: introduction and ring ceremony. We did this in a mainly Maharastrian style. How it differs from other Indian engagement ceremonies is anyone’s guess. The first part of the ceremony took 20minutes and involved giving blessings to the bride and bridegroom’s family, exchanging gifts and changing. I wore a very typical Maharastrian Paithani sari.

After the changing, we exchange rings and mithai (sweets). Traditionally you exchange sweets to ‘live a sweet life’ but modern tradition is to exchange rings as well. For the second part, I wore a typical Gujarathi chenia choli. This chenia choli is hand made Kutchi style with embroidery, ablah (mirror work), and bandhani (tye dye) design.

Both were lovely!

Indian Grandmothers
Respectfully bowing to my maternal and paternal grandmothers. They are awesome.

We’ve come a long way since last year when he met the indian family for the first time. And now we’re planning a wedding. Strange how the puzzles in life fall into place.

25 thoughts on “Indian Engagement Ceremony Photos”

  1. I’m having a lot of fun reading your blog! I’m from Sweden, but live in Paris, just moved form San Francisco. I’ve started an online cooking show where I cook modern Swedish Homemade food. Please check it out!

  2. Wow, I love the Mehndi and bangles and your sari is so beautiful! Here’s wishing you both the best!

  3. Thanks Juni and Miss C. It was a wonderful week!

    Linn, I love your Swedish Cooking channel. Do you also have a blog where you share the recipes?

  4. Indian fabrics are fascinating! I love all the intricate embroidery, mirrors, and vivid colours. And you look ravishing! So wonderfully sweet of the Swedes to fly all the way to India for the engagement I think. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Thanks poppy for the lovely comment! It was a wonderful few weeks, and the Swedes had a blast too.

  6. Interesting — I just returned from a monthlong trip to India, and now I’m about to get married and move to Sweden, but the Indian culture is now much more familiar than the Swedish, so I’ll be following along for your insights!

  7. @Angela – Where did you visit in India? Will you post photos to your blog? Good luck on the move to Sweden. I commented on the post about your cat’s agriculture papers.

    Thanks T!

  8. Hi sapphire,
    Congratulation! I like the Indian the vivid and lively combination of colors used for traditional Indian clothes, mostly clothes that people dress during important celebration.
    How was the meeting between these two different cultures, Swede and Indian?

  9. I visited northern India, mostly in Chandigarh, but also to Dehradun, Yamunanagar, Panipat, Shimla, Poanta Sahib, Delhi and Agra. I’ll post photos soon!

  10. Hi Sapphire,
    Just curious, did you get any objections or comments from family or relatives on your dating/ marrying a Swede instead of an Indian? Although my family has an international outlook with friends from many countries and all continents, because of the differences in Western and Asian culture, I think it could have been easier for them if my boyfriend were of the same race instead of being Swedish. I’m happy to say however, that they totally accept my choice and are very warm and friendly towards my Swede.

  11. @Puntino – Thanks! I love how colorful everything always is in India. Let me think about your question a bit more.

    @Angela – I’ve only been to Delhi and Agra from what you mention above. Do post photos and what you think of India.

    @Poppy – It’s the same for me but since I grew up in the US and spent my life living there and Europe, to say I should marry an Indian would be really dumb. My parents and grandparents are very happy and they don’t seem to mind at all. I think the rest of the family was a bit unnerved but they always had bets that I would marry the “American doctor” … :P Just turned out to be a “Swedish programmer”

    Have you lived in India? or somewhere else? How long have you been with your Swede?

  12. Hi Abby, thank you so much! If you have any costume questions, definitely post them (not that I’m an expert or a half-expert by any means)…

  13. Wow, great wedding it seems! I agree with poppy regarding Indian fashion and tradition. I think it’s great that you united both cultures (and families) this way.
    Have a long, happy married life!

  14. BEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Sapphire, this looks incredible! I can´t wait to see the photos of the wedding ;) lots of great wishes for you and your husband to be :D!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Congratulations Sapphire! Very lovely photos and occasion. I wish you two the best! :D

  16. Congratulations Sapphire! It looks really beautiful, I think Indian women always look so graceful! I love the saris!

  17. I am a new reader and am finding your blog so very interesting. Would you mind answering a few questions so I have a better understanding?
    1- how long were you dating?
    2- when is the wedding?
    3- will it be interfaith?

    BEST WISHES and Congratulations!

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