Hindu Weddings are of different kinds and are recognized religiously however Brahma Wedding with the Vedic rituals is the most prevalent in contemporary times. Symbols and verses have huge religious significance in the weddings and thus the wedding invites are designed with such finesse that reflects not only the invitation information but also the religious aspects of the union that is to take place.
Most invites online from dreamweddingcard.com and others have common symbols like Lord Ganesha on the cover, Saraswati Mantra or Goddess Kali on the card inside the cover (first page). This is done to honor Lord Ganesha so with the holy blessings, the big celebration can be started. Getting religious symbols and verses printed on the invite is thought to be highly auspicious for the celebrations as the entire wedding revolves around specific rituals with high religious significance such as Agni Phere, Jaimala, Vidaai, etc. Hindu wedding symbols and customs are high on extravagance and seek to unite the couple with numerous vows and rituals. Often symbols are also printed to graphically signify the rituals that will take place during the complete celebration.
Common Hindu Wedding Symbols and Customs
In a Hindu marriage, numerous preparatory functions in the bride and Groom's side begin a few days prior to the main Vivaah ritual. These include Sangeet, Mehndi, Raas Garba, etc. Differnet symbols like Shehnai, Dholak vector designs, henna designs, etc are used to graphically signify these in the invites. Baraat journey is also included in these.
The marriage function begins with the Baraat Aagman as it is welcomed from the bridal family and then the exchange of Jaimala takes place, followed by Kanyadaan, Mangalya Dharane, knot tying, Mangal-Phere, etc. During the marriage ceremony, blessing is also sought by the couple from the elders along with Sindhoor and Parental blessing ceremony.
Finally, the Vidaai Ceremony takes place as the bride leaves with the groom for her new home.
Post Marriage Customs
In differnet parts of India, numerous customs take place after the marriage with homecoming being the most common. To signify this ritual, a symbol of a Kalash is printed in the cards as the bride is enters the house when the Kalash is placed at the entrance.
Symbolizing the functions and ceremonies in invite while keeping it chic
Vector art or illustrated pieces can be used instead of text information in the invite cards as these look quite contemporary and also sophisticated with an element of posh style.
Theme based cards and different invites for the different ceremonies can also be used to keep the invite lightweight and include a vibrant design without making it appear tacky or stuffed. Wedding invitation is a sneak peak of the glorious tradition that only brings the beauty of a matrimonial relationship to the world and a traditional wedding is incomplete with a traditional card. So couples can try out numerous styles in printing techniques, ornamental designs, typography, packing (theme based package or contemporary plan envelop with couple's name and guests name, etc) to experiment and get a unique invite