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Indian Wedding Etiquette that every guest should be aware of

  • By Ridhima Arora
  • April 30, 2023
  • 4 minutes read


Indian weddings are no less than a festival and they are celebrated with great pomp and show as its one in a lifetime event for the couple and their families. They are planned for months and sometimes more than a year to make them really memorable for family and friends. As we all know that we get to witness grandeur, traditions, and customs at all Indian weddings which makes them really special and all of us look forward to attending one the moment we get an invite.


As a guest, it’s essential to be aware of Indian wedding etiquette that ensures that you don’t offend the hosts or other guests. There are certain things that you need to take care of while attending an Indian Wedding.


Here are some Indian wedding etiquette tips that guests should keep in mind:


Let’s begin with discussing the Dress Code


Indian weddings look no less than a Bollywood movie. They have a lavish setting, decoration, grand dining and food spread and so on. That is why to match the theme of the setting people get dressed accordingly! While attending an Indian wedding, you should always opt for traditional or formal wear as they are typically a formal affair and guests are expected to dress accordingly. Women should avoid wearing revealing or low-cut dresses, and men should wear traditional or formal suits. Just try to match the vibe of the celebration so that even you don’t feel out of place.



Try to carry a gift for the couple


Giving gifts is an important part of Indian weddings, and it’s customary for guests to bring a gift for the bride and groom. It can be cash, jewellery, or household items. It’s advisable to give a gift that reflects your relationship with the couple and your budget. It’s not a good idea to go empty-handed to an Indian wedding. If you are not able to arrange a suitable gift for the couple, then it’s always a good idea to carry cash in a beautiful traditional envelope for the couple.



Always RSVP


Sending an RSVP is a common etiquette at weddings in Western countries. But if possible you should also do it an Indian wedding. This can be done via phone or email, to confirm your attendance. It helps the hosts to make necessary arrangements, such as food and seating. This is really important when someone has planned a destination wedding or a residential wedding at a hotel, where rooms are booked accordingly. It’s better you convey your unavailability so that they can cancel the bookings and not waste their money.



Punctuality should also be kept in mind


Indian weddings usually start on time, and guests are expected to arrive on time. It’s considered disrespectful to be late, especially when the ceremony is in progress.



Try not to waste food


Indian weddings are known for their elaborate and delicious food, and guests are expected to try a variety of dishes. It’s also customary to eat with your right hand and avoid wasting food.



Photography etiquette


It’s essential to ask for permission before taking photographs of the bride, groom, or other guests. It’s also essential to respect wedding photographers and not obstruct their work.



Cultural Sensitivity should also be kept in mind


Indian weddings are steeped in tradition and culture, and it’s essential to respect and appreciate them. Avoid making negative comments or jokes about customs or traditions.



By following these Indian wedding etiquette tips, you can ensure that you have a memorable and enjoyable experience at the wedding while showing respect to the hosts and other guests.





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