So I always knew there would be a wedding for Jake and Anjali from book 1, In Like a Lion, at the end of the Chimera Chronicles series and now I’m writing it. It’s been a long time since my own wedding and more than eighteen months since the last Indian wedding I attended, so I’ve been going over the details.
An Indian wedding is an elaborate affair. Of course, there are multiple religions and ethnicities in India, but the weddings I am familiar with and Anjali, who is Gujarati and Hindu would want is, naturally, a Gujarati-style Hindu wedding.
I don’t know about other weddings in India but the main ceremony (there are several rituals that take place before and after the actual wedding) takes place under a structure called a mandap. It can be simple or elaborate. Here are some examples:
Here is a photo of the gazebo we used as our Mandap when I married.
I am having a great time (or procrastinating 😜) finding bridal clothes for Anjali. (the bride) and for Devon, Embry, Zara, CJ, Sofia, Mika (the heroine of the final book) and Thalia from Blood and Kisses who plays a big part in the series.
I wore a sari and they are beautiful, but those of us who don’t wear them frequently may find it easier to wear the lehenga choli. The websites say Lehenga means skirt and Choli means blouse. But my husband, (who should know) says lehengas are pants. However, what the websites are showing clearly have skirts, so anyone with more info please let me know. As I said, it’s been a long time since I was up to date on wedding fashion.😊
The set also comes with a dupatta, a long voluminous scarf that can be draped numerous ways and for weddings, often veils the head.
Here are some (the websites say) lehenga choli that I can envision on my heroines.
I hope you enjoyed dipping your toe an Indian wedding with me!
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