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Throughout the last few years, I have attended more Indian events than I can count. It’s where I’ve learned countless little nuggets of wisdom about Indian culture and built relationships with new friends and family. Getting ready to attend an Indian wedding is still a process, but I’m going to share a few tips on what to do and how I use AVEENO® products from Walmart.
In Indian families, a wedding isn’t just a wedding. It’s a week long opportunity (longer if it takes place in India) to celebrate the love a couple has for each other and the love their family has for them.
The week starts out with a Nalugu. This is a ceremony for the bride and groom. The families make a turmeric paste that they take turns smearing on the couple. The goal behind it started out as a way to lighten the couple’s skin and make them glow on their wedding day. Yellow stained turmeric powder will definitely do that! While it sounds foreign to many of us, it truly is a beautiful moment. Family members and friends do it as a sign of love to the couple. Many tear stained faces greet the couple throughout the ceremony and let them know how much they love them.
The following days are spent preparing the wedding and making sure all last minute details are finalized. The day of the wedding is similar to an American wedding in that they have a ceremony and reception.
The ceremony is different in that there is typically a message from a pastor (full on Sunday morning length) and then the bride receives a necklace from her groom. It’s called a mangalasutra and it has a very similar meaning to a wedding ring.
I love thinking about all the different things that happen during Indian weddings. It brings up memories of my own wedding and throws me into full blown sentimental mode! My wedding was definitely a blend of American and Indian culture and we did our best to blend customs during the actual ceremonies. Now, we get to attend weddings and see how they decide to do theirs.
We’ve attended a lot of truly Indian weddings and also weddings for interracial couples as well. After all the stress and chaos of putting together our own wedding, we would choose to attend rather than host a wedding any day of the week!
Whether you’re an “Almost Indian Wife” like me or you’re attending for a friend, these are tips anyone can follow.
Decide What You’re Going To Wear
I am always worried to be over or underdressed at a wedding. It’s a concern that bridges cultures. The invitation can specify the dress code, but then you get there and realize you’re the only one in formal attire!
Or you are going to the wedding of an interracial couple and you don’t know if you should wear Indian clothes of American. This happened to me once and I mistakenly asked my hubby what I should wear.
I decided to trust him and ended up the ONLY one in Indian clothes. Well, at least I stood out!
I learned my lesson and started calling my sister in law to figure out what I needed to wear to Indian weddings! She taught me to dress to impress. If you’re wearing Indian clothes, find the most sparkly and fancy sari you have. There is no such thing as overdressing at an Indian wedding.
It helps you to take a big sigh of relief and just go for it. If you’re unsure of attire, call someone in the bridal party. They can let you know how traditional the wedding is and whether Indian or American clothes are best.
Freshen Up And Get You Hair Wedding Ready
After you decide on what to wear, it’s time to freshen up. Hop in the shower and get a nice little jump start on your day! I love to use AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner. Your hair has to stand up to an entire day of wedding customs, dancing, and more!
I’ve made the mistake of using hotel conditioner and ended up a frizzy mess by the end of the night.
That’s why I started using AVEENO®. It helped my hair to become silky and easy to style. You know you’ll end up with an aunty making a comment about your hair and makeup at some point during your evening. There’s always something they think you could do better. AVEENO® has your back! They use sulfate-free formulas that make your health look healthy and full of life! They don’t leave room for aunty to say one word!
Along with a fancy outfit, I love making sure my hair can stand up to the beautiful sari.
Find Out How To Put Everything On
You’d think at almost 30, I would know how to get myself dressed; however, Indian clothes are a whole new ballgame. It’s straight up HARD. If you’re wearing a lehenga, it’s a bit easier. All you have to do is put on a skirt and top.
It gets tricky when you decide on wearing a sari. It’s by far my favorite because it’s so beautiful. The problem is it’s miles of fabric with no road map on how to put it on!
I’ve tried to figure it out, but I still need help! Make sure you have someone that can help you put on your outfit if you’re still unsure of what to do. I think people typically assume I don’t know how to do it, so some aunty typically ends up in my room while I’m getting ready, offering to help me.
Then you have the bangles! I swear they’re beautiful but they’re a death trap. They’re tinier than wrists should be, but they expect you to put them on with ease. Or you put them on with a little help from lotion and then you’re stuck with them on forever.
Enjoy The Wedding
The last step is easy… Enjoy yourself! Indian weddings are so much fun and after you manage to get ready, it’s all a breeze. You get to watch two in love people get married, spend time with friends and family, and dance the night away!
At the end of the night, you’ll be so exhausted from your amazing evening that you’ll be asleep the moment your head hits the pillow.
A Few More Thoughts About AVEENO®
I mentioned how I get ready using AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner in the steps above, but I want to share a bit more. I don’t just use them when I get ready for the wedding, but every other part of the wedding week!
They help get off any turmeric leftover from the nalugu, get shiny and beautiful hair fit for any occasion, and they do it all using their natural formula. They help you get rid of any impurities and renew your hair after every shower. Not to mention they are perfect for sensitive skin and scalps like mine!
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Wedding weeks are crazy enough without having to worry about your hair and skin. AVEENO® helps calm the crazy by jumping into action!