A country with numerous religions and even more languages and sub-cultures, India is a melting pot in the true sense of the word. Since religion and communal norms play such a big part here, weddings in India are more than just the legal union of two individuals. Marriages held are based on religion, which part of the country you hail from and what the individual families believe in, among other aspects. The celebration, revelry and a mix of tradition and emotion, however, span all types of Indian weddings in the country.
According to the religions in the country the major types of weddings you will find are Hindu weddings, Muslim weddings, Parsi weddings and Christian weddings. Hindu weddings can be further classified into marriages that are from different parts of the country as well as off shoots and sub-religions that are under the blanket of the broader Hindu religion for example: Punjabi and Sikh weddings from Northern India, Gujarathi and Maharashtrian weddings from Western India, Oriya and Bihari weddings from Eastern India, Telugu weddings from South India and many, many more.
Although there are many differences within cultural traditional and rituals, types of Indian weddings from different parts of the country have some similarities. Weddings from north Indian communities of India are known for their grandeur and celebrations and are a favoured option for foreigners who decide to have an Indian wedding. Weddings from South India are more ornate and elegant and so on and so forth. Whichever part of the country you hail from or the kind of wedding you decide to have rituals and prayers are usually given a lot of importance. If you are not so adherent to community based tradition and rules, you can even opt for an AryaSamaj wedding, a low key ceremony performed according to Vedic rites.
The varied types of Indian weddings are a reflection of the diverse populous of the country. Every type is special, unique and celebrated with great gusto, enthusiasm and beautiful kind of solemnity.