An engagement is a big step in any couple’s life. It signifies the first stepping stone toward a new life together. To some it may be the formal sealing of the deal for their future wedding or it can be a celebration that a much thought-of proposal was successful!
An engagement ceremony in India has a lot of cultural meaning; people from different parts of the country have their own rituals and meanings attached to the engagement. Sagai, mangni, misri, ring ceremony, ashirwad, etc. an engagement is called by many names and is celebrated in a variety of ways across the country. Whether you decide to have a formal, religious affair or a party with your nearest and dearest, it is definitely a meaningful event.
An engagement party or ceremony is a great way to get both families together and get comfortable with each other. It is also a nice, way to solidify your relationship, in case you decide to have a long engagement before tying the knot. Many families exchange gifts, clothes, sweets and more to mark the happy occasion; so do talk to your family and in-laws about what everybody would be most comfortable with.
If you have decided on a wedding planner in India for the main event, talk about an engagement package too. Not only could you end up saving some cash, but having the entire journey from engagement to wedding taken care of for you. Planning an engagement do is definitely less intimidating than planning a wedding in India; plus it’s good practice! Since engagement parties are generally more intimate and not as opulent, it may not be as scary to budget. Whether you decide on a fancy sit-down dinner or a casual party in your backyard, crunch your numbers before you plan the scale of the shindig.
Since, it is not as serious an event like your wedding may be, have some fun with it. Keep the décor simple, classy and romantic. Instead of hiring a professional wedding photographer ask your friends to take loads of pictures and you will have an assortment of memories from people you love. Music and dancing are always great ways to get everyone to break the ice once the rings are exchanged; if you don’t plan on having a D.J. ask your friends and cousins to compile a fun, mixed selection of music.
You can mix the traditional (keep families happy) and the modern (keep you happy) and come up with an engagement ceremony, uniquely your own! Surround yourself with people you truly love because your engagement marks the beginning of an important time in your life. And all you brides and grooms-to-be, remember to take it easy, you still have a wedding to plan!