Late Saturday afternoon, we kicked off three big days of wedding events.
It began with the henna party called Mehendi, followed Sunday evening by Sangeet, the open-air dinner-dance party and ring exchange ceremony. On Monday evening, the main wedding reception took place outside at a different location, followed at midnight by a ceremony of sacred vows and rituals held under the stars.
All three events featured live music, often beginning with a traditional flavor but eventually building to the crowd-pleasing Indi-pop and Bollywood dance music that always livened up the party. As these events progressed from one evening to the next, so did the “wow” factor.
Mehendi unfolded in a hotel near Valsad, with the groom’s mother welcoming us at the door of the colorful event room. Inside, members of our group took turns sitting between two henna artists on…