India with its myriad of cultures brings a quintessential diversity in wedding traditions when it comes to different states. Though the basic traditions of communities may be united by religion, the variation is brought in by the local culture of each state community and each language community. One of the most culturally rich, yet under-discussed traditions of a Hindu style wedding is the tradition of the Maharashtrian Wedding. Even though most of our Bollywood industry is based in Mumbai, very few films have chosen to display a realistic depiction of a Maharashtrian wedding. The most recent memories of a Mahrasthrian wedding are brought forth to our minds by looking at the pictures of Milind Soman’s traditional style wedding, which also had some influence from the Assamese tradition because Ankita Konwar is an Assamese. Other than that our long term memory was also captured by the varied depiction of wedding related functions in the long running television show Pavitra Rishta that casted our beloved Sushant Singh Rajput and Ankita Lokhande.
The frequent reappearance of the typical Maharashtrian forehead sehra and the typical bridal nath did bring a sense of tradition to the mainstream, but still most of us are unaware of the interesting customs that make up a beautiful yet sombre Maharashtrian wedding.
Here are all the things you need to know about a traditional Maharashtrian wedding in case you want to go back to your roots and organize a simple yet elegant soiree for your wedding.