JANNAT WEDDING: DAY 2 - CHUNNI
Photos: All photos in this post by the wonderful Morgan! She is so easy to work with and so prompt in her replies and deliverables. Thank you for capturing these lovely memories. You can find her work here: www.morganhoughtonphotography.com or catch her on instagram: @morganhoughtonphotog
Decor: Sugarcoat Wedding & Event Decor. Sunny from Sugarcoat was a delight to work with. What I appreciated most was her amazing energy, enthusiasm and positive attitude. She made all our visions come alive and gave each venue its own distinct 'look and feel'. You can check out her work on instagram: @sugarcoatdecor
Jaz & Mannat Gold Wooden Sign: Etch'd Designs, they can custom make pretty well anything out of wood, I loved having these custom elements as a part of our Decor. You can see their work on http://etchddesigns.com/ . They also make for great keepsakes!
DAY 2 - CHUNNI CEREMONY
The chunni ceremony involves the boy’s family visiting the girl’s house. Jaz's family all came over and spoilt me rotten. I first came in an outfit with a plain chunni (the scarf), then Jaz's sisters and mom did the official chunni charauna. This is usually done with a red chunni that matches the outfit the bride-to-be is wearing and then place it on the head. The meaning behind gifting the girl a red outfit and dressing her represents the boy’s family’s acceptance of her as their daughter-in-law. This is why there is emphasis on them dressing her. It is called the chunni charauna ceremony because crucially, the boy’s mother will put the chunni on the girl’s head to dress her like a bride. The boy’s father fills her jholi with handfuls of meva (dry fruit) as a symbolic token of welcoming her to the family.
Everything was perfect, I felt so loved that day. It was the perfect start to our wedding week. Note: The groom-to-be does not come to this ceremony, Jaz took a nap instead... typical.. haha
- Red outfit – could be lengha, sharara or a suit
- Edible gift baskets (get creative: fruit, chocolate or other themes)
- Meva (dry fruit) that must be made of an odd number of ingredients (5, 7 or 9), which could include almonds, raisins, mishri (crystallised sugar lumps), cardamom, cashew nuts, coconut flakes and/or dates
- Indian sweets – traditional ladoo/barfi and/or chocolates or other sweets
- Accessories with the red chunni outfit – traditional jewellery set, bangles, bindis
- Mendhi (henna) to do the traditional dot on both hands of the bride-to-be, Sindoor – optional and depends on the family
- Presents for the bride (usually bag, shoes, bindi, make up aka 'dressing up' items) and her family
- Gill fam had decorated all baskets and gifts in a white and gold theme and it looked beautiful!