JANNAT WEDDING: DAY 1 - SHAGAN
So here I am, finally starting some posts with my wedding pictures. These are so close to my heart and I can't wait to put some of my best memories up here and share it with my Mannat's Mode family. I have 100s of pictures of every event, so I will only be sharing a small glimpse of each!
Yes, I had a big fat Indian wedding and I wouldn't have it any other way. I have dreamt of this week for as long as I can remember. Yes, Indian weddings are dreamt up in 'wedding week' format, not wedding day. There are beautiful ceremonies embedded in love, cultural significance and history. I am so proud of my roots and I feel humbled that I was able to honour my families' legacy and carry forward beloved traditions.
I will try to put up the significance of each of the days the best I can in addition to the pictures and a quick list to help out new brides and grooms when prepping for their big 'week'. So here we go, a few glimpses into the best days of my life...
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
DAY 1 - SHAGAN CEREMONY
The shagan ceremony or kurmai precedes the Anand Karaj (marriage ceremony) by any length of time – literally years to one week before. As a key component of the Punjabi engagement ceremony, this ceremony is traditionally held at the groom’s home or at a gurdwara. The groom is presented with gifts brought by the bride’s family. Ours was 1 week before the wedding. My family from Edmonton and out of town all arrived at the Gill house ready to make Swindy aka Jaz their own. Note: to-be brides do not attend this ceremony. Thanks to my brother, he gave me a play-by-play via whatsapp vids as I had major FOMO!
- Get dried dates/ dry fruits
- Presents for the groom and his family
- Indian sweets - laddoo + barfi are fan favourites (also Jannat favs haha)
- Edible gift baskets (get creative: fruit, chocolate or other themes)
- My mom had an idea to decorate all the gifts + gift baskets in a beige/burlap theme with pops of flowers! My sister-in-law helped execute it and it looked really good. So pick a theme to make that extra impact!