Our family engagement party

Getting engaged means loads of celebrations are in order and our first event was to celebrate with all of our immediate family together. I really wanted to share this experience with everyone because it was completely new to me and my family. Raj’s family are Punjabi which meant this party had an Indian spin on things. I should have really worn an Indian outfit but I didn’t know that this is what happens at Indian engagement parties until I arrived. I’m still trying to get stuck in and learn about the culture as much as I can. I’ve been learning Punjabi for a while now and the aim is that by the time we do get married, I can speak it and understand it really well.  There was loads of scrumptious of food and of course a beautiful engagement cake for us to cut. Prior to cutting the cake, Raj and I were both sat down and I was given a beautiful gold tikka head piece and a red chunni. The tikka represents the brides eye, it gives the bride power, will and wisdom to handle the marriage well. It signifies a union between the bride and groom. Whilst the colour red is commonly associated with love and passion. In Indian context, red is also connected to the rising sun. The meaning behind gifting the girl a red outfit and dressing her represents the boy’s family’s acceptance of her as their prospective daughter-in-law.Rajs Biji (grandmother) fed us Meva (dry fruit) to begin with and then each part of the family came to us and congratulated us. They circled money around our heads which symbolises blessings and then placed it in our laps to keep. After taking photos together, it was time to cut the cake. We did this together and then it followed by feeding one another. Rajs family fed us and then my family did, this symbolises commitment to provide for each other with loving care for our whole married life. 

We had so much fun and it was so lovely being surrounded by the most important people to us celebrating this special occasion in such a unique way (for me and my family). We have been truly spoilt by the amount of love and gifts that we have recieved. Our house is currently full with beautiful flowers!This event was far from the entire Indian experience, so I definitely recommend reading up on that if you want to know what the full Punjabi experience is like. 

 

Outfit details: 

Can you tell that I am absolutely loving assymetric wrap dresses at the moment? and the colour pink! 

Love,

 

2 Comments

  1. Kaitlin September 5, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Such a beautiful couple who looks so thrilled to be sharing this amazing time with those they love. All the best to you both!

  2. Amrit September 6, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Well explained Punjabi engagement. It is good to capture all the happy events , keeps the memories fresh. So happy for both of you.

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