South Indian Malayalee Bride: All About Malayalee Wedding!

The Malayalee wedding customs are simplistic. The ritual lasts for a short period known as the ‘Muhurtham’. The close relatives and friends of the bride side and the groom’s side come together to celebrate the rituals and enjoy every moment.

Horoscope matching is an essential part of Malayalee Wedding .Astrologer is consulted and compatibility between the man and woman is checked. If all goes well then an auspicious date or muhurtham is selected.Nischayam is mainly an engagement ceremony, in which the elders make the announcement to their family friends and relatives about their child`s engagement. Interestingly, the would be bride and groom do not witness this occasion. This is followed by a traditional feast a day before the wedding.

Madhuparkam:

A warm welcome is given to the groom and the family, Typically bride’s father washes groom’s feet. The groom presents his father-in-law an off white color sari that the bride wears for the weddings.

Veli:

The holy fire is named Veli around which the actual wedding takes place. After the couple takes three rounds around the fire, the groom ties the `Taali` that is strung on the yellow thread around the bride`s neck. After this ceremony Kanyadaanam or Penkoda ceremonies take place, in which the bride`s father hands over the bride to the groom.

Sparsham:

The end of Kanyadaanam ritual is followed by Sparsham. As a part of this ritual, the groom is made to sit in front of the bride. He is asked to tilt his head backwards, so as to touch his wife`s forehead. . The groom is then asked to lift his wife`s foot and place it on the Ammi (grinding stone). It represents the breaking of old ties.

Sadhya:

After the Veli ceremony, their marriage is declared. The party is arranged at the venue after the traditional feast called Sadhya which always follow the rituals of Malayalee marriage.

Wedding Attire:

In a Malayalee marriage, typically the girl wears a two-piece sari, known as Mundu. The bride is adorned with flowers and jewelery.An usual Malayali wedding sees the bride decked in about 320 grams of gold jewelery on an average,The gold bangles preferred these days are the Kolkata bangles, machine-cut bangles and thoda bangles. Among earrings it is the jhimkkis that occupy pride of place. In necklaces, the more famous ones are the Kingini mala, manga mala, kaasu Mala, lakshmi mala and mulla motu mala. Also preferred are toe rings and the kolusu. Makeup of the bride is usually kept subtle

Frequently Asked Questions

What is horoscope matching in Malayalee wedding?

Horoscope matching is an essential part of Malayalee Wedding .Astrologer is consulted and compatibility between the man and woman is checked. If all goes well then an auspicious date or muhurtham is selected.

What is Nischayam?

Nischayam is mainly an engagement ceremony, in which the elders make the announcement to their family friends and relatives about their child`s engagement.

What is the wedding attire for a Malayalee wedding?

In a Malayalee marriage, typically the girl wears a two-piece sari, known as Mundu. The bride is adorned with flowers and jewelery. An usual Malayali wedding sees the bride decked in about 320 grams of gold jewelery on an average.