The groom’s procession, the baraat, reaches the bride's house, with friends and relatives dancing to the tune of the music. After the feast, in the late hours of the evening, the actual wedding ceremony commences. Here the bridal couple sit in front of the Granth Sahib. The ardas are read, and the ten Sikh gurus are saluted. The last ceremony is the doli, or the farewell to the bride. As the bride leaves she throws handful of rice over her shoulders.
This is typical of North Indian and Punjabi weddings. Sherwani is long coat, buttoned up in front with Nehru collars. The sherwani falls well below the knees, and looks elegant especially if the groom is tall, and yes, the physique is perfect. Traditionally, the sherwanis worn are off-white.
Lately, color has made its foray into sherwanis. If you dare to be different, try out black and other darker shades. Sherwanis can be of various types – the Peshawri and the Baloochi, and are usually embellished with embroidery and zardozi work. The groom's sherwani is incomplete without the ghatcholas, flowing kurtas with churidars and jooties or Indian sandals.
The Turban or Safa: Safa and wedding turbans are traditional headgear worn by the men of both the sides during wedding. Wedding safa is a necessary part of a traditionally dressed groom – a must groom attire. The colorful safas are made of
various materials – chunari or sheer cotton drape, with or without zari work, and ghatcholas. The groom's safa is traditionally red in color, and it goes well with the off-white sherwanis.
A churidar is a long fitting pyjama worn by the North Indian groom. Churidars are usually fine muslins or cottons, white in color. The traditional churidar is tied with a nara at the waist. New variants come with an elastic, and do away with the hassle of tying the knot (of the nara, i.e)! What is special about them is that they are longer than the legs. Their extremes are crinkled and crumpled to fit. Creases thus developed resemble 'churis' or bangles, hence the name churidars. A churidar is a perfect accompaniment to long kurtas and sherwanis.
The Kurta or the top is a knee length colarless shirt which is adorned inmostly white or pastel colors. But today you will find Kurtas made out of the most wonderful and colorful of fabrics. Pyjama-are like loose trousers with a string tie at the waist. Traditionally white in color.
This is very popular with the younger men. It gives the groom a regal look, and he can wear appropriate jewellery to 'match' that of his bride. The length of the kurta must be 2 inches below the sleeve.
This should be worn with a narrow trouser to match the kurta, made with the same fabric. The groom has a choice of either selecting suiting material or silk, which can be plain, jacquard or jamewari, depending upon his taste, skin colour and of course, his budget.
The shades preferred by Indian males are most often light shades like cream, fawn, dark fawn, white and off white. Grooms have the option to heighten the impact of their outfit by adding buttons in gold or silver or with precious stones.
The groom can also go for some light embroidery on the neck and front, with in shades of brown, red or grey.