Castello di Rosciano, the Perfect Venue for an Indian Wedding in Umbria
Imagine this: a charming old castle in Umbria, surrounded by a riot of colors. Beautiful ladies in intricately embroidered sarees and dapper gentlemen in sherwani and stylish suits. You’re about to witness the most vibrant, warm, and downright fun Indian wedding in Umbria of Neesha and Karan from UK ( do you know Perugia has a direct flight to London?)
Coincidences have a way of becoming visible, and for us, this year was all about joy, colors, and Indian weddings – our Pantone 2023. Neesha and Karan’s Indian wedding in Umbria was a fusion masterpiece, breaking the mold by tying the knot in an Etruscan castle in Italy, Castello di Rosciano. They blended traditional Indian attire with global guests, spiced up the henna ceremony with personal touches, all while keeping ancient rituals alive.
In a world that’s leaning towards uniformity, their celebration was a breath of fresh air. The three-day extravaganza kicked off with a welcome dinner and a Haldi ceremony.
Haldi Ceremony in Umbria
Alright, picture this – the scene is drenched in a warm and lively yellow, not just setting a mood but sparking an idea and an expectation. Wrapped up in all this yellow goodness, my first thought (never having been to a haldi ceremony before) was like a burst of rebirth, emotional rollercoaster, rock-solid commitment, and downright profound joy. And let me tell you, I was far from disappointed!
Now, this pre-wedding shindig, also known as pithi, tel baan, gaye holud, ubtan, or mandha depending on where you are in India, is usually a small, exclusive affair. Think select few, taking turns with gestures and words, basically creating a turmeric masterpiece on the soon-to-be-weds.
And why turmeric, you ask? Well, besides turning you into a golden vision, it’s got some killer exfoliating properties – think shedding dead skin cells and getting that glow-up. It all adds up; this ritual is like a couple’s version of decluttering, making room in the heart by letting go of what’s no longer needed.
Now, here’s the grand finale – a pure joy explosion with a mini holi ceremony, coloured powders flying everywhere! It’s like stepping into a technicolor dream where fun knows no bounds!
Mehndi Ceremony in Umbria
As an art lover and illustration enthusiast, witnessing the henna masterpieces on Neesha’s hands and feet was a delight. These symbols aren’t just designs; they’re a form of communication. It’s incredible how an ancient ritual can evolve into something so contemporary. The patterns weren’t your typical textures; they were personal, distinctive, downright identifiable designs. The evening mehndi ceremony wrapped up with traditional dances – a temptation we somehow managed to resist.
Hindu wedding ceremony Umbria
The anticipation was real as the vibrant ceremony unfolded, creating an atmosphere that embraced everyone, regardless of their familiarity with Indian traditions. The wedding planner and Guru Parth worked their magic, ensuring that every guest, no matter their background, could not only witness but truly be a part of the Hindu wedding ceremony. From sacred rituals to heartfelt moments, it was a celebration that left an indelible mark on all of us.
Here’s a quick rundown of what we witnessed
- Baraat/Jaan – The Grand Arrival: Your guy, turban on point during Sehra Bandi, leading a party on the move. Live music, dancing, and bridesmaids aiming for the groom’s shoes – a rom-com scene!
- Var Puja – Modern Respect for the Groom: Your groom, almost a deity, with Var Puja at the mandap turning into a spectacle. Sweet drinks flow, foot-washing in yogurt, honey, and ghee – a chic cultural experience. Have a look at the groom arrival of the other indian wedding we’ve done a couple of years ago: Tuscany sikh and hindu wedding
- Kanya Aagaman – The Bride’s Grand Entrance: Your grand entrance, parents by your side, a veil adding mystery – like walking your personal red carpet.
- Lakshmi Puja – Blessings Fit for a Modern Goddess: Parents showering blessings, symbolically washing your foot – turning you into a modern-day Goddess of Wealth.
- Jay Mala – Garlands: Exchanging garlands, sealing the deal on your new life – the ultimate promise of infinite love. Cue the heart-eyed emojis!
- Kanyadaan/Hasta Melap: Officially bound – body, mind, and soul. Parents handing you over, hoping your spouse becomes the real MVP.
- Gath Bandan: Partner’s scarf tied to your veil, Maharaj dropping mantras like the latest hit. The eternal union of two modern souls.
- Agni Puja: The sacred fire lit as the VIP guest – symbolizing purity and all things on fleek!
- Mangal Pheras – Fire Circles: You and your partner circling the fire four times, each round representing life goals. A fun race to the seat – whoever sits first rules the roost!
- Sapta Padi – Seven Sacred Steps for Modern Romance: Taking seven vows, ticking all the boxes of the ultimate relationship goals checklist.
- Sindoor & Mangal Sutra – IOfficial Marriage: Insta-official after vows – Sindoor on the forehead, Mangal Sutra around the neck, leveling up your relationship status.
- Kansar – Feed Each Other, Love Each Other: Sweet offerings symbolize more than dessert – a pledge to nourish each other with all heart and soul.
- Akhand Sabbagyavati – Whispered Blessings: Married women dropping Insta-worthy blessings into your ear – wishing for a lifetime of joy, a secret society of love and good vibes.
- Vidaai – Bye Bye, Singlehood Chic! The grand finale – tossing rice for good vibes, bidding farewell to the past, embracing the future. It’s a mic-drop moment for your single life!
Thank you Neesha and Karan for this unforgettable adventure.
And you , future couple, If you’d want us onboard of your magic indian wedding in Umbria you absolutely need to write us a message!
The special wedding team:
Wedding Planner: Best Indian Wedding Italy
Video: Thomas de Lorenzo
Second Photographer: Giuliano del Gatto
Hindu celebrant: Guru Parth
Catering: Haveli indian restaurant Firenze
Flower designer: Fiore all’Occhiello