Coming back from a phat Indian wedding in New Jersey. It’s easy to understand why Katy Perry and Russell Brand wanted to have an Indian wedding, what’s more in India, because if you have ever been to one you’ll be hooked and all other weddings will look boring to you. No one knows how to celebrate it better, grander and more joyously. This is my fifth Indian wedding I was invited to and if you know any NRI getting hitched in the greater NY region please send me an invitation. I can do Indian weddings every day and all day long. I’ll be happy to blog about it in return..haha
Well, yesterday’s wedding was truly fantastic with the bollywood-hunky groom arriving very traditionally on a white horse. The food was to die for, the venue well-chosen and I’ll share it with you here only because it was such a magical place for this grand occasion: The Merion in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Wedding planners, check it out if you want something special for the big day..
This was a Sikh wedding, which varies slightly in ritual from a Hindu wedding, where bride and groom walk seven times around the sacred fire. In the Sikh tradition you have prayers read from the holy book of the Sikh, the Guru Granth Sahib.
at the end of the auspicious ceremony a sweet pudding is distributed. Truly a grand occasion. A wedding is marking a milestone in life. To be there and witness it is a blessing in itself, but when the celebrations take off to beloved Bollywood songs later on in the day after the completion of all ceremonies your heart starts singing to these beautiful melodies.
We don’t have that in the West. We may play disco music, hip hop, waltzes maybe, evergreens, Klezmer but rarely do we hear film music or are dancing to it. Tops, Saturday Night Fever. At Indian weddings you will hear Bollywood songs. Predominantly from movies with Shahrukh Khan. Chammak Chalo from Ra.One is the latest gem from his treasure chest of super-catchy filmi songs.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi songs are never missing in action
go a lil retro and introvert
and then let it all go
Salman Khan’s songs are just a step behind. Dabangg high on the list:
and the sweet song Teri Meri of Bodyguard, for desert and a slow dance:
and we got a new hit song that surely will be making the rounds:
Mashallah from Ek Tha Tiger
Salman’s songs usually rock: Desi Beat from Bodyguard
Salaam E Ishq
and did I mention Tanu Weds Manu? Sadi gali
I always loved Khuda Jaane’s beautiful melody:
Oh lala from The Dirty Picture is running wild.
I’d definitely include Shava Shava
Kajra Re from Bunty Aur Babli
going retro with It’s the Time to Disco from Kal Ho Na Ho
and if it were my wedding I would throw in Jaan Pehechaan Ho for good ole sake
Happening with Preity Zinta
and no wedding is complete without Bhangra
and the Desi Boyz
want to get your guests on the dancefloor? Papa Toh Band Bajaye
and or some romantic older songs like Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi
Have I forgotten Senorita for a little Spanish flavor and get the guests to dance?
or this song from Zindagi that makes you want to get married all over again
Here comes a new addition of a feel-good song, from the upcoming movie Khiladi 786 with Akki and Asin: Hookah Bar Song
and the Lonely Song, which won’t leave you much longer lonely if you shake your booty
and the most beautiful love song ever, Saari Saari Raat by Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed
for a Punjabi wedding perhaps the little edgy… Shera di Kaum
dunno what the lyrics are about but I like the tune of Aga Bai from the movie Aiyaa
another nice dance song is Sheila Ka Diwani
and what could be more fitting than a song from Teri Meri Kahaani?
of course I don’t speak a word of Hindi, so some of these songs maybe inappropriate… :-p
and one last thing, there should be songs for all generations. grandpa and grandma need to have a good time too.
and here are a few more from Lootera: Sawaar Loon
actually every single song on Lootera is worth gold :-) get the soundtrack. I am addicted to it.
Ambarsariya from Fukrey
London Thumakda from Queen
Queen had many goodies, like this Hungama remix
Nahin Maloom from Total Siyapaa
I haven’t added in so long, I am sure I forgot to mention a ton of good songs, I would like to hear at MY wedding LOL
Anyways, see if you can get invited to an Indian wedding. I am ready for my next :-)
PS. wedding planner on this wonderful day was no other than the lovely bride herself. If I’d plan anything big, I’d call Enarmorme.
35B South Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
Tel: (201) 439-9999