We Crashed a Wedding in India!

We were sort of invited.. umm not really. But we went anyway.

If you’ve been keeping up with our 30 before 30 bucket list, you know I’ve always wanted to take part in a traditional Indian wedding. What better way to do that than in India, right?

Lucky for us, we were Couchsurfing in Jaisalmer and asked our host if he knew of any weddings happening during the time we were there. Surprisingly he said yes, and that we were more than welcome to come. We didn’t actually get an invite from the bride and groom but as we found out later, it’s a celebration that involves the entire village, no invite is really needed.

I love traditional Hindu weddings because the celebration last for days. And while I didn’t get to partake in the Mehendi event where the women gather at the bride’s house and henna one another, we witnessed the festivities the day before with dance and music including a dazzling performance by Queen Harish, the world-famous cow belly dancer!

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We also participated in the main ceremony with the arrival of the ‘Baraat’ – the formal procession from the groom’s house to the bride’s.

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Since we joined the groom’s family, we were called ‘Baraatis’. There was a lot of music and dance and fun in the streets as we made our way down towards the bride’s house.

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As you can see, the entire village is involved. Young boys carry lanterns while the women follow close together behind the proceeding dressed in their best saris.

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The men follow close behind the groom and are the ones dancing and enjoying the music. Every now and then they’d stop and everyone would dance around in circles. Which is probably why it took us over an hour to make it 1km down the dirt road.

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We obviously joined in with our Couchsurfing host and his friends and happily danced our way to Bollywood dance remixes and Gerard’s personal favorite song on repeat, Nasty Boy, all the way to the bride’s house. He’s never danced with so many boys in his life.. haha.

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For Gerard, the wedding walk was fun, he blended in with the rest of the men (sort of). It was quite a different story for me.

Being one of a handful of female tourists who joined in with the men’s dancing festivities, I was grabbed several times by drunken, overexcited guys wanting me to dance with them. At one point, one got so aggressive as to grab my wrist and wouldn’t let go. I was grateful for our new friends in Jaisalmer, they protected me throughout the night and shoved the poor drunken boy who grabbed me.

Wrist grabbing incident aside, I did have a great time. Hey, at least it wasn’t my boob this time, right? And, I got to check off a bucket list dream – partake in a traditional Indian wedding. And I must say, they do know how to celebrate a joyous occasion.

What traditional wedding ceremony would you like to partake in?

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  • http://twitter.com/L_e_a_h Leah Travels

    What a fun time! Ha! I’d love to see this. The colors and music alone are enough to get me going. I’m so glad y’all were able to mark this off of your 30 before 30 list.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      India is such a colorful country.. Definitely a must visit!

  • Leah Travels

    What a fun time! Ha! I’d love to see this. The colors and music alone are enough to get me going. I’m so glad y’all were able to mark this off of your 30 before 30 list.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      India is such a colorful country.. Definitely a must visit!

  • dewtraveller

    WOW! Looks like crazy dancing all the way! So sorry Kieu about the wrist grabbing, and you’ve gotta be thankful it’s your wrist!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh believe me I was.. I’d had enough boob grabbing in India to last a lifetime. Haha

  • dewtraveller

    WOW! Looks like crazy dancing all the way! So sorry Kieu about the wrist grabbing, and you’ve gotta be thankful it’s your wrist!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Oh believe me I was.. I’d had enough boob grabbing in India to last a lifetime. Haha

  • http://mslistologist.com Annette | Bucket List Journey

    That looks like a great time, minus the groping 😉
    Congrats on another check off your list!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks! Yea the wrist grab wasn’t fun but the rest of the night was definitely a hoot.

  • http://bucketlistjourney.net/ Annette

    That looks like a great time, minus the groping 😉
    Congrats on another check off your list!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Thanks! Yea the wrist grab wasn’t fun but the rest of the night was definitely a hoot.

  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    What a great experience, miss the unwanted grabbing. I love the pictures and all of the beautiful colors. India is high up there on my list, and I may just have to add crashing an Indian wedding in there as well. :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      By far the easiest wedding to crash.. Not that I crash a lot of weddings or anything. Lol

  • The World Wanderer

    What a great experience, miss the unwanted grabbing. I love the pictures and all of the beautiful colors. India is high up there on my list, and I may just have to add crashing an Indian wedding in there as well. :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      By far the easiest wedding to crash.. Not that I crash a lot of weddings or anything. Lol

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Awesome that the whole village takes part in the festivities. I bet the Indian version of “Wedding Crashers” isn’t nearly as funny as a result though lol

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahahahahaha…

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    Awesome that the whole village takes part in the festivities. I bet the Indian version of “Wedding Crashers” isn’t nearly as funny as a result though lol

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Hahahahahaha…

  • http://twitter.com/thatbackpacker Audrey Bergner

    Haha! I love the photo with all the men dancing. I went to India for a friend’s wedding, but it was a modern Christian wedding with a few Indian touches. Looks like I’ll have to follow your lead and crash one when I go back. ;D

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’d love to go back too. I really wanted to get henna’d with the women of the village. And wear a sari this time. :)

  • Audrey

    Haha! I love the photo with all the men dancing. I went to India for a friend’s wedding, but it was a modern Christian wedding with a few Indian touches. Looks like I’ll have to follow your lead and crash one when I go back. ;D

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I’d love to go back too. I really wanted to get henna’d with the women of the village. And wear a sari this time. :)

  • CaptainandClark

    “Gerard never danced with so many boys in his life.” Yup, I laughed out loud. I have added this to the Indian bucket list. We just need to find us a nice wedding to crash and hope for the best. I head Indian wedding celebrations are incredible!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You’ll be there during Diwali right? I think it’s wedding season now so you shouldn’t have a problem crashing one! Lol. My fingers are crossed for you guys!

  • CaptainandClark

    “Gerard never danced with so many boys in his life.” Yup, I laughed out loud. I have added this to the Indian bucket list. We just need to find us a nice wedding to crash and hope for the best. I head Indian wedding celebrations are incredible!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      You’ll be there during Diwali right? I think it’s wedding season now so you shouldn’t have a problem crashing one! Lol. My fingers are crossed for you guys!

  • http://twitter.com/StayAdventurous craig zabransky

    nicely done indeed. (minus the excessive hand holding) and what a fun item to have on your list… i am definitely going to need to follow all of the 30 before 30, i wonder if it even gets crazier when it’s 40 before 40… from my experience, it does.
    stay adventurous, Craig

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha aww man I’m going to have to get on that list soon.. my thirty deadline is almost up. 40 will definitely be crazier. Hopefully. 😀

  • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

    nicely done indeed. (minus the excessive hand holding) and what a fun item to have on your list… i am definitely going to need to follow all of the 30 before 30, i wonder if it even gets crazier when it’s 40 before 40… from my experience, it does.
    stay adventurous, Craig

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Haha aww man I’m going to have to get on that list soon.. my thirty deadline is almost up. 40 will definitely be crazier. Hopefully. 😀

  • http://twitter.com/jettingaround Jetting Around

    I would certainly like to be a guest at an Indian wedding. I once participated in an Islamic wedding. I couldn’t have been more than 6, but still remember a lot from that incredible experience. I’m glad you got to cross off another item off your bucket list (and then some, I guess dancing with drunk guys wasn’t on it).

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      If dancing with drunk guys was on my list, I’d checked that item off a long time ago. More than once. Hehe

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    I would certainly like to be a guest at an Indian wedding. I once participated in an Islamic wedding. I couldn’t have been more than 6, but still remember a lot from that incredible experience. I’m glad you got to cross off another item off your bucket list (and then some, I guess dancing with drunk guys wasn’t on it).

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      If dancing with drunk guys was on my list, I’d checked that item off a long time ago. More than once. Hehe

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    this looks like SOO much fun!

  • Lazy Travelers

    this looks like SOO much fun!

  • http://twitter.com/Agnesstramp Agness

    That’s funny. I crushed a wedding in China, but it was boring and I didn’t like it at all. Looks like Indian people celebrate it in a very different and interesting way. I’m glad you had fun. Photos are crazy!

  • Agness

    That’s funny. I crushed a wedding in China, but it was boring and I didn’t like it at all. Looks like Indian people celebrate it in a very different and interesting way. I’m glad you had fun. Photos are crazy!

  • Indian Princess

    Fun read :) Just a couple things though, those aren’t saris! That’s traditional Rajasthani dress called “Poshak”. Consists of a three (sometimes four) piece really. A long skirt, a dupatta, and a long kurta. and the boys carrying lights were probably hired 😉 That’s standard in HIndu weddings. Oh, and it isn’t just males dancing, females dance too (depending on place). Glad you had fun at the wedding. Did you see the fire (havan) and pheras?

  • Indian Princess

    Fun read :) Just a couple things though, those aren’t saris! That’s traditional Rajasthani dress called “Poshak”. Consists of a three (sometimes four) piece really. A long skirt, a dupatta, and a long kurta. and the boys carrying lights were probably hired 😉 That’s standard in HIndu weddings. Oh, and it isn’t just males dancing, females dance too (depending on place). Glad you had fun at the wedding. Did you see the fire (havan) and pheras?

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