From the Nischithartham to the Jeelakara Bellamu, the Teluginti Pelli, or Telugu family wedding, is a grand affair marrying a son, a daughter, and their families. I have recently been honored to photograph Sanjay and Aamani ’s beautiful Telugu ceremony in Hyderabad.
Throughout India, various regions and communities have their own unique traditions and rituals that are followed throughout their daily life. The wedding ceremony is no exception. Although the recent trend in India has been to shorten and abbreviate traditional and lengthy weddings to a few days, the grandeur has not been sacrificed, specially in Telugu family weddings. It is simply condensed for maximum enjoyment. The mixing of a modern couple and their traditional families enhanced Sanjay and Aamani’s wedding and made it that much more unique and memorable.
A Telugu wedding generally starts with a Nischithartham months ahead of the wedding. It begins with the two families meeting and officially announcing there will be a wedding. A wedding date is fixed with the help of a priest or an astrologer and agreed on by the couple and families. Traditionally, the two families will know each other already or meet during the Nischithartham. For Sanjay and Aamani, families living half a world away on different continents meant their families were meeting each other for the first time just days before the wedding. Mehendi evening with dinner was held to bring both the families together. Not normally a grand ceremony in a Telugu wedding, it became a very important and significant event by providing a wonderful opportunity for the couple and families to spend time together. During the dinner, they were able to begin building friendships and family bonds that will continue to grow and strengthen for the rest of their lives. To read more, plase pick up June’s Wedding Vows issue from the newsstand.