United States of America (also known as U.S., USA and America), situated in North America is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nation. U.S. economy is the largest national economy in the world. As many as 31 ancestry groups contribute more than 10 lakh each to the population. As per a 2010 survey Indian population in the US is roughly 1% of the U.S. population.
Even as Indian NRIs live in U.S., they prefer Indian girls when it comes to marriage. However, inter-racial and inter-cultural matrimonies are common. American Indian matrimonies are conducted as much as possible in same traditional manner as they are in India. The wedding is divided into pre-wedding ceremonies (ladies sangeet, cocktail), marriage day ceremonies and the post-wedding ceremonies. Increasingly, younger couples are starting to incorporate western features into their weddings, such as speeches, bachelor party, the first dance, as well as the traditional wedding cake.
Beautiful and decorated venues host the American Indian weddings. Venues are typically temples halls, community halls or hotel halls. Brides embellish themselves by putting Indian gold (kundan) and diamond jewelry. The bride also applies henna/ mehndi to color hands and feet, and undergo various bridal makeups. The bride typically wears bridal lehenga or sari in a design as per the traditions of community. The groom typically wears a sherwani dress, a designer suit or a dress as per the community customs.
In a Hindu marriage, to complete the marriage, the bride and groom move in circles around the sacrificial fire seven times, called phera. Vidaai is final ritual of the day; this is when the formal sending of bride to the groom’s household with the bridegroom happens. This is when it can get quite emotive even for the most hard-hearted.