My First Punjabi Wedding (in photos)


Living in India, I saw a lot of sights (and smelled a lot of smells) that will stay with me forever. Now back in Canada, I’m often asked, “So, how was India?” I can only shake my head in retrospective awe. India is impossible to summarize. I believe this is why there are so many travel memoirs written about the country; you need at least 300 pages to even begin to explain. But when people ask if anything stands out, I immediately have an answer: my first Punjabi wedding.

Indian weddings are generally explosions of glitter and pink and ladoos

You’ve probably heard about the colour and pop of Indian weddings. In contrast to the white dresses and formality of western nuptials, Indian weddings are generally explosions of glitter and pink and ladoos. Punjabi weddings certainly hold true to this form and, some may say, go even further. My fiancé Jaimal being half Punjabi himself, I have had to study these traditions in preparation for our own wedding celebration!

In February, Jaimal and I were invited to a wedding in rural Punjab by a new friend of ours Jassi. Her bud Baldev was getting married in the village where he grew up and, in true Indian fashion, everybody was invited. The photo essay above details the three days of the 10 day event (!) that we attended in the small village of Sukkar Chak, 12 km from the border of Pakistan. While each hour of our visit produced a story unique and worth telling, these photos summarize the wondrous experience. Click on the images for snippets of what we were part of that weekend.


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A world-wandering teacher-lawyer. Literally. After running my own practice in immigration and refugee law based in Toronto, I am now living in Manchester, UK and teaching law full-time. I am also the President and Founder of Grammatika International, a language boutique that designs Legal English and legal writing courses for international lawyers. I love words and adventure. I believe kindness and curiosity are the most important.

One thought on “My First Punjabi Wedding (in photos)

  1. Hi,
    I don’t know much about you but i found a post on your facebook about your visit to India. We are lucky to have guests such like you. I’m sorry, i never can use the word Guest for you because you are also the part of our families. Thanks for your visit, and great words for the honor of our people. I would like to appreciate the work of Jassi Sangha and all the crew, every single person is my idol because i use to learn different things about life.
    I’m looking forward to seeing you guys in future again. Keep visiting Punjab.
    God Bless.
    Kind Regards
    Ranjeev Kumar

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