It’s the final wedding season of 2020, and this year, weddings are taking place with a few tweaks and restrictions. On one hand, there are restrictions on the number of guests, while on the other, many people are opting for intimate weddings at home with only immediate family members in attendance. A situation like this does make one think of the good old days and the weddings that took place in the pre-COVID era, whenever that was! Oh, the panic-driven preparations, last-minute goof-ups, and the endless woes of the dulhan. While the guests marvel at the good-looking jodi up on the stage, no one really thinks about the countless thoughts in the bride’s mind, and the one thought that’s common among all brides is, “Why do I have to do all this?”
Here are seven things that most Indian brides hate doing on their wedding day.
1. Tolerating the 50 pins holding her hairdo in place
If you’ve ever been a bride or have had a bridal style hairdo, you would know what I’m talking about. The hairstylist aims to give you the biggest jooda of their career hidden behind the excuse of ‘holding up the dupatta‘. As a result, you end up getting at least 50-80 pins, if not more, poking your skull from every angle. It makes not scratching your head during the wedding a Roadies level task.
2. Balancing a gajra heavier than her own head
Once the 50 pins are in place, another batch of 20 pins to fix the gajra come into play. And no, it cannot be a simple string of flowers. The gajra has to be heavier and perhaps even bigger than the bride’s head because again, dupatta balance karna hai na!
3. Smiling endlessly for a zillion pictures with guests she doesn’t even know
An Indian wedding isn’t considered complete until and unless the bride and groom get pictures with all the chachas, chachis, buas, their bhai ke bhatije ke bachche, padosi ki nani, and every damn person in the wedding hall! These pictures basically work as an attendance marker to check who came and who left without giving the shagun ka lifaafa. The annoying part is that the couple has to smile nonstop for the photo session till their jaws hurt. And the worst thing is that they don’t even know 80 per cent of the people.
4. Not eating or drinking to save the lipstick
The only thing most people look forward to at Indian weddings is the food. Unfortunately, the bride doesn’t even get to enjoy most of the dishes she picked out for her wedding. She’s in constant fear of ruining her hazaaron ka makeup because of which she ends up hoping that she could somehow taste those paneer tikkas if she stared hard enough.
5. Acting shy to look like an ideal sanskaari dulhan
A wedding is perhaps a couple’s happiest day for years to come. However, while the groom gets to chill, dance, and enjoy his baraat, the bride has to keep her head down and smile coyly to fit the image of a sanskaari dulhan. Not getting to enjoy their wedding to the fullest in their own way is perhaps one of the biggest things that brides hate.
6. Touching hundreds of pairs of feet
Yes, it is a part of our culture in several Indian states. However, one must acknowledge that it isn’t an easy situation for the bride. Remember the pins poking her skull and the heavier than thou gajra? Add to that her precious outfit, jewellery, and the heavily embellished dupatta, and what you get is the mother of all backaches.
7. Controlling the urge to pee
Winter weddings are painful when it comes to controlling the body’s natural urge to pee. The skirt of the lehenga tied tightly around the waist only makes it worse by adding pressure on the bladder. And of course, running to the loo frequently in those ridiculously heavy outfits is really painful, so the bride ends up controlling the urge till it doesn’t turn into an ’emergency’.
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