A very important pre wedding function which is common to all Indian weddings held across the traditional belt if India is the Sangeet, the musical night. It is a function held at bride`s home as well as at the groom’s residence.
Depending upon the guest list and the theme, a venue could be selected other than the residence. The ceremony of Sangeet is all about enthusiastic merry making in the form of dancing and singing.
Be it the blaring sound of the DJ, or the energetic playing of dholak; the entire ambience becomes intoxicated with music and dancing. The set–ups seem to be addictive for dancing and enjoying.
Invitations are send out to the female relatives and to neighborhood women for this ceremony. Evening is seems to the favorite time for all to mark this occasion.
With handsome décor of shades like orange, red, maroon and yellow, the atmosphere only adds to the obvious flow of exuberance. Sometimes the Sangeet is accompanied by Mehendi ceremony; therefore arrangements must be made accordingly.
Preferably the venue for Sangeet must be spacious. This must be done in order to have enough room for guests. Many guests might not be comfortable with dancing. Therefore, sitting arrangement for them must be made. Another reason for spacious venue is that due to perspiration after dancing, a congested room may become suffocation to take seat in.
Try to have an open air venue, for example seating up Shamiyanas in the garden, especially in summers. The tradition of Sangeet is usually concluded with a feast for the guests and family. Therefore, guest hospitality in the form of food and drinks also need to be monitored.
Many people come just to bless the bride or the groom and give then an envelope containing cash on the name of Shagun, a common culture in Indian weddings.