Wedding Inspiration

Time to get started on wedding planning for my interfaith/intercultural Hindu and Scottish wedding! It’s going to be… interesting.

The first step, I think, is to get inspiration and ideas. To see how my thoughts can integrate into a cohesive whole.

Here are a few great finds from the comments on my wedding announcement post of non-Indian Hindu weddings! I said I hadn’t ever seen a Hindu wedding where neither the bride nor the groom was non-Indian and our friends pipped up with a couple of examples…!i=1386478132&k=hzfPS9m

Now, of course, my wedding is not purely Hindu. It would be simple enough, I suppose, to get a priest and do what he told us. But we’re an interfaith couple and we’re going to reflect elements from both as well as elements of our cultural heritage. (Although, there are more developments happening on the officiant side, so I’ll be giving you a post about that in the future).

Here are some images from an interfaith wedding where the bharat is non-Indian:

And an interfaith Jewish/Hindu wedding:

How about some Buddhist and Hindu weddings at my favorite site: A Practical Wedding? (I am so submitting my wedding for a wedding graduate post there!)

Inspiration and Information about Hindu ceremonies:

Planning Resources for Indian Brides:

Video: Initial thoughts at the start of the wedding planning process. Not the most flattering video of me ever. Next time I’ll put on makeup. And not hold the camera so close :)

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Check out my Pinterest page for wedding ideas too!

Bridal Bootcamp

I have 25 pounds to lose before I can order the sample of the wedding dress I want (there will be a post to show off that beauty!). The truth is, I still see myself at a particular weight that I consider to be my normal, but I haven’t been that weight in about three years. Which isn’t too long. And I’m only 25 pounds off. So I want to be back to normal. I’m going to let you follow along with my progress on getting in shape. Why? Because it’s part of wedding stuff and also because every thing that I do in my life is based in my spirituality, even the mundane and every day things! Plus I don’t have another good place to show it.

So here is my start photo!

You can’t see the writing on the shirt here, unfortunately. It says Future Mrs. on it! (Yes, that would be Lord Shiva over my left shoulder!)

Here is what I’ve done so far this week:


  • Weight watchers meeting
  • Gym: elliptical machine for 45 min



  • Gym: 30 min
  • Eating on ww plan

Planned for the rest of the week:


  • Gym: 40 min elliptical or swimming 30 min
  • Abs workout: 10 min
  • Biggest Loser DVD
  • Eating on ww plan


  • Gym: 30 min elliptical
  • Abs workout: 10 min
  • Eating on ww plan



  •  Gym: 45 min elliptical
  • Abs workout 10 min
  • Biggest Loser DVD
  • Eating on ww plan


So yeah, wedding planning is in full swing and I’m excited to share all the details with you. Some posts coming up on Wednesdays will be:

  1. The lengha
  2. The ceremony
  3. Officient
  4. Flowers
  5. Cake
  6. Music
  7. Sangeet
  8. Mendhi
  9. Honoring loved ones who have died

About Ambaa

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Melisa (Meenakshi) Coto

    Yay! Still so excited for you! I am also currently trying to lose 20-25lbs, so best of luck!

    • Ambaa

      :) We’ll be like virtual work out/diet buddies!

  • Drekfletch

    Are there any dance regimens you could take up? Dance often is a great cardio, especially if there’s lots of twisting and stepping. I know one person who does half an hour of ecstatic dance as a devotional activity, and he says it doubles as a great exercise (which he’s also trying to do for his god, so the side effect is religious, too.)

    • Ambaa

      You know, I used to do bharatnatyam and that was an amazing workout as well as being a spiritual practice. I may go back to that or I’ve been thinking about trying some Bollywood dance classes :)

  • Singarimelam

    Its useful post. Thanks for posting…

  • Sara

    Love reading your posts. Keep it up!!