The BeeGees once sang, “It’s only words, words are all I have, to take your heart away”. What’s a more romantic way to take away someone’s heart than to do so with the written word? Whether you want to propose to your lover, to declare your love for one another in your wedding invite or even tell your spouse how much you love him/her on the occasion of your anniversary, a written note with profound words is most definitely the way to go. When you choose the right words and string them together lovingly into a quote and put it in a personalised note, it works much better than a template card with a random quote.
Weddings conjure up images of starry eyed couples in soft embrace, the resplendent bride in her wedding finery, the love and longing in the groom’s eyes when his special lady walks into the room, tears of joy from the couple’s family, snapshots of close friends letting their hair down while revelling in their bliss and captured moments of guests mesmerised by the warmth and hospitality of their hosts. As the boundaries of the traditional Indian wedding become more fluid, with couples rather than their families setting the tone for their big day, the bonds of holy matrimony are sealed in ceremonies ranging from an opulent magnum opus to a beautifully put together simple yet modern affair and everything in between.
For aeons, lovers world over have been writing letters and love notes as a way of articulating their love for each other. Such notes have also been a part of the wedding invites for decades now, especially in the west. In the Indian context, with marriages historically being arranged by the families of the bride and the groom, there was no room for such a practise until recently. But of late, as more and more youngsters are choosing their own life partners and setting the tone for the wedding preparations, the influence of this trend in Indian weddings is becoming more evident. To choose a quote, the bride and the groom sit down together to zero in on the exact emotion that they want their invite to echo. Whether you want the tone of the invitation to be profound, hilarious, filmy or philosophical, there is a quote for every kind of couple out there.
In an age of perfection, more and more couples want their wedding day to be handled by professionals regardless of the size and grandeur of their wedding. Responsibilities that were traditionally taken on by the family are now entrusted to wedding planners, caterers, decorators, event managers, lighting crew, stylists and a whole crew of experts who ensure that the couple, their families and guests are able to truly enjoy the momentous day. While bringing in those who specialise in their own fields remarkably lowers the risk of a wedding day debacle that could spell doom on the entire proceedings, it is also essential for every couple to personalise their wedding day by giving it their own signature touch.
Starting with the invitations right down to the final farewell, a theme that truly resonates the couples’ personalities, interests and styles can transform any wedding into an inimitable soiree breaking away from the cookie cutter mould weddings that your guests have attended in the past. Indian wedding quotes can be unique reminders of the special bond between the soon-to-be man and wife.
The invitation is the first glimmer to guests of what to expect at your wedding. Brainstorm together to decide on a theme for the wedding and go about picking elements for your invitation accordingly. As the only exclusively written communication preceding your wedding, the invitation provides an ideal opportunity to use an Indian wedding quote that encompasses the entire experience. Although an invitation quote might have the maximum impact, pepper the functions with Indian wedding quotes in unexpected places to bring a smile to everyone’s faces and make your wedding an affair to remember. Let this list of Indian wedding quotes inspire you and hopefully capture your essence as a couple in a few simple lines.
In keeping with the changing times, the Indian wedding quotes listed below draw from various sources of inspiration that will encompass a whole gamut of personas.
The obvious option for Indians is to choose Indian wedding quotes in Sanskrit, Hindi and other regional languages. Most traditional Indian wedding quotes talk about how marriages are made in heaven and how the holy matrimony is a bond that lasts not for one but seven lifetimes. Derived from ancient Hindu texts, even though such quotes appear cliched when translated, the moment they are uttered in a regional language, they assume a very heartfelt and earnest tone. They dwell on the very concept of marriage being an eternal bond and talk about the kind of effort and commitment that goes into making a marriage successful. Couples who want to go with traditional Indian wedding quotes have a plethora of options to choose from, the noteworthy of which we have listed here.
"Dharmecha, Arthecha, Kamecha, Mokshecha.. Naati Charaami!!"
The quote literally translates into “I promise to never walk away from my spouse for reasons pertaining to my work, my finances, my desires or spirituality”. It is perhaps the most ideal among Indian wedding invitation quotes because it epitomises the promise that the couple makes to each other during the wedding ceremony - almost like an Indian equivalent of the marriage vows “in sickness and in health, till death do us apart”
"Mangalyam tantunanena mama jivana hethuna, Kanthe badhnami subhage twam jeeva sarada satam"
'Maangalyam tantunaanena' is another popular Indian wedding quote that couples can incorporate into their wedding invites. It is recited as a mantra when the marriage is solemnised, you can find out more about all the marriage ceremonies here. The mantra roughly translates into - “this sacred thread - mangal sutra - is being tied around your neck for my long life. Dear maiden of auspicious attributes, I hope you too live to be a hundred.” The husband who chants the hymn here is praying for a happy, long life together for himself and his wife.
“Sakha sapta pada bhava, Sakhayau saptapada babhuva, Sakhyante gameyam, Sakhyatte mayosham, Sakhyanme mayoshtha”
This mantra, chanted during the ‘Saptapadi’ or the seven sacred steps that the couple takes as newly-weds is an Indian wedding quote that we think is very relevant even in today’s modern world. It speaks about the bond of friendship that is formed between the husband and wife after taking the seven steps together and how both of them hope that the friendship never ends.
"Dher aham prithvi tvam, Retoham retabhru tvam, Manoham asmi vaktam, Samaham asmi rikritvam, Sa maam anuvruta bhava"
The last of the traditional Indian wedding quotes that we have for you is again one that speaks of the unbreakable bond that marriage is and how the couple is actually two halves of a whole. It goes - I am the sky and you are the earth. I transmit energy while you receive it from me. If I am the mind, you are the word that manifests from its thoughts. If I am a strain of music, then you are the song that stems from it. You and I, in essence complete each other and follow each other.
While the option of using vedic hymns and traditional verses is for couples who want their wedding invites or notes to be ‘serious’ and carry a certain weight, there are couples who prefer to profess their love for each other in true Bollywood style using quotes from films. When your entire wedding is heavily influenced by Bollywood - from the elaborate decor to the outfits you wear to the music you play, why not infuse your wedding with some celluloid drama from Bollywood inspired Indian wedding quotes?
We have picked a few choicest quotes that we think will work very well in wedding invites, what with their intense meaning. While these are just ideas, you can choose to keep the quotes serious, romantic or light-hearted, depending on the kind of mood and the tone that you want to set for the wedding.
"Yeh zindagi chal toh rahi thi.. Par tere aane se maine jeena shuru kiya." - Aashiqui 2
This quote from Aashiqui 2 is as passionate as Indian wedding quotes can get, what with the protagonist claiming that his life was just moving along in a mundane way and he started living it after his loved one entered his life.
"Itni shiddat se maine tumhe paane ki koshish ki hai, ki har zarre ne mujhe tumse milane ki saazish ki hai." -Om Shanti Om
Shah Rukh Khan's dialogue from Om Shanti Om is a quote that is perfect for couples who have been through a number of hardships before they could 'settle down' with the love of their life. The quote is inspired from a popular saying from the book, 'The Alchemist' - If you want something badly, the entire universe conspires to help you achieve it. We think that it is mighty romantic to bare such emotions and saying so in your wedding invite is a sign of your love being all-consuming.
"Pyaar ka pehla kadam dosti hai, aur aakhri bhi. Bas beech ke kadam reh gaye hain." - Kal ho na ho
For a couple that started out as friends, this quote from Kal Ho Na Ho is apt. It says that "The first step towards love is friendship and so is the last. Only the steps in between remain". It is amazing how this quote breaks down the whole serious affair of "marital life" into a simple process of traversing a path with friendship at the beginning.
"Mohabbat bhi zindagi ki tarah hoti hai, har mod aasaan nahin hota, har mod par khushi nahin milti, par jab hum zindagi ka saath nahin chhodte, to mohabbat ka saath kyon chhodein." - Mohabattein
This poignant quote from Mohabbatein likens love to life. Love is just like life, every turn is not easy, every turn doesn’t give you happiness, but when we do not desert life, then why should we desert love?!
There is a very true saying which goes that people who know and love the same books as you, have a road map to your soul. If you have lucky to have found such a soulmate, then we do not see why you should not include a quote from a book that is a mutual favourite in your wedding invite. Some splendid quotes by literary giants, both Indian and international can definitely weave some poetic magic into your invites and we’ve got just the right ones to help you do so!
So simple, yet so true, right?
Golden words by William Shakespeare. We think this would work really well as an Indian wedding invitation quote as well as an anniversary quote, which would remind your spouse of the moment that you fell in love. The quote, despite being simple is potent enough to evoke strong sentiments that can rekindle love and joy in your lives.
The beauty of being in love is the ability to communicate with each other without speaking a single word. Rabindranath Tagore articulates it beautifully in this quote that reiterates that one look is all that it takes for someone to fall in love.
If you are the couple whose idea of a perfect evening is to sit with a tub of popcorn, watching a romantic Hollywood flick (we're not judging!), then you sure could consider quotes inspired by Hollywood movies to go into your wedding invitation or other other stationery. Here are some gems we have picked for you.
This quote from the movie 'The Notebook' elucidates how love can fill one's mind and attention, so much that you'd want your partner or spouse to be around you all the time! We think that this quote is quite appropriate for the kind of 'new love' that is often seen between the newly-weds.
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Last but not the least, what better way of of proclaiming your love than by saying 'I love you'? While it may be a little too cliched and cheesy to say this in a wedding invite, we certainly feel that an anniversary note with this quote will sweep your better half off his/her feet.
As Indian weddings are becoming contemporary by moving away from being a family arranged affair to the communion of two lovers, Indian wedding quotes that highlight the emotion of love and the couple’s adoration for each other will stir the hearts of any romantic. The following are some love centric Indian wedding quotes alongside some other wedding quotes suitable for Indian weddings.
“I seem to have loved you in infinite forms, infinite times, in life after life, in age after age, forever." - Rabindranath Tagore
"The significance which is in unity is an eternal wonder." – Rabindranath Tagore
"Where there is love there is life." – Mahatma Gandhi
“It is love that makes impossible possible.” —Indian Proverb
"The moment I heard my first love story I began seeking you, not realizing the search was useless. Lovers don’t meet somewhere along the way. They’re in one another’s souls from the beginning." – Rumi
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.” —Mignon McLaughlin
“The journey to find true love ends... The journey to cherish true love begins...” - Anonymous
“You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without” - Anonymous
“As our marriage brings new meaning to love, So our love brings new meaning to life” - Anonymous
“Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite” - Anonymous
“Two hearts... Two lives...One dream... forever...Just the old idea that we have made newer” - Anonymous
“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” - Albert Einstein
“Shaadi ka laddoo jo khaye pachtaye, jo na khaye pachtaye” - Anonymous Meaning: Marriage is like a laddu (Indian dessert) and whether you choose to eat it or not, you will repent (your action)
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