I just wanted to introduce myself! My fiance is Indian (born and raised in India) and I am an as-white-as-they-come American. We are rather unique among our Indian and American friends, to say the least. I was a little amazed to find this forum and discover that there are people like us, haha!
Like I read a post below about how the poster's husband cannot be trusted to make dinner because they'll have parathas and pickle... wow welcome to my life! Either that or dal - oil, onions, mustard seeds, and heaping spoonfuls of tumeric and cumin go in a pot, throw in the dal and water, cover and cook the crap out of it for an hour - PRESTO - dinner for a week
Anyway, we are having an Indian wedding (my fiance is Jain) in Rajasthan and an American wedding in my hometown in California. The Indian wedding is as traditional as they can make it considering there is virtually no bride's side. Our American wedding, though, is pretty much our blank canvas - his parents know nothing about the American traditions and my parents eloped. We are hoping to have an essentially American wedding with little fusion highlights. For example, we were considering doing a garland exchange or lighting some candles on a table and walking around them 4 times (Jain style). I was also thinking of wearing Indian jewelry with my white dress and maybe a bhindi and mehendi. Did anyone do anything like this? Did it go well?
Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance!