We Indians are a heady mix of regional diversity and each group has its own fascinating wedding ceremony. In Maharashtrian Hindu cermony, the Mangalashtaks - eight holy hymns to bless for a happy married life - are chanted by a priest when a cloth is held as a partition between the bride and the groom. Once the chants are sung, and a final warning given (Shuba Mangala Saavdhaan) the partition is removed and the wedding garlands exchanged.
There's dancing, crazy dancing, and lots of yummy food. Get yourself invited to a big fat Indian wedding. You won't regret it.