Ismaili grooms have one event that they want to avoid but usually can't; and that's the Egging Ceremony. It started off being just eggs now its more like a Trashing Ceremony. Although we can't help you physically since we are indoors still entertaining your guests that didn't proceed outdoors for this ceremony; we wanted to share some tips that will help you make it better. Got to love those epic Pithi/Sangeet Nights, right! If you want new music lists on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube or want some Non-Stop Mixes, fill out the form on this page.
6 Tips for an Ismaili Egging Ceremony:
- We have seen how couples, their families and guests react when these tips weren't followed
- The ceremony needs to be short, so the groom has ample time to shower and get ready
- This blog should help you figure out what you need for this particular ceremony
6 Tips for for an Ismaili Egging Ceremony
1) Supplies the Groom should bring
Tarp - you need this to make sure the mess from the egging doesn't get on the venue's property. The tarp also helps it become easily disposable. It also helps define the war zone of where people can attack you from.
Chair - you'll need this to sit on since you're the star of the show (more like a 1 minute commercial, but hey you're still a star). A metal folding chair works the best. You can trash it or clean it afterwards. The venue usually will not let you use theirs.
Clothes you don't care about during the ceremony - This will be trashed beyond measure. Wear something you don't care about since you'll never see it ever again.
Pancho - Initially the groom gets to wear this, but definitely doesn't end with this on since the groomsmen usually rip it off mid way through. Even for the time you get to wear it, it's WORTH it.
Goggles - Let's protect those eyes and nose from anything getting into it.
Helmet - Just like the pancho, you may begin with it on, but knowing your groomsmen it's definitely coming off.
Kiddy Pool - After you get egged, hop into an empty kiddy pool and get hosed down.
Water Supply/Hose - This is needed to give you a quick rinse off before you hop into a clean car or truck.
Towel - Definitely dry yourself, also to get off any stubborn mess that's still on you even after the rinse off.
New Clothes for a quick change - This is probably the groom's favorite part, where he gets to get out of those disgusting clothes.
Truck to get away easily - We suggest using a truck since you can lay in the bed of it and air off while on your way to your hotel room.
2) Safety guidelines for the Bride and Guests
To ensure your guests have a good time at your ceremony make sure to have these supplies ready.
Clothes/Panchos/Gloves - Groomsmen, usually change into the bachelor party's T-shirt or wear something they don't care about since they know they are so close in to the action. But for the rest of your guests who are in their amazing sangeet outfits make sure to provide them with panchos and gloves so they don't bill you later. (don't worry that was a joke)
Keeping Distance - Guests, the best advice we can give you is keep your distance from the line of fire. If you get too close we've seen grooms pull in guests at times if they feel close enough to you in relation.
Shoes - Tarp in general is slippery, but with all these ingredients flying everywhere it's almost like you're ice skating. Wear the proper shoes so you don't fall.
Bride - She always goes first. She makes her appearance to crack one egg upon the groom's head and quickly departs from the scene. Once she has fully left the premises the egging may commence!
3) Keep it short
Future grooms you'll love this part: Keep it SHORT. Minimize the ingredients so the ceremony is only a few minutes long. This also maximizes your getting ready time. Remember gentlemen, your Bride is waiting for you to being the Sangeet performances. We've seen 2 minute egging ceremonies as well as 30 minute ones. Find your happy medium. We suggest 7-10 minutes.
We've seen some really bad egging ceremonies where the stink just doesn't leave the hands of groomsmen and of course the groom had it worse. Even after an hour shower, you'll second guess if you smell good or not. Here are supplies that you shouldn't use: (anything not listed is fair game, for your End Game)
-Condiments that leave a stench: vinegar, cider, and relish
-Powder products: these are the worst to get off since it sticks to your skin
-Confetti or Silly String: also super hard to get off of the skin
5) Time of Year
Think about a summertime egging ceremony. Those ingredients will just melt on you and increase the odor. During the winter you'll freeze once it's time to hose down. We know sometimes the ceremony is unavoidable, but if you can minimize the stinky ingredients during the summer and the hard to get off ingredients during the winter, you should be okay. The only thing that will save you from the egging is if it's raining like cats and dogs outside. (Maybe March and April are the best months to get married)
6) Now You're Ready to Plan the Egging Ceremony
It all begins with the Pithi indoors. Once the pithi concludes, have your DJ announce it's time for the Egging Ceremony and to have anyone who wants to participate to please proceed outside promptly. Use Step 1 and 2 to prepare the outdoor area. The official way to begin the egging ceremony is when the bride is given her space to come forward and crack one egg on top of the groom's head and once she clears the area then D-Day begins. (Make sure the bride is far away from the scene, we don't want the mess to accidentally get on her fantastic outfit.) Use only the supplies you want and make sure your Best Man knows to only have the guests and groomsmen use those supplies and nothing else. Quickly conclude the ceremony and hit the showers. Once you're back in the ballroom and looking fresh in your awesome Sherwani outfit it's time to begin the dance performances, followed by the open dance floor. If you need a DJ that will keep your sangeet hype, contact us here.
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