Sangeet Timeline and Sample Order of Events

A Sangeet is a traditional Hindu ritual involving the singing and playing of music. It can be held to celebrate any joyous occasion, but is commonly held before a wedding ceremony. The word “sangeet” literally means song in Hindi from Sanskrit संगीत (saṅgīta). In Punjabi, it may also refer to a musical evening with entertainment such as songs and movies. In this short resource, we’ll provide you with a few different examples of a sangeet timeline to help you plan a beautiful evening.

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Sangeet Open Dancing – Image by Lin and Jirsa

Sangeet Timeline Sample #1

12:30 pm – Bride and Bridesmaids arrive at venue
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Makeup Artist Starts on Bride
4:15 pm – Bride and groom’s families arrive at venue
4:30 pm – Photographer and videographer arrive
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Family Photos
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Detail shots of the decor
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm- Couples Portraits and Wedding Party Photos
5:15 pm – DJ starts welcome music
5:30 pm – Guest arrive
6:00 pm – Food stations open and Bar opens
6:30 pm – Henna booth open
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Program Begins (in any order)

  • Dance Performances (usually multiple)
  • Toasts, Surprises and/or Games

8:00 pm- Jago

  • Families enter with Jago on head
  • Family member holds the stick
  • The procession comes dancing

9:00 pm – Food stations open throughout the evening
10:00 pm- Event concludes

Sangeet Timeline Sample #2

3:30PM Bride’s makeup concludes
4:00PM-5:30PM Bride & Groom portraits:

  • Band begins playing
  • Henna artist service begins
  • Bars open, Appetizers served – 1

6:20PM Bridal game between bride & groom; MC by family
6:30PM Band plays
7:30PM Dance performance by Joya Kazi (10mins):
7:40PM Band plays 2nd set
8:10pm sunset
8:30PM Dance performance (10mins)
8:40PM Band plays 3rd set
9:00PM Photography service concludes
10:30PM END

Sangeet Timeline Tips

sangeet dance performance
Sangeet Dance Performance – Image by Lin and Jirsa

To make sure your Sangeet runs smoothly, here are a few tips based on our experience.

  1. Consider hiring at two Mehndi artists – The number depends on your guest count, but keep in mind that the lines can build up and each person can take 10 minutes or more depending on the complexity of the designs and the experience of the artists.
  2. Have a couples portrait session – Take advantage of your fresh makeup and unique outfits for the night!  Schedule a 1 hour couples session prior to the event.
  3. Don’t pack the itinerary – Keep in mind that you still have the wedding day, so you and your guests need to maintain their energy!  Keep the Sangeet a little bit more fun, loose, and “chill” by not packing the itinerary.

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