Patnaicks is title used by social groups in Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh. Patnaick Matrimony is full of customs and rituals. A wedding in the Patnaick community is a means to achieve spiritual growth. Weddings take place in months except of Aashad, Bhadrapadan and Shunya as these months are considered as inauspicious. On being invited to a Patnaick wedding recently, I got to experience the significantly rich wedding rites. I was from the bride's side and could closely see how things were done. The bride was wearing a saree which was extravagant with gold and silver embroidery. The colour of the saree was red as red symbolizes prosperity, fertility and saubhagya (marital bliss). She donned detailed and striking ornaments chiefly made of gold and valuable stones. Her hair was plaited and highlighted with flowers and jewellery. The wedding had the bride's maternal uncle carrying her in a bamboo basket to the mandap. The bride carried betel leaves, betel nuts, a coconut, a sandalwood stick and a red pumpkin with her. A curtain was put between the bride and the groom so that they could not see each other till the wedding was completed. The main rituals were the mangalsutra ceremony, in which the mangalsutra was tied around the bride's neck, Kanya Daan Akshata in which the couple exchanged garlands and Satapadi, in which they took rounds around the holy fire to sanctify their marriage. The food is the main attraction in any wedding and so a lot of pain goes into its making. There are a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes with a range of curries and delicacies.