Flowers play a big role in Indian weddings, and garlands -- often made of marigolds -- are exchanged between the bride and groom. At the end of the ceremony, family and friends throw flower petals in the hope that the couple will enjoy a life free from sorrow.
Whereas most jewelry exchanged at weddings involves placing rings on fingers, Hindu brides traditionally wear their wedding rings on their feet. The ring is usually silver and placed on a woman's left foot, on her great toe (which is next to the big toe). The groom slips the ring on the bride's foot during the ceremony, and these rings are only worn by married women.
In India, toe rings have historically played a similar role as wedding bands in the West, though grooms are exempt from wearing them. Hindu men may wear toe rings if they wish, but if they do, the jewelry is usually worn on the big toe and is never a symbol of marital status [source: Kunz].