• Ajay Manaktala

Best Vidai Songs after an Indian Wedding (2019)

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

The Vidai ceremony (or bidaai) is when the girl/new bride officially leaves the home.

Often times at big fat Indian weddings this is done on the hotel or venue premises since all the extended family is present. In modern Indian weddings in the west however, usually the girl and groom may already be living together, or will plan to move to a new city later, so it's not exactly literal these days but still a milestone tradition.

So what are the best Vidai Songs? In no particular order:

  1. Kabira (Reprise/Encore) - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

  2. Channa Merya - Ae Dil Mushkil

  3. Kehta Hai - Baabul

  4. Ye BetiyanTo Babul Ki - Na Tum Jaano Na Hum

  5. Heer - Jab Tak Hai Jaan

  6. Dilbaro - Raazi

  7. Madhaniyan - Neha Bhasin

  8. Ladki - Coke Studio

  9. Chal Le Chal - The Wedding Filmer

  10. Laadli - A R Rahman

  11. Khabi Alvida Naa Kehna - Khabi Alvida Naa Khena

  12. Meri Ladoo - Jatinder Singh

  13. Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana - Lajja

  14. Babul Ki Duayen Leti Ja - Neel Kamal

  15. Babul - Hum Aapke Hain Koun

  16. Mehloon Ka Raja Mila - Raja Ki Aaygi Baraat

Importance of Vidai Music

Once the ceremony is over at Indian weddings in America, usually the recessional takes place where the newlyweds makes an exit to music and fanfare. (We have songs for that too). They then return to take pics, then the Viday is done over by valet parking where the couple leaves for a bit to get ready for the reception.

It's sometimes more formality than actual Vidai (which happens a few days or weeks after the wedding when she actually moves out, but still requires music so here you go fam jam!

1. Kabira (Reprise/Encore) - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

My darling daughter is leaving for her in-law's house...

2. Channa Merya - Ae Dil Mushkil

Alright I'm leaving soon, please remember me in your prayers...

3. Kehta Hai - Baabul

A father says oh my daughter, you're the letters of my heart...

4. Ye Betiyan To Babul Ki - Na Tum Jaano Na Hum

A song about a father expressing his sentiments when the daughter is leaving (that's only when you really use Babul these days, in Bollywood jams)

5. Heer - Jab Tak Hai Jaan

I'm a queen now, some come and take me on a horse!

6. Dilbaro - Raazi

You taught me how to walk holding my finger...

This movie is about a daughter going into espionage in Pakistan via her marriage, but the song is still relevant for a bidaai!