Varmala aka jaimala is a tradition at the beginning of the Hindu and Jain wedding ceremony. Mala means string of beads or garlnd. Malas are very commonly used in Indian religious practices.
The bride places a garland, comprised of flowers, around the groom’s neck and vice versa. It represents the acceptance of the impending marriage ceremony.
Couple add a fun twist by making it difficult for the other person to place the garland