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A Hindu wedding photographer’s perspective

A Hindu wedding photographer’s perspective on what to expect at a Hindu wedding

In the event that you’re invited for your initial Hindu wedding, you’re probably interested in what’s about to transpire. You’re probably having a lot of questions regarding what you can expect from an Hindu wedding, and are likely to want to know more about Hindu wedding rituals. We’ve provided answers to every one of the common Hindu wedding-related questions, and also provided the most well-known Hindu wedding customs and rituals.

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  • What to expect at a Hindu Wedding Ceremony?
  • How long is Hindu wedding?
  • What to wear to a Hindu wedding according to our Hindu wedding photographer!
  • Hindu Wedding Photography & Videography London
  • Hindu Wedding Photographer

What to Expect at a Hindu Wedding Ceremony

All over India the wedding industry has grown in popularity as has photography played a significant role in documenting Hindu weddings. Hindu wedding photography encapsulates the many rituals and traditions that are prevalent in this region. Every ritual is a moral tale or folktale to be told.

The Hindu marriage/wedding ceremony is over 5,000 years old.  The Hindu marriage ceremony is performed in the presence of a sacred fire and an assembly of family and friends.

Based on our experience as Hindu wedding photographers and traditionally, the ceremony is usually performed in the following sequence:

  • Baraat or Swagat
  • Swagatam
  • Jutta Churai
  • Kanyan Daan & Hasta Melap
  • Mangal Fera
  • Mangalsutra, Sindhoor Daan & Hirdaya Sparsga
  • Saptapadi
  • Akhand Saubhagyavati Bhava and Ashirvad
  • Vidai

We shall now briefly explain some of the elements in a Hindu wedding ceremony as in the above sequences.  Please note these sequences may differ based on various Hindu cultures.  Consult us with your plan and our London Hindu wedding photographers will be prepped to capture amazing hindu wedding photography.

Baraat or Swagat meaning the arrival of the groom accompanied by his family and friends who will be singing and dancing as they proceed their way to the wedding hall or temple.

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Swagatam meaning the welcoming the Groom and his family and friends in a procession.  The groom is treated to a welcome ritual at the entrance by the bride’s mother and is then escorted to the mandap (a temporary structure of four pillars). The groom’s entry is captured by a Hindu wedding photographer. A Hindu wedding photographer will shoot a bridal portrait whilst the groom makes his entry if you book more than one photographer.

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Jutta Churai is where the priest asks the Groom to remove his shoes before entering the mandap.  The Bride’s family will then have to steal the shoes (for fun) somehow whilst the Groom’s family will protect them.  By the end of the wedding, if the shoes are stolen, the Groom must offer the new family money or gifts to retrieve them.

Kanyadaan & Hasta Melap is the tradition of Giving the bride and joining of hands.  The bride is escorted to the mandap by her maternal uncles.  Bride’s father then gives his daughter to the Groom in marriage, witnessed by the fire God.  The Kanyadaan (giving of the bride) is the highest form of gift that parents can offer.  The ends of Bride’s and Groom’s garment’s are tied together with betel nuts, copper coins and rice symbolising unity and eternal bond of marriage.  The priest then kindles the fire and the couple make nine offerings to the fire to ask for removal of darkness and any ignorance.

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Mangal Fera means circling the sacred fire in the mandap. Our Hindu wedding photographers are will photograph beautiful wedding photos.  The couple walk around the fire four times which signify the last fours stages of life, these are:

  • Dharma : Righteousness
  • Artha: Monetary accomplishment
  • Karma : Energy and passion for life
  • Moksha : Liberation from everything in life.

The groom leads for the first three rounds and the bride completes the last round signifying balance and completion.  The bride’s brothers (and/or cousins) witness the rounds and place rice grains in her hands to signify that they will provide support and protection for their sister.  At the end of the fourth round, there is a rush by the Bride and Groom to get to their seat.  It is said that whoever sits down first rules the house!

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Mangalsutra, Sindhoor Daan & Hirdaya Sparsha is the act of putting on a sacred necklace and proclamation of marriage.  The Groom offers the Bride, a life long protection by giving her the Mangalsutra, a sacred necklace made with black beads with gold, then placing sindhoor (vermillion – a red powder) on the crown of her forehead.  The two offerings signify the mark of a married woman and act as a symbol of the Groom’s devotion to the Bride.  The couple then offer each other traditional sweets.  The Bride and Groom then place their right hand on each other’s hearts signifying oneness in mind, body and soul.

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Saptapadi meaning Seven steps and Seven vows.  These are:

  • Step One – Together we live with honour and respect, providing the necessities of life for each other and our family members.
  • Step Two – Together we will develop mental, physical and spiritual balance.
  • Step Three – Together we will acquire wealth by righteous and proper means.
  • Step Four – Together we walk acquire knowledge, happiness and harmony through mutual love, trust and respect for our elders.
  • Step Five – Together we will raise strong and virtuous children.
  • Step Six – Together we will maintain self restraint and longevity.
  • Step Seven – Together we will be sincere, faithful and true to each other in sharing life’s happiness and sorrows.  We will be true companions, remain life long partners and gain salvation beyond this.

Akhand Saubhagyavati Bhava and Ashirvad means Blessing the newly wed couple.  Traditionally, four married women of the family whisper in Bride’s right ear, wishing her a long and happy married life.  The couple then receive blessings from the priest.

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Vidai – the final ceremony.  This is a sad occasion as the Bride’s family bid her farewell as she leaves her parent’s home to begin a new life with her husband.  She leaves with tears of joy and sorrow, carrying the very best of wishes of all that witnessed the marriage ceremony.  As they depart, the Bride’s sister(s) try to stop the car from leaving by placing their hands on the bonnet so that their new brother-in-law asks their permission to take the Bride away with him.  With their permission, he offers money or gifts a token.   Just before the wedding car departs, the priest places a coconut under the front wheel and waits for it to be broken under the weight of the car.  This is to ensure a safe journey and to bless the start of their newly married life.

We hope the above information about Hindu marriage ceremony has been useful, please feel free to visit our site www.weddingphotoz.co.uk

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How long is Hindu wedding?

In the traditional way, a Hindu wedding is usually held in three days. However some weddings are extended to five days. Our Hindu wedding photographers can be hired for as many days and events as required.  An description of the three-day wedding can be found here:

  • 1st Day – Ganesh Puja is also referred to by the name Mandap Muhurat and Pithi. It is typically followed by an Mendhi night or a Sangeet night. It is a private family gathering that starts the celebrations
  • 2nd Day Grah Shanti which is also known as a Sathak/Mandvo ceremony as well as a Mamoru ceremony. A majority of people are invited to this
  • 3rd Day – Wedding celebration, and usually a reception at night. The main ceremony will be held and all guests are in the ceremony.

You could be invited to any of the three days or the final day.

What to wear to a Hindu wedding

We believe the more brilliant the better! Don’t be afraid to experiment with bright colors and attractive jewellery. There are many options for bold colors and attractive jewellery, so don’t be afraid to be bold and put in a lot of effort.

For ladies, you do not have to wear a traditional sari to Hindu wedding. A jewel-tone dress with a shawl is perfectly acceptableBut, it is encouraged that you wear traditional clothing as well. For men, a suit is acceptable for men; however, if you wish to dress in more traditional way, kurta pajamas and sherwanis are the main choices.  Hindu wedding photographer recommends the later for great photos.

If you’re still unsure of what to expect from an hindu wedding you are able to contact our Hindu wedding photographer, and they’ll be glad to assist you..

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Whether you are having an Hindu, Indian, Tamil, Arabic, Islamic or Sikh wedding, we have experts photographing and documenting weddings from these cultures. WeddingPhotoz are experienced in capturing key moments of an Asian wedding photographers, as we are familiar with traditions and cultures.

Specialist in Hindu Wedding Photography, we cover all aspects photography from Engagements, Pre-wedding ceremonies to Weddings and Receptions.  Our Hindu wedding photographers have over twelve years experience in photographing Hindu weddings.

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