Special Considerations for Planning a Hindu Marriage Ceremony and Reception
Are you planning a Hindu marriage ceremony and reception? For someone who is not Indian but is marrying into a family originally from India it is important to understand the differences between a typical wedding from both cultures. Many of the considerations will depend on how traditional the families are. For example, Hindu marriages are typically arranged by the parents and the bridegroom is usually from a lower social rank or caste than the bride. Whether your family is very traditional or you simply want to incorporate some of your Indian culture into your wedding, there will be many special considerations.
There are multiple events that take place as part of a traditional
Hindu marriage reception. Many wedding planning experts recommend having the entire wedding in one location, such as a full-service hotel. For example, if the couple reserves the Tiffany Ballroom at Four Points by Sheraton Norwood, the entire event can take place in one location making it easier for transportation, changing clothing, lodging for out of town guests, and managing the various traditions and ceremonies that will happen over a few days. At the Sheraton Norwood, there are also smaller, yet equally beautiful and well-equipped rooms that can be reserved for gatherings that may involve less people such as the Aashirwad (confirmation of the marriage alliance), Raas-Garba, the Mandap ceremony, or the opening of gifts.
A typical Hindu wedding involves many more rituals than simply saying vows and exchanging rings. To have a wedding that properly incorporates Indian tradition, some accommodations will need to be made. For example, a ceremonial fire is a common ritual. Assuming this takes place inside special arrangements will need to be made beforehand. Also the majority of rituals will take place on the Mandap. It is important to have this area visible from anywhere in the room so all of your guests can enjoy the proceedings.
Another reason for selecting a full-service hotel is the food. Typically at a Hindu marriage reception there will be Indian vegetarian food. In fact, many couples will choose to serve only food that is Jain. Although not all Hindus fit into this category, there may be many family members in attendance who will follow a strict Jain diet (no root vegetables, eggs, meat or alcohol). Make sure before booking a location that the catering team is familiar with this type of food and able to prepare the meals in accordance with these religious views.
The most important consideration before becoming husband and wife is to take into account all of the social, religious and legal aspects of the marriage. With some careful planning and consideration for all cultures involved, this type of wedding can be quite fun and meaning for everyone involved.