Colourful, fun and vibrant... surely, that must mean a Sikh wedding!
Sikh weddings are exciting and full of lot’s energy. From the date the marriage is set, there’s bound to be a party, to the wedding reception. With lots of preparation, chaos and stress involved, there will most defiantly be many smiles (and tears) on your wedding day. But who’s there to experience it with us? Of course it’s our nearest and dearest, family and friends. Sikh weddings are definitely a family affair and an eventful time for all.
So what does it mean when two Sikhs are being bound together in Sikh matrimony? Sikhism teaches the importance of family life and how marriage plays an integral role in creating that family life. It is when two Sikh soul mates are bound by a ‘holy union’ to become one and begin a new life together.
During the wedding a key question that runs through everyone’s mind is “what do I wear?” The Sikh women have beautifully extravagant and eye-catching suits and sarees. Both the men and women take pride in what they wear at the time of the joyous occasion. Bright and bold colours are certain to be seen throughout a Sikh wedding. The traditional colours for the bride tend to be various shades of red, definitely letting her shine on her special day. The groom has to ensure he wears a turban through the religious ceremonies, and this again generally tends to be red to match his blushing Sikh bride.
There are a number of pre-wedding events that also take place such as the ‘karmai’ (engagement) and ladies sangeet where Sikh women (and men) get together for an evening full of singing and dancing in celebration for the soon to be wedded Sikh couple. Sikh weddings are also renowned for the amount of Indian sweets that are offered through the wedding. So as well having lots of fun you find yourself with a rather sweet tooth.
The religious wedding ceremony itself ‘the anand karaj’ (the blissful union), takes place within the Sikh temple, Gurudwara. The marriage takes place in the Gurudwara to bind the couple in a Sikh holy union before being pronounced husband and wife. Once the ceremony is over there’s sure to be family, friends, uncles and aunties that have travelled to celebrate this auspicious occasion with the newly wedded couple.
The wedding reception tends to be a lot more relaxed and involves more eating. Guests put on their dancing shoes to show off their moves, after the civilised first dance for the happy Sikh couple, the dance floor soon fills up with ladies doing a giddha and the guys with their bhangra.
Food throughout the wedding never goes short and you can almost feel your waist line expand with the delicious Punjabi delicacies, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Of course, every day has to come to an end, generally a Sikh wedding day ends with the bride leaving her parents home to start her new life with her husband and his family. She is welcomed by the groom’s family but the fun doesn’t stop there! The bride and groom get to play a few traditional Sikh wedding games before their special day comes to a close.
We believe being bound through a Sikh matrimony is a crucial point in a single’s life and feel everyday should be special with your ‘someone special’, single Sikhs is a great place to start your search and before you know it, it could be your turn to say the life-changing words ‘I do’.