An Arya Samaj Wedding : A candid wedding photographers delight

Weddings can be as elaborate or simple as you decide to make them, based on the number of ceremonies, religious rites and people you involve. Hindu wedding ceremonies are long and involve many steps, and there are different lengths and variations, based on the customs of the particular region/sub-sect. A simple, non complex and viable option for those who want a wedding ceremony conducted in Hindu tradition, but without the long and complicated steps, or whose families might belong to different parts of the country and cultures, and who may not be able to agree on the type of wedding to hold, is an Arya Samaj wedding. It is also a ceremony with no idols or idol worship. I have had friends of two different sects (Brahmin+non-Brahmin; Punjabi+Telegu) get married the Arya Samaj way and they swear by it, saying it was simple, elegant and done in a couple hours or so, while still being elegant and with enough ritual and religious fanfare to satisfy their needs. So, what then is an Arya Samaj wedding? It is a non denominational wedding ceremony that follows Vedic traditions, conducted before a fire, and which encompasses anyone wanting to get married, religion, caste and creed notwithstanding. It is a simple, non-flashy Hindu style wedding. You can be married and on your way in 2-3 hours, imagine that! You can get married at an Arya Samaj temple or invite a priest who can perform the wedding in Arya Samaj tradition, to do so at the venue of your choosing.  It is accepted as a legal wedding in the eyes of all laws and countries, and couples can get their wedding certificate post the ceremony. An Arya Samaj wedding is inexpensive and the group strongly opposes any kind of dowry exchange, which makes it popular with many a couple. Although it is a Hindu wedding, many interreligious couples also go in for this ceremony, since it is a rather simple process and there are just a few requirements and actions asked of non-Hindus to become eligible to get married under Arya Samaj tradition. Another interesting and useful aspect of the ceremony is that it is conducted in a language of the couple’s choosing and understanding, so they actually know what it is they are saying, and get an explanation of the chants they are being asked to repeat. It adds significance for some couples when they can pledge their troth in a language they understand. So, now that you know more about Arya Samaj weddings, would it be something you would consider? Or did you have an Arya Samaj ceremony on your wedding day? Just because you opt for a simpler and less flashy ceremony doesn’t mean you can’t still have your wedding be beautiful and look as gorgeous as every other bride. Your candid wedding photographer still gets to capture a beautiful and special ceremony of you and your other half  being joined as one, in holy matrimony…

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