Sikh Wedding Photographer
Are you on the countdown to your Sikh wedding?
That’s fantastic news for this Sikh Wedding Photographer!
Sikh Weddings are often large and lavish with lots going on. As a Surrey Wedding Photographer, I love capturing every detail of the wedding celebrations, blending my skills through documentary wedding photography, and creative portraiture.
As a sought after Asian Wedding Photographer and living on the border of Surrey and London, I’ve been fortunate to photograph Asian Weddings in a plethora of Asian Wedding Venues.
As a multi-award-winning Asian Sikh Wedding Photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a number of Sikh weddings. They are amazing! And an absolute pleasure to photograph.
One of my dreams is to a Destination Wedding Photographer and photograph an Asian Wedding in India!!!
If you are planning a Sikh wedding the customs and traditions will no doubt be extremely familiar to you however it’s likely that for some of your guests this will be their first experience of a Sikh wedding?
Please feel free to share my Guest’s Guide to a Sikh wedding ceremony and wedding rituals with anyone you think may find it useful.
A Guest’s Guide to Sikh Weddings
A Sikh wedding is rich with traditional customs and ceremonies. If you are lucky enough to be a guest at a Sikh wedding and you aren’t familiar with the customs my guide below will give you some ideas of what to expect.
If you are planning a Sikh wedding please keep scrolling for my tips on choosing your photographer.
Before The Wedding – The ‘Sagai’ or engagement ceremony typically takes place a week before the wedding. The traditional tika mark is applied to the groom’s forehead by the bride’s father and the bride is presented with an ornate stole known as a chunni, as well as jewellery and other gifts.
The party usually marks the occasion when the bride and groom exchange engagement rings and also typically includes traditional food, decorations and music.
The other important event that takes place before the wedding ceremony is the Mehndi party, where professional henna artists decorate the palms and feet of the bride.
The Wedding Day – On the wedding day, several religious rituals are performed at the bride and groom’s houses with the attendance of family members and friends.
At the bride’s home, the day usually begins with the ‘Chura’ ritual, where the bride’s maternal uncle presents her with a set of red and cream ivory bangles.
At the groom’s residence, the ‘Sehra Bandi’ ritual is performed which involves tying a traditional embroidered veil to the groom’s turban.
The Wedding Ceremony – On arriving at the wedding venue – usually a Sikh temple, such as Gurudwara – ‘Milni’ takes place. This is when the families are formally introduced to each other and tokens of luck are exchanged.
The Sikh marriage ceremony is called the ‘Anand Karaj’, translated as ‘Blissful Union’.
A significant part of the religious ceremony is the Lavaan (‘four prayers’) ritual, where the bride and groom circle the Sikh holy scripture (Guru Granth Sahib) four times.
Once complete, the couple officially become husband and wife.
The Reception – The ceremony is usually followed by a lavish reception featuring freshly made food, singing, bhangra and modern dancing. You’ll often find that alcohol is served at modern Sikh weddings.
Post-Wedding – Aside from the wedding ceremony itself one of the main tear-jerking moments is ‘Doli’ which marks the bride’s official departure from her family home. The bride says farewell to her family and is led to her husband to start her new married life. You may need tissues at the ready for this bittersweet moment!
Sikh Wedding Photography
Choosing a Photographer for Your Sikh Wedding – For any wedding, I would advise that you start looking for a wedding photographer as early as possible. The best photographers are often booked months, sometimes years in advance.
Points to consider before booking your wedding photographer:
- What style of wedding photography do you want? Photojournalistic (un-posed, documentary-style photographs of your day), wedding portraits (today’s portraits are a million miles away from the stiff, formal portraits of yesteryear but aim to capture you together in a beautiful, natural way – the results are stunning). Wedding blogs can be a good place to look at different styles and photographic approaches.
- Do your research– Spend time reviewing the photographer’s work and where possible arrange to view a whole gallery to see how they approach an entire wedding.
- How many photographers? With so much going on at a Sikh wedding check that your chosen photographer can provide a second and possibly a third photographer so you get complete coverage. Make sure your photographer is aware of all the locations and timings well in advance.
- Length of coverage – some photographers include up to the first dance as part of their standard package. If you would like the whole of the party covered make sure your photographer is aware.
- Does your photographer offer an engagement shoot? An engagement shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer and ‘warm-up’ to being photographed by them. Plus, you get extra mementos to share with family and friends.
- Maybe a Lifestyle Shoot? – I can photograph you in your natural day to day environment and provide a more documentary style of engagement photography too.
If you’d like to know more about my professional Asian wedding photography, please do get in touch.
I photograph Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu weddings throughout the UK including London and Surrey and as a professional overseas wedding photographer, I often travel to wedding destinations worldwide.