Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sikh Interfaith Weddings Anand Karaj MultiRacial Couples on the Increase in Canada

Sikh Interfaith Weddings  and the Anand Karaj conjures up emotional responses

Yes, Interfaith weddings between Sikh's & Hindus and Sikhs & Muslims were common practice before the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan.  This was one way to way join and keep peace between neighbors.

Today in most part of the world Multi Racial weddings are on the rise and Canadians seem to be the most advanced and tolerant in their thinking.

Obviously, the 'Traditionalist' or the keepers of the Culture, Tradition, Faith and Gene pool are not jumping with joy but most families have one family member who has jumped ship and grown wings - living with a Multiracial companion.

Marrying and Living with a partner from another race still brings the same challenges as marring someone from your own culture. the beauty is that parental and extended family pressures  are VERY different.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sikh Wedding Gazebo Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Gorgeous Location - Sikh Wedding Gazebo Barcelo Maya PalaceRiviera Maya, Mexico

Factors to Consider when having a Gazebo Wedding at Barcelo, Mexico:
  • Protection from the sun or from possible rain showers - proper covering of the bride and groom, Sikh Officiants  and ALL guests.  Opt for a thicker colored fabric instead of clear white shear.
  • Consider the extra use of Beach Patio Umbrellas and Fans to circulate the air - it can get unbearably hot, not a pleasant experience.
  • Make sure you bring extra Ramals/Kerchiefs for ALL your guests, and for staff and helpers - it is common to not have enough.
  • Try to start the wedding by 9 am to avoid excessive heat.  This means have the Bharat at 8 am in the Barcelo Palace  Lobby in the A/C.
  • Do not spend excessive time taking pre-wedding pictures, plan these for after the wedding. 
  • Avoid serving a meal/snack for the Milnee so the wedding starts and finishes before it gets really HOT.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather conditions.  Wear sun protection, sun glasses and drink plenty of water.
  • Consider chair seating for elder and disabled guests.
  • There are always delays of some form that the bride experiences in getting from her room to the Wedding Gazebo, plan for this.

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You will be in trusted, reliable and experienced hands with these two as they are well aware of how to setup the decor and handle logistics for a Destination Sikh Wedding at Barcelo, Riviera Maya, Mexico.Contact: Head Wedding Coordinator at Barcelo, Riviera Maya, Mexico 

Alejandra Carrillo - Gerente de Bodas bodas@barcelomaya.com

Contact: Saku or Joseline with LatinAsia for decor

Dr. Singh and Leela, Sikh officiants for Destination weddings frequently conduct weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean region.  See how they can assist you for your upcoming wedding. Contact them HERE .

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Why Choose a Tent for Your Sikh Wedding on the Beach

Use a TENT for a Beach Destination Sikh Wedding

If you are planning to have your Destination Sikh Wedding directly on a sandy beach you may want to consider these factors!

Over the years we have conducted several Destination Sikh Weddings directly on the beach and near the beach.  We are bringing this to your attention after having hundreds of guests comment that they really wanted to sit through and enjoy a spiritual experience, but were struggling with the heat - in a state of bliss and agony at the same time. As Destination Sikh Officiants, our goal is to create an unforgettable, spiritual, joyous Anand Karaj in a most exquisite natural setting. 

Destination wedding pictures can look IDYLLIC but  the interplay of elements during an outdoor wedding ceremony do not truly reflect the inherent reality of the moment. Typically guests will be at a ceremony for approximately 2 HOURS from the time they arrive till they leave.  This can be very TASKING in ANY location considering the guests are of all ages and needs.

Sikh Wedding on Beach Riviera Maya

Factors you MUST consider when having a Beach Ceremony.

1. Sun / Heat
2. Wind
3. Sand
4. Rain

In the Cancun Riviera Maya region, the ideal Decor Vendor to contact for your Sikh Destination Gazebo, Outdoor, or Beach wedding is Latin Asia. Saku and her team have a beautiful sturdy tent, numerous options and ideas. They are reliable, punctual, and professional. You may reach them at:

Sikh Wedding Barcelo Riviera Maya

A TENT versus Sheer Covering?
A sturdy tent  may not have been on your Destination Wedding list but this is something we strongly and HIGHLY Recommend.  Sheer covering LOOKS beautiful on images but the couple and guests end up 'struggling' through the ceremony since the sheer fabric  scarcely protects attendees from the heat.  Because of this, guests literally can't wait for the ceremony to end!  

The tent may be a Slightly pricey option - Below are some Benefits of Using a Tent:

1. You won't have to anxiously look at the weather report weeks before in case of rain.
2. The scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib ji, won't be disrespectfully jeopardized by getting wet or having the scripture pages or Rumalas blowing around with the wind.
3. The guests and wedding couple will be FULLY covered from the SUN and HEAT ( a relief from the blistering sun).
4. Your pictures will turn out better since you won't be constantly suffering, sweating, and squinting.
5. You will not have to walk on a  burning hot surface or walk in the direct sun during the Lavan. 
6. The person sitting at the altar waving the Chaur won't be dying from the heat.
7. You can have some comfortable respectful chair seating for the elderly in the tent.
8. The sound system and instruments will not stop or malfunction due to sun, sand, or rain.
9. You will NOT feel rushed to quickly finish the ceremony (a common disappointment  we hear from guests).

Below is a sequence of images of a TENT Setup on a Beach Sikh Wedding in Mexico

 Setting up the TENT a day before

Sikh Wedding Beach Riviera Maya Mexico

Beach Sikh Wedding Riviera Maya

The final touches before the Guests Arrive

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Ready for the Anand Karaj

Sikh Wedding on Beach Riviera Maya Outdoor Tent Wedding

Beach tTnt Sikh Wedding on Beach Cancun mexico

The Beautiful Sea and Beach Backdrop

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The Anand Karaj Ceremony in a TENT on the Beach

cancun Sikh Wedding Outdoor tent  Beach Riviera Maya


Sheer Covering for Outdoor or Beach Weddings
Since you are already investing thousands of dollars and months of time into your dream wedding, may we suggest you use the Sheer Covering Option as your LAST choice, NOT YOUR FIRST.

If you decide to go with sheer covering you may want to consider OPAQUE SOLID colored fabric as it will provide stronger protection; and additionally use LARGE BEACH UMBRELLAS that guests can huddle under. Be aware that the sun is constantly moving so the shaded area will be ever changing.

There is another option of having your ceremony after 5 pm close to sunset, the weather is very mild and you get the most amazing pictures.  Although Sikhs have been passing along a 'traditional folklore' that the Anand Karaj must take place before noon, but there is nothing mentioned in the scriptures of such a requirement.  In this case a sheer covering may be sufficient.  If you are open about a destination wedding you may want to consider a Sunset Wedding.  


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Anand Karaj Sikh Wedding on Beach Riviera Maya Mexico


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Outdoor Sikh Wedding on Beach Paradisus Melia Riviera Maya


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Or Use Several Smaller TENTS

Outdoor tent Gazebo Sikh Wedding

If you do use a TENT, Consider covering ALL the Guests not just a few Lucky Ones

Outdoor Sikh Wedding with tent in Seattle

Note Below how BEACH UMBRELLAS will provide Intermittent Shade 

Rooftop Sikh Wedding on Beach Azul Fives Riviera Maya

Note: The Couple Below were in the SUN for the ENTIRE Ceremony
Tent Sikh Wedding Seattle

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Another Option is to use TENTS along with Sheers

Destination Sikh Wedding Jamica

If you Would like to Inquire about a Destination Sikh Wedding Please Contact Us!
We are Here to Help You in Your Quest for the Most Memorable Destination Wedding

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Punta Cana Sikh Destination Wedding Hotspot in 2017

Punta Cana is the ideal location to host your 2017 Sikh Destination Wedding 

Sikh Destination Weddings in Punta Cana are considerably on the rise, Find out Why! 

Punta Cana has the most exquisite sandy white beaches in the world. Many world-class resorts cater to guests from around the globe making this a favorite destination for Canadians and UK residents. Resort chains such as Barcelo, Hard Rock, Melia, Grand Bahia, and Majestic bring clients to this paradise daily. Punta Cana has beautiful weather and it is a bit more windier and less muggy compared to Riviera Mexico, a pleasant relief.

Canadians can fly from YYZ (Toronto) to PUJ (Punta Cana) in a little over 4 hours.

If you are considering a Destination Sikh Wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic chose a resort that has a gazebo where you, the wedding couple, and your guests are covered during the Anand Karaj Ceremony. The PIANO Gazebo at Hardrock Resort Punta Cana is ideal for up to 80-100 guests and gives perfect coverage from the sun, wind and potential rain.

You may also consider an early morning or sunset ceremony to avoid the excessive mid- morning heat

As your destination Sikh Wedding Priest   clients that are booking are guided through the various aspects of  preparing for the Anand Karaj day.  You can get a quote for your event HERE!

Piano Gazebo at HardRock Punta Cana ideal for Sikh Weddings
Piano Gazebo at HardRock Punta Cana ideal for Sikh Weddings

Beach Sikh Wedding Punta Cana
 Beach Weddings are possible but the elements of Heat, Sun Wind and Sand can play Havoc!

Sikh Wedding Dominican Republic
 Sikh Wedding Dominican Republic

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 Endless Beaches and Breathtaking Sunsets

Hardrock Punta Cana Sikh Wedding
Hardrock Punta Cana Sikh Wedding

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Differences of Sikh Wedding at a Gurdwara vs a Destination

There is a Difference of hosting a  Sikh Wedding at a Gurdwara vs. a Destination, This is what we found.

After approximately 5 years we had a chance to go experience an Anand Karaj at a local Gurdwara in Vancouver,BC, Canada area. We have been conducting weddings at Destinations now for a few years and wanted to go with 'FRESH EYES' to  see what the majority of couples experience during their "Best and Highest" Moment of their lives when the sign up for a Gurdwara Wedding. We are generalizing here and come with a bias but you will find many factors common here.

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  • Guests arrived at random times and lingered here and there waiting for a late and tardy start.
  • Non-Indian guests huddled separately with their peers wondering what was unfolding.
  • Milee Ardaas was epic, lengthy with all the names of deceased ancestors recited.
  • Bharaat arrived and everyone filed in in like cattle for the lovely cholesterol; rich samosas and pakoras - naturally the bottle necking contributed to the late  start of the ceremony.
  • Most guests gravitated to get their spot against "Wall" as they prepared  for the lengthy somber ceremony.
  • Couple and bride arrive 1/2 hr late, while we were serenaded by Kirtan with Ragis continually singing off pitch and rhythm, while guests created a low rumble noise conversing and  catching up with friends and peers.
  • The Temple secretary decided to do his bit by speaking in"panj- English" explaining the entire Sikh Wedding meaning synopsis in 3 minutes
  • The ceremony itself was a quick affair, in autopilot, where the couple zoomed 4 times around the altar with no eye contact.  One of the non-Indian guests commented," are they married now?"
  • Everyone stood up for the Parshaad and were very eager to go down and feast again on the extensive Langar  coated with excessive oil.
  • On cue as expected, everyone B-lines to the couple and their parents to congratulate them, but the wedding party zooms off to get family pictures and everyone leaves to repeat this at  a local Gurdwara wedding .
Contact us today to see how a Destination Wedding  can incorporate your personal heart and soul in the ceremony and what we do different.  http://www.sikhpriest.com/

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sikh Wedding Seattle at TPC

Destination Sikh Wedding Seattle at TPC for a unique natural setting

Destination Sikh Wedding Seattle at TPC Golf Course

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