Buddhist Wedding Ceremony India

#1 Aug 12th, 2011, 06:16
Join Date:
Aug 2011
  • bridd is offline
I recently got engaged to a lovely man and we have decided that we would really love to get married in India - it's a dream destination for both of us and we would like to combine the trip of a lifetime with our wedding day. My fiancee is Buddhist and hence it's very important to him that we have a Buddhist ceremony. Me, I am vegetarian and hence it's very important to me that we have a big meat free feast afterwards I have a few questions - I'm just starting to think about planning and would like to be well informed...

Where in India would be a good place to arrange a Buddhist ceremony?

What about the legalities of getting married in India? I believe it is quite complex - would we be better off getting married legally at home in Ireland and arranging the spiritual blessing for India?

Would you recommend engaging the services of a wedding planner? I am planning a small, simple ceremony, with just 8 guests - essentially my plan would be to have the ceremony and then a celebratory dinner afterwards. Would we need a wedding planner for something so simple?

Thanks in advance for any help that anyone can give me!!
#2 Aug 15th, 2011, 13:42
Join Date:
Mar 2007
  • atala is offline
In one of the four places recommended by the Buddha to visit in commemoration of the origin of the Dhamma (Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinara), you should be able to get the attention of a monk to attend a simple ceremony.

Details suggested here (first part):

Legal side of getting married discussed in many threads elsewhere on IM. Please do your own research first. Use the search function top right on this page and punch in marriage in India to read many answers.

I'd think it a good idea to do your legal marriage at home, and only the symbolical one in India.
"Until you mentioned him I thought Yogananda was a Frozen Yoghurt Shop down the..." (in L.A.).
Jimmy Kimmel in a talk with actor Woody Harrelson who after reading Autobiography of a Yogi tends to believe there is a God.
#3 Aug 17th, 2011, 19:36
Join Date:
Jul 2009
New Delhi
  • Aupmanyav is offline
Originally Posted by atala View Post http://www.buddhanet.net/funeral.htm
Nice advice by Atala. But for just 8 people, why should you need some one to arrange things for you. You can do it yourself. Then '(i) Before a shrine specially erected, complete with a Buddha image, candles and flowers,..'. Why a specially erected shrine costing you a lot of money. You could as well go to the main/historic temple in any of the four places, perhaps that would be more interesting. Now the question is which of the four places can offer you better facilities. I will make a search.
#4 Aug 17th, 2011, 19:56
Join Date:
Oct 2004
Chennai, India
  • Nick-H is offline
would we be better off getting married legally at home in Ireland and arranging the spiritual blessing for India?
Yes, you would be 100% better off doing this. You can forget about the legal hurdles, and you will have a certificate readily recognisable by authorities in your own country.
#5 Aug 17th, 2011, 22:18
Join Date:
Mar 2007
  • atala is offline
Generally functions for lay-people are held under and around a bodhi tree, that is in Buddhist countries.

The obvious place to go to is Bodh Gaya or Sarnath; I just mentioned the 4 places the Buddha recommended to give it added significance. Bodh Gaya as a whole has the nicest atmosphere. Sarnath is more archeological, with a less symbolic presence, except at the deer-park (now a temple) where the Buddha spoke the first discourse, and set the Dhamma-wheel roling. That place would indeed be a very nice option.
#6 Aug 17th, 2011, 23:53
Join Date:
May 2005
Detroit, MI, USA
  • thirdreel is offline
In most Buddhist cultures, weddings are generally secular. Traditionally, because marriage is not a Buddhist sacrament, Buddhist clergy don't perform weddings; this has changed among Western Buddhists, who, like your fiancee, often want to have a Buddhist officiant at the wedding, as an analogue to the priest at a Catholic wedding. Still, I think if you're looking for a Buddhist monk/nun/priest who performs weddings, it will be much easier to find one in Ireland than in India.

I'd suggest having your Buddhist wedding at home, and your honeymoon at the Buddhist sites of India. (Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Sarnath, Vaishali, for instance.) Or, if all eight of your wedding guests are eager to go to India, have a bachelor/ette party trip there and come home for the wedding.

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Buddhist Centers in India/Nepal May 13th, 2010 18:21 5 3761 Spirituality and Religion in India
India-Pakistan border ceremony video Apr 30th, 2008 20:24 46 8751 Crossing the Border
travelling to buddhist & tantric sites at india and nepal? Feb 18th, 2008 23:26 6 3291 India Travel Itinerary Advice
India's Buddhist tourism - from bust to boom? Feb 10th, 2007 12:19 16 2247 India Travel News and Commentary

Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success