Wedding videographers are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. For a long time, and even today, many people hesitate and wonder whether they really need a video of their big day. When it comes to Asian weddings, however, a specialist Asian wedding videographer is a must. Why? Because all of the traditions and ceremonies make it more difficult to capture a wedding using traditional photography techniques so a combination of the two usually ensures that no aspect is missed.
First, let’s have a quick look at what different Asian wedding ceremonies involve.
Asian Wedding Ceremonies
Asian wedding ceremonies are rich with traditional rituals before, during and after the wedding day. Most of these ceremonies can span over a week and involve many intricate rituals. It will take a patient and open-minded videographer to capture all these special moments. It is important to sit with your videographer and explain all the parts of the ceremony and which you would like to have filmed.
Chinese Weddings – The colour red will appear a lot at Chinese weddings as it is seen as a lucky colour. There are many traditions and ceremonies that take place in preparation for the wedding day as well as on the day. One of the things that the bride and groom may definitely want to have on video, is the groom and his entourage that have to bribe the bridesmaids before being allowed into his bride’s home.
Hindu Weddings – Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world and involves several rituals. Over the years, there have been different variations of the rituals and each wedding ceremony is done according to the preference of the couple. Each ritual has its own meaning and importance. The most important of the rituals is the Saptapadi which involves the couple taking seven steps while making seven vows. Some other rituals include Ganesh Puja which is a prayer to Lord Ganesh, Kanyadaan which is the giving away of the bride, and Agni Puja where the priest lights a fire as a sacred witness.
Muslim Weddings – The celebrations of Muslim weddings can vary between different cultures and regions. The Mahr is a tradition where the groom must buy the bride a gift of her choosing before the wedding. The actual wedding ceremony is called the Nikah during which the consent from both the bride and groom must be received and the bride and groom are usually in different rooms. All Muslim marriages must be declared publicly and this is often done by holding a banquet. How exactly the banquet is held and which traditions are followed varies culturally and by preference. It usually involves eating, drinking, and dancing.
For all of these Asian weddings, there are usually ceremonies or traditions that occur before the day. For example, the exchanging of gifts and sweets between families at the engagement party or the Mandap Muhurat where family and friends apply turmeric to the bride and groom’s skin to prepare for the ceremony. There is also a ritual where an Indian woman who is to be married receives henna paintings on her hands, arms, legs, feet, and palms. The families and the joining of the families also strongly feature in Asian weddings and they are involved in many of the rituals.Continue reading