Also known as “Anand Karaj”, Sikh weddings are among the most spectacular and full of colour weddings you will ever see. The “blissful union”, because that’s how you translate “Anand Karaj”, is a unique ceremony during which two loving persons are joined in a partnership in which both of them are equal to each other. A Sikh priest will officiate the bonding between the two. It is worth mentioning that every person attending the wedding, whether it is the bride, the groom or any other guest, has to follow some attire rules and some of the most important ones are mentioned below.
A big ‘no’ to black and white
It’s easier to start with “what not to wear” rather than “what to wear” to a Sikh wedding and the biggest “NO” here goes to pure black or white clothes. Weddings celebrate love and the union between two people that love each other, it’s a moment of joy that needs to be cherished. In Sikh culture, black and white symbolize sadness, which is why this type of clothes are usually worn to not-that-happy occasions.
Colours all the way!
If it’s not “black and white”, it must be coloured attire. As colourful as possible. It’s actually a tradition in Sikh culture to go for vibrant colours to special occasions such as weddings. Bright red, deep green, radiant blue, or a huge mixture of any types of colours are all part of a Sikh wedding. It is worth mentioning that black and white clothes are not forbidden to be worn to weddings. If you choose to wear them though, you may feel like out of place. Also, try to avoid wearing bright red dresses, as this colour is traditionally reserved for the bride and outshining the most important person at a wedding – the bride herself – is not a good thing to do.
Avoid going too casual
It is clearly understood that the attire is very important to a Sikh wedding, which is why anyone attending this event should avoid going too casual. Kurtas and plain cotton suits are definitely out of question, as well as t-shirts, denim or any other outfit that lacks embellishments. However, if you go for rich fabric such as brocade or silk for instance, you may skip accessories.
Bride and groom, pay attention here!
The attire tips mentioned above were destined for guests attending a Sikh wedding. However, when it comes to the bride and the groom, attire rules tend to become a bit strict. The bride’s attire is usually formed of traditional shalwar and langa or kameez (a blouse and a long skirt or some loose trousers). She has to cover her head with a shawl that is gold-embroidered. When it comes to the groom, most of the times he wears traditional shrt and some trousers. Also, he has to wear a dark pink or red turban and carry a coloured scarf with him.
Although at first sight these attire rules seem complicated, they are actually not that difficult to follow.