The Hindu marriage usually occurs in the brideís town or city. Traditionally, it is organised and paid for by the brideís parents. The ceremony is packed full of traditional features, which follow a very strict pattern. The couple are married beneath an arch of flowers and marriage is seen not only as the bond between two people, but also the bond between two families.
The Hindu wedding ceremony is not recognised by British law, so it is necessary to marry formally in a civil register office and follow this with a Hindu ceremony.
Astrological charts are consulted to choose a day for the wedding thatís considered auspicious. Some days are not permitted for weddings and some are considered unlucky. It contains no readings, but does involve music, chosen by the bride and groom