Dear Entouraaj,My fiancé and I are considering getting married abroad but we want a traditional Sikh wedding and weren’t sure if this would be achievable. Is it possible to have the full religious ceremony on location, outside of a Gurudwara, and how can this be organised?Any advice or suggestions you have would be appreciated.
Previously, with Sikh weddings in the UK at least, you could get married anywhere as long as appropriate arrangements were made to accommodate for the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh holy scripture). However, it appears as though approximately five years ago, this all changed.
Word from India got out that this practise should not be allowed and that all weddings should take place in the Gurudwara. Many Gurudwaras within the UK and indeed the rest of Europe have adopted a similar view. But we should not assume that all Gurudwaras around the world also share this opinion. Initially, I would suggest that you contact the local Gurudwara(s) to where you are planning the wedding and see what their response is.
If the feedback is not positive, there are a selection of granthis (Sikh priests) here in the UK who are willing to conduct the marriage ceremony on location, and are experienced at performing Sikh weddings abroad. You will be responsible for flying them to the location and providing them with accommodation (in addition to the cost of their services). In return, they will be responsible for providing everything you need in order to complete the ceremony. Last I checked, this service was available at a cost of approximately £500.
Let me know if you need further information.