When it comes to impressive buildings, they don’t come much more impressive than the Gravesend Gurdwara! Architecturally beautiful, it is one of the most popular venues for Sikh weddings in the UK, and that is why it is considered to be one of the most sought-after locations for couples seeking a traditional Sikh wedding.
With the experience of photographing over 200 Sikh weddings in Gravesend Gurdwara, we have observed certain issues which can be very easily avoided. Although most of the grooms and brides are unaware of what exactly to expect, we are always keen on sharing our experiences.
1. Avoid Interrupters
Interruptions happen quite a lot in every Sikh wedding in a Gurdwara, and so they do happen to a certain extent in Gravesend, too, as local gurdwara worshipers visit the gurdwara for paying their respects and regard while the ceremony is going on. Especially at times like the father handing over the palla to the bride, it would be unlucky to miss such special moments because of someone bowing down or walking in during the ceremony.
We usually suggest couples assign two friends or family members who can be seated near the entrance of the gurdwara hall and request worshipers to wait a bit to pay their respects and avoid walking while the ceremony is still ongoing. This ensures not ruining the photography during various important times like at the time of palla happening between the bride and her father.
- Avoid Needing Backups
At many times family members of the groom and bride sit right behind them in the Gravesend Gurdwara at the Sikh ceremony. The basic idea behind it is that the bride requires support getting up. We accept the fact that the bride needs some assistance for getting up or sitting back down; however, from the standpoint of photography, if there are people being seated behind the couple, every time a photo is taken, the highlight won’t be on the couple as much as there would be a lot of faces in the background.
We understand that the groom and the bride require help; so, for avoiding distractions, we suggest family members be seated sit on the left or right side of the couple. This way the help can be provided to the groom or bride if required, and excellent couple’s pictures can also be taken. Also, this will help capture beautiful family photographs too.
3.Avoid Brothers During Lawan
Brothers standing around the palki was one of the rituals that were practiced in earlier times. They did so for helping the bride as the bride walked around the holy book of the Sikh religion. The reason for this ceremony was that during olden times, the faces of brides were covered with their dupattas, and they required assistance for avoiding tripping during the ceremony of lawan.
Nowadays a dupatta is not used to cover the brides’ eyes, although brides love practicing this ritual to reveal the love and affection persisting between brothers and sisters.
As photographers, we suggest you have communication with the gurdwara management while planning your Sikh wedding ceremony as in many cases we have had the priest openly announcing that brothers should not be allowed during the ceremony. Please ensure if you have many brothers for instructing and requesting them to let the couple walk alone for maybe a little part of the lavaan so that a clean photograph of the couple can be taken.
Now make your photographs stunning by avoiding the above and being in touch with us!!