Can I Have a Hindu Ceremony Followed by a Civil Ceremony?
Question: Hi, my partner is Hindu, can I have a Hindu ceremony in the morning and civil ceremony in the evening or is it wrong to do this on the same day? Or should I choose between them? I am going to wear a sari and then wedding dress. Thank you
Answer: by The Knot
You are wise to be embracing both of your cultural and spiritual backgrounds on your wedding day. This demonstrates the respect you have for one another, as well as for the new families you are both joining. But while I wouldn’t say it was wrong, you may well find that having two full marriage ceremonies on the one day could leave you with little time for much else, and I am sure you will want plenty of time to celebrate this special union!
Seeing as a Hindu wedding ceremony has many beautiful traditional elements, and you seem to be comfortable with this, I would suggest you choose the Hindu ceremony. Then later, once you have changed from your saree/sari into your wedding gown, infuse a few of the more important elements of the civil ceremony into your introduction at the reception. Either have a celebrant do this for you, or simply have your MC for the night take on this responsibility. This will leave you and your guests with plenty of time kick your heels up.