Traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies in Nepal are a major celebration which takes place only in certain months of the year which include mid January to mid-March, mid-April to mid-June and mid-November to mid-December. Highly regarded as a sacrament, Hindu marriages are solemnized in accordance with the VEDAS, the holy scriptures of the Hindu religion that date back several thousand years. One of the notable features of these weddings is, the ceremony is held in the open, under a canopy known as a mandap with a sacred fire in the center and the bride and bridegroom walk around it seven times. The ceremony is carried out by the priest. The groom's party is supposed to arrive at the wedding venue in a procession, so it's good to have a convenient assembly location nearby.
Astrologers decide on auspicious dates of the marriage on the basis of the position of the stars. The Nepali wedding ceremony is grand affair where the bride and bridegroom perform the Puja and take best wishes as well as blessings from friends and family members. The marriage venue is decorated by colorful paper flowers and twinkling lights. A Nepalese bride dresses in the bridal color of red and is bejeweled with gold and precious gems. Traditionally, the bride and groom are escorted to the marriage venue. In a village, the couple reaches the marriage venue on horses or baskets, while in a city marriage the couple arrives at the venue in a decorated car. Music is an essential part of marriages. The traditional music, Pachai Baja and other popular folk songs are played as the Nepali people believe that playing traditional music strengthens the nuptial knot and pleases God.
The best venues where we arrange traditional Hindu marriage ceremonies in Kathmandu are: