The Silent Wedding
A new phenomenon of weddings has evolved over the past few years. Gone are the days when weddings were conducted just for the immediate family while the guests were chatting amongst themselves and in some cases, eating their meals.
A silent wedding is one where the guests are silent throughout the course of proceedings and are active participants during your ceremony.
Different attitudes about weddings have ushered in this new change because couples want guests, to not just leave their special day with full bellies but also to walk away with a profound experience.
The silent wedding allows for this. Consequently, the role of the priest has adapted to facilitate this style of wedding and change in attitudes.
The priest is no longer merely there to recite a few mantras and bless the couple. He must do much more. Yes, he still has to recite the mantras and bless the couple – this is essential. But he must now also teach, educate, present and keep the audience engaged and attentive. The priest must bring the ceremony alive and bring forth its relevance to all attendees.
With the silent wedding now the standard, it provides the couple and the priest with an invaluable opportunity to indulge everyone present with the rich, cultural heritage Hinduism has to offer.