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A wedding in Malaysia

The wedding of Connie and John

Connie en John in de Indiase tempel.

Connie and John got married on Penang.  This wedding was held in a Hindu Temple in Dato Keramat (Georgetown). Most of the arrangements were made by the hotel, because Connie and John live in the Netherlands.
It was a dream come through for them to get married in Malaysia.

At 6.30 in the morning they took her to the beauty saloon of Jamuna in Little India. A couple of hours later they were a real Indian couple and married!

Jamuna's Schoonheidssalon

The ceremony is conducted by a Hindu priest at the Hindu temple in Dato Keramat.
In the morning of the wedding, the bride and groom partake in their respective ablution rituals. The bride then got her wedding sari and jewellery, gifts from her future husband that was given on the day of their engagement.
After that she makes her way to the temple. Bright hues of yellow, red, orange, peacock blue and green are favoured as they are believed to bring good luck and blessing, while white and black, considered mourning colours, were avoided.

Bloemenkrans omhangen...

A traditional Hindu wedding involves extensive prayers and ceremonial rituals. The actual wedding ceremony itself comprises some 10 rites. But the central part of the Hindu wedding is the agni parinaya, the circumambulation of fire by the bride and groom, which symbolises divine witness to the marriage.
The bride and the groom are wearing a garland each . The two garland each have to change thrice for a complete union. A garland worn by a person, should not be used by another, ordain the shastras. Here the exchange of garlands symbolises their unification Ė as one soul in two bodies. It is inward acceptance by each of the very fragrance of the other.

Een stip op het voorhoofd...........

They also exchange rings.
Next the nuptial fire, symbolizing the divine witness, and the sanctifier of the sacrament, is installed and worshipped. Both the bride and the groom grasp their hands together and pray to God for His blessings.
Samagree, consisting of crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar, rice, ghee (clarified butter), and twigs is offered into the sacred fire to seek God's blessings for the couple.

Het bruidspaar..........

After the ceremony, which took two hours, they invited everybody to have the lunch with them in Little India. After the lunch they went back to the hotel, where everybody was waiting for them.
They had champagne form the hotel, gave some interviews and everybody was very happy and they took a lot of photo's of the married couple.

Allebei een bruidsboeket.


To get married in Malaysia, you need to contact:

Registrar of Marriages,
National Registration Department,
5th Floor Bangunan Persekutuan,
Jalan Sultan, 46200 Petaling Jaya,

Tel : 603-7955 1255
Fax : 603-7955 1608
E-mail :

Most five and four star hotels do help to organize the ceremony for their guests as "wedding packages" are quite popular in Malaysia.



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