A Beautiful Hindu Christian Marriage: What Does It Take?

When we think of a Hindu Christian marriage, one of the first things that comes to mind is the beautiful wedding that was the Asin-Rahul Sharma union. The sultry southern belle, a Christian, speaks a staggering eight languages and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, tied the knot with Micromax CEO Rahul Sharma, who is a Hindu. Of course, that is just one of thousands upon thousands of such unions that take place in India and elsewhere – the coming together of a couple looking to take the final step in consolidating their love.

An Accepting Society

While Hindu Christian marriages may be a lot more common and accepted these days, especially in the metros, things haven’t always been this way, and till date trouble persists in pockets of the population and the country over such an inter-faith association.

However, with the legal framework supporting such a union, increased awareness and popularity, as well as a generally more advanced city-culture, here’s all that you need to know about the union of two souls in a Hindu Christian marriage.

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The Fine Details

If you’re planning a registered marriage, and you have to be, since all marriages in now India require to be registered, the details that you need to know are thus:

  1. A 30 day notice has to be issued before the date of the registration, for the marriage to have legal footing.
  2. The correct details have to be filled in at the time of marriage, including very importantly, the place of marriage, wherever that is.
  3. Three witnesses have to be present and sign the papers for it to be legitimate. It is not okay to name witnesses that may be fully aware of what’s going on, but aren’t actually present.
  4. Registration of marriage is compulsory for it to be upheld in a court of law, even if a religious ceremony has taken place before it.

Solemnizing The Marriage

The point is that solemnizing the marriage under the Special Marriages Act, 1954 – the act for when two people of different faiths want to get married – is mandatory, but is not required to happen on the day of the wedding itself. However, all of the details such as the date of the marriage, the venue and the witnesses present have to be recorded and documented for the marriage certificate to be valid, and for your Hindu Christian marriage to be valid.

There is a time limit for the marriage to be registered after the religious ceremony has taken place, and the number varies from state to state, so be sure to check what the prescribed time limit in your state is, and to not exceed it. It should vary from 60-90 days for most states, but again, be sure to double check.

The couple has to produce the documents required of them – all of the information about the ceremony, venue, date etc – in front of the registrar. They will also be required to bring with them 3 witnesses who will then testify as to the validity of the marriage.

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A Beautiful Wedding

As for the wedding itself, your options are hardly limited. Given that you know you have to be present in front of the registrar with the necessary documents and witnesses, the choice of the wedding ceremony, venue, theme, décor, and everything else is entirely up to you.

You can opt to take a leaf out of Asin and Rahul’s union where the couple decided to have two separate and beautiful weddings, one Hindu and one at a Church. Either one of the above is also on the cards, with the promise of another beautiful wedding in the offing at some point in the future – when the two of you are looking to re-court one another.
For the young and adventurous, a gorgeous wedding with mixed themes is also possible, and without question all of our superb vendors will be more than willing in bringing such an idea to life and making it every bit the beautiful union of faiths and people that it is.

Post-Wedding Questions And Resolutions

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As with any inter-faith association, there will be certain details that will have to be ironed out amongst the couple. A good start is to generally be supportive of one another’s beliefs, allowing them the freedom to express themselves. This will only serve to bring you closer.

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Another question that comes up is how to raise children, if the couple has, or is planning to have any. Should you raise them as one faith or another, which will certainly lead to disagreements and stand offs or should you educate them equally in both the faiths, and leave for them to decide upon their coming of age as to how they plan to live their lives and letting their own beliefs shape their beings? That’s a call you both need to take as a couple.

Such a modern and forward approach is perhaps best suited to the modern and forward couple seeking to achieve such a beautiful union. Good luck!

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