Bhutan is a country seeped in rich culture and this is apparent even more so in a Bhutanese wedding characterized by a range of rituals and religious rites performed by monks to bless and celebrate the couple’s entry into matrimony. At Sacred Himalaya Travel, we believe that we can make your wedding exceptional as well as enjoyable. We will take care of every detail while you get to bask in the experience of a Bhutanese wedding.
If you have found that person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life with, and you want to make it special, let us be your wedding planner. Your marriage will be arranged in one of the sacred monasteries, local farmhouses or a picturesque resort.
Bhutanese marriages are elaborate and complex in nature, following age-old traditions to make for a perfect union of couples. Below, we have provided details of a proper Bhutanese marriage** and proposed an itinerary which you may customise according to your preference.
Before the actual ritual, astrologers are consulted to check the compatibility of the couple and to project an auspicious day for carrying out the ritual.
Day 1: Arrive at Paro airport and sight seeing around Town. You may also be briefed in preparation for the ceremony.
Day 2: Thimphu. Grooming for Bride and Groom. This will include a shopping trip to find the perfect wedding dress after which a Dha-dhar (a ceremonial arrow adorned with silk scarves) and other gifts are presented to the bride’s family by the groom’s family as a formal approval and confirmation of the wedding.
Day 3: Thimphu. The Wedding Ceremony. This includes all intricate steps and traditions in a Bhutanese marriage. ** (Details provided below)
Day 4: Thimphu sightseeing.
Day 5: Paro airport for departure.
** A Bhutanese wedding:
The bride and groom are housed at two separate locations before the ceremony; the bride at the hotel or the honeymoon suite while the groom spends the night at the place where the wedding would be held.
On the wedding day, the Dha-dhar (ceremonial arrow) is taken to the groom’s house or the place of wedding by the bride. As the bride steps out of the car, a Kangden (ceremonial mat) is placed on the ground. As the bride stands on it, gifts which are to be distributed amongst the bridal procession are placed on the mat. The bride is then joined by the groom.
This is followed by a Gektroed at the outer gate which is a ritual carried out by a Lama to spiritually cleanse the couple and the surrounding area.
The couple then enters the gate where a Marchang (invoking and appeasing the local deities) ceremony is performed. Then the couple is taken inside an altar whereby they are made to sit beside each other and religious texts recited by a group of monks. The ceremony marks several bonding ritual like exchange of marriage vows, drinking milk and alcohol from the same cup, and finally presenting of Kha-dhar (ceremonial scarves) between the couple.
A traditional Chibdrel (marching) procession consisting of the newly weds, family members and the lamas or monks mark the end of the formal wedding ceremony.
The couple then continues towards reception room where friends and family present Kha-dhar and gifts to the newly weds. It is then followed by grand feast, musical theatrics and other forms of entertainment.