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Royal theme rules Delhi’s weddings

Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 29, 2012
First Published: 17:23 IST(29/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(30/11/2012)
The trend of theme-based weddings has been popular in the Capital from quite some time now. This wedding season also promises some big themes, with the most popular being the palatial one. Delhiites are taking the royal route by opting for palace inspired wedding decor. Palace themed rooftops, velvet curtains and chandeliers are being used to give the wedding set-up a majestic look. “With Hollywood stars choosing to get married at the palaces in Jodhpur and Udaipur, the palatial look is the biggest trend for weddings this year,” says Rupinder Walia who has created almost 10 such sets for weddings on December 2 and 9, touted to be the heaviest wedding days.

VenuThe sharing factor
An interesting trend this year is sharing venues among friends. “We had created a palace setting, which was used by a group of three friends. This brought the cost down by almost 50%, as we used the same set for the ceremonies,” says Walia from JB Decore. “Getting best deals for the function and avoiding heavy traffic caused by too many baraats on the same day is on priority list for many,” he adds.

Filmy pheras
In a country where the influence of Bollywood is all pervasive, how can weddings be left behind. “We created a stage with posters of Bollywood classics as the backdrop at a wedding recently. We also used props like a bike inspired from Sholay and a guitar similar to the one in Karz to add to the theme,” says Ahish Dhoundiyal, director, Magicbox4u.

In high spirits
Whacky cocktail parties also seem to be the flavour of the season. Hawaiian, Arabian and Latin American themes are becoming popular for the pre- or post wedding cocktail parties. “There are live belly dancers with an Arabian theme and live salsa or tango with a Latin American theme, along with theme-based decor and food,” says Dhyanesh Raj, co-founder, Adriyana Eventide and Wedding Planner. “For a Hawaiian theme, the venue is re-created with soft sand on the floor, and a water pool with projectors creates the look and sound of waves in the background. Guests come dressed in their casual beach wear as they gorge on exotic sea food,” says Rachit Katyal, co-founder, Spiceroot Weddings.
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