Everyone is on a diet – except, it seems, the famous Indian wedding. Décor, this season, is monumental (in many cases, literally). Whether you’re part of the wedding, or merely a guest, here’s what you’ll be seeing this shaadi season.
Make it monumental
The props are fewer, but bigger, filling up the blank spaces at the wedding venue. “Large arrangements not only add volume to the décor, but attract attention,” says Meeta Gutgutia, director and creative head, Ferns N Petals.
Natural materials like wooden logs and planks are combined with crystals and fairy lights to create an elegant, yet glamorous look. “Lighter tones, lots of greens and fountains can create a garden-like ambience,” says Gutgutia.
“The flavour of the 2014 wedding is ‘woodsy with a bit of bling’. So, using neutral linen with a pop of colour is a good idea.”
Experiment all you like with mandap shapes, but a water body near the mandap is very popular. “At a wedding inspired by the temples of Khajuraho and the movie Ram Leela, the highlight was the ‘floating’ vedi surrounded by a huge body of water which we had dug out and lined with concrete a few weeks earlier,” says Samuel.
Wedding designers are using 3D mapping to visualise the layout of the area. Holographic lights are used to project life size images up against the night sky. These images could be of the bride and groom, or their intertwined initials, or even a video of the couple thanking guests.
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From HT Brunch, November 16
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