The big fat Indian wedding just got bigger and fatter!

  • Veenu Singh, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Nov 16, 2014 14:31 IST

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.

Trend #1
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.

Photo: QEvents

Guests now see 3D structures inspired by temple architecture, historic cities and ornate structures with intricate accessories. "We recently did a wedding with a Banaras Ghat theme, fashioning the atmosphere of the Ganga arti," says Geeta Samuel of Q Events.

The company recreated the ancient city at the wedding venue, with the stage placed beside a 240 foot-long water body representing the Ganga, complete with candlelit ghats. Large 3D temple structures surrounded the venue, with elevated lounges in the centre.

"On the other hand, for receptions and sangeet functions, whimsical concepts with delicate flowers and muted pastel colours are in demand," adds Samuel. "We are designing a sangeet in Udaipur next month with a ceiling full of ethereal wire-gauze clouds and crystal ‘rain’." #2

Flowery fusion

Traditional ladi (lights) work is complemented by massive props using flowers. "Combining tree branches with a cascading orchid-covered roof is interesting," says Neelabh Kapoor of Studio Neelabh.

"This is a theme titled Wisteria, named after a flowering plant that cascades downwards. This can be combined with crystal and fairy-light-embedded cages hanging from the roof for a surreal effect."

Exotic flowers like orchids and anthuriums are very much in vogue and are best used for cocktails, dinners, receptions etc.

Trend #3
Nature calling
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.”

Trend #4
Water, please
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.

Trend #5
Tech first
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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