The real fun part of the wedding is the planning. You could stick to the traditional shaadi or follow the lead of the latest Hindi blockbuster, Bollywood being the trendsetter for weddings in India.
We all love a bit of drama, in the stage setup, entertainment, colours. Red still dominates, but purple, pink and rich blues are collecting new fans. Doff your cap to tradition with a burst of yellow and orange, colours that are as mood-lifting and welcoming.
Another area of change is wedding photography. No longer happy with predictable bride-groom-guests shots, couples are opting for candid moments in their album. Wedding photographer Priyanka Sachar explains, “Most Indian weddings have the couple on a stage as people hand them gifts. Traditional studio photographers cover that. I stay
away from the stage when the gifts are given, and click the guests when they are not looking at the camera.”
Centred around the main event – the vivah – are a cluster of activities to keep the guests entertained. These days, this involves much more than making the groom blush with wedding night jokes or the bride’s aunts dancing to discobhangra. A whiff of the Wild West brings in wilder themes. The Las Vegas theme is for poker nights and playboy parties. Qawwali nights for sangeets are now a big hit, with mogra strings as a part of the decor for a perfect feel.
At cocktail parties, you can have set designs and skits to complement the food and drinks. “Create a gazebo on farmhouse land with diffused lighting for a club-like feel,” says Jatin Mehra, proprietor, Stallion Events. Themes also vary for meals – a sit-down affair with white place settings for breakfast; large oorlys with flowers, diyas and folk music for the evening mehndi.
The trend in floral arrangements is to look further than genda. “Go for hydrangeas, peonies, calla lilies, etc,” says Candice, planner at MarryMe.
One trend that’s eternal is romance. As author Mignon McLaughlin said, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”