An Indian wedding is not just a ceremony with conventional rituals any more; it involves stupendous music, ground-breaking dances, a drama with a plethora of characters, and of course the bonding of two families for generations to come. In this era of Pinterest, weddings are more fictional than real. Most of the women must have once seen a pin and said, ‘I wish I did that at my wedding!’
Seeing other brides’ ideas of what they have done at their wedding is enough to inspire any bride-to-be. We have compiled here a list of trendy must-dos that will help you make your wedding fascinating and exotic.
Wedding trends are changing every fall. After the star-studded wedding of Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, this year seems to be more joyful with our favourite celebs getting engaged. Young brides and groom are always looking for new ideas that add a fun element to their wedding. They want to know every detail about their favourite celeb’s wedding from expensive lehengas, wedding invites, and décor to their guest lists.
There’s nothing like going traditional on your wedding day. You can always stick to your roots and still flaunt a gorgeous look. Take pointers from Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai when she tied the knot with Abhishek Bachchan. She stuck to her typical South Indian look in a golden yellow Kanjeevaram sari, replete with Swarovski crystals and gold threads.
Food is another way to make your wedding memorable because your guests will always remember it. Do a research on your traditional delicacies and carefully choose them to match the palate of your guests. An exclusive Deccan cuisine was chosen by Salman Khan, including the Hyderabadi delicacies like Kachhe Gosht Ki Biryani (raw meat Biryani) and Haleem, for his beloved sister Arpita’s wedding.
The entry of the bride is supposed to be the most sought after part of the wedding. Hindi film weddings give the best ideas for a memorable entry. You can make a stunning entry under a chaddar of lights and flowers like Kalki’s bridal entry in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. “I feel the traditional palki is never out of fashion for a perfect bridal entry or making an arrival over a song. This would give a realistic feeling like that in films and would be entertaining for your guests as well,” says Sunita, who is planning for her wedding in January 2019.
Online gift registry
Wedding gifts can be another hassle altogether. Often a couple receives the same gift from 15 different people not knowing what to do with all the extras! A Chennai-based start-up, Zibonga, has come up with an online gift registry platform, where the bride/ groom can create a registry specifying what they actually need, such as home appliances, travel coupons, furnitures or even cash.
The 64-year-old, Sajan Abraham, founder and director of Zibonga says, “People who wish to gift can make their contribution to one or more of the gifts specified, eliminating duplication and recycling. Couples can redeem contributions made within six months.”
“Online gift registry has not only helped to minimise the boxes of gifts at our wedding but also funded our dream honeymoon. And, the best part is that we have got enough to plan our second vacation together as well,” says Nikita Ahuja. Though the concept is new, there are already a lot of options of online gift registry to choose from.
There’s no need to track the RSVPs by mail or calls when you have the internet. Now you can have your own wedding website which will have all the details including gift registry information, hotels, directions, information about the couple, and RSVPs online.
“It was a very convenient idea for me because I had a less number of people helping me out before the wedding. You can choose to build your own wedding website from scratch, or use a pre-built solution so you can get your wedding website up and running in about a day. I also got a wedding app since most people use smartphones these days,” says Nikita.
Social media changes how we approach different things in life these days. From birthdays to holidays, and natural disasters to box-office hits, all can be documented by using a hashtag. Naturally, the same can be done when it comes to weddings.
It is important to choose the right hashtag. You do not want to merge your hashtag with someone else’s, and you also want to make it easy for friends to avoid spelling errors. The traditional approach to finding a hashtag is putting a spin on last names. There are a few wedding hashtag generators out there that can help you come up with an original one.