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The Big Fat Indian Wedding
The Big Fat Indian Wedding

The big Indian wedding is considered to be a beautiful function, full of dance and laughter. Colours and music, family and friends mix together to create an atmosphere unique to Indian weddings.

Indian weddings are known for their auspicious rituals. Every sect in India has many rituals bound to weddings. The big Indian wedding becomes a play of ancient traditions, scriptures and rituals. These wedding rituals are often carried on by a priest or a pandit or other elders.

Indian weddings give due care to the relationships among the family and friends and is foremost, a celebration of their joy. Wedding planners respect these ties and plan wedding -ceremonies in consultation with the immediate family of the bride and groom. A wedding planner’s role in the big indian wedding is much like a family member. They know their client inside out and design specifics such as the wedding stage, wedding invitation and ambiance according to theirs and their family’s tastes.

Wedding planners also respect tradition. Haldi, sangeet, the oonjal are all elements from weddings across the country, special in their own way.

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Wedding themes for the 'Big Indian Wedding'
  • Colour-based Themes
  • Flower-based Themes -
Mughal Wedding Theme

Mughal themes are often enactments of the great Taj Mahal and tomb-like architecture. The colours used are often gold and green, orange, purple and pink. The Mughal theme gained immense popularity after it was reproduced at Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s wedding reception. These are often depictions of royalty and have a sense of Indian royalty associated with them. Some key elements of Mughal themed weddings are :

  • Welcome by anarkali-clad hostesses who will sprinkle rosewater on the guests.
  • Nawab-styled male hostesses with headgear and tuban.
  • Props such as hookkas, samovars.
  • Crystal pillars and vases.
  • Curtain work with tassels.
  • Low and colourful seating with bolsters and cushions.
  • Murals of Kings and Queens as backdrops.

Wedding entertainment can be in the form of Qawali and Kathak duets.

Punjabi Wedding Theme

Punjabi weddings are colourful and lively! They are a fusion of majestic elements with lots of hanging flower work and shimmer. Punjabi wedding elements :

  • Entry with Dhol or bhangra.
  • Dhaba model food stalls.
  • Bangle counters and mehendi stalls.
  • Puppet shows.
  • Punjabi folk dances.
Bollywood Theme

Yash Raj has created magical weddings on screen and many of us have visualized the big Indian wedding the way it has been depicted on screen! Recreate the magic of Bollywood at your wedding by infusing some of the following elements :

  • Choose destination wedding venues such as Udaipur, Jaipur etc where a palace wedding can be held.
  • Intense firework display.
  • Ball-room style mandap.
  • Celebrity appearances!
  • Loud dance performances.
Moroccan Wedding Theme

Moroccan or Arabian styled theme weddings are gaining much popularity in Kerala. Such theme weddings are usually in erected structures such as tents and canopies and have elaborate carpeting and detailing.

Theme Elements :

  • Bride and groom are brought in a large chair, known as ‘Amariya’, held up by four men
  • Bolsters and Moroccan poufs.
  • Tea pots, soup bowls and glass tea cups are placed everywhere.
  • Visuals of camels and desserts.
  • Hokkah stalls.
  • Curtain work with tassels of gold coins.
  • Lanterns.
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