If you want to stand out among the crowd of wedding blogs and Instagram updates, get drones, shower fireworks and look to the Wild West and Woodstock as themes
Drones are in vogue
Those quiet, personal moments that weddings are about will be clicked by a good photographer; but if you want a bird’s eye view of the day/night, get a drone camera! Aerial shots are in vogue and most professional photographers can arrange for them. It can cost anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000, depending on the hours. Bengaluru-based Kumar JK hired one for his wedding, “I wanted a dreamy aerial view of my farmhouse wedding. The results were breathtaking.”
Themes in demand this season range from Wild, Wild, West to Woodstock-inspired bachelor parties. Music festivals like Coachella are inspiring weddings too. You have picnic-style dining, kitschy decor and casual grunge clothes. Says Sabah Sheikh, wedding planner, “Throw in some sparkle and silverware for the cocktail. Contrasting colour palettes like metallic teamed with black for decor sets the mood for the party. Vintage hand-stamped forks for cutlery, open bulbs, ferry lights, hand-drawn maps, all give a classy vibe.”
Hang the food!
Hanging salad stations, craft-beer live stations, doughnut dessert walls, olive oil-tasting bars and get-your-cupcake stations are just some of the food serving options you can choose from.
The second dress
Brides are no longer wearing just one lehenga for the wedding evening. Once the ceremony gets over, they change into something far more light, traditional and fun – all at the same time. Most brides are opting for gowns as the second dress, with Indian work on it.
Into the woods
Imagine walking down an enchanted forest, with lights twinkling on branches and a luxurious table setting that almost blends with nature. Says Anika Dhawan, founder, wedding planner, “Couples are romancing the woods at weddings. Bridal rooms in a forest with drapes, roses and mogra are in huge demand.” Adds Ajay Modgil, wedding planner, “The new wedding venue is the botanical garden, where the green setting apart, fresh organic cuisine — farm-to-table — is served.”
Muted gold is this season’s luxe colour. You’ll see wedding cakes with a touch of metallic gold, gold-dusted cupcakes, golden frames at the food table, golden glitter vases to flatware for decoration etc.