With wedding trends changing every fall, our Bollywood celebs are constantly experimenting with new looks and ideas to make their gala a crazy affair to remember. Young brides and grooms are always looking for new ideas to add that similar fun element to their weddings.
Bollywood brides now prefer to tread the path less trodden and are always looking to spruce up their special day with something exciting or shocking. Here is our pick of how you can add that dash of excitement to your bridal do.
#1. Go traditional
Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai, who set many a hearts aflutter, finally married her Guru co-star Abhishek Bachchan, on April 20, 2007. She looked radiant in a typically South Indian golden yellow Kanjeevaram saree, replete with Swarovski crystals and gold threads. Shilpa Shetty, who tied the knot with Raj Kundra on November 22, 2009, too stuck to her roots by flaunting a traditional Mangalorean-style red saree. Like Aishwarya, Shilpa accessorised the look with heavy kundan jewellery.
So, if you think a bridal lehenga will be just too much for you to carry on your special day, go for the traditional traditional saree option just like these divas. A trip to the old local markets of your city can prove to be your treasure trove for sarees. Complete your look with simple semi-precious stones, encrusted 22-karat gold jewellery for that fresh, feisty look.
#2. Ring in some masti
If you don’t want your wedding albums to be stacked neatly in your bookshelves never to be opened again, get a cue from our true blue Punjabi bride Gul Panag. She married Captain Rishi Attari, her childhood sweetheart on March 13, 2011. Just like her, you too can make your photo-op, a visual treat.
Gul had strewn in cool ideas for her photo-op be it the couple posing with shades, sharing a cool 'bottoms up' of chilled beer, or even sitting on the side car of her doli bike. She even sneaked in a quirky picture of smooching her hubby. So, let your wedding album also be a memoir than just a drab collection of pictures you wouldn’t want to look at a few years down.
#3. Revisit your mom’s ensemble
The most talked about Bollywood wedding affair of Saifeena had a unique element to it. Kareena added a repertoire of ensembles to her wedding trousseau, but finally setted for her mother-in-law’s wedding lehenga for her bridal look.
The antique Pataudi gharara was restored by Ritu Kumar with a touch of embroidery and embellishments. With just a bit of touch-up to your mother's or mother-in-law’s bridal outfit, you can look absolutely ravishing. Just ensure that the fabric is not so old as to rip at the slightest tugging.
#4. Spring a surprise
Planning your wedding for long but unable to zero in on that one special date? Go the Sameera Reddy-Akshai Varde way, who tied the knot on January 21, 2014. Sameera decided on the date of her wedding just 10 days before they actually stepped into holy matrimony. Sameera had reportedly said, “Months of painful planning causes so much stress. The couple itself is in agony over every issue from clothes to guests to their future. So we decided to take the plunge right away.”
Just get your trusted friends or relatives to arrange everything from the venue to roping in the caterers, decorators and photographers. You can also plan for a grand entry into your wedding gala just like Akshai did by zooming in on a customised bike to the weddingmandap.
#5. Dabble with gourmet delights
Former beauty queen Dia Mirza's wedding with Sahil Sangha on October 18, 2014, was no less than a gourmet fest. The delicacies were carefully chosen to match the palette of the guests. Since Dia is a Hyderabadi, the main course had a distinct flavour of her region. Sahil, who is a Sikh opted for Bengali sweets when it came to choosing the dessert menu. Salman Khan too chose exclusively Deccan cuisine, including the Hyderabadi delicacies like Kachhe Gosht Ki Biryani (raw meat Biryani) and Haleem, for their beloved sister Arpita's wedding.
Let your creative juices flow and make your wedding a gastronomic delight too. If you have planned a destination wedding, do include the local culinary specialities to give your guests a taste of the regional cuisine.