In the heart of India’s cultural fabric, weddings have always held a special place. A celebration of love, unity, and tradition, Indian weddings are known for their opulence and grandeur. However, the Covid-19 pandemic brought about a pause in extravagant affairs, leading to a surge in intimate or at-home nuptials. Yet, as the world gradually recovers, the grand Indian wedding has made a resounding comeback, and it’s more extravagant than ever. Surabhi Chopra, Founder, Surabhi Chopra Label talks exclusively to TheGlitz about it.
According to an estimate by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), 35 lakh couples were to tie the knot in the first half of 2023. The cumulative spend across these weddings was an estimate Rs 13 lakh crore.
The fashion industry plays a pivotal role in Indian weddings. Brides and grooms aspire to look their best on their special day, and designers are rising to the occasion. Lavish bridal wear, adorned with intricate embroidery, sequins, and jewels, is back in vogue. Designers are creating customized ensembles that blend traditional aesthetics with modern trends. Lehengas, sherwanis, and sarees are crafted with silken fabrics and luminescent embellishments that ripple with grace. The colour palette – a harmony of twilight blues, ethereal gold, and romantic pastels – paints an elegant story of love under the gleaming sky. Each outfit is a canvas of organza and net, meticulously adorned with finely-cut glass beads, zari, tassels, crystals, and 3D sequins, and other hand-embroideries creating an aesthetic of bling that mirrors the shimmer of a moonlit night and the sparkle of chandeliers.
Fests & Feasts
Indian weddings have always been synonymous with sumptuous feasts, and the post-pandemic era is no exception. Couples are sparing no expense when it comes to curating delectable menus. Top chefs are being roped in to create gastronomic wonders that leave guests awe-struck. From traditional Indian cuisine to global fusion dishes, the variety on offer is staggering. The dining experience at these weddings is elevated, making it a culinary journey to remember.
Decor has taken center stage in the resurgence of lavish Indian weddings. Event planners and decorators are pushing boundaries to create awe-inspiring settings. Extravagant floral arrangements, intricate mandaps, and thematic decor have become the norm.
Destination weddings have gained immense popularity in recent years, and the trend has only grown stronger. Couples are choosing picturesque locations both within India and abroad to exchange their vows. India offers a plethora of options, from palaces in Rajasthan to beachfront in Goa. Internationally, destinations like Venice, Monte Carlo, and Bali have witnessed Indian weddings that redefine luxury.
The resurgence of lavish Indian weddings reflects more than just a return to tradition. It symbolizes hope, resilience, and the power of love to triumph over adversity. The wedding industry, once hit by uncertainty, is now thriving, and it shows no signs of slowing down. As the world continues to open up, couples are seizing the opportunity to celebrate their love in grand style. Whether it’s the latest fashion trends, gourmet cuisine, extravagant decor, or dreamy destinations, the resurgence of lavish Indian weddings is a testament to the enduring spirit of celebration and togetherness.