As famous celebrities get hitched on and off screens, these are the trends that they leave behind for real life to-be-brides and bridegrooms. By Team Viva
When Rang de Basanti released in 2006, it inspired an entire generation to want to become revolutionaries. That is the power that cinema holds over us, and so do the actors and their lifestyle. And hence, we leave no stone unturned in keeping up with what we watch in films and on social media. From replicating Shah Rukh Khan’s quintessential open arms pose to acquiring the designer dresses that our favourite actors wore on their wedding days on screen or off, we follow it all.
So how have these celebrities inspired couples and the wedding market? There are a number of moments from celebrity weddings that have become ‘couple goals’ and we caught up with some of the top trends.
Extravagant invitation cards
After Virat-Anushka’s nature-themed reception invite for which they sent a sapling with the card, it has become a major goal for millennials to use innovative approaches. Other trends include use of calligraphy, paper and latex, wood and even stone engravings for invitation cards.
For gifts and momentos, reusable and recyclable boxes with silver and golden ribbons are also being highly preferred.
One of the most recent examples would be actress Priyanka Chopra’s pyjama party that looked like a replica of the one shown in Anne Hathaway’s Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. However, the photos from the event showed that it was a perfect way to pamper the bride before the wedding.
There have been many shows and films that have shown the bachelorette or the bachelor party is a must do before the D-day. In The Trip Season One, starring Shwetha Tripathi, Lisa Haydon, Mallika Dua and Sapna Pabbi, the young women head on a trip to Thailand for one of their bachelorette’s. Prior to this, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara showed us that friends taking off with the groom-to-be for a last bash before the wedding.
Bollywood inspired pre-wedding shoots
Even though your wedding album will cover all the rituals and events, a pre-wedding shoot has all the dreamy photographs that you have ever wanted after watching films. For these shoots, couples hire wedding photographers that capture your personal story but with panache and drama inspired from Bollywood.
Wedding photographer Arnob Das, who has done pre-wedding shoots for a number of couples in the capital, said that when it comes to such shoots, they usually prefer to recreate their personal stories of how they met and what they like and dislike. While talking about the current trend, he said that a picture from Virat-Anushka’s wedding has been chosen by many couples to be recreated. The picture shows Anushka holding the flower garland while Virat is held by a group of people much higher than her.
Another example is from the film Sonu ke Titu Ki Sweety. The scene from the film’s wedding set-up has been in high demand as the theme offered a very colourful pattern with dhols and nagadas in the foreground.
Be it the forthcoming Priyanka-Nick’s wedding planned at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, or the famous Oberoi and Taj Hotels in Udaipur, or even beachside locations in Goa and Pondicherry, the trend has brought weddings out of banquet halls to dreamy locations.
It was one of Udaipur’s hotels where Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starring Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’s (YJHD) wedding scenes were shot. Since then, Udaipur and various forts in Rajasthan have become a hub for real life weddings.
Instagram sensation Diipa Khosla recently married her Dutch boyfriend wearing a Sabyasachi design at Udaipur’s Hotel Fateh Garh.
It never happened if it wasn’t uploaded online. From wedding invitations to the entrances of a wedding, the hashtags are given a special place so that even the guests could follow the particular hashtag to post the pictures.
Recently-married couple actress Shwetha Tripathi and actor Chaitanya Sharma’s Instagram accounts screamed of their exclusive wedding hashtag which was used not just by the couple, but by all their guests and family. The hashtag #GoCheetaGetBattata started to trend on Instagram when the duo got married. For Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s wedding, it was #SonamKiShaadi while the royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made #HarryMeghan and #RoyalWedding trend. The forthcoming #DeepVeerKiShaadi has already started trending since Deepika and Ranveer have announced their wedding date.
Smaller rituals and customs that are just confined to homes have also made their way to the grand itenery. The mehendi, haldi, pheras and sangeet are equally important with people hiring wedding choreographers to prepare performances for such events.
Wedding planner Shivangi Garg, who recently planned a destination wedding in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, said that even the minor customs need equal attention as the major ones.
“We borrowed the concept of a mehendi ceremony from the film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Generally, the mehendi wallah just applies it at home and leaves. But we wanted to give a theme and make it bigger,” she said. “People want it the Bollywood way,” she added.
While pheras or the vows taken during a Hindu wedding are sacred, they are considered a boring ritual. So, Garg made it a ‘musical’ one, where the pandits would sing the mantras in jolly tunes and a few Rajasthani dancers would dance around. For sangeet and reception, couples have taken inspiration from the wedding reception of the captain of the Indian cricket team in which a crystal wall with mirror work made the backdrop of the podium.
Image Credit : Arnob Das