Wedding game in Pakistan has taken a new turn. What used to be mayun/mehndi, shaadi and valima have stretched to pre-wedding shoots, bridal showers, rang, sangeet, ghazal night, bachelor/bachelorette party. Not to forget dance practice session that sometimes proceeds four to six months ahead of the wedding.
1. Bridal Showers
Gone are the days when you used to get all starry eyed listening to bridal shower stories from your friends and family living abroad. These days no wedding is complete without a bridal shower, a must-to-go event before any wedding. Bridal shower is traditionally a party with the bride and her closest friends and family, thrown usually by her sister, cousins or friends. And what better way than to spend a memorable evening with your squad? It’s a great time to enjoy party games, pretty décor, crazy props, funny selfie moments and not to forget showering the bride-to-be with her fav gifts. Themes like tea party, flower shower, fairy-tale, vintage, boho chic, destination shower, retro are some of the trending bridal shower themes for desi weddings.
2. Shall We Dance?
1,2,3,4 get on the dance floor! Desi weddings are all about fun, music, masti and hangama. However, it is the couple’s dance that is becoming the major highlight of the mehndi function these days. The bride and groom, most likely practice with a (family) choreographer in the days leading to the wedding, to put together a performance to one of their favourite songs. People have even started taking professional choreographer’s service for mehndi preparations and if everything else fails, an expert family choreographer always comes in handy. It’s your chance to bring the inner ShahRukh Khan out, to sweep your Sanjana off her feet. Unlike traditional dances, different themes are now becoming a part of the wedding dance sequence in Pakistan. But bhangra, English, or Bollywood item numbers still reign supreme, the adventurous types even try and give a shot to salsa on mehndis, so are you ready to cha-cha-cha?
3. Tossing of the bouquet
The tossing of the bouquet is something most single girls at a wedding look forward to. The bride, sometimes blindfolded tosses her bouquet to the single ladies, and it is said that the girl that catches the bouquet will get married next. A beautiful eastern bride tossing her vibrant bouquet is such a fun photo op too!
4. Wedding Reception Speech
You have seen it happening many times in Hollywood movies; best man/bridesmaid raise a toast to the newlyweds and open their hearts out and give a speech about the couple that sometimes brings a tear or two. We loved it when Naina (Deepika Padukone), the maid-of-honor, talked fondly about her bff Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) at her pre-wedding cocktail party in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Well, don’t be surprised if you see that happening in the next wedding you attend, because wedding speeches are a trending new concept in desi weddings and engagements. Typically it’s the brides/ grooms parents, sisters or closest friend who takes on the stage to share their fondest memories. A wedding speech that is warm, humorous, personal, touching and brief is remembered fondly by all those present. We personally love this new concept, it’s a quick way to know the bride and groom more on a personal level.
5. Drone Photography and The Rise of Marquees
Remember those swoon worthy aerial shots from the Bollywood blockbuster Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, that took your breath away? With drone photography, it is now possible at your wedding too. The culture of drones capturing aerial snapshot of the wedding ceremonies is fast catching up, especially at the big fat desi weddings. Aerial photography is an amazing way to take full advantage of the gorgeous space you have chosen. Since drone cameras generally require vast, open spaces this give rise to the marquees, another trending concept in desi weddings. Covered, air conditioned, banquet halls and marquees are the new it statement and everyone wants to hold their functions in style, without bothering about the weather conditions. However, exercise some caution when deciding to go for drone photography, contrary to what you hear, drones cannot be used in five star hotels or enclosed halls because it is risky to fly them in closed space as they might get into the way or hurt the guests.
6.Stalk the Hashtags
We live in the fast paced world of technology and everything is just a tap away. It is little wonder, couples now choose their wedding hashtag on social media to keep their friends and family updated with the festivities going on. If your wedding guests are on their social media game, real-time wedding day updates are just one tap away. Remember the #UrwaFarhan wedding?
Snapchat story is yet another rising trend in weddings; it is your own personal window into the day. You’re there to flaunt your style and makeup especially for those who can’t make it to your wedding. Have your friends constantly update their Snapchat story to keep the enthusiasm going. This is live-streaming at its finest.
7. Party Photo booth
Take your kala chashma out; this is by no mean your childhood photo booth designed to take snaps while your bespectacled photographer uncle would ask you to say ‘cheese’. These days party photo booth means a place with special background options where the bride, groom and other members of the family and guests pose for the camera using different props. Photo booth is a playful way to involve the guests at your event and is also a great way to create fun memories. The use of prop adds the required masti and madness to the otherwise expected wedding photos.
8. Wedding Cakes
Cakes have usually been there at the desi weddings. The modern wedding cake however, is well thought of with clean and minimalistic design. Also wedding cakes now are more artistically driven with intricate detailing such as hand painted finishes and different flavours for each layer. They vary in size, shape and style. Staircase and fountain cake, traditional tiered wedding cake, cascade cake, modern tiered cake, cupcakes+ tiered cake combo are some of the most popular styles. Cake is not only an important part of the wedding ritual now but it also has an attraction on its own. A pretty wedding cake is surely going to wow your guests!