Out with the old, IN with the new! Well, almost…
Nowadays, Indian weddings are transitioning to new customs and ceremonies, but thankfully without deviating from age-old rituals and ceremonies.
Rewind 5 years and no one could have visualized the bride and groom dirty dancing on “Cocktail Night” that makes Dadi-ma cringe today! But that’s what Bollywood and of course, globalization does to you.
So here are a few new age ceremonies in Indian weddings that were not present before:
First on the list has to be wedding planners as a custom, if not a ceremony. Gone are the days when Panditji used to be the Boss of all. Nowadays it’s the wedding planners who boss everyone around.
They make the bride lose weight. They bully the groom to become more hip. They even make family members shake their booty with the help of a dimple-chinned “Bollywood-related” choreographer. And everyone loves them!
Oh! I missed cake too. Around the time I got married, people would have started singing “Happy Birthday” mistaking my wedding cake for a birthday cake.
But nowadays with western influence (through movies and TV), many couples cut wedding cakes to kick- start their wedding reception parties.
And that too followed by the couple’s first dance together as man and wife.