An excellent way to taste the ancient Indian richness and heritage is a Royal Theme Wedding. Grand and ethnic affairs in terms of celebration and looks, the royal theme will be surely an extravagant experience.
Indian royal weddings are exclusively associated with the Rajput or the Mughal tradition; may be due to its rich heritage India had passed through. This will be ideal for a Hindu or Muslim wedding. Still, a shadow of colonialism is also seen among luxury-loving Christians; they who love to be a William and Kate!
The pomp, glory and opulence of bygone periods are brought to life as you exchange vows bejeweled like a Prince and Princess in a royal backdrop amongst the display of many royal luxuries, traditions, and processions.
It is not very uncommon to book an old palace, a heritage resort or a colonial bungalow as venues to deliver the best possible authenticity. Destinations like Rajasthan, Hyderabad and Goa are synonymous with Royal Weddings. Many old palaces, forts, and bungalows in these place are transformed into best heritage hotels.
But if in the case of nonavailability of such buildings in your place, don’t worry, your smart wedding planner can erect a replica of a palace of your choice and all the elements associated with it depending on your budget. The elaborate affairs include many royal pre and post wedding ceremonies of your choice and budget.
Royal Indian Choices:
These are grant affairs reminiscing the opulence of the rich heritage of India. Religious parts of such ceremonies are usually done in elaborate floral pavilions, while an authentic royal dinner will be served at big halls or in the open air to the accompaniment of live music like ghazals.
Royal Indian Decor:
The venue of a Royal Wedding is of course elegance exemplified. A palace ambience is recreated, right from the well-wrought entrance, chandeliers, columns, and draperies.
The stage décor can be chosen from anything from gold and white background to recreating a magnificent Jaipur Palace or Taj Mahal. An elegantly bejeweled stage or a one with carved golden pillars decorated with rich fabric drapes or exotic flowers will do.
As choices are wide from a unique selection of whimsical castles and horse drew carriages to arches and standees, royal wedding decorations will make your fancies come true! Colours are usually chosen according to custom palace backdrops or in contrast to the bridal wear.
Grand lightning, floral decorations, red carpet, fireworks, floral rangoli all adds to the grandeur.
The entire experience in a royal wedding will take you to a princely pride, as a whole big line of caparisoned elephants, camels, horses or butlers, soldiers, flowers, fireworks and royalty everywhere. As the Maharaja and Maharani, clad gold and silver embroidered outfits, accomplished musicians play poignant tunes while folk dancers twirl to timeless tunes to invoke the blessings of Gods.
Traditional folk music, folk dancers, fire eaters, palmists, royal messengers, percussions, dholaks, nagadas, snake charmers, anything can be added or elaborated according to the client’s choice, perceptions, and the theme was chosen. The epicurean elegance will too in accordance with the royal retreat.
Rituals play an important part of any weddings in India. So here are a few royal picks
The prince charming and the ‘baraat’ party astride the ceremonial ghodi or decorated elephant, as the royal musicians come with bands and ‘mashals’. Elephants, camels, horses with men and flags, percussions, bands, dancers, flower canopies, perfume sprays, fireworks, lanterns all these can be included for an environment of pomp and splashes. The host (bride's party) receives them to a decorated pavilion amidst flower petals and sprinkling rose water.
The ‘Queen’ recline on a silver throne as you get her mehndi gets done the palace setting with silk bolsters, mattresses and traditional Indian lanterns glowing around.
It is an indispensable part of Rajasthani wedding held on the wedding eve. As in the men's mehfil singers perform, while the ladies in a hall and perform a 'ghoomar' - a unique dance as the bride join them dancing occasionally
This is a grand entrance of the bride-groom along with maternal uncles which will be traditionally received by the mothers. The Uncle gives many expensive gifts and sweets to the entire family which is symbolic that it is the brother's duty to help his sister in her child's marriage.
Though the choice of additional fanciful traditions is a choice of the client, still common rituals like mehndi, sangeet, baraat are followed elaborately in royal theme weddings.
‘Adithi Devo Bhava’:
Guests in a royal themed wedding are aristocratic courtiers, welcomed by the salute of caparisoned elephants, garlands and seated on ornate furniture in a regal ambience. Beautiful hostesses welcome the royal guests by sprinkling ‘attar’ (perfumes) or by performing the traditional, ‘aarti’ ‘tikka’, garlanding or flower petal showering.