Oct 29 2018
Gone are the days when weddings were considered as a religious or civil ceremony which gives rights to two individuals to start their life together. Now, people consider weddings as nothing short of a spectacular show of wealth.
Most people want their wedding to be discussed by the society for ages. That is why today's generation wants to add innovation to the age-old traditional customs. Many customs have thus attained new meanings and visual appeal in today's world. One such thing which has got a spectacular status is the 'bridal entry'.
Earlier, the bride will be brought to the mandap or the aisle by her sisters or in some regions by the father of the bride, but now there are various eye-catching trends which have kind of become wedding customs. The trend of the bride's brothers carrying a floral sheet (chaadar) which are tied on four poles and held around her is one of the top trends.
Now, there are many add-ons to this trend too such as the lights, bells, kaleere (umbrella-shaped hangings worn by Punjabi brides on their hands), colourful fabrics with intricate embroidery etc...
Another trend is to carry the bride on a palanquin. Now, you may start to argue that it is an age-old custom, but haven't we left it decades ago since we have access to so many vehicles? Here the trend is back and the millennial brides are making their grand entry to the venue in elaborately decorated palanquins.
If these entries don't sound spectacular to you, then there are other tricks such as the bride being raised to the mandap through a secret trapdoor under the stage to satisfy your quest for innovativeness.
Dance is a great art form which invites a lot of attention and that is why some weddings involve dancers. Traditional dancers would create a formation on two sides and the bride would walk to the mandap.
There have also been instances when a decorated crane was used to transport the bride to the mandap. It would make her look like coming down from the heaven to her awaiting prince.
Paper lanterns are also used to make the bridal entry splendid. It can be used to give a modern twist to the traditional ashtamangalyam custom. As soon as it is time for the bride to come to the mandap the lights at the whole venue will be switched off and the bride would make her entry accompanied by girls carrying paper lanterns. The glowing paper lanterns would give the wedding venue a mesmerising look.