How Indian brides are embracing tradition with a contemporary flair

Traditional wedding nuptials reimagined through a modern lens.

In the vibrant tapestry of Indian weddings, contemporary brides are weaving a unique narrative. By harmoniously blending age-old traditions with contemporary elements, brides today are crafting wedding experiences that are deeply rooted in tradition and yet refreshingly innovative. Here are some of the ways brides are embracing tradition and modernity for weddings. 

Redefining bridal attire

Gone are the days when Indian brides adhered strictly to traditional red lehengas. Today's brides are experimenting with a spectrum of colours, designs, and fabrics while incorporating western styles like gowns. These symbolise a blend of cultures while still paying homage to their heritage with intricate designs and patterns.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's wedding served as a trendsetter for many. Sharma chose to ditch the conventional red and opt for a pale blush pink silk lehenga instead. This inspired a lot of people to experiment with pastel hues when it came to their own wedding ensembles.

Tech-free celebrations

In an era where digital presence is ubiquitous, the concept of a technology-free wedding has become quite popular. These unplugged ceremonies encourage guests to fully immerse themselves in the experience, fostering a deeper, more personal connection with each other and those in attendance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A notable example is Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's wedding, where they banned the use of mobile phones altogether, ensuring their special moments were intimate and distraction-free, setting the trend for tech-free celebrations.

Eco-conscious ceremonies

With a growing awareness of sustainability and environmental responsibility, many Indian brides are opting for eco-friendly weddings. This includes using biodegradable decor, organic catering, and even opting for electronic invitations. By choosing sustainability, these brides are setting a precedent for future generations, blending environmental consciousness with traditional celebrations.

In order to reduce waste at her wedding, Sonam Kapoor decided to swap traditional wedding cards for online invites for all guests. This sets a precedent for others and can help inspire people to do the same.

Fusion food menus

Indian weddings are renowned for their lavish feasts, but contemporary brides are introducing a twist with fusion cuisine. They are blending regional Indian flavours with global cuisines, offering a multi-culinary experience that symbolises the merging of different cultures and tastes, much like their own union.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif's wedding was celebrated for their lavish spread, which included everything from North-Indian delicacies to traditional Rajasthani cuisine. There were live food stalls with fusion chats too, which was a beautiful amalgamation of cultures through their food options. Not forgetting their five-tier wedding cake curated by an Italian chef.

Personalised rituals

Customisation is key in modern Indian weddings. Brides are personalising rituals to better reflect their beliefs and personalities. This includes tweaking traditional ceremonies, writing their own vows, and incorporating unique rituals that resonate more with their modern outlook, making each wedding distinctively personal.

Actress Dia Mirza, who married businessman Vaibhav Rekhi, said that the couple chose to forgo the traditional rituals of Kanyadaan and Bidaai. Moreover, her Vedic wedding rituals were carried out by a woman priest, which was a refreshing move, paving the path for more such weddings with unique rituals.

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