Indian weddings: Celebration of social conservatism

Indian weddings: Celebration of social conservatism

For decades, the Indian wedding has been popular as the big fat ceremony. It has seen a sea change at the same pace as in setting trends and making it one of the most memorable days of their life. The world has witnessed various kinds of weddings, but the Indian wedding comes out with all shades of colors, you could possibly name, celebrations and ceremonies. The enormous spectacles of the Indian wedding reflect much more than conspicuous consumption or celebrations of new kinship bonds. More and less, it is a show of strength, a glamorized return to tradition, and a celebration of social conservatism.

Every Indian wedding reveals the country's culture, which means attending an Indian wedding is like exploring a part of the country. From traditional food to attires to rituals, you get introduced to savor everything in the Indian wedding extravaganza. Being a guest, you will be experiencing the warmest of all hospitality and a large part of the country and local culture. 

The Bollywood industry gains major credit for plenty of trends, songs, and dances. Lately, many glamorous and talked-about weddings affairs are happening in the industry. From Farhan and Shibani to Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif to Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa, they finally went after hullabaloos, and rumor-mongering surprised the public, their fans, and followers with some 'hatke' factors in the ceremony. Apart from the songs and dances, the celebrities' weddings are the most glamorous, and they turn out to be the trendsetters in this industry. 

Sabyasachi's influence: Not Just Bridal Lehengas, the art of making trends 


Leading designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has been famous all over for the gorgeous bridal lehengas and sarees. There are hardly any high-profile celebrities whose weddings he does not design outfits for. But he is much more than just bridal-wear and traditional outfits. His designed outfits are trendsetters or rather a trend-maker. Sabyasachi has successfully managed to bring back age-old fashion trends. His designs claimed to revive long-forgotten aesthetic rituals, some of which were prevalent in rural parts of Bengal many years or decades ago. Unlike any other Indian couturiers, he is behind the fruition of these forgotten trends into the popular culture of today. From Anushka Sharma to Deepika Padukone to Katrina Kaif, the Bollywood divas have won the billions' hearts with the ethereal designs and artistic vision of Sabyasachi. 

Break a few traditions; do something 'new age' and 'woke.' 


Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi's not-so-traditional wedding is one of the best things anyone would have seen in a long time. From Kanyaadan to Bidaai, Indian weddings are so much about elaborate rituals. Nevertheless, weddings are leading to the modern route over the years, breaking stereotypes and setting trends for many. Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi are one such couple who made small, thoughtful decisions with their recent wedding to bring change and equality. Their wedding wasn't a regular marriage ceremony that took place in India. A female priest performing the wedding rituals, sustainable ceremony, no bidaai, there wasn't just one highlight of their beautiful wedding. Indeed, these are very remarkable and encouraging steps for the Indian wedding. 

Optimistic step for a gay couple in India


Telangana saw a rainbow wedding in a first, where a gay couple, Abhay Dange and Supriya Chakraborty, exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony supported by friends and family. While India struck down a colonial-era law that criminalized gay sex in 2018, same-sex marriages are yet to be recognized. Even though the couple cannot register their marriage under the law, Abhay Dange and Supriya Chakraborty got married in a private ceremony officiated by Sophia David, a friend from Hyderabad who is also from the LGBTQ community. They hope same-sex weddings are legalized soon. It has strengthened the hope for the LGBTQ community to host more similar events in the country.

Re-fashion the stunning look of mothers' epoch 


While modern weddings can get pretty extravagant or even tacky, many newlyweds want to follow their family tradition by dressing up their mothers' and grandmothers' wedding dresses. This is an honor for many young brides. The amazing part is that Sabyasachi has made these trends in the mind of Indian women. The perception about the oiled hair or the flower in the hair is usually not considered what a young girl would be eagerly willing to sport to a bridal or traditional-wear event. But what Sabyasachi created these trends so trendy among the celebrities that even the commoners want to try them out and look like any of their favorite heroines. In addition to that, centrally-parted hair, a never-ending sindoor is the approved reception lewk. A silk saree, a heavy choker, hair tied into a bun with a middle-parting, unmissable sindoor are the look for almost all the newlywed celebrities from Ankita Lokhande's reception look had uncanny similarities with Anushka Sharma's.

Therefore, the evolving trends have an aspirational outlook towards big, fat Indian weddings. The elite Indian wedding, therefore, is not simply a flashy celebration; in fact, it is about the conservatism of rich Indian culture with families and friends.