Foreigners come to India to walk down the hall, Bollywood style
Be it the luxurious Indian wedding of Nick and Priyanka or the shaadis shown in numerous Bollywood films, which are seen in the west with great interest: the admiration for Indian weddings has grown worldwide, thanks to the colorful rituals and ceremonies So much so, that foreigners are now flocking to the country in large numbers, to say yes in the middle of the country's picturesque destinations such as Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala.n In a recent online survey, conducted by an Italian website of Weddings, India stands as the third favorite wedding destination among Europeans, just after the Caribbean and Cyprus. With the beginning of the wedding season, we trace the fashion of weddings among Westerners, who choose to visit India for their Bollywood-style nuptials ...
Nick and Priyanka's wedding is one of the reasons to give a boost to desi weddings in the West
The rituals like saath pheras, mehendi and sangeet are exciting
Social networks, Bollywood movies and the considerable population of Indians in Western countries have caused an unlikely romance between weddings and Westerners. More and more couples want to get married in India for numerous reasons, be they rituals such as sangeet and mehendi, with the band, baaja, baraat and saat pheras.
“The first time I saw an Indian wedding was on a television show called 90210, where two of his characters, Ivy and Raj, got married at a wedding similar to Bollywood. It was very fascinating. The colors and the rituals seemed super attractive. Then, I saw a Bollywood movie where actors Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta got married in a luxurious ceremony. My search for a perfect wedding ended at that time, ”shares Taylor Jones, a photographer based in Los Angeles, who married in India in a luxurious ceremony. We had a legal wedding in the United States last year, and we came to India for another ceremony in Kerala, where we said yes with all the rituals included in Indian weddings. My favorite was the recitation of the mantra and seven rounds around the fire, ”adds Taylor.
Weddings are ceremonial, not legal, by nature
According to Delhi-based wedding planner Jennifer Gomes, almost 90 percent of marriages are not legal, but ceremonial in nature, to escape the long wait and bureaucratic process.
To legally marry in India, one must remain here for more than 60 days, and there is a tedious waiting process to register your marriage here. Tourists flock to India for wedding tourism, mainly for the ritual parts of the ceremony, where they don't have to deal with bureaucracy and the stress of registering marriage. It's the same for Indians who go to places like Amsterdam and Las Vegas to get married, ”explains Jennifer.
Kenneth Smith of Edinburgh, who is getting married in India next month, says that although weddings are special everywhere, fun rituals at an Indian wedding are far from predictable, which makes them much more exciting.
“I've been doing a lot of homework at Indian weddings. Weddings are meant to be a fun event, but here in the west, they are quite predictable. In comparison, rituals such as haldi, heena tattoos, hiding the shoes of the boyfriend and family members of the girl and boy's family that have a dance are not only memorable, but extraordinary. Not to mention that weddings are fun for all of us, since they involve everyone in the process. ” The demand for weddings similar to Anushka Sharma, Deepika and Priyanka is on the rise among foreigners
The Mumbai-based wedding planner, Nikhil Agnihotri, was assigned to conduct a survey for his company, where he discovered that in the last three years, the number of international tourists coming to India to walk down the hall has doubled, Due to several factors.
“Not only Bollywood, but even Hollywood stars like Heidi Klum, Elizabeth Hurley and Katy Perry, have popularized weddings abroad. Take the example of the great Indian wedding of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. It was on all the covers of the main magazines, and dotted the media portals there. Even the weddings of Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone have circulated online and through other means. We receive more and more calls citing these examples of Bollywood celeb weddings, and we are finalizing agreements for the same. Indian weddings fascinate people there, because they are more inclusive with family and friends, and the rituals are new to them.
Another wedding planner, Mayur Kathuria, shares that due to weddings at the famous celebrity palace in India, most of the calls and requests that his company receives are the same at places in Udaipur and Jaipur.
“The royal aura of the Indian palaces, with the bride walking down the hall like a maharani is what they want at their weddings. A, it's a perfect photo shoot and b, it creates a memory for a lifetime. This season, I have received 10 such requests from Europeans and Americans, who want a wedding in a palace where folk music and Rajasthani artisans can tune into the festive atmosphere of the Shaadi. Not only foreigners, the Indians who grew up in the west are equally crazy about the luxurious Bollywood or palace weddings in India, ”says Mayur.
From simple Hindu weddings of 2.5 lakh rupees to Bollywood extravagances of 75 lakh rupees
While desi weddings are expensive and make a hole in your pocket, wedding organizers in India are armed with elegant packages to attract the bride and groom. “From a simple Hindu wedding that starts at Rs 2.5 lakh, to a big Bollywood party, which costs between Rs50 and Rs 75 lakh - we cure everything for Westerners in India. Along with a package that includes everything from mehendi, haldi and sangeet, to the shaadi, we also offer accessories, such as a reception party, a Bollywood party and other similar demands. We even convene popular singers for weddings, in addition to providing saris and designer lehengas to guests, according to requests. All they have to do is select the package and come here to get married, ”says Mumbai-based wedding planner Yogesh Sakluja.
It is a dream come true for Paula Ramos from Mexico, who flies to India to marry her husband Vincent from Brazil.
“I used to watch the Brazilian soap opera Caminho das Índias with my family, and the wedding ceremonies in the television series completely captivated me. I have wanted an Indian wedding since then. Although our budget is quite low, approximately Rs 5 lakh, we somehow managed to find a wedding planner who offered to do the work at Rs 7 lakh, including the stay in Jaipur. Our demands included a Bollywood dance party and all Indian wedding rituals, ”says Paula, with palpable emotion.
On the other hand, the Canadian Simon Jones and the Belgian Venessa Munroe, who are in India this November for a luxurious wedding desi, can not stop obsessing with a beach wedding in Goa. “I want to walk down the aisle as Bollywood actresses do in the movies, with such grace and elegance. We are bringing 20 family and friends for the wedding, and the whole ceremony has cost us Rs 15 lakh, which is below our budget. ”