Adding a Contemporary Look to Your Traditional Iyengar wedding

It is the age of adding that extra zing to every event in one’s life. Weddings are no exception. The culture of theme-based weddings has gained appreciation over the years among couples who wish to add an element of fantasy to an otherwise structured wedding. Every wedding couple craves for that extra something in their wedding ceremony to add that zing. Of course they want their wedding to be the most talked about event for a long time. Who can forget the famous television series of Band Baaja and Bride which portrays the modern ways of wedding.

India is a diverse land of myriad cultures, rituals, customs and historical tales. Amongst the most elaborate weddings in India, Iyengar wedding tops the list. They are almost like a festival, the festivities and celebrations of which create an aura of joy and excitement. The modern Iyengar families, of late, are inclined to bring a contemporary touch to their weddings, whilst not forsaking the age-old traditional Iyengar marriage customs.

The Iyengar weddings are inherently colorful and have a number of rituals and customs, each symbolic of beautiful and noble sentiments. But the monotony quotient can be eliminated by being a little innovative. The various ceremonies starting from nadaswaram to vratha, to the engagement ceremony to the kanyaadan can be revamped and modernized. Instead, a competitive dance evening can be announced wherein both the families can have a constructive platform to interact and have a better bonding with each other. A whole lot of professional expertise can be engaged in some out-of-the box thinking, conceptualizing, and setting the right mood and spirit. Like for instance, creative photo booths can be set up at the sangeet and reception. These lovely yet inexpensive ideas can add the much needed fun factor and also ensure that your friends and family have a ball with the exciting props or the picture perfect poses!

Iyengar weddings
Iyengar weddings (PC: afar.com)

The traditional Iyengar weddings nowadays have become more than an event. The wedding planners can step into the shoes of the family members and make a spectacular package of amazing surprises out of the special wedding moments. Everything including the choice of the venue, the decoration of banquet halls, the colour theme, the entrance, the food counters, can be given a much needed makeover. Bachelor parties have become the buzz word in recent times and can take over the ceremony of Palligai Thalliakal. Destination weddings like sea-side wedding venues can easily take the place of temples for majority of the nuptial rituals. Tying the knot amidst the sun-kissed shores with vibrant music, can add some glorious moments of ecstasy to the wedding couples.

Although weddings in India are generally elaborate, traditional and time consuming but adding the contemporary touch to it will surely render some respite to this magnificent extravaganza. And what better way to finish one’s Iyengar matrimony experience than planning the post marital bliss in India. It would literally be the icing on the cake and a beautiful rendezvous with our cultural roots. So, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love surely gives the Iyengar couples a fairy tale to cherish for their entire lives.

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