From the Gujarati Dandiya to Rajasthan’s famous melas, your wedding can have it all – and this is how
WHEN ALL’S SAID AND DANDIYA
India’s multicultural story is best experienced through its festivals, one of them being Navratri. Celebrants dressed in colourful ethnic garments, swaying in perfect coordination to the rhythmic beats are a sight to behold during the nine-day revelry! This is why it made perfect sense for Harsh Sanghavi and Dhwani Mehta to host a garba-themed sangeet for their traditional Gujarati wedding.
Their wedding photographer Soniya Dembla, Managing Director, Camera Crew Productions, says, “The décor comprised the vibrant colours of green, blue, yellow and red, while marigolds, umbrellas and colourful drapes were used as props around the venue. It was a night filled with music, dancing and laughter.”
THE RAJASTHANI ‘MELA’NGE
If there’s one aspect that captures the festive essence of Rajasthan, it’s the colourful traditional fairs and melas, where the first few days are defined by folk performances and the rest are dedicated to religious rituals. Based in Singapore, Megha Narang and Shyam Gada met through a dating app. Narang always wanted to marry in her native town, Jaipur; she wanted her friends, who hail from different parts of the world, to experience Rajasthan’s way of life.
Saigal, the couple’s wedding planner, shares, “The venue was completely transformed into a Rajasthani village mela. Adorned with mirror embellishments, camels and elephants stood sentry while guests made their way into the colourful mehendi arena. Brightly coloured carts with Rajasthani lac bangles, potlisand juttis, along with game stalls such as balloon shooting, kite flying and ring throw were set up for guests to enjoy.”
Performances by the kacchi ghodi and ghoomar dancers brought to life local tales. And in a stunning display—as a final touch to the theme—a giant Ferris wheel decorated with flowers stood as the backdrop.
Lead Photo: Reels and Frames