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8 May

How to use flowers in pre-wedding ceremonies

In weddings, flowers are usually infused in décor, food and jewellery. But what about the flowers incorporated throughout the various wedding ceremonies?

Flowers are an integral part of Indian weddings. As they also hold ceremonial importance, one can say that weddings are inconceivable without blossoms. Flowers add slenderness and subtlety to the aesthetics of a wedding, and do the same for the sangeet and haldi ceremonies as well. Let’s take a look at the plethora of ways flowers are used in pre-wedding ceremonies.


A flower-ful holi

Decked with rustic greens and lush foliage, Avantika and Pratik’s sangeet was a visual treat. Niharika Mukhi, Founder, The Event Collective and planner for the couple, shares, “Avantika and Pratik were sure about having a wedding that contrasted with persistent archetypes. The invitation cards set a certain tone in favour of floral highlights. Every focal element—be it the stage, the staircase or the archways – was adorned with flowers, adding to the multiplicity of colour.” For Nishita and Shreyas’ wedding, wedding planner Pooja Ghotage decided to give into the bride’s unique request for a phoolon ki holi celebration at her haldi. “Nishita wanted something fun and eco-friendly to kick-start her wedding festivities, so, we decided to organise a phoolon ki holi. It is one of the most economical, eco-friendly and photogenic trends of the season,” points out Ghotage, Founder and Creative Director, Castle Rock Events.


Floral accessories

Delicate floral jewellery has now found its relevance and presence in bridal jewellery. If earlier, brides were forbidden to wear jewellery for festivities the day before their wedding day, they can now choose from a variety of accessories to adorn for their haldi ceremony. Be it a maathapatti, maangtika, haathphool, choker necklace, baajubandh or anklets –this recent jewellery trend has become a popular favourite among millennial brides. They are also taking this trend up a notch and adorning floral dupattas for their pre-wedding functions!


Blossoming the décor

Décor for pre-wedding festivities are a mix of traditions with modern embellishments. With marigolds and jasmine dominating the floral décor, one can also find embellishments such as old bicycles, rickshaws, umbrellas and artistically placed copper pots bedecked in exotic blooms. Moreover, one can opt for flowers like marigold, daisies or roses decoratively placed in huge urlis to be kept near the stage or the couch reserved for the bride.


Lead Photo: The Cheesecake Project

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