Is this a wedding house or the sets of a Bollywood blockbuster? Hardly. Just another flamboyant wedding. Theatrical, mega-scale, utterly mind-boggling! The stuff dreams are made of. Now, enter the dream-weavers. An organised multi-crore industry, making hay ..or rather spinning straw into gold.
We are not joking here. This is a respectable new industry. A corporate system with suave consultants and well-groomed executives - their laptops and diaries full of concepts, POAs and deadlines. Often looking dead beat too. This is no small matter. Nothing is small in scale. In fact, `mega` and `larger than life` are the keywords here.
Let`s take a look at the various components that go into this melee we call marriage.
First, the wedding organiser. He is the guy who "plans" with a capital P. So that your family function is a capital success. So, just what does he plan? Thankfully, not the trousseau - we have the fashion designer stepping in to do that. So ..check out the checklist.
Wrap up in style - pouches to hold anything - priceless jewellery to the humble coconut. All designer. All new and very different. Made of jute, crushed tissue ..
Pandals. Those traditional palm leaf ones are extinct now. It`s forts, temples, filmy sets and all. More bizarre, the better.
The cards.. we are not always on fast forward. We rewind to the days of the palm leaf scrolls too. We have parchment scrolls, parched scrolls - anything that goes under "creativity" and "novelty".
Web weddings are in. Cater to in-laws and out- laws all over the world. Those who miss "the event" can see it all on the Net.
Flowers. No. Not plain ol` mogra malas. It`s peach rose buds for the reception and orchids for the muhurat. And flowers all over. Not from the bazaar. Straight from the hothouse.
Limousines. You don`t need to own one. Just hire and bedeck them. Drive to your destiny in style.
Lighting. No. Not tubes and lanterns. Where are you? It`s candles, aroma candles, floating diyas..the sky is the limit. Yes. Starlit weddings are in too. If not the heavenly ones, the ones that walk the earth are available as guests- for a price.
The rites themselves. Mixed up in a medley of happy happenings, who`s to know right from wrong? Anyway, have fun. Plan fun. It`s the multi- ceremony bash era.
The Feast. Feast your eyes too. It`s not seven-course anymore. It`s more like seven -cuisine delights. With imported dry fruit and chocolates thrown in for variety.
With all this happening, it`s quite likely that universities may soon offer courses on wedding management and consultancy!