Royal for a Day

When we hear the term ‘Royal Wedding’, the image of Princess Diana and Prince Charles or Duchess Kate and Prince William at Buckingham Palace, dressed in their white gown and suit, surfaces in our heads. However, it’s the Indian royal weddings that have paved the way to lavishness and regality since centuries innumerable! Having been ruled by so many different dynasties, India has seen various types of royalty- there is not just one single type of royal wedding. In the age of lavish destination weddings on beaches and in mountains, having a royal wedding in a palace seems to be the latest trend and it’s no surprise, given how Indian royalty is synonymous with magnificent grandeur! For the bride, her wedding is one of the most special days of her life that she’d want to remember forever. And what better way to ensure this than to actually live the childhood dream of being a princess for a day? While Cinderella looked lovely in her powder-blue ball gown and tiara, the modern-day Indian woman would prefer the richly-traditional ethnic outfit that makes her feel like a queen. 

The bride and groom’s attire is obviously the first thing that needs to be decided. Reds and purples would be a great choice for the bride’s outfit, but if you want to be a little off-beat, you could go for an emerald green or a pretty pastel shade. The groom could adopt the classic Rajputi style of an embellished sherwani and turban to match his lovely bride’s outfit, along with a pair of leather jootis or mojaris. The second thing that needs to be done for a royal wedding is to pick your palace. Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur became vastly popular after Priyanka Chopra’s wedding but even if you don’t have the budget of a movie star, there are other palaces in Udaipur and Jaipur that would be just as breathtakingly beautiful. And if you don’t want to travel all the way to Rajasthan, everyone knows about our city’s very own Taj Falaknuma Palace. Once you’ve decided on your venue, the lodging and food for the guests should be next on your to-do list. Yes, the bride and groom are the focus of the wedding but that doesn’t mean the guests don’t get their bit of royal treatment too, so they can all go back feeling like they’ve really attended the wedding of royalty. 

Once you’ve tackled these three major things, the rest are only details. You can go really crazy and have all the pre-wedding ceremonies at the palace so your wedding video can have one of those classic shots of your friends dressed in colourful ethnic outfits running around through passageways and into the palace grounds while their lehengas flow prettily behind them in slow-motion. You and your to-be spouse can also enter the wedding atop a grandly adorned elephant or ride a beautiful stag. Having folk music and dance performances soon after the guests arrive is something that would really set the royal vibe for the wedding. And if you really want to go all-out, you can have an entire carnival, complete with snake-charmers and fire-eaters! 

Indian weddings are known to be among the most lavish and Indian royalty is among the most extravagant in the world. So combining the two for your special day is bound to create a spectacularly grandiose experience for you and everyone else at the wedding!