GoT theme gains fans at big, fat In­dian pre-wed­ding events

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The world-fa­mous big, fat In­dian wed­dings now have al­most equally big, fat prewed­ding func­tions. And right now, with the Game of Thrones Sea­son 7 hav­ing just be­gun, the TV show is the ‘in’ theme for peo­ple spend­ing a packet on cer­e­monies like sangeet and mehendi.

“There are a lot of themes that are yet un­ex­plored, and Game of Thrones is among them. I do sug­gest this theme to my clients, as it gives [them] a chance to ex­per­i­ment,” says pho­tog­ra­pher Rahul Sa­ha­ran.

At the re­cent sangeet of a Mum­bai-based cou­ple, who opted for a GoT theme, the dé­cor had el­e­ments from the TV show such as cus­tom-made dragon eggs, sig­ils of the four houses of Wes­teros, and the Iron Throne. The sangeet was part of the des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in Udaipur.

Shau­rya Me­hta, the groom, says that he and his wife are both fans of the show. One thing he’ll al­ways re­mem­ber from the sangeet is “our entrance, with our clos­est friends and fam­ily hold­ing up swords... while a few men and women guided us with flam­ing torches and sig­ils and the Winds of Win­ter track played in the back­ground”.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Anand Rathi, who cov­ered the cer­e­mony, says that the se­ries has nov­elty value for cou­ples al­ways look­ing for “kuch naya”.

Gone are the days when pre-wed­ding cer­e­monies were re­stricted to tra­di­tional mehendi nights, where ladies of the house gath­ered and in­dulged in sing­ing and danc­ing around a dho­lak. To­day, events like Sufi nights, hasya kavi sam­me­lans, mu­jara nights and fash­ion shows have be­come pre­dom­i­nant themes. To add to this, cou­ples are recre­at­ing themes from their favourite TV se­ries to make these af­fairs more per­sonal.

“There are var­ied themes that cou­ples are ex­plor­ing. Every pre-wed­ding event is a story in it­self. Moroc­can, sufi, vin­tage, English Hi-Tea, retro, mod­ern and club are the com­mon themes now,” says wed­ding or­gan­iser Kaveri Vij. She adds that cus­tomers of­ten come pre­pared with an idea of what ex­actly they want. Pho­tog­ra­pher Anand Rathi says, “Such events are shot like films, with avant garde equip­ments and some­times, with crew from Bol­ly­wood.”

Mukta Kapoor, a wed­ding or­gan­iser shares that the cost of the pre-wed­ding events is al­most at par with the ac­tual wed­ding. “The cost de­pends on the de­sign­ing and the per­son­al­i­sa­tion of each event. They start from some­where around ` 5 lakh and there is no up­per limit to this as guests can even ask for a jet plane en­try to their wed­ding. We have done pre-wed­ding events rang­ing from ` 5 to 70 lakh,” says Vij.

“For about 100 odd peo­ple, in­clud­ing food and decor, you are look­ing at any­where over ` 10 lakh,” says Kapoor, who is cur­rently plan­ning a wed­ding party with a Phoolon ki Holi theme for an NRI cou­ple. She adds that now, cou­ples are also plan­ning des­ti­na­tion pre-wed­ding shoots with their friends. “Global pop stars are also be­ing flown in to per­form at pre-wed­ding events,” shares pho­tog­ra­pher Badal Jain.

What is the most ex­pen­sive event Kapoor has or­gan­ised? “We did a func­tion in Jodh­pur (Hari Ma­hal) last year, which was very elab­o­rate. We spent around `80 lakh for the wed­ding and `60 lakh for the pre-wed­ding events,” says Kapoor.

Game of Thrones el­e­ments from Shau­rya Me­hta’s sangeet

From per­son­alised themes to in­stalling grand props at wed­dings, cou­ples are leav­ing no stone un­turned to make pre-wed­ding events a grand af­fair

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