“Wed­dings should re­late to Mum­bai per­son­al­ity,”

India Today - - SIMPLY MUMBAI | INSIDE - As told to As­mita Bak­shi Monica Dogra is a mu­si­cian and ac­tor.

says Monica Dogra, mu­si­cian and ac­tor.

In Mum­bai, you’re short on space and that’s the big­gest prob­lem. I like it when peo­ple get cre­ative about the venues for their wed­dings. Some of my friends also fight with their par­ents to en­sure that they don’t have su­per-long pheras, and just have a wed­ding that trans­lates into some­thing re­lat­able to the Mum­bai per­son­al­ity, which is ba­si­cally some­one who’s for­ward think­ing. We’re also very time con­scious. Another thing I like about the at­ti­tude here is that peo­ple are just like, “What’s the point?” Wed­dings of­ten be­come less and less about the bride and groom. And it’s nice when girls stand up against that and make their wed­dings about the cou­ple. It shows at the wed­ding.

One of the most fun wed­dings I’ve ever been to was when there were only 30 peo­ple at the cer­e­mony and it was a South In­dian wed­ding at a sim­ple mandir. Noth­ing fancy. It was just beau­ti­ful. It was so per­sonal. And one of our friends has this bungalow in Ban­dra with a beau­ti­ful ter­race. So we all helped out, got a bunch of ta­bles and things set up on the roof, and we were drink­ing and giv­ing speeches for each other and it was ex­actly what I think a wed­ding should be. It should be about two peo­ple unit­ing lives, not about pomp and cir­cum­stance. It was so per­fect and so rare.

I also went to a wed­ding just out­side of Bom­bay in Lon­avla. For the sangeet, all my friends, who are mu­si­cians, built this awe­some look­ing stage that looked like an old Bol­ly­wood film set with bulb lights spelling out the bride and groom’s name in the back­drop. The per­for­mance was themed to a med­ley of all of their favourite songs. We got a list of their favourite songs and sur­prised them by putting to­gether an hour and a half long show of th­ese tracks which was tied to­gether with their story in be­tween. It was re­ally cool.

The wed­dings I’ve been to that I’ve loved were the ones at peo­ple’s homes with flow­ers that we’d have strewn our­selves and with very DIY vibes. I mean how far can you go with glit­ter, light­ing and silk? Now it’s time to tone it down.

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