Big Fat Weddings get millennial upgrade
Here are few wedding trends that have switched things up for good
The last decade has witnessed a true transformation of Indian weddings, reinventing tradition with a mix of personal expression. From bold pops of colour, innovative mandap ideas, statement sangeet performances, a dizzying array of food and beverages to unique invitation ideas, the 'big fat Indian wedding' has received a makeover. What enabled this was millennials! The last decade saw a new generation taking the marital plunge, and millennials tend to plan weddings that are a unique fusion of both traditional and modern ideas.
Wedding experts list some millennial wedding trends that have switched things up for good:
Zero waste weddings
Indian weddings come with the glitziest of decorations and the fanciest food which, more often than not, leads to wastage and environmental damage. But fortunately, more and more millennial couples are opting for environmentally conscious alternatives by including more organic cutlery, packing, and party favours rather than using plastic and unsustainable traditional options. Couples are also exploring partnering with multiple NGOs and non-profits to distribute leftover food and beverages to the needy to reduce wastage of food and water.
Millennials are the first generation to be introduced to the internet at large, and they have grown up with technology around them evolving faster than ever. They obviously had to be the generation that favours an e-invite over a physical one. There are still many couples that choose the extravagance of physical invites, but the number of those invites are reducing to elderly invitees.
However, there are also some amazing alternatives for those who prefer the physical invite, such as ones made with recycled paper and infused with seeds that makes the entire card plantable.
Traditionally, parents tend to foot the bill for their children's weddings, and they do so with a lot of pride and happiness too. Millennials, however, are generation driven by a strong sense of independence. They prioritize financial independence before getting married, and often contribute monetarily towards their big day. Not just the big day though, financial independence also entails planning for a life post marriage and accounting for expenses thereafter.
Customising is key
Decade ago all weddings looked the same. Today's weddings are the opposite. Millennial couples want their big day to be unique in every way possible. They do this by adding different themes, decor, fashion, and even hashtags that represent their personalities, passions and their love story. Millennial weddings are now a closed affair rather than the 'invite the town' norm of the 70s and 80s.
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