Updated: Feb 1, 2019
Well 2018 was quite the year for Indian weddings! From Neha Dhupia & Angad Bedi's refreshing elegant affair, to Deepveer's traditional yet intimate Mediterranean celebrations, to PeeCee's lavish Indo/Western lavish events and of course the Ambani/Piramal larger than life wedding! So what should we expect for 2019? The Indian wedding industry is undoubtedly growing and we can arguably say that 2019 will be a year of yet more intricate Indian weddings.
Here are some trends to highlight - based on my very humble opinion of course.
Intimate vs Big weddings - With destination weddings on the rise, we expect more couples opting for Italian scenic affairs or in our case here in North America, the trend to go to Mexico, Jamaica and the Caribbean in general will continue. Having said that, there are still many couples (and parents) that will opt to have weddings in their hometowns whether they invite 200 guests or 800+.
Statement Decor - On that note, we are seeing an increased focus on structured installations, ceiling decor, beautiful dance floor wraps, carpet floor wraps, lavish draping, good lighting, great entertainment and out-of-the-box presentations.
Jewellery - 2018 has witnessed the revival of traditional statement jewellery. We should expect this trend to continue. Aadh chokers, big naths, statement mathapattis, studded rings etc. The modern bride might opt to have one statement piece as opposed to going all out but we should expect something big in this department but there's been a growth in stacking jewellery together to give add drama. Sabyasachi will continue to inspire with their focus on reviving heritage royal jewellery.
Floral jewellery will also gain further momentum especially during the pre-wedding functions and brides nowadays are opting for artificial florals to preserve them.
Colours - Pantone's color of the year is Living Coral. Lucky us! This is such a beautiful shade that you can do a lot with. Instead of going with an all coral theme, you can pair it with gold undertones, greens, ivory and even darker pops of pink and blush and you will have a beautiful mult-layered palette. We can expect to see this color showcased in anything ranging from lehngas to flowers to Jaimalas.
Having said that, red (and different shades of it) is not going anywhere and we should still expect to see it. It's a dramatic tone symbolising strength, happiness, fertility, and pride in one's traditions and roots. It speaks regal! Gold is also not going anywhere. It's a color that speaks classic richness and depth. Pair it with off-white tones to layer it up.
Mother/Daughter coordination - I just had to put this here. Isha and Nita Ambani's Sabyasachi coordinated numbers looked touchingly regal. Isn't this beautiful? The beauty of this is in capturing a photo that looks like this. It's a keeper for the next generations.
Varmalas / Jaimalas / Flower garlands - 2019 is when couples will get even more creative with their Jaimalas. The options are many. We have inverted roses, mogra (jasmine) buds, artificial garlands, tulips, carnations, beautiful thai flower knots, ombre hues, thai florals... Take your pick.
Of course, there are many other aspects not covered above that are all dependant on the combined style of the couple. Weddings are very beautiful affairs and are to a big degree a reflection of our subjective styles. At the end of the day it's not about following trends as much as it is about your personal tastes and wishes.