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What's hot this wedding season

Winter brings with it the wedding season. And while weddings are often a traditional affair, the youth are having more of a say in how they want to celebrate their big day. Hence, though weddings are still traditional and culture-specific, contemporary touches are being added to it. It is no longer a mere one-day affair and has become a larger-than-life saga.

The Guide gives you the lowdown on new-age weddings:
Pre/post-wedding photography
No matter how long you plan, you cannot always get time for everything amidst the hustle and bustle of a wedding. While clicking some great photos with your life partner is something everyone longs for, there is often a lack of control on how the pictures are eventually shot by the photographer on the wedding day. To address such concerns, pre and post-marriage photography services have picked up across the country. Snehal Rede, who is all set to get married in a fortnight, admits that she is keen on such services.  “I always wanted that the memorable and candid moments of me and my partner are captured on camera but due to time constraints, we could not opt for a pre-wedding photo session. Around 4-5 days post the wedding, when all the rituals will culminate, we will be having a post-marriage photoshoot at picturesque locations around the city, like Shaniwarwada. We have also hired a professional photographer for the same. It’s going to be a fun and ice-breaking event for me and my husband.”

Sangeet has gone filmy
Earlier the sangeet ceremony was not as big a deal as it is today in every community. At times, even if the marriage is not on a grand scale, the sangeet has to be a crowd-puller. Hundreds of songs are shortlisted, a choreographer is hired and preparations go on for weeks before the actual function. It turns out that the larger-than-life sangeet ceremonies are not only restricted to Bollywood films these days.  When Sanjana Mashelkar planned a friend’s lavish sangeet,she made sure that the ceremony would be on a scale no lesser than the actual wedding. “Because that is the time when you have all your good friends around to have fun without much interference from the elders in the family,” she explains. 


The sangeet and mehendi functions have become lavish

Themed weddings are in
Theme-based weddings are a new trend which has caught the fancy of many couples. Beach weddings, fort/palace-themed weddings and Bollywood-themed weddings are preferred by many. Also, as the number of inter-caste and inter-community weddings are on the rise, mixed culture weddings often see a themed setting instead of a traditional one.

Having a quick wedding
Live streaming is also an option nowadays for those who are unable to attend the wedding of their loved ones. When a close friend or family member is unable to attend the wedding, the internet often provides an opportunity to witness the occasion.  You can ask your videographer to live-stream the whole occasion. A typical live streaming can cost `1,000 to `3,000 per hour, depending on the features and quality. 

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