Getting ready for marriage...
MARRIAGES IN the 20th Century involved exchange of garlands, wedding rings and rendition of shlokas by the priest. Even in the 21st Century marriages - including ones of divergent religious denominations and among the upper and middle class cosmopolitan families - mean solemnising rituals in the traditional Indian way. Except that these are held on a more opulent and grandiose scale.
With the wedding season approaching, many parents need a solitary place where they can see not only work of thoroughbred professionals but also meet the best and brightest in tourism business. Once the dresses, jewels and holiday packages are bought it would mean a lot to their children as it would bring unfettered joy into their lives on the wedding day by draping them in dresses of kaleidoscopic colours and also ensure smooth sailing when they travel within the country or abroad for honeymoon.
Advance bookings in five-star hotels are only the tip of the iceberg. An elaborate trousseau, a shimmering jewellery piece and an attractive holiday destination mean that parents of both the bride and the groom have to scout for trousseau designers, jewellery karigars and reputed tourist companies.
How about having all these professionals and businessmen under one roof? This is being endeavoured by Tarun Sarda, editor and owner of a wedding magazine, at "Celebrating Vivaha 2003" between August 8 and 10th at New Delhi's Taj Palace Hotel. He says, "Leading fashion designers like Raghavendra Rathore and Vijaylakshmi Dogra are participating with their bridal collections. Among international cosmetic brands Christian Dior and La Prairie would be exhibiting their products. There would be a jewellery stall by InterGold."
Renu Dadlani, who has been doing chikankari for five years, will be coming with her collection. Her brainchild, Prateeksha conjures an image of a bride decked up in traditional attire. Says she,
"I will come up with an Indo-Western collection. Instead of just chikankari work I have introduced glitter of shikaras, which can go with the mehendi ceremony. As brides need clothes to be worn during their honeymoon, I have come up with sarongs, which can go well with either trousers or jeans."
Designer Ragini Singhania, whose label name is Attiraante, says, "I think every woman is looking for a trousseau that can be personalised to her individual needs. A designer trousseau with a unique design sensibility is the ultimate grace for the modern bride."
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