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What if we tell you that you could have a wedding that involves India’s biggest passion- Bollywood? Would it not be a dream come true? And who better to take inspiration from than Karan Johar! The extraordinary grandeur captured perfectly on camera, the beautiful wedding outfits and dazzling performances by the family members are the highlights that any Indian couple would love to have in their wedding!
A fairytale wedding brought to life from a lavish Karan Johar movie is not a far-fetched idea, especially with our tips to make your dream a reality! Read on to know how you can make your wedding a scene straight out of a Karan Johar movie.
If you have seen any Karan Johar film, we are sure you have a clear idea of how lavish and stunning the wedding scenes look. So, if you are all set to have your D-day similar to that, be prepared to go overboard with the idea right from the start because such weddings are an extravagant affair!
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Plan for at least a week-long celebrations for your guests by taking inspirations quite literally from KJo (as he is lovingly called) movies for the mehendi, sangeet, cocktail night and reception. Get ready for all the naach gana!
Like we mentioned before, if you want a true KJo-style wedding, you cannot skip the lavish part of it. So, the best bet would be to plan for a destination wedding. Karan’s love for the NRI community is well-known. It is evident in his movies Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, etc. So, why not zero-in on an international destination and have a big fat desi wedding there? Some place where the Indians truly celebrate Bollywood are London or New York!
If this sounds a little too much, you can select a budget friendly location in India only. You can even choose Kashmir- our very own Switzerland, or Udaipur or Jaipur with their heritage hotels would mimic Karan’s grand sets perfectly! Plus, the beautiful landscapes will help make your fairytale wedding a reality.
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Any Karan Johar inspired wedding is incomplete without stunning designer outfits. Elaborate Indian wear finds an important place while planning such a grand wedding.
Grooms should invest in safas and sehras for the wedding day. Make sure the safa is either in velvet or brocade with zari work on it, while the sehra can have pearls and flowers. Also, don’t forget a bejewelled kalgi for your safa; kundan, crystals and semi-precious stones et. al. Also, make sure you buy rich, embroidered kurta pyjamas/churidars for the sangeet and other rituals, and a well-tailored suit for the now in-vogue cocktail party. For the wedding day, choose a heavy bandhgala sherwani with a rich, embroidered stole.
As for the brides, investing in elaborate designer wedding finery is a must. Exotic, flowing chiffons, georgettes and silks are a must-have on your list! Have delicate resham work, zardozi and zari, along with sequins and crystals studded on the lehengas, cholis or dupattas. Choose stunning bright colours like peach, coral, pink, red or aquamarine, and look like the quintessential “Bollywood bride”.
While you are getting all the details perfect, make sure the stage and the whole ambience is a perfect replica of a filmy shaadi, with golden drapes and ribbons, with flowers, especially pink rose-buds and orchids for a lavish feel. Movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and many others have beautiful wedding decor to take inspiration from.
The pre-wedding events leading up to the big day are always celebrated with pomp and glamour in the movies. Karan Johar is an ace when it comes to beautifully choreographed pre-wedding functions. It is not a surprise that Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan chose him to direct and choreograph their sangeet function. If you too wish to have star-studded pre-wedding events, you should not settle for anything subtle! Go all filmy with your dances. Hire a professional choreographer for all the performances that you and your cousins and friends plan to have.
Most weddings are now preceded by an elaborate cocktail party as well. This is when you can flaunt your high-end western outfits and rock the night to the music of a DJ. You can take it to a whole new level by including only KJo movie songs- Bole Chudiyan, Mahi Ve, Sajanji Ghar Aaye, Dilliwali Girlfriend, Radha- the list is endless!
Planning for some fun games is also another way to keep with the good old movie tradition that Karan Johar loves so much. For example, you can include a game of antakshari involving all the guests, where they can dance along as they sing. Or, you could have a dance competition between the bride's and the groom's sides, where everyone performs on stage. This will add another filmy dimension to the event. Need some inspiration? Watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani again!
There are some things that never change, a traditional wedding ceremony is one of them. In all of his movies, either based on families in India or NRIs, KJo has shown all the rituals and traditions beautifully. So, amidst all the filmy planning, do not forget to talk at length with the pandit about a traditional and elaborate shaadi that does not skip any traditional customs!
Having the Karan Johar splendour in your wedding is not that difficult, is it? Especially with our filmy tips and tricks inspired by the man and his movies, you can easily plan your royal Bollywood-style wedding.
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