Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Changing Colours of Malayali Weddings

Weddings in Kerala has gone some dramatic changes in the recent past. There are the traditional weddings and there are the new-gen weddings.

In the past it wedding celebrations were just a routine. Now, the youngsters want a blast.

Today, young people have better control over the festivities than those people who got married maybe 10 years ago.

Photo courtesy : Raj Brijiraj( )

Now, people are not afraid of singing, dancing and partying late into the night. In the past, people would go to the wedding for a feast or a tea party and that is all.

And, there are changes in dresses too. If women wore only settu sarees in the past, girls today wear gowns and salwar kameez for their wedding.

In short, youngsters want their weddings to be a blast a celebration of colors and fantasy.

In the past, the friends, neighbors and relatives take over the whole affair of everything from setting up a temporary stage, arranging the food, serving it, and every tension associated with hosting a wedding.

Now, there are well-appointed wedding locations, auditoriums and wedding halls, where the bride and groom can welcome the guests. And, of course there are catering parties to serve delicious food.

Depending on the financial conditions, the wedding can spend anywhere from Rs. 1 Lakh to upwards of 50 lakhs and much more. A single invitation letter can cost anywhere from Rs. 2 to Rs. 250. The wedding saree can cost as low as Rs. 3,000 or as high as Rs.90,000.

Gone are the days wedding albums were photos pasted on thick paper. Now, the digital albums are in vogue.

Depending on where you are, how much you have to spend and what kind of splash you want for your wedding, there are choices as diverse as Kerala itself.