I will never forget a close relative’s wedding where the families got along so well that someone remarked, “you can’t make out who’s the boy’s side, and who’s the girl’s side.” Apart from having a gorgeous story, and the goodwill of both families, there was one thing the couple did right: they had a vision of what they wanted their wedding to look like and got a wedding planner to take the reception to the next level. Weddings, when done right, can leave you with the happiest memories of your life.
This wedding was six years ago when the concept of wedding planners was still catching on. Today, a lot has changed in the Indian wedding market. So, last Sunday, when the Taj Group released its ‘Wedding Barometer’ survey, which had polled a little more than 1,000 people, I pored over the press release. I was intrigued by some of the findings:
• While arranged marriage still rule in India, love marriages have increased from the 6 percent of our parents’ generation to 26 percent now.
• Wedding attire, the wedding, food, guest list, and the decoration were the five most important things.
• 20 percent of people surveyed had bachelor or cocktail parties.