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#MyOpinion: I Like Big Weddings And I Cannot Lie!

Manasvi Abhishek Jaitly

Wedding Editor

While most young couples today would rather have a low-key court marriage, I feel otherwise. I am one of those filmi types who grew up dreaming about my wedding. I always wanted a big fat wedding that people would remember for years to come, and so it was! It was big, crazy, fun and Panju in every possible way. We had a destination wedding at Jim Corbett with lots of cute elements and my entire family put in months of efforts to make this happen. And why not?! After all, you get married just once.

Call me old school, but weddings are as much about the family as it is about the couple. It’s that one time when all your chachas, mamas, and friends from various parts of the world come together to celebrate. It’s the one occasion no one wants to miss. So, you’ve got to make sure that everyone has a great time!

I planned every function from our 4-day-long festivities down to the last detail. From hangover kits for our guests to ‘Bride Squad’ batches, from a fun ‘awards’ night for the family to a morning kite flying competition, my wedding had it all. And these ceremonies served as a great ice breaker for both the families! And trust me, none of this is about spending big bucks. It’s only about wanting to do something personalised, about putting in an extra effort and DIY’ing, and working out a budget that works for you.

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It’s been more than a year and I still can’t get over my wedding day! I’ve heard my friends crib about how tiresome and long their weddings had been, about how they were unhappy with the amount of jewellery, make-up and poojas they were loaded with. But, thankfully, I had none of this to deal with. I did things my way and everything turned out just perfect. My husband and I contributed towards the arrangements, and both our parents preferred to spend on the celebrations rather than pleasing the other side with gifts. I even cut down my lehenga budget!

My wedding was a major life event for me and it happened just the way I envisioned it: I tied the knot with my best friend, in a place we both had beautiful memories of, amidst our closest friends and family. Years later when you flip through your wedding albums you should be able to smile and remember each of those moments fondly. 

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Published on Jan 13, 2016
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