India is a melting pot of cultures and Desi weddings highlight the best of these traditions. But over the decades many choose to exile regressive rituals and banish stereotypes at Indian weddings. Bollywood stars have been at the forefront of this movement as they adapt customs in a heartwarming way for their own ceremonies. From grooms who chose to wear Sindoor to brides who said no to Sabyasachi Lehengas, here are some celebrities who dared to go a less well-trodden route for their wedding.
- Patralekhaa Paul put her bridegroom Rajkummar Rao. Sindoor on
Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa Paul, a couple very much in love, had a beautiful wedding in which the groom asked his bride to put Sindoor on him after performing the ritual on her. Mutual love and equality in customs is not the hallmark of an equal marriage!
- When Vicky married Katrina, her sisters went with the Phoolon Ki Chaadar
Most Indian weddings have a custom called “Phoolon Ki Chaadar” in which the bride is led by her brothers or cousins under a flower trellis as a symbol of their love for the venue. But when Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal got married, it wasn’t just their age difference that made them headlines. Katrina’s sisters got it out by holding up the “Phoolon Ki Chaadar” and the gesture defied gender roles.
- Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi were married by a pundit
In addition to being a revered actress, Dia is also an activist for climate change. When she married Mumbai-based businessman Vaibhav Rekhi, the duo chose a minimalist décor made with biodegradable materials. The two also chose a priestess to perform their Vedic wedding rituals. At most weddings, a male pundit will recite all of the mantras, but Dia broke this gender stereotype at her wedding. They also skipped customs like Kanya Daan and Bidai, which appeared regressive.
- No expensive designer outfits for Yami Gautam and Aditya Dhar
When actress Yami Gautam married director Aditya Dhar; their Himachali wedding was all about simplicity. The duo avoided designer wedding attire, and Yami Gautam donned her mother’s saree for their wedding while their dupatta was one that Nani had saved for her. Yami’s sister did her makeup instead of struggling for an elite makeup artist.
- Niyati Joshi married Yashovardhan Mishra while flaunting gray hair
Brides often value perfection on their big day. But Niyati Joshi, the daughter of “Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasma” star Dilip Joshi, had other plans. Jethalal’s daughter married her boyfriend Yashovardhan Mishra while sending an important message about acceptance and self-love. Choosing not to dye her hair, she flaunted her stunning shades of gray on her wedding day. Niyati’s sovereignty and self-confidence are certainly a positive example for society.
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