The wedding doers for many a generation have been taken up with the thought of all things ‘vintage’. However, this particular trend has gained a new found exuberance with the current generation. Gone are the days when the bridegroom made his entry on the standard ghodi. Weddings just keep getting grander by the day, and nothing spells opulence better than a classy, luxurious vehicle during the vidaai. Besides, a car with a rich lineage has even more value attached to it because it adds that extra touch of history and mystery that most wedding parties today treasure. India has several vintage cars doing the circles that were originally owned by maharajas and viceroys of old. Let’s have a look at the trendsetters of the past few years.
The Rolls Royce
The Rolls Royce is the Indian answer to the American trend of limousines. Two special editions called ‘the Ghost’ and ‘the Phantom’ were introduced by these elegant car makers to lure the rich and elite in the Indian City of Dreams, Mumbai. In fact, this brand has etched its presence in the Indian market so well that the company receives a tenth of it’s earnings from the Indian market alone. A car from this vintage line definitely typifies the big fat Indian wedding.
A successor of the Rolls Royce, the Bentley brand was acquired by Volkswagen later on and has established its place in the hearts of wedding doers for decades now. The ‘Bentley Blower’ is one of the famous vintages in the wedding circuit, along with the ‘Bentley Speed Six’, ‘Bentley Mark VI’ and many more. So if you’re looking for the perfectly chic entry or classic exit, these swanky saloons might just be the answer to your ideal wedding.
Buick is the oldest brand name in automobiles in America and the world. A division of General Motors, these wonder cars have had many successors since. The ‘1937 Buick 4-Door Convertible’ and the ‘Buick Roadmaster Sedan 1938’ are some common names in the present Indian wedding circuit. If you want to add a dash of heritage to your wedding or just flaunt your good fortune around, be sure to rent from one of these brilliant roadsters for your D-Day.
This Holy Trinity is just a drop from the ocean of vintage car choices, such as Chryslers, Fords, Mercedes, Chevrolets, and many more, available for your wedding day. A lot of effort goes into planning the perfect wedding, and no one can understand this better than the wedding party. You want every detail to be perfect and fabulous, and the wedding car (though a small detail), needs to be picture perfect as well. The perfect car won’t just be an excellent prop for traditional ceremonies such as the baraat, but it’ll also make for great memories that you’ll cherish forever.
Wedding photography has become a booming industry of its own. It’s no secret that the market has evolved into a highly competitive and fierce one. Moreover, the wedding photography industry has become highly diluted as it gets more difficult each day to distinguish the professionals from the amateurs. If you belong to the wedding party and already have a good photographer in mind, it’s best you strike this one off your to-do list as soon as possible to avoid the issue of availability later on. However, if you’re new on the wedding scene and don’t have the first clue about how this industry functions, then it might help to have these few snippets of information handy.
Pros versus Rookies
The industry is full of budding photographers looking to make their mark, and they’re certainly giving the professionals a run for their money. However, while the upcoming photographers are more enthusiastic and willing to experiment with different styles since they don’t have a niche of their own yet, the professionals are more aware of what works in the market and provide the assurance that everything will be smooth sailing on your big day. What you need to identify is whether you’re willing to take the risk with an overzealous beginner (their rates are lower too) or wish to stick with someone more seasoned.
Traditional versus contemporary
Once you’ve decided the experience you need, you have to figure out the style you want. Traditional photography and contemporary photography both have their own charm, and it all depends on the types of memories you want to keep. Are you a ritualist who believes it’s important to focus on the wedding ceremony? Do you want a shot of the kanyadaan, the pheras, the cake cutting and the toast? Do you want a picture of your entire family (including the extended one) posing for a stage shot that you can frame for your drawing room? Well, then traditional photographers are the right choice for you. However, if you’re an artistic soul and want your wedding album to tell more of a story, then contemporary photographers are the way to go. Portrait photographers use unconventional props and themes to work up a sense of magic and mystery, to add that fantasy element to your wedding.
The social media factor
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are slowly becoming a great marketing tool for photographers. Visibility on these social networks has become an absolute must, and photographers are really putting themselves out there to attract the right customers. You can check what their work experience is like, their wedding portfolios are usually available online, and you can even check their reviews to see how many people recommend them. This is also the best method to help you pick the photographer that suits you best. However, by far the long-lasting cornerstone to every successful wedding photographer’s business is a blog. Seasoned photographers are still of the opinion that this is the best way to connect with their audience and get their work featured on bigger wedding blogs.
Your wedding day will most probably be a once-in-a-lifetime affair and one you want to remember forever. That’s why, it’s very important that you hire the person you feel is most skilled to capture the right memories of your wedding day. Keep this in mind and begin your hunt for the photographer whose work pulls your heartstrings. Say cheese!