Chennai, or Madras as the British named it, is one of the four Metros in India, and the only one in the South. Well known for the heat and humidity, Rajnikanth, and these days particularly famous thanks to Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express, this city has a charm all its own. Wedding season and music season conjure up images of women decked out in rich “pattu” (gold zari) sarees and the fragrance of jasmine flowers worn in profusion in their hair. Let’s take a look at Chennai weddings as shot by our candid wedding photographers in Chennai.
Traditional South Indian weddings tend to be less riotous and long affairs than their Northern counterparts, generally concluding over a couple days, but there is no dearth of costume changes or fun in the bargain, that’s for sure! Interspersed with the Nischadartham (engagement), the Kalyanam Muhurtam (wedding ceremony) and the reception, are a number of cute little ceremonies like the Oonjal ceremony (where the bride and groom sit on a swing and are serenaded and blessed by the ladies in attendance.
Then there’s the Mappillai Azhipu (groom’s welcome) and Kashi Yatra (the groom throws a fake fit declaring he is going to Kasi and will not marry, wherein the girl’s father and brothers pacify and convince him to stay!). Mehendi and Sangeet, while not part of the southern tradition, have today become a part of the wedding festivities, so its no longer uncommon to have one or both of these, or oftentimes, a combo event.
Chennai has its fair share of five star hotels to host your wedding, including the ITC Grand Chola, The Leela, Park Hyatt, Le Royal Meridien, Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, Sheraton Park, Hilton Chennai and one of the oldest and few that remains unchanged, Taj Coromandel. If you want something a little away from town and closer to the ocean, head to Fisherman’s Cove and celebrate by the Bay of Bengal – there are 5 star properties here as well, to cater to every whim and fancy of you and your guests.
Prefer a traditional “marriage hall”? Then you cannot go wrong with the city’s largest, EVP Rajeshwari Palace, a place I’ve attended a wedding or three at, in my childhood. Or maybe you want to join in the latest trend and opt for a farmhouse wedding…Chennai can give you that, too! If you have friends or family who own a beach house, well, then you know where to continue the party after the nuptials! And your candid wedding photographers in Chennai is sure to get some sensational shots by the water and off the horizon…wedding photographers in Chennai at their best!
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