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Priyanka Chopra – Inspiration for Single Desis…
Once you hear the four magic words “Will You Marry Me?” your world changes forever. Planning a wedding has been the dream of a lifetime and it is not uncommon to have your ideas laid out before even meeting the man of your dreams.
The other day I was reading an article about Priyanka Chopra, the headline read, “I’ll get married six times.” According to Priyanka Chopra, she wants to get married six times to the same man. I immediately thought, “How fun!” Priyanka’s ideas for a wedding ceremony are just as creative and fabulous as she is.
Her first idea for a wedding is at her Dadaji’s house in Ambala. She wants a big fat Indian wedding with all her family, friends and relatives. This would include all the rituals. The second wedding would be an underwater wedding at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The third would be a church in Las Vegas; ducking tradition, Priyanka would wear a short black dress with the priest dressed as Elvis Presley!
The fourth would be a small intimate ceremony at a small beautiful church in Locarno, Switzerland. It’s on top of a hill that overlooks parts of Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Only family and close friends would be present. The fifth would be a nikah wedding, with curtains, stolen glances, words and finally acceptance.
The sixth wedding would be the groom’s choice.
As a single desi who has always been very in love with love and intimacy, I have to admit that I have thought about my own plans. Planning for a wedding is obviously not an easy task and one has to find the color scheme, dress, the venue, etc ….finding a religion to bless the wedding is also very important. That is why it is better to at least have an outline of your plans while you are single and then the plans can be revised, once the right guy comes along.
Single Desi and Wedding Choices…
I am very close with Sikhism, Hinduism and Christianity and I would like to have weddings representing these three faiths. Having grown up in the west and having a predominant exposure to Christianity, the word from the Bible gives me a lot of strength. I also will never forget my roots and am very close with the Bhagavad Gita and Guru Granth Sahib.
Instead of integrating east and west traditions in a ceremony, for me, I think the right choice would be to have an eastern ceremony and to have a separate western ceremony like Priyanka Chopra. I love beaches, so one wedding would have to be a destination wedding at a beach. Locations like Hawaii, Bora Bora, Maldives and Fiji would definitely be amazing locations.
When I was younger, I thought about getting married in Las Vegas at the Little White Wedding Chapel on the Strip with an Elvis impersonator (that wouldn’t be the main wedding, but it would add an element of impulsivity to the relationship). I would go to New York and get married in a gurudwara to stay true to my roots and I also might get married in a Country Club or Temple depending on the venue that I choose.
Some brides have been known to buy their dress before meeting the One. I wouldn’t do that, because it takes the fun out of shopping for the wedding and tastes and opinions change so much with each passing month.
My six ideal wedding ideas are:
- A wedding in NY at the gurudwara, with sikh tradtions.
- A destination wedding at an exotic location.
- A wedding/reception at a Country Club or temple in California (I love the west coast)
- A Las Vegas wedding complete with the Elvis Presley priest.
- A church wedding in Greece with Christian traditions.
- The groom’s choice
Now you tell me, what are your ideas for a wedding and as a single woman, have you started planning for that special day yet?
You have my permission to fantasize! Enjoy!
( Monica Marwah is a 30-something single school psychologist who enjoys living life to the fullest. She is taking her experience and showing others how to believe in themselves and love themselves completely. After years of dating and meeting people, she has come into her own. Spirituality has been a foundation for self improvement for her and she is hoping to encourage people to embark upon a spiritual journey at this age.)
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