From poetry to music, and literature to art, the rain is often portrayed as the weather phenomenon that best personifies the uniquely human sensation of romance, most likely due to its heavenly connections. As a result, rain usually serves as the background to the climaxes of many of contemporary culture’s most iconic love stories and is even featured on the poster of one of the most successful rom-com to date, The Notebook. With all this in mind, it’s no surprise that a raging rain shower at a wedding is the very epitome of romance.
Most people would agree that a wedding in the rain is certainly the ultimate romantic setting, but there is a lot more to ceremonies of such a magnitude than just romance. Wedding ceremonies are feats of logistics, scheduling, planning, and coordination among multiple parties, and as a result, the delicate balance can easily be offset by the slightest inconvenience; which absolutely includes rain.
The monsoon period dictates much of the city’s daily life for anywhere between four and six months each year. Even the mere possibility of precipitation greatly impacts the planning of events, and limits one’s options considerably, and nowhere is this truer than for outdoor weddings. Here are just some of the reasons why indoor weddings tend to be significantly more advantageous than outdoor weddings during the monsoon season:
The first advantage of hosting a wedding indoors is, of course, the fact that it protects the guests, food, and equipment from the rain. Mumbai’s monsoon is infamous for its unpredictability and ferocity, which means that the tents which characterise most outdoor weddings are usually insufficient at holding back the sheer volume of water leading to leaks. Furthermore, rain often leaves the venue (in case it’s in a field) murky, which makes the ground difficult and disgusting to walk on, and renders any rugs or carpets damp and soggy; none of which contribute to the romance of the whole affair.
Indoor spaces give the host the flexibility to have complete control over their environment, be it temperature, decorations, space, acoustics, and several others. This is particularly amplified in the monsoon as indoor venues can be transformed to provide the whole ambience of a beautiful summer/winter wedding, while outdoor weddings are physically limited in this regard. Furthermore, a venue which is cut off from external ambient sounds is a good idea considering that the sound of rains and thunder can adversely affect the wedding’s ambience.
Indoor spaces have the ability to transform and adapt to the client’s specific requirements. This is important considering that every wedding has its own unique theme, and requirements change accordingly. These include high ceilings, pillar-less spaces for creating mandaps or stages, a green room for the bride, a designated zone for food, to name a few. While outdoor areas can be adapted to a certain degree, indoor zones are far more customisable given the fact that there is a permanent structure already in place, as opposed to a temporary setup.
Indoor weddings, especially in the monsoon, tend to be more comfortable given the fact that the venue will likely have air-conditioning units that assist in climate control, as opposed to the hot, damp (if not outright rainy) experience that results from an outdoor wedding. A bride can thoroughly enjoy the grand finery she’s bedecked in, along with the other members of the family and friends. Furthermore, at indoor venues, the lighting is easier to control and infinitely more consistent, greatly enhancing the quality of the photographs; memories which will last for years to come. Grand cinematic entries of the couple, candid moments of the family and the cheers of friends and cousins that are replicated off a Bollywood film, can only come alive in a carefully arranged indoor venue.
Wedding planning is a complicated matter that requires much thought. While getting married in the rain might be the ultimate romantic fantasy for the two people in love, a wedding is a community affair. This crucial reality must be taken into consideration when making any plans, and all eventualities need to be accounted for, lest the event suffer. Weather is a very influential factor with the capacity to affect the wedding ceremony negatively, and this is why any wedding in Mumbai during the monsoon season should take place indoors. There’s no doubt that getting married under the stars, in a grand outdoor ceremony has its own charms, but when the weather decides to have a plan of its own, indoor weddings have their own distinct set of advantages.
This article has been contributed by Mazhar Nadiadwala, Managing Director, Dome Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. With more than 20 years of experience, Mazhar ventured into the business of premium venues in the position of Managing Director of Dome India, where his vision is to give India an iconic venue of international recognition and creating new benchmarks through highly curated experiential events, making the venue a destination itself.