If you have attended some boring sangeet ceremonies and promised yourself you will never let such archaic sangeet function ideas ruin your wedding week, here is good news. You don’t have to convince your parents to cancel on sangeet completely. Never do that, because your friends would be very disappointed. You don’t even need to make it a giant affair at any wedding hall because you are just about to be hit with some sangeet ideas that will make you more excited about your sangeet ceremony than you were about your wedding.
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Break the Rules
Sangeet ceremony ideas have typically involved Bollywood dance moves, the battle of the sexes, or battle of the bride and groom families, and some flirting. But you will have more. Be it your wedding or that of your best friend or favorite cousin. Use these sangeet ideas to break the rules and break a leg, don’t literally though.
Innovative Sangeet Ceremony Ideas for the Most Fun Night
Often sangeet function ideas involve only the women or only the youngsters. Don’t do anything like that. Involve everybody who you love or even don’t, but think could be fun. Don’t keep a gender or age limit because more are your participants merrier will be your ceremony!
So, here are the fun sangeet ideas that you can try out with everybody.
Yes, you’ve got to cheer, everybody cheers. But you also got to keep the booing coming if you are in some kind of a battle. So don’t limit it to the verbal ‘wows’ and ‘boos’ because admit it, it all sounds the same and that is lame. So keep enough whistles of two types, the annoying type that kids run after, and the nice flute types. Use them according to whose side you are on. Of course, keep the verbal whistles coming! They are the best.
2. Flash mob
Do something nobody saw coming, and involve them in it. Do a flash mob starting with about 10 people in the beginning. Keep the steps simple so when you insist people to follow, they should be able to. Do the flash mob at the beginning of the entire dancing session so that it comes as a surprise. Start with a romantic music track and then move into a peppy one.
How come no sangeet ceremony ever keeps flat comfortable shoes! The floor might look clean but many people don’t like going barefoot. There could be tiny glass shards for whatever reason. And obviously, most women will be in heels and some men too. All the others will be worried about ruining their shoes, which truly translates into “I wore them because they are pretty but these shoes are killing me!” So, if you really want people to dance, give them shoes! Keep a stack of comfortable shoes with a good grip. No, you don’t need to carry a pair for everybody. Ask them to bring along a pair each and all you need to do is keep them carefully so that they can find theirs when in need.
4. Easy Dance Steps
Start off the flash mob with easy steps and continue keeping it low for some time in the beginning before the real dancers start showing their colors. Let them go bonkers. Let them battle it out like it is the streets! But then for the last half an hour as one of the really Entertaining Ideas you can bring back the easy dance steps so that everybody can feel included from the beginning to the end whatever makes everybody happy
5. Change of Clothes
If there can be a change of shoes, why not a change of clothes? It is difficult to dance in the embroidered lehengas and sherwanis everybody will be wearing. So, arrange for closets guests can keep their costumes in. Let it be a true dance battle! Not everybody has to change out of their fancy clothes though, only the ones who will change into fancier ones fit for a real dance!
Bring in some classic culture without compromising on the fun. Qawaali is the way to go. Use songs from Bollywood or anywhere. Keep a well-sorted tracklist so that you don’t even have to hire a DJ to play the mixes and individual tracks. Qawaali will set the mood for some serious dancing and even be singing. It will give a class to the sangeet ceremony.
7. Video Shoots
Don’t forget to get a photographer dedicated to capturing every moment of the sangeet function. These dance moves, be it the rookie ones or the extreme dance battles, are never going to be recreated. Capture the colors, the twirls, the smiles, and of course, the falls, to keep forever. To get a good view of the entire banquet hall settings with all that energy in one frame, make sure the CCTV cameras in the banquet hall are of good quality and request a copy.
8. Dance Dumb Charades
Introduce some systematic games like this one I just made up. Well, as part of cheat dumb charades at least. Make two teams and have them recognize movies from the iconic dance moves associated with the movie. To make it more fun, go indirect. Forbid dance moves from the movie to be guessed. The only dance moves allowed will be from related movies, say the same actors, or directors, or song names that are the movie title. That will increase the dancing and the need for the guessing skills.
There has to be awards. Make them fun. ‘Dancing king/queen’, ‘drama king/queen’, ‘best rookie’, ‘coolest grandma/grandpa’, ‘coolest mom/dad’, ‘hottest couple’, ‘best energy’, ‘dumb charades person of the match’ could be some of the titles.
10. Late Night Snacks
Of course, there will be the scheduled dinner for everybody. But for the people who stay back to dance all night deserve a second round of snacks. Keep it something less oily so that people can keep dancing after a few bites. Let there be enough water and juice for people to hydrate themselves.
Needless to mention, the dinner itself must be healthy and appetizing so that people don’t feel too giddy to dance even after dinner.
Also, this includes some shots available through the night to help people get crazy and keep dancing. Here’s a secret, dilute the shots or cocktails. There will be no sick people. But surprisingly you will find people get drunk enough because shots are just an excuse to let loose and dance the night away. Some people will catch on of course, they are the drinking tanks so don’t you worry about them. Let them have raw shots and dance away. Everybody will be fine.
You could keep this whole thing a secret among the adults so that the kids do not throw a hissy fit for not getting what the grownups are getting. Better still, you could have identical mocktails for the kids and everybody is happy.
12. Sunshine Treats
After all that dancing, people will be tired and want to sleep. Food and a comfortable room are mandatory. But your guests deserve more. Help them prevent that hangover from the shots and some backache from all the dancing. Send over herbal tea and aspirin and some pain relief spray in a beautiful kit to every room, with some breakfast of course. Trust me, this gesture will never be forgotten. This is the most heartwarming thing you can do for anybody. Don’t forget to treat yourself too.
So, these were the twelve most unique and fun sangeet function ideas for your own sangeet or that of a dear one. Dump the age-old battle of the sexes and antaksharis. Celebrate sangeet the millennial way. Remember, include everybody, even the old people in wheelchairs. You will need to be very careful with the old people, pregnant people, and children, but you must include them all.
The Most Important Thing
Lastly, don’t forget to include yourself. Make sure the bride and groom and their immediate families are having fun. All these sangeet ideas are fun but simple and convenient to pull off. There is nothing to worry. The hall decoration and the food are taken care of, everything will be fine. This is one night everybody should get to enjoy together. A good wedding planner or sangeet planner will make sure things go smoothly for you. They will take care of the food, the music, the equipment, and everything you have planned for. All you need to do is put your best foot forward. You have done everything from your side, now you deserve to enjoy.
Add your own sangeet ideas to these and have a fun night. These fun sangeet ceremony ideas don’t cost much. It is all about the ideas and the execution. This list didn’t even include a DJ because that has become pretty common and is so expensive. But if you still want a DJ, you could never go wrong with it. It is your day. Do just what you want. Dance the night away!
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