Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi made a choice of not having a ‘Kanyadaan’ and ‘Bidaai’ ceremony during their wedding - Times of India

Dia Mirza is being lauded for having a priestess perform the wedding ceremony and the actress recently opened up about how managed to rope in Sheela Atta to oversee all the rituals. “The highest point for us was the Vedic ceremony conducted by a woman priest! I had never seen a woman performing a wedding ceremony until I attended my childhood friend Ananya’s wedding a few years ago. Ananya’s wedding gift to Vaibhav and me was to bring Sheela Atta who is her aunt and also a priestess, to perform the ceremony for us. She also painstakingly went through several hours of training to imbibe the essence of the scriptures so that she could assist Sheela Atta and translate the shlokas! It was such a privilege and a joy to be married this way!”

And it doesn’t end here, apart from having a female priest conduct the rituals, the couple also did away with two wedding rituals. Dia revealed, “We said NO to ‘Kanyadaan’ and ‘Bidaai’ change begins with choice doesn’t it?”

Hoping that more couples get married in a similar manner, Dia added, “We do hope with all our heart that many more couples make this choice. For it is a woman’s soul that contains love, wonder, benediction, magical energy, tenderness and deep empathy for all that lives. It is time for women to own their own agency, their divinity, their power and to redefine what is old and birth what is new. As Charles Bukowski said, “there is no lie in their fire.” So what can be more uplifting and empowering than to see the sacred fire within a woman’s heart and soul taking centre stage at a wedding? I am still overwhelmed by the magic of this one moment.”

Dia Mirza’s residence in Mumbai was turned into the wedding venue and decked up in beautiful floral decorations. “The garden where I have spent every morning for the past 19 years was an absolutely magical setting and the most intimate and perfect space for our simple and soulful ceremony! We are so proud to have been able to organise a completely sustainable ceremony without plastics or any waste. The materials used for the minimal decor we went for were completely biodegradable and natural,” revealed the ‘Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein’ actress.