By fanciful wedding I do not simply mean a gorgeous one, rather something fictitious or sort of fairy tale type. On the other hand, a formal wedding would be something the society has accepted years on, meaning a wedding conforming to the norms of the society. It can be gorgeous too but has nothing to do with being fanciful. Which one would you prefer?
Now let me give you a more vivid example of a fanciful wedding. My little sister was getting married in the year 2011. My mom, brother and I could not be there overseas for her exact wedding day due to unavoidable circumstances, and they could not postpone it for later for reasons of their own. Although we did attend a later wedding party on their behalf, the actual wedding, which was fanciful, was something we missed.
Her wedding started off by my youngger sister (older than my little sister) and her family getting introduced to the bridegroom's family. Soon the bride appeared in a white designed floor touch gown with full sleeves looking really lovely along with her handsome would-be life partner. The Hujur Shaheb, who would recite versa to marry them off, appeared as well.
Soon all was set and the marriage ceremony began. The Hujur Shaheb finished his part and the couple was married off, kissing each other. Then came the fun part. The newly wed husband helped his wife get inside a big air balloon. He himself got inside it. A man was at the controls inside, and a van on the ground further monitored the air balloon. The balloon rose gradually higher and higher up in the sky until it was out of sight. This was a bit scary but certainly a thrilling scene.
The people in the van asked the remaining guests to get inside their vehicles and follow the van. That was exactly what they did, and they soon came to a little distant wide and grassy area where the balloon had landed. My younger sister's children were in complete awe while the adults enjoyed the surprise very much. Now there was an evening dinner table in this area with lots of food and drinks. The guests at the wedding had an amazing dinner before they retired for home. Children from nearby homes flocked together to see the bride, and they were given cake and chocolates as a gesture of their inquisitiveness.
So, this is what I meant by a fanciful wedding. Although I am a late bloomer and my marriage is somewhere around the corner, I would rather opt for a formal ceremony. Although one can be content with any, I prefer the formal one because I like it better and moremore, it would be in accordance with the norms of the society, who would look upon it with grace and shower with lots of blessings.