Here it is! The first On Demand! post
About how to design and style weddings inspired by India
For all my readers who are passionate about
Indian styled wedding can range from subtle and simple, to exuberant display of color, finery and kitsch. Based on whether you want to go for an all out Indian wedding, or have a wedding that has some Indian influence, you can figure out the right balance while planning and designing. There are some very good online resources and event planners who can guide you through the entire process (some listed below). Infact, there are specialized consultants who would help you plan a wedding in India if you so desire! I hope you, and the readers who have mailed me regarding tips on Indian themed weddings, find this post useful.
So with out much further ado
And I now pronounce you, man and woman, to read further! ;-)
Starting with the venue decor: Indian weddings typically have shamiana (tents). You can go wild with colors and even use saris as drapes and coverings. Find more Indian styled tents in one of my earlier post..
Low diwan style seating. Lots of cushions and bolsters on kilim rugs can also do the trick
Hanging tea lights or wax diyas...take your pick! The goal is to be dramatic!
Say it with flowers! Lots of them. Marigold flowers have a special significance in any Indian (hindu) festivities, and are specially used in abundance during weddings.
Styling idea ~ Flowers and diya (tea lights) in brass or terracotta thaals and urlis (plate and urns)
One of the most important aspects of the wedding - the table decor! Colors like turquoise blue, orange, bright pink, plum, red, mustard and gold work well with the Indian theme
Indian style wedding cake! Designs inspired from Indian embroidery and henna designs
And those little details that make all the difference!
Elephant - real and fake, is a quite popular icon in Indian wedding theme :)
Multi hued glass bangles, ornate frames for name cards, zardozi sari fabric can be used for drapes, table covers or napkins, and add a touch of exotic with peacock feathers
Ganesha idol...considered very auspicious during weddings, bride/groom puppets in case some one gets bored from looking at the real bride and groom ;-)
Wooden elephant as a centerpiece, lanterns, wine goblets and miniature jewellery boxes
Embroidered fabrics...sky is the limit of how you use fabrics to add to the design
And of course, you have the option of choosing from exquisite Indian bridal dresses and jewellery and apply henna on your hands, and voila! you are all set for an Indian style wedding!
But, Indian wedding attire and styling in another post sometime...
...If you have an On Demand! request!
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