Scott’s Restaurant as an Asian Wedding Venue

So we all know that planning an Asian wedding takes a lot of time and effort. We know this because we have been told by people, have been to plenty of Indian weddings and have seen them depicted in many a Bollywood film. However, you can never really know how much planning is required until you embark on the journey yourself.

One key aspect of an Asian wedding that needs to be got right is the choice of venue. Asian wedding venues are always in high demand and are likely to get booked up far in advance. Therefore it is imperative that you choose your venue early, perhaps before choosing anything else.

There are a plethora of types of wedding venues to choose from, such as a hall, a temporary structure in an outdoor setting, a hotel or a restaurant.

If you happen to live in San Francisco or are planning on having a destination wedding, then you might want to consider Scott’s.

Scott’s is located in colourful Oakland Harbor at Jack London Waterfront and in the heart of beautiful downtown Walnut Creek. Scott’s can be turned into a fabulous Asian wedding venue, with its beautiful view, airy space, and pretty garden.

Not convinced? Take a look at a couple of snaps from their previous weddings:

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Scott’s Restaurant: http://scottswc.com/

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event Design

One of the wonderful things about choosing a wedding venue is being able to transform it and enthuse your own taste and personality into it. Depending on the type of venue you choose (you have to bear in mind that there may be limitations), you can treat it like a blank canvas and fill it up with decorations that you love.

Below I am going to look at the various floral Indian wedding decor options available to you, because after all, nothing says romance like flowers!

Floral Decor

Floral Decor is always a lovely option. Flowers are a wonderful way of enthusing colour into your chosen venue and can be particularly effective if you either coordinate or contrast the colour scheme with your outfit. Otherwise, You may choose to have floral bouquets that contain your favourite colours. These bouquets can be held or placed around the room in vases.

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event Design

As well as the more common centrepieces and bouquets, there are many innovative things that you can do with a floral theme when it comes to Indian wedding decor. Flower curtains or flowers hung vertically from the ceiling make for beautiful photo backgrounds and add a fairytale-esque feel to your big day.

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event DesignOf course the use of flowers as decoration does not need to be restricted to the wedding reception, they can also be used during the wedding ceremony to decorate your mandeep. Being surrounding by flowers will create a breathtaking setting for you are your significant other to become husband and wife.

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event Design

If you want to go for something a bit more creative, then floral sculptures are a great way to go. They are eye-catching and add a bit of fun and cuteness, as is the case with the adorable floral elephant below.

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event Design

As for centrepieces, whether you want them on the table or dotted around the room, you do not need to stick to bouquets or vases, but can instead choose something more artistic to really give the room a certain flourish.

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event Design

If you do decide to go down the vase route, then you can have a lot of fun with this too. Depending on your aesthetic, you can either go for tall or short vases to help make your wedding tables look fantastic. A problem with tall vases is that they can be slightly less social than small ones because they can make it more difficult for guests sitting opposite each other to chit chat. As you can see in the below photo, tall vases do create a rather fabulous, awe-inspiring look though.

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event Design

If you want something a little more subtle then short floral centrepieces can look really elegant. They can be used to create a more intimate feel and mean that everyone around the table can be clearly seen.

Indian Wedding Decor Ideas With Kismet Event Design

All of the photos used in this post were from Kismet Event Design. Kismet Event Design specialises in wedding decor including bountiful florals, custom made backdrops and draping. With a team of dedicated design experts, they will work with you to transform your chosen wedding venue into an enchanting environment that will leave you and your guests speechless.

Check out their website for more stunning Indian wedding decor ideas: http://kismeteventdesign.com/

The bride and groom featured here are Nilay and Tina Patel, who got married on 28th November 2015 at Orange County Hyatt. The photographs are by Greycard Photography.

 

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

For those of you lucky brides-to-be who are at the very start of your journey and still have a whole wedding to plan, here’s hoping that you can get some inspiration from the beautiful wedding of Megha and Gautam. The wedding was captured in stunning style by Sachi Anand Photography.

Sachi Anand is a Philadelphia based photographer, who travels nationwide to photograph weddings. Sachi specialises in wedding, engagement, pre-wedding event and (even) proposal photography, so you can have your entire wedding journey catalogued! This means that anyone planning a big fat Asian wedding, including an engagement, haldi, sangeet, mehendi, baraat, wedding and reception ceremony, can rest assured that your Asian wedding photography needs can be met.  

Sachi’s goal is to capture each moment of a wedding in a timeless way and to take photos that clearly show the love and happiness shared by the couple.

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi AnandAsian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

Asian Wedding Photography by Sachi Anand

I really love the elephant theme. Both the sculptures and the elephant embroidery on the mandeep is a great detail, which adds a bit of fun and cuteness to the wedding photos!

See more beautiful photos by Sachi Anand Photography: http://www.sachianandphotography.com/

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

A major part of any Indian wedding are mehendi tattoos, otherwise known as a henna tattoos. A henna tattoo is created from the dye found in a henna tree. On the day before or day of the wedding, it is customary for the bride to get a henna tattoo on her hands and feet.

Mehendi and henna designs are a fun and beautiful way of complimenting and enhancing the overall bridal look, as well as representing the love between the bride and groom. It is believed that the mehendi ceremony will awaken the bride’s inner light and so the sun is an important symbol and is traditionally included at the centre of the mehendi design. Some also believe that the degree of darkness of the final mehendi design, represents how much the groom will love his bride. So the darker the mehendi, the more love shared between the bride and groom.

Asian henna designs are extremely intricate and can take hours to design and apply.  Sonia C creates unique henna tattoos for bridal parties, and offers a variety of designs and sizes ranging from the traditional hand and feet designs to back and head designs. Sonia C, works freehand and draws inspiration for each design from nature, the visual arts and South Asian history.

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

In addition to providing bridal henna services, Sonia C and her team also cater to henna parties and corporate events.

As a bridal stylist, Sonia C will ensure that the final look is the one that you as the bride has always dreamed of. This is achieved by making sure the bridal outfit, makeup, hair and henna look flawless and are perfectly coordinated.

See some more of Sonia Collection’s henna tattoos here: http://www.soniacollection.com/henna/ and find out about her other bridal services, which include hair and makeup.

 

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Columbus Wedding Makeup provides exemplary Indian bridal makeup and hair services on location throughout Columbus and Ohio. They use airbrush makeup to create a beautiful long lasting finish. Columbus Wedding Makeup is set up so that both individuals and large parties can be accommodated.

In recent years Columbus Wedding Makeup has started to provide Indian bridal makeup and hair services to Indian & Fusion Weddings. Below are a selection of photos from some of those weddings. I’m sure you’ll agree that each of the brides look absolutely stunning!

Nirali & Bhavesh’s Wedding

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Caitlin & Sri’s Wedding

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Columbus Wedding Makeup do their utmost to make sure that the end result matches what the bride had bridal party had envisioned. 2-4 weeks before the wedding, a preview session is arranged which involves makeup artists and hairstylists, along with the bride (and sometimes their family) so that they can get to know the bride’s skin and hair. Around an hour is spent with the bride to create a preview of the wedding day look or looks. Columbus Wedding Makeup are aware of the need to adhere to certain traditions, and as the photos show, create a beautiful, glam look.

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Caitlin & Sri
Fusion Wedding at the Hilton Downtown Columbus 
Photographer – Style & Story Creative 
Event Planner – Joie de Vivre Events
Nirali & Bhavesh 
Photographer – The Brauns
Event Planner – Joie de Vivre Events 

Big Fat Indian Wedding Survival Tips

Big fat Indian weddings are wonderful. They are huge jubilant celebrations, full of colourful clothes and decor, brilliant food and tons of dancing. They are however also long and hectic, so you need to be well prepared to ensure you get through the multiple ceremonies in perfect fashion. Below are some key tips to make sure you’re well prepared!

  1. Make sure you test out your shoes thoroughly beforehand and keep a spare pair easily to hand. It is also a good idea to have a stock of gel pads and blister plasters to prevent rubbing.
  2. Keep a spare lipstick handy. This may seem like a slightly strange one, but if you’re the bride or part of the main wedding party, you’re likely to be greeting a lot of people, so your lipstick is in danger of rubbing off. If you keep a compact lipstick in your bag you can easily reapply when necessary.
  3. Weddings can be long and stressful on occasion, so it is a good idea to keep some painkillers nearby just in case.
  4. Deodorant or perfume can be a godsend when you’ve been dancing for ages. Be sure to have some with you so you can feel nice and refreshed.
  5. A wedding is a huge, emotion-filled occasion. Be prepared for tears either from yourself or your loved ones. Take some tissues so your makeup doesn’t smudge.
  6. Just in case your makeup does smudge, get some makeup remover and q-tips to fix it.
  7. As with your lipstick, your hair is also likely to become messed up due to all that dancing, so remember a comb and some hairspray so you can touch it up. After all, you don’t want a hair out of place for your photos!
  8. If you wear contact lenses, take some solution with you and maybe even a spare pair. If your eyes dry out they may become uncomfortable.
  9. Take some snacks. This may seem odd given the vast amount of food that can be found at an Indian Wedding, but as the bride in particular you will constantly be rushed off your feet and have people vying for your attention. Having something small and easy to eat can be a godsend during the non-stop madness.
  10. Stay hydrated! Among the dancing and talking, it can be easy to forget to drink plenty of water. It will not only make you feel more alert, but will also significantly decrease the chances of headache.

The main thing however that you need to do to survive a big fat Indian wedding, is to enjoy it. Trust that everything will go to plan and if something doesn’t don’t let it bother you. Enjoy your special day and make sure you take a few moments during each ceremony to really take it all in, because it goes by in a flash!

How to Plan Your Indian Wedding on a Budget

Are you in the midst of planning your Indian wedding and finding that it is far too expensive? The numerous wedding ceremonies that one has to plan for means that there are unfortunately a ton of things to pay for, from food and decoration, to your wedding outfits and makeup. Obviously you want to have the wedding of your dreams, but that doesn’t mean you need to fork out a fortune. Your wedding can definitely be planned on a budget just as long as you’re able to use some forward planning and are prepared to bargain hunt.

 

Here are my 10 tips to help you plan your Indian wedding on a budget.

1. Work out your budget

This one is without a doubt the most important. Know exactly how much you have available to spend on your wedding so that you don’t have any nasty surprises at the end.

2. Spread your budget

Once you have identified your overall budget it is important to work out what you need to pay for e.g. Venue, food, wedding invitations etc and do some research so that you know roughly how much each of these things cost. This way you can make sure you use your money accordingly and don’t massively overspend on one thing which would mean you have to forgo or skimp on something else.

3. Know your priorities

If you are able to order things by their importance then you can tick off the most important things first. This should make everything more manageable and less stressful.

4. Hit the sales

Wedding outfits can be expensive, so one trick is to start looking for your dream outfit way ahead of time. This will give you plenty of time to visit plenty of sales to find a bargain or to browse last year’s catalogues so that you don’t necessarily get the newest bridal outfit on offer, but so you can still be sure it will be super trendy. Alternatively, if you’re able to get all your outfits for each ceremony or your bridesmaid dresses from the same shop you should be able to pick up a great discount!

5. Shop around

When it comes to finding the perfect venue, food or decorations don’t just go for the first one you see. Take your time and make sure you explore plenty of options. When you go on holiday you would always use a comparison website to get the best flights, right? Well, so buying things for your wedding should be no different. Do a lot of research online, talk to vendors and get as many quotes as you can. Try making a handy comparison chart for yourself so you can keep track of everything. And remember, each vendor wants your business, so I’m sure they’ll be willing to accommodate you if you’re honest from the get-go.

6. Go veggie

Wedding food can be very costly and if you have a big guest list it becomes even more so. It is all very well to think about cutting the guest list, but this is not always possible or at least very difficult to do without upsetting a few people. Therefore one option is to go veggie for your wedding since vegetarian dishes are much cheaper than meat dishes

7. Go easy on the alcohol

If you want to have alcohol at your wedding but are worried at the cost of having to pay the bar you can always limit the drink options available to guests. For example, you could stick to wine and beer and do away with spirits or you could just supply cocktails. Either way, your guests are bound to be happy and will barely notice.

8. Have an off-season wedding

One sure way to lower your costs is to have your wedding slightly off-season. This means that they’ll be less demand for your venue so you won’t have to pay as much as you would in say June.

9. Use substitutes

If there is something you have your eye on but know it is too expensive, you can either try and find a similar but cheaper alternative or you can try and do some DIY and make it yourself.

10. Contingency plan

Things can often go wrong when planning a wedding, so make sure you have some extra funds in case something major happens just before your big day. Remember, if you aren’t able to provide a load of fancy things at your wedding, don’t worry your guests won’t bat an eyelid. After all, it is all about you anyway, not the venue or decorations. However, if something does go wrong as your big day approaches, don’t be afraid to ask others to chip in.

Up to a point, planning a wedding can be expensive, but it is definitely completely viable to host your dream wedding while saving some money here and there. If you know your limits, book things in advance and strategise well, you can definitely plan your Indian wedding on a budget!

Image source: www.fleurdethe.co.uk

Strand of Silk’s Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

I was recently contacted by Strand of Silk who wanted to tell me about their Indian wedding outfit generator.  I must admit that I was dubious at first. However once I spent some time playing around with it I quickly changed my tune.

Putting it simply, the outfit generator is great and makes the task of figuring out what to wear for each of the many wedding ceremonies SO much easier.

I have so far attended three Indian weddings, so am still a relative newbie. Preparing for an Indian wedding as a guest can be very overwhelming and stressful. It has always amazed me that more attention hasn’t been paid helping guests choose their outfits.

I was personally very lucky when it came to my first Indian wedding because I had some incredibly helpful and patient friends – all with a great fashion sense – to help me along the way. However, even if you have someone who can talk you through each of the ceremonies and take you shopping, you still have accessories to think about. This is what is so great about this outfit generator – it explains what happens at each of the ceremonies, gives practical styling tips and makes sure you know what items of clothing are not appropriate to wear!

Pick an Occasion | Strand of Silk's Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

The Indian wedding outfit generator covers the Engagement ceremony, Haldi ceremony, Mehendi ceremony, Sangeet ceremony, Baarat ceremony, Wedding ceremony and Reception. What’s more it isn’t just aimed at female guests, but also has male guest, family of the couple and bridesmaids covered too.

Who Are You? | Strand of Silk's Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

Along with styling tips, the page also contains several lookbooks which serve as great inspiration and a series of related blog posts in-case you feel you need even more information.

What To Wear | Strand of Silk's Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

The Indian wedding outfit generator is incredibly easy to use.  All you have to do is select who you are and which ceremony you are going to and the styling tips, lookbooks and blog posts will appear. If you like the products you see, you can purchase them straight away with a simple click that takes you straight to the product page.

For anyone attending an Indian wedding for the first time, this page is invaluable. I do however also think that this page is very useful for the most seasoned Indian wedding goer, because the lookbooks (outfit suggestions) and blog posts are a great source of inspiration.

If you do try out the Indian wedding outfit generator, I’d love to hear what you think of it!