The Best Indian Wedding Websites

Most people who have planned a wedding will agree that when the process of holy matrimony is described as ‘Hooked, Booked and Cooked’ it is very succinctly and accurately depicting the state of mind of the soon-to-be hitched couple. To say there are a million decisions a day to be made is putting it mildly and it only gets more complicated when you factor in having to agree with your significant other (and sometimes his family too) on everything, topped off with the bane of all wedding planning efforts – Unsolicited Advice!

Throw in a some emotionally charged high octane disagreements with your to-be, friends and siblings who have never planned a wedding before either, Google searches with 10,000 plus results on every query, finished off with quotes for everything far exceeding anything you could afford to pay and chances are that you’re ready to just give up and make a run for it to a land where there is no word for ‘wedding’ in the local vocabulary.

If you’re reading this and screaming… Yes! Yes! Yes!…for every point and are also planning an Indian wedding then there is little doubt that you have a serious score to settle with Google for being completely biased and sending mostly western wedding inspiration websites your way. Few bridal websites cater to Indian wedding planning and fewer still are even worthy of your precious time.

However if Google brought you to this page then you might as well kiss and make up because this article sums up the best wedding websites to help your navigate through the strenuous Indian wedding planning waters.

1. Wedmegood.com

Wed Me Good | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

This little hidden gem of a bridal website is the ultimate resource for uber stylish and utterly cool Indian wedding inspirations. Browse through their vast and all encompassing sections of photos and real weddings for some truly unique ideas. And to translate those wedding fantasies into reality search through the list of talented featured vendors divided up by Indian and international locations.

2. Weddingplz.com

Wedding Plz | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

Consider it Wedmegood’s younger cousin that is more focussed on actual planning versus wedding inspiration. Find everything from astrologers to dieticians to cooking classes based on your Indian city of choice plus some very nifty little tools for budget management, checklists and notes. The website also features some interestingly written articles with tips and tricks that will come in handy any time. For those outside India, the website also features upcoming wedding related events and exhibitions happening all over the country so you can plan any shopping trips around the time.

3. Strandofsilk

Strand of Silk | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

For those days when you’ve had enough of all the logistics and technicality of wedding planning distract yourself with undoubtedly the best bit of getting married – SHOPPING! Strandofsilk.com features luscious Indian designer wear from fashion favourites like Anita Dongre, MandiraWirk and Narendra Kumar for the luxefashionistas. While boho and kitschy labels like Myoho, Sougat Paul and The Purple Sack are for the spunky princesses who like their fashion with a little bit of an earthy edge. Strandofsilk.com makes Indian wedding shopping online an effortlessly smooth process so you don’t have to give up that long awaited and much needed spa weekend with the girls because you’re out last minute shopping.

4. Weddingshop.com

Wedding Shop | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

Gift registries are a borrowed but much appreciated wedding custom from western weddings that has every modern young couple breath a sigh of relief. Lets face it no one wants yet another glass casserole or old school Indian cooking appliances that take up way too much space in an already too small first home. Catering mainly in the UK, Weddingshop.com allows couples to create a gift registry that is completely personalised and useful to their future lives as man and wife.

Indian wedding photography: The Art of Capturing the Moment with Kiran & Ajay’s Wedding

Indian wedding photography that was pretty much a point and shoot game with every couple in the same 10 cliché poses and horrendous pictures of the wedding party stuffing their faces with food has mercifully undergone a much needed makeover. Gone are the days when every SLR totting cousin or friend who called himself a ‘pro’ photographer was enlisted to take pictures at the wedding. Now couples consult and hire proper professionals who understand their style and expectations from the pictures of the momentous day.

Kiran & Ajay's Wedding | The Art of Capturing the Moment

In an age of pictures speaking not only a 1000 words but 100,000 likes, comments and shares, is it really that surprising that even camera shy couples are doling out big bucks for creative Indian wedding photography? Even those who are averse to sharing their private photos on social media are beginning to realize the significance of stunning photography that can capture magical memories to last a lifetime. The main aim of unique Indian wedding photography is not just taking some pretty pictures but to be able to take those viewing the pictures on a beautiful journey of sentiments transporting them back to the vivid memories of the joyous occasion.

Kiran & Ajay Embrace | The Art of Capturing the Moment

In their quest for wedding photo perfection Kiran and Ajay sought out the utterly talented team from Lin & Jirsa Photography that believes in creating unique and expressive imagery. From their initial consultation with the couple they are completely aware of the style of photography desired and make every effort to ensure that the final result is a seamless blend of gorgeous photos. They produce beautiful Indian wedding photography through their style of photojournalism that fuses fine art and fashion photography. Each image they capture tells a story, portrays a mood or freezes an emotion on film forever. The photographers are attuned to their surroundings at all times and wait patiently with their perfect set up of lights and props for that one smile, laugh, tear or hug that will melt your heart and take you back to that very moment every time you glance at that image.

Kiran & Ajay Share a Moment | The Art of Capturing the Moment

Lin & Jirsa offer everything from soft and romantic style photography for the mushy types to advanced camera work in the form of epic style and editorial photography for couples that want some seriously glamorous Indian wedding photography. They even use some unbelievably cool filters and post-production techniques for night photography or HDR wedding and engagement photography. Let’s just say that if you and your significant other ever harboured secret desires of super stardom in rom-coms, chick-flicks, sci-fi or hi-fashion magazine covers then these guys got you covered.

Kiran & Ajay Illuminated in the Dark | The Art of Capturing the Moment

Kiran and Ajay’s creative Indian wedding photography in the hands of these talented artists seizes every moment with such a beautifully delicate balance of form, light and angles that is result is nothing short of breath taking.

Kiran & Ajay Hold Hands | The Art of Capturing the Moment

The images tell a story of a roller-coaster of emotions felt by the bride, groom and their families as they adorn themselves in their finery before pledging themselves to each other as man and wife. Priceless loving moments between the couple filled with tender kisses and warm touches.

Image source: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Planning A Big Fat Indian Wedding

Things to do:
1. Call caterer to add butter chicken to menu as per Dadaji’s request
2. Tell tailor to add extra button to mom’s wedding blouse
3. Finalise flowers and colour scheme with decorator for the Mehendi
4. Ask Chachaji if his contact’s venue has come through for the Sangeet
5. Remember to tell the tailor to add extra margin in all bridesmaids and groomsmen clothes
6. Speak to Dad about deposit to the DJ for the cocktail
7. Tell to-be-hubby to get cracking on the Sangeet playlist
8. Ask sister to remind to be hubby about Sangeet playlist
And on and on it goes………

If you recognise the list above then there is no doubt that you are in the midst of or have very recently planned a big fat Indian wedding and if the tasks above are anything to go by then there is little chance that you’re willing to go through the entire gruelling process again anytime soon. Indian wedding planning taken on by well meaning friends and family was a frenzied reality of not too long ago and continues to be an Indian wedding tradition even today.

However, Big fat Indian weddings have now ushered in a trend of wedding planners and consultants that take on the burden of coordination with vendors, formulate new and innovative concepts and are on hand to assist the bride and groom with most of their needs and wants for the duration of the festivities. Although the keyword here remains ‘assist’ as most couples will still be running around like headless chickens trying to bring order within the chaos that is planning an Indian wedding. Those of you who have never experienced their own wedding or that of a sibling or best friend and are reading in wild amazement as to why exactly the couple needs to do anything at all when they’re paying a hefty sum to a wedding planner. The answer lies in the incredible need for new age couples to personalise and distinguish their own wedding from every other wedding ever attended by their friends and family. And if that isn’t stressful enough there is also the small matter of Indian wedding trends changing for bigger, better, brighter versions of themselves every few years.

The Indian Wedding Planner

Sonya and Kuljit Bains are two sisters who were undergoing similar dilemmas in 2010 during Sonya’s wedding planning. They started out with lists identical to the one above with every detail for everything and everyone crammed into one long unending line of numbers and over many pages long. As expected there was confusion and communication break downs galore thanks to the complete lack of any organisational system specially catered to planning an Indian wedding. Coordination with vendors, family members, wedding parties, in-laws and friends was a maze of incessant phone call, texts and emails as no planner in the market offered the ability to separate all the people, activities and functions involved in a big fat Indian wedding.

Few years later and this time for Kuljit’s upcoming wedding in 2016, the sister’s realised that absolutely nothing had changed in the offerings for planners for Indian weddings. They did find some that offered large portions for vendors but minimal pages dedicated to actual planning. It was the perfect time to set about creating their own Indian wedding planner to make things as easy as possible for already stressed out brides.

After months of hard work and commitment to ensure that nothing was left out they unveiled Every Fine Detail in July 2015. The aptly titled and first of its kind Indian wedding planner includes everything from pages dedicated to schedules, budgets, floor plans and tailoring to emergency wedding kits making it a little piece of organisational heaven. While the planner is by no means a substitute for a professional wedding planner or consultant it does give the bride the freedom to trash those countless notebooks, scribbled pieces of paper and post-it notes stuck everywhere.

Every Fine Detail was launched online to a roaring response with brides ordering the planners for themselves or friends and family surprising future brides with the planner as pre-wedding or engagement gifts. The Indian wedding planner has also found takers in places like England, Toronto, California, New Zealand and many more. The sisters were even invited to a wedding expo organised by Big Phat Indian Weddings last October where in addition to setting up a booth to showcase their product to future brides, the planners were also given away as door prizes.

As an ecstatic future bride and user of Every Fine Detail put it:

“I absolutely love it. I carry it around with me all the time. If I am in the midst of contacting/booking a vendor, I can pull out my book and jot down any notes needed. It helps keep me super organised and I like that all the information that I need is all in this one book!”

As they say the proof is in the pudding or in this case the organisational marvel born out of the necessity of two enterprising sisters. I’ll definitely be ordering one of these for myself and my soon to be wed friends. Now only if the small matter of tracking down Mr. Right and getting him to put a ring on it was made so easy!

The New Trend of Indian Wedding Cakes

Indian wedding cakes are a rather recent phenomenon to strike the desi wedding scene. As more and more couples choose to infuse some western elements into their wedding festivities, wedding cakes are becoming something of a norm at big Indian weddings. Thankfully skilled bakers in every part of the world have risen to the challenge of crafting Indian wedding cake designs that are a seamless blend of western tastes with Indian aesthetics.

Creative Elephant Cakes | The New Trend of Indian Wedding Cakes

The trend that started out with basic tiered wedding cakes being cut at engagement ceremonies, sangeet functions or pre-wedding brunches has paved the way for trendy wedding cakes that are dripping with stunning imagery and mouth-watering lusciousness. While basic still works for some couples, the ones who need every moment of their wedding to have social media trending power really understand the importance of an extravagant Indian wedding cake.

If you thought you would just pop into your friendly neighborhood bakery and pick out something off the display then think again because cake designs are now an integral part of the décor and ambience of the entire wedding.  And for those stuck for inspiration here are some jaw dropping new trends in Indian wedding cakes that are sure to have your friends go a little bit hashtag crazy.

1. Chandelier Wedding Cakes

For absolute Indian wedding cake design god status look no further than these upside down cakes that are something of an edible art installation. These cakes have been all the rage ever since Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory fame cut one at her real life wedding. The layers are made with the support of a wrought iron stand with a rod going through all of them to ensure the cake remains structurally sound.

White Chandelier Cake | The New Trend of Indian Wedding Cakes

The stand itself can be decorated with flowers, crystals or any other elements from the venue decoration. And for those who love a bit of culinary skill, the pieces need to be cut by holding your plate below the closest layer and carefully cutting a slice.

Blue & White Chandelier Cake | The New Trend of Indian Wedding Cakes

2. Elephant Wedding Cakes

Nothing is more synonymous with a lavish Indian wedding than the magnificent elephant. If your groom doesn’t want to or is not able to ride in on one at your baraat then go for some miniature grandeur in the form of an elephant Indian wedding cake. These trendy wedding cakes can range from cute and cuddly to artistic and elegant depending on your personal style. Not to mention they certainly add a bit of ethnic flair to the Indian wedding cake design.

Indian Elephant Cakes | The New Trend of Indian Wedding Cakes

3. Bold & Beautiful Wedding Cakes

It isn’t an Indian wedding if it isn’t big, bright and beautiful and the Indian wedding cake is no exception. Get crazy with bold colourful frosting and intricately detailed icing for an Indian wedding cake design that is utterly ethnic. You can even match the icing details with the embroidery on your outfits or henna for something that’s unique to just you two.

Colourful Cakes | The New Trend of Indian Wedding Cakes

4. Quirky Cake Toppers

Thanks to the trend of Indian wedding cakes becoming mainstream cake toppers are no longer primarily for western couples. There is no dearth of simple, cute and funny cake toppers depicting Indian couples in their wedding finery. Even if you choose to get a simple Indian wedding cake, a quirky cake topper is sure to make everyone gush and go awwww. Save the cake topper in your refrigerator after the wedding for a sweet (literally!) memento from the day.

Cake Toppers | The New Trend of Indian Wedding Cakes

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Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you’ve ever opened a truly elegant and exquisite Indian wedding invitation admired its impeccable finishing before reading the contents, promptly putting down the details on your schedule and then proceeded to put the card away in a drawer only to be forgotten and then eventually trashed, then that stunning invitation has met the same fate as every other invitation in history.

While an extravagant Indian wedding invite will look impressive and wow your guests, it is also a huge expense for most couples. And although some are happy to stick to convention and spend handsomely on luscious Indian wedding invitations there are just as many who would rather use the money on other things such as the food, alcohol, venue or honeymoon.

Alternative Wedding Invitations

In an age of smart phones when everyone has every detail of every social engagement on their fingertips for easy accessibility, some might consider opulent wedding invites on paper an unnecessary practice. Not to mention that Indian wedding invitations seem to follow a certain pattern of colours, damask prints and calligraphy lettering that makes anyone no different from another.

For those who want to part with the cumbersome ritual of expensive Indian wedding invitations with something a little bit more creative and practical that won’t burn a hole in their pockets, listed below are some unique Indian wedding invitation ideas, which will make fantastic alternatives.

1. Perfect Match

Create your invitations in the form of matchboxes with several different small inserts for each wedding function. Leave out lengthy text and stick to the relevant details only to save on printing and paper costs. Ensure the box is small enough to fit in pockets or small clutch bags and add some actual matchsticks into the box with instructions to your guests to bring them along to light some fun colourful candles and diyas when they arrive. Not only will it give your unique Indian wedding invitation a memorable touch but take some work off yours or your decorator’s hands to create mood lighting.

Perfect Match | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

2. Creative and Functional

Bottle Opener Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you can’t fathom spending your hard earned bucks on something that will eventually end up in the bin then put your Indian wedding invite on useful everyday items instead. Coffee mugs, handkerchiefs and bottle openers are just a few reasonably priced and practical items that can be printed easily and double up as sweet mementos after the wedding. You can also use these as unique Indian wedding ‘Save The Date’ cards so your guests think of the upcoming event every time they use them.

Creative and Functional | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

3. Ballooning with pride

Announce your wedding date on a balloon for a unique Indian wedding invitation that will instantly catapult your coolness quotient up by several notches. This also makes the sweetest alternative for a ‘Save the Date’ card or if you happen to have only one function for the wedding.

Balloon Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

4. Get Onboard

This Indian wedding invitation idea is perfect for DIY junkies who love getting crafty and can also help you save some pennies in the process. Print boarding pass wedding invitations using your own stock paper and home printer. Many websites offer the boarding pass invitation template that is also easily customisable. If you’re not too happy with printing quality of your regular at-home printer then take the design to a professional who will do the job using your own paper.

Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

5. Say Cheese

Photo Booth Wedding Invites | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

Get retro with some photo booth pictures as the main element of your unique Indian wedding invitation. Take some natural shots or add some funky props for some really memorable photos that will make everyone smile and go awwww in unison. Attach some printed content on unprocessed or recycled paper for a cost effective yet utterly adorable wedding invite.

Say Cheese | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

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Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

This one is for all the stressed out, sleep deprived and one step closer to ‘lets-call-this-whole-thing-off-and-elope’ brides and grooms. Wedding planning is hard enough without having to deal with the constant barrage of dated and utterly done to death ideas being thrown at you by family members, married friends, well-wishers and worse of all wedding vendors. While the others might be trying to be helpful in a mildly annoying sort of way, it’s the wedding vendors who are more than happy to stick you with their one-size-fits-all solutions that will have you screaming into pillows at the end of the day. Not to say that all wedding vendors are unimaginative copy pasters of ideas but there are a fair few of them out there and chances are that you have encountered at least one such specimen in your wedding planning adventures.

Colourful Wedding Decoration | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

If you happen to be stuck with someone who just doesn’t get your need for personalisation or are just looking for inspiration to infuse some uber fun and cool elements into your Indian wedding decorations then the fabulously talented duo at Big Fat Wedding Posters have the perfect solution for all your Indian wedding décor woes.

Big Fat Wedding Posters was ideated when the owners with their 30 plus years of experience in the web and graphic design as well as illustrating industries received special requests from couples who wanted the true Bollywood touch to their wedding with posters inspired by movies like DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge, Jab We Met etc. While the idea of creating Bollywood posters for Indian weddings isn’t exactly new, it’s the novel approach taken by these Indian wedding poster makers that sets them apart. Each poster created by them features the bride and groom in their actual wedding finery from the clothes down to the jewellery, it also includes their wedding colours, wedding dates and involves family and friends as directors, producers, cinematographers etc. However if you thought that these posters would only work as wedding invites or as a small element to add to a much larger décor then here are some truly inspired ideas to incorporate the Indian wedding posters theme throughout your wedding or for one specific venue.

1. Let your venue be your blank canvas to show off your wedding posters

It’s very very easy to get sucked into the more is more philosophy for wedding décor especially when everything is expected to be bigger, brighter and bolder at Indian weddings. However take stock of the fact that if you fell in love with your wedding venue or destination wedding location when you saw it for the first time in all its natural glory then it doesn’t need much dressing up save the bare minimum.

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Venue | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Keep it simple to allow your guests to experience the beauty of your wedding venue without any flashy distractions. Contrast the soft minimalist pink décor with dreamy blue Saawariya theme posters peppered here and there to add a fairy-tale like ambiance to your nuptials.

Saawariya Poster | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

2. Colourful doesn’t have to be gaudy

If you’ve been through a few thousand decorator albums filled with red, green, yellow and gold monstrosities leaping out from every page then it’s completely understandable if you have started having nightmares about hideously colourful Indian wedding décor coming at you with a fiery vengeance. The trick with using colour is to get your combinations just right and keeping in mind that the venue being used is a fairly open space so as not to cause bouts of bright colour induced claustrophobia among your wedding guests.

Colourful Wedding Venue | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Convert a barren open ground into an Indian mela with lots of pop-arty elements like the Monsoon Wedding posters in a similar colour palette for a seriously cool and kitschy Indian wedding decoration idea.

Monsoon Wedding | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

3. Don’t forget to make your guests smile

It’s often so easy to get completely bewildered with every little detail of wedding planning that the fun is literally sucked out of the festivities for the sake of perfect execution. At times when it all seems way too much and you think the world will spontaneously combust if that cue music for your entry song is late by two seconds, take a deep breath and think about your countless family vacations. The best memories from back then will almost always be about the missed flights, bad hotels, and horrendous food that had everyone burst out laughing at yet another mess up.

Chennai Express | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Inject some frivolity and humour into the proceedings through your wedding venue decorations like the Chennai Express Indian wedding poster that encourages everyone to get on board with the blissfully happy couple on their onward journey of life.

Our Love Story | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

While other thoughtful gestures like flat chappals so the ladies can light up the dance floor in comfort, chalkboards summarising your love story, reminders to keep calm and giant blinking lights that spell love will ensure that your wedding is filled with happy memories for all who graced the occasion.

Love in Lights | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

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Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

An Indian grandma passing on her infinite wisdom to her granddaughters most possibly coined the phrase ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. There is no doubt that Indians love their food but just like the Italians and Greeks it’s because food ties families together. Indian wives, mothers, grandmothers and even some husbands and fathers in nearly every home in India still lovingly cook delicious food that doesn’t just satiate hunger but also exudes warmth and affection.

Indian food’s soul nourishing properties aside, it is a veritable feast for all the senses with its eye-catching colours, unique aromas, interesting textures and distinctive flavours. Even though Indian food prepared anywhere from small household kitchens to fancy Michelin star restaurants is utterly lip smacking, Indian wedding food is just spectacular!

Spread of Indian Food | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

The decadence of Indian wedding food begins with the mind-boggling spread of delicacies laid out for the guests to enjoy at every function. The menus are curated to correspond to the caste, community and religion of the families of the couple and include traditional dishes as well as modern cuisines to suit everyone’s palate. It is extremely common to have all vegetarian food throughout the wedding festivities and while that may seem completely ridiculous to those who love their meat, the delectable vegetarian fare served up at Indian weddings is sure to have them licking their fingers in no time.

North Indian wedding spreads usually feature heavily Mughlai influenced dishes that include a lot preparations of paneer, creamy curries, tandoori meats and buttery naans. Coastal Hindu weddings like Goan and Konkan have mainly crab and fish based curries while South Indian wedding food menus are big on rice dishes like lemon rice and curd rice with a variety of vegetables, lentils and even dosas. Traditional South Indian weddings are often served on long banana leaves without plates and cutlery as guests are expected to eat with their hands.

Irrespective of the kind of Indian wedding or even the scale and grandeur of the celebrations, the wedding food is the highlight of every Indian wedding and there is every chance that wedding guests will leave the affair with their taste buds completely satisfied and their bellies significantly larger after gorging on everything on offer. If you happen to be invited to your first Indian wedding, are in the midst of planning one or are an incorrigible food fiend then read on for a list of some totally scrumptious Indian wedding food that cannot be missed.

1. Chaat Counters

Chaat Counters | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

Chaats are the ideal mid-day hunger pang solutions and starters for those long Indian wedding ceremonies that go on for hours. After the initial excitement of the baraat dancing and the first glimpse of the bride in her finery, chances are you will be ravenous from all the excitement. These deep fried concoctions in different shapes and sizes are served with a combination of sweet and savoury sauces and mixed up in live counters to suit each person’s taste preference of sweet, spicy or tangy. From light and airy Bhel Puris, Sev Puris and Paani Puris to the slightly more filling Dahi Bhalla Chaats and Papdi Chaats there is something for every kind of hunger. These yummy Indian specialties are often the busiest of all the live counters and with very good reason.

2. Butter Chicken / Paneer Butter Masala

Butter Chicken | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

Indian curry fanatics who are not Indian maybe shocked to find out that their beloved Chicken Tikka Masala isn’t really an Indian curry but an anglicized version of the mouth-watering Butter Chicken that is a North Indian wedding food staple. Soft chicken pieces that melt in the mouth are marinated with yogurt and spices then added to a fiery red curry chock full of flavour and Indian herbs.

Paneer Butter Masala | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

This rich and creamy gravy based dish accompanied with naan or rice has put Indian food on the world food map. Vegetarians can devour Paneer Butter Masala that is an equally tasty and not at all inferior substitute for the famous Butter Chicken.

3. Biryani

Biryani | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

Another world renowned Indian dish and Indian wedding food menu favourite is the Biryani. The rice dish is prepared in a variety of ways in different parts of India. Biryanis can be made with a combination of meats, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and spices. Some also include raisins for some sweetness that cuts through the rich and spicy taste.

 

4. Jalebi and Rabdi

Although these can be had at any time of the year from any sweet shop, the lovely thing about serving Jalebi and Rabdi at an Indian wedding is the ability to have them made freshly and watch the process.

Jalebi Being Made | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

A sweet-maker pours the sweet jalebi mixture in boiling hot oil in circular shapes through a piping bag and as the batter takes on a lovely golden yellow colour it is then injected or mixed with sugar syrup. Perfectly cooked warm jalebis that are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside served with cold rabdi top the list of every Indian wedding food menu wish list. Plus the sweet maker churning out those gorgeous jalebis doubles up as entertainment for the guests while they wait patiently for their sweet treats.

Jalebi | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

5. Gola

Colourful Gola | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

The Indian ice-lolly or snow cone dunked in numerous flavoured syrups and served in cups or on stickswould make a charming addition to any Indian wedding food menu for destination weddings by the beach or in hot weather. Not to mention the oh-so-colourful display of all the different coloured and flavoured syrups that will add a whimsical touch to the décor.

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Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

Following on from my last ‘Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding’ post, here are five more destinations that I think are wonderfully romantic and offer a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. As with the last post, I have tried to include some places that are less well known and more on the quirky side. Enjoy – hope this gives you some inspiration!

6. Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon

This is literally Disneyland for Bollywood lovers. Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon near Delhi is renowned for its Bollywood musicals and would make a unique destination wedding location.

Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

Although the venue is still to host a full-fledged Asian wedding they already organise Bollywood Dandiya nights. If you happen to be an ardent first-day-first-show watching Bollywood fan and have the moolah to book the place out for an entire day then the Kingdom of Dreams with its posse of talented performers could liven up any wedding day.

Kingdom Of Dreams | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

 

7. Neemrana Fort, Jaipur

Ofcourse any list of beautiful wedding destinations in India will be incomplete without a mention of Jaipur. The blue city is replete with spectacular wedding locations in terms of palaces but we are more interested in the Neemrana Fort that could easily be the best destination wedding location in India.

Neemrana Fort, Jaipur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

This astoundingly rustic fort would make the perfect rugged blank canvas on which to paint your wedding story. The fort itself is completely devoid of colour unlike the palaces, which means that every colour will pop and your pictures will be nothing short of breathtaking.

Neemrana | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

8. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Known for its ancient Wats or temples and life-like wax statues of Buddhist monks, Chiang Mai is has a certain vintage charm that is sorely missing from the more popular choices for Asian weddings like Bangkok and KohSamui.

Chiang Mai | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

The DharaDhevi Hotel is a truly mystical property that resembles an ancient city of temples much like Chiang Mai. It provides the perfect amalgamation of Asian cultures for a destination wedding location that everyone will remember for years to come.

9. Hrishkesh

For the deeply spiritual there is something cathartic about start their new lives as man and wife along the banks of the River Ganges. Revered by Hindus as the holiest of rivers, the water from the Ganges or Gangajal is used is every important ritual because it is believed to cleanse the soul and ward off bad energies around oneself.

Hrishikesh | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

The holy city of Rishikesh with the flowing Ganges and snow capped mountains all around form the ideal picturesque destination for an Asian wedding that is distinctly sombre and religious.

Hrishikesh | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

10. Mahabalipuram

If you want some fun in the sun but also want the traditional Asian wedding at a religious shrine then head to Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

This place offers the best of both worlds with combination of beaches and temples. Have your pre-wedding parties by the beach with not just cocktails and dancing but also some exploratory boat rides to check out some underwater temples followed by the wedding ceremony at one of the numerous ancient, detailed and immaculately preserved temples.

Sunset at Mahabalipuram | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

If you’re still undecided then pop in a DVD of the movie “Two States” that ends with a romantic wedding shot at one of the many temples of Mahabalipuram. The charming lead pair beaming at each other lovingly in the serene landscape will have your heart melting and mind racing to get geared up for an Asian wedding to remember.

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