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Indian Wedding Cake: Treat Yourself To Deliciousness With Palak’s Cakes

No celebration is complete without having a slice of delicious indian wedding cake. Be it a birthday party or anniversary, a wedding ceremony or any other festive occasion, cake is an indispensable part of every event. We all love cakes and pastries, after all it’s the best way to taste the sweetness of happy moments.

Gone are the days when simple cakes used to mark the ceremony, now specialty cakes have taken its place. Fancy cakes with a myriad of flavors and designs are trending these days and are more occasion-oriented. Tier cakes, photo cakes and other edible decoration cakes are the innovative cakes which are liked by everyone.

Bride and Groom Toppers | Treat Yourself To Deliciousness With Palak’s Cakes

About Palak’s Cakes

Palak’s cakes specialise in baking specialty cakes for weddings. The motto is to create occasion-friendly and tasty custom cakes as per the specific requirements of the clients.  With varied options to choose from, the company offers a wide range of trendy wedding cakes with different flavors, frosting and fondant options. Along with Indian wedding cakes, Palak’s Cakes also specialises in cupcakes, cookies and other desserts.

Four-tier Cake | Treat Yourself To Deliciousness With Palak’s Cakes

Cake Flavors

You name it, they deliver! From basic vanilla and chocolate, the list includes exotic flavors like assorted fruit, red velvet, Pina Colada, spice cake, and pineapple, to name a few . You can also get filling flavors of your choice like coconut cream, German chocolate, almond buttercream, vanilla custard, cream cheese, mocha buttercream, lemon curd, cookie cream, chocolate ganache, caramel, hazelnut mousse, etc. Last but certainly not the least, you can complete your custom cake by choosing icing of your choice from their big list of options like butter cream tropical, mousse, cream cheese or fondant.

Treat Yourself To Deliciousness With Palak’s Cakes

How Palak’s Cakes started

The story dates back to 2007 when the owner Palak, had her 1st daughter. Gradually they realised that their daughter was allergic to eggs. So to make sure she would get her due share of cakes, pastries and other goodies like children of her age, she started experimenting with eggless cake recipes. Eventually she realised her passion for baking and became a household name for wedding cakes.

Their forte lies in creating masterpieces as every cake is special and unique in terms of taste and aesthetics. Every cake is prepared with pure love and dedication to deliver nothing but the best.  Indian wedding cake designs are artistic, fancy, theme-oriented and equal importance is given to the flavor and taste. With gorgeous-looking and extremely yummy two or three tier wedding cakes, they make sure that the dessert course stylishly finishes off the wedding feast.

Five-tier Cake | Treat Yourself To Deliciousness With Palak’s Cakes

Other Specialty Variants

Apart from eggless cakes, they also make dairy free, nut free and even gluten free cakes so that people with allergies and intolerance can enjoy their cakes too. For this reason they are among the best in the business as they cater to the needs of huge variety of people.

So, if you have a special occasion coming up and are looking for the cake to order, you know where to head to, to get your dream cake and indulge in deliciousness!

Image source: Palak’s Cakes

Indian Wedding Makeup – My Favourite Looks

Ever think back fondly at those times when as a little girl you flipped through your parents’ wedding album and innocently told your mom how beautiful she looked and how you want to look just like mommy on your own special day? Obviously all our moms looked absolutely stunning on their wedding days. There is no denying or debating that fact because we all look at those pictures with the loving eyes of daughters strolling through memory lane while trying to image what we ourselves might feel when it’s our turn.

Few decades later and it really is your turn to take the plunge and what you might or might not feel on the fateful day is as distant a question as the memory of you as a tiny tot playing dress up with mom’s clothes and makeup. Suddenly you look back at those same pictures and shudder at the pancake faced white washed pictures staring back at you and begin to have nightmares of your own Indian wedding makeup becoming a repeat performance. Worse still, you fear that you might not even look like yourself but like some strange Indian bride character straight out of one of those horrendous Indian soap operas that never end. Adding further fuel to your hellish makeup hallucinations will be encounters with ‘pro makeup artists’ who are either too traditional with their Indian bridal makeup or are completely inexperienced with Indian wedding makeup as they mostly work with western brides.

If you’re wondering how someone can describe the trials and tribulations of getting Indian wedding makeup just as you want and like it while also narrating the horrors of actually going through the process so accurately then it’s because yours truly was an Indian bride not so long ago. My own fondness (read: obsession) with makeup had become an incurable curse when it was time to take the plunge. Having been engaged for a year, I had amassed a rather large collection of bridal magazines, bookmarked a few thousand blog posts, watched countless YouTube makeup gurus and followed way too many Pinterest boards, all in the name of research for the best Indian wedding makeup.

It wasn’t until I had wasted what felt like a million years that the realization dawned on me that most western media catered to brides in white dresses walking down the aisle in rose hued make up looks. Their makeup tended to be understated and elegant to compliment their ivory wedding gowns. Indian brides in stark contrast wear flaming red lehengas or saris, short and fitted choli blouses, sparkling gold or diamond jewellery and headpieces like maang tikkas and large hair pins. The subtle and pretty makeup looks of western brides would just not suffice with the grandeur of Indian bridal finery.

Suki's Makeup 2 | My Favourite Indian Wedding Makeup

My Indian bridal makeup needed to be statement making and enhance that luscious wedding lehenga hanging in the closet. It also had to compliment the dazzle of the wedding jewellery rather than take away from it. And as if the makeup gods had finally smiled upon me or maybe my over-stimulated and sleep deprived brain just blew a fuse, it came to me as a Eureka moment! All that research would not be for nothing because the key to the best Indian wedding makeup was combining the conventional with the trendy.

A fusion of trends is not an easy path to tread but when done backed-up by your own references of the trends that you love and executed by a skilled and patient makeup artist, it is nothing short of makeup artistry magic. I decided to incorporate everything I cherished from those old photos of my mom like the kohl lined jet black eyes and gold toned eye shadow with the updated and chic twist of punchy lip colours and smokey eyes. I even side stepped the very dated matching your outfit to your Indian wedding makeup bit and picked lip and eye colours that were in the same colour family but various hues of the same colour for an added freshness and fashion forward oomph. In the end I realised that current makeup trends could be beautifully merged with traditional ideas with the right balance of both to ensure your Indian wedding makeup is a reflection of your own personal style and personality.

I hope the following photos will give you some much needed inspiration!

Makeupbymeee | My Favourite Indian Wedding Makeup

Suki's Makeup | My Favourite Indian Wedding Makeup

This beautiful engagement photo of Mandeep was taken at Hilton Eailing. Hair and makeup was done by Suky Aulakh who used geek foiled eye-shadow, 101 double lashes and Anastasia dip-brow for the eyes. Supercover foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit and NYX Copenhagen lip cream combined with ‘diva’ lipstick by Mac Cosmetics completes the facial makeup.
Image sources: Makeupbymee, Suky Aulakh

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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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

Sources: bigfatweddingposters.com, myweddingplanning.in, wedmegood.com, kateaspen.com, bollywoodshaadis.com, onewed.com.

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.

Image Sources: Manusmenu.com, Foodviva.com, Spiceroots.com, Food.ndtv.com, Thebigfatindianwedding.com, India-forums.com, Foodculture.com

Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, been stranded at sea or are a hermit, you must be fully aware that beautiful locations for weddings are the flavour du jour as Asian wedding venues for the glam loving, hash tagging, social media obsessed generation that is tying the knot these days.

Gone are the days of having a simple wedding with close family and friends in your parent’s back garden. Now its all about getting that Instagram worthy selfie with your crew at a truly outstanding and unique destination.

Cool quotients aside with so many romantic destination wedding locations on offer and fantastic deals on travel thanks to a variety of budget airlines, there is absolutely no reason why the world truly can’t be your oyster when it comes to picking a wedding location.

Beautiful Destination Wedding Locations in India

Chances are that you and your to-be are equally matched up socially and we don’t mean that boring list of criteria your parents made you run through before giving you their blessings. We mean that you both probably belong to the same jet setting, fun loving and excited clan of people who are a key ingredient to the recipe for a mind-blowing destination wedding. While that is nothing short of brilliant it also means that if you found your match a little later than your friends, they have probably already ticked the most likely destination wedding locations off the list for you.

If you happen to have already read a few million Asian wedding venue articles that feature the same destinations over and over then you will thank your Google stars that this little article popped open on your browser. What follows is a list of beautiful wedding locations that are likely to impress those with a flair for wanting to do something bold and unexpected.

1. Shimla

The WildFlower Resort in Shimla | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

Set amidst pine clad hills, lush greenery and jaw dropping landscapes, Shimla is a fairly new gem on the map of locations for destination weddings in India. It provides an idyllic escape from the sweltering heat of the metros during those unforgiving Indian summers and the added advantage of having your wedding and forthcoming anniversaries outside of the crazy ‘wedding season’ from November to February. The fact that your guests will love you for giving them the perfect holiday during summer break will be the cherry on top of the serene Himalayan cake. There are a plethora of properties that are adept at handling Asian weddings in Shimla but for a spectacular extravaganza dripping with luxury from start to end nothing beats the fairy tale gorgeousness of The Wildflower Resort.

The Wildflower Resort in Shimla | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

2. Hyderadabad

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Move over Udaipur and Jaipur, there is a new royal wedding destination in the running for the top spot and this one hails from the Nizams. Hyderabad has all the trappings of a modern Indian city but the completely ancient Falaknuma Palace Hotel cements its place on this list. If you want the exuberance and lavishness of a royal palace with every modern amenity then it doesn’t get better than the Falaknuma Palace. Your wedding will give your guests a glimpse of history and a taste of Nizam life plus every contemporary luxury at their disposal. And for those who break into cold sweats at the thought of standing and greeting an endless line of people at their reception, the world’s largest dining table at the 101 Dining Hall can quickly take care of that little hassle.

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Psst….Bollywood fans – This palace also happens to be the wedding venue for Salman Khan’s baby sister Arpita Khan’s lavish star studded affair.

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

3. Havelock Islands, Andaman & Nicobar

Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Dreaming of a beach wedding with pristine waters and soft white sand that isn’t in Goa? Consider Havelock Islands in Andaman and Nicobar instead.
Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

There is no dearth of indulgent resorts and spas with their own private beaches that can whip up some marital bliss inducing magic for your big day right by the water. Adventure sports junkies will revel in the opportunity to go scuba diving and snorkelling in the calm blue waters – now THAT’S something you can’t do in Goa! If you want something completely out of the box then jump in with your wedding finery and take those underwater photos that you always wanted but didn’t know when and how. Your clothes might be ruined but you were never going to wear those again anyway (no matter what you told yourself before buying them) and there is every guarantee of total Facebook and Instagram domination when you upload them.

Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

4. Aamby Valley City, Lonavala

Completely cut off from anywhere else Aamby Valley City with its plush surroundings and moderate to cool temperatures is only a stones throw away from Mumbai. Its isolation from neighbouring Lonavala and Pavna are by design because there really is no reason for guests to leave this city within a city.

Aamby Valley City | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding Aamby Valley city offers its own artificial lake, jungle safari, Swiss chalets and a number of other indoor and outdoor wedding venues that allow you to customize the feel and vibe of each wedding festivity.

Aamby Valley City, Lonavala | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

5. Chikamanglur

No, we aren’t just making up places at this point because we are out of ideas. Chikamanglur may sound like something you would name your pet puppy at 4 but it is in fact the birthplace of coffee. It is about 250 km from Bangalore and reachable by car.

Chikamanglur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

This unconventional and exotic Asian wedding location boasts several massive estates that can accommodate upto 2000 people for that larger than life celebration of your dreams. Throw in some fun activities like coffee picking for the caffeine addicts and a visit to UNESCO sites Belur and Halebidu for the history buffs and you have yourself a big fat Asian wedding for one and all.

The Serai in Chikamanglur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

The Serai in Chikamanglur is a luxury resort built on a coffee estate that offers lots of different splendid accommodation options and a breathtaking backdrop for the ceremony.

Keep your eyes peeled for part 2!

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