I have a soft spot in my heart for Indian weddings—the vibrant colors, the gorgeous henna painted hands, the intricate gold jewelry and the age-old traditions. How could you not love a wedding that lasts for days on end? There are more and more photos of Indian weddings that cross my desk each day, so I know they’re popular. (I choose the real weddings to feature in Bridal Guide’s “Wedding Album” section, so I get a sneak peek at a lot of celebrations.)
I was lucky enough to get some insider secrets on planning an Indian bash from Sneh Mehtani—and her son Shaun—of The Mehtani Group, which has been planning these celebrations throughout New Jersey for over a decade. Here’s what they advise:
Plan pre-wedding festivities.
Sometimes the Mehndi (henna party) and Sangeet (rehearsal dinner with “lots of drinking and singing,” according to Mehtani) can be the most memorable and fun parts of the wedding.
Decorate in red.
“Red is traditionally the color of matrimony in Indian weddings, so try to use reds in your theme,” says Mehtani. “Gold creates a great compliment to red and will create an elegant feel.”
Use Indian flavors.
“Spice plays a big role in Indian food,” says Mehtani. “Incorporate that into mixed beverages by serving Mango Lassi Bellinis and Grilled Pineapple & Cracked Pepper Martinis.”
Grilled Pineapple & Cracked Pepper Martini (as served by The Mehtani Group)
a stunning mix of freshly grilled succulent pineapple muddled with lemon juice and chamomile syrup, then aggressively shaken with peppercorn-infused belvedere vodka – served straight up
For the groom’s entrance, go ahead and rent a horse so he can ride in. “Horses are readily available for children’s parties,” says Mehtani, so one shouldn’t be too hard to find. Also, asking your bridesmaids in saris instead of typical bridesmaids gowns will add tradition and beauty.
Check out these photos from weddings The Mehtani Group has planned:
Are you planning a cultural celebration? Are you going traditional, or giving the bash a modern spin? Tell us about it!
Posted by Elena at 10:01 a.m.