You guys know, I am a total sucker for a big wedding dress. So, when Ruby emailed me telling me she wore a traditional wedding dress for her Nikkah, I knew this wedding was going to be at the top of my favorites even before I saw a single photograph. This creative bride infused her personality all throughout her wedding week. Today’s feature is filled with unique South Asian wedding ideas...but my favorite is the gem themed table numbers. Too cute.
From Ruby : We wanted to celebrate our wedding in a different style. Our inspiration was to do something that would represent us....a blend of east and west. We wanted both an American and Desi way of celebrating and just couldn't decide which one to do.... so we ended up doing both. We are so glad that we made this choice because our wedding celebrations were a total blast from east to west!
Nikkah (actual marriage ceremony amongst Muslims) was a very intimate event. We decided on afternoon outdoor ceremony following by a reception indoors. (Theme) we wanted something classy with a modern twist so we ended up with contemporary black and white. A traditional white wedding dress, bridesmaids, groomesmen and flower girl completed the look of an American wedding. Since our entire party (guests) were desi, we asked help of our non-desi friend to coordinate and give an authentic look to the entire event. That really helped because she knew exactly which order to put people when walking down the aisle. To make things go smoothly the day of, we made sure that everyone practiced the day before on location.
It was a beautiful ceremony on a perfect august afternoon. Entire day was full of emotions from smiles, laughs, and few tears. After the ceremony we moved into the reception hall where we were greeted with lots of love. Details were amazing and we really have to thank my sister hena who paired up with a good friend Kamran and together they worked on flowers and decore. To give a little more customize look to our tables, instead of naming tables 1, 2, 3...I (ofcourse my name being ruby) decide to name each-tables as different gems. Each table was named after a gem and had a big size rock( we got those at Micheals) representing that gem. Bunch of Rubys (plastic ofcourse) were spread all along the cake table, sweetheart table, and placed carefully into each centerpieces to add to the event.
A surprise slideshow, with spectacular speeches, entertaining dance performances, and a live band(all friends) really rocked the party. It was a sit-down dinner with assigned seating. Although sit-down dinner are a great idea and give a really fancy look, we were afraid that might make our party a little too formal so we decided to lighten up things by having falooda mock-tails and asking everyone to join us on the stage for funny photo shoots. Once people got up and moved around, it created a much more relaxed atmosphere. After the cider toast, photo shoot, it was time to start entertainment. My younger touched me by dedicating and singing an incredible song about "sisters". It was so incredibly sweet and made so many people emotional including me. Then to change gears and lighten up the party My brother and friends showed off their moves in their dance performances. Since it was a small event, everyone felt so comfortable with each other and decided to rock on the dance floor. Yup every single person got up and danced the night away.
Many more amazing décor and design ideas coming up tomorrow. See you then!