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Welcome to Maharani Weddings

At Maharani Weddings, we believe that every bride deserves the fairytale wedding of her dreams! Here at MaharaniWeddings.com you will find glittering seeds of inspiration for every aspect of your upcoming wedding. In addition to profiling some of the most spectacular Indian weddings from around the globe through interviews, pictures, and videos, we also hand-pick and share a list of the best Indian wedding vendors in our Maharani Weddings Platinum Guide. From event planners to photographers, dj's, florists, cinematographers, makeup artists, mehndi artists, you name it... you’ll find connections to every resource you could ever need for all your wedding ceremonies and celebrations.

Leesburg, VA Indian Wedding by Lin & Jirsa Photography

Happy Friday, ladies! How about a new love story before we get to the weekend? If you were looking for inspiration, you can't miss Grishma & Hardik's sweet and charming wedding celebration as it packs all the things we love and so much more! So, join us, and get ready to be amazed! Due to COVID and the fact that these two lovebirds work in the health care field, their wedding had many changes. They went back and forth with tons of decisions they had to make. Still, when the big day arrived, everything turned out to be just perfect. Amidst a sweet and soft-colored decor crafted by Liz Decoration and surrounded by their family and closest friends, Grishma & Hardik tie the knot and started their very own happily ever after. And guess who was there to captured this sweet and charming moment? You guessed it! It was none other than Lin & Jirsa Photography, whose talent and expertise in immortalizing life-changing events is out of the question. Both our lovebirds looked fantastic during the entire festivities; still, it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show after being glamorized by SKS Salon. The exquisite makeup and hairstyle, complemented with the fashionable lengha by Sequenize India and the artistic Mehndi by Makeup by Mala, praised this Maharani's beauty, making her look like a goddess. Without any questions, this was a dreamy look! After the ceremony hosted at the Raspberry Plain Manor, there was an intimate reception animated by M4U Events. And oh boy, it was a night to remember! Don't miss any detail of this celebration by heading over to this spectacular gallery. It is worth the while, and you will get tons of inspiring ideas!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met through a mutual friend. He was "the one" at first sight. He was love at first sight.
He was comfort, he made me feel at home, he made me feel secure and most important of them all...he came home on date #2 to meet my parents!!

He sat there sweating bricks as my father stared at him with his bug eyes. He sat there sweating even when my father told me to "turn off the fan" on a hot April, Sunday! He left me in shock. He was so real, so true and so genuine. Now and even today!

Of course dad said "he was just OK" but who wouldn't say that? After all, he is giving his daughter away!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I ALREADY KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN! My fiancé, at that time, is terrible at keeping surprises.

I didn't waste any time: nails done, hair chopped/colored, and new dress ordered! I looked my best and went with the flow of the day.

It was May 4, 2019, a warm summer day in Washington D.C.
It will always be special place as this was where our first date took place. We went kayaking in the Georgetown river. All dressed up to go Kayaking (we still laugh about this today!).

Shortly after, we walked over to the dock, where he made signs with personal engraved messages confessing his love for me! We walked down the dock, with flower petals and photos from the past. He got down on one knee and said "I don't want to wait another day..."

Our eyes were filled with tears, hearts were fluttering all around. We were surrounded by all of our siblings who helped Hardik plan this special day. Later that night at dinner with our families, Hardik announced that our Engagement will be on June 7, 2019. Now that's a story which is exclusive from the proposal story!

God bless his soul!

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We started wedding planning around 12/2019. A three week trip to India, where Hardik spent time meeting my family, celebrating my first cousins wedding, wedding shopping for us and most importantly, eating Bombay sandwiches and Gol Gappe's every chance we got.

Wedding planning is definitely stressful. All of our vendors, however, were readily available so it was not too difficult to pick out the vendors. I was also inclined to put in a great deal of trust in all of our vendors. This was the most important for me, prior to booking a vendor, having a clear conversation and explaining your vision to them was a task I tried to prioritize.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
RED RED and ALWAYS RED. There was no question about this.
Like every bride, I took the screen shots from Instagram and Pinterest to take to India while shopping. However, once I got there, I did not bother looking at those inspiration pictures!

I went into a shop in Baroda - walked up 2-3 flights of stairs. They showed me about 7-10 outfits and by the end of the hour I decided on a dress! It had to be custom made secondary to applying the perfect shade of RED! I had a fat Amul Cheese Bombay Sandwich. Walked out with a belly full and my father's bank account a bit in distress! After all, he is giving his daughter away!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
For someone that is a total organization freak - the best part was crossing T's and dotting the I's!
We loved a lot of moments of wedding planning: food tasting, making a trip to India (even though stressful, we do recall moments of happiness that drifted through our long days).

I remember speaking to my day of coordinator who made me feel in harmony amongst the stress and this was one of my most enjoyable times!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had a "COVID wedding!" So needless to say, our guests loved that they got to ATTEND a wedding in August 2020.

The energy was vibrant, our guests were humble and kind. Hardik and I felt the love from each and every individual that attended our wedding. We were touched. Our guests FELT TOUCHED. We couldn't ask for anything more but their blessings!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes. It was the moment where I did my first look with Hardik. It was the moment where the sacred cloth fell once I got on to the mandap and his eyes were overjoyed. It was those emotional moments on the mandap where my eyes were filled with tears and Hardik was by my side. Those are the precious moments I will never forget.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
So many words, not enough space and time. To be a bride was a very special moment for me. and I will tell all the other brides this as well: THIS IS YOUR MOMENT.

Disagreeing with your closest family members and your companion is something that is frequently noticed. And it is OK. People will give your their opinions during a sensitive time that you may not like, you have to be able to differentiate to pick out the good, and ditch the rest.

It is okay to feel anxious and overwhelmed. It is okay to feel that your tasks seem never ending. It is okay to tell people around you to be GENTLE towards you. It is okay to say "please tr to give only positive feedback." The wedding is always focused on the bride.

Focus on the fact that your family is giving you away, all the years they spent taking care of you is leading up to the moment that you are strong, capable, and independent of creating a family. Remember from fiancé to fiancée - you are about to transition to husband and wife - your relationship will elevate to a higher sense of belonging, respect, and new ups and downs of life.

So cheers to that! Because one thing is for sure, your big day will go by in a flash and all you will have is one another & a box full of memories to hold on to!

Have a great weekend, ladies! See you on Monday for more.

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DJ: M4U Events | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Raspberry Plain Manor | Floral & Decor: Liz Decoration | Hair & Makeup: SKS Salon | Catering: Chowpatty Catering | Bridal Fashions: Sequenize India | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Sudarshan Cards | Mehndi Artist: Makeup by Mala | Event Planner: MFT Events | Photography: Lin & Jirsa Photography


Atlanta, GA Indian Wedding by Weddings By Shooting Stars

Hello, ladies! Get ready to enjoy Dimpi & Kalpesh's lovely wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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Photography: Weddings by Shooting Stars | Cinematography: Weddings by Shooting Stars | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Ami | Venue: The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North | Planning & Design: Desai Designs By Ushma Desai | Floral & Decor: Finishing Touch Decor | Baraat/DJ: DJ Ameet


Philadelphia, PA Indian Wedding by Joseph Minasi Studios

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! After a couple of weeks of enjoying the fantastic weddings featured in our Best of 2020 Magazine, it is time to share a new film with all of you. So get ready to enjoy all the fabulous details and insights surrounding Riddhima & Anish's wedding, thanks to the highlighted film captured by Joseph Minasi Studios. From beginning to end, today's intimate wedding celebrated at Andalusia will make you sigh and will surely put a smile on your face! The exception planning by Ace of Events and the marvelous decor put together by Elegant Affairs Inc. could only be surpassed by the captivating look of our gorgeous Maharani Riddhima. She burst into the scene looking like a vision of beauty after being pampered by Makeup by Anita. The exquisite makeup and sleek hairstyle combined with the fantastic Mehndi designed by Bhavna's Henna and Arts praised the innate beauty of this Maharani. Hands down, a dreamy look for this long-awaited day. For a full reveal of all the beauty and amazingness of this event, hit play below and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale.

What a lovely film! Don't forget to join us tomorrow for a new love story, we have prepared something special for you!

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Mehndi Artists: Bhavna’s Henna and Arts | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Anita | Sangeet Venue: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Andalusia | Planning & Design: Ace of Events | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Catering: Chef Gaurav Anand | DJ: HE Events NY | Cinematography: Joseph Minasi Studios | Event Designer: Vikram Panicker | Photography: Salwa Photography


Ypsilanti, MI Indian Wedding by Ray Anthony Photography

Happy Tuesday, Maharanis! Don' miss Ahimsa & Rishi's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog.  

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Planning & Design: Utsav Planners,Inc. | Floral & Decor: Utsav Planners,Inc. | DJ: DJ Ice & Fresh Productions | Venues: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | Florist: Michael B. Anthony | Garland & Hair Flowers: Aiswarya Flowers | Welcome Sign & Wedding Party Favor Coasters: InstaEtch Studio | Priest: Shastriji Giriswami | Hair: Kim Quraishi | Makeup: Amanie Mokdad | Catering (Mehendi): Taste of India Suvai | Catering (Wedding): Rangoli Indian Cuisine | Cake & Treats: Sweet Heather Anne | Cinematography: Media District | Draping/Styling: Ekta Kansara | Mehndi Artist: Ekta Kansara | Wedding Programs: Supriya Kharod | Wedding Favors (Chocolates): Corden Chocolates | Photography: Ray Anthony Photography


Pleasanton, CA Indian Wedding by Wedding Documentary

Happy Monday, ladies! Let's start this week with an extra boost of inspiration by taking a look at the spectacular shots by Wedding Documentary, showcasing Varsha & Nikhil's outdoor wedding celebration! This time around, we are taking you to a Private Residence at Castlewood Country Club to join these lovebirds in their magical journey into a happily ever after. And believe us, you are going to enjoy this marvelous celebration to the fullest. Saba Decor Rentals crafted a marvelous decor while Nazooq Petals took care of the floral arrangements, and this winning combination resulted in a spectacular event like no other we've seen in quite a while! From the outdoor ceremonies to the intimate reception, everything was beautiful beyond words. But nothing compared to the jaw-dropping look of our gorgeous Maharani after being pampered by TM's Makeup Artistry and Pratixa. Hands down, a dreamy look for this ultra special day. If you want to check more of this wedding celebration, don't miss this spectacular gallery. We're sure you will get tons of inspiring ideas from it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We met for the first time while in grad school in Florida for a game night with a group of friends. We didn’t really keep in touch after that and just followed each other on social media. Three years later we both ended up in California for work. Nikhil saw a story of mine in instagram and dm’d me. We decided to meet eventually and he drove an hour and half to meet me in San Diego. One thing led to the other and here we are :)

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
There was no formal proposal. It was very organic. We just realized we wanted to be with each other for the long run and get married.

Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
Our wedding was initially supposed to happen in Chennai, India. But then 2020 happened. Our parents were pretty sure that they wanted us to go ahead with the wedding even if they couldn’t attend. We initially considered pushing it, but just having no idea when things would get better, we decided to go ahead with the wedding on the planned date, but in California instead. While our parents couldn’t attend we had family in SoCal and in the Bay Area. We finally decided on this beautiful castle like venue in Pleasanton. A friend of mine went to the wedding venue multiple times and FaceTimed me, so that I could tour the place. The actual planning of the wedding took place over four different time zones as my Dad lives in the UAE, my mom and Nikhil’s mom in India, my sister in Toronto and us here in California. My aunt and cousin were instrumental in the whole planning process. They set up this super helpful google doc with options for vendors, websites for and outfits. We could not have pulled this wedding off without them! I used this google doc as my reference and slowly researched about each vendor and fixed on my final vendor list. Another aunt of mine suggested Sri Caterers for food catering. One of the best decisions we made as far as this wedding was concerned. Nikhil and me worked on curating a menu that would have Tamil, Telugu and Kannadiga elements to it. The food turned out to be super aunthentic and tasty. I coordinated with Sania regarding the color scheme and decor over multiple phone calls. Since I was getting everything done from San Diego, I could only connect with my vendors virtually. Our outfits were all ordered online after phone and video calls to the stores that we bought them from in Bangalore. I sent a sample blouse to my aunt and she got my wedding blouses stitched for me in the Bay Area. As far as makeup was concerned, I was basically looking for an artist that would ensure that my makeup looked natural and I looked like myself on my wedding day. Pratixa did a wonderful job with that! I shopped for my accessories online at Vriksham. They helped me put together the right accessories that would suit both my sarees. Sarees and accessories all had to be approved by my sister. She is always my go to for anything related to clothes and fashion :)  Photography, Videography and live-streaming was very important to us as our parents would not be there physically for the wedding. After going through various portfolios and live-streaming links, we decided on Wedding Documentary. We don’t regret that decision one bit. Everyone was all praise for the streaming and we love our wedding videos and photos. For the wedding background music, we requested people in singers in our families to record and send it to us. So it truly felt very personal.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I just knew I wanted one of my outfits to be a blush pink saree and I found the perfect one at Janardhana Silks.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Having done everything virtually and seeing it all come to fruition on the wedding day was the best part. It turned out exactly as we had planned.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone loved the venue and the food :) I think another aspect of the wedding, the guests appreciated were the personalized gift bags we ordered on Etsy with each of the wedding guest’s name etched on it.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The Saptapadi. That moment was beautiful. With Sita Kalyanam sung by Nikhil’s mom playing in the background :)

But to me the most special part of the wedding was that involved the efforts of so many people. We could not have pulled any of this off without our family and friends. While our parents couldn’t  make it to the wedding physically, they were involved in every aspect of the planning and were present throughout virtually.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
There will be moments when you will be extremely overwhelmed or frustrated during the planning. Make sure you have your closest friends or family on speed dial for those moments! Definitely helps to vent every now and then :) But seriously, just trust that everything will work out in the end! You have probably already taken care of anything that was in your control.

What a great way to start this week, isn't it, ladies? Remember that we have new stories every day, so make sure to join us tomorrow for more!

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence at Castlewood Country Club | Decor: Saba Decor Rentals | Floral: Nazooq Petals | Hair & Makeup: TM's Makeup Artistry | Hair & Makeup: Pratixa | Catering: Sri Catering | Photography: Wedding Documentary


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