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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.

Columbus, OH Indian Fusion Wedding by Emily Barbarita Photography

Good morning, Maharanis! Another lovely day is here with a new story to share with all of you. Our protagonists for this entry are Palak & Neel, a match made in heaven that will delight every single one of you with their romance! These sweethearts had a phenomenal celebration at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Columbus North-Worthington. There was a cheerful atmosphere at all times, thanks to DJ Samir Productions' tremendous skills. I am sure the attendants were enchanted by more than the ambiance. This couple had everything you could imagine!  From the live music, the Orchestra Saregama of Chicago finely performed to the delicious cake courtesy of Simply Rolled Ice Cream, every aspect of this wedding was a charm! And our couple got to enjoy it without a worry, trusting the B3 Event Management team of experts to bring all of it together and give everybody an unforgettable night. I adored so many things about this celebration, but my all-time favorite is our Maharani, Palak. Get ready to be dazzled, ladies, because she looked glorious!  Her attire's soft colors and the artistic makeup Formality by Tiffany did for her are flawless. Palak was a ray of sunshine the whole time! And the charming groom, Neel, was the night in shining armor we all read about in every fairytale with his polished clothing and natural enchantment. Our couple was definitely the main event thought the day. None of their loved ones will ever let go of the perfect frame Palak and Neel created on this splendid summer day.  Regardless, Emily Barbarita Photography ensured this by taking incredible pictures of the event to enjoy whenever they please and keep their special day intact eternally.  We have this magnificent gallery ready to give you some inspiration. Go for it, dears!  

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
It was love at first sight! We met 11 years ago at garba and couldn’t help ourselves from introducing each other.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Neel proposed to me in a gazebo by the lake around sunset! It was absolutely breathtaking. Our family was able to join us after the proposal as well.

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 vendors were amazing, we were incredibly lucky that many of them were accommodating especially with COVID.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted a traditional red outfit for the wedding and something more modern for the reception. I bought both pieces at Asopalav and had a wonderful experience there!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The time you spend with your family is priceless.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone loved the decor, they felt they were transported to a fairytale! The other key highlight is we had fresh rolled ice cream.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I love our first-look before the wedding. Neel and I were able to share our vows with each other privately before the full ceremony.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don't get too wrapped up in things that could go wrong and enjoy every second of the events, it goes by fast!

I hope you loved this story as much as I did. Keep coming back for more!

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Asheville, NC Engagement Session by Hakim's Studio

Hello, ladies! Today's love story featuring Selina & Amirali is available in the Platinum Guide Blog.

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That's a wrap for today ladies. Hope you have enjoyed this engagement session as much as I did!

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Photography: Hakim's Studio | Engagement Venue: Biltmore Estate


Albany, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Studio KSD

Happy Wednesday, Maharanis! The filmy day of the week has finally arrived, and I am excited to give you an insight into Shabeen & Asad's gorgeous wedding day. These lovebirds had an unmatchable celebration at the lavishing The Desmond Hotel Albany. The luxury and elegance of this venue captured our couples' attention from day one, making it the perfect place to start a new chapter in their lives. Complemented with Abhishek Decorators' unblemished decor, the guests were surrounded by romance at all times. Our couples' choice of color palette was rich and unique, going for deep and solid colors for their reception and a more traditional white for the ceremony. The marvelous bride, Shabeen, was styled by the proficient Karuna Chani KC Makeup with some smooth and artistic makeup and gorgeous coiffure. Laila Budhwani was in charge of Shabeen's mehndi, and it was everything she could wish for! Her divine reception attire from Elan Atlanta is one of my favorite details from this celebration. It is stunning, Maharanis. You cannot miss it! During the ceremony, Shabeen dazed with a lovely wedding dress from Zuria Dor, enchanting her soulmate once again. And Asad looked dapper, too, with his elegant garments from Suit Supply. They were a match made in heaven, and all the attendants could agree! Of course, our couple had more than looks to offer their guests; they had Cake Street Sweets' tasty creations to delight everyone's palate and a vivid atmosphere courtesy of Premier DJ Usa PSAV. The whole event was immortalized by Studio KSD's team of accomplished professionals. The cinematography is breathtaking! We have the brilliant video available for you, dears. Just click on the play button below and get your boost of inspiration!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

Asad and I met seven years ago in New York through a mutual friend. I was actually considering leaving New York at the time so I wasn't interested in getting into a serious relationship. About a year into us dating and I received a job offer in Chicago. I assumed we would end things knowing that long-distance is incredibly challenging but his overwhelming support of my career, the opportunity in front of me, and his prioritization of what I wanted to do was one of the first times I realized how special our relationship was. There was never one single moment in which I "knew he was the one." The next six years of dating (including three years of long-distance!) were a culmination of little moments full of love, support, and growth and both of us decided to choose happiness with each other.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!

The day we got engaged was one of the funniest days of our relationship. We decided to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens since neither of us have ever seen the cherry blossoms in NYC. When we got there the ticket collector claimed we had 3 tickets but there were only 2 of us there. Asad is a pretty calm person so he made me move on quickly (I was getting ready to call our bank about being overcharged!). We started walking through the gardens and stopped in the lavender fields. Asad asked what I thought was a stranger taking a picture of us with our polaroid camera. (Side note: he had gotten very obsessed with polaroid cameras the week before and insisted we bring the polaroid camera to the gardens). It was there that he proposed and to this day, I'm pretty sure I never even said yes to his question as all I could get out of my mouth was "Oh my god!" Everyone around us started cheering and it turned out we were in fact a group of three because that stranger he asked to take a photo of us was actually a photographer he had hired for the day. We then spent the day doing a beautiful photoshoot around the gardens. Our families surprised us later by decorating our apartment and taking us out to dinner that evening. I've never smiled and laughed so much in one day.

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.

It takes a village to plan an Indian wedding! With five events on the agenda, a pandemic that wasn't going anywhere, and two huge loving families wanting to be involved in the planning process, we knew we had our work cut out for us. Having an older sister and lots of girl cousins who had planned their own weddings before I was a great place for me to start my planning process. We began our venue search in Albany, NY since Asad's family lives there. We thought it would be easier and more Covid-friendly to space our guests out upstate instead of in New York City. With that in mind, we tried to utilize a mix of local Albany and New York City vendors. Finding vendors who could help us design and execute a vision wasn't easy, but once we found the right teams to coordinate with, everything fell seamlessly into place. Asad and I trusted our vendors to let them do what they do best which is why I think everything turned out incredibly.

Special thank you to all the vendors who gave us the wedding of our dreams: Crowne Plaza Albany Desmond Hotel, Studio KSD Photo & Cinema, Abhishek Decorators, DJ Ambition of Premier Entertainment, Moghul Catering, Mazadar Mediterranean Kitchen, Parivar Food & Spices, Karuna Chani Makeup, Henna by Laila Budhwani, Brides by Sabaa, Custom Garlands BK by Amara, The Paanwaala, Zuria Dor, Elan Atlanta, Aainaa Fashion, Suit Supply, JinaShili by Shili, Crossover Bollywood Se, SKB Sweets, and CakeStreet Sweets.

How did you select your bridal Lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?

I've always loved the idea of having a traditional Indian wedding. I felt it was powerful to partake in the traditions that millions of Indian brides before me had experienced. While I didn't have a specific color in mind for my Nikah or Reception outfits, I assumed I would wear red for one of my wedding events. What would end up happening was way out of my control! Travel and in-store bridal appointments were limited because of Covid so I took to Instagram for inspiration. I stumbled across the gorgeous blue-green Maera bridal saree from Pakistani designer, Zuria Dor, and as much as I tried to look at other options, I couldn't get that stunning piece out of my head. My Nikah saree was the first outfit I picked (out of 5 events) so I figured I would wear red for my Reception. I looked for months for something special and tried on every shade of red I could find but nothing spoke to me. It wasn't until my mother-in-law and I discovered that gold, stone-studded bridal Lengha from Elan in Atlanta that I knew I had found my Reception outfit. I may not have ended up not wearing red for any of my Wedding events but tradition is even more fun when you get to make it your own!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?

We went the extra mile to make sure our guests had a memorable and enjoyable weekend celebrating us and we're so grateful they could share in our love. We heard many compliments ranging from the amazing food (thank you Moghul Catering!) to the stunning decor (thank you Abhishek Decorators!) and all the details in between. There was a lot to be happy about that weekend and we loved that our wedding could bring everyone together (cheers for having a covid-free wedding!). Our favorite compliment has to be everyone telling us how happy we looked like a bride and groom. We were overjoyed to be tying the knot and I love that everyone could see the joy on our faces and feel our excitement in the room.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?

Walking down the aisle with my older brother on my arm and my husband tearing up in front of all of our loved ones is a memory that constantly replays in my mind. I walked out to Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" played by our incredible string quartet (thank you Hudson String Quartet!). We practiced walking down the aisle in our living room that week but no amount of practice can prepare you for how emotional and remarkable that moment will be! Locking eyes with my husband during that song is a memory I'll cherish forever. The room was full of friends and family but Asad was the only one I could see.

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.

I decided on a color scheme early on for each of the five wedding events. That helped guide our decor and outfit selections from the start. Both of our families love to dance so we knew the Sangeet night would be a night to remember. My amazing siblings, cousins, and friends blew me away on the night of the Sangeet (including a surprise dance - thanks Nitin and Mun!). Asad's family, cousins, and aunts all had incredible dance performances and his immediate family even pulled me into one which was so sweet and welcoming. Since we got married on Halloween weekend, we decided to set up a Halloween table full of treats and games at the Reception for the kids forced to attend our wedding. It was the least we could do for taking Halloween weekend away from them! We made it a point to spend as much time as possible with our guests and our vendors because we really wouldn't have had as magical of a wedding weekend without the people in that room.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?

Plan for all the big and small details until you're exhausted and right before your events start, let it all go so you can focus on the person you're going to marry. When something goes wrong (and it inevitably will), remind yourself how lucky you are to be surrounded by people willing to help and support you. Take pauses to soak in every moment you can because I promise, all you will really remember is how happy you felt looking at your person. P.S. Try not to sweat the small stuff - no one really cares what shade of white your tablecloths are!

I hope you are feeling inspired, ladies. I'll you soon with more romance!

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Cinematography: Studio KSD | Photography: Studio KSD | Sangeet Venue: The Desmond Hotel Albany | Ceremony Venue: The Desmond Hotel Albany | Reception Venue: The Desmond Hotel Albany | Floral & Decor: Abhishek Decorators | Hair & Makeup: Karuna Chani KC Makeup | Catering: Moghul Caterers | DJ: Premier DJ Usa PSAV | Bridal Fashions: Zuria Dor | Cake & Treats: Cake Street Sweets | Mehndi Artist: Laila Budhwani | Tuxedos: Suit Supply | Bride's Reception Outfit: Elan Atlanta | Groom's Ceremony Outfit: Aainaa Fashion | Garlands: Custom Garlands BK


Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Indian Fusion Wedding by Shauna and Jordon

Good morning, ladies! Get ready to enjoy Dana & Mithun's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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That's it for today, dear Maharanis. I'll see you soon with more romance and tips!

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Venues: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa | Floral & Decor: Mugwump Productions Event Decor and Design | Ceremony Venue: TPC Sawgrass | Reception Venue: TPC Sawgrass | Floral & Decor: Shea Hopely Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Studio Bride | DJ: Legacy Events 119 | Bridal Fashions: The White Magnolia Bridal | Bridal Fashions: Maggie Sottero Designs | Bridesmaids Fashion: David's Bridal | Cinematography: Heart Happy Films | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Heather O'brien Design | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Shauna and Jordon


Schaumburg, IL Indian Wedding by Gandhi Films and Photos

Hello, dear Maharanis! We hope you are ready for an adventure because we are taking you on a visual journey to Chicago Marriott Schaumburg to enjoy Siddhi & Parthiv's wedding! Due to the pandemic, they had to delay their wedding for two years; however, their families reminded them to keep celebrating their love. The wait was worth it since there was so much beauty, and love overflowing from the traditional ceremonies at the Holiday Day Inn Elk Grove Village that perfection was written everywhere you looked. It was the same perfection and beauty we found in our gorgeous Maharani Siddhi, who walked down the aisle dressed in a fashionable outfit designed by Gauri Alkapuri and rocked a glamorous makeup and sleek hairstyle created by Makeup by Sonu Patel. And this head-turning look would not have been complete without the incredible Mehndi design created by Anisha Creations. As a result, a dreamy look for this long-awaited wedding day! After the ceremony, all guests joined the newlyweds at the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg to celebrate their life milestone with an epic reception party where our Maharani shined with an outfit from Gauri Old Padra Road. To set the musical mood for the evening, our lovebirds decided to bring Dholmaster Sherlock on board, who put everyone to dance with upbeat tunes and the best hits! And, to crown an all-rounded top-of-the-line experience, India House and The Baking Institute cooked delicious plates, so everyone got their favorite food! The wedding brought together all families who were separated during the pandemic to celebrate this unique wedding. You can relive and visit this event through the amazing shots captured by Gandhi Films and Photos.  You are a click away from having a such great time!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?

Parthiv and I met during undergrad at the University of Illinois Chicago. We met our freshman year and were friends throughout. Just another Indian couple who met at UIC. Shocking! Sparks didn’t fly till our senior year, however, we were both too stubborn to acknowledge it. Despite being away for graduate school, we continued to connect and here we are a decade later. His nickname is Party, my nickname is Sid, hence #PartywithSid!

I knew Parthiv was the one when one night after a date my car battery died. He drove to get jump cables, started my car, and then followed my car home to make sure nothing else happened (and he lived in the opposite direction 45 mins away!).

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Parthiv and two of his cousins have their birthday in November. They planned a cousin’s birthday party in Chicago. Three weeks before that, my friend was trying on dresses for a wedding she was attending, she and my other friend convinced me to buy this red dress I fell in love which my friend was wearing (little did I know they were ensuring I wore something beautiful to my proposal). His cousin's wife took me to get our nails done the day before just because (little did I know she was ensuring I had my nails done for the proposal). Parthiv insisted before we go out we should get some quick food, he really wanted Busy Burger (a place were visited A LOT at UIC). We decided we would get food and then meet everyone out. Parthiv called an uber and as we got closer towards UIC campus, he said let’s go take a walk (that’s when I knew!). We walked to the UIC quad and he proposed. It was perfect proposing at the place where our relationship started.

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 originally planned our wedding for May 2020(yes, we were one of many couples impacted by the pandemic). We canceled all our events, moved into our new house, got court married November 2020, and eventually had our wedding weekend August 2021. From engagement to our actual wedding celebrations, we have been planning this wedding for 2+ years!

I did a significant amount of research on all vendors/venues, I have PowerPoints, charts, and excel files to prove it. As a detailed oriented person, I wanted to make sure I looked at many aspects before choosing something. The running joke at the reception was my 47 page wedding weekend timeline (including pictures of locations individuals need to be at, floor outlines, and even the exact time Parthiv needs to wake up, shower, and leave his groom suite).

Our venue and vendors were amazing from beginning to end. They were with us pre-pandemic helping us plan, they went out of their way to accommodate us as we worked thru finding another a date the year after, and they advised on things that I didn’t even think about having in the timeline.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Being the detailed oriented person, I did my research for two months straight before going to India. I knew the color, fabric, design, and style I wanted. My first day of wedding shopping, we went to Gauri-Alkapuri in Baroda, India. I pretty much chose my dress within 2 hours because I knew exactly what would work for me. I choose red because I wanted the wedding ceremony to have a classic romantic vibe. My red bridal lengha popped amongst the white tent and mandap.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I secretly did enjoy spending hours on researching, making all those excel files and the 47-page timeline. I enjoy planning, coordinating, and organizing!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Everyone was just excited to be together! The pandemic distanced family and friends. We were all excited to safely be in one place to party the night away. Every single person in that room was impacted by COVID in some way, and like my cousin said during the reception, everyone deserves a round of applause for preserving.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
I still can’t stop thinking about the amazing dances we had at our reception. Special shout out to our 30 person bridal party and group of friends for the skit and dance, it represented the bride, groom, and the relationship!

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For my Grah Shanti and mehndi, I wanted to honor the traditional values, the respect and love in my circle of friends/family, and the fun relationship of the bride and groom. For my Grah Shanti, I wore the blouse my sister wore to her Grah Shanti 6 years prior (my something old!). Our Mahrej for this event was a close family friend who did my sister’s Grah Shanti and my cousin’s Ganesh thapia. For my mehndi, we celebrated Raksha Bandhan, danced to songs my friends and I performed at other weddings, and set up some pictures of Parthiv and I as we went thru college. A special moment: my sister and I danced to the same song to each other (Phoolon Ka Taron Sabka Kehna Hai). We surprised each other with it!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It is acceptable to over plan, although things will happen out of your control, you know you put your 200% towards it while it is executed. It is also acceptable to overthink before deciding because when it is executed you know you looked at all aspects prior.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
The coolest part, our wedding photographer/videographer did my parents wedding 30 plus years ago in India! I love that I can say the person who took pictures at my wedding is the same person who took pictures at my parent’s wedding. Other unique details
1. We booked our wedding/reception venue while it was still being remolded(they didn’t even have floor down in the ballroom yet!). We booked it sight unseen (except pictures).
2. My grahshanti and mehndi venue, I found it while doing deep research on the Maharani wedding posts.
3. Our wedding table numbers were in gujurati numbers (a nod to our BIG gujurati families!)

Wedding Ceremony: Red/Gold/White color scheme to emphasize a traditional Indian wedding
Reception: Jewel toned and gold color scheme to emphasize the “party vibes” in an Indian wedding.

I hope you are feeling imaginative, queens. I will see you tomorrow with another happily ever after!

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Grahshanti & Mehndi Night: Holiday Day Inn Elk Grove Village | Sangeet Venue: Holiday Day Inn Elk Grove Village | Ceremony Venue: Chicago Marriott Schaumburg | Reception Venue: Chicago Marriott Schaumburg | Planning & Design: JD Eventz | Floral & Decor: JD Event Design | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Sonu Patel | Catering: India House | DJ: Dholmaster Sherlock | Wedding Outfit: Gauri Alkapuri | Reception Outfit/Grahshanti Outfit: Gauri Old Padra Road | Cake & Treats: The Baking Institute | Cinematography: Gandhi Films and Photos | Mehndi Artists: Anisha Creations | Sequinze: Groom's Wedding Outfit | Photography: Gandhi Films and Photos


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