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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.

Charlotte, NC Indian Wedding by Afterglow Creative

Happy Friday, beautiful Maharanis! If you were seeking inspiration to start planning your dream wedding, you've come to the right place! Today's romantic story features the lovely wedding festivities between Setu & Shivam, and it packs so many beautiful and inspiring ideas that we cannot wait to share with you. So, let's dive into this magical celebration of love through the impressive shots captured by Afterglow Creative. The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than prepared to unite their lives in marriage. They both looked ravishing, but it was our gorgeous Maharani who stole the show. She looked like a princess thanks to Makeup by Jenny Le, who took care of beauty needs. In case you were wondering who was in charge of planning and designing this cornucopia of beauty and traditional flair, it was none other than Divine Occasions, whose expertise in making brides' dreams come to life is out of the question! Utopian Events crafted enchanting decors to elevate the beauty of this charming wedding, creating the perfect backdrop for these lovebirds to tie the knot. After the wedding ceremony officiated at the Founders Hall, it was time to celebrate the newlyweds in a glamorous reception party hosted at the Hilton Charlotte City Center and fully animated by DJ Rang. They owned the stage and took the reception party to the next level! If you want to relive every moment of this romantic wedding, make sure to visit today's full gallery. Every single shot is a visual masterpiece you don't want to miss, so make sure to check them out!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Shivam and I initially met through a mutual friend in college back in 2007. We went to different universities though so didn’t run into him again until a year and a half later at a friends gathering where we remembered each other and instantly hit it off. After college though, we had plans in other cities so went separate ways but remained close. We reconnected in the same city a few years later and the rest is history!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Every year for the last 6 years or so, Shivam and I go on an international trip with friends. The year of our engagement was no different so we planned a trip to Chile, South America. I was incredibly busy at work during that time so Shivam planned most of the trip - and little did I know, he was also planning the proposal. On the second day of our trip, while we were in an incredibly beautiful part of Patagonia, he popped the question! It was so surprising and unexpected that I yelled “OMFG” - we even have video of it and played it at our wedding reception (of course, with the bad word bleeped out).

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.
A lot of planning went into our wedding and I’m so thankful for all of the incredible vendors that came together to make it happen! My first step was getting a wedding planner and luckily my cousin had just worked with and recommended Kathy Grate at Divine Occasions. Kathy was incredibly easy to work with and really went the extra mile while planning and during the weekend of the wedding as well. Once we partnered with Kathy, all other items came together through recommendations from people we knew or through Kathy - venues were Founders Hall and Hilton in downtown Charlotte, NC and both were very flexible and easy to work with, food and catering was with Bombay Grille and Nishal and his team were amazing - so easy to work with and made some of the best tasting food, outfits were with Sushma Designs and Kalki in India which had some of the best selections for bridal wear, hair and makeup were Jenny Le Makeup and A Step Beyond Beauty who both made me, my family, and bridesmaids look incredible, decor was with Utopian Events which blew everyone away - just fantastic decor, photography and videography was with Afterglow Creative and Cory and his team were such a pleasure to work with and incredibly timely and left us with the most memorable photos and videos, DJ was with DJ Rang who is the best in town, and Henna4Happiness by Minaz who put some of the most beautiful mehndi on my hands and my family and friends hands. There a few other vendors that we worked with that added some extra touches such as ThePaanWaala for custom paan at our Garba, Ultra Mix Events with cold sparklers, and Southern Breezes with horse carriages. And finally, while they are not formal vendors, we cannot thank our family and friends enough for their incredible help and love to bring it all together!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My bridal lengha design was actually quite popular and saw pictures of it on Pinterest. I fell completely in love with it at first sight. I knew I wanted a similar outfit so luckily my mother-in-law and aunt took my mom and I to the best in Mumbai - Sushma Designs - and I was immediately able to find what I was looking for!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
My favorite part was putting in small touches to make our wedding unique and special. For example, we had custom popcorn boxes made that had a drawn image of Shivam and I in our wedding outfits and the bridal party and itinerary on the other sides. They were placed everyone’s chair at the wedding. We also had a trolley for our bridal party after the wedding that took us around Charlotte to celebrate (it was a unique way to do the Vidai). These were just a few of the touches that really made our wedding special for us!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests mentioned several parts of the wedding they loved but they especially loved our Garba night because of the decor, food, live music, and of course ThePaanWaala who many people asked about after the wedding! They also loved the decor throughout the wedding as well as the flexible timing (we had an afternoon wedding and evening reception which gave some time for guests in the morning).

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
One of the most memorable events of the wedding was our surprise family dance! My dad and I were having our father/daughter dance which led into a full family dance and that was a complete surprise to everyone, including Shivam! It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because nobody knew it was coming and it was so meaningful to have my family up there with me. I still watch that video pretty often!

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.
Other than our ceremony, we had a mehndi, grah shanti, Garba night, and of course reception. The Garba night was one of my favorite evenings because of the live music, family and bridal party dances, and speeches. The decor was also incredible! Our mehndi and grah shanti were also special because we held those at home in our basement so it was wonderful to be able to see and connect with all of our loved ones on a more intimate level.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try your best to enjoy every moment and not get overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into planning a wedding, especially on the day of! These are some of the best memories of your life and how you feel during this time will stay with you forever so it’s so important to cherish every moment.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
All of the little details made our wedding incredibly special and we are so grateful to have had the wedding of our dreams!

Have an awesome weekend, ladies! See you on Monday for more!

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Planning & Design: Divine Occasions | Sangeet & Ceremony Venue: Founders Hall | Reception Venue: Hilton Charlotte City Center | Floral & Decor: Utopian Events | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Jenny Le | Catering: Bombay Grille | DJ/Lighting/Photo Booth: DJ Rang | Baraat: Southern Breezes Carriages | Cake & Treats: Amelie Bakery | Cinematography: Afterglow Creative | Bridal Draping/Sari Tying & Styling: Adorn Me Bridal | Indoor Sparklers: Ultra Mix Events | Popcorn Holder/Ceremony Programs: Erickson Design | Live Music (Sangeet): Ramzat Group | Mehndi Artist: Henna4Happiness by Minaz | Gold Chiavari Chairs: Carolina Luxe Rentals | Baraat Trolley Service for Family: Sunway Charters | Paan Dessert for Sangeet: The Paawaala | Hair for Bride and Makeup for all Bridal Party: Step Beyond Bridal | Ice Sculpture for Reception: Artisan Ice Sculptures | Photography: Afterglow Creative


Commack, NY Pakistani Fusion Wedding by Park Street Weddings

Hello, Maharanis! We are glad you could join us today because we are revisiting Nayaab & Usama's lovely wedding celebration thanks to the jaw-dropping film captured by Park Street Weddings. If you already loved the spectacular shots captured by I Alam Photography, today's featured film will take your breath away! Each and every scene overflows with beauty and traditional flairs. Thanks to the perfect planning by Karma Events and the outstanding decor crafted by House of Dipali, The Hamlet Golf and Country Club's halls became the ideal setting for these lovebirds o join their lives in marriage in the company of their family and closest friends. After the charming ceremony, there was an elegant reception party to celebrate the newlyweds. And we want to give a big shoutout to Powerhouse DJs as their endless repertoire put everyone on their feet to dance the night away. Ladies, wait no more; click play below and get ready to enjoy this real-life fairytale. You will love it!

What a lovely story! Remember to join us tomorrow for more. 

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Cinematography: Park Street Weddings | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | DJ: Powerhouse DJs | Planning & Design: Karma Events | Mehndi Venue: The Swan Club | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hamlet Golf and Country Club | Makeup: Preeti Artistry | Hair: Beauty by Fiza | Bridal Jewelry: Arshad Jewellers | Mehndi Artist: Henna for All | Mehndi Dress: Ahmad Sultan | Baraat Bride & Groom Designer: Ahmad Sultan | Mehndi Groom Designer: Mohsin Naveed Ranjha | Photography: I Alam Photography


Staten Island, NY Indian Fusion Wedding by Live Pictures Studios

Hello, ladies! Don't miss Silvi & Shibin's fusion wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog. You'll love it!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I first met Shibin about 10 years ago when he came to my church to invite us for a conference they were hosting. As a typical teenager, I wondered who this cute guy is and figured I wouldn’t see him after that day. Fast forward to 3 years later, both of us were serving in the military. We added each other on Facebook and realized we actually crossed paths awhile ago. And the rest was history. At first when we started to talk to each other, we were in two different time zones and the way he tried to make time for us which meant staying up way past his bed time or waking up super early to talk to me and I just knew that I couldn't let him get away for the "second" time!

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.
Shibin is from New York and I am from Pennsylvania. So, we both wanted to pick a place that's in between and we ended up picking our reception venue in New Jersey. Therefore, we picked our vendors based in Jersey Area except for our wedding planner Anisha (Our Day Events) who is from Maryland. She attended all our vendor meetings with us. If she was not available to meet with us in person, she made sure someone from her team attended while Anisha attended the meeting virtually.

We picked The Venetian as our reception venue and Nora (venue rep) was really helpful in answering all our questions and accommodating all of our needs prior to signing the contract with them. Then we moved on to picking our decor. We were really glad to work with AWD and her team. we went in for our initial meeting with some bits and pieces of our vision. Benish knew exactly what we wanted and she showed us her previous works based on it and we were happy to leave the meeting with a solid plan in place. We didn't had to think twice when it came to our photo/video Team: Live Picture Studios (LPS). I saw their work about 5-6 years ago and I just knew I will be picking them for the wedding. We chose Premier Events as our Entertainment/ DJ through family recommendation. I chose Dipal as my MUA. She was very friendly throughout our conversations she explained everything in a detailed way. We did a hair/makeup trial and things went well and my skin took it well as it can be sensitive at times.

We were all set with our vendors and ready to go for our May 2020 wedding until we were faced with the challenge of rescheduling it to July initially. Anisha was our Angel at the time and emailed all of our vendors and got their availabilities. As we got closer to the July date we were still uncomfortable with high Covid numbers and were worried about the safety of our family and friends. Therefore we had to find another date in September. It was the same process all over again but this time we decided to move our reception to 2021. That also meant making this wedding as intimate as possible so, we had to move our ceremony location to Staten Island, NY. LPS was really accommodating to our last minute changes and gave us suggestions to help with timings. Benish helped us with "replanning" our decorations as we had to scale everything down from our initial plan. After multiple meetings with Anisha and Benish, they really brought my simple and elegant vision to life. Without Anisha, our wedding day would have been chaotic because as the plans changed, Anisha had to make changes to our wedding day timeline accordingly and it was no joke. Shibin and I are really thankful for all the vendors that we had the chance to work with as everyone played an important role in for September 12, 2020 wedding to bring to life.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
I really enjoyed visiting our venue site and other vendors in person with my fiancé. As things are done virtually now, we might have taken those moments for granted. Oh! I would also say cake tasting was the " cherry on top " to our planning process just because who doesn't like free cakes. Hahah!

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Walking down the aisle was such an emotional moment for me. I had my parents walk me down the aisle. The church was filled with all kinds of emotions. As I was walking down, all I could see was tears coming down from the family members, my bridesmaid and Shibin. After seeing everyone's emotions, I couldn't hold back my tears and the moment was just beyond special.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
As each story is unique, enjoy the moment with your fiancé. Take one day at a time. Please don't hesitate to ask for help from family and friends. Find time to treat yourself with something you love. Wedding planning can be stressful but It's okay to take a day or two off from planning and give yourself a break. The yearlong planning will come to an end in no time. Therefore, work our marriage and learn more about each other as you start your new journey together.

 

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Hair & Makeup: DipBeauty.MUA | Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | Ceremony Venue: Mar Thoma Church of Staten Island | Planning & Design: Our Day Events | Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Taste of India II | Cake & Treats: Annadale Bakery | Transportation: New Jersey Limo | Photography: Live Pictures Studios


Livermore, CA Indian Wedding by Vision Infinie Photography by Stavan

Happy Monday, Maharanis! We missed you during the weekend because we were dying to unveil all the amazingness surrounding Sukanya & Praneeth's wedding. So, let's wait no more and get ready to dive into this real-life fairytale! Anywhere you looked, there were beauty and flair all over the place. Avasar Mandap did an outstanding job transforming the Livermore Shiva Vishnu Temple's halls into a gorgeous backdrop that set the mood for this fantastic wedding ceremony. Hands down, a perfect example of how you can achieve a mesmerizing and classy event by taking advantage of beautiful architecture and placing on-point ornaments that will take the experience to the next level. Although the decor was captivating, nothing compared to the impressive look of our blushing Maharani Sukanya. She looked drop-dead gorgeous on her traditional lengha by Dhoom India Fashion, very well complemented with the dreamy makeup and sleek hairstyle, designed by TM's Makeup Artistry. But that is not all! She also got an artistic Mehndi by Hiral Henna, which added an extra touch of elegance and flair to her overall look! Without any question, Praneeth is a lucky guy for getting to marry this beauty queen! Ladies, don't miss any detail of this charming event by heading over to our full gallery! We have compiled the best shots captured by Vision Infinie Photography by Stavan for your enjoyment. You will love every bit of it and get tons of inspiring ideas to plan your wedding!

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See you tomorrow for more!

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Ceremony Venue: Livermore Shiva Vishnu Temple | Floral & Decor: Avasar Mandap | Hair & Makeup: TM's Makeup Artistry | Catering: Sakoon | Cake & Treats: Marvel Cakes | Mehndi Artist: Hiral Henna | Bridal Footwear: Macy's | Groom Fashions: Manyavar | Bridal Fashion: Dhoom India Fashion | Photography: Vision Infinie Photography by Stavan


Chicago, IL Indian Fusion Wedding by Thara Photo

Happy Friday, ladies! Let's get ready to end this week with a flourish by taking a look at all the beauty surrounding Katie & Aman's wedding. Right from the bat, we have to say that we absolutely every bit of this wedding celebration thoroughly planned and designed by The Simply Elegant Group. The halls of the Palatine Gurdwara transformed into a magical and mesmerizing setting thanks to the spectacular decor crafted by Atmosphere Event Group, whose expertise in making dreamy wedding celebration is out of the questions, and this time it was no exception. In the company of their family and closest friends, Katie & Aman professed their love and commitment to one another. And it was all so beautiful and charming that more than one of the guests dropped a tear of happiness. After the wedding ceremony, there was an intimate and elegant reception party held at The Haight, and we have to say is that it was the best way to bring the wedding festivities to an end. If you want to take a closer look at this charming and captivating celebration, don't miss the spectacular shots captured by Thara Photo in today's awesome gallery. It is the perfect preamble for a full inspiring weekend!

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

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Ceremony Venue: Palatine Gurdwara | Reception Venue: The Haight | Planning & Design: The Simply Elegant Group | Floral & Decor: Atmosphere Event Group | Photography: Thara Photo


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