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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.

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


TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts are ready for you!

The waiting is over! TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts are ready to welcome you back for an exquisitely tailored and themed destination wedding on the best beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico.

The Weddings by Palladium wedding collection, designed by event guru Karen Bussen, will guide you through every step of the planning process so you won't have to worry about anything else but enjoying your big day. Working hand-in-hand with dedicated expert planners who can overcome any challenge will give you peace of mind knowing you'll have a hassle-free wedding at a paradisiacal destination.

Besides, the South Asian wedding packages include various options, like epic Mehndi and Sangeet parties, your guests will never forget.

And the best of all is that you can plan your destination wedding in confidence thanks to Palladium Hotel Group's stringent safety and welfare protocols, developed in consultation with SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company.

With Weddings by PalladiumTRS Hotels, and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts, you can begin your happily ever after in paradise! What else can you ask for to begin your very own fairytale? So, wait no more and get ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams.

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Dallas, TX Pakistani Wedding by Blink Films & Images

Hello there, darlings! Get ready to enjoy Afsha & Fahim's wedding in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met Fahim at my cousin's (his best friend) birthday party. We became really good friends since were both sarcastic and fun and before we knew it, we started dating.

I knew he was "the one" because of how thoughtful he was towards not just me but my family. My father passed away in 2017, and he was and continues to be a rock that holds my family together. He is extremely fun and can literally talk to anyone!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Fahim and I dated for 4 and a half years before he proposed on December 23, 2020.

Fahim told me that he was taking me to take Christmas pictures in our Looney Tunes sweaters to send out to our friends and family. He took me to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, which we both loved visiting because of how calm the environment is. He took me to the gazebo and proposed! My friends and family were hidden behind. They came out and surprised me! It was the best Christmas present!

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.
Fahim and I planned our wedding with the help of our amazing friends, family, and bridal party. We started by shopping for venues and played around with a few dates. After about a month, we decided to get married in January 2020 and finalized the date shortly after.

Next, we started looking for photo, video, and decor. We heard about Blink Films and Images from Houston and went to visit their office. We realized that we could get all our needs taken care of with them. The photo and video process was seamless. The Blink Team was there early and prepared for all of our events and very professional. When it came to decor, we didn't have a theme in mind to be honest. My lengha was maroon and fahim's outfit was pink (the accent color to my lengha), so I had no clue what I wanted! I trusted AV at Blink with the colors and design of my reception and was not disappointed with the product! I still remember walking into the venue when it was fully decorated in awe because of how beautiful everything looked! They are wonderful and exceptional at what they do!

In terms of hair and makeup, my sisters always raved about Jenny Torry and how amazing her brides look! I did a bridal trial with her, and decided shortly after that she was the one I was going with! She did an incredible job!

When it came to cake, we had tasted a delicious cake at my coworker's wedding that we absolutely LOVED. We found out that we could customize the cake and the flavors were so yummy! Cake Daddy exceeded our expectations and gave us a phenomenal product!

I went to India with my mom and sisters to shop for my wedding weekend outfits in the summer of 2019. We ended up picking all of our outfits within 2 weeks!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
For my nikkah, I did not want to go with the traditional light sari that everyone wears. I am just not a sari gal! I decided to go with a champagne colored long gown instead with a dupatta on my head.

When it came to my reception lengha, this one took me by complete surprise. Since I was traveling to India, I had a very open mind about my outfit, but I definitely knew i wanted a navy/dark blue outfit. When I started trying on lenghas that were blue, my family and I soon realized the "pop" wasn't there. The salesman told me to try on a red lengha to "humor him" and we all turned out loving the color! I soon realized why wedding lenghas are red! We went with a velvet maroon lengha, which I absolutely loved!

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Overall as most brides know, the planning process is incredibly STRESSFUL. I think for me, it was very very important to take breaks and learn to enjoy the process! Once the big things were decided, putting together the little details was definitely my favorite part of the process. Even though sometimes details don't seem that important, it makes an astronomical difference on the day of when you see everything come together!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I feel like most of our guests absolutely LOVED our decor and how everything fit together so well! We also tried to keep things on schedule and had fun activities planned for our guests for each event we threw.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Yes. My sisters put together a slideshow to honor my father during the reception, which put me to tears, but it was incredible. It made me feel like he was there with me and was smiling from above.

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.
Our family and friends came together to create a skit for our reception, which was exceptional! We also incorporated events such as a bouquet toss and a non-traditional first dance. The reception also encompassed plenty of time for dancing, food, and fun and ended with sparklers outside!

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
1. BREATHE. Indian wedding planning can be daunting and trust me, you will be okay! Just take things one step at a time and try your best to breathe through it!
2. Do all the big things first and then fill in the details later. I know this seems obvious, but when you're working on planning, you can get carried away with the details!
3. Silverware is not always included in the package. Make sure to ask the venue to make sure it is!
4. Give yourself at LEAST 8-10 months to plan out the wedding weekend.
5. A week before the wedding, let everything go and relax! You've done all you can by this point, so now it's time for you to take a load off and ENJOY yourself!
6. If you can, move in all your clothes and furniture to your new home BEFORE your wedding weekend. Trust me, you'll thank us later.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
I was very open throughout my process since I wasn't like other brides who had their dream wedding planned. Slowly, but surely things came together and ended up being extremely fun and memorable!

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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Jtorry Makeup & Hair Artistry | Sangeet Venue: India 101 | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Courtyard Dallas DFW Airport North/Irving | Floral & Decor: Blink Décor & DJs | Catering (Sangeet): India 101 | Catering (Reception): Al Markaz Restaurant | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Alisha Lakhani | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: Anisha Lakhani | Bridal Fashions (Sangeet & Reception): Roopkala Mumbai | Bridal Jewelry: Silver Plaza | Cake & Treats: Designs by Cake Daddy | Cinematography: Blink Films & Images | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Gemini Card India | Mehndi Artist: Mehndi by Sultana | Transportation (Nikkah): Maserati | Transportation (Reception): Tesla | First Dance Choreographer/MC: Kaizer Sayani | Bridal Shoes (Sangeet): Valentino | Bridal Shoes (Reception): Christian Louboutin | Bridal Fashion (Nikkah): Friendship Sarees | Groom Fashion (Sangeet): Poshak | Groom Fashion (Nikkah): Indochino | Groom Fashion (Reception): Manyavar Mohey | Photography: Blink Films & Images


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