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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.

Pontiac, MI Sikh Wedding by Killer Creations Photography

Maharanis, get ready to enjoy Sonika & Guneet's wedding celebration in today's Platinum Guide Blog!

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Chicago, IL Indian Fusion Wedding by Sapan Ahuja Photography

Happy Monday, beautiful Maharanis! Let me tell you that I missed you during the weekend as I was eager to share with you the lovely and captivating wedding celebration of our gorgeous couple Sarindee & Raj. So without further ado, let's talk about the place where our lovebirds decided to say "I do." They began their journey with a touching ceremony hosted at The Loews Hotel. After that incredible moment, The Field Museum was the venue of Sarindee & Raj's choice to celebrate their love along with their family and friends. Our couple couldn't have chosen a better place. Can you imagine how amazing it would be to invite your guests to explore the exhibitions while they take a break from drinks and dancing? I think this venue offers you everything you need to have a memorable celebration! The entire wedding bash was in charge of JD Events, and Yanni Design Studio created the decoration. Both teams worked seamlessly as true experts and ensured that the event came off as the couple expected! All the guests danced all night long with the newlyweds in a luxurious party animated by DJ Krush. The upbeat melodies made everyone feel our couple's love. We cannot leave behind the delicious food prepared by Blue Plate Catering; it was spectacular! Now, the most important part of this magnificent event, our couple's looks. Our lovely Maharani looked drop-dead gorgeous thanks to the fantastic hair and makeup job performed by Nadia Hira and the exclusive dress designed by Dhananjaya Bridal. And the handsome groom was also looking good, thanks to the tuxedo by BLVDier. They are a power couple worth a standing ovation! Another incredible detail that caught everyone's attention was the very well-designed Mehndi art by Henna Craze. If you want to get inspired, Maharanis don't miss today's gallery by Sapan Ahuja Photography. Every capture is a cornucopia of beauty and elegance. I promise you will love every single shot! 

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Maharanis, come back tomorrow for more stories! 

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Sangeet Venue: Harris Theatre Rooftop | Ceremony Venue: The Loews Hotel | Reception Venue: The Field Museum | Planning & Design: JD Events | Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio | Hair & Makeup: Nadia Hira | Catering: Blue Plate Catering | DJ/Baraat: DJ Krush | Bridal Fashions: Dhananjaya Bridal | Cinematography: Aria Films | Lighting: Frost | Mehndi Artist: Henna Craze | Tuxedos: BLVDier | Photography: Sapan Ahuja Photography


Cockeysville, MD Indian Wedding by HnM Photoz

The first Friday of the last month of the year is finally here. How exciting is that? Maharanis, I am thrilled to share with you this romantic love story. Let's begin with the names of our lovebirds; Mukti & Nishant. This young and in love couple hosted an impressive wedding at a charming venue, Martin's West. Maharanis, this place is perfect for making the wedding of your dreams a magnificent event to remember forever. As we all know, to create a magical ambiance for a classic wedding event, you must have the guidance of a professional team. Our couple knew this, so they decided to call one of the most outstanding teams in town, Aishas Wedding Decor. My dears, every single detail of this event was full of life and vibrant colors. I am sure every guest will treasure this day in their memories! Our Maharani's look was also worth a standing ovation. Thanks to the job performed by  Makeup by Sonia, Mukti looked unbelievably gorgeous! Her natural beauty caught everyone's attention, specially Nishant's. I think the handsome groom felt blessed to see his new partner in life. Yours Video captured every moment of this event and transferred it to a very emotional film. But that is not all! Our sweet couple called HnM Photoz, who captured the most beautiful set of pictures to keep a perfect memory of this life-changing event. Maharanis, let me assure you, the gallery you are about to see will get you inspired. Wait no more and go check it out! 

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Me and Nishant met through common friends. And our first meeting was at Mexican restaurant. I knew he is the one after talking with him several hours on the phone and text. He would take time out for me no matter what. Wherever he will go I will go. Because it “us” forever

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.
Wedding planning was very difficult for us because our marriage was Covid wedding. So, it was hard to find venues and if the find one we had limited people restrictions. Outfits we bought it from online so it was not to worry. Everything came perfect. Hair and makeup was easy to find. For decoration, we found the best vendor. Loved her work. And best photographer we had. Overall, me and nishant were very happy with all our vendors. They all made our wedding more beautiful. There hard work showed in our wedding

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Yes, I always had red color in my mind as my bridal lengha.

Maharanis, that is all for today! Come back on Monday to get more inspired by the romantic stories we have for you!

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Floral & Decor: Aishas Wedding Decor | Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Sonia | DJ: King Entertainment | Cinematography: Yours Video | Wedding Hall: Martin's West | Photography: HnM Photoz


Celebrate Every Moment At AMR™ Collection

Life is a series of moments that deserve to be celebrated in memorable ways and with those who matter most. That is why today I want to introduce you to the AMR™ Collection resorts, the best option to celebrate every cherished moment – big and small - with family and friends in beautiful, oceanfront settings. Whether you're seeking a regal and romantic destination wedding or intimate and idyllic honeymoon, they offer the perfect places to frame your most awaited moments. Imagine saying “I do” against a dramatic backdrop of shimmering ocean waters, picturesque white sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets.

AMR™ Collection knows the location must be special and the venue stunning to provide the perfect canvas to stand out and design wedding events that are timeless.  Their resorts are in the most sought-after destinations, have a unique personality and offer an array of complimentary inclusions - like Unlimited-Luxury® - for couples and their guests. Bring to life the vision you’ve always dreamed of at Dreams Resorts & Spas. These resorts are an ideal choice for when the focus is on family and respect for culture. Or escape into exquisite luxury at Secrets Resorts & Spas to experience contemporary romance steeped in Indian tradition when just adults are on the guest list. Both feature elegant accommodations, world-class spas, gourmet dining, unlimited premium drinks and many other pampering amenities. 

AMR™ Collection understands your wedding is a meaningful and symbolic life milestone. They embrace your celebration with the style, detail and luxurious service you deserve. Whether you prefer one of their South Asian Wedding Packages or a celebration with a modern twist, all are customized with a sense of pageantry, elegance and romance so your wedding is unique. Their dedicated team of on-site wedding planners are well-versed in Indian weddings to ensure your styles are reflected in the décor, food and ceremony while honoring your heritage. They bring your vision to life and take care of every detail so you can relax and enjoy this paradise with loved ones. And best of all, you’ll feel confident knowing you and your guests receive the highest level of hygiene, safety, and security through their CleanComplete Verification™ 360-Degree Safety & Hygiene Protocols.

So, don't think twice; celebrate every moment with AMR™ Collection. The big…the small…the intimate…the bold. No matter the moment, lifestyle or stage of life, your perfect place awaits!

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Morristown, NJ Indian Fusion Wedding by Ishan Fotografi

Ladies, get ready to enjoy Christine & Shivam's 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 my groom, Shivam in spring 2012 through a community service organization in college, called Circle K International, and we saw each other over the years at various Circle K events. After graduating college we both moved to New York City around the same time in 2015. When Shivam realized I was also living in the city, he asked me to meet up for happy hour after work one day. For two people who didn't really know each other, we ended up talking for over four hours. We finally went on our first official date a few months later, and that was all I needed to know he was the one.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Shivam was dropping all sorts of hints before we got engaged so I had a pretty good feeling it was going to happen soon. We were celebrating our dating anniversary and Shivam had wanted to recreate our first date. He made plans to go to a nice brunch restaurant in the Meatpacking District and then walk the high line together. We ended our walk on a pier along the Hudson River which is when he got down on one knee and pulled out a beautiful ring. He surprised me later that night by taking me to a bar near my apartment where all our friends had gathered to celebrate with us.

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.
I knew I wanted a wedding that honored both cultures and religions, and I knew that was easier said than done so... Shivam and I both agreed we needed to have a long engagement! We got engaged in June 2019 and took our time deciding on a venue and date eventually booking for May 15, 2021. We found a venue near where I grew up, the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, NJ that was so flexible in meeting all our needs with number of guests, Indian and American catering, etc. I knew I wanted to have a Hindu ceremony in the morning with a break, then a Christian ceremony in the evening followed by cocktail hour and reception. To make it easier for guests, we decided to have the Hindu ceremony at a hotel in the morning so that after the ceremony, guests could change at the hotel before shuttles would take them to Brooklake for the evening events. We decided on the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, NJ which was just ten minutes from the evening venue. In January 2020 we had finally booked the venues, and both our families were happy with our plan for the wedding. 

Of course by March 2020 we faced totally new challenges due to the start of the pandemic. At first we thought we would be fine for May 2021, but as the date got closer we knew that plans would have to be adjusted. The pandemic definitely took a lot of the fun out of wedding planning, but I tried to keep things in perspective that we were very fortunate that our family and friends were all healthy. I like to plan as much as possible far in advance, but we held off on a lot of planning because there was so much uncertainty due to the pandemic. In the end, we went ahead with May 15 and cut our guest list in half due to the restrictions at the time. We got very lucky that the vaccine rollout started to pick up by March so we encouraged our guests to get vaccinated in time for our wedding (even helping some guests to schedule appointments). We ultimately had about 90% of our wedding guests vaccinated in time for our wedding which made us feel a lot more confident to move forward with it.

My in-laws also arranged to have the wedding livestreamed which ended up working out so well! Shivam and I had many friends and family tune in to the livestream, and they really enjoyed that they could still be a part of our wedding even if they could not physically be there.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
My mother-in-law and sister-in-law were very helpful taking me shopping for my Indian clothes and jewelry shopping. I looked at several different lenghas, and eventually decided on a traditional red lengha from Miss India in Edison, NJ. I loved the heavy gold work in the dress because I knew I most likely will never wear a dress like that again. In the evening, I wore a traditional Stella York ivory wedding gown that I picked out shopping in NJ with my mom and sister.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
As our wedding date got closer, my mother-in-law took my mom, sister, aunt, and cousins to Edison to shop for Indian clothes. We ended up having so much fun shopping together! I was happy my family got some of the Indian shopping experience and both families got to know each other better. 

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
I think our guests really appreciated that we truly had a fusion wedding. For many guests, it was their first time attending an Indian wedding, and they loved getting to see the baraat and Hindu ceremony, and dressing up in traditional Indian attire. For many people on Shivam's side, it was unique for them to get to attend a Christian wedding ceremony so they really enjoyed seeing that part. Shivam and I also wrote our own vows for our Christian ceremony, and many guests told us that they really enjoyed this because they got to know us as a couple better. I was overall so grateful that we were able to have our guests experience both wedding ceremonies on the same day. This was my original vision for our wedding to be a true celebration of both cultures and religions, and I was really happy that our wedding was unique in this way.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Years ago when I went to my first Indian wedding, I remember LOVING the baraat. It's like having a big party in the parking lot before your wedding, and why wouldn't you want to kick off your wedding day with a party in the parking lot!! For this reason, having a fun baraat was SO important to me (although I know the baraat is for the groom's side, not the bride).

For our wedding, my sister-in-law helped Shivam and I plan some "flash mob style" dances to surprise our guests at the end of the baraat. The groom's side still started the baraat as usual, but I told anyone from my side to join too. I waited for the baraat to reach the site of the ceremony with some of my family members. It was a really nice time to relax with my family and take in the day before things got too crazy. As the baraat reached us, I could see Shivam dancing with his parents, and it made me so happy. I felt so lucky in that moment to be marrying into such a beautiful culture with such fun traditions.

My sister-in-law arranged for a few different groups to do some choreographed dances when the baraat reached the ceremony, and I joined the dances at the end. Our guests LOVED the surprise performances. It was a part of the day, where I had to remind myself that I wasn't dreaming, and this was actually my wedding.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
My advice for brides-to-be is to make sure you don't lose sight that your wedding day is really for you and your partner. There is so much that goes into planning a wedding, and so many people are involved. It's easy to lose sight of what the day is really about. I had a few really special moments with my husband throughout our wedding day, but I wish I had carved out more time for us. I think your wedding day is one of the few times where you're allowed to be a little selfish so try not to worry too much about your wedding guests. If your budget allows, maybe hire someone who can help throughout the day so that you don't get caught up worrying about the random little details and can enjoy your day more.

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
This should go without saying, but just in case... There are a lot of important details that go into planning a wedding, but THE most important part is the partner waiting at the end of the aisle for you. Wedding planning is really tough, but all of us brides should try to keep things in perspective and remember, we are already the lucky ones because we found our partners.

Best of luck to all the brides planning their weddings

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Venues: Brooklake Country Club | Photography: Ishan Fotografi | Wedding Bands: Blue Nile | Ceremony Venue: The Westin Governor Morris | Planning & Design: Blissfully So | Floral & Decor (Wedding): Nirali Decor | Hair & Makeup: Cindy Naylis-Pin It Up & Pout | DJ: Amit Kapoor | Cake & Treats: Conca D'Oro | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Truly Engaging by MagnetStreet | Floral (Reception): SK Floral Expressions | String Players: Romanza Music | Engagement Ring: James Allen | Wedding Attire: Indian Ethnics


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