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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.

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McClean, VA Indian Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

Tons of inspiration awaits you with Shilpa and Jay's Indian wedding in a very special editorial! Taking place at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, planned and designed by Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, this Indian wedding includes all the essentials you need for your very own big day. Shilpa slipped into character as the guest star of the night with a handcrafted, embellished sequin lengha glowing from head to toe by Styles By Swati - Salon SBS. Every beautiful detail was designed with such unique artistry. Nivanjoli created an uplifting and whimsical wedding theme and ramped up the eccentric factor with strategically placed dinnerware, nature-inspired blooms, and towering florets. Amplifire Entertainment kept the party going all night long with not a dull moment on the dance floor! Your wedding memories deserve to be shared for years to come! Regeti's Photography has memorialized Shilpa and Jay's grand celebration in our gallery with Photgraphick capturing all the live magic. 

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Floral & Decor: Nivanjoli | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Planning and Design: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | Venue: Ritz Carlton | Tysons Corner - VA


McClean, VA Indian Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

For Maharani Shilpa, one of the most treasured moments of her Indian wedding was the first look at her job dropping décor by Nivanjoli. "The first time I walked in and saw the ceremony mandap setup- it was so beautiful and perfectly put together. My vision that had been building for the past year of bringing a garden indoors was finally real! And I loved the cute elephants at the entrance." I couldn't agree more! Elephants are my spirit animal! The dreamy décor is stealing some hearts as I peruse through these amazing images by Regeti's Photography Shilpa floated down the aisle after a glam session with Styles By Swati - Salon SBS dripping with pure royalty. After the ceremony, guests began to switch to party mode while Amplifire Entertainment began to set up for the fun night ahead. Regeti’s Photography was there to witness all the magic that you can find in our specialized gallery with Photographick Studios shooting all the live action! 

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Floral & Decor: Nivanjoli | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Planning and Design: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | Venue: Ritz Carlton | Tysons Corner - VA


McClean, VA Indian Wedding by Regeti’s Photography

I am going a little extra today. Extra glam. Extra Indian bridal wear. Extra everything. With Maharani Shilpa and Jay's ultra elegant Indian wedding, this is not a very hard feat. Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants was given the task of delivering Shilpa's vision and she handed it to Shilpa in a bedazzled gift box. Every ounce of this Indian wedding was dripping with Bollywood flair intermixed with modern sophistication and the results are what made this Indian wedding one of my favorites. I will always lean towards the bride and groom having a first look, it is truly such a fun moment at your wedding! Beautified by the hands of Styles By Swati - Salon SBS, Shilpa emerged looking as polished as ever. Coming up, I have the dazzling Indian wedding ceremony with floral and decor by Nivanjoli and the ultimate in entertainment by Amplifire Entertainment. Behind the lens was Regeti's Photography with all the magic in the gallery with Photographic Studios handling all the live action. 

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The Indian wedding ceremony is just moments away! Trust us, you won't want to miss a beat! 

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Photography: Regeti's Photography | Floral & Decor: Nivanjoli | Cinematography: Photographick Studios | Hair & Makeup: Styles By Swati - Salon SBS | DJ: Amplifire Entertainment | Catering: Moghul Caterers | Planning and Design: Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants | Venue: Ritz Carlton | Tysons Corner - VA


Columbus, OH Indian Wedding by SIA Digital Studio

Puja and Amey’s first public appearance as a married couple took place right after their marriage ceremony at the Hilton Columbus at Easton whose brilliant planning staff ensured the day was the most unforgettable with all the events going without a hitch. Short North Piece of Cake created a fantastic watercolor wedding cake that resembles a vibrant painting. To follow the same ceremony décor theme, Kelly Karsten Florals provided all the palm leaves and multicolor flowers that combined with B3 Event Management’s jaw-dropping stage and created the perfect ambiance for the newlyweds! Illuminated by floating candles, Puja and Amey were photographed by SIA Digital Studio, the photo team captured the couple’s best poses wearing their fabulous reception outfits. I’m especially loving Puja’s selection for her big party, her unique choli design was a true statement and helped her steal the limelight! Take a look at our favorite moments of this incredibly beautiful love story in our full gallery.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my groom through online dating. I knew he was the one when we couldn’t stop talking to each other. We would text 24/7 and could talk about literally anything without getting bored!
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
The proposal was such a surprise! I was out to brunch with a friend and when I came back to the apartment, there were candles and rose petals all over. After he proposed, he surprised me with a video of all my family & closest friends sharing their congrats. We spent the rest of the day celebrating with our friends. It was perfect!
 
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.
Planning an Indian wedding is always stressful based on the number of events there are but everything turned out perfect! Since I work in the creative industry and already had a vision for how I wanted everything to look, it didn’t take me long to find vendors who could make it all come to life. I wanted a jewel tones decor & floral theme that was unique from what other people have done. I also wanted palm trees running down the aisle which turned out amazing! The most important details for me were the food and the DJ- which both turned out amazing!!
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
All of my dresses came from India and I wanted colors that would coordinate well with my decor for photos. I chose burgundy and gold for my wedding outfit & my groom's and navy for the wedding party. Although I loved my wedding outfits, my favorites were my Sangeet and reception dresses. My Sangeet dress was a pink floral lehenga from Mahima Mahajan and my reception dress was custom made from Gaurav Gupta.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable parts of planning for me were the small creative details that really made our wedding special and unique. We made a giant movie poster backdrop & banners with our photos on them for the reception, funny Snapchat filters, creative signature cocktail signs, custom place cards, fun bridal party gifts, etc. that really helped set our wedding apart. (all from The Girl in Tulle)
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Based on what our friends and family have told us, everyone especially loved the food at all the events and how smooth and organized the entire weekend was. Everything was perfectly on time and all the dances and speeches were fun and ran pretty quickly!
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
The most memorable moment of the wedding for me was walking down the aisle with my dad. It was so surreal seeing all my family and friends in the same room and it made everything finally feel real. I also loved the reception after party we had. My sister planned for a huge buffet of food for everyone (including chips & queso- my favorite) and it was so much fun just relaxing and being able to hang out with all our family and friends.
 
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.
My favorite decor for the weekend was the Sangeet. My decorator and I had spent the least time discussing it but it turned out so amazing and we even had a bike trolley to take photos with. We also had dances and singers perform at the Sangeet which was so much fun! I also loved our reception cake. I had found the exact cake I wanted on Pinterest & Short North Piece of Cake was able to duplicate it exactly! 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Don’t stress about the planning! Have fun with it and let the little things go because you won’t even notice them on the day of and everything will turn out great!
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
 I absolutely loved the venue we used. (Hilton Easton). The guests loved how they could walk to so many restaurants, shopping, etc. and we had so much fun working with our contact. (Karen)

If you are already brainstorming for your big day, don’t miss our posts tomorrow!
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Cakes & Treats: Short North Piece of Cake | Ceremony & Reception: Hilton Columbus at Easton | Planning & Design: Karen Barwick - Hilton Columbus at Easton | Floral & Decor: Kelly Karsten Florals | Catering: Tadka | Catering: Banana Leaf Catering | DJ: DJ Khan | Paper Goods/Backdrops/Accessories: The Girl in Tulle | Photography: SIA Digital Studio | Bridal Fashion: Mahima Mahajan | Sangeet | Bridal Fashion: Gaurav Gupta | Reception


Amelia Island, FL Indian Wedding by Sona Photography

The pristine beaches of Amelia Island in Florida offered Sejal and Vinit the perfect spot to bond their lives in a sweet ceremony at the luxury Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The oceanfront resort gave Maharani Amelia the best suite to be pampered by Beyond a Salon, the beauty experts created a fabulous natural and glowing makeup look before the big moment. After the ceremony, the couple had the chance to have a few minutes alone before a sweet first look moment captured by the camera of Sona Photography. The incredibly beautiful mandap and aisle décor by Nikun Events amazed all the guests as they entered the ceremony hall. The floral mandap was draped with turquoise fabrics and the gorgeous elephants infused a touch of tradition to the décor. The guests had the honor of witnessing the sacred union and followed along with a beautiful wedding ceremony program that ensured everyone could feel part of the big moment! You can also be part by clicking in our full gallery!

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
We initially got in touch after being matched on Hinge. After a month or so of texting, we had our first date at Gottino, a bar in the West Village in New York. Our relationship took off pretty quickly from there. About four months into us dating, Vinit was looking to move to a new apartment. He was looking at all the buildings in my area, except for my building. I suggested he look in my building and he found a great apartment. He took the apartment and moved in a month later. That was the start of knowing he was the one! I really knew, though, after he spent a weekend in Fire Island with ~15 of my college friends. Two guys got into a food fight and an entire birthday cake ended up on Vinit’s lap. His clothes were ruined. But he just laughed it off, changed, and continued having a great time. Seeing how easily he mixed with all my friends, while still looking out for me, and how much more I enjoyed any experience when he was around made me realize he was the one. Six months into us dating we took a trip to Italy together. It was there that we first talked about how we thought we would get married and knew we both had found the one.
 
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
We got engaged on June 10th, 2016. About a month before this, Vinit’s sister-in-law emailed both of us saying they had won tickets in an auction to the Broadway show “The Color Purple” for June 10th and wanted to see if we wanted to go with them. We of course agreed, and I didn’t think twice about it! A couple days before, Vinit’s brother suggested we go to dinner beforehand and told us a time and restaurant to meet at. Since Vinit and I lived in the same building, on the day of, he told me to just come over to his place and we’d head out together. As I opened his door I just saw candles and rose petals everywhere. He lined the path from the doorway to the center of the living room with candles, flowers, and rose petals, and he stood waiting in a suit. He said many nice things (which I had to be retold later) and then got down on one knee. After the proposal, I turned around to see that on his dining table he had printed tons of pictures of us and also had mementos from our dates – like the scorecard from going mini-golfing on our third date, and the card of the restaurant we went to in Jacksonville on our first Valentine’s day. He had also made a beautiful playlist of all my favorite romantic songs. After we spent some time together, I asked if I could call my parents. He said, why don’t we go tell your sister first (whom I lived with just upstairs). When we went up to the apartment, I was surprised by my parents, his parents, my sister, and his brother and his family. We popped champagne and spent time together before going to an amazing dinner at ABC Kitchen that Vinit had organized. Then we got to spend the rest of the weekend as a soon to be family!
 
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 not easy as I lived in California, Vinit was in New York, and the wedding was going to be in Florida. However, we had tremendous help from our parents and siblings to make it all happen. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation, where we held the wedding, was phenomenal in adapting to the needs of an Indian wedding. We had great experiences with many vendors, including Sona Photography, Riant Films, Beyond a Salon, DJ Shilpa, Signature Weddings & Events (Cyndi Benzel), and many more. We were fortunate that because I had grown up in a vibrant Indian community in Jacksonville, we had recommendations from numerous family friends and had experience working with many of the vendors in the past.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Our families went shopping in Mumbai to pick out wedding clothes. I had been following all the major designers on Instagram for a long time by this point so had an idea of the styles. I knew for the wedding itself I would have a red lengha or red and white. We found a phenomenal selection at Friendship in Mumbai as well as at Seasons and all the clothes for myself, my sister, and my mom were bought from these stores.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Spreadsheets! But really. I love organizing and making to-do lists, almost to a fault. And I love making Excel spreadsheets! I genuinely enjoy executing on tasks and thinking of next steps, so enjoyed, or rather felt competent at, that aspect of the planning process. 
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The food and the music! The food was incredibly good, with so much variety and quantity. Rajbhog did a phenomenal job. DJ Shilpa kept the party going all day and all night. She, her team, and the dhol player made the Baraat one of the liveliest that people have ever been to and made sure the garba and the reception had everyone on the dance floor. We also received many compliments on how all of the events started on time…perhaps a pleasant surprise for an Indian wedding! Finally, we got a lot of compliments on our ceremony and how we had adapted the traditional Hindu / Jain ceremony to be our own.
 
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly, everything about it was perfect. Two moments do come to mind though. One is being on the mandap. Vinit and I would chat up there, making each other laugh here and there. It really felt like we were just hanging out. But then we would look out at the audience and see all the people we love and care about, through so many walks of life, smiling back at us. To have everyone that is important to you in one place at one time is so special. I felt similarly when we were on the dance floor at the reception. Just looking around the dance circles and seeing everyone having a blast, and being there for you, is overwhelming in the most positive way.
 
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.
Though I knew this, I was reminded a million times over, how strong the Indian community in Jacksonville is and how lucky I am to have grown up there. Our family’s closest friends were constantly helping with all the details. I spent the two weeks before the wedding at home and was amazed by the number of people always showing up to help. The uncles and aunties transformed our house, decorating it with colorful saris and lights throughout our home, and helping to organize and decorate a tent in our backyard. They were always the first to show up and the last to leave. Some of the aunties even prepared special songs to sing at the mehndi and pithi. The biggest surprise of all was that seven couples and my parents performed a dance at the Garba. My parents rarely dance, but it was their idea, and the family friends agreed without hesitation. It was incredibly special. It was also so special to have our friends dance at both the Garba and the reception. My bridesmaids from Jacksonville performed a dance at the Garba, which I joined as a surprise. Then our friends from childhood, college, grad school, and NY performed a dance at the reception. They started off re-creating dances I had choreographed for other friends’ weddings which were so creative, thoughtful, and fun, and ended with a dance of their own. 
 
One of the most fun parts for Vinit and I, even before the actual day, was learning our first dance. My family had gifted us dance lessons in which a very strict teacher got us prepped for our debut performance. We had a great time learning and practicing and then finally getting to perform it.
 
My dad and I surprised the crowd during our Father / Daughter dance by transitioning from a slow song into a Bollywood dance. It was actually his idea to do this, and we had a great time with it!
 
Our ceremony was also really special as we made many parts our own. Our priest is someone very special to me as I’ve grown up with him as the leader of our mandhir. He worked with us to make sure it was exactly what we wanted, and did a tremendous job translating each and every detail in English so that the entire audience could understand what was happening throughout the ceremony. We made the decision to remove the Kanyadaan as I felt it did not align with the values we hold for a women’s role in marriage and life. We replaced it with a step we created in which both of our families came to the mandap and we expressed our promises and commitments to them as our families came together. It was very special for us to do this and something that our guests very much enjoyed as well. We got a lot of positive feedback that there are rituals that can be seen as outdated, and it was great to see how we can evolve our customs to better represent how we think and live today.
 
Vinit and I aren’t the most creative people so our décor was mainly a mix of things we had seen in pictures and inspiration from our decorators. Our decorators did a fantastic job of a quick switch to an indoor ceremony when it turned out to be too windy to host it on the beach. 
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
It strikes me as odd that almost every Indian couple I have ever talked to has said that the wedding planning process is brutal. And ours was no walk in the park either. But it makes me wonder, does it really have to be that way? For many of us, whose parents were born and raised in India, there is a large cultural difference that really comes out during wedding planning. For our parents, their parents planned their weddings and in large part, they obliged to their parent's wishes. Knowing that it should come as no surprise, that subconsciously or consciously they hope for the same. It is often their dream to plan their kid’s wedding, and they dream about that day often as much as we, the kids, do. But here in America, we are raised in a culture where the bride and groom, and particularly the bride, do all the planning. So how do you reconcile this without someone feeling they are getting the short end of the stick? There’s often no easy answer. In retrospect, though, I think it’s extremely important to have an expectation setting conversation before even starting to plan. This includes talking through the norms of how our decisions will be made – who has decision making authority vs. who is just there for input? Agree to this in advance. It’s also critical to know what are the most important things to each person. Let each person (parent/sibling) identify the 2-3 things that are most important to them about the wedding, and try to fulfill that for them. And to the parents, also recognizing that your child has a dream for their own wedding with potentially differing priorities and how to balance that with your own is important. There is a great article from a mom’s perspective that speaks to this - https://www.indiaabroad.com/opinion/a-dream-indian-wedding-but-whose-dream/article_9d50ddf6-78a4-11e7-8e4f-a76a769f9ba2.html
 
And finally, most importantly, keep open communication with your partner. Keep in mind that what you are doing is just planning an event, but you have the rest of your life ahead. Don’t let the magic of your relationship die with the stress of planning. 
 
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
Publix makes the most incredible wedding cakes. We have gotten so many compliments on the cake and people cannot believe it is from a grocery store (even if it is the best grocery store!).
 
The Omni in Amelia Island is a fantastic venue to consider for anyone in Florida or anyone looking for a destination wedding. The property is absolutely beautiful with an array of activities for your guests. While still new to Indian weddings, the sales manager and events coordinator worked extremely hard to accommodate our requests and help ensure we had an amazing wedding weekend.
 
Sushila from Sushila’s Beauty Care in Jacksonville provides fantastic mehndi along with several other services like hair, makeup, sari dressing, etc.

 

The legendary party of Sejal and Vinit is on its way! 

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DJ: Shilpa Entertainment | Floral & Decor: Nikun Events | Photography: Sona Photography | Sangeet Venue: Omni Amelia Island Plantation | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Omni Amelia Island Plantation | Planning & Design: Signature Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Beyond a Salon | Cinematography: Riant Films | Live Music: Rawal Brothers Band | Cake: Publix | Catering: Rajbhog | Mehndi Artist: Sushila’s Beauty Care


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