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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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Somerset, NJ South Indian Wedding by Jayesh Production

Good morning, Maharanis! Don't miss Rohini & Krishna'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"?
Our marriage was arranged. We found each other's profiles on WhatsApp and requested for additional details. Once our horescopes matched and we knew we could proceed talking, we exchanged numbers. We started talking in Feb, saw each other for the first time on Valentine's Day and quickly after got engaged. We were supposed to get married in May in India, but due to the pandemic, we pushed our wedding to November and got married in the US. Just by talking to each other, we fell in love and after seeing each other, we felt the spark!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
No proposal story as our wedding was arranged :)

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.
Initally we planned on having the wedding in India, so when we suddenly decided to have it in the US, I had to use Google as my best friend to look up different venues. My older brother suggested we look at the Marigold and after doing so, we fell in love with the venue. For the remaining, we took help from our venue for preferred vendors and finished the search on Instagram!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew that I always wanted to be traditional, not just in the outfit, but also in the colors. My wedding saree was maroon and gold.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Our original wedding was supposed to happen in India, but because of COVID, we decided to get married in the U.S. My father-in-law and mother-in-law and grandparents flew from India to attend the wedding and because we were performing most of the ceremonies at my house, both families spent a lot of time planning the event together and executing it in the same place. We are probably one of the few people who can say we attended each other's pre-wedding ceremonies!

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
After the wedding, our guests came back to us to tell us that they enjoyed the Indian food, social distancing (welcome to COVID weddings!), the live video (all our family who could not make the wedding in India due to COVID), and how traditional our wedding was especially because we were performing the ceremony in the U.S.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
In the Hindu culture, the bride and groom do not see each other on the day of the wedding until the Muhurtham time, ours was at 9:09 AM. At that time the thera between the bride and groom comes down for us to look at each other for the first time. The moment that constantly plays in my mind is when the thera comes down, I could not help but smile and almost tear up imagining that at that moment, I was going to spend the rest of my life with the man in front of me.

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.
We had a five-day South Indian Hindu ceremony. Day one consisted of me getting my Mehandi done. Day two consisted of getting both Krishna and I ready to become the groom and bride by getting us dressed in wedding clothes after the Mangala Snaanam. Day three consisted of the Krishna performing the Snathakam ceremony and I performing the Ankurarpana ceremony. That evening, we both the families sat across from each other for our Vara Pooja. At last, day four was our wedding! Following our wedding, day five, we ended the happy occasion by performing the Satyanarayana Pooja. All events, aside from our wedding, were done at home due to the COVID situation. We celebrated our wedding with a small intimate gathering of our closest friends and family.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
All the small details will fall into place by the time of the wedding. Relax and enjoy the wedding day.

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Photography: Jayesh Production | Hair & Makeup: Looks by Jassi | Ceremony Venue: The Marigold | Reception Venue: The Marigold | Floral & Decor: Elegant Affairs Inc. | Catering: Chand Palace | Mehndi Artist: Henna by Riddhi | Nails: Four Seasons Nails


Oak Brook, IL Styled Shoot by Jermaine Horton Photography

We are happy to bring some mid-week wedding inspiration, Maharanis! Madison Elyse Events planned the prettiest styled wedding shoot, and the results are just amazing! The creative event designer's original vision was developed inside the fascinating Drury Lane Theatre. Here, the intricate décor setups by One Look Events, the linens to the three tier cake designed by Delish Cakes served to bring that designer's vision to life. This inspiring ambiance will help your imagination run wild and boost your inspiration to create your own version of this lovely wedding theme! We also have the first look photoshoot, captured by the talented Jermaine Horton Photography. Peruse through the styled snaps; I guarantee you every image will offer a wealth of ideas for hair, makeup, and mehndi for any bride-to-be. In case you are wondering, Mygrcreations provided the stylish bridal look; what a great elegance and beauty combo. Make sure to take a look at this magical Hindu wedding inspiration gallery that is glittering gold!

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More endless possibilities behind the best Indian wedding celebrations,tomorro! Make sure to take a look.

 
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Photography: Jermaine Horton Photography | Model: Sanya Ali | Model: Sriram Parthasarathy | Best Man Model: Hiren Topiwala | Grom Attire: Saris and Things | Venue: Drury Lane Theatre | Planner of Stylized Shoot: Madison Elyse Events | Designer: Madison Elyse Events | Floral & Decor: One Look Events | Hair & Makeup: Mygrcreations | DJ: Hiren Topiwala | Bridal Fashions: House of Faiza | Cake & Treats: Delish Cakes | Event Designer: Madison Elyse Events - Qiana Turner | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Vivid Designs | Mehndi Artist: Mygrcreations | Rentals: Ganesha - Rangoli Decor | Specialty Tables / Chairs & Candelabra: Platinum Affairs Rentals | Baraat Horse: Maharaja Farms


Pompton Plains, NJ Indian Wedding by Canvas Studios

Hello Ladies! We are still celebrating the new year with the classy and delightful wedding of Neha & Prateek. What a great way to start a new week and the new year! The photography genius team of Canvas Studios brings the best moments of these beautiful newlyweds. The photographers captured all the portraits, moments, and details of this lovely couple’s most sentimental event, and luckily you can check out every picture here. This love story's scenario was The Legacy Castle. The creative House of Dipali designed the newlywed's vision on this legendary venue and created the most splendid aesthetic and floral arch for the ceremony that combined perfectly with the night sky! If you were looking for a little bridal hair and makeup inspiration, look no further, Maharanis, because the talented Beauty by Tamanna created a memorable look for Neha that wowed the crowd! All the understated elegance, timeless memories, and genuine moments were captured on film by the fantastic Unique Visions Studio whose final deliverable was a unique visual work of art. Enjoy watching Neha and Prateek surrounded by a beautiful bridal party, family, and friends on this momentous day by going to the gallery. I guarantee you ladies will love every snap!

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Maharanis! Let me know your must-have shots for your big day in the comments below! See you tomorrow with more wedding magic.

 
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Cinematography: Unique Visions Studio | Planning & Design: House of Dipali | Floral & Decor: House of Dipali | Sangeet Venue: The Metropolitan | Ceremony Venue: The Legacy Castle | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Tamanna | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ: DJ Amrit | Bollywood Performers & Instructors: The Lost Strings | Mehndi Artist: Henna For All | Photography: Canvas Studios


Pompton Plains, NJ Indian Wedding by House of Talent Studio

Happy Wednesday, darlings! It is time to unveil a new wedding film. So, get ready to enjoy all the fabulous details surrounding Megha & Ashwad's wedding through the fantastic scenes captured by House of Talent Studio! The big day arrived, and these lovebirds were more than ready to consummate their love through a beautiful ceremony held at The Legacy Castle. Raja, Ashwad, arrived a the wedding venue escorted by his long side with much merriment during a vibrant Baraat enlivened by DJ Raj from DJ Sunny Entertainment. Once inside the venue, everyone stared in amazement at the heavenly setting crafted by Wedding Design and Decor, who took the concept of elegance to the next level. But all of this could not have been possible without the perfect planing by Karma Events, who took care of everything down to the smallest detail in such a perfect way that we are still impressed! The only one that could overtake this enchanting scene was our gorgeous Megha, who burst into the room looking like a princess thanks to Cinderella Bridez. After the ceremony, there was an epic reception party that we have no word to describe. After all, we think it would be better to experience it yourself: So hit play below and get ready to enjoy this ode to elegance, charm, and love!

How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
I met my husband at my first day of work, I was taking over his office and then we didn't see each other gain for 9 months after. We casually started spending time together and somehow I saw myself picturing the rest of my life with him.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
I was turning 35! and was excited to celebrate my upcoming birthday. He planned a trip to the Hamptons for us. One morning I woke up to being serenaded by soft music, flowers, champagne, breakfast in bed and my then boyfriend on one knee with a box in his hands. We spent the morning together on the beach enjoying the beauty of life all around us. That evening I was surprised by a gathering with our closest family and friends. The whole day was just 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.
We planned our wedding in a relatively short time-6 months! Early in our search we found the venue HE fell in love with, The Legacy Castle. Our options were to have a wedding in 6 months or wait 1.5 years.  Wedding planning was time consuming, but ALL SO WORTH IT. We prioritized focusing on booking the large vendors first (decor, food catering, video&photographer). The rest we tackled with a pre-made task list and timeline. Some compromises on both parts were required to move forward, but luckily we worked through the kinks together. Our families were also immensely supportive and helpful during this process. We tried to have fun doing it all and surrounded ourselves with our families for most it, so the whole process felt like a long celebration.

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Prior to planning our wedding, I was not one who envisioned the Big Day my whole life. I always wanted a small wedding, but when my partner shared his vision for his dream wedding, I couldn't help but fall in love with all of the ideas. He both love subtlety and pure colors, so we decided on a color schemes of whites/pinks/peaches. My parents and I went to Mumbai to shop for us and our families outfits. Luckily, my parents were very supportive, we were successful for all of our outfits, except my cocktail and reception outfit. When I came back I found my outfits with Nadine Dhody and Guarav Gupta.

What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
The most enjoyable part of the planning process was spending more time with each other.  We would always leave time at the end of each planned day to have sometime of date night (ie dinner or cocktail). I remember having so many talks about what our lives together would be like during these dates, almost brought me back to our early stages of dating.

What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our guests loved the energy and positivity in the room for each event, mostly because my husband and I were truly having fun. At the start of each event, we made sure to drop all our stresses and concerns, and tried to be truly present.

Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During the reception, when the dance floor was open, my husband and I were on stage dancing. I looked up at a full dance floor, hands up in the air, happy faces, beaming lights, lyrics on lips and thinking if I could describe this moment in a word, it would be ecstasy.

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

Dear Brides-To-Be,
On your big day, BE PRESENT. Let go of the months of worry, stresses of the day, and focus on the positivity around you from all the people you love and whom love you. It truly is a magical day and one you'll never forget.

What a lovely wedding! If you want to see more content like this one, make sure to join us tomorrow. We have charming and inspiring stories every day!

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Photography: House of Talent Studio | Cinematography: House of Talent Studio | Planning & Design: Karma Events | Sangeet Venue: Royal Albert's Palace | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Legacy Castle | Floral & Decor: Wedding Design and Decor | Hair & Makeup: Cinderella Bridez | Catering: Bukhara Grill | DJ/Baraat: DJ Sunny Entertainment | Evening Performers: Cirque du Nuit | Evening Performers: Tati Entertainment | Lighting and Special Effect: Visual Comet


Dallas, TX Indian Wedding by Vek Photo

Join us in our Platinum Guide Blog, and enjoy all the beauty surrounding Ashley & Nikhil's wedding!

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
February 24, 2018. That’s when it went down at the Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle, WA. My husband was finishing his last semester of law school, and I had an inkling that he would propose in May 2018 after graduating, since all of our families would be together for his graduation. This is why when we took a trip to one of his favorite cities, just a few months prior, a proposal was the farthest thing from my mind. He forced me to dress a little fancy prior to heading to the museum (I thought this was weird and should have expected something) and had made sure my friends had me get a manicure prior to the trip. We walked around the museum with a few of his college friends, one of whom had a fancy camera that he was using to “practice taking good pictures”. Once we entered the open gallery room, he got on one knee and proposed! I was so shocked that I just stood there staring down at him saying, “is this for real” repeatedly, until I finally said yes. Later, I learnt that he had picked the Museum for a number of reasons: 1) he knew I had never been and wanted to go, 2) proposing in Seattle would be totally unexpected, and 3) given that the Museum had glass gardens and flowers, it was beautiful year round, and there was no possibility of weather interfering with his plans.
 
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 decision-making process for the venues and vendors was 90% driven by our budget. We knew we wanted to do a wedding in Dallas and that a hotel was going be the best option since an overwhelming majority of the guests would be flying into Dallas from out of state. We researched options, toured, made pro-con lists, and the Renaissance Dallas was finally selected, particularly because not only did it fall within our budget, but it gave us the ability to have our ceremony outdoors, which had been my dream!
 
For decor, since the wedding was going to be three separate events and we would have three completely different outfits, we wanted each event to feel different and intentional. We started planning our decor themes with the ceremony and knew that we wanted an outdoor morning ceremony, and so soft light tones and pastels (i.e. light pink, ivory, pale gold, mint green, etc) were going to be perfect. We wanted the Sangeet the night before to feel fun and cultural as a good way to kick off the weekend, so we wanted lots of bright colors and decor that screamed festive. Finally, the reception as the closing piece needed to feel grand and bold. Once we had these ideas nailed down, our decorator was able to take them and run and bring us back a vision that absolutely floored us.
 
I don’t think I could’ve gotten the Bridal looks I had envisioned if I had not gone with Red Lotus Artistry. From day one, when we began with the makeup trial, Vidya listened very closely to what kind of styles and looks I was a fan of, and what I simply couldn’t stand. For example, I wanted to refrain from heavy eyeliner on the lower lid for the ceremony, given that we were going with the softer tones theme, and given that I hate lipstick, I only agreed to move forward with lighted lip shades for most of the wedding events. You want a makeup/hair artist who believes in what you do and don’t like, and doesn’t only try to impose his or her views. Your bridal makeup artist also needs to know exactly what hiccups to expect when getting ready for your wedding events, and that’s exactly what Vidya addressed during our consultation meeting. During the consultation, Vidya and I discussed how my dupattas would be draped and we ran through how every single piece of jewelry would be worn for each event. The meeting was time consuming, yet so informative and it kept us on the same page the weekend of the wedding.
 
We initially were worried about identifying and communicating with the vendors in Dallas, because we both lived in Washington, DC. Luckily, we had the absolute best wedding planner, Christina Thomas at Elaan Events, to help navigate us through the process. She was able to give us multiple options within our budget for each vendor, and made sure we were 100% happy with each one before proceeding onto the next matter. It has now been three months since the wedding took place, and we can look back with certainty that each was the best choice.
 
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
Pink. My bridal lehanga was destined to be a shade of pink since god knows when. Walking into Om Parkash Jawahar Lal in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, and seeing all of the endless options of dazzling lehengas, something clicked and I knew that even though this was the first shop we were visiting, it would be the last and my lehenga would have to come from here. Luckily, my parents and aunts had already done their homework by visiting this shop prior to me even landing in New Delhi, so that made me feel even more comfortable with sticking to Om Parkash Jawahar Lal...which I highly recommend, brides!
 
Given that pink was non-negotiable, and that we wanted the ceremony to be pastel themed, accenting my lehenga with sea green was the perfect choice, especially since my husband loves the color green and was happy to find a sea green sherwani with light pink accents to compliment my outfit.
 
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Hands down the food and cake tastings were the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. Is it possible that amidst the minutiae of wedding planning and logistics, anything could have been more enjoyable than being fed a variety of scrumptious appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and then making decisions with our stomachs instead of our minds? Although I’ve got to say, pinning wedding outfits and henna designs to my Pinterest boards, which I’d share with my mother and mother-in-law to get their input, was also exciting and not stressful, so I’d consider this a close second.
 
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
The Ceremony! One would think that a late morning ceremony, on the terrace of the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, with perfect weather that wasn’t too hot or cold, with absolutely stunning soft pastel decor would have been what made the ceremony so memorable. But, all of that ended up being sides to the entree, that was the priest, Panditji Pattabhirama Krishna Jois. The guests were blown away by the fact that our traditional Hindu priest not only spoke in excellent English and was able to easily explain every step, but also that he was funny and engaging to a point where he felt as though he was an emcee. Many of our guests had not been to a traditional desi wedding before, and instead of sitting there bored and confused for an hour, they were entertained and were able to feel like they were part of all of the rituals.
 
Long story short, the engaging ceremony coupled with the perfect environment/vibe is something our guests have not stopped talking about.
 
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
I feel like every bride, who has her wedding fresh in her mind, has all kinds of knowledge they want to impart on all brides-to-be. Here are my two cents:
 
1) Enjoy the engagement period for at least the first 1-2 months before you dive into planning mode. You really want to take that time to just be on cloud nine before you become occupied with dates, locations, and the endless wedding related decisions to be made.
 
2) The wedding planning process is like running a marathon. Don’t sprint!! Sticking to deadlines is essential, which your planner will guide you on. But don’t try to do everything at once. During this process, remember to keep an open dialogue with your fiance! Your partner needs to be a part of the conversations. Remember, it’s not just your marathon!
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DJ: DJ Riz Entertainment | Lighting: DJ Riz Entertainment | Baraat: DJ Riz Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Red Lotus Artistry | Cinematographer: Vibe Films | Sangeet / Ceremony / Reception Venue: Renaissance Dallas | Planning & Design: Elaan Events | Floral & Decor: Alpha Décor | Catering: Desi District | Catering: Peacock Plano | Bridal Fashions: Om Prakash Jawahar Lal | Cake & Treats: Frosted by Neema | Invitations & Wedding Stationery: Kaagaz | Mehndi Artist: Sheetal's Henna Designs | Photo Booth: Abbeniel Photo Studio | Transportation: Prime Limo | Photography: Vek Photo


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