Hey there, inspiration-seeking Maharanis! You know that we have a thing for fusion weddings and this one is a truly magnificent representation of what they are all about. Richa & Aaron decided to celebrate their union with all the glam and style in the world and our friends from Lightyear Studio were there to capture it all! The always exclusive The Marigold, as it is known, was at its very best to house the gala. The couple decided to have their decor filled to brim with various tones of ruby, coral, and fuschia and believe me, magic can't even begin to describe what went on. The beautiful Maharani and her bridesmaid squad lit up the place with their fashion choices! We are so loving the combinations of their bridal sarees! Those sunny colors were definitely the right way to go! So, ladies, if inspiration is what you seek, then seek no more because today's grand Indian fusion wedding gallery has it all! Don't miss it!
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 did a lot of research online. We knew we wanted to be in control of choosing all our vendors and didn't want to use a wedding planner to make all our decisions. Once we decided on our venue, The Marigold in Somerset, NJ, we also looked into their recommended vendors to make decisions. Additionally, once we booked our wedding coordinator, KM Events, who would assist on the day of the wedding, we researched some of their recommendations as well.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I wanted to get married in hot pink & gold as opposed to a more traditional red & gold lengha. I was open to a custom lengha but we shopped all throughout Edison, NJ and found something that was perfect and off-the-shelf. I wanted a marigold and hot pink theme for the wedding and for my bridesmaids looks. For my Sangeet, I knew I wanted a turquoise theme and was looking for a turquoise lengha. We ended up having my bridesmaids lenghas and my Sangeet lengha custom-made in India by Nazranaa in Edison, NJ. That is also where I found my reception lengha in blush pink.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
It was great spending time with my mom shopping for all our outfits and choosing all our vendors together.
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
We had a fusion wedding and therefore performed an American ceremony and a Hindu ceremony back-to-back. I wore my lengha for both ceremonies but we wanted to include both traditions for our big day. We also had a mixed crowd of Indians and non-Indians. As we all know, Indian ceremonies can take some time, so we opted for a shortened ceremony. We also made programs that had translations of what was happening during the Hindu ceremony and received a lot of positive feedback on this from both the Indian and non-Indian guests. It made the ceremony feel more interactive as the guests could understand what was happening. Another piece of positive feedback we received was related to keeping our guests fed during the ceremonies. We decided to pass some hor'dourves (pakoras and samosas) during the break between the ceremonies and kept little snack bags on each seat as well which kept our guests full until cocktail hour! Lastly, we ordered a Viennese table for dessert and it was a big hit with our guests!
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
Honestly, the whole weekend was magical!
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 held a Sangeet the night before and in addition to the dances performed by representatives on the bride's side, including a dance by the bride and her friends, we had the groom's hip hop band, Dujeous, perform. As this was a fusion wedding, this made it quite fun to have both sides participate in an otherwise very Indian tradition.
Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
We were really pleased with all our vendors which included Karuna Chani of KC Makeup as my makeup artist, LightYear Studios as our photographer, KM Events as our coordinator, Chand Palace as our caterer, The Marigold as our wedding venue, the Martinsville Gardens as our Sangeet venue, Springhill Suites Somerset as our hotel, Mehndi by Anuja as our mehndi artist, DJ Raj from DJ Sunny Entertainment as our DJ, and Rangoli as our decorator.
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