I got married in what seems to be an archaic time [even though it was just 9 years ago]. There was no Pinterest, no influencers, and the most scary – no Instagram to guide us. Wedding hashtag – what was that? Pinterest board to share with your planner – it was non-existent.
As trends changed at the weddings we went to over the years, my husband and I kept catching ourselves saying “oh we could have done that!” ”Oh that would have been cool.” ”Hmm… should we do a 10 year anniversary party?”
Who, What, Wear
Guest list is a hot topic with Indian parents. Getting it down from 500 to 300 was a lot of little battles in the greater war. Even 300 was too many [tell me about it], but one trick we’ve seen over the years (and used ourselves) was the ability to have different guest lists per event. Why not adjust size based on the event type? Example: a Mehndi could just be out of town guests, or better yet, a wedding party and family only event. Go big on the wedding (which the parents care about) and back down to a reasonable number for reception.
The crazy things we’ve seen over the years with entertainment have blown my mind. Not just photo booths (which yes, weren’t a thing when we got married…), but live entertainment with music and magicians [a magician?! what is this – a kids birthday party?], food displays from around the world, and decor.
Some of the most beautiful Indian weddings, in my opinion, stand out with the decor and flowers. Maharani Weddings is a great source to identify various vendors and see their portfolios across the country. We loved our same day edit video that we showed during our reception, and these days the videography and photography portfolios available provide candids that you’ll cherish forever.
Clothes, my goodness, they are stunning these days. The overall look of a bride is a Pinterest board in itself. While I went to India to do my wedding shopping, it’s not necessary anymore [I hate shopping, so this is great news.] You can get custom clothes for yourself and your wedding party locally and at a lower cost. There are many vendors both online and in person – I’ve outlined a few for you here.
Hair and makeup is another world that was not what it is today. I loved my look – thanks to amazing hair and makeup artists. Personal shout out to the best I know, and the only one I’d let do my hair for a major event, Katie Knorr.
The good thing about today is you can have one master stylist team that works with you, your wedding party, and focuses on mehndi, hair, makeup as well as getting you dressed and ready for each event. Here is a great list of companies that provide all around service.
The one takeaway over the years has been to make a list, and take notes on the things you love. I have a notes section in my phone for this, no joke [wait…are you getting remarried?]. I have every intention of throwing a bomb 10 year anniversary party and treating it as my reception part two… because why not? [ah, I see]
What vendors and Insta accounts do you follow and obsess over? Share your recommendations in the comments below!