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Poorva and Endre’s Long Distance Wedding- held in Ludhiana

Poorva and Endre met as colleagues in Canada. Here, she writes about their inter-cultural union and wedding celebrations in Ludhiana and her home town, Khanna in Punjab.

How we Met
Endre and I met in Toronto where we both worked in business development for an I.T. Company. We were colleagues for a couple of years and then we weren’t, that is when our relationship started. We haven’t yet reached a conclusion about who developed an interest first- the jury is still out on that one! I liked him from the start for his determination and sensitivity. And he told me that he found my blend of Indian and personal values very fascinating.

Shortly after we started dating, we both knew that we wanted to be together for life. That is when I made a phone call to India where my parents live. ‘Mummy Papa, it would be nice if you visited Canada. No, scratch that, I need you to come and see me’! I guess they had been waiting with bated breath for a call like that, and they met Endre over dinner ten days after that phone call. And my amazing parents immediately saw Endre for the amazing person that he is– the differences didn’t even matter to them!

The Wedding Celebrations
The wedding had to be planned in less than three months to accommodate everyone’s schedules! And I could reach India only ten days before the wedding, while Endre was there five days before. But my parents rose to the occasion and managed everything like champions. We had three main functions- the Mehndi, a pre Wedding Reception and the Wedding. The pre-wedding celebrations were in my home town, Khanna in Punjab. The main wedding was in Aveda Hotel in Ludhiana. We chose Aveda because it fit in with our vision of having the wedding in a wide open landscape with amazing food. We had many guests comment on the delicious menu and our guests from Canada had a comfortable stay at the hotel.

The most memorable function for me was the main wedding, my parents and brother took a lot of special efforts in making it a truly meaningful function, so they curated the ceremonies and the rituals to fit our family traditions, the inter-cultural union and mine and Endre’s personalities. In fact, Endre and I exchanged vows during the pheras since I translated the Panditji’s words. And my ‘vachan’ (seven vows) was in English too!

My Dream Wedding
When my family started planning the wedding, I had only three asks of them. And for me these three asks were the essence- I didn’t worry much about the other details and I didn’t sweat the small stuff.

Ask #1: The wedding had to be in an open space and it had to be a day function. I didn’t want my parents to stay up all night, and I don’t like the deserted look of the venue when the Pheras happen early in the morning at 3 a.m.!

Ask #2: The wedding photographs and the film from the day function had to be memorable. After the food has been eaten, guests have been seen off and real life starts, some of the magic that stays beyond the actual day are the photos and the film. I wanted them to be something that could transport me back to the excitement and joy of the day. And in addition to a million other things that go into memorable photos, daylight is one important thing. Hence another reason for a day wedding!

Ask #3: The wedding dress/lehenga had to be something unique as well as traditional- my vision was that it should be something timeless that I could pass on to my children.

Some of the people and places who came together to help me realise my vision:
- My parents- the wedding planners extraordinaire! In fact, my mother is planning to venture into wedding planning full time- specialising in Punjabi brides living in US/Canada.

- The wedding venue, Aveda Hotel, beautiful lawns, amazing food, great service.

- Rishabh Sood of Candid Tales and his team (Steven and Aman). They were phenomenal and I have to thank my brother for doing the research and involving them. The Candid Tales team patiently listened to me rambling my ideas and talking about my inspiration and they quietly polished my ‘suggestions’.

- Yadoo Sharma from Lakmé Salon in Ludhiana. I found Yadoo bhaiyya thanks to WeddingSutra.com. Like all good Makeup Artists, he didn’t just make me look beautiful, he also made me feel beautiful.

- Roop Kala, Ludhiana. I didn’t have time to get a lehenga made or customized, so I was really doubtful a week before the wedding if the wedding dress was going to be exceptional. But me and my mother walked into this store and found the lehenga that fit all our criteria. And their in-house tailor is very good!

As someone who has been working and living abroad I feel getting work done in India is tricky but at the end it is all worth the effort! The clothes, the jewellery, shoes and the accessories, everything is exquisite in India. But it comes with a cost- and the cost is not money but the effort involved in chasing. Everything you order may not be delivered on the day it was promised so you have to keep that in mind while working on your timelines. There will be exceptions of course and fortunately we also worked with vendors who delivered as per the schedule. But generally you have to build a tolerance for turnaround times and you can get fabulous results if you prepare yourself for the delay.

Growing up in North America, we are used to the planned, dress rehearsed weddings. That is not what Indian weddings are. My biggest tip to NRI brides who are getting married in India is that you should accept Indian weddings for what they are- joyous chaos. You get to experience a range of emotions at our weddings in India, and that is the beauty of it. Focus on your ‘must haves’,and beyond that don’t worry, enjoy the big day and remember that stress and chaos are inevitable! Don’t focus on details so much that you miss the emotions that your entire family is investing in to make your day special. And your sincere thanks and appreciation can be your best gift them to them!

For our new blog post series, ‘Long Distance Wedding’ we’re featuring couples living abroad who planned a wedding in their hometown in India. We want to hear your story, how you shortlisted venues and your experience with the wedding planner (if you hired one) and other vendors. Write to us at editor@weddingsutra.com with your wedding photo and required details (below), and we’ll get in touch if you’re selected to be featured.

Name of Bride and Groom
Where you’re based or where you were based when planning the Wedding
Where (venue + city) you got married and when (date)

Photos Courtesy- Rishabh Sood

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Rahul Mishra and Shivan & Narresh will be available for a private consultation (by appointment only) at the Taj Palace, New Delhi from the 26th-28th April, 2014. The exclusive Benarasi weaves will be showcased at Khazana, Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi on 25th and 26th April, 2014.

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Your Guide to Purchasing Mid-Budget Lehengas in Mumbai

By Prakruti Jhaveri

Picking a lehenga or saree for your wedding day can be a joyous yet stressful project. It requires intensive research, planning and visualization, and sometimes all this has to be worked around a budget. While India’s top designers and multi-designer stores have the most exquisite bridal collections, we often get emails from brides wanting us to recommend stores where they can buy an exquisite lehengas to suit their budget. Here, Prakruti Jhaveri, Senior Fashion and Beauty Writer at InOnIt.in, writes about thestores in Mumbai that offer interesting collections at price tags to fit different budgets.

South Mumbai

If you live in South Mumbai or are planning to make a day’s visit for wedding shopping check out the stores at Marine Lines, Kemps Corner, Kalbadevi, Colaba and Breach Candy.

For a traditional and classic style lehenga-choli you can visit stores like Roopkala, Indrani (also in Borivali) and Millionaire (also in Juhu and Malad). These stores have a huge range of apparel and accessories for the entire bridal party. Next to Indrani Silks (in Kalbadevi), there are a host of boutiques which offer lehengas in the range of Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 50,000. Most of these stores offer customization options too. At Millionaire, you may find the range going higher than Rs 30,000.

Bridal collection by Millionaire

Roopkala store (Santacruz West, Mumbai)

Lehengas by Roopkala

Bridal collection by Indrani Silks

If you are looking at something more than the blushing-bride look, check out stores like Ogaan, Aza, Kimaya, Jade, Ensemble, and RE Fashion Boutique. Many of these stores have collections that start from Rs 40,000 and above, but they do offer one-of-a-kind pieces too. Lighter lehengas for the bridesmaids can be purchased here as well. While Ogaan has quirky and kitschy outfits, Kimaya and Ensemble offer a Bollywood bride look. Jade has a distinct collection of bridal outfits that reflect Indian heritage. Take a look at authentic zardosi, jamwar and other styles here.

Jade by Monica and Karishma, Pedder Road, Mumbai

Kimaya store at Kemps Corner, Mumbai

Bridal Lehengas at Kimaya

Also, look out for their end of season sales when some of them offer discounts up to 70 per cent, and you might just find your dream outfit for a steal.

Tip: Try to look for bridal couture on sale at Ensemble and Ogaan, and you might land up with a runway outfit, which you can reuse in many different ways after your wedding.

Lower Parel

High Street Phoenix and Palladium are a shopper’s paradise; however, they offer little for the busy bride’s needs. If you are in the area, the must-visit stores include Chamomile, Anita Dongre and Mogra boutique at Phoenix mills.

Lehengas by Anita Dongre

Chamomile and Mogra offer Indian apparel for modern women who adore fashion. So, be ready to find distinct, minimalistic styles of lehengas here starting from Rs 40,000 onwards.

Chamomile store (Lower Parel)

Mogra store (Lower Parel)

Tip: Visit these stores when you are out shopping for western outfits, salwaar suits or other items for your wedding trousseau, so you save time.


The hub of designer stores, Juhu, has a plethora of alternatives for your dream wedding apparel. The forerunners amongst them all are Sushma Designs and Kimaya. These two stores are known for their unmatched designs and up-to-date trends. The latter houses niche couture designers as well as popular Bollywood designers. You might find an exquisite piece that resembles Deepika Padukone or Kareena Kapoor’s look in a film for a price starting Rs40,000 onwards.

In addition to these, you can visit Paaneri, Libas and Kala Niketan, which are comparatively less expensive than the above mentioned stores. You can also take a glimpse of rich bridal wear at individual designer stores like Manasvi Pillai and Archana Kochhar.

Bridal collection by Archana Kochhar

Lehenga by Libas

Round the corner from Juhu, another area that is heaven for wedding shoppers is Irla, located between Andheri and Vile Parle (West). Here, you can first visit Aishwarya Design Studios and Ella. You may then look at various other boutiques in the area. What we love about the stores here is that they have lots of options in the range of Rs.20,000 to Rs. 70,000. This area also has a host of wedding accessories and costume jewellery shops.

Aishwarya Design Studio (Andheri West)

Bridal lehengas at Aishwarya Design Studio

Tip: Visit the stores in Irla before you move to Juhu.

Santacruz and Khar

A wedding shopper’s hub, Santacruz has everything from designer wear to street side heels and more. Your top picks for THE wedding outfit should be Seasons and Kalki where you can get bridal wear at a price range of Rs 40,000 onwards. Kalki also houses the works of Sabyasachi, Neeta Lulla, Gaurav Gupta and the likes, so if you’re lucky, you might be able to get an exquisite designer piece too.

Bridal ensembles by Seasons

Along the entire market, you can also visit stores like Bawree, Pagli, Shagun, and Friendship. These stores have lehengas starting from Rs 20,000 onwards. Sagar Couture in Bandra also houses some of the finest net ghaghra-choli sets. Their designs and fabric integration is worth a look.

Bridal ensembles by Kalki

A boutique that is a must-see for the experimental bride (with a reasonably good budget) is designer Masaba’s Store. They offer quirky and creative twists to regular wedding outfits.

Quirky outfits by Masaba Gupta

Tip: Before you visit Santacruz, keep in mind a general idea of what you want. The number of options there may leave you confused.

The mentioned areas/locations cover more or less the entire range of mid-budget bridal wear options in Mumbai. Feel free to write to us, if you know of a unique, niche store that other brides may try. Also, we love the Lehenga LookBook on www.facebook.com/weddingsutra, regardless of whether or not you are getting married, this is one album all Indian fashion lovers would always love to see!

If you get an opportunity to be a part of WeddingSutra on Location, don’t miss it. Or check out all the photos of WeddingSutra on Location at different stores- Anita Dongre, Neeta Lulla, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, JADE, Designer Studio and Ensemble.

About Prakruti Jhaveri: Writing, teaching and serial reading is what I do. If you meet me you’d know I’m taller than you.

About InOnIt.in: For the latest fashion and trend updates, style tips, designer interviews, celebrity style, and shopping, log onto InOnIt.in.

Photos Courtesy- (Roopkala bride photos) Dolly Parmar/ Kamal Rana Photography; (Anita Dongre lehenga photos) Prashasti Singh/ Aperture 9, Guddu Bhatia/ Bhumika Bhatia, Ankita Parmar/ Richa Kashelkar; (Libas photo) Ritika Tewari/ Barnali Kalita

Knot So Indian Contest

Are you the quintessential “Knot so Indian” Bride? Tanishq is looking for you. Click here and talk about what makes you Indian at heart when it comes to tying your wedding knot. It could be your bridal style, or your wedding jewellery, or even the plans you have for your wedding day. Whatever makes you the Knot so Indian bride, Tanishq wants to know!

Click here to participate.

Love Actually- Akanksha Shrivastava and Adhiraj Sarmah’s Platinum Day of Love

Our new initiative- ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring engaged couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates the beautiful people in love as they start their lives together. Because real love can only begin, never end. Over coffee, a makeover and a photo shoot we get to-be-weds to tell us how they met, show us their platinum love bands and talk about their day of love.

Most people who are close to Akanksha and Adhiraj will agree that the couple is a classic example of the cliché – ‘opposites attract’. While Akanksha fell for his serene ways, Adhiraj was enamored by her bubbly charm. Adhiraj, a Business Development professional and Akanksha, a Strategy Consultant, met during a fellowship program in Delhi, “and we got to know each other really well while working together on classroom projects, chit-chatting for hours in the hostel corridors and practicing Tango moves in our leisure time”, says Akanksha.

Post their graduation, they moved to Gurgaon to take up their respective jobs. However, that left them with little time for each other due to their hectic schedules, so they decided to tie the knot to get more time and space in each other’s lives. Says Akanksha: “The most romantic moment for me was when he proposed to me at the Lotus Temple in Delhi. I found the spiritual ambience of the place extremely romantic and thoughtful.” Adhiraj recalls “Akanksha was really moved and couldn’t hold back her tears, while I was secretly smiling as I knew it was her way of saying ‘Yes’.”

“My parents were always fond of Adhiraj and used to drop hints of their approval every time the topic of marriage was initiated”, says Akanksha, “though it took some time for Adhiraj to convince his parents.’ However, once the families met at his native place in Assam, there was no looking back.”

Initially, there was a lot of back and forth while narrowing down on wedding dates, time and venues as there were only few dates that were auspicious for both sides. “One day the wedding date would be decided for May, and the next day the date would be shifted to June” recalls Akanksha. Finally the date was decided, 25th June and the venue, next to a beautiful lake in Bhopal.

The couple is currently busy with their wedding planning, which they feel is as exciting as is stressful. “The most exciting part of wedding planning thus far has been staying up a whole night to design our wacky invitation card, which is inspired by Bollywood and Indian kitsch art”, says Adhiraj. Adds Akanksha: “What I enjoy most is getting updated on the latest bridal fashion and wedding décor trends, I equally enjoy watching wedding films which are no less than works of art and a great source for interesting ideas”, says Akanksha. Adhiraj concludes: “Funnily enough, we have been discussing and trying to finalize our honeymoon for weeks now but we’ve been unable to freeze on one destination because every location has something unique to offer.”

If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the link to your FB profiles, wedding date and ‘how you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

Platinum Love Bands by ORRA
Makeup & Hair- Shruti Sharma
Location- Vivanta by Taj- Surajkund, Delhi
Photographs by- Atul Pratap Chauhan

Behind the Scenes- WeddingSutra on Location@ AZA

Continuing with our fun mission to inspire-brides to-be and to help them with wedding preps we organized our last WeddingSutra on Location at AZA, the multi-designer store in Juhu, Mumbai.

The experts we invited were Bridal Stylist Nisha Kundnani, Makeup Artist Recinda Martis and Photographer duo Ashwin and Jhalak of Shades Photography. The four brides-to-be who were thrilled to be get this opportunity were Rhea Patel (a Law Student), Manali Shah (a Businesswoman), Arzoo Jajodia (an Entrepreneur) and Palak Khurana (an RJ with a popular radio station).

Presenting some of the behind the scene moments- interesting interactions, fun and serious deliberations with a vibrant choice of ensembles and the final outcome- beautiful makeovers. Watch this space as we showcase more photos featuring what each bride-to-be wore, and what they felt about their experience with WeddingSutra on Location at AZA.

Location- AZA, Shisir Building, Juhu Tara Rd, Santacruz West, Mumbai
Makeup & Hair- Recinda Martis
Styling- Nisha Kundnani (Bridélan)
Jewellery- Azva
Photos Courtesy- Ashwin Mishra and Jhalak Singhal (Shades Photography)

Seven Couples. Seven Vows. Paromita and Dinesh

Every relationship is unique. Every marriage is special. And so are the promises that two people in love made to each other. In this series, WeddingSutra meets seven beautiful couples and discovers the promises they made to each other for the lifetime.

Paromita Kundu, a Communications Professional and Dinesh Navani, a Banker got married in December 2013 in Mumbai, here the couple talk about their union and ‘how we met’ story.

“If it’s meant to be, it will; Everything happens for a reason, and at the right time; Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans… Like every other teen, I grew up listening to these phrases, and thought they were just another set of fancy words added to the vast pool of English Literature; without realizing that one day all of this will make complete sense”…… Paromita

How we met
“I had joined a trekking group while on a sabbatical to satiate my urge to see new places and meet new people. It was during one such impromptu trip that I met my husband, Dinesh. The initial impressions were not too good for either of us, but eventually during the trip we got talking, exchanged numbers, discovered common friends, common interests and before we knew it, we were seeing each other; and eventually the romantic in him managed to bowl me over! ”

What we love and appreciate about each other
Paromita says, “I love the fact that nothing really has changed much since our marriage, we are still the ‘blissfully in love’ dating couple who now also stay together! In fact, it’s nearly four months now since we got married and it still seems like a never-ending vacation for me; so much so that I forget at times that I am actually married! It’s like the best of all worlds, I get to share my life with the one I love, without any undue pressures or obligations; it’s all the same with an added assurance and constant support. It’s this undying support and unconditional love which I appreciate the most! I’m a daddy’s girl who grew up idolizing my dad and believed that no one could love me, pamper me and support me as much as him. Though my dad will always be my first hero, my husband is almost at par! It takes a very secure man to let his woman be the way she is, without altering anything about her. The fact that he understands every small thing about me and does everything possible to make me feel special, always, is something which I love and appreciate the most! I sometimes feel he has had a sneak peek at the list of things I had in my mind for my soul-mate!”

Dinesh being a man of few words, adds few profound words for his partner. “I have always admired her honesty. She won’t shy from calling a spade a spade, which eventually is difficult for some people to digest initially, but it was something I loved from the very start. I always wanted my partner to be honest to me about everything, someone with whom I could share everything and expect an honest feedback and I’m glad to have found that in her. Also her caring nature is something that always leaves me amazed. No matter how tired or angry she may be, she will do her best to ensure the comfort of people around her. She will do small things to ensure the little joys of life, something which I love the most!”

Love, Life and Marriage
Paromita says, “Marriage to us was always about companionship. Our families got extended with our alliance and I got a lifelong companion; with whom I can chat forever, annoy every day, act silly with, speak about everything under the sun, travel with, laugh with, cry with and fall back on every time I goof up!”

Dinesh says: “Marriage is about love, trust, togetherness and happiness. We have simple expectations from each other and from our marriage. We are friends first and a spouse later; and both of us always ensure that come what may, we keep the bond of friendship alive. Marriage was just another step together to deepen our bond, to strengthen our friendship and seal it for a lifetime”

What we look forward to
We look forward to each new day and most of all we look forward to growing old in each other’s company. Life’s too short to be anything but happy and we want to cherish each moment of our lives together.

Photos Courtesy- Inderjeet Gill

Just Married? Would you like to be one of the couples to be featured on ‘Seven Couples Seven Vows’. Email us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Seven Couples Seven Vows’, your names, when (date) and where (city) you got married, how you met and two photos (a pre-wedding or engagement photo, and your wedding photo).

With WeddingSutra on Location- Prachi Patil

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Tarun Tahiliani’s couture studio in Colaba, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the last of the four-part series, bride-to-be Prachi Patil, blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I had visited the WeddingSutra Facebook page last year when one of my closest friends was getting married so I knew this would be my go-to guide too, I got engaged recently and since the last few weeks I have been visiting the page almost every day. I was talking about WeddingSutra on Location with Photographer Seema Choubey who photographed my Engagement. She motivated me to write to WeddingSutra and to my pleasant surprise I received an invitation to WeddingSutra on Location.

On the day of the shoot I walked in to the studio with mixed emotions- I was excited yet a little nervous. But as soon as I entered the studio, I saw happy and smiling faces, and my nervousness disappeared. I was first shown the bridal lehenga options, and with Team WeddingSutra’s help I chose a red color bridal lehenga. After which we paired it with a heavy jewellery set.

Next, came the most important thing- my makeup & hairdo. I have long and very straight hair and always thought that styling my hair is just impossible. I told Ojas’s team the same, and they took it up as a challenge to give me a completely different look. As I saw the final result, and Ojas’s finishing touch to my hair and makeup, it was like a miracle! The makeup was classy and subtle and my hair was styled with soft curls, which actually stayed much longer than I expected! Hats off to Ojas and her team!

Finally, it was time to get clicked by Photographer Shreya Sen. I am really moody when it comes to clicking pictures, but Shreya made me feel comfortable and special with her talk and comments which actually made it fun. She showed me some of the pictures, and seeing them motivated me to continue posing.

I am so glad WeddingSutra on Location happened to me! Everyone I met that day made me feel special, thank you team WeddingSutra!”

If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look. Location and Date- To be decided (City- Mumbai).

Prachi’s Look
Jewellery- Gehna Jewellers
Outfit – Tarun Tahiliani
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Nisha Kundnani (Bridélan)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen

Wedding Venue Hot Spots: Swati Recommends Shutters (Santa Monica) and Tote on the Turf (Mumbai)

Swati and Adam live and work in Dubai. Swati grew up in Dubai, and Adam moved there four years ago from California. Swati is a Lawyer, and a mutual friend from work introduced both of them when Adam needed legal advice. A couple of months later they met again, and since then they’ve never looked back.

Swati writes about about their wedding festivities in California, Dubai and Mumbai:

Wedding Venue
We wanted to get married outside Dubai so we decided to host it in California, where Adam grew up. We chose a beautiful boutique hotel called Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. The place was perfect, as the hotel was right on the beach of the Santa Monica pier. We held a Reception dinner at Shutters immediately after.

After this, we had two post-wedding receptions, one was held in Dubai where my family resides, and the second and our finale event was in Mumbai, so I could celebrate with my cousins, relatives and friends who live in Mumbai and within India.

Post Wedding Celebration in Mumbai
In Mumbai, we hosted our Reception in Tote on the Turf. I had been to Tote on previous visits to Mumbai, and absolutely loved it, so I didn’t consider any other venue. Adam had never been to Mumbai, but he too loved the venue when he saw it a few days prior to the event.

My friend Hemal Solanki Bhagwat who runs Mumbai-based Weddings by Mercury helped by pointing me towards the right photographer and getting the initial venue information, and that bit of early planning helped a lot.

Wedding Planning
In the US, the hotel needed me to have an on-the-day planner. I picked Dianne Greenberg who used to work for Shutters and retired from there. She was invaluable. While I was picking and talking to vendors myself, I did it all from Dubai, and it was very useful to have someone on the ground to make a phone call or clarify something if required. Amy Sparks and Imelda, who both work together, did my make-up & hair. The cake was from Jamica’s Cakes, and the flowers from Ninfa’s Flowers. The DJ was Red Con from Scratch Weddings. I had two photographers- Salvatore Soria of Soria Weddings for the main event and Christina Lopez who covered the Wedding and Reception too.

Overall, I found it very easy to find and manage all the vendors in the US. Responses were usually quick, and all questions were answered. Planning a wedding from so far away and arriving in LA the week before was daunting but things were extremely smooth.

We didn’t hire a planner in Mumbai, because we were hosting one function only. However, coordinating with the venue in Mumbai wasn’t as smooth as it was in the US. Luckily, my friends helped by stepping in, but it was a lot of back and forth. I would recommend having a good planner for a wedding in India, even if it is a small celebration.

Advice for To-Be-Weds
- Don’t believe all the hype. Your wedding doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s. Be true to what you want and like, and that will go a long way in making it the happiest day of your life.
- Ask your friends and family who are in the same city, it makes things easier.
- Most importantly, have fun! And eat!

Wedding Details
Makeup & Hair- Amy Sparks and Imelda (California), Ojas Rajani (Mumbai)
Cake- Jamica’s Cakes
Flowers- Ninfa’s Flowers
DJ- Red Con (Scratch Weddings)
Photos Courtesy- Goldfish Photography, Salvatore Soria and Christina Lopez (California) and Shreya Sen (Mumbai)

Our blog post series ‘Wedding Venue Hot Spots’ features Real Couples and their search for the perfect venue. If you got married recently and would like to be featured here please email us a few wedding photos along with the details below. Our Editors will review the same and get in touch with you for a more detailed interview:

- Your Names and where you live
- The Wedding Functions, Date(s) and Venue & City–

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