30 Stunning Mandap Decor Ideas to Bookmark for Your Upcoming Wedding

Mandap design ideas have come a long way. The mandap décor can be customised as per the location, season, design-requirement, type of wedding and so on. But a mandap is a must. Why?

Because the one element that is a must in any Hindu traditional wedding – the mandap. The mandap or mandapam as it is known to be is crucial to the traditions and rituals of the core Hindu wedding customs. Therefore, the wedding mandap and the wedding mandap decoration is sacrosanct and an integral part of Indian wedding decor.

The mandap is sanctimonious in nature and is considered to be a sanctum sanctorum. It is placed at the very centre of the wedding decorations. A wedding mandap decoration is just not any mandap décor or mandap design but it has to have pleasing design aesthetics, as well as the entire mandap design, has to have a proper meaning behind it. A typical mandap design is made up of four pillars, each of which has meaning and importance for a blissfully wedded life, with a canopy on top. Only the immediate members of the couple’s families are allowed within the mandap along with the priest or priests.

The wedding mandap and the wedding mandap decoration has an interesting history and dates back to centuries before when weddings took place within the four walls of the couple’s home, more specifically, the girl or bride’s home. Only close family members were a part of these celebrations. Therefore, the marriage mandap decoration came into being. However, even though today, the wedding mandap has many many mandap design ideas and mandap decoration has evolved a lot, the idea behind a wedding mandap remains the same.

The wedding mandap, being a four-pillared structure with a canopy shaped like a dome or a semi-circle, defines the sacred area amidst the wedding decoration where the wedding rituals will be carried out. Traditionally, a mandap design was made using wood and other natural or organic materials, however, today, a modern wedding mandap décor may use metals.

To add more to the details of a mandap design, it is important to know what each of the four pillars stands for – they stand for Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa, symbolic of the four stages of the life of an individual.  

The four pillars are also symbolic of the four natural elements and the fifth element is the canopy or the open top of the mandap design that stands for ‘space’. Therefore, a wedding mandap is equivalent of a universe.

As we have already discussed the importance of marriage mandap decoration, let us look at 30 stunning mandap design ideas that you can bookmark for your upcoming wedding –

1. The Ganjam Marriage Mandap Decoration

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What can be more traditional than study ornate carved pillars for a marriage mandap decoration? Decked with marigolds, white flowers and bells, this mandap design is a delight for all.

2. The Rustic Wedding Mandap Decoration

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An open-air wedding by the pool is enchanting right? What if we say the rustic mandap design made up of eucalyptus leaves and crystals created over the pool is not a part of the venue but created just for a wedding? Brilliant, isn’t it?  

3. A No-Frill, Simple Mandap Design

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Weddings demand elaborate settings but this couple wanted a simple, sweet ceremony and therefore, this traditional South Indian mandap décor has design similarities with the bride’s home flooring of red oxide and therefore, the flooring of the wedding mandap decoration is red as well.

4. A Dash of Fair Magic for Mandap Decor

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Love the peachy hues? We do too! So, throw in some peach-coloured drapes and fairy lights, and voila… you have a stunning mandap décor!

5. The Luminous Wedding Mandap Decoration

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If you are looking to incorporate nature in your wedding mandap decoration then this luminous foliage mandap design with lanterns is a great option!

6. A Fresh Blooming Marriage Mandap Decoration

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Just because you are having an indoor wedding doesn’t mean that your marriage mandap decoration has to be boring! Checkout this indoor mandap design with fresh blooming flowers and a huge natural green wall as the backdrop. Stunning, isn’t it?

7. Traditional Yellow and Orange Mandap Decor

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There is a certain charm that yellow and orange marigolds lend to a mandap décor, right? We think so too! This simple yet radiant mandap design for a mehendi ceremony is brilliant!

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8. A Grand Mandap Design with Floral Dome and Pillars

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What’s not to love – a huge floral canopy, floral mandap pillars decked in pink, white and red roses, cascading floral strings and the mandap design sitting atop a fountain? It can’t get grander than this!

9. An Eclectic Mandap Design

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If you are someone who wants to do things out-of-the-box and don’t want traditional or usual colours for your mandap design, then opt for a purple and green draped mandap design just like this beauty!

10. The Magical Mandap Decor

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Add a little magic to your indoor wedding a create a tent-like mandap décor just like this one with some florals and lots of fairy lights! Magical yass!

11. A Flower Garden Mandap Design

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Love a beautiful flower garden? Well, you can recreate it indoors with this stunning floral mandap with cascading vines and bells.

12. Sophisticated Floral Mandap Decor

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What if you want to cast a spell on the audience and add a dash of mystery to your wedding mandap design? If that’s the brief then this sophisticated and elegant mandap décor is the one for you!

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13. Traditional Yet Minimal Marriage Mandap Decoration

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Banana leaves are used in many Indian sacred or religious rituals and this minimal yet traditional marriage mandap decoration using white flowers and banana leaves stand-ins for the four pillars of a mandap design, is a really beautiful.

14. A Meandering Pathway Mandap Design

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What if you could create a pathway with green foliage and beautiful flowers to lead your lady love to you at the wedding altar? So very romantic, right? Yeah. This beautiful meandering pathway with foliage and floral mandap design is just that!

15. A Grand Tepee Wedding Mandap

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A tepee for a mandap design? Why not! Checkout this Moroccan-inspired Bohemian grand tepee wedding mandap with woven carpets and wildflowers.

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16. A Rosy Mandap Design

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If the brief is minimal and you want to use red roses, try this mandap design!

17. Flowers and Bells Mandap Decor

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Love pale pink roses? We do too! Opt for this stunning rose and hanging bells mandap design for your upcoming nuptials!

18. Nature’s Cave Mandap Design

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Want to ensure your beautiful mandap design blends in with nature? Try this dome-shaped floral and foliage mandap design.

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19. The Tree of Love Wedding Mandap

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When you have a gorgeous Champa tree already at the wedding venue, then you must suspend thousands of Rajnigandha floral ladis to create a fantastical wedding mandap like this one!

20. A Dreamy Marriage Mandap Decoration

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When you want your dreams to come true, you opt for this beautiful marriage mandap decoration with a lot of nature and transparent glass bottle hangings!

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21. The Phenomenal Wedding Mandap

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A phenomenal grand floral wedding mandap with bright yellow, pink and white is definitely going to make a special place in your heart for a long time to come.

22. Stunning Wedding Mandap Decoration with Flowers

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When the brief is avant garde, you create this stunning wedding mandap decoration with carnations and roses!

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23. A Fairy Tale Garden Wedding Mandap

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If you are looking for a contemporary yet fairy tale-like wedding mandap, then this mandap design with florals and custom crown flower stick infusion is the ‘design’ for you!

24. A Floral Pellidoku Mandap Design Fit for Royalty

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A colourful, i.e. lime, green, pink, white florals and blues to bedeck your mandap design is just right for a royal wedding, don’t you think? We’d have to agree!

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25. A Peach Mandap Decor for a Beach Wedding

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Peach-coloured drapes decked with dainty floral bouquets make for beautiful mandap designs, right? Especially if they are for a beach wedding 😊.

26. Mogra and Marigold Marriage Mandap Design

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What can be prettier than a mogra and marigold with pink flowers in a marriage mandap decoration. Nothing. A classic traditional beauty this one.

27. A Majestic Floral Wedding Mandap

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When the sheer scale of a wedding mandap and its décor can wow us, we know we are in for a grand wedding. This wedding mandap with floral canopy and exotic flower hangings paints a picture of perfection.

28. A Pop of Pastel Marriage Mandap Decoration

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If you love your pinks, peaches, whites and blues, then this pop of peachy hues as seen in the marriage mandap design is just right for you!

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29. Temple Marriage Mandap Decoration

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Looking for a temple-like marriage mandap decoration? Try this mandap design where the entire marriage mandap decoration is made up of yellow and orange marigolds.

30. Marigold and Mogra Mandap Design

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When the brief for your mandap design is minimal with a dash of marigold and mogra!

Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj Lockdown Wedding: A Journey in Pictures

Ever since one of India’s most eligible bachelors (and may we say hot?!) broke the news of the woman in his life, we bet if anyone was truly able to keep calm, not us for sure! After some brief periods of speculation that was quickly followed by an intimate engagement ceremony, Rana Daggubatti chose to tie the knot with his ladylove, Miheeka Bajaj who belongs to one of Hyderabad’s most illustrious families and is an interior designer herself who owns the Hyderabad based design and event management company Dewdrop Design Studio.

As love transcends beyond the ideas of pandemic, lockdown and quarantine, both these well-established lovebirds decided to walk down the aisle in a rather private, close-knit setup in their city. We’re certain none would have imagined that this is how things would pan out, not even them, their wedding pictures are proof enough to show that all that really matters is the willingness to unite in the sacrament of marriage with the love and blessings of the closest ones!

We’ve decided to take you on a journey that captures just this- right from their engagement to their d-day. Let’s begin!

The Elegant Lockdown Engagement Ceremony

While most places were under a nationwide lockdown, there was something special about the air of Jubilee Hills this May. It was brimming with pomp and joy and the Daggubati household were all geared to make it ‘official’ and welcome a new member into their family. In a rather intimate backyard setting, Rana and Miheeka got engaged in the presence of their families. Rana opted for a simple and super traditional outfit for the event consisting of a white shirt and mundu while Miheeka shone bright in an orange and pink Kanjeevaram saree. She completed her look with her home brand- Krsala’s statement jewellery set. These stunning pictures are proof of the lovely time they had ringing in their memorable moments!  

Rana and Miheeka's Elegant Engagement
Rana and Miheeka's Elegant Engagement
Rana and Miheeka's Elegant Engagement
Rana and Miheeka's Elegant Engagement
Rana and Miheeka's Elegant Engagement
Rana and Miheeka's Elegant Engagement

Miheeka’s Pretty Pre-Wedding Event

Celebrations continued in the Bajaj household as they hosted a lovely pre-wedding ceremony for Miheeka in June. And we must say this beauty had already started giving us major goals even before she officiated to become a bride! Her breathtaking look in a couture Jayanti Reddy lehenga for the event does all the talking. She paired this with a Krsala mala encrusted with polki, rubies and pink tourmalines along with an elegantly crafted jadau maang tikka

Miheeka's Pre-Wedding Function at Home
Miheeka's Pre-Wedding Function at Home
Miheeka's Pre-Wedding Function at Home
Miheeka's Pre-Wedding Function at Home
Miheeka's Pre-Wedding Function at Home
Miheeka's Pre-Wedding Function at Home

That Happening Haldi Ceremony

So what if it’s a lockdown wedding?! When Bhallaldeva decided to get hitched he did it in style! Rana and Miheeka’s haldi ceremony was simple and yet brimming with so much fun and festivity. Miheeka looked straight out of a dream in her bright yellow Anand Kabra lehenga which she cleverly paired with her stunning seashells jewellery. The soon-to-be-groom kept it sobre in a  traditional shirt and mundu outfit.

Rana and Miheeka's Haldi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Haldi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Haldi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Haldi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Haldi Ceremony

Magical Mehendi Moments

Everything about Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj’s mehendi ceremony was vibrant! The decor was thoroughly picturesque and made for the perfect background. Needless to say the bride and groom looked a million bucks. Miheeka redefined stunning in her eclectic pink Arpita Mehta lehenga-jacket. She wore this with a custom made Krsala maang tikka encrusted with polkis and  pearls and earrings made of Russian emeralds! The ever dapper hunk chose to step out in a beige kurta which he paired with a Nehru jacket and crisp trousers.

Rana and Miheeka's Mehendi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Mehendi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Mehendi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Mehendi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Mehendi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Mehendi Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Mehendi Ceremony

The Wondrous Lockdown Wedding Day

And finally, come August 8th, this gorgeous couple got married in a traditional ceremony at Hyderabad’s Ramanaidu Studio in the presence of close family and friends. They opted for a bio-secure ceremony with a tight guestlist. Miheeka left all thoroughly speechless as she chose to be an Anamika Khanna bride in a dazzling ivory chikankari gown with  gold metalwork and zardosi. It was Krsala’s exquisite diamond jewellery all the way for the bride on her big day! Rana looked no less in gold kurta with a light gold pancha. He completed his look with a golden stole! 

Miheeka's Bridal Look
Miheeka's Bridal Look
Miheeka's Bridal Look
Miheeka's Bridal Look
Miheeka's Bridal Look
Rana's Wedding Look
Rana and Miheeka's Wedding Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Wedding Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Wedding Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Wedding Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Wedding Ceremony
Rana and Miheeka's Wedding Ceremony

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Here’s wishing this lovely couple a happily ever after and a journey full of love and peace!

5 Things to Keep in Mind while Planning your Home Wedding Decor

The season of home weddings is here and how! If you’re upset about missing out on making perfect instagram-worthy memories in the background of breathtaking locales and exotic decor elements, do not worry. Home weddings have their own essence and beauty and you can still make meaningful memories with beautiful backgrounds. The crux is to understand the ‘feel’ of home weddings and design everything around it. 

To get you started, we’ve listed five tips that you can keep in mind while planning for your intimate wedding decor. Take a look at them below:

1. Focus on Space Management

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Unlike the sprawling area a lawn, banquet or an outdoor destination can offer, home or backyard weddings have a limited space. But therein lies their beauty and purpose. You can convert this limited space into a pleasant setup without making it too restricting by using all the corners wisely. Remember the overall idea is to render a ‘feel’ and not stuff every nook and corner with over the top elements. 

2. Get Creative with Flowers

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One cannot imagine wedding decor without breathtaking floral arrangements be it home or hall. However the best part about having to decorate for your home wedding is that you can be much more responsible to source flowers. You can also incorporate a healthy mix of local and seasonal flowers along with exotic variants.

3. Shower some Table/Counter Love

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Yes we do understand that home weddings have a limited amount of space and that is why you need to set up a table or counter (if not too many) as they can double up as refreshment/beverages or gift counter, a memoir table or an eating cum lounge area! Besides they can also add to the entire look and feel of the place.

4. Give it a Personalised Touch

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What better place and occasion than your intimate home wedding to add a personalized touch to your wedding decor?! Though this is irrespective of the space or venue, you can take this element one notch higher as your closest folks would be in attendance. Spill out some secrets, show some love or simply let out gratitude in creative ways by weaving them as part of your decor deal.

5. Use Backgrounds Effectively

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Your home garden can work as a lovely photo booth with some tact and a bit of creativity. Likewise you can also create cool backgrounds and make cozy spaces for your guests to sit back and relax. Your home memory wall can work as a refreshing idea for a small indoor stage. Using backgrounds effectively is also a splendid way of managing your space well.

Well folks, with these handy tips at your disposal now, we hope you nail your wedding decor to the t!

15 Eco-friendly Wedding Décor Ideas for Environmentally Conscious Brides and Grooms

Sustainability is associated with respect for the environment. It is also identified as what we currently call eco friendly or organic. From minimalism to buying and owning only what is necessary, breaking with the concept of consumer society, measuring waste and opting for natural alternatives, collectively constitute the idea of sustainability. Hence when it comes to sustainable weddings decor ideas, we’re looking at finding these elements manifest in tangible decor. 

Be it the stage decoration, flower wedding decoration, mandap, table, entrance or aisle we’ve listed a mix bag here brimming with sustainable ideas for you to take inspiration from! This new and unusual wedding season, it’s time to celebrate with responsibility and care for the ecosystem we inhabitat. Take a look at these 15 sustainable wedding decor ideas below:

1. A simple structure up in the backyard and with its own fire pit and space for a small marquee too. This simple shoot made of healthy green foliage and fresh roses brought so much colour to the space!

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2. Eco friendly and sustainable designs are a growing practice in wedding plans lately and for all the right reasons. Featured here is a stunning shoot that shows off chic yet earthy florals we love!

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3. This wedding season choose ‘sustainable’ over ‘glamour’. Take a leaf out from this frame that beautifully marries eco-friendly with aesthetics. These cane lamps are a thoughtful alternative you can opt for.

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4.Rustic wooden boxes make great decor elements. Whether you’re setting up a quirky photobooth or a wedding favour counter such as this, there’s much you can play around with while using wooden boxes. 

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5. Welcome your guests to a world of memories, pleasant musings and a whole lot of fun with an entrance aisle like this that is vibrant, fresh and above all sustainable!

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6. We wish all structures looked this pretty, we would never cover them! A fun way to do up your entrance aisle is to cleverly use the structure itself as a decor element itself.

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7. Let your outdoor wedding be an extension of the serene natural landscape. This lilac and foliage arch entrance is a lovely addition! And let’s not forget the fragrant smell 🙂

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8. This gorgeous mandap décor setup comes with natural flowers, reusable floral foams and fabrics. Why be only gorgeous when you can be gorgeous and eco-friendly?!

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9. Add a thoughtful twist to your wedding mandap decor with these neatly arranged wood logs, traditional flowers and fresh leaves! Minimalist and refreshing, this mandap decor makes for a picturesque frame. 

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10. Embellished in multiple strands of vibrat garlands, bronze lamps and banana leaves, this stunning mandap celebrates the goodness of earth with the richness of traditional elements.

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11. Be it an outdoor or indoor setup, you always have the choice and alternatives to choose sustainable and style it to the t! This beauteous mandap is a lovely example of that. Adorned with rich florals and ferns this one is a class apart.

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12. Another example of a marvellous traditional and eco-friendly wedding mandap, this one comes with pleasantly arranged garlands, and fresh floral buds. We like how the addition of the decorated wooden frame has elevated the entire setup!

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13. Loaded with the freshness of decorative natural ferns and flowers, this indoor stage is vibrant and sustainable. Neat drapes and decorative cloth nets complete this decor and make for a pleasant frame! 

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14. We love how the bold contrast of colours is working wonders in this frame! Bright orange drapes paired together with wooden bamboos and decorative leaves add to the drama, but a sustainable one 🙂

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15. Another organic gem, this lovely marriage mandap boasts of garlands, leaves and coir pillars. This lovely mandap personifies ‘less is more’ in a heartwarming way! There’s much inspiration you can draw from this mandap

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10 Ways To Make Your Intimate Mehndi Ceremony Safe and Entertaining

“All is fair in love and war”, even your mehndi function. Haan, thode changes karne padenge considering the current situation, but entertainment mai koi compromise nahi!

It’s true. You can still celebrate your long-awaited mehndi ceremony while keeping all the traditions intact just by following these simple tips and tricks.

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1. Work On Your Guestlist

In other words, make sure you invite not more than 50 people to this close celebration. Look at this with an optimistic lens. You can finally invite just your closest bunch of family and friends and escape the guilt trip as well, all thanks to the government mandate. Now, isn’t that something all you millennials have been wanting in a long time?

2. Watch Out For Those Gate Crashers

We all know that an Indian wedding invitation card isn’t limited to the names mentioned on it. It’s like a free ticket to all those freeloaders. And that’s something you can’t afford keeping the various consequences in mind. So make sure you brief your guests, that Mr. & Mrs. means Mr. & Mrs. and no plus ones.

3. Home Sweet Home

As it’s rightly said, ‘there’s no place like home’, then why go elsewhere to celebrate your mehndi ceremony? If you can accommodate your guests in your personal compound or terrace, you should definitely consider doing that as you will have better control of the overall planning and hygiene. But if you’re unable to do so, make sure you shortlist a venue (preferably an outdoor space) that’s closer to your residence.

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4. Monitor The Entrance At All Times

Assign a dedicated person to keep a constant eye on those who enter and to make sure all your guests have adhered to the protocol by wearing their masks. Also, make it a point to keep extra sanitizers as well as masks for your guests.

5. Say Goodbye To Those Helping Hands

Put on your creative hats and get going with your DIY decor. Why? Because limiting the number of unknown faces means limiting your risk. So say goodbye to your decor wale uncles and pull out your inhouse team to decorate the venue.

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6. Inhouse Mehndi Artists

Make use of the talented lot in your family and put their skills to use. If you have any relative who can ace the mehndi art, you can always opt for that and once again reduce the exposure to an outsider. However, when it comes to the bride only a professional can do the trick. But again, make sure your mehndi artist follows all the protocols as she will be in close contact with the bride. Also, try and keep the mehndi designs simple to reduce your time period with the artist.

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7. DJ Wale Babu Mera Ganna Chala Do

You got to bid adieu to yet another party, The Band Baja gang! But that’s no big deal, right? Because we all have that one music enthusiast in the family who knows it all. You just got to name the song of your choice and get grooving. Yet another way to distance yourself and be safe.

8. Go Digital

Any Indian function is incomplete without the exchange of gifts and love. And we’ve got a way to make this process contactless too. Request your guests to use digital wallets instead of envelopes. And pay your vendors using online payment applications. You can also use wedding wishlist sites and pass on your wishlist to your guests and get the gifts delivered to your doorstep. So there’s no contact, whatsoever!

9. F&B Safety Precautions

If you have numerous helping hands at home, then try and prepare the food indoors. Avoid including raw salads and fruits in your menu since they are uncooked. Also, refrain from using finger food, chaat or any such food item. Make use of disposable paper cups instead of glasses for your beverages.

10. Thorough Clean Up

Once everything is done, do not forget to sanitize your entire house and compound (in case you’ve had a home ceremony).

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Don’t let nothing ruin your good times, not even a pandemic!

20 New Mandap Decor Ideas to Bookmark this Season!

Marriage  mandaps are a huge affair and rightfully so. They form a prominent part of not only your wedding decor but also wedding photos! If there is one image you will end up framing of your big day, it most certainly will be the timeless one-clicked against the background of your mandap. Hence, having a stunning mandap setup is paramount.

With the arrival of a new wedding season, it is time to bid goodbye to all the overused ideas and embrace and incorporate new ones. With this in mind, we’ve put together this thorough list that consists of fresh, inspiring and innovative mandap decor ideas. Afterall your most momentous day deserves nothing less than the best.

We hope you find something in this vast list that is in sync with your preference and aesthetic sense as we’ve put out a variety of different ideas in here for you to grab. Let’s dive straight in then!

1. The vibrant nature’s retreat mandap decor

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Brimming with the freshness and radiance of coloured flowers, lush leaves and subtle drapes for accompaniment this stunning mandap decor works perfectly well for an outdoor daytime affair.

2. Perfect peach contemporary mandap for a pastel themed nuptial

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This medley of freshly painted bamboos, dried leaves, drapes and pampas grass looks picture perfect and apt for a pastel themed wedding!

3. Glorious canopy mandap decor with drapes and chandeliers

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An evening

ceremony done right with this regal semi-traditional mandap decor featuring string lights, chandelier and decorative pillars.

4. An ombré pink and mirror mandap for a destination wedding

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The pastel pinks offer a delicate elegance while the mirror makes it stand out. This mandap setting fits well in the background of a beach resort or sprawling lawn.

5. The minimal magic mandap decoration

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Subtle yet elegant hued drapes woven around fresh flowers and soothing lights make for a charming mandap. If you are into minimal or subtle things, this decor works wonders. 

6. Decorative flowers and ferns eclectic mandap decor

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If vibrant and grandeur are on your mind, this beautiful mandap loaded with the richness of flowers and ferns is an ideal choice. The bronze pot stands add too to the royalty of this frame.

7. The traditional mandap adorned with banana leaves

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Settle in for this lovely mandap decor that perfectly syncs with your traditional affair. Banana leaves, fresh garlands and pots make this a befitting pick.

8. Delightful dainty floral and glass mandap

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This gorgeous mandap is perfect for a late afternoon nuptial affair transitioning into a late evening one. The internally adjustable built-in lighting combined with decorative florals allow it to have an aura and glow throughout the event.

9. The spectacular floral cutouts mandap decor

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This breathtaking orchestra of fine florals intricately woven to create gracious cutouts and pieces is a vision to hold. This one is sure to light up your wedding frames! 

10. The artistic open mandap with mesmerizing floral arrangements 

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This open mandap with ombre floral arches with floral suspensions is definitely what decor dreams are made of. If you yearn for a soothing, spacious and spectacular vibe amidst the chaos of your big day, this one makes the cut.

11. The illuminated canopy mandap decor for a ceremony at dusk

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A late evening affair deserves a thoroughly tasteful decor that stands out. This gorgeous canopy mandap loaded with floral arrangements and dazzling lights makes for a visual treat!

12. An elegant intimate wedding mandap made from dried leaves and drapes 

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 This minimal and elegant mandap  decor where the tiniest details make a statement is apt for your backyard wedding. Made from simple yet thoughtful materials, this one is going to make your small wedding , memorable yet grand! 

13. The quintessential drapes and flowers canopy mandap

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If you want to have a simple yet gorgeous wedding mandap, this beautiful setup with neat drapes contrasting with multicoloured flowers is your ideal choice.

14. The perfect semi-traditional mandap decor for destination weddings

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No matter which exotic location you wish to ring in your wedding, there’s always something special and connected about one’s traditional marriage rituals and customs. This mandap decor is an extension of that perfect contemporary-cultural vibe.

15. The soulful sustainable wedding mandap decor with leaves, lights and pots

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This thoughtful wedding mandap made is apt if you love the idea of sustainable weddings. Made entirely with leaves and lovely lights, the traditional pots complete this picture perfect frame.  

16. The exotic floral frames mandap decor for an outdoor marriage ceremony

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This soft-hued floral decor compliments the natural scenic backdrop and ambience and hence apt for an outdoor affair. The most highlighted part of the design are the floral cabanas that certainty stand out.

17. The lush luminous foliage green mandap decor

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This appealing frames mandap decor is apt if you love the idea of green weddings or want to take a step in that direction. Brimming with nature’s goodness and richness, this one boats of thought, craft and art.

18. The canopy of cascading roots mandap for a late evening nuptials

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Unravelling under a canopy of cascading roots and ivory blooms, this exquisite mandap is the perfect blend of rustic and romantic, making it ideal for a late evening affair.

19. The eclectic floral canopy mandap suitable for an indoor wedding

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This grand and radiant setup is perfect for an indoor hall/banquet marriage ceremony. Artistically arranged and completed with yards of subtle drapes, this mandap screams drama and grandeur.

20. The exotic and opulent mandap for your lavish big day  

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Subtle neat drapes woven around exquisite floral arrangements and cascading floral garlands make this setup a vision to behold! The interplay of colours only add to the charm and elegance of this decor.

Leaving you on this visually stunning note, we hope you’ve bookmarked this list and picked your favourite mandap decor!

25 Home Makeover Ideas for the Perfect Intimate Home Wedding

Intimate home weddings are in vogue and for all the right reasons. Though more of a need in a pandemic stricken world, new-age Indian couples seemed to have embraced this wholeheartedly and how! While it is true that the pressure of planning a quintessential big fat Indian wedding no longer exists, however, home weddings too have their own set of challenges. One of the foremost ones is well, making the ‘home’ marriage ready.

No matter how small the gathering, in a home wedding setup the emphasis is all on the experience and comfort certainly counts as one of them. It is important to think about your guests who belong to all age groups and plan keeping this in mind. Revamping your home is also not entirely dependent on your space or the size of it. Even seemingly small yet thoughtful elements can change the game significantly and render your home more presentable.

Keeping the above factors in mind, we’ve listed 25 such elements that you can use to beautify your den. And the best part is, there is something for every pocket in here (so don’t worry about the pennies) Investing in thoughtful home products/elements can also serve you and your family in the long run, hence we’ve picked accordingly 🙂  So let’s get started to turn your home into your wedding venue!

Furniture 

Replacing, discarding or adding new furniture to your home is a great way to start revamping your concrete abode. Afterall, ‘shaadi ka ghar hain!’ Some thoughtful additions and clever placing will go a long way in rendering your space vibrant, spacious and comfortable, just how a nuptial home should be. So if you’re considering chucking out that old sofa set or creating cozy corners, you don’t want to miss out on the stuff we’ve listed below. In doing so, it is vital to remember that home marriages are high on experiences, and treating your guests to comfort and care is a big part of it. Your furniture must be able to cater to these factors.

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A type of upholstery chair, ottomans work well as extra seating spaces and foot rests. Their mobility is a boon especially in a marriage household where you can place them in the verandah for guests to lounge or incorporate them as part of your mehendi decor for artists to sit comfortably on. We recommend going in for a vibrant ottoman like this to match the wedding vibe. 

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If you’re looking to replace your old chair set or can’t make up your mind on which type of chairs to add, then we recommend opting for cushioned tub chairs like these. Guests across all age groups can comfortably relax on these with the elderly ones finding great respite. Remember to pick vibrant shades or floral pattern covers.

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A swiss sofa looks fresh, fun and contemporary. This wedding season light up your living room with a wonderful addition like this! You can also opt for a chic settee as a side seating. Let your sofa set/s serve utility and beauty in equal measure.

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Sofa swings or swing sets in general make for a pleasant element. They are a great way to hold seating spaces without cluttering. Moreover, the tiny tots of the house will have one favourite spot in the house to chill in 🙂

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Don’t know how to do up the open verandah? We suggest filling it with colourful (rustic too) movable furniture like traditional chairpaais or coloured stools. Guests can catch up here or vendors can brainstorm in this area over a cup of tea.

Rugs & Cushions

Once you’ve cracked the furniture aspect, it’s time to begin the process of converting your house to a home. And you can do this by incorporating essential and aesthetic elements like rugs and cushions. Not only do they amp up the comfort quotient, but also add to the marriage milieu. As your den is the only background and stage for your home wedding, these seemingly insignificant details make a huge difference and brighten up your space and frames!

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Depending on your preference, you can opt for traditional home rugs or contemporary prints with varied textures. Whatever it is you zero down on, remember to match up to the sync or contrast of your decor around.

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Even hallways and passages can make for great photo ops at your home wedding with spectacular rugs illuminating them. We bet you’ll agree looking at this for sure!

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Nothing beats the magic of colourful cushions like these! You can play around your wedding theme by opting for cushion covers that match the mood. Traditional, abstract, pastel, floral, geometric or artistic, there is no dearth of choices when it comes to these.

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From sturdy bolster sets to round smock pillows like these, you can add a range of cushion comfort for different types of furniture. As you can never get enough of gorgeous-looking cushions, go all out there and beautify your spaces with these.

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 An economical way to create more seating spaces would be to lay out a beautiful rug and fill it up or surround it with cushions of different shapes and sizes. This kind of setting perfectly matches the home wedding vibe!

Lamps and Lights

Great lighting is not only about illuminating but also aestheticism. For a home that is about to host a marriage, getting this bit right is the key to great backgrounds and flawless frames. Depending on your budget, you can opt for a range of lighting options and sit back to see the magic unfold. We’ve listed a few types below.

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Stunning chandelier sets or island and pendant lights are good options when it comes to ceiling lights. Available today in innumerable varieties, sizes and features, finding the perfect one is no rocket science. Besides, there are enough interesting options to suit every pocket!

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Often underlooked and underappreciated, wall lights are appealing and above all thoroughly soothing to the eyes. You can jazz things up in designer wall lights like these or even settle down for wall-mounted lamps and lights.

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Beauty is all in the details! As a home that is gearing up to ring in a marriage ceremony, it will be subjected to all the spotlights and guest gazes. So while you focus on the bigger aspects, remember to not botch things up for the minute ones. Fill that empty table or lone shelf with a stunning lamp or decorative lantern.

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Floor lamps are gorgeous and no matter which ones you opt for, they inherently let out a classy vibe. You can place them in a clever corner of the living space or on the edge side of your sofa set. With an incredible variety available in both the markets- online and offline, you will be left spoilt for choices in this one! 

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And finally, lighting the outdoors is as important as lighting the indoors as it is a marriage house. For this, ferry lights that can never go out of fashion will be at your service. Incandescent bulbs and designer lights also make great options.

Home Plants, Pots and Flowers

There is no better time to bring your delicate green friends home than in the event of a home wedding. In a space brimming with guests and endless chaos- both visual and verbal, home plants and fresh flowers create a soothing visual landscape and have a calming effect on the inmates. There are a million ways to incorporate these as part of your home decor and we’ve listed a few for you to consider.

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Keep it subtle and relevant with a handful of seasonal flowers adorned in offbeat vases. You can experiment with colours and quantity. Let these reign on your centre table or you can even place them near the window shelves.

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Having a house full of guests can be quite overwhelming and anxious. But you don’t need to run outside gasping for breath (as that will also be full of people) if you have calm and refreshing elements indoors. These can occupy a good corner spot or can be placed at the entrance of the room too.

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Want to embrace home plants but all the dedicated spaces are already full? You can cleverly use fancy ropes and suspend them to a ceiling or curtain rods. If you have an empty balcony, bare windows or  plain passages, adding a few of these will create wonders!

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This is thoughtful design and planning on another level! Make your home plants and flowers a part of your wall art (more ideas in the next section) This is background planning at its best without burning a hole in your wallet.

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If there aren’t too many spaces at home or you’re worried about the little guests innocently plucking or tempering your cherished plants, have them all at one place in a sturdy stand. As a side tip, you can throw in some lights or diy decor and use this rack as a photo booth too! 

 Wall Art/Decor

You may have got all the previous elements right and still feel something amiss, bland and dull. That is because, filling up spaces and adding cool elements is one part of your home makeover. The other is doing up those huge walls that hold the house together. But nothing about wall art/decor is incomprehensible or fantastical even if you and your folks haven’t opted for it before. There’s a lot more you can do with them apart from covering with frames and paintings (though that’s good enough too) Here are a few options:

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Wall rugs and hangings are great choices if you’re not too keen on having something permanently put up. You name it and there will be a million varieties for each kind! From rich macrame hangings to mandala design rugs and vintage tapestries, embellish your walls with these gems.

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While frames are a go-to option, you can amp things up by tweaking and channelizing your creativity. Let those glorious landscape photo frames reign in between a powerful quote frame or an abstract art or off-beat painting frame.

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Wall plates are not uncommon and hence it becomes important to nail it and not hurriedly opt for the usual bronze and painted plates. Your living space needs to look like a heaven of comfort and peace and not resemble a dazzled hotel lobby. Choose wall plates that add meaning and value to your home and aesthetics.

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Wall stickers are comparatively easy to put up and economical. So if you’re keen on hanging those precious family photos or frames, do it with some style. You can opt for family tree stickers such as this, or vibrant birds or even nature stickers and do up your walls.

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Quintessential wall frames and shelves never fail! You can opt for creative shelves like these and adorn it the way you want. If there’s much memorabilia from your travels or you need a place to display those lovely handicrafts and small pieces of art you’ve created over the years, what better than this?

Well folks, we hope that was plentiful of information and inspiration. And you now know how it takes good thinking and taste to revamp your space and make it marriage ready!

Entrance Decor Edit: 10 Ideas for you to Bookmark!

Decor is one of the key elements for hosting any ceremony or function. One can just not imagine an important event without any decorations. They add all the colour, spice and vibrancy to an event and make for picturesque backgrounds. Entrance decors too in that regard are vital for they set the tone or offer a glimpse into the world inside the venue. And by all regards, it can be safe to say that they literally act as the red carpets of any function.

For this new wedding season, we’ve brought you 10 such entrances with their decor game on-point! There’s much to take inspiration from in here. So let’s simply get started.

1. Classic drapes and vintage chandeliers make for a gorgeous grand entrance. Additionally, cage lights and antique candle stands render this setup timeless and ethereal!

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2. Vibrant arches of handpicked flowers and leaves never get outdated! This sort of setup is perfect for a daytime outdoor affair. 

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3. Traditional with a twist, welcome your guests with this multicoloured medley for your much sought after haldi/mehendi ceremony!

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4. Wouldn’t it be great if your guests entered through a rustic tunnel of love? Stunning lights woven with wild leaves are a massive hit.

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5. Pastel and pretty, let the door to your momentous affair unlock through a gorgeous door literally! These fresh flowers, ceramic pots, glass bottles and a chic rug make for a picturesque ensemble.

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6. The gateway to the most lit mehendi is through the most happening entrance! A vibrant affair of leaves and flowers and the exciting interplay of boho colours makes this entrance stand out.

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7. Lush and lovely, this entrance is apt if you like to keep things subtle and sophisticated. Brimming with natural elements, this one makes for a soothing sight!

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8. Exuding luxury and royalty, this setup works perfectly well if your venue is a resort or a sprawling lawn. This is ‘red carpet’ taken to a whole new level!

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9. A pleasant evening reception made all the more memorable with this vintage entrance decor. Uniform arcs neatly adorned with fine lights and classic chandeliers make this a sure-shot hit!

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10. Thoughtful and elegant, this entrance is apt if you love the idea of less is more. Sturdy bamboos hold decorative flowers and leaves in this picture-perfect setup!

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So, folks, we hope you found plenty of inspiring seeing these beautiful entrance decors! It’s time for you to get cracking to welcome your guests to one such stunning entrance setup.

6 Decor Themes to Bookmark for your Fall 2020 Nuptials!

One of the most challenging aspects of planning your dream wedding is cracking the right theme. That is because it sets the mood and tone of your big day. Your pictures will also by and large depend on the setting you’ve chosen.  Hence, once you’ve zeroed in on the venue, the next step is to decide the theme and plan with your vendors to ensure everybody is on the same page and delivers on the exact same front.

With time on your side, it’s best to start early and ensure to create a magical milieu to celebrate with all your loved ones. We’ve listed 6 famous themes and the important elements in each to get you started. So drop all and get thinking. Read on to find out your possibilities and how you can play around them.

1. Vintage

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Opt for a dreamy setting on your most cherished day with a classic vintage theme. Ornate details, intricate chandeliers, birdcages, antique furniture, exotic flowers and exquisite candles among others, are sure to transport you to a timeless era that is full of magic and unmatched beauty!

2. Romantic

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A romantic theme decor is all about playing with fine lights, soft hues and stunning floral showers, literally! Give the perfect ode to your love story with this heartwarming theme that sets the mood just right for you to take the plunge.

3. Bohemian

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Spunk things up with a vivacious boho theme wedding as you progress from being lovers to spouses. The eclectic hues of this theme perfectly compliment the zesty spirit of Indian marriage festivities. Throw in those bright colours, metallic mirrors, artistic adornments and quirky finds and let your frames pop!

4. Autumn Leaves

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Make the most of your fall wedding by hosting an autumn leaves theme wedding. You create wonders with them by opting for leave wreaths, table decor bouquets or simply make use of artificial ones if sourcing the natural ones is a challenge. Pumpkins are also an essential element of this theme. Another subtle way to incorporate this theme is to opt for drapes and candles in this bright orange shade. 

5. Contemporary

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To nail the contemporary theme trend you must embrace metallic hues, textured elements, fuss-free light trails, thoughtfully chosen table linens and clever detailing. Set up a lively photo booth, memory wall or monogram logos to add in those chic touches. If you envision your big day’s setting to be a sophisticated and elegant affair, this theme is all yours!

6. Sustainable

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Let your love for the environment spill into your wedding decor. To opt for a sustainable theme wedding your checklist must have ‘florals and farm to table’ elements like soft colour palettes contrasted with deep greens, lush leaves/foliage adornments, eco-friendly centrepieces, menus printed on recycled/biodegradable materials and certainly a vibe that’s full of minimalism and serenity.  

We hope you can take a leaf out of this list and get geared to zero down on your fall wedding theme. Which one are you opting for then?

Manika and Tushar’s Chat Magni, Pat Byaah Amidst COVID-19

At the beginning of 2020, we were all ready with our plans – plans to travel, to get fit, to turn vegan (maybe?), and of course, many couples were looking forward to their wedding! But obviously, unbeknownst to us, 2020 had other plans. It presented us with COVID-19, a pandemic no one saw coming.

So, instead of going out and about life, we were all halted exactly where we are thanks to coronavirus. Currently, the world is slowly recovering and the best way to do so has been by staying home and practising social distancing. But as they say, where there is a will, there is a way and for couples who wanted to get married, they did and how! Jo hona hai woh toh hoga he, right?

And the idea of social distancing is the complete opposite of anything to do with celebrations. It means not inviting and meeting most the people you want by your side, no large gatherings, no air-kisses, no holding hands and no mingling. But this couple overcame all these difficulties and adhered to all norms as they decided to tie the knot amidst the ongoing pandemic!

Meet Manika Agarwal & Tushar Garg!  

As world over couples delayed or rescheduled their weddings, this couple decided that their ‘together-forever’ had to start now!

Tushar and Manika met through an arranged marriage meeting in their hometown Chandigarh. They were referred to each other by a common family connection. So, Manika’s family and Tushar’s family decided to meet. Fortunately, everyone got along really well, including the couple. So, T & M decided to meet again. It was in their second meeting where both realised, they were made for each other!

Getting married was a battle they had to plan and fight for! It was their first hurdle as a couple and as a new family. This is because Chandigarh, like every other city in India, was under lockdown. However, recently, the government had started allowing weddings under special circumstances, i.e., with very few people and with permissions from the local authorities. So, Manika and Tushar took permission from the SDM of Yamuna Nagar.

We took permission from the SDM of Yamuna Nagar and this permission allowed them to get married with only 10 people attending their wedding. But they could have delayed their wedding, right? And waited for bigger celebrations?

“It became important for us to get married on the same date because we were unsure of the COVID-19 situation getting better and we both thought that it is going to be a great idea spending time with each other being quarantined together and that we both won’t get this special chance again.” – Manika.

So, the couple went ahead and got married with only their immediate family members present. It was a beautiful and simple affair but a very cherished one. They got married in their house and both wore outfits by their dream designer – Sabyasachi!

Manika looked stunning in her hot pink Sabyasachi lehenga that she paired with gorgeous polki jewellery. Tushar wore a cream floral print kurta and he teamed it with a bright mustard yellow bandi. Must say, the couple looked amazing!

The wedding hosted at the groom’s uncle house was decked in marigold flowers with lush green backdrops peppered with white flowers. It was every bit simple yet beautiful.

While the wedding was intimate and fun, it had its own challenges. In our Indian culture, a wedding is an occasion where the family from all over is invited but getting married amidst COVID-19 meant that no one could attend apart from the immediate families. Plus, even Manika’s family had to take special permissions to travel to get to the Tushar’s house.

Next challenge they were presented with was with the vendors – pulling off an entire wedding with so little guests, arranging the decoration, sweets, Jai Mala and so much more! But everything was in place thanks to all the vendors even they were short on their inventory. They took great interest and put in a lot of hard work to see this couple married.

“Though our families were a little confused about the lockdown wedding as everyone had big dreams related to the wedding, but when they saw their children being happy about the idea of the lockdown wedding, they were really supportive of taking it further,” said the couple.

“Today we feel grateful each moment. We thank God for blessing us with the resources that we could pull this off.” – Manika.  

“We feel we actually complete each other.” – Tushar.  

Planning a wedding is no easy task and planning an intimate wedding that is much smaller and simpler, is ever more difficult. It can only happen when everyone from the couple to all the family members is on the same page. Plus, it means rising above all materialistic pleasures. “It’s only your partner that care for and nothing else. Everything else feels smaller. And we actually felt that with each other.”

Vendor Details

Makeup Artist – She Beauty, Yamuna Nagar

Photographer – Vintage Films

Venue – Groom’s Tayaji and his family, as they graciously hosted the wedding at their house.