Wondering how to begin planning your Indian ceremony, wedding or event? Snappening spoke to expert Jennifer Nair, lead event consultant forPassionate Peacock Event Planning, specializing in creating one of a kind Indian weddings and events, to discover exactly how to produce the most unforgettable celebration possible. Check out Jennifer’s insight on how to produce the ultimate Indiana wedding gathering.


1) Where should planning for an Indian wedding begin?

Start by selecting an event planner that has experience with Indian weddings! The bride, groom and family should enjoy the joyous occasion and not fret over the logistics associated with timing and vendor management. It is also helpful to select an event venue that is familiar with the various customs and ceremonies associated with South Asian events.


2) What are the most important aspects of an Indian wedding?

Those unfamiliar with Indian weddings may not know that there are differences in customs from region to region. It is difficult to determine the crucial details until the region and religion is known for both the bride and groom.  Some couples hail from various areas within India, and other couples are international combining two very diverse customs. Traditional Gujarati weddings, for instance, include many days of celebration. Important ceremonies include: Mehndi, Sangeet/Garba, Baraat, Ganesh Puja (among several others done during the wedding ceremony) and Vidai, with lunch, reception and dinner also included.


3) What’s the customary ceremony length in the United States for Indian weddings?

Typical Hindu wedding ceremonies average 1.5 hours or about 90 minutes. Ceremonies may be longer or shorter in length depending upon the region and if someone is describing or translating the ceremony as it progresses.


4) What colors should be utilized, as well as avoided, with Indian weddings?

Red and gold are the traditional colors of Indian weddings and will typically be worn by the bride. Guests may also wear these colors to the wedding, unlike Western culture where the bride wears white and guest etiquette dictates that no one else dress in her color. At Indian weddings, avoid wearing all white or black to the ceremony. Characteristically at the ceremony, demure saris with intricate boarders are worn, perhaps with some glitter and sparkle. However, heavily beaded bright colored saris or lenghas with fancy blouses are worn for the reception.


5) What are the biggest mistakes brides make when planning their Indianwedding?Brides without professional event planners often entrust family members to manage their weddings and events. There are several days of festivities and numerous items required for each ceremony, so it is important that critical pieces are not forgotten and that the various events run smoothly—for the sake of sanity and enjoyment! The common theme that event planners and venues often experience is “too many cooks in the kitchen.” It is extremely difficult for the event venue when there are too many individuals helping, as communication is ineffective and inaccurate messages are often relayed. This can cause everything from catering delays, doors being inadvertently locked or running out of time for photos the bride and groom wanted. It is imperative for a bride to communicate exactly what her wishes are and to appoint one person to oversee all of the others that have been delegated tasks.

6) Should brides seek professional event planner assistance in planning theirIndian weddings? 

Many Western brides hire planners to manage their wedding day. With South Asian customs, there are often many days of events and ceremonies that require coordination. The wedding day alone commonly includes breakfast, ceremonies, lunch, reception hour, dinner and dancing. It’s never advisable for a bride to manage her own Indian wedding—big or small. It is the bride’s day to enjoy with friends and family… a memorable occasion that she can look back on with fondness and one that guest will speak about long after the celebrations have ceased! Event planners are familiar with what happens behind the scenes regarding banquets and catering, as well as timelines, detailed logistics and vendor communication. These are often areas of unfamiliarity for anyone besides a professional wedding and event planner. It is impossible for a bride to effectively manage the prep for the next event while she is under the mandap in the midst of her wedding ceremony. Beyond day-of-event coordination, it is imperative to develop a precise timeline and have reliable vendors in place. An event planner can aid you in both of these areas with their experience and expertise. Event planners are your ultimate resource in achieving your goals and staying within budget.

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