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Pooja & Vinay’s South Asian Wedding

April 10th, 2013 |

We have another featured wedding!

One of our first large weddings of the year, Pooja & Vinay’s wedding was in early March of this year at the Ontario Convention Center.  With 25 foot ceilings and 20,000 square feet of space to work with, you can only imagine the amazing decor, lighting, & planning that went into this beautiful weekend for Pooja, Vinay, and their Families.  Our weekend with them started off with a Garba night, and followed into a Hindu Ceremony the next morning and an elaborate reception that same night!  Enjoy these amazing photos taken by

Randery Imagery !!

Click Here to see Pooja & Vinay’s Same Day Edit  Video by Avec Limiere

Event 1: Rass Garba

Thank you to the Amazing Team of Vendors who helped Produce Pooja & Vinay’s Wedding Events

Decor & Flowers: Smita @ Ethnic Essence
Sound & Lighting: Amit & Nishant @ 3D Sounds
Food: Raj & Chandrakant @ Jay Bharat
Photo: Geeta & Manish @ Randery Imagery
Video: Duc @ Avec Lumiere
Bridal Hair & Make-up: Lulu @ Dolled up by Lulu
Hair & Make-up for Family: Farah @ My Fair Bride

Wedding Insurance 101

April 10th, 2013 |

Wedding planning is exhausting. When determining flower arrangements, tablecloths, silverware, wine selections, wedding parties, catering, officiants, venues, music, tuxes, dresses, shoes, hair and makeup, the last thing you want to do is add another item to your to-do list. Between balancing wedding-planning and real life you don’t want to even think about wedding insurance – known formally as special event insurance. Why would you ever need insurance?


Consider the facts: The Knot, the go-to online spot for wedding-planning, says that the average wedding in America costs $27,800. It gets worse. In and around major cities, that number skyrockets to $40,000. And remember, even the larger number is just an average; there are plenty of ways to plan a wedding on a budget. People are dropping major cash to buy the wedding of their dreams. Even if you are 100% certain you and your fiancé are destined to be together, destiny might have other plans. Hesitant brides and grooms aren’t the only reason a wedding might take a nasty turn and require a cancellation. Illness, bad weather and other problems all are capable of stopping a wedding dead in its tracks.

  • A cancellation due to weather is likely in a variety of climates. Winter weddings might be held off because of a blizzard. Folks in the Midwest would be ill-advised to have a ceremony in the middle of a tornado, and people who schedule beach weddings in the fall need to watch out for tropical storms and hurricanes.
  • People don’t plan illness and injuries – if they did, no one would ever get sick or hurt on the weekend. Their random nature is why these incidents are unexpected reasons for wedding cancellations. Some couples wouldn’t dream of tying the knot if certain guests weren’t in attendance. If the father of the bride suffers a concussion by slipping in the shower or the groom was injured in a hunting accident during his bachelor party, you might not be able to go through with your ceremony.
  • Caterers, bands and DJs can both be no-shows. Would you rather postpone your wedding or eat frozen pizzas and dance along to someone’s iPod? Of course that choice is a matter of personal taste, but couples dead set on the wedding of their dreams likely aren’t willing to compromise on food and music.

Canceling a wedding is costly. You don’t just have to rehire several professionals – you also lose your deposits. Usually that money is not refundable. Breathe easy, though. If you purchase wedding insurance, you have the option of getting some of your deposit money back. It’s possible to get a good insurance policy for little more than $100. Some venues actually require a liability insurance purchase before booking. Weddings can be raucous affairs and you’d hate to have to pay for a broken chair or damaged trellis – not to mention the injuries suffered by the perpetrators of the damage.

Extra riders are available for pricey expenses. If you are set on a lavish ceremony and reception, you probably spent big bucks on a, bridesmaids’ dresses groomsmen tuxes & most importantly, the Bride’s wedding dress & the Groom’s tuxedo. All of these items can get damaged before the big day, or the boutique where you made your purchase could go out of business. If you’ve got generous friends and relatives, you might also want to insure your wedding gifts. Lastly, think about your honeymoon. You probably already spent a lot of money on hotel reservations and plane tickets.

While you are loathe to add another task to your long wedding-planning list or to spend more money, don’t skimp on special event insurance. Even if your big day goes exactly as planned, the extra reassurance is worth it. Say “I do” to wedding insurance.

This article was contributed by Carrie Van Brunt-Wiley, Editor of the HomeInsurance.com blog. Carrie has been writing insurance news and consumer information for HomeInsurance.com since 2008. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 2005 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and Journalism.  We’d like to thank Carrie & HomeInsurance.com for theircontribution to Planning Elegance’s Blog!

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Beena & Chetan’s South Indian Wedding

April 4th, 2013 |

We are so excited to share with you Beena & Chetan’s Wedding from November of last year. Their beautiful South Indian wedding took place at the Esmeralda Renaissance in Indian Wells, CA. As many of you may or may not know, even within the Hindu religion, there are different types of Hindu weddings that can be performed. South Indian weddings have slight variations from the typical Hindu weddings, but still just as spectacular and elaborate. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold. Since the hotel was so large, we were able to utilize many of their spaces for our different functions. After tea time and cocktail hour, the guests were able to enjoy the reception in the Esmeralda Ballroom. The bride & groom gave a very thoughtful and heartfelt thank you speech and afterwards everyone joined them on the dance floor and partied all night long! We’d like to thank Beena, Chetan, and their families for allowing us to be part of their big day!

Click Here for Benna & Chetan’s Highlight Video

Venue: Esmeralda Renaissance
Coordinator: Planning Elegance
Decorator: 2Create Designs
Photography: Aaron Eye Photography
Videography: Imagique
DJ: Riamu Entertainment
Hair & Make-up: My Fair Bride
Caterer: Rasraj
Bakery: Juliette’s Bakery

Elegant Wedding Invitations

April 2nd, 2013 |

There are many types of wedding invitations to choose from. An elegant wedding invitation really embodies what a special event your guests are being invited to. Elegant doesn’t necessarily mean formal but beautifully made wedding invitations evoke a special feeling in the person receiving the invitation. It makes them feel honored to receive something so beautiful and well thought out.
The wedding invitation is a keepsake, so it should look it’s very best whether you make them on your own or custom order them from a noted vendor.
What are some essential and common characteristics you need to achieve an elegantly designed wedding invitation?

These elements combined can create a stylish and beautiful wedding invitation to send out to your family and friends.

Here are some great examples of how these elements create elegant wedding invitations:

Use of color

The use of color in an elegant wedding invitation should be used at a minimum. Even the use of two stand-out colors like purple and gold can turn a nice invitation, stunning. Colors used in an invitation can be run the spectrum of subtle or bold, depending on the person designing it and the theme of the wedding. Use color in the design motif, different fonts and in the paper being used for the wedding invitation to create something spectacular.

Font

Even on the simplest, yet elegant wedding invitations, font can make all the difference in the world. Script fonts or fonts with many swirls seem to conjure elegance but there are other fonts, hundreds in fact, to try out before settling on “the one” or two or three you want. If you choose to go with a script for all words on the invitation, use one that is readable. Some scripts have so many swirls that it makes it hard to read, especially for guests that don’t have the best eye sight (like your sweet grandmother). Use the same font or fonts when designing your wedding invitation, RSVP card, and anything else you will include in the envelope to be consistent. This will create an even design flow in the invitation packet.

Letterpress or Digital Print

Hands down letterpress wedding invitations are the most elegant kind of wedding invitation out there, but it can also be pricey. Letterpress wedding invitations are made with attention to detail because custom plates inked to the desired color are pressed onto each paper invitation. You can admire the skill of letterpress by running your fingertips over a printed wedding invitation. The letters are literally pressed into the paper giving it a permanence. It is an involved process worth every penny.

Digital print invitations are printed from a computer with ease in design, making corrections and quick printing. Which makes it a great invitation option as well if you want to have more freedom in designing your invitations and keep it affordable. Either way, wedding invitations can be elegant with letterpress or digital printing.

Paper

Paper is important when it comes to wedding invitation design. If you take the time to touch different types of paper then you will appreciate texture, color, thickness and even the weight of the paper. There are many different types of paper and if you are going to order custom invitations, when you sit down with a wedding invitations design expert, I’m sure you will go through the various types.

If you are buying something online, most likely they will use pretty good quality, thick and durable paper. Some websites like Wedding Paper Divas also have a way you can try eight samples before making your final pick and this service is for free. That’s a service you should definitely take advantage of if you are ordering invitations online.

Design

How do you convey to your guests the type of wedding they will be attending just by having them look at the invitation alone? Design. It’s all about the design or lack there of that will ultimately prepare your guests for what awaits them at your wedding event.

Some brides get stuck on what design motif to use on their wedding invitations since there are so many options to choose from. The design can be very simple and subtle, or extravagant and detailed. Again, it depends a lot on personality and the wedding theme. An understated initial monogram can look as formal and elegant as any other design. Flowers from the wedding can be used as a print as well as a starfish indicating a beach wedding. A chandelier design can hint at a glamorous wedding theme and a peacock can tell you it’s a peacock themed wedding. One great wedding invitation company is Ceci New York and they take invitation designs to the next level. Look around their website to get a feel for what a cohesive wedding invitation design should look like!

If you need ideas on how to create your dream elegant wedding invitation always do your research. Try searching online for ideas on wedding invitation designs or go to a noted invitation or paper store to look at all the possibilities in the kinds of paper, font and colors you can use. You will find many ideas and hopefully it will help you to create your own elegant wedding invitation.

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Groomed to Perfection

March 7th, 2013 | 19 Comments »

Everyone knows that the wedding is all about the bride. But let’s not forget about the groom! The groom takes a back seat in wedding planning, mostly because the bride wants to do the planning herself but who can blame her since she has been dreaming about this moment forever! Grooms are just as important as the bride and these days some of them are as excited in planning the wedding as the bride.
Sure, the groom has less of the stress of the planning stages for a wedding, but he is the one who gets to hear his future wife vent, get excited and emotional over the details of the biggest day of their lives. The groom is the man who will be standing next to the bride at the altar so he should look almost as good as she does, right? Absolutely.
Clothing options for grooms used to come very standard: suit or tuxedo. But are there other options out there? And are there ways for the groom to infuse his own style into his own wedding?
Every wedding is different. Depending on what the couple wants for their wedding style, weddings can be formal, semi-formal or not. Either way, there is a perfect style for every groom out there. Here are some different looks for the groom to be.

Classic Tuxedo

For a long time tuxedos were the standard clothing choice for every groom out there. It was mostly due to the fact that most men rented their tux, whereas the bride bought her wedding gown because they want it tailored to her body. It makes sense to rent a tuxedo because not every man attends many formal events in his life that requires a tuxedo unless they are in a wedding. Tuxedos make men look very handsome and dapper. It is perfect for a formal wedding but also can make the groom and groomsmen stand out in an outdoors wedding as well.

To infuse some personality into a traditional tuxedo, add interesting details like unique cuff links.

Stylish Suit

Suits are a very fun alternative to the classic tuxedo. It’s perfect for the groom who thinks tuxedos are restricting and too formal for his sense of style. Grey suits have been very popular in weddings as of late. It’s a great color to help tone done a bright wedding color palette and it is just a cool color to wear. Sand or beige color suits are perfect for summer beach weddings as well. Black is always classic, sheik and makes a man looks slim and trim.

A great thing about suits is that they come in different fabrics and can be paired with different types of vests, jackets, ties and even informal shoes like converse sneakers. Suits are the perfect canvas to start off building a wedding ensemble.

Totally Vested

A trend that has been popular with the groom and groomsmen is wearing a suit without the jacket. It’s a look that includes the pants, dress shirt, tie and vest, but no jacket. This dress option for a groom is a little retro yet still kind of “hip-hop” and rock and roll all at the same time. It makes the groom and his guys look very hip and cool. Since it includes no jacket you can guarantee the groom and groomsmen will feel much cooler indeed if the wedding is set for the peak of summer time heat. The men will definitely appreciate that.

This dressed down version of a suit can work well for many wedding themes including rustic to rock star to modern to bohemian. It’s a really great relaxed look for a bunch of guys that want to ditch going all out formal in a tuxedo. This is the perfect ensemble to infuse individual style from choosing between different types of vest styles (think sweater vest also!), adding some funky socks or a bold color tie. This is one outfit the guys will have fun dressing up in.

Casual Attire

Casual attire for use in a wedding is mostly used in a beach setting when the weather is so warm that it doesn’t make sense at all for the groom and his groomsmen to wear a jacket or tuxedo. Casual can mean many things to various men. Some may want their wedding day ensemble to consist of a white button down short sleeve shirt, khaki pants and flip-flops. Men, please check with your wife-to-be if this is okay, because you still have to match what she is wearing.

A great beach side wedding ensemble can still involve the use of proper shoes but if you are going for the whole “toes-in-sand” vibe, then go barefoot if that’s what both you and the bride want. Some grooms wear a sandy or tan colored pant with jacket and white button down long sleeve shirt. While his groomsmen don something more casual with a short sleeve shirt, but same color pants as the groom. This is a great easy look for a beach wedding and a no fuss dress option.

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Spring Bridal Bouquet Ideas

February 28th, 2013 |

Flowers are a large part of wedding décor. Flower bouquets grace tables, arches, pews, aisles and even the hands of the most important person there, the beautiful bride.
Choosing what flowers to use in a bridal bouquet can be difficult if you don’t know anything about flowers. This is where doing your research by use of the Internet and magazine clippings really come through. Also meetings with the floral vendor you will be using for your wedding help a great deal.
There are many options of flowers to choose from when it comes to decorating for a wedding held in the spring. Some popular blooms used in the spring are calla lilies, tulips, peonies, and of course roses.
Colors used in a spring wedding range from pastel colors to vibrant tones. Depending on the color and theme of a wedding, it’s important to pick the right flowers and to stay within your budget since flowers can get expensive.
How do you go about picking the flowers you want for your bridal bouquet? Start with looking at magazine photos or do a search on the Internet on bridal bouquets. If you already have a favorite type of flower then start there. Having a favorite color or a certain theme also narrows down the search.
It is also a smart idea to stick with a simple bridal bouquet design since you don’t want it to take away from the beauty of the bride. The bridal bouquet should enhance a bride’s beauty, not overshadow it.
Here are some gorgeous spring wedding bouquet ideas.

Perfect Pastel

A light pastel floral palette is feminine, understated yet elegant and quite tied into the spring colors. The palette would include different shades of pinks, white, gray, and even a little yellow and green. The colors are perfect spring bridal bouquet.

Try adding different flowers like anemones, with its dramatic black eye center surrounded by a bevy of white petals. It adds something bold to the look of an all-pastel delicate bouquet.

White Out Bouquet

An all white bouquet is a true classic and compliments a bride very well without overshadowing her at all. Bridal bouquets can be monochromatic in color and in flower as well. Depending on how you want your bouquet to look like, choose your flowers accordingly. For a bouquet that is full and loose but round in shape, try a bouquet of peonies or gardenias. For something that is round but with a tighter fit all over try roses not quite in bloom. Texture is important in a bouquet that is the same color, so play with different types of flowers and fillers to get the perfect bouquet shape and design.

Pop of Color

What is the definition of spring if it doesn’t include a burst of color? Spring is when the flowers bloom with life. Color is essential! If winter is represented by white and gray then spring is the season where color comes to the surface again, when flowers that withered come to life once more. A bright, bold colorful bridal bouquet may just be the thing to take your wedding ensemble to the next level. Choose colors from your wedding décor palette or go all out with bright pinks, yellows, greens, orange and red.

Wildflowers

A loose bouquet of wildflowers seems like something simple but it’s still a very beautiful choice for a bouquet especially for a rustic or bohemian themed wedding. A bouquet of wildflowers should look like it was picked straight from the ground and put together without a thought or design to it. Imagine yourself walking in a meadow picking flowers and tying them together with a piece or ribbon or twine, that’s the feeling or look one tries to embody when creating a bridal bouquet of wildflowers.

The shape of a bridal bouquet isn’t the first thing a bride thinks about. Yet, in the first meeting with your floral vendor, you may get asked what shape you want the bouquet to look like. What does shape have to do with flowers? Think about your bridal ensemble and the way your dress fits you and falls to the grown. There is a shape to every dress, as there is definitely a shape to bridal bouquets. Here are some different types of bouquet shapes:

The Posey

Round, small and easily held in one hand. It can be loose, less structured and hand tied. The other kind of Posey bouquet is structured with the stems removed and replaced with wire.

Presentation

this is a bouquet of long stemmed flowers and the bride carries it cradled in her arm. This is very popular with the use of long stemmed calla lilies.

Composite Flower Bouquet

this style consists of flower petals being wired together to look like one big flower. Since this style is time consuming, it can be pricey.

Cascading Bouquet

the flowers in this bouquet cascades in the front like a teardrop. It’s a fairly large bouquet.

Wreath Bouquet

the name doesn’t quite describe the look of this bouquet. It’s basically a loose hand-tied bouquet, perfect for wildflowers.

The Springtime Blues

The addition of blue flowers in a bridal bouquet is whimsical, fun, and calming which is perfect for a spring wedding bouquet. Blue flowers look fabulous with pink, yellow, white and other color flowers that at first thought wouldn’t seem right if they were placed together.

Bridal bouquets come in different shapes like bridal dresses come in different shapes as well. But don’t forget that your bridesmaids come in different shapes and sizes as well so when choosing their bouquets, choose accordingly and pick one shaped that could really flatter everyone.

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Movie Inspired Weddings

February 13th, 2013 |

Movies are very influential and inspiring so why wouldn’t they be used for a wedding theme as well? Most movie-inspired themed weddings come after a huge hit at the box office such as those that have recently graced the screen like the Twilight series. Every Bella and Edward fan was waiting for the huge wedding scene, which lived up to the romance conveyed between the two characters.
Basing a wedding on a movie can have its challenges. Sometimes couples that are planning their wedding based on a movie can take small elements from a movie such as a color scheme or a time period and build on those items.
Picking a movie to base your wedding design on is a chance to really infuse your creativity. Your guests will appreciate the details you put in it. This is also a personal statement about yourself or you two as a couple, so if a movie inspired themed wedding is what you want, go for it!
Here are some romantic and inspiring movies that people have based their wedding designs on:

Hunger Games Inspired Wedding

There was almost nothing romantic visually about the first movie of the Hunger Games Trilogy but there are fantastic design components you can still use in a wedding. Some things that can be incorporated into a Hunger Games inspired wedding is the rustic, woodsy area the main character, Katniss, is from. Try an outdoor wedding surrounded by trees. For a wedding color palette think white, gray and brown tones. For the bride’s hairstyle, you can take inspiration from the braid that Katniss wears in the movie. Also, don’t forget the mockingjay bird, which is an important symbol in the movie. Try using feathers in the centerpiece or bouquet.

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Wedding

Clearly this is not a romantic movie but movies with no romance in them can be inspirational too. It’s all about design with this story and movie. Alice in Wonderland is all about whimsical fun and vibrant colors. A great part of the movie and story is the tea party and you can include floral patterned cups or chargers (plates) to the wedding reception tables. Try table numbers with locks or keys on them or even little potion bottles. This is a very inspirational movie to use as a wedding theme but try not to take each thing so seriously and go overboard in design. Pick key pieces to base your wedding design on and go from there.

Twilight Inspired Wedding

The Twilight book and movie series took over the hearts of young girls and women alike in this tale about a human girl falling in love with a vampire boy. Throw in a werewolf in the love triangle and you’ve got a story that rivals the best soap operas! The wedding scene of Bella and Edward, which took place in the woods, is very romantic and befitting their love story.

Most people that think “vampire” conjures up the color red, which was used in a subtle yet dominant color on the book covers as well. But in the actual movie the color palette of Bella and Edwards wedding was a combination of brown, white, dark purple (almost eggplant). It’s a very royal color scheme but in their rustic type wedding it was more intimate than regal. Other couples have used the green apple color in their Twilight inspired weddings as well.

Like the movie, brides can imitate Bella’s bridal gown, which was long sleeved, slim lined, with an intricate lacy and sheer back. The movie takes place in Oregon so think greenery and the woods. Use string of light to decorate the outdoor space. One thing that really stood out in the ceremony scene is the garland of white flowers streaming down from the trees, which was stunning.

Pride and Prejudice Inspired Wedding

The Pride and Prejudice movie starring Keira Knightley is a romantic time period piece. It is a beautifully made movie. A great design element to include in a wedding inspired by this movie and story is the written word, especially since Pride and Prejudice is such a famous classic book. Use vintage books as centerpieces or make the invitation with the font representing script written by ink and a feather quill.

Pieces to include in a Pride and Prejudice inspired wedding are ribbons, candles, and chandeliers. For clothing, women can wear empire waist dresses and men can wear coats. It would be lovely to have a string quartet play at the ceremony as well.

500 Days of Summer Inspired Wedding

The movie, 500 Days of Summer, is a tale about a boy and a girl who fall in love but the girl falls out of love later on. It’s more of a heartbreaker movie than a romantic one but this movie has fantastic design ideas that would be perfect for a modern yet vintage wedding theme.

The color palette from this movie is a pale blue and gray. Summer, the female love interest, wears 1950’s inspired clothing. She’s beautiful and confident in a quirky and conservative way. The bride and bridesmaids can look for dresses that has the same style.

Tom, the main character, is an inspiring architect, and architecture plays a big part in the movie. A fun way to use the modern element of architecture in the wedding design is using a city skyline motif on the invitations. Another idea is to have a roof top wedding reception with the city skyline as a backdrop.

Movies can be helpful to building a wedding theme. Don’t forget to add your personal touches in the creativity of your design scheme and you should have a wedding that will be a beautiful nod to the movie you adore.

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Mehndi Inspired Desserts for South Asian Weddings

February 6th, 2013 |

South Asian weddings are spectacular events filled with customs, traditions, attention to detail and lots and lots of color. Design is a very important part of a South Asian wedding from the elaborate details on a piece of fabric to the gorgeous swirls of pattern on the bride’s mehndi. Mehndi is the henna that is applied to the bride’s arms, hands, legs and feet to complete her bridal ensemble. Mehndi consists of detailed images such as flowers, paisley and other symbols that hold meaning in South Asian history.
Another beautiful way to celebrate the intricate designs of mehndi besides having it painted on a bride’s hands and legs is to incorporate it into the desserts at the wedding. Mehndi can be decorated onto cookies, cupcakes and also the wedding cake. The cookies and cupcakes can be available at the mehndi party as well, which is held a few days before the wedding.
Wedding cakes that have been decorated with mehndi designs are really beautiful. Not only is the South Asian culture represented in the mehndi but also it’s lovely to have it on display in a different way as well.
Here are some mehndi inspired wedding desserts!

Cookies

Cookies with mehndi lace designs on them would make adorable wedding favors. They would also be just as perfect for the wedding guests to grab from the dessert table. Choose vibrant background colors for the cookies so that the mehndi design can show more clearly. Go for the colors of your wedding or choose a bouquet of other colors.

Mini Cakes

Mini mehndi cakes are absolutely gorgeous and hopefully they taste as amazing as they look! Your guests will be amazed with the details on the cakes. Once more these cakes can be packaged individually to be given away to wedding guests as wedding favors. Or guests can admire them at the dessert table. But who will want to ruin these miniature beauties?
Depending on how detailed you want your mini cakes, make sure you find a baker who is up to the challenge and skilled in making the intricate mehndi icing designs.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes are still popular to have at a wedding. They are small, easy to eat and delicious. To include a mehndi design on the cupcake, there needs to be a flat surface atop the cupcake for the design to be placed on. One way is to flatten the frosting when it is applied. The other is to place a flat piece atop the frosting that will be decorated with the mehndi design. Pick contrasting colors so that the design can really stand out for your guests to appreciate.

Wedding Cake

The ultimate way to have mehndi represented in the wedding desserts is on the wedding cake itself! Talk about stunning. When the cake is created in the vibrant colors most South Asian weddings are associated with, the results can literally take one’s breath away. Reds, gold, purple, orange, pinks and turquoise blues: colors are very important in South Asian weddings. It seems that there is no color limit and usually a combination of them are used in a South Asian wedding. The wedding cake should always represent the wedding couples’ style and colors.

When booking a cake vendor always have a consultation. You need to know if the cake vendor can actually do the work required to create a mehndi inspired wedding cake. Bring in photos that inspire you to share with your cake vendor so you are on the same page on which direction you want to take with the cake design. Also a taste test is very important! You may not like the use of fondant, which is used heavily in cake design, and may need an alternative. Discuss these issues with your vendor.
Also, though the use of bright colors is sure to wow your weddings guests, if you don’t want to go over board with it, remember that you can always go for a neutral palette. It is always easy to add color to the cake where you think it needs it. But a less colorful cake doesn’t mean it won’t be as beautiful. Add gold to make a simple cake look more regal.
The same goes for the mehndi design on the cake. The mehndi doesn’t have to cover the whole cake if it doesn’t look right to you. Today, brides are choosing simpler mehndi designs to paint onto their body parts, so it is okay to do that with the cake. Space out the designs and add modern embellishments to the wedding cake. Talk with your cake vendor to create the most beautiful mehndi inspired cake for your special day.

A wedding celebration is the perfect way to honor the revered tradition of mehndi. Whether the designs are painstakingly applied carefully on the bride’s body or on a cake, either way, it is truly amazing. Mehndi is a unique and beautiful custom that makes South Asian weddings really special.

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Mariam & Umer’s Winter San Diego Mehndi Party

January 31st, 2013 |

Although, summer weddings are very popular, there is something about a winter wedding that is so beautiful! We were so lucky to get to be a part of Mariam & Umer’s wedding events beginning with their Mehndi Party. This fun filled night took place at the Palo Verde Club House in Alpine, CA. The clubhouse overlooks the gorgeous Palo Verde Lake and has an amazing view of the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest. The venue is very secluded from everything, which created a very intimate event for family and friends. The night started off with delicious food continued by plenty of performances from Mariam and Umer’s family members, and ended with a crazy dance party! We had such a great time planning this event we couldn’t wait for the wedding day!

Venue: Palo Verde Lake House
Coordinator: Planning Elegance
Decor: Dream Decor
DJ: Riamu Entertainment
Photography: True Photography
Videography: Escape Studios
Catering: Noorani
Mehndi: Henna Trendz

Mariam & Umer’s Winter San Diego Muslim Wedding

January 31st, 2013 |

On the morning of their wedding, the weather forecast told us that there would be a high chance of rain that day. However, when we looked outside it was bright and sunny,but we didn’t want to take our chances and we made the decision to move the ceremony indoors. Well, when the ceremony began, like clock-work, it began to POUR! All of us were so happy we changed the ceremony location because everyone would have been soaked! Nonetheless, this wedding was amazing. The ceremony and lunch took place at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines  in San Diego, CA. After the ceremony, the guests headed over to the ballroom that was themed as an enchanted forest. The centerpieces included real fruits that the guests could eat and take home! The night was followed by performances and speeches that made all of the guests laugh and smile. We are so happy we were able to be part of these wonderful wedding events with Mariam, Umer and both their families!

Venue: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Coordinator: Planning Elegance
Decor: Ethnic Essence
DJ: Riamu Entertainment
Photography: True Photography
Videography: Escape Studios
Horse: Enchanted Carriages
Caterer: Noorani
Photobooth: Smile Lounge