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23/Sep/2020

5 wedding decor ideas infused with the local flair

Whether you are travelling to an exotic far off local, or planning to invite out of town guests to your current home, incorporate the flavors, sights and sound of the local culture to give your guests an enhanced personalized experience.

 

  1. Welcome Bags and favors

Set the tone of the wedding festivities with a welcome bag in their room or upon check in including a welcome drink, map of the venue, wedding itinerary, recommendations for restaurants within walking distance and a list of the main attractions to see while they are in town. Personalize your recommendations with your own favorite spots. Add local favorite snacks and beverages to give guests a preview of what is in store.

 

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  1. Choose a venue with a local character

During your venue search look for sites that genuinely connect with your guests, properties that retain the local charm but are also retrofitted with all modern comforts. An event is more fun when you create ties to the venue that all guests can share.

Image Courtesy: Ramit Batra Photography
  1. Decor

When planning your decorations, ask your designer to use locally inspired flowers, plants and other materials. Consider a fusion of styles – something contemporary you love with something purely local for a look that is unique to your wedding.

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  1. Customize your menu

Choose your menu basis the uniqueness of your wedding destination like the south Indians, for example, must have their parboiled rice and fish. You do not have to turn your entire wedding into a fiesta, simply request local ingredients throughout your menu, and sampler-size local delicacies as finger foods at your cocktail reception.

Image Courtesy: Spices N Flavors
  1. Entertainment

When it comes giving a complete experience to your guest, music and entertainment ties everything together. Panjabis’ love their their dhol, keeps the guests moving and is not something you see every day. Another more interactive form of entertainment could be incorporating artisans who are making a handicraft that you can send home with your guests or even a sketch artist to draw portraits.

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23/Sep/2020

There are gazillions of articles with instructions on cutting your wedding budget. “Cut your guest list,” they say…uhhh….duhh… where the guest list is usually a 500 person minimum. Unfortunately, the majority of the advice out there does not apply to big-fat-Indian weddings.WDC to the rescue! Yours truly has rounded up 5 very applicable tips on saving on your very wallet heavy:
1. Food
Depending on your families, opt for an all vegetarian menu. Include enough paneer dishes, and most of your meat eating cousins won’t miss the non vegetarian food too much. If an all vegetarian menu isn’t an option, try concentrating most of the non veg options at the cocktail hour instead of in the main course.
2. Wedding Sites
Surprisingly, the nicest wedding sites (museums, public gardens, etc) can be the most affordable. Make sure to consider alternative locations before opting for your closest 5 star hotel.
3. Bouquets
Forgo the bridal bouquets. Not only are they costly, but they look out of place at Indian weddings. A classier and more cost effective option is for the bride to enter with a garland or decorated coconut; and for the bridesmaids to carry diyas.
4. Alcohol
Sigh, Indian weddings and their alcohol. Omitting alcohol at an Indian wedding is often out of the question. However, you do have two options on cutting the alcohol budget: 1) Do not serve alcohol at the Sangeet. It’s not necessary, and often not expected. You don’t want drunk guests dancing around with wooden dandia sticks. 2) Limit the choices or hours of availability, not the amount.  You can get away with eliminating hard alcohol and sticking to champagne, wine, beer and a signature drink. An alternative is to limit the hours on the bar.
5. Centerpiece
Stick to seasonal flowers, and alternate costlier high centerpieces with less expensive low centerpieces.