The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Dream Indian Wedding: From Mehendi to Reception

Discover the secrets to your dream Indian Wedding, from the vibrant Mehendi to Dhol music, with our expert tips and inspiration for every step of your special occasion.
Discover the secrets to your dream Indian Wedding, from the vibrant Mehendi to Dhol music, with our expert tips and inspiration for every step of your special occasion.

Planning a traditional Indian wedding is no easy feat. Of course, you are incredibly excited for your special occasion and eagerly awaiting the day to come, but there are many intricacies and cultural traditions between now and then to start organising! 

With many days and moving parts to plan for, turning your dream Indian wedding into a reality, regardless of your location or level of tradition you desire, is a challenge - but, that’s where we can help. 

From the initial Mehendi ceremony to the grandeur of the party and reception, we’ve got the perfect wedding suppliers for every step of the occasion. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate affair or a larger week-long celebration, we’re here to help you bring your vision to life and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Uphold Indian Wedding traditions with the help from Grand Affairs

The traditional Indian wedding is a vibrant and elaborate affair that encompasses a series of ceremonies over a period of a few days. Each day is deeply rooted in cultural and religious significance, with individual requirements of the day. From the Roka to Mehendi, to Satapadi and the joyous reception - planning and delivering a wonderful and smooth wedding of your dreams is easy with the help of our partnered suppliers. 

Celebrating the heritage and culture of Indian wedding ceremonies is extremely important to many of our partnered suppliers, where commitment to honouring traditions is what they do best. Wedding planners such as Bollywood Events UK and Perfect Functions can ensure the traditions remain intact and your multi-day ceremony runs smoothly, so you can sit back and enjoy the occasion.

Plan your wedding with Perfect Functions

It All Starts With Colour

Colour is a key aspect of Indian weddings, prevalent throughout the whole occasion - beautiful embellishments, decorations, colourful platters of food, ambient lighting, flowers and more, all remain significant nods towards the beauty of Indian culture. And we have the perfect suppliers to help you every step of the way!

Traditional Indian Decorations 

Traditional Indian décor for weddings starts with patterns and colours, specifically infusing the colour red, and plenty of flowers. Grand Affairs, the event décor company, specialise in all kinds of celebrations, particularly in Mehendis and Sangeets and provide the all important finishing touches when it comes to event styling, furniture hire and accessories. Rivaaj Weddings have an eye for all things Asian wedding related - from stages and mandaps to furniture and backdrops, ensuring traditional features remain a key aspect. 

Other beautiful visual assets to incorporate into your wedding include flower walls, flower garlands, balloon decorations and backdrops to bring a modern or Western fusion to your big day.  

Using the help of professional wedding planners that specialise in Indian Weddings can streamline your planning and you’ll never be a miss when it comes to hiring The Wedding Society to plan your special occasion.

Food Glorious Food!

Serve traditional Indian dishes for your wedding guests with The Indian Wedding People catering company.

Following closely behind the all important decorations, is the centre of any great wedding: Indian catering. With traditional Asian weddings comes a very large guestlist, so factoring in the time, space and dietary requirements is vital for all round happy guests! 

Opting for a buffet style meal ensures you can cater to many people in a timely manner. With hundreds of buffet options, including both traditional Asian dishes alongside other favourites, you can expect well fed guests and a meal you’ll remember for years to come! Desi catering company, Abid Catering, specialise in exactly this. 

Abid Catering offering delicious traditional dishes in table service or buffet style

Or, if you’re hunting for a vegetarian option, Chaai Pani knows exactly what they are doing, too! 

Dessert is always a fun opportunity to pull all the stops at your wedding reception, so get imaginative with what you’d like to serve. Choose from Ice Cream Carts, waffles, doughnuts or even a chocolate fountain - Whatever sweet treat ‘wow’ factor you’d like!

Keeping traditions going with Pure Punjabi Indian sweet treats

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages don’t have to be ordinary either. You could opt for a mobile bar with a wide selection of popular drinks, or choose something more unique with bars that serve eclectic cocktails and mocktails that incorporate all your favourite flavours and colours. Other options could be prosecco bars or champagne carts - whatever tickles your fancy! It’s your big day, so make it unique to you.

Enjoy cocktail or two with Amcha Catering!

With the advent of Indian fusion weddings and the modernisation of Indian cultures, wedding cakes make frequent appearances at ceremonies, often taking centre stage! So, with hundreds of talented wedding cake makers, choose a beautifully designed cake that meets your wedding theme and colours. Wren Cake Design make beautiful bespoke wedding cakes with wonderful colours and designs to suit any type of wedding, no matter the theme or colour scheme!

Opt for exotic colours for your Indian wedding cake, made by the talented Wren Cake Design!

Keep Your Guests Entertained

Entertainment at an Indian wedding plays a pivotal role during the several days of celebrations. It is not merely about amusement; but also a reflection of the cultural heritage, traditions, and rituals that make these celebrations so unique and memorable. Some options to consider include mesmerising dance performances, such as belly dancers, soul-stirring music,the intricate artistry of henna, and one of our personal favourites: Dhol Drummers. 

The magic of traditional Dhol music with Manchester Dhol Players

From the rhythmic beats accompanying the Baraat procession with the groom and his family, to the captivating performances during the Sangeet and reception party, Dhol music is a must have at your wedding. Tying generations together and honouring a rich tradition, Dhol music keeps everyone on their feet whilst being tremendous entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Infinitive Music provides a huge range of Asian music which can be tailored to your preferences so speak to them about your needs and get booking.  

Similarly, traditional henna holds very sacred significance throughout the whole wedding ceremony, from the Mehendi to the reception where all can get involved with a hired henna artist. Henna symbolises love, prosperity and the marital bond between the couple, reflecting the true spirit of an Indian wedding. Henna Tattoo by H provides henna services for many occasions, including weddings, with hundreds of designs to choose from. 

Production & DJ services by Masti Roadshow

As the evening goes on, DJs take centre stage, spinning a mix of Bollywood hits and contemporary tracks to keep the party going! Check out Masti Roadshow for the best party anthems and disco ambiance.

Finally don’t forget to capture the special moments throughout the ceremony. Choosing the perfect photographer and videographer is essential. But, what if you want to savour every moment and combine this with entertainment? Go a step beyond your typical wedding photography, even beyond a photo booth and cherish your memories with beautiful live, hand drawn images of you and your loved ones! Live Painting by Chloe captures the moment by hand, delivering bespoke oil and water colour paintings for you and your guests there and then… What a perfect way to commemorate an occasion you’ve no doubt spent months planning and this makes the perfect wedding favour too!

Live Painting by Chloe creates beautiful, bespoke paintings at your wedding

Plan Your Unforgettable Wedding of a Lifetime!

With boundless joy, love and excitement to be had on your wedding day, our treasure trove of resources and suppliers will help you craft your Indian wedding of dreams! Embark on your wedding planning adventure with confidence, from dressing the perfect venue, to curating a delicious spread of Indian fusion food, and hosting the party of a lifetime - Add To Event is here every step of the way with the professionals and suppliers to help. 

Together, let’s make your special day, that extra bit extraordinary! 

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