3 Day Indian Wedding In California: Jaivisha and Siddarth had a great blend of wedding traditions between Indian and American customs. A colorful and magical day!
From the bride: We had a beautiful, traditional Hindu wedding. The wedding was 3 days long: The first day being a pre-wedding ceremony for the bride called Pithi (where guests put a turmeric paste on the bride for good luck/to glow), followed by a Mendhi/Henna Party in the evening.
The second day was the bride’s Santak – another pre-wedding ceremony and the groom’s Grah Shanti & Pithi. The last day was the wedding and reception. For the wedding, we wanted our entire bridal party and immediate family to wear “colors of the sunset” to show vibrancy and to show cohesive shades – and the pictures turned out beautiful!
We wanted something very simple and neat for our decor – we had our mandap draped in white and pink, with fresh florals hanging from the top. Our reception decor was also on the simpler side since our venue itself was beautiful. For the reception we wanted a warmer feeling with a gold-tone and darker red hues. For centerpieces we had DIY-ed half of them, which was one of our favorite activities!
Our Mendhi party was one of our favorite events that we personalized- both my husband & I love movies and had a Bollywood-themed party. All the drinks had a pun-related names and the centerpieces were posters of classic Bollywood movies. It was such an incredible night seeing our family and friends and the perfect kick-off celebration to the wedding.
Wedding planning is definitely stressful, but it’s important to break out tasks by days or weeks – that’s the only way to get through it. If possible, I highly recommend getting a wedding coordinator to help out, especially the day since you don’t want to be running around for small things.
It’s also very important to be a team – wedding planning can be fun, but also a rough process and a united front is a great way to get through it. And lastly, give yourself some grace – this is such an exciting but stressful time in people’s lives, it’s important to remember that you’re doing so much and it will be okay.
Reception Venue: The Landmark
Event Planner: Events by Dana S.
Photographer: Lulan Studio