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Colorful & Glamorous: South Asian Wedding Inspirations

Some of the most beautiful, colorful and extravagant weddings taking place are South Asian weddings. 

With a rich culture and an eye for all things beautifulSouth Asian brides from counries including India, Pakistan, Bangaldesh, Sri Lanka & Nepal are planning some of the most thought-out weddings that blend both their South Asian heritage with their American upbringing.

But one thing that remains in all Indian and South Asian weddings are the DETAILS. From intricate patterns and motifs incorporated into every décor element to luxorious looking cakes and stage set ups, South Asian weddings are a visual feast for the eyes.

Check out some of these must-have South Asian wedding ideas that are in demand for this wedding season.


Henna Trays

Henna is usually applied to the brides hands the day before her wedding. This mehndi ceremony is typically part of the multi-day long wedding celebration.

Family members place little bowls of henna on decorated trays to bring to the bride. The mehndi ceremony usually just consists of lots of dancing and celebrating the wedding.


Henna Hands

via petitepearlevents-blog.com

To really get into the theme many women go through the mehndi ceremony and henna their hands, like this beautiful design from Petit Pearl Events. Of course you don’t have to get quite so intricate; you can only do a little on your hands if this look is too over whelming for you.


Decorations That Stand Out

Unlike a traditional American wedding where the couple sits at a sweatheart table, the couple of honor is seated at an elaborate stage set up at the front of their wedding hall.

The design ideas are endless on how stages can look but the bigger, the more elegant, the more colorful it can be, the better.


Sweet Treats Inspired by Henna Designs

South Asian couples are also incorporating traditional henna patterns into their cake and desserts like here. Combining the henna pattern against a backdrop of colors makes for an eye-appealing event.


Elephant Inspiration

via mineforeverapp.com

Southern Asian culture looks upon elephants as intelligent animals and they praise their amazing memories. Adding just a touch of the elephant to your big day could bring you intelligence. We love these henna elephant cookies because they encompass more than one southern Asian cultural trend, while they also look beautiful, and totally delicious!  


Red and Gold

via maharaniweddings.com

In many Asian cultures red is the color of happiness, so we’re not really surprised that it makes such an appearance at southern Asian weddings. But gold the color of wealth and completeness is also very popular on a bride’s big day. Even if you don’t want to go all out with the color trend you can add pops of it around your ceremony or reception, like this red bouquet from Maharani Weddings.

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Jennifer Geddes
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