Indian weddings are large affairs and can involve family and friends coming from distant shores for the various rituals that take place before the wedding and on the big day itself. Some people today hire a wedding planner to take care of a lot of the tasks involved in planning a wedding, but in India weddings are still largely considered to be a family affair with members of the extended family sharing the responsibility of planning and executing all the various jobs that go to make up the whole.
One of the most important tasks is the decoration of the wedding venue itself. An Indian wedding backdrop forms the setting for the most important day of the lives of the bride and groom. A lot of thought and consideration must go into the décor of the venue, starting with draperies, the wedding stage, the mandap, the flowers, and even the lighting. All these can have a big effect on the overall appearance of the day. At Kenza Creations, we are renowned for the amazing décor we produce for weddings across the country, in venues far and wide, and we will always work within your budget.
It is essential to have a budget for every wedding, and also a checklist. If you don’t set a budget, it is so easy to go way beyond the amount of money that you can really afford to spend. OK, the day is not going to be cheap – far from it. But you don’t want to spend the next ten years paying for it. In fact, Indian weddings can be so costly if you don’t set a budget – or even if you do – that many couples start a savings account on the birth of a daughter for that precise purpose, even though it can be 25 years away.
Budget And Checklist
You need both a checklist and a budget sheet. On the budget sheet you should allocate what you consider to be a reasonable amount for each area of the wedding, because that will help you to keep the expenses in check. It also means that if you overrun on one item, you may well be able to cut down on another one so that the overall cost remains viable. It is very important to keep track of expenditure as you go.
You need to choose a central colour scheme for a wedding, and all the decorations will be centred on that particular colour or colours. Favourites today for Indian weddings are red and gold, red being a traditional choice for the bride’s wedding dress. Other popular colours are pink, lavender, royal blue, and green.
When it comes to drapes and canopies, the standard colours are often yellow and red, which will match well with red and gold. Draperies can add character to the venue and can be interspersed with flowers and lights.
Flowers, of course, are an essential in any Indian wedding, and these can range from strings of marigolds to orchids and lilies. Roses are also popular, so you could go for red roses mixed in with white jasmine, for instance. In order to keep costs down, you should use flowers that are in season in the UK because if you settle for flowers that have to be imported, the cost is going to rocket.
The stage, of course, is where the bride and groom are brought in to meet the guests and seek their blessings. This is one thing, along with the mandap, where you can really go to town with the drapes and flower arrangements. It may be that you need to cut down on the budget elsewhere, but you can be excused for spending more on the stage and mandap.