How to Decorate for an Indian Wedding

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How to Decorate for an Indian Wedding
Decorate for a beautiful and elaborate Indian wedding. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

While Indian wedding styles vary by region and religion, there are many standards which are used in almost every Indian wedding. For example, Indian weddings are known for their elaborate decorations using fabric and flowers in vivid colours. They are also known for their grandeur, where everything, including the bride, is heavily decorated in fine fabrics and excessive embellishments. Indian weddings typically last several days in which multiple ceremonies are completed and a major focus is placed on food.

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Things you need

  • Chair covers
  • Brightly coloured fabric
  • Fresh flowers - on string garlands, as arrangements, and in vases
  • Tents
  • Canopy frames
  • Strands of white lights

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  1. 1

    Set up all the serving tables, guest tables, chairs, stage and mandap. Set up tents and canopy frames over the areas being used if the wedding will be held outdoors.

  2. 2

    Hang any backdrops that will be behind the stage, mandap or other areas.

  3. 3

    Stretch brightly coloured fabric over the tents or canopy frames. Drape fabric over the mandap and stage areas using circular canopies and arranging the fabric as desired, reserving space for guests and participants to enter.

  4. 4

    Cover the chairs, couches, or other seats with covers. Cover the guest tables with matching or coordinating table covers. Layers of fabric in contrasting colours can be used for an even more colourful effect. The bride and groom seating on the stage can be covered if desired.Typically this seating is covered in red fabric as red is the auspicious colour of Indian weddings.

  5. 5

    Place vases of flowers on each guest table. If necessary, fake flowers can be substituted for fresh flowers as long as the vases are weighted down.

  6. 6

    Stream flower garlands around then inside the tents and canopies, along door openings, and around any other elements at the location you wish to decorate. For example, trees can be decorated with the fresh cut flowers at outdoor weddings. Hang flower arrangements behind the bride and grooms seating on the stage.

  7. 7

    Hang strands of white lights along the front side of the venue at approximate 2 foot intervals. The strands can also be hung from trees and wrapped around trees for outdoor venues. Hang the lights around the stage, or the walls of an indoor venue.

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