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Congrats to Priya and Rishi and their 11 event, 4-day wedding! The couple got married in Minnesota at the Hilton Hotel downtown Minneapolis, the perfect venue to host all their events at one location. The events had a range of 350 to 540 guests at the various events. The couple’s events included:
Thursday = Mehndi party
Friday = Welcome Lunch and Sangeet
Sunday = Breakfast, Baraat, Ceremony, Lunch, Cocktails, and Dinner
Monday = Brunch (Hilton) and Pooja at the Hindu Temple in Maple Grove.
One of our favorite things they did for their guests was have the videographer construct a “same-day edit” video, thanks to Story of Us Films. We showcased this video at the reception on Saturday night. It was the perfect way to show the entire guest attendance all the events they couldn’t attend. Summer Street Photography has locations in Minneapolis and Boston, the perfect fit for this couple who lives in Boston and hosted their wedding here in Minnesota.
We can’t thank all our vendors for the amazing job they did to create a beautiful and seamless wedding for our South Indian couple! It certainly takes an experienced and talented fleet of vendors to pull of an 11 event 4-day wedding. Always a special THANKS to my amazing team!
Wedding Planner: Sunrise Styling
Event Venue: Hilton Hotel Minneapolis
Photographer: Summer Street Photography
Videography: Story of Us Films
AV & Tech: AV For You
Catering & Beverage: Hilton Hotel & India Palace
Floral: Sadie’s Couture Floral
Décor: Sankheda Weddings, Apres
Linens & Rentals: Linen Effects
Draping: Avant Décor
Hair & Makeup: Primped MN
Baraat: Hitching Co.
Henna: Blurberry Buzz
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Transportation: Total Luxury Limo
Indian weddings are full of multiple events. The most celebrated events with meals are the Mendhi party, Sangeet, Garba, and Wedding day. Within the wedding day, often times the host family will provide breakfast/brunch, lunch, cocktails appetizers, and the dinner menu. Depending on the entire wedding plan, couples and their families will host even more meals and events, prior and/or post wedding day in addition to the main ones I just listed.
Now, how does one decide on the menu so there is no overlap and guests are eating the same thing for every event? Start by selecting the region you want to serve foods from for the wedding dinner. If you’re South Indian, provide items that are traditional to the South Indian wedding cuisine. Often times, there are specific items that should be served for cultural reasons or that are traditional foods to encourage health, wealth and good fortune. Add in the next major meal food selections. If you are hosting a Sangeet and this is the next major meal, you might want to serve North Indian food. If you happen to host a Mendhi party at home, you could do a fusion brunch for the menu. You can always do a North Indian meal for one of the other events too. Be bold and consider serving a completely different cuisine for other events. Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, or fusion selections give you lots of options. A vegetable fried rice stuffed samosa would be a yummy fusion appetizer.
For other menus such as breakfast/brunch, lunch, and cocktail hour, fill in the items that are good finger foods, popular items that everyone will know, and consider providing Indian sweets and snacks as other filler items. Don’t be afraid to select non-Indian items such as fruit platters, veggie platters, or other popular items. Bruschetta, mini sliders, tomato soup shooter and grilled cheese, kebabs of any kind, and shrimp cocktail are always go-to options.
If you are providing breakfast for overnight guests staying at a hotel, don’t feel you have to provide all Indian food. Often times the hotel will have a great selection of breakfast items that everyone will eat, not to mention you probably have a food and beverage minimum you have to account for. If you are worried about serving a few Indian breakfast items: add sambar, upma, idli, dosa’s, or various chutneys just to name a few.
Remember to work with an experienced caterer who is reputable and offers a lot of variety for food selections.
One last takeaway: if you choose to serve Indian desserts and your caterer doesn’t provide them, have your caterer order the Indian desserts and sweets from an outside dessert supplier for you. Cheers to yummy Indian menus!
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Attention Grooms!!! The reality news flash about planning your wedding – there wouldn’t be a wedding without you! It’s becoming more regular for grooms to hop on board and help their bride with the planning, but there are still a bunch of you who don’t have anything to do with any plans. Let me share some of the reasons why you grooms should take part in the planning YOUR wedding.
- Your relationship with your bride can grow. After you popped the big question, set her at ease by taking on responsibilities throughout the planning process. This can create an even better bond between both of you since there are so many tough decisions to make while planning a wedding.
- By taking part in the planning and relieving some (or a lot) of the stress off your bride, you can avoid her becoming a bridezilla. After all, no one wants to deal with a bridezilla!
- Weather you care about the details or not, show your support to your bride by attending all the vendor meetings with her. You might find you have more of an option about the menu, colors, flowers, etc. Again, it’s YOUR day too and you should enjoy every minute, the aesthetics, the food, the drinks, and everything else. Let’s face it – do you really want to be that groom/husband where your bride/wife has to listen to you complain about what you didn’t’ like at your wedding for anniversaries to come?
- A wedding is a marriage beyond the bride and groom. It’s the joining of two families and everything they have to offer. We all know the favorite cousin who you want to be an usher in your wedding and the dreaded Aunt that wants to “plan the wedding” for you. With both you and your bride doing the planning, you can tell that Aunt that everything is under control and planning the wedding is part of your intimate relationship building. It benefits you when parents or family members ask you about the details and you actually have the answers vs. you not knowing anything and they constantly ask you 5 times a day what is being served for dinner.
- If you help plan, you can’t complain about the budget. We all have tendencies to go overboard with things we want and a wedding is one of the easiest places to let our senses get out of control over our practical decision making. Attending vendor meetings and reviewing the proposals for services and products together will help you stay on track with the budget. More often than not, you the groom is more practical about budget and finances than your bride.
- If you truly don’t want to get involved in any of the planning and/or want to ensure you’re not sleeping on the couch before the wedding – consider gifting a wedding planner to your bride. With all different levels of planning packages and services, there’s one to fit your needs and budget. Just be sure to hire someone who has experience and pairs well with you and your bride’s personalities. It’s a long road of planning and you’ll be discussing and planning very personal and intimate things. You have to have the trust and cohesiveness between you and your planner.
- At the end of the day – the most rewarding thing you gain is the memory of a lifetime. Don’t you want to say you were a part of creating that memory for you and your bride?
Grooms – don’t take a back seat to your wedding! If you need some help in where to start, contact us for a free consultation to get your married life started with happiness and ease.
Love planning and working on weddings for friends. Jay was my gymnastic coach back in high school and thanks to social media, we’ve stayed in touch over the years. He came to me with needs to plan his wedding to Tanya and of course I was on board to help.
Wanting an intimate celebration, the ceremony was held at the bride’s childhood home in St. Paul. Set right off the Mississippi river, it was a perfect location. The tent was placed in the front yard and we placed just enough sidewalls to mask some of the noise from cards driving by. Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea with delectables before the ceremony. The Father of the Bride and Tanya arrived in style on a tandem bike for the processional. The ceremony was a beautiful commitment full of personal touches: a friend played the harp, Nikka the flower girl was Tanya’s parents dog, Jackson the ring bearer was Tanya and Jay’s dog, and the Officiant was a family friend. After the “I DO,” Tanya and Jay escaped on the tandem bike, recessing their way down the river boulevard.
Guests were ushered to the back yard among the MOB’s picturesque gardens and landscaping. They wandered among the gardens with a glass of champagne and heard toasts from the family. The reception was held at the Highland Grill, one of the couple’s favorite dinning places. We rented out the entire restaurant which was the perfect size for their intimate celebration. Families sat in booths and tables and dined on a custom menu as Tanya and Jay wanted to maintain the family style experience. The couple even provided a special dinner for the ring bearer who patiently sat outside the front door. The evening ended just after dusk so the couple could ride their tandem bike home with Jackson. A truly wonderful celebration with an old friend and cheers to me for gaining a new friend in Tanya!
Wedding Planner: Sunrise Styling, Anna Senrick
Ceremony Venue: Private residence; St. Paul, MN
Reception Venue: Highland Grill
Photographer: Cadence & Eli Photography
Catering & Desserts: Deco Catering
Linens & Rentals: Apres
Florist: Mother of the Bride’s Garden Club
Stationery: Sunrise Styling
Catering & Service: Hire A Host
After many years of attending wedding fairs as a vendor, I realized that there is a better way to highlight my skills as a Wedding Planner and educate couples on why to hire one. Along with my long-time senior assistant, we’ve created the Rare Wedding Affair. It’s a truly unique alternative to the traditional wedding fair. My team will usher attendees through an entire wedding environment. Attendees will progress their way through the ceremony, cocktail area, and dinner reception which is custom designed and styled by my team.
This luxury Affair is for the couple who is looking for a personal fair adventure while meeting the Twin Cities top vendors. With your TICKET purchase, you will receive a vendor book of the best of the best, cocktails, dinner, a dessert tasting, and chance to win amazing prizes. The best part of the Rare Wedding Affair is the chance to win a FREE FULL SERVICE WEDDING PLANNING PACKAGE from us at Sunrise Styling (valued at $5000).
If you’re not around for the first one, stay up to date on the UPCOMING AFFAIRS page for our fall Affairs. Additionally, we will be hosting our other styles of Affairs in the fall so be sure to check them out. We have an Affair to suit everyone’s style and needs. Be sure to like us on the RWA Facebook page and follow us on RWA Pinterest.