Pinterest by Color

We are in that time of year when tons of design is taking place.  We’ve been working a ton to update our social media and Pinterest is one we’ve been doing a lot with.

Check out some of our new boards here:

And don’t forget to follow us + check out our other boards.  Happy pinning.

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Designs and Floor Plans

Finally, we’re done with our Design & Production webpage.  Check our some of our favorite ideas that have been transformed for real life events.  We have everything from hanging cakes to Indian doorways… built by yours truly.  We also have unique floor plans and before and after photos.  This is one of our favorite processes of the planning venture – DESIGN!!!  We hope you enjoy and contact us for your next wedding or event.


Here is a sneak peak at a few of beloved creations.

Wedding photos: Make a list for my LARGE Indian wedding

You sent out the invitations and have 784 people on your guest list. Start planning your group photos ASAP. You should have a good idea of some group shots before you hire a photographer. Why? This can dictate how much time you need to hire your photographer for. Adding 6-10 group shots throughout the day is very different than wanting 30-40+ group shots.

Now you’re getting close to the wedding day and the RSVP’s are flooding in.  350 guests, 410 guests, 500 and counting.  Everyone attending would like to talk to you and get a photo with you. As you approach the last month prior to the wedding, you need to evaluate and finalize your wedding photo group shot list.  This is a huge part of the plans for your time line, sanity, and photographer.  The photographer doesn’t know your guests, not to mention – they probably wouldn’t be able to pick you out of the crowd of 600 guests.  Why? The bride and groom are wearing something colorful and traditional (most of the time) like a Sari, lengha, Kurti, etc.  Not like a western wedding where you can spot the bride cause she’s the ONLY one wearing a white dress.

Can you find the Bride and Groom in each photo?


To create the group shot list, start with the family.  Remember who is closest and most important.  A couple extended family photos are nice to have, but it can become tricky to get everyone together.  I don’t suggest doing an extended family shot right after the ceremony.  It’s hard to manage that many people & round them up in a timely manner, much less if you have other events scheduled right after the ceremony (pooja’s, etc). Consider doing it during the cocktail hour or after dinner, that way your Emcee of DJ can help you round up people.  The next step is to write up your wedding party shot list.  There are many check lists online, but you know who needs to be in your photos.  Here’s a quick list of the standard group photos:

  • Bride + maid of honor
  • Bride + bridesmaids
  • Bride + groomsmen
  • Bride + flower girl and/or ring bearer
  • Bride + attendants (personal attendant, etc)
  • Groom + best man
  • Groom + groomsmen
  • Groom + bridesmaids
  • Groom + flower girl and/or ring bearer
  • Bride & Groom + bridesmaids
  • Bride & Groom + groomsmen
  • Bride & Groom + bridesmaids & groomsmen
  • Bride & Groom + flower girl and/or ring bearer
  • Bride & Groom + Brides parents
  • Bride & Groom + Brides parents + family
  • Bride & Groom + Brides siblings
  • Bride & Groom + Grooms parents
  • Bride & Groom + Grooms parents + family
  • Bride & Groom + Grooms siblings
  • Bride & Groom + both sets of parents

You all have those groups of friends that have different connections to you in life.  If you want photos of any of these special groups, list them on your master photo list for your photographer.  Some you may want to include are:

  • Fraternity or sorority groups
  • High school friends
  • Sports teams (softball, football, dance)
  • Co-workers

Just be sure that you work with your photographer (and planner) to schedule these during your wedding day.  Every photo takes time to stage and get groups of people together.  You could find yourself doing photos for 6 hours with just groups of people if you don’t plan carefully.  Also be sure to check with your parents.  We all know they will have a couple shots that are a must.  Just be sure you don’t let your parents/family dictate all the photos and put a limit on how many they are allowed to list.  For instance; your Dad really doesn’t need a photo of his daughter with his poker buddies that you’ve never met. If you don’t make a list, your photographer can run off and take shots throughout the day and evening and you might not know any of the people in the final edited album.  Seriously, you don’t want to look through your final album and ask “who’s that?” of more than half your album.  Just make sure you communicate your clear expectations and the list to your photographer and planner.

Hint: One thing I always demand during Indian wedding photos – identify one person who’s close to the family and can call out names.  Indian names can be tough to pronounce + the “name caller” can help recognize people to help the photographer.

Key take-away: Work with a Planner who is experience with Indian weddings and a photographer who’s shot and understands Indian weddings. Scheduling properly makes a world of difference.

Indian women & the red dot

You’ve all seen one – the red dot on the forehead of Indian women. What does it mean? There are a few different reasons and meanings, but here are the most popular ones.
1. It’s the symbol of a married women.
2. It’s the third eye of the Hindu religion, Chakra – to help ward off bad luck
3. It retains the energy of the body

The traditional method of application is dipping your ring finger in Kumkum powder and placing the dot on your forehead. It took a lot of practice to get the perfect round dot. Now days, there are alternative bindi’s that women use. The most common is a disc that can be applied with a wax or paste. There are also bindi’s that are like a sticker with the adhesive already applied.

One the wedding day – brides will apply bindi’s that are more like a jewel or an actual piece of jewelry. They come in all different colors and sizes to suit the brides wedding colors, mood, and type of celebration. There’s are numerous places online you can order bindi’s from simple red dots to elaborate jewels. Some even get them hand painted on their forehead. Here are some beautiful ones we love.

Sunrise Styling on Instagram

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Minnesota’s Indian Wedding Planner

The art of an Indian wedding is complex in details, length, number of events, and traditions.  After years in the wedding industry and multiple Indian weddings planned – I’ve found the value of my experience is more important to Indian couples looking to hire a planner vs. the fee.  I’ve also found that it’s not so much the couple getting married, as it is the parents and extended family who put more value on a planner’s experience with Indian weddings vs the fee.

It’s hard to get that first opportunity and break into planning any type of cultural event, so we are honored that our team at Sunrise Styling has been able to plan and produce many Indian weddings.  We’ve had American-Indian fusion weddings, a wedding with double everything – both American and Indian events, Hindu weddings, and weddings involving north and/or south cultures and traditions.  Of course we continue to learn with every wedding and we welcome opportunities to plan and explore more Indian and Asian cultures and traditions.

Some of the best reasons to hire an experienced Indian wedding planner:

  • They know how to schedule the multiple events during a wedding weekend to ensure flow and everything happens according to the time line.
  • They will provide staff accordingly for the wedding weekend. With many events happening at the same time and in multiple rooms or areas of a venue – having a staff who knows all the events and elements of the weekend ensures the couple (and family) will have a flawless wedding.
  • They know the details and intricacies of events like the pre-ceremonies, Pooja, Mehndi, Baraat, Kannyadaanam, Saptapadi, and Maṅgaḷasūtra Dhāraṇa just to name a few.
  • Well educated in managing and working with large budgets. The average Cost of Wedding in the USA is $26,444 where the average cost of an Indian wedding is the USA is $65,000.  I think this is low and agree with the Washington Post prediction of average Indian wedding cost reaching $250,000
  • They will love Indian food and assist you with all the selections for your catering. From actual food items, menu pairing suggestions, reputable caterers, and coordination with venues…nothing is left to question with the catering process.
  • With colors and décor being a huge part of the events – an experienced Indian planner will help guide you through the design process, color palate selection, and specialty Indian decor rentals for things like the ceremony, fire pit, Mandap, floral garlands, and more.
  • Music is another major element for the wedding. Most Indians of the younger generations will be fine with the top 40’s, pop/rock, R&B, Hip hop, and oldies during the reception dance.  There are areas where traditional or live musicians need to be present: A dohl player during the baraat and/or ceremony, music for the Sangeet, bride’s processional, or Bollywood at the Pooja or Mehndi event.  They should also have DJ’s who can cater to these requests and needs in addition to the typical wedding dance music.
  • Many of the vendors providing wedding services need not know anything about Indian culture.  However, there remains a few that an experienced and well networked planner can help you find vs a non-Indian experienced planner.  Items like Indian sweets and desserts, henna artists, baraat horse or elephant, Indian officiant, and of course a venue that provides Indian catering or allows one to come in from offsite.
  • They will support you and the family, listen to your needs and wishes, ask and learn about new Indian elements you incorporate to the wedding (we don’t know it all), and be your liaison/adviser/counselor and friend. We planners wear many hats!

Here are some of our favorite photos from our Indian weddings.  We hope you love what we’ve done and CONTACT US a note if you or someone you know is planning an Indian wedding.

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