Great ideas for an ‘Indian Summer’ themed wedding

Written by    Last updated: October 10, 2006

Why not spice up your wedding with the vibrant colours, tastes and sounds of the East? Be inspired by the glitz of Bollywood or go for a ‘Days of the Raj’ theme…

The write stuff

Choose from an amazing variety of invitation cards in fabulous colours, handmade paper with silk threads or go for a traditional scroll design tied up with beautiful gold tassels, just as in the days of the Maharajas.

Spiced up

There are a great variety of savoury snacks that could be served with drinks or as a starter course, followed by mild or spicy Indian cuisine. An exciting alternative to the standard fare served invariably at most weddings.

Planning detail

Big Top

If you’ve got a big garden or access to one, take advantage of the space by erecting an exotic Indian or Arabian style tent. There are a wide variety of tents and marquee linings in bright coloured schemes to choose from. Specialist hire companies offer exquisite traditional craftsmanship and innovative design in ethnic dining tables or low floor seating with colourful cushions and bolsters. Artfully placed lanterns and chandeliers add to the ambience and charm.

Garden Party

Let your guests sample the best of the English summer by having a true al fresco dining experience. There are several venues that offer garden areas with rich tropical planting and a specially erected outdoor tandoor oven, where sizzling platters are a special feature. The trees could be lit up romantically with hanging lamps.

Planning DetailFancy ethnic favours

Sheer organza sachet bags in traditional Indian bridal colours (red, burgundy, hot pink, gold and silver), mirrored bags, cones, trinket boxes, mini turbans and handbags ‐ all work well with the eastern theme.

Royal car

Arrive in style at your wedding in one of the royal Ambassador cars specially imported from India and done up in fabulously ornate Bollywood styles.

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