Our group shares a distinct passion for creating weddings that are truly one-of-a-kind. We live for the wedding experiences that break the mold, showcase different cultures and customs and open our eyes to ways of life and means of celebration from all across the globe.
This was the event on a lovely October day in Madison, where we were privileged to experience Mandy and Vikash’s Indian wedding. The event boasted a wide range of culinary and experiential achievement in celebrating the couple’s union of life and love. Our team of professionals came prepared with definitive plans and open minds to what would surely be an outstanding and exceptional day.
Here are some highlights from Mandy and Vikash’s celebration.
A varied menu with vegetarian sensibility
Many of the guests at the reception were indeed vegetarian, either by preference or by faith. Zilli’s culinary team thus had to make preparations accordingly. The thoughtfulness of the event menu reflected a sensitivity and diligence we have become accustomed to providing. Furthermore, the couple wanted to maintain tradition while incorporating some Americanized elements of food and culture.
Passed hors d’oeuvres included watermelon square topped with goat cheese cream and micro basil, artichoke asiago and sundried tomato purse, and caramelized onion with leeks and three cheese tart. We also added customary Indian dishes like aloo samosa and achari chicken chaat.
Entrées from the buffet included customary murgh tikka masala served with Indian naan, a plain or garlic-flavored flatbread. Side dishes included basmati chaval, chole and a fresh fruit mixture with watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, grapes and strawberries.
The reception featured a dessert and coffee station with masala chai spiced tea and an assortment of vegetarian-friendly cupcakes in raspberry, s’more and red velvet varieties.
Traditional décor and design
Hues of red and gold matching Mandy’s lehenga were spread throughout the ceremony on this beautiful occasion. The aisle was showered with red flower petals, and Mandy and Vikash shared their vows beneath an ornate canopy that accentuated the colors and lighting. Red is traditionally understood to be the most auspicious color among Hindus. Guests were adorned in traditional Indian garb as they took turns sharing gifts and memories with the couple.
After a quick wardrobe change, it was on to the reception hall at Noah’s Event Venue. Small metal statues of Vishnu welcomed guests, and small elephants held the placeholder cards on each of the tables. The wedding party table was lined with red and orange flora to represent prosperity, love and togetherness. The venue was tastefully illuminated with hanging lights that gave the room a soft and welcoming glow.
A lively atmosphere full of love and family
The design of the event contributed heavily to the loving and boisterous atmosphere that the guests established throughout the proceedings. An emotional daytime ceremony—Vikash teared up with loving pride many times—gave way to a festive evening celebration full of music and dancing. The music was very participatory, with guests joining in with drumming and clapping of their own, and as guests and family members shared stories, the room was filled with laughter and positive energy.
The beautiful hardwood floors of the venue ultimately became the focus of attention as the DJ from Your Mix Entertainment provided a soundtrack for even more dancing. The event lasted well into the evening, wrapping up around midnight. It was easy to see throughout this celebration that not only the couple but the entire family had come together in the spirit of true love.
Our team looks forward to planning Indian weddings because the sense of love and family they create permeates throughout our entire staff. These kinds of experiences not only make us better planners but also make us better, more culturally mindful people.
If you’re ready to start planning your traditional Indian wedding celebration with Zilli, contact us online or give us a call at 262.547.9447.
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