Every couple wants to make the most of their wedding. You want it to be memorable and special for you two. You want to tell people how perfect it was, year after year after year. The Desi Bride is here to share real weddings and unique experiences that are sure to inspire you as you plan your South Asian wedding.
Prajacta shares with us her wedding day story of how she tied the knot amidst the elegant touches of Embassy Landmark San Antonio in December 2021 to her significant other, Amit. Their Hindu wedding ceremony was the epitome of perfection and today, we are here to share the story of their gorgeous union with our beloved readers.
We met in Seattle WA in 2017 on Coffee Meets Bagel. I was in graduate school and he was in the Navy at the time. We dated for 3 years before he proposed in 2020. We got married in December 2021.
My biggest priority for the wedding was staying within budget. I did a lot of planning and vendor searching. Amit's main priority was keeping a small guest list.
Our favorite wedding details would have to be our entrances for the wedding ceremony and reception. For the wedding ceremony, we worked with our priest to come up with the appropriate entrance order for who was walking in and when. My sister and I worked together to choose songs for each entrance. For the reception, we worked with our families and wedding party and let them each choose their entrance songs.
Our favorite moment from the wedding would have to be our accidental first look. We ran into each other in the elevator on the way down to our first look site. It was a very cute and funny moment and something that was a great surprise. Another favorite moment was having all our siblings (his brother and sister and my brother and sister) give the toast at the reception; it was a surprise to us both, but we loved it.
The hotel messed up and gave me a room far away from my bridesmaids. We requested joint rooms for me and my sister so we could all get ready together. Because of this error, I was pretty much alone as I was getting ready while the girls were together having fun and getting ready.
I wish I would have known how variable the price range can be for photographers. I was getting quotes all over the place, and I wasn't sure if I was being overcharged because it was an Indian wedding, or if the quality of the photos would suffer if we went with a lower-priced photographer. Photography was the hardest vendor for me to book because of this discrepancy.
My advice would be to start as early as possible, especially if you are not using a wedding planner. My second piece of advice would be the following: planning a wedding can be done without a wedding planner/day-of coordinator. It just takes a lot of backward planning and time. I feel like a lot of brides say you need a wedding planner for Desi weddings, but I'm here to say it can be done without one, especially if it is not within your budget.
Photographer: Daniel W Torres
Videographer: Anthony Beauchamp
Bridal HMU: Harsha
Family & Bridesmaids HMU: Beauty Concepts 22
Horse: White Horse & Carriage Co
DJ: Desi DJ Tej
Decorator: Alankaara Events
Dhol: Purple Dhol
Cake: Miss Chickpeas Bakeshop
Indian Food: India Oven
We love hearing from real brides. In today's interview, The Desi Bride decided to share some insights from Prajacta from her own Indian wedding. Lucky for us, she was generous enough to take time out of her busy schedule and by talking to her, it became abundantly clear that there is so much more that goes into planning a wedding than meets the eye.
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