The Great Indian Wedding is really only an excuse for a long party. Extending over many days (dare I spell it daze) in a mellow haze with friends and loved family. The good feeling spills all around. And while you may focus on the two or three days of events, and are confident that the locations and planner are taken care of there is one thing forgotten! ……the party starts well before the set wedding date…..and right in your home. Having gone thru my daughters wedding just a few months ago, let me share how to let this be one of the most enjoyable gatherings at home.

Guests come home at all times of the day, and friends of the young couple come to hang around and even stay over! On any given morning, while one set is having breakfast, another is just going to bed!

To let you know which side of the day is up, to keep that sense of normalcy, here are some tips.When the air is scented with song make sure it is also fragrant with flowers. Flowers are a visual and sensorial treat and take the celebration up many a notch. Make use of the seasonal flowers, or palms and leaf fronds to make the home welcoming a celebration. Arrange flowers in bowls or topiary arrangements to make them less fussy.

Keep to the hue. If working with whites place them in aqua vases and or woven wicker for a more natural look. Marigolds are such a color statement that they are best kept contained in natural wood, or glass bowls for smart daytime entertaining.

Amplified color. For people at a wedding, the jostle of color sets the expectation of good times. To anticipate this, lay a cool table for smart dining with just beautiful color pop mix. The dining table is like the central hub at home during pre- wedding days. Vivid color stirs the appetite for enjoyment. Just don't fuss with place settings. People eat as and when they are ready. So be prepared with simple colorful woven cotton tablecloths, and brilliant napkins to tease appetites.


Match Made by Mixing. Weddings today show up the most unusual mingling of folks. College mates get married. Friends and family come from across the world in a happy mix of nationalities. I just attended the wedding of a batch-mate from design school. Herself a Sikh married to a Syrian Christian and their son getting wedded into a NY Jewish Family. Weddings today show up the most unusual mingling of folks. College mates get married. Friends and family come from across the world in a happy mix of nationalities.


People revel in the differentiation; old friends are reunited and many new friendships forged. In much the same way, a mix and match of place settings is par for the course at a wedding home. The multitude of shapes and sizes, platters and colors, just adds to the joyous medley. To keep it somewhat homogenous, decide to stick to a color palette. Keep it fresh with blues and greens for a cool brunch and then hot pinks and red for a cracking dinner.

Smooth Spirit. Every wedding moves along smoothly on spirits that are liquid too! With all the singing and dancing, parched throats need to be served. I would keep dozens of glasses ready to run the sequence from water to rehydrating juices, cocktails and mock tails. Bringing the glasses in on large trays stacked with napkins and coasters, made these self-sufficient bars. Keeping the mood relaxed, glassware in softly tinted shades really made the party goers look at the world through rose tinted glasses.