Become a Top Wedding Planner – Bollywood Themed Wedding Ideas from “Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings”


Not knowing anything about Indian weddings didn’t stop celebrity wedding planners Tori and Dean from helping a couple plan their Bollywood themed wedding. The couple wanted to combine their Indian culture with hip, modern day touches.

Because the parents wanted the ceremony and reception all in one location, the couple chose the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be outdoors but with the rain, it was moved indoors to the same ballroom as the reception. This gave the wedding planners two hours to turn the room around, which was a very tight time schedule. (Tip: Always have a plan B when planning an outdoor wedding, especially during the rainy season.)

The ceremony was set up with a mandap, a covered structure with pillars, that is used in Hindu weddings, gold chiavari chairs and and a red aisle runner covered with flower petals arranged in a pattern that matched the light patterns projected on the ceiling.

The reception colors were blue, wine and gold, which echoed the colors of the ballroom carpet. (Tip: picking up the colors of the room gives a very coordinated look to a reception.)

The tablecloths were red, the napkins, blue, and the roses were a very deep wine color. The gold chairs from the ceremony were used for the reception.

The table numbers were from a photography session that Tori and Dean did with the couple. They photographed them in different poses and outfits then placed the photos into different “Bollywood” scenes.  (Tip: you can also use existing photographs and have someone familiar with Photoshop create table numbers that match the theme.)

The bride and groom sat at their bridal table during the reception.

It was decorated with many of the same details as the guest tables –  roses, elephants and candles.

Guests left their good wishes for the couple at a special table decorated with the image of Ganesh, the remover of obstacles.

Wedding dessert included cupcakes with Indian motifs. (Tip: cupcakes decorated to match the theme of the wedding are not only a great dessert but also a great wedding favor when you send guests home with them in little cupcake boxes.)

Displayed on buffet tables.

The wedding cake, by The Great Dane Baking Company, was in the colors of the reception and featured an elephant as the topper.

Although we were told at the end of the show that the next one episode would feature a Marie Antoinette theme, this appears to have been the last show of the season.

These photos are from the Oxygen website.

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