Vendors We Love – Sheer Romance

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A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of scheduling a meeting with Yogi Patel of Sheer Romance, based out of Orange, California. Yogi and his team have created a company that offers event planning, but specializes in amazing design and floral creations for weddings and events. We were blown away by images of his beautiful and intricate custom-made mandaps- perfect for both the traditional bride and groom or clients who want out-of-the-box designs! Yogi understands the Indian culture and language, and because of this, Sheer Romance specializes in Indian weddings. They specialize in making their own creations, like the gorgeous images of Indian mandaps below!

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Although they work mainly out of Orange County and Los Angeles, Sheer Romance does travel to San Diego, which is great news for our local San Diegan clients!  Check out the Sheer Romance website for more information and a more detailed portfolio of work. We can’t wait to work with Yogi and his team on our upcoming weddings!

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(All images from Sheer Romance)

Traditional Indian Mandap


A major part of the traditional Indian wedding ceremony is the mandap. The mandap is the focal point of Indian weddings, and are beautiful and elaborate creations under which all marriage rituals are performed. The mandap is a wedding canopy supported by four pillars, said to represent the four parents of the couple, signifying the important role the parents have played in raising their children. Under the mandap there are two chairs for the bride and groom, as well as seating for all four parents. The mandap is traditionally made out of wood and decorated with flowers, banana leaves, and pots filled with water known as Kalashas. However, more modern mandap styles have been spotted lately, made with more modern materials and out-of-the-box shapes. The mandap should be beautiful and eye-catching- lighting, draping, flowers to match the color scheme, and hanging bells are all great ideas on how to decorate the mandap.








Check back later in the week for a blog about Sheer Romance, a fantastic vendor who specializes in beautiful, customized mandaps!


(Photo credits: uberBrides, Backdrops Beautiful, Krishoo, the knot, Maharani Weddings, Jason Groupp )

Indian Weddings: Mandaps


Indian weddings encompass tradition and grandeur by bringing in bright and luxe details to their decor. One of the most recognized features of an Indian wedding is the “mandap.” A mandap is a covered structure with pillars, similar to a canopy or gazebo, used during wedding ceremonies. Traditionally they’re made of wood and adorned with garlands of mango and banana leaves, coconuts, kalashas (pots filled with water) and other natural elements. Now mandaps can be constructed with other modern and high-end materials. Within the mandap are two royal chairs for the bride and groom, side chairs for the parents, and a pedestal for the sacred fire.

Not many people are familiar with the rituals and celebrations involved with Indian weddings, but the fascination is growing. Just recently, an Indian wedding was featured in the CW hit TV show, “90210″!

A screenshot from the 90210 episode!

Although mandaps are used in Hindu weddings, you can get inspiration from the elaborate details and use something similar in your own wedding!

We love the different ways people decorate mandaps. The detail, colors, and elements used help to celebrate the union between the couple.

Photo credits from top to bottom: Wikipedia, personal screenshot image, Alankar Decors, Balamani Bride, Celewire, Maharani Weddings, Singh’s Production, The Wedding Travelers, Weddings by Georgia, Mandaps Maker, Wikipedia

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