South Asian Bride

A Day Saturated with the Bold Colors of Love and Tradition

Tone of The Big Day: Big and impactful and full of life. South Asian weddings are full-day affairs with multiple settings depending on the religion and region of the bride and the groom.

(Want more?  Check out our South Asian Bride Pinterest board here.)

Where: Accommodating a large, extended family tree of Aunties and Cousins can be daunting and so we recommend a large ballroom setting.  Entertaining Company works with many of Chicago’s best Hotels and ballrooms.

Among the city’s best spaces: Union Station, Navy Pier, The Marriott, and  The Sheraton. Galleria Marchetti, and its indoor/outdoor capabilities are also a stunning option.

The Setting:

Music: A classical sitar and Bollywood DJ mash-up.  Or try a Bollywood String Quartet.

The Dress: This is the only area where we think changing up the traditional is a savvy move. We recommend standing out among all of the color at your wedding and going traditional with a streamlined white, floor length dress that is accented with simple-but-standout gold and jade jewelry.

The Dress Code: Put away your LBD, today is about Lehengas, Saris, or Salwar Kameez (tunics with flowing pants). Make it colorful!  Embrace the marigold, chartreuse, peacock green, electric blue, coral, pomegranate red…and gild it all with a little gold.

The Cake: Tiers of individual and multicolored “Henna” cakes, gilded with gold and adorned with flowers.

The Special Touches:

When it comes to the South-Asian nuptials, more is… MORE.  So don’t hold back.  Embrace the chandeliers, the tenting, the gilded gold, the draping with up-lighting… do it all.

Among our favorite South Asian special touches at Entertaining Company is the bindi bar.  Here guests can be adorned with a bindi (or a henna tattoo!) as they get themselves into the South Asian spirit.

The Menu:
Eastern Flavors.  Western Presentations.

Passed paneer bruschetta
“One-bite” potato and pea samosas
Tandoori tofu mini “kabobs”
Chaatwallah Station, served in mini, hand-held cones
Salmon tikka skewers
Individual saffron-caramel panna cotta garnished with rose petals