OUTDOOR MANDAP 101 !!
A mandap is the most important part of your wedding ceremony. It is the centre point of attention and the most sacred place, where you exchange your vows and all rituals are perfomed. Therefore, it has to be given more importance. I absolutely love outdoor mandaps and it’s effortlessly gorgeous no matter how grand or simple your decor is. I prefer outdoor mandap over indoor anyday eventhough its quite risky. So, if you are considering an outdoor mandap for your wedding, here are few tips and points you need to keep in mind before finalising.
MANDAP STYLE : Once you decide on your wedding theme, you can start looking up for mandap styles and decor ideas accordingly. There are a lot of amazing ideas available on Pinterest and Instagram these days and you could also look at the options given to you by your wedding planner as well. I would always suggest you go in for a closed top mandap, especially if its happening in summer.
MANDAP LOCATION : There are a lot of things you need to consider while planning an outdoor wedding. Location plays a vital role here. If you are looking to have “Mandap with a view” then you should choose an exotic location. Find an outdoor venue that does weddings regularly. A venue that does dozens of weddings every year will have the details covered and it makes it much easier for you to take a decision.
MANDAP SIZE : This is another factor you need to keep in mind while planning, you need to provide enough space to accomodate people throughout the function. Usually during the ceremony there are not many people on the mandap but you might have a lot of guests coming up on the mandap/stage afterwards for the photo session. I have witnessed people fighting for space on the mandap and I’m sure thats a sight you want to avoid for your own wedding.
MANDAP COSTING : I personally feel this is one piece of decor you must go all out on! This is where all your ceremonies will take place. So I suggest you choose a gorgeous decor and backdrop for your mandap. If you think flowers will strangle your budget you can opt for artificial ones. But stay away from plastic. Do some research and you will find small entrepreneurs near you who specialises in creating paper flowers from recycled newspapers. Also, you could opt for more diyas, candles or fabric rather than using just flowers alone.
MANDAP DECOR : A wedding in the middle of a beautiful outdoor space doesn’t need much more than blue sky and green grass for décor. But everyones loves a bit of decor here and there right? As discussed earlier, you could go in with a lot of different ideas for decor according to your budget. You could use flowers, fabric drapes,lights, lamps, candles, crystals etc. Make sure you dont overdo the decor, too much of anything can destroy the entire look. Also, remember that the mandap should always be raised by a few feet so that the guests can see the whole rituals and are equally involved.
Which one of these is your favourite mandap ? Would you go all out on mandap decor ?
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Until next post,