After wedding reception planning during a short, six month period, the day of our reception came at last, on a hot, sunny evening. Being a planner all my life (I actually planned myself getting married at 26 when I was only 16 years old! – and I actually did!) it was hard for me to accept the fact that this reception was going to be anything but organized – in fact, I anticipated nothing short of organized chaos.
Blame it on me throwing in the towel a month before the wedding because I found it really difficult to balance work and personal obligations on top of wedding planning, or blame it on the fact that at the end of the day, I realized what truly mattered – my closest family and friends present, surrounded by good food and good music. It was in that moment that I was able to let go of these unrealistic expectations about what I felt like the “perfect” day would look like for me – at least, aesthetically.
The perfect day was aided by all our vendors, yes – but completely made by our amazing guests. And to celebrate this journey of your marriage with your closest friends and family in the world is incomparable to the last few months I spent poring over different decorations, cake toppers and what-have-you about wedding planning!
Another thing I loved most about our wedding: the intersection of Indonesian culture, Bengali culture and modern American flair. Our table decor was extremely simple, including a low arrangement of white hydrangeas and peach roses with gold table place cards, my wedding garb was both from Indonesia and Bangladesh and we featured music from both our countries as well. We incorporated both traditions into our wedding reception – salaman from Indonesia, featuring guests coming up to the bride and groom and personally wishing them well with congratulatory remarks, as well as wearing the flower garland, seeing into the mirror and drinking sweet juice (this, from my husband’s side). This wedding was testament to the culturally relevant lifestyle we both plan to live by!”
- Photographer: Monika Photo Art (http://www.monikaphotoart.com)
- Hair & Makeup – Bridal Rang by Samiha
- Wedding Cake: Cakes and Cupcakes by Stefania
- Decor services (including stage decorations, flowers, lighting, bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets): Kaotic Soundz Designs
- Entertainment: DJ Element and MC (DJ Reckless)
- Venue (including catering): World’s Fair Marina, New York
- Shoes: Kelly and Katie
- Coral dress: Custom-made from Indonesia
- Groom suit & shoes: Zara
- Groomsmen suits: Zara
- Bridesmaid saris: utsavfashion.com
- Bridesmaids’s hair and makeup: Ulta Beauty
- Bridesmaid’s gifts: Kate Spade
- Table place cards: etsy.com