I love the look of this wedding. I love that they wore traditional Indian garb yet included the Africa-American tradition of jumping the broom. I love that all of this was mixed with Mardi Gras masks and all that is New Orleans. Sounds like a freaky hodge-podge wedding, right?
Wrong. Check it.
Welcome to the Wedding of Yosef and Nishita!
The most important question: wedding night…did you or didn’t you?
I can’t remember … ; )
T30SB Commentary: Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice.
Please take the time to tell me all the vendors you used.
Photographer – Michelle Dearing, Oeil Photography
DJ/Band – DJ Shawn, Ooh La La Music Company
Reception Venue – Degas House, NOLA
Ceremony Venue – Degas House, NOLA
Planner – It was all done by me!
Transportation - Hotard Coaches Inc. (to transport my guests from their hotels to the Degas House)
Flowers – Big Easy Flowers
Dress – Indian Traditional
Accessories – Indian Traditional
Hair/Make-Up – Hair by Head Quarters / Make up by the bride : )
Tuxedos – Indian Traditional Menswear
Catering – Degas House
Cake – Swiss Confectionery Inc.
Officiant Jerry Schwehm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine (I had some vegetarian food catered for my family)
Who was your favorite vendor and why?
My photographer – because she gave us some of the most beautiful photos we have ever seen. I hardly noticed her presence at the wedding and yet she gave us hundreds of shots. She did her job well … There isn’t anything I would change about the final product.
Was there a “method to your madness” in choosing your vendors?
No method – just picked a few and went to meet them. If they felt right, I hired them.
How long did you take to plan your wedding?
It was a destination wedding (we live in New York City) so I took a few months in the beginning to pick out the venue. I visited them with my husband during a trip to see his family and chose the one that fit our taste best. During the course of the year, I researched the other vendors and then towards the actual date I went down to New Orleans with my sister for a long weekend and visited a select few. I hired everyone else and booked them that weekend.
How many guests did you invite versus how many came?
Invited about 110, 85 showed up.
What was your budget?
Budget included our hotel rooms and rooms for our parents as well as catering and costs for the Henna night (Indian Tradition where the Bride and all the women get Henna designs on their hands). We wanted to keep it to about $15 K. I think we came in around $18K.
Did you include rings and/or the honeymoon in your budget?
No, we got the rings a while ago. I considered this a paid expense.
Were you over or under budget? By how much (you can give a percentage)?
Over by about $3K.
How large was your bridal party?
Just one bridesmaid and one groomsmen.
Did you have favors for your guests? If so, what were they? How much did you spend?
Our favors were Mardi Gras masks in purple and teal (we had a peacock theme). We spent about $300 for 150 masks.
Did you include any special family traditions?
Not really. We wrote the entire ceremony - picking the poems and quotes with the help of our officiant. We then exchanged personal vows.
What was your biggest day-of crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?
I didn’t really feel like there were any crises. I just focused on the fun part and everything else melted away. Though I could have laid off the Hurricanes on Bourbon Street the night before : )
What was you biggest wedding planning crisis and how did you handle it (or rather, not handle?)?
I was not completely happy with the arrangement of chairs in the ceremony room. I just had my sister handle it. Also, it was unseasonably cooler than expected and we were having the reception outside. I just ordered a couple of heat lamps the week before from the people I ordered our china and silverware from and that seemed to be good enough for our guests.
Who was the biggest pain in the ass on your wedding day (you can opt out of this if you’d like)?
The groomsman. He was 30 minutes late.
What was the biggest waste of money that you loved?
I didn’t feel like I wasted any money. I was pretty economical. But I guess if I had to choose … it would be the flowers. The arrangements were so unique and beautiful.
What was the biggest waste of money that you wish you’d passed on?
I got candles for the tables and the Degas House forgot to put them on the tables. I also bought table runners and the florist opted to leave them off the table without consulting me. But these were little things … could have saved me a couple of hundred dollars.
What did you love that was also the cheapest?
The masks! They were a hit.
What was the most unexpected thing that happened (not necessarily a bad thing, just a surprise)?
My husband’s vows … it was poetry. Very beautiful. He had all the women weeping!
What was the funniest thing that happened?
The after party at La Maison on Frenchmen Street! It was a night filled with crazy dance moves and me jumping up on my husbands back … revealing my Spanks!!! Thanks to Facebook, everyone was able to join the laughs! I should have been upset but I didn’t care : ) It was hilarious!
What was the most ooey-gooey, tear-jerking moment?
Just trying to get my vows out. It was all water works!
Did you DIY? What parts?
There isn’t anything I did myself … I just think I hired the right people to execute on my budget.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
If you could do it all over again, what would you change, if anything?
I wouldn’t change anything. I think it was a beautiful event and everyone had the time of their lives. I couldn’t have asked for more. Though I probably should have gone to the Degas House the day before and ran through everything with the wedding coordinator one more time! Was not entirely impressed given that I made a special trip down there to finalize the details and some of those details were overlooked. I also may have opted for a more relaxed honeymoon. We decided to go to some remote place in DR that took us about 3 hours to get to in a rental car!! The infrastructure in remote parts of DR is terrible! Instead, I would have just found a nice resort so that I could have relaxed and recovered from a long weekend of Bourbon Street antics.
I didn’t lie, did I? Is this totally cool or what?