"Oh, I like this decor a lot. Let me take a screenshot and save it for later". But then how many of us actually go back to those pretty pictures from Pinterest while planning an event? Not many, right? But here's one bride who did her homework and used those inspirational photos from Pinterest and made them possible at her destination wedding in Naukuchiatal, Nainital!
The welcome invite (left) and the itinerary of the destination wedding (right)
Right from the colours and themes that Subhashree (the bride) wanted for every wedding function to the stunning decor ideas, she owes it all to her Pinterest boards. And guess what? On her first visit to the The Lake Resort, she clicked pictures of every nook and corner of the resort and made Pinterest boards of decor ideas that she later shared with wedding planners and decorators!
Subhashree wanted a fair kind of a vibe for her daytime mehendi, so the front area of the resort was transformed to a carnival instead of the typical Indian mela like scene.
Yellow and pink decor theme for daytime mehendi
Theme Of The Occasion: Barbeque and Punch
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Decor Ideas That You Can Steal From Her Mehendi:
→ Wooden sign boards
→ Hot pink, bright yellow and baby blue colour theme
→ Pink and yellow pom-pom hangings all around the venue
→ Floral backdrop for bride's mehendi seating called as "flower veil"
The 'Flower Veil' behind the bride for mehendi decor
What They Ate To match with the theme, 'fruit punch' was the only alcohol that was served and in colourful paper cups, with live barbeque. Tiny chalkboards were also used to showcase the barbeque and desserts menu.
Pastel paper cups to match the theme (left) and food menu on chalkboards(right)
Entertainment For The Guests The activity zone called the 'Splash Zone' was highlighted with chalkboard hangings and packed with games such as beer pong, limbo, balloon shooting and hula hoops.
Beer pong game (left) and balloon shooting (right) for entertainment on mehendi function
What The Bride Wore: Bright pink and yellow lehenga from Abhinav Mishra, earrings from her dearest mommy and mathapatti from Soranam by Sonia Malhotra. Subhashree was also inspired by the Coachella Fest and wanted gold tattoos on her feet which were ordered online from here. And being a traditional Odiya bride, how could she let go of alta on her feet? So, mehendi, alta and gold tattoos on her feet. That's the way to go, girl!
Subhashree on left and her mehendi with Jonathan's name on the right
Subhashree hates to dance and what better way to turn the cocktail into a crazy party rather than a dancing night!
Subhashree and Jonathan on cocktail night
Theme Of The Occasion: Country and rustic
Decor Ideas That You Can Steal From Her Cocktail Night:
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→ The colours of night : Blue and purple that even coordinated with the bride's outfit
→ Canvas board at the entrance of the venue with the message, 'Join our family as we dance and dine under the stars'
→ Moroccan lamps and kerosene lanterns to create the rustic ambiance
→ Seating area with tiny fairy lights resembling a serene scene of a forest
→ Bar set up with yellow fairy lights and twigs
→ Chalkboards to display the couple's wedding hashtag #JoDas2016 (Read: 7 Ways To Create A Unique Wedding Hashtag Guests Will Remember)
What The Bride Wore: Raw Mango saree from Sanjay Garg collection, Ritika Sachedeva's double chand bali earrings ordered from Pernia's Pop Up, ring from Abhinav Mishra, one handcuff from H&M and the other from Bombay. Subhashree also got a necklace but it looked too loud while dressing up, therefore she decided to use it as kamarbandh. What an idea. Girls, are you listening?
Subhashree wore her neckpiece as a kamarbandh (left) and zoomed in image of kamarbandh (right)
Subhashree and Jonathan had wedding ceremonies according to both Hindu and Christian rituals. For the Hindu ceremony, the baraat arrived on a boat. So you can imagine, it wasn't just an ordinary Aryasamaj daytime wedding. Yes, that's right, the groom actually made his entry on a boat with his family!! Read below for more details of the Hindu Wedding:
Mandap decor with marigold flowers
Theme Of The Occasion: Orange, wood and marigold with gold accents
Decor Ideas That You Can Steal From Her Hindu Wedding:
→ Marigold (genda) flowers and twigs for mandap decoration
→ Genda & foliage strings with pink roses for decoration on boat (you can also do it for vidaai car)
→ A table at the entrance/exit with a placard saying, "Leave Us A Sweet Little Note"
→ Paper cut outs in heart shape near the seating
→ A caricature of the couple that a friend designed for their engagement was put on the trunk of a tree
→ A kiosk for guests of phera snacks set up on a wooden table. With jute runners on the base, the banner said, "Kuch Aur Lo" and had munchies such as masala peanuts, sabudaana papad and gems!
What They Ate: Pahadi and Kumaoni cuisine for the Hindu wedding was inspired by the location.
What The Bride Wore: A rani pink and turquoise blue lehenga from Aashiyana in Chandni Chowk. With that, she wore real gold jewellery that was purchased from Shrijana in Shahpur Jat and the haathphool in typical Oriya work was from Subhashree's mom's wedding.
Subhashree always wanted a wedding in the middle of the forest and this beautiful Christian wedding actually took place in the midst of the woods. The forest behind the hotel with the use of gorgeous decor bits and pieces was beautifully transformed into a spot where you could exchange vows. And there was a chandelier placed in the middle of the forest! Could it get more magical than this?
Theme Of The Occasion: Woodland
Decor Ideas That You Can Steal From Her Christian Wedding & Reception:
→ The idea of a forest wedding with a chandelier in between the woods
→ The colour combination - white, wine and jute colours for the decor and seating
→ Draped curtains in claret colour on trees + Butterfly cut outs on trees for decoration
→ Tiny fairy lights in criss cross pattern for hanging and also in mason jars
→ Baby breath flowers filled inside buckets near the seating
→ Sparklers in a box with a banner saying, "Let The Sparks Fly"
→ Beautiful cake topper with initials of the bride and groom
→ Yours and Mine chair decoration idea from the reception
What They Ate: Hotel did most of the catering and rest was taken care by the Pots and Stones cafe in Naukuchiyatal. The yummy gooey Nutella naked wedding cake was baked by the couple's friend at the hotel's kitchen.
What The Bride Wore: The bride's outfit (Raw Mango) inspiration comes from a white and gold saree colour combination that the MIL wanted her to wear for an Indian look. Earrings and handcuffs purchased from Euremme.
From Where Did The Bride Find Pinterest Kind Of Decor Items? Since it was a destination wedding taking place in a small yet beautiful town of Naukuchiatal, half of the decoration items were carried all the way from Delhi to the resort. Rest of the decor items were locally procured by Virus Entertainers, a wedding decor company based in Rudrapur in Nainital.
Who Took Care Of Food? It's a pretty common sight to see the hotel staff being adamant when it comes to letting the guests cater food from outside. But The Lake Resort happily recommended, 'Pots and Stones', a new cafe close by the hotel to cater the continental affair for some functions. And rest of the catering was done by the hotel itself.
Picture Credits: Arjun Tryst With The Camera