Garden Meets Disco at The Wharf District in D.C.
photographer: Mari Harsan Studios | coordinator: Ace of Events | design & décor: Elegant Affairs | reception venue: The Anthem
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14 South Asian Wedding Trends for 2023, From Leading Planners

Garden Meets Disco at The Wharf District in D.C.

As the year draws to a close, PartySlate has an eye on the future. This month, we’ve been dreaming about which South Asian wedding trends will take over 2023. While the South Asian community is incredibly diverse, with varying cultural traditions, they share many common wedding elements and rituals.

We reached out to five top South Asian wedding planners and event designers for an insider look into what’s ahead: 

While some trends started in 2022 and are still going strong, others are new and unexpected. Keep reading to see how South Asian weddings will be as beautiful as ever this year. From unique Sangeet décor to roaming photo booths, these trends are destined to impress.

*Click on the following or keep scrolling to find your favorite South Asian wedding trends of 2023.

  1. Themed Weddings
  2. Larger Guest Counts & Three-Day Celebrations
  3. Lighter Timelines & More Flexible Traditions
  4. Destination Weddings (Are Still Trending)
  5. Unique Venue Locations 
  6. Jewel-Toned Sangeet & Mehndi Décor
  7. Open-Style Wedding Mandaps
  8. Green & Gold Wedding Decorations
  9. Experiential Cuisine & Cocktails
  10. Sumptuous Dessert Stations
  11. Roaming Photo Booths
  12. Cocktail Receptions With Live Entertainment
  13. Fusion Tunes
  14. Unique Entertainment Acts (Continue to Wow)

1. Themed Weddings

Unforgettable South Asian Wedding Theme in Chantilly, Virginia
photographer: Swapnil Junjare Photography | planner: Events by C
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While party themes were once confined to birthday parties or corporate functions, they are becoming increasingly popular at Sangeets and South Asian wedding celebrations across the country.

Chandekar of Events by C tells us, “We are seeing couples have very specific themes for their events. We recently planned a wedding where the couple had three distinct themes: the past, present, and future. The Sangeet represented the past with “root” décor elements to highlight where the couple came from. Their wedding ceremony represented the present with earth and land elements incorporated into their décor. The grand finale was the reception. We used futuristic elements and created the feeling of being in space.”

Dhillon-Bains of Anaïs Event Planning & Design tells us to expect themes to take over South Asian wedding showers, as well. You can find some of our favorite shower theme ideas here: The Best Wedding Shower Themes, Period.

To sum it up, Brasfield of SB Events Co. shares, “Couples are starting to incorporate their own style, themes, and stories to make their décor unique —” be it at Sangeets, showers, or receptions.

See some of our favorite South Asian wedding and shower theme ideas below:

Garden Meets Disco at The Wharf District in D.C.
photographer: Mari Harsan Studios | coordinator: Ace of Events | design: Elegant Affairs | reception venue: The Anthem

Garden Disco Party

Washington, D.C.

Why choose one theme when you can choose two? Elegant Affairs designed this unique garden disco reception where colorful pampas grass and glittering disco balls took wedding ceiling décor to new heights.

photographer: Melissa Gayle | planner: Intertwined Events | floral: Leproux Co | venue: Rancho Las Lomas | rentals: Found Rental Co. & BBJ La Tavola

Boho Glam Bash

Silverado, CA

Classic peacock décor found a new look with boho-wicker seating and a cascade of white blooms. Glamorous rentals by Found Rental Co. were accented with plenty of pampas grass for the perfect boho-glam aesthetic.

Breakfast at Tiffany-Themed South Asian Bridal Shower in Yuba City, California
photo courtesy of, planning & stationery: Anaïs Event Planning & Design | floral: Floramor | venue: private residence

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Yuba City, CA

Holly Golightly would be right at home at this stylish wedding shower planned by Anaïs Event Planning & Design. Custom-made backdrops, Tiffany-blue linen, and billowy white drapery set the scene for a chic al fresco bash.

2. Larger Guest Counts & Three-Day Celebrations

MAGICAL WEDDING AT HYATT REGENCY GRAND CYPRESS IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA
photographer: The Wedding Story Official | planner: Eventrics Indian Weddings | design: Occasions by Shangri-la | venue: Villas of Grand Cypress Orlando

While COVID-19 forced many South Asian couples to shorten their wedding celebrations to a single-day event, epic celebrations are back in session.

Ellis of Eventrics Indian Weddings tells us, “South Asian events are stronger than ever, and guest counts are back to their usual large and grand numbers.”

With that, comes weekend-long celebrations. “Overall, I would say that a lot of clients are spreading their events over three days versus the traditional two,” Ellis says. “For example, Friday is the Sangeet, Saturday is the ceremony, and Sunday is the reception. This allows the couple to rest in-between events and really engage with their guests over the course of the weekend.”

See how this multi-day wedding celebration in Los Cabos, Mexico wowed from start to finish:

Los Cabos Wedding Weekend at the JW Marriott Los Cabos in Los Cabos
photographer: L’Atelier Lumière International Photographie | planner: Rose Events | design & décor: Elegant Affairs | venue: JW Marriott Los Cabos | rentals & design: Del Cabo Event Design

A Seaside Celebration

Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico

Elegant Affairs designed a beautiful multi-day event that included a floral-forward Grah Shanti, tented ceremony with dreamy drapery, and more.

3. Lighter Timelines & More Flexible Traditions

Indian and Mexican Fusion Wedding on the Lake
photographer: Jillian Zamora Photography | planner: SB Events Co. | design: Rao Factor | venue: Campus Lake Austin

Weddings are often highly-coordinated affairs — with every moment planned down to the smallest details. But many South Asian couples are looking for a different experience this year.

Brasfield of SB Events Co. shares, “We are seeing couples want to have more intimate moments with their guests. They might choose to join their own cocktail hours or keep their day-of timelines lighter on the speeches and performances to allow for more time spent with loved ones on the dance floor.” 

However, it’s not just the timelines that are up for a reboot. “The ‘no wedding party’ trend is taking off, with an increasing number of couples choosing not to have to choose between friends,” Dhillon-Bains of Anaïs Event Planning & Design tells us. Instead, “Couples are finding new and unique ways to perform cultural rituals and honor loved ones in the family.”

4. Destination Weddings (Are Still Trending)

A Dreamy Destination Latin-Indian Fusion Wedding in Mexico
photographer: Take It Photo | planner: Michigan Avenue Events | design: Canteiro Weddings | venue: NIZUC Resort & Spa

Last year, we predicted that more couples would opt for destination weddings. Many South Asian wedding planners suspect this trend will continue into the new year.

“Our couples want to plan their weddings at a destination that allows them a beautiful backdrop of beaches, mountains, or even cities with unique structural features,” Brasfield of SB Events Co. tells us.

“They are open to different states and countries, so they can create a memorable experience at their favorite destinations. This also gives guests an opportunity to have a getaway that will be one to remember. At these destinations, it’s common to have one main event per day to allow guests to enjoy the destination they are in while allowing for more relaxed event-day schedules.” 

5. Unique Venues & Locations 

Sangeet at Milwaukee Art Museum, a unique South Asian wedding venue
photographer: Rahul Rana Photography | planner: Events by C | design: Yanni Design Studio | sangeet venue: Milwaukee Art Museum

A unique celebration deserves a unique wedding venue. Chandekar of Events by C says, “Couples are wanting to host their events at unique venues, such as wineries, rather than large ballrooms.” 

Brasfield of SB Events Co. adds, “Couples are also eager to get creative with the spaces they choose,” opting to “host different events at places that have built-in experiential décor or features.”

See some of our favorite South Asian weddings at unique venue spaces below:

Sunny Wedding at the Fairmont San Francisco in San Francisco, California
photographer: Usman Baporia Photography | planner: Anaïs Event Planning & Design | floral: Flowers By Edgar | venue: Fairmont San Francisco

Rooftop Nuptials

San Francisco, CA

Anaïs Event Planning & Design planned this romantic rooftop ceremony with sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline.

Indian Wedding at the De Young Museum
photographer: Arrowood Photography & Cinema | venue: de Young Museum

Contemporary Museum

San Francisco, CA

de Young Museum offered one-of-a-kind backdrops for a unique first look — as well as a contemporary reception space with spectacular views and intriguing architectural details.

6. Jewel-Toned Sangeet & Mehndi Décor

Sophisticated Palatial Sangeet
photographer: Claudia Jo Photography | design: Siblana Events
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Bhaiji of Siblana Events tells us to expect to see Sangeet and Mehndi décor in jewel tones versus more traditional primary color designs. “We are seeing more couples interested in décor that breaks with the norm in terms of color and overall style. 

“Previously, couples have stuck with traditional bright colors and décor styling that includes umbrellas and tassels. Now, more couples are asking for décor that exudes more of an elegance and sophistication with a bit of a palace vibe. 

“We are doing graphic printed backdrops and dance floor wraps that really bring forth this theme — along with color choices in deeper jewel tones. We are also seeing more floral and metallic accessories in handicrafts from Indian traditions: including urli bowls, marigold and jasmine floral strings, and lotus florals. 

“It’s been really exciting to work with these couples that are eager to create an event that is truly unexpected, yet very much honors the traditions of dancing, joy, and excitement for the impending wedding.” 

Make sure to see even more beautiful photos from Siblana Events’s jeweled-toned Sangeet.

7. Open-Style Wedding Mandaps

Romantic Spring Wedding at Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown in Washington D.C.
photographer: Mari Harsan Studio | planner: Events by C | floral: Sarah Khan Event Styling | venue: Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown

For Hindu and Jain couples, wedding mandaps are both the wedding altar and main décor element of the wedding ceremony. Chandekar of Events by C tells us, “A mandap is defined as a four-pillar structure. As long as the four pillars are present, the design can vary a bit. 

“While planning décor, we have more and more couples who want to go with an open-style mandap instead of a square shape. The open design allows guests to have a better view of the ceremony.” 

See some of our favorite open-style mandaps on PartySlate below:

Beach South Asian wedding ceremony with four metallic arched mandap by Premini Events | PartySlate
photo courtesy of (Instagram) & planner: Premini Events

Metallic Arches

Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico

Premini Events “opted for a futuristic take on a traditional ceremony.” We are swooning over the pearlescent effect of the mirrored arches and aisle.

Glamorous Southeast Asian Wedding at Lanier Islands in Georgia
photographer: EnMuse | planner: Wera Events | décor: Stylish Stems | venue: Lanier Islands

Garden Grandeur

Lanier, GA

We love how this picturesque garden ceremony, planned by Wera Events, used an open Mandap design to keep the sweeping views front and center.

Opulent and Stylish Wedding at The Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida
photographer: Peter Nguyen Studio | planner: Eventrics Indian Weddings | design: Suhaag Garden | venue: Hyatt Regency Orlando

Gold Metallic Glam

Orlando, FL

This modern metallic arch keeps the opulent details of Hyatt Regency Orlando in full view. We also love how a glittering chandelier and crystal beading amplify the glamour at this ballroom wedding, planned by Eventrics Indian Weddings.

8. Green & Gold Wedding Decorations

Glamorous Wedding at Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate
photographer: Haring Photography | planner: Eventrics Indian Weddings | décor: Occasions by Shangri-la | venue: Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate

While “Tropical Luxe” has been a big vibe for the summer, Ellis of Eventrics Indian Weddings sees a new trend on the horizon. “Moving into the winter months we are seeing a lot of greenery, gold, and more simplistic elegance — versus over the top designs.”

See some of our favorite elegant South Asian weddings on PartySlate below:

Green + Gold Wedding at The Gaylord at National Harbor in Arlington, VA
photographer: Joseph Lin Photography | planner: Rb Event Design | design & décor: Elegant Affairs | venue: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

Green & Gold Glam

Arlington, VA

Elegant Affairs wows us again with this stunning candlelit backdrop wound with fresh greenery.

Elegant Southeast Asian Wedding at The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building
photographer: Amrit Photography | planner: Events by Zeiry | décor: Abhishek Decorators | venue: The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building

Soaring Ceilings & Gold Details

Miami, FL

The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building was the perfect venue choice for this elegant wedding with a golden dance floor and fresh white blooms laced with greenery.

9. Experiential Cuisine & Cocktails

Plated dinner on metallic blue linen at South Asian wedding | PartySlate
photographer: Elizalde Photography | planner: SB Events Co. | design: Prashe Decor | venue: The Fairmont Dallas | caterer: Gaurav Anand

Nothing brings people together like a shared meal — and wedding celebrations, of course. According to Brasfield of SB Events Co., “Catering was always the number one priority for families.” However, she’s beginning to see couples also prioritize catering.

“Buffets are very popular within South Asian weddings, but now we are seeing food as an experience. Live stations, family-style, and plated dinners are becoming more intriguing to our guests. They want to incorporate beautiful décor where the food is served. Presentation is key,” she tells us. 

Chandekar of Events by C adds, “We are blown away by the level of creativity we are seeing from vendors who provide live/interactive elements. We planned a wedding a couple of months ago with a smoked drink station. There was a signature cocktail which the vendor smoked, but guests could also get their whisky and tequila smoked. They also had a photo booth station where guests could get their photos printed on their drinks.”

See some picture-perfect catering ideas below:

South Asian rooftop reception with featured Ambo-nada self-serve station | PartySlate
photographer: Golden Hours Photography | venue: The Old Post Office | caterer: Mantra – Indian Garden

Self-Served Fare

Chicago, IL

Mantra – Indian Garden kept guests satiated at this rooftop wedding in Chicago with a chic self-serving station (also a 2023 catering trend) that featured Ambo-nada: a mango drink with Chamoy and spicy Tajín. 

Modern Indian Wedding at The Plaza in New York, NY
photographer: Jashim Jalal Studios | planner: Premini Events | décor: Birch Event Design | venue: The Plaza New York | caterer: Gaurav Anand

An Elegant Plated Dinner

New York, NY

This beautiful wedding reception, planned by Premini Events, wowed with a traditional sit-down Indian dinner by Gaurav Anand.

10. Sumptuous Dessert Stations

South Asian wedding reception with edible balloon station | PartySlate
photographer: Golden Hours Photography | venue: The Old Post Office | caterer: Mantra – Indian Garden

Even dessert is up for reinterpretation. “A lot of couples are forgoing a wedding cake and doing a dessert station instead,” Ellis of Eventrics Indian Weddings tells us. She recommends “something fun and interactive to break up the standard ‘stationed’ items.”

Of course, there are plenty of unique ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. “Couples are also asking for champagne towers instead of wedding cakes, and we’re here for it,” Dhillon-Bainsof Anaïs Event Planning & Design shares.

See one of our favorite unique dessert ideas below:

Vibrant Wedding at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida
photographer: Noor K Photography | planner: Eventrics Indian Weddings | décor: Nikun Events | venue: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | chocolate artist: The Chocolate Genius

Personalized Sweets

Orlando, FL

Eventrics Indian Weddings and The Chocolate Genius gave dessert a personal touch for this Avatar-loving couple. Four chocolate orbs represented the four elements — each with its own flavored truffle inside. 

11. Roaming Photo Booths

PartySlate Colorado Launch Welcome Gathering at Hotel Jerome in Aspen
photographer: Sarah Roshan Collective | planner: GoBella Design & Planning | design: Catering by Design | venue: Hotel Jerome | roaming photobooth: MiHi Entertainment

It turns out that there’s something even better than the perfect photo op: a photo booth that comes to you and your guests. Roaming photo booths create an unobtrusive way to capture memories as they naturally unfold.

“A lot of our clients are really loving the roaming photo booth idea, versus a stationary booth, to capture great candids throughout the weekend,” Ellis of Eventrics Indian Weddings tells us.

12. Cocktail Receptions With Live Entertainment

South Asian Wedding at InterContinental Chicago + Art Institute of Chicago
photographer: Tuan B & Co | planner: Honey Bee Weddings and Events | venues: The Art Institute of Chicago & InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile | entertainment: Cagen Music LLC

South Asian weddings are often known for DJ entertainment that gets all the guests on the dance floor. However, Ellis of Eventrics Indian Weddings tells us, “Live entertainment for the cocktail reception has been more on-trend.” 

Brasfield of SB Events Co. agrees. “Wedding entertainment has been top-of-mind for our couples — starting from the ceremony, cocktail hour, and throughout the reception. As guests arrive at the event, their senses are touched with the sound and setting.” 

Lastly, Dhillon-Bains of Anaïs Event Planning & Design adds, “Bands are making a resurgence, with an onsite DJ to close the festivities.”

13. Fusion Tunes

Indian and Mexican Fusion Wedding on the Lake
photographer: Jillian Zamora Photography | planner: SB Events Co. | design: Rao Factor | venue: Campus Lake Austin

Whether it’s a multicultural wedding or a South Asian celebration that gives a nod to American culture, fusion music is remaking South Asian wedding entertainment.

Brasfield of SB Events Co. tells us, “We are seeing jazz bands or string quartets playing Bollywood, classic Shenai instruments playing top 40 hits, mariachi bands, etc.” 

Events by C recently planned an Indian-Irish wedding. “As a part of the Sangeet entertainment, we had a performance with Indian dhol (drums) and Irish bagpipes,” Chandekar shares. “Each played on their own, but they also played together to represent the union of the couple’s cultures.” 

14. Unique Entertainment Acts (Continue to Wow)

Beachfront Anniversary Party at the Moon Palace in Cancún, Mexico
photographer: Memories Photography | planner: Events by C | décor: Evoke Event Decor | venue: Moon Palace Cancun | entertainment: Quantum Entertainment

Last year, many experienced South Asian wedding planners and event professionals predicted that unique entertainment acts would take over South Asian weddings in 2022. Now, it looks like that trend will continue throughout the next year.

“Entertainment is so much more than having a DJ,” Chandekar of Events by C says. Couples are thinking about unique entertainment for each part of their day: live music such as an electric violinist during the cocktail hour to acrobat performances during dinner.”

See some of our favorite unique entertainment ideas below:

photographer: Vesic Photography | planner: Events by C | décor: Sarah Khan Event Styling | venue: The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection | dj & lighting: Elite Entertainment, LLC

Acrobat Performance

Washington, D.C.

This stunning South Asian wedding, planned by Events by C, featured an acrobatic performance on a gold monogrammed dance floor.

photographer: Akbar Sayed Photography | planner: Events by C | décor: Sarah Khan Event Styling | venue: Lansdowne Resort and Spa | violinist: Celeste Vee

Electric Violinist

Leesburg, VA

This glittering wedding reception, planned by Events by C, impressed guests entertained with a riveting performance by an electric violinist.

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Meet the Contributors

Rehana Bhaiji, Owner & Creative Director of Siblana Events

Rehana Bhaiji
Owner & Creative Director
Siblana Events


Brittany Ellis, Owner of Eventrics Indian Weddings

Brittany Ellis
Owner
Eventrics Indian Weddings

Samiya Brasfield, Owner & Lead Planner of SB Events Co.

Samiya Brasfield
Owner & Lead Planner
SB Events Co.

Chandani Chandekar, Founder & Chief Event Planner of Events by C

Chandani Chandekar
Founder & Chief Planner
Events by C

Amrit Dhillon-Bains, CEO & Lead Planner of Anaïs Event Planning & Design

Amrit Dhillon-Bains
CEO & Lead Planner
Anaïs Event Planning & Design