A mandap is a temporary ceremonial structure for Hindu or Jain weddings. They were traditionally built from wood, but newer designs often incorporate draping, flowers and crystals.
Sonal J. Shah, Founder and CEO of eponymous event planning company, Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, spoke with PartySlate about mandap trends. “Modern Indian weddings often feature mandaps with heavy florals. We like to incorporate hanging elements like blooms suspended from the canopy (which looks great in photos!), and appreciate open designs that offer great visibility for guests – especially for larger weddings,” she says.
Mandap styles can range from organic to glamorous. Shah adds natural whimsy with floral branches and adores cherry blossoms when they’re in season. She says that her team loves experimenting with less traditional shapes like oval and round mandaps.
Keep reading to discover 33 wedding mandap ideas from real ceremonies in settings as diverse as formal ballrooms and ocean-and-mountainside perches.
This lucite mandap with overflowing florals tempts guests to keep their eyes on the ceremony at all times — despite the stunning ocean views. We adore how event planner Eventrics Indian Weddings and designer Prashe Decor create the illusion of free-floating florals that extend down the aisle with clusters of soft-toned blooms.
Event planner Tum Hi Ho Events captures our imaginations with this stunning wedding mandap that combines a sleek gold structure with soft cascades of pale-pink drapery. L’Ambiance Weddings perfects the look with clusters of pink and blue blooms that mirror both the sheer fabric and ocean backdrop.
Ornate columns with paisley design-work rise to meet two rose-covered crescent moons, and the result is pure magic. We especially love how the half-rings of red roses meet beneath a glittering waterfall chandelier. Event planner Events by C and decorator Shaadi Creations perfect the scene with adjoining wall panels of red roses.
Utilizing traditional red and gold, event planner Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants worked with Elegant Affairs for a decidedly nontraditional luxurious mandap. Hundreds of strands of ivory flowers tipped in red roses and ornamental gold balls were suspended above ornate gilded chairs while golden palm fronds amped the glam even more.
This glamorous modern Seattle wedding from New York-based Premini Events featured a chic mirrored mandap. The structure was draped with white florals from Flora Nova Design while evolution event rentals utilized stylish ghost chairs that perfectly fit the contemporary design of the ballroom-set ceremony.
This creative modern floating mandap from Los Angeles-based Nahid’s Global Events and Shawna Yamamoto Event Design is suspended from a towering ceiling ballroom ceiling at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort. Beautifully draped in strings of glittering crystals and miles of luxe white orchids, it’s a statement-making design.
Event planner Sabrina Hans Events envisioned a luxe affair that beautifully fit the historic grandeur of Chicago’s The Drake Hotel. The seemingly miles-long aisle at the stunning ceremony was flanked by gilded peacocks. We especially love how richly-hued petals led to a Yanni Design Studio-created clear acrylic mandap with gorgeous floating florals.
This traditional Southeast Asian wedding ceremony wows with a royal and romantic aesthetic. We love how the luxe wedding mandap by event planner JENNIEVENTI utilizes subtle purple lighting within the gold pillars to create a jewel-toned glow. Floral garlands by House of Dipali blend seamlessly with the red and gold color palette.
We love how Dream Events By Sonya used a minimalist frame to create the illusion of free-floating sheer drapery in pink and red hues. Click to see how the crown of red and white roses blends into a fringe of greenery before joining the ethereal gathered fabric. While you’re there, make sure to check out a beautiful first dance made possible by Cymatics Entertainment.
This stunning destination wedding celebrated Latin and Indian cultures with a fusion celebration. Event planner Marquette Avenue Events partnered with designers Canteiro Weddings and Luis Bandha to create a wedding vibe that captured this idyllic setting — starting with a gorgeous mandap decked in lush tropical foliage and bright pink booms.
A circlet of simple and picturesque white blooms unfurls into unexpected (and absolutely delightful) orange-floral tassels by Purnima Patel. We also love how this unique wedding mandap at the picturesque wedding planned by Emily Jordan Events, features contrasting front and back pillars that effortlessly lead the eyes to the crown of white hydrangea.
This outdoor ceremony in Sands Point, New York, made beautiful use of the wind with a mandap of billowing jewel-tone silk drapery. Lifetime Events by Jacqueline created a communal space of enveloped beauty with strings of white blooms from Shadi Paradise and a sparkling chandelier at the structure’s center.
We adore the hidden glitz in this mandap from Bliss Weddings and Events. Its canopy – covered in gold sequins – made a luxurious statement along with the vivid florals running its supports. The base of the colorful structure was outfitted in classic white carpet and ornate all-white chairs.
The nature-set mandap by White Hall Events manages to be both refined and untamed. Port Jervis, New York provided a slope and pine tree-filled backdrop while Design House Decor used wildly curving branches and rich florals in shades of red and pink to keep guests’ attention focused on the beautiful ceremony.
How Do I Decorate My Mandap?
A mandap features four pillars. These four pillars not only symbolize the four parents who raised their children, they also create the framework for beautiful mandap decorations.
Your mandap will be the most visible component of the Mandap Ceremony. As such, you will want to carefully consider how your mandap can reflect your wedding style, theme, and color palette.
Draping, flowers, and greenery are just the beginning. Use a lucite structure to evoke a contemporary style. On the other hand, branches and natural woods will suggest a more rustic theme. Get creative by incorporating everything from tasseled fringe to intricate lighting.
Remember, your wedding planner and design team can help you create a stunning wedding mandap that beautifully reflects your overall wedding vision.
Where Can I Find South Asian Wedding Planners and Vendors?
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