photographer:: Jai Girard Photography | planner: : Sabrina Hans Events | décor: : Yanni Design Studio | ceremony venue: : The Drake Hotel
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33 Best Wedding Mandap Ideas for 2021

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 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.

Gold Hindu patterns decorate the aisle and lead to this stunning mandap by KP Style Events and Divine Decor Of Dallas. The Hyatt Regency Bellevue’s golden chandeliers further illuminate the gold and pearl columns — not to mention, the shimmering crystal fringe.

photographer: Dybala Studio planner: Events by C décor: Shaadi Creations venue: Waterford Banquet and Conference Center

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.

photographer: Nadia D. Photography planner: Table 6 Productions – Florida floral & décor: Occasions by Shangri-la venue: Tampa Marriott Waterside

With violet uplighting and a mix of hot and soft pinks, this vibrant mandap from Table 6 Productions in Florida is decked out in glorious floating florals from Occasions by Shangri-La. Modern brass supports decorated in strings of red carnations suspend the draped confection.

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.

Anaïs Event Planning & Design created a gorgeous mandap set against a picturesque wine country backdrop. We love how filigree ironwork tops stately stone pillars for an enchanted garden vibe. The addition of organic greenery and soft florals perfectly complete the look.

photographer: Leandro Da Silva Photography planner: JENNIEVENTI floral: Houseofdipali venue: The Hindu Temple Society of North America

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 luxe mandap by Stylish Events is so gorgeous that we need to see it twice. A mirrored wedding aisle beautifully reflects the golden structure wound in a luxuriant floral garland. Click to see how this opulent mandap design glowed jewel-toned come nighttime. 

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.

We love how soft and dreamy pink drapery contrasts with luxe gold pillars on this stunning mandap by Denise Lillie Engagements. Click to see how the circular gold crown is wound with spring-colored florals that perfectly match the clusters of blooms farther down.

This oceanside wedding, planned by Pocketful Of Plans, keeps the relaxed sea backdrop in mind with a slatted wood canopy and boho-style pink ombré drapery. Darker-hued blooms by Seascape Flowers pop against the elegantly-gathered fabric — completing the picture-perfect scene.

A lucite mandap structure by CG & Co Events adds a magical vibe to the garland of summery white and golden flowers by Elegant Affairs. Moreover, tassels of blooms create a shimmering golden curtain as a bright and cheerful contrast to the elegant backdrop of neutral-colored drapery.  

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.  

Fleurs de France strung florals from the back of this rustic glam mandap. The Napa, California landscape married perfectly with the branches winding the supports topped with wild red blooms at this Cole Drake Events-planned wedding.

photographer: Christina Pawlak Photography planner: Christina Currie Events, Inc. décor: Dream Occasions venue: Sheraton – Lisle

The awe-inspiring mandap from this Indian ceremony used red florals to pop against the natural backdrop. Chicago-based Christina Currie Events, Inc. created a royal scene with gold, gold, and more gold — accenting everything from the aisle and pillars to the chairs.

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.

photographer: Kimberly Photography planner: Tracie Domino Events floral, rentals & décor: Suhaag Garden venue: The Don CeSar Resort

This St. Pete Beach, Florida wedding used beachy coral shades, dark bamboo and strung pearls for a mandap from Tracie Domino Events that evoked nature’s coastal bounty. Suhaag Garden outfitted the sleek structure with decadent florals in vibrant colors.

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.

This gorgeous wedding ceremony, set in The Addison Park in New Jersey, is the embodiment of luxury. New York-based photographer Philip Van Nostrand beautifully captured the floral-flanked aisle leading to the colorfully-draped mandap and its chic canopy of all-white blooms.

This draped masterpiece from Kehoe Designs featured gorgeous layered fabric in luxe neutral tones. The red chairs draw guests’ eyes to the familial area which was backed by a stunning floral Ganesh – God of beginnings.

photographer: Bia Sampaio planner: White Hall Events florist: Design House Decor décor: Social Decor

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.

Chicago-based Rebecca Marie Photography captured this exquisite tented affair by The Party Helpers, Inc. Soft white drapery accented by rich red petals led to a gorgeous mandap featuring ethereal gold fabric and a floral wall accent for a modern yet classic feel.

This stunning ceremony made beautiful use of its Rhode Island ocean backdrop. Perfect Surroundings, Int’l designed a mandap of simple white draping outfitted with luxe details like gold trim and strands of windswept richly-hued purple florals.

Design House Decor and RB Event Design created a glamorous organic setting with hundreds of swirling hand-opened roses adorning this romantic mandap. Hanging white wisteria added drama to the breathtaking structure.

This epic South Asian celebration highlighted its New York waterfront view at Pier Sixty with a mandap canopy of white ruffled fabric as envisioned by Tara M. Events. Atlas Floral Decorators strung ethereal florals floating against the fall sky.

Cascading pink florals from Elegant Affairs add whimsy to this stunning mandap, while a sparkling chandelier adds even more glamour. Event planner Tara M. Events created a modern, yet traditional, ceremonial garden spot for this gorgeous Indian wedding.

LOLA Event Productions located the perfect spot for this outdoor ceremony at Chicago’s lush The Morton Arboretum. This stunning mandap gathered all of nature’s best with blooms from Exquisite Designs adorning its canopy and its dreamy floral backdrop.

This ethereal floating mandap from Clementine Custom Events and Yanni Design Studio gives the impression of a gorgeous floral cloud raining down lush blooms – even its height (thanks to the towering ceilings at the Loews Chicago Hotel) adds to the illusion.


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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