My mother and oldest sister spent most of the day at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center making sure everything was ready to go for the party. As you might recall, the space was huge and needed a lot of decor. We had grand visions, but the reality of the time and cost involved settled in, and we made do with what we had. I’m just being real about what we pulled off. That being said, everything at eye level was gorgeous. Cristina of Cristina’s Flowers really pulled together a beautiful assortment of deep red flowers and put them everywhere!
Our other colors were gold and bronze, which we used for the linens on the tables. The rounds provided by the AHCCC were 72 inches, not 60 inches, so we had to use white underlays to make sure the tables were actually covered.
It is customary to have a sign that says “Happy Wedding Day” to the couple, and we hadn’t planned on one, but some family friends made one as a nice gesture. It was neon green, and I maybe would have preferred a more subtle color, but you can’t doubt that you knew whose wedding it was!
For a Bengali wedding, the bride and groom sit on a little couch at the front of the room, and everyone comes to greet them there and take pictures. My mom and I searched for fabrics in downtown’s Garment District to drape on the backdrop, along with some of her saris. And we found that rug at IKEA for $20! I’m a sucker for a deal and twinkly lights!
And I can’t complete this post without our cake. My aunt and uncle paid for the cake as their gift, since that is what my parents gave them when they got married.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Our cake was ordered from a little bakery in Glendale, whose name is escaping me now. The most amazing thing to me is that is all buttercream! It looked so much like fondant, but that’s because the decorator has some serious skills. My mom and I found the ribbon for the trim in the Garment District. The cake received many compliments and garnered many oohs and ahhhs.
And there you have it: all the little details. Was there a particularly show-stopping element at your wedding?
- The Genies Receive Lots of Gifts
- Mrs. Genie Gets Her Mehndi
- The Genie Gaye Holud Ceremony
- We Are Family
- Mrs. Genie Stresses
- Becoming a Bengali Bride
- A Bengali Groom
- The Genies’ Couple Portraits