How much does decoration (mandap/reception stage) cost!?

posted 6 years ago in South Asian
Post # 3
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4 posts
Wannabee

@richa0804:  Hello, I actually just went through this and we spent about $5,500 on our decorations. I,like yourself, was also blown away by the prices. We compromised on a few things (fresh flowers) and splurged on others (famcy mandap). Good luck and I hope this helps.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Totally depends on where you live, but I encourage you to shop around.  We got married in Dallas and there are only 3 well-known Hindu wedding decorators.  And they are SO expensive (although they do a beautiful job).  We had one consultation where they said everything would clost 10,000 dollars (!) and that was just for the mandap, table centerpieces, and aisle decor.

I was also shocked.  But I kept looking and eventually found another guy online, with less experience, who worked out of his house.  And our Mandap and aisle only cost us $2100, which is still really expensive but after the other $10,000 quote, we were thrilled.  It was BEAUTIFUL and we loved it.

 

However, if you want to go even cheaper, you can make your own simple Mandap.  If you know anyone that is remotely handy, the structure for a mandap is quite simple, and you can buy your own fabrics.  I’m going to attach pictures here of our Mandap that we bought through the professional, and of a wedding arch my brother made us for our christian ceremony.  After seeing what my brother made (for a total of $250 dollars), I am sure we could have bought fancier fabrics and made our own mandap for about $500-$800 dollars.

 

You CAN do a hindu wedding on a budget….you just have to be creative.  We used the indian mandap company ONLY for the mandap (they often sell centerpieces, tableclothes, lighting, chairs, etc also) and bought our own linens, made our own centerpieces, etc. and saved loads of money.  All told, on the Hindu ceremony, we probably only spent $18000, and that includes the rental of the venue, the food, the servers, the decor.  Everything.

The professional one:

 

The one my brother made:

Post # 4
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Newbee

BookGirrl :  Hey–Sorry to bug you after such a long time. I don’t know if you still have this account anymore but who is the wedding decorator you used in Dallas? I’m in a similar boat- I’m Indian, Fiance is not. So, trying to work with a budget here and it would be great to get that information! Thanks. 

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2017

jeepers :  Hey…We are also planning to get married in Texas…could you please provide us the vendor details who made the decor cheap..thanks

 

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