Mandap/Decorator help

posted 2 years ago in South Asian
Post # 2
29 posts
  • Wedding: September 2017

Our mandap is going to be $5000 . It is very heavy on florals (flowers all across the front side of the mandap) so that is part of the reason why it is so costly. The price inludes rental of the furniture inside the mandap and a ganesh table that they’ll set up at the entrance of the ceremony hall. I think Indian decorators are often very pricey. My planner suggested the option of going with a non – Indian decorating company since they can also set up a mandap like structure with beautiful draping and florals but it was easier for us to go through a decorator who had all the traditional Indian wedding elements (Ganesh table, garlands, the furniture for mandap etc)

Post # 4
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Helper bee

akshali2000 :  In LA, it’s going to cost us just over $370 for the stage/stairs. The arch/pergola, draping, florals, and labor will cost us about $1250. The stage furniture will cost $750 (couch, chairs, side table).  His family already has much of the other things that we’ll want for the stage (like pretty holders for garlands, masnad (rug), and little decorations and sweets holders, etc.). This ended up being an absolutely huge expense. (well, it is to me at least bc I’m not Indian so I never considered a stage or such a big setup and to-do). The rentals company isn’t desi, but the planner/florist are. I’ve rented and purchased some similar items from non-Desi vendors for other events in the past (the pricing is about the same, but much easier for Desi event w Desi designer bc they know what’s “enough” or not & how to do it).

We’re doing our ceremony a tiny bit U.S./western style (I’m walking down an aisle to an arch where only my Fiance and I will be standing with the officiant and our immediate families will be seated next to us), then reception immediately after a cocktail hour at the same venue. They will move our ceremony arch to incorporate it onto a stage for the reception (for pics – well & really I guess bc his side expects us up on a pretty stage). We saved money by only doing an elevated stage for reception and not for both and by going modest on florals and drapery (we’re doing it outside & love the greenery and views there & chose venue in part to save on decor and florals).

No way we could do this without a planner.  Do you really need to explain to your family that you’re using a planner? For us, we didn’t talk about it that way. We explained that weddings over a certain size have someone coordinating on the day of (and had someone they trusted who helps run events they’ve been to back us up on that). Then we just discussed the stuff they cared about w them- showed them inspiration decor pics and then sample pics, etc. And they don’t care much about the specific cost breakdown to notice that x amount (probably 1/10th of the total) is going to planners. Our planning/decor/rentals/floral costs are probably $14k total (our venue is super inexpensive, but we have to rent & bring & set up everything at our venue – chairs, tables, linens, water containers) – so that $1200 of that $14k extras total is for pre-wedding planning, samples, and day-of coordinators isn’t even a blip on their radar.

When we gave his parents estimates and a budget, we knew that they wouldn’t think certain costs were worth it. So, instead of arguing for no reason, we moved the money amounts around to have it be things that they’d appreciate (“rentals” and catering as opposed to photographer or florals) that accounted for the bulk of the budget instead. Everyone has been happy. Sometimes they get a little confused, but they’re fine as long as it stays under x amt and we’re making sure that happens

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