Selecting the right wedding decorator can be difficult. If you are hiring a wedding planner then this task will be taken care of by them.A wedding planner can recommend the right decorator, suggest specific ideas, and may even provide the service themselves. However, if you must accomplish this task on your own then it will require some work such as research and recommendations before you can find the right company who will meet all your needs.
The ideal specialist in this area should be able to provide a wide range of services for your event such as aisle set-up; decorations for the head table, cake table, lobby, buffet table, and entrance; flowers; umbrellas, canopies and most importantly mandap set-up and decorations. The mandap should come with carpets, valences, chairs, backdrops, havan kund which is a container for the sacred fire and several other accessories, depending on what you need, which you should discuss with your decorator. They should also be able to provide the proper lighting depending on the time of the day and furniture along with other decorations that will accompany the mandap. Some decorators may provide additional services such as reception and stage backdrops, table linens and chair covers, garlands, bouquets, plants, horse decorations, doli, and perhaps even event planning and coordination.
FINDING A MANDAP
Mandaps come in a wide variety of sizes and designs ranging from traditional to contemporary and can be custom-created to suit style, taste, décor, theme, and budget. Finding your dream mandap is easily possible by exploring all your options. The best way to start is to talk to several different companies and visit their showrooms to see if you like their work. Many companies have online portfolios that can be found through the help of a search engine. Here they display several pictures of their work. Talk to the decorators and tell them what you have in mind. If you are unsure they will be able to help you make the right decision that will suit your taste and budget. A good decorator will work with you to find the right type of product to match your theme and wedding décor.
For many modern couples the mandap is a fashion statement in itself and a very integral part of the wedding decorations. However, traditionally, the mandap is the focal point of the Hindu wedding where the ceremony is conducted around the sacred fire. The four pillars of the structure represent the Vedas and each stand for Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. They also represent the four parents of the couple. Mandaps have greatly evolved over the years and are nowadays also used by Muslims and Sikhs. A mandap is the focal point of the wedding and creates a sacred and decorative atmosphere for the couple to exchange their vows. Whether the mandap holds religious or artistic significance for you it will serve as the central spotlight during your wedding.
TYPES OF MANDAPS
Traditional mandap designs include colored paintwork (sankheda), bandhani, mirror work and the use of fabrics. Contemporary designs combine western elements and designs. Popular designs include the round top, chandeliers, wooden carved mandaps, roman pillars, iron domes, fresh flowers, and the use of ornate drapes. A mandap should be as unique as the couple it is for. It should reflect their individuality and allow them to express themselves. Mandaps are accented with plants, flowers, candles, backdrops, lighting, statues, water fountains, and several other accessories. A good wedding decorator will go out of their way in order to ensure that the mandap not only suits the couple but coordinates all the accessories with the wedding theme and colors.
WHEN TO BOOK
Be sure to book your mandap and decorator early. Sometimes mandaps are reserved up to a year in advance. If you wait too long you will have a hard time finding what you want and may end up compromising on choice. When you find something you like try to book it as soon as you possibly can after taking into consideration all elements. You may find several providers whose mandaps will appeal to you but narrow your choice to those with the best service, efficiency, and price. They should be willing to work within your budget and find something that suits you. Be sure to not only view pictures but also videos and set-ups in their showrooms. Discuss all your requirements in writing and carefully read your contract before agreeing to all the terms. There may be hidden charges and “catches” you will have to look out for.
A typical price range for mandaps is from one-thousand to three thousand dollars. Any additional decorations and set-ups will accrue additional charges. The company will provide you with a sales contract that will state you requirements and finally your exact price including the amount of your initial deposit. The mandap decorators will also have to visit your venue in order to ensure that the mandap you have selected is the right size for the area. Variations will depend on whether or not the mandap will be on a stage or not and also the size of the room itself. A mandap that is too big in a small room will yield incorrect proportions and be overpowering.
Mandaps require about two hours to be set-up. Additional decorations and flowers will need longer. Preventative measures may have to be taken due to fire hazards. The mandap company will spray all the materials with a flame retardant spray. Be sure to inquire if the company has liability insurance and that they will provide fire blankets in case of an emergency. Above all, finding the perfect mandap should be creative and enjoyable not only for you but should also involve the help of your fiancé and friends and family members. Combined with knowledge of the decorator, advice from friends and family, and your own imagination you will be entitled to your dream mandap that is a memorable place for you to begin your new life as a couple.