The Mendhi and The Sangeet ~ Celebrations Before a Luxe Multi Cultural Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

The Mendhi and The Sangeet ~ Celebrations Before a Luxe Multi Cultural Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental
The bride and groom celebrated their Sangeet as guests gathered around the pool for food, drinks, and music.   Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

The bride and groom celebrated their Sangeet as guests gathered around the pool for food, drinks, and music.  

Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

After a four and a half year courtship, Doctors Patricia Shay and Sneehal Bhoola wasted no time planning a wedding that celebrated her Chinese heritage, his Indian culture, and their modern American romance.  With only 12 weeks to plan four days worth of celebrations for 285 guests, we committed to power planning...And the results were just spectacular.

How do you plan a multi-cultural wedding that honors both of the couple's family, without one being dominant over the other?  Patty and Shinz really wanted to make certain that their families felt loved and catered to.  They wanted to respect tradition while also forging their own future.  The best way to do accomplish this was to layer each experience as we planned.  The beginning of our wedding weekend involved some of the most important elements of the Indian Culture; the Menhi Party and a modern Sangeet.

The Indian Culture is so rich in history and tradition, that we couldn't "not" include these two events in out planning.  For those of you who love the drama and elegance and beauty of Indian weddings, but perhaps aren't as sure of what the actual elements are:

THE MENDHI:

The Mendhi party is a joyous celebration for traditional Indian weddings, wherein the bride, bridal party, and family members are beautified with hand painted Henna designs.   Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

The Mendi is a ceremony dedicated to beauty and elegance, brought with symbolism and celebration of the Outer and Inner sun.  During the ceremony, turmeric paste is applied on a bride’s face, feet and hands. After this, a skilled Mehndi expert applies a henna design to the bride's hands, arms, feet, and legs.  The custom is meant to awaken the “inner light” and so gold of the inner Sun has an important symbolic function. Traditional Mehndi designs draw the sun on the palm.Some people believe that the darker the color of the Mehndi, the more the bride’s husband will love her.  We made certain to obtain the darkest henna available!

The bride has henna applied to her hands and arms in preparation for her wedding ceremony. Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
The bride's niece watches as her aunt has the traditional Mendhi applied to her arms.  Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
Light and modern mend design for a wedding guest at an Indian Wedding in Las Vegas.  Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

The sisters of both the bride and groom gathered in the Presidential suite, where we served Green Tea Cupcakes and champagne to keep the mood light and joyful.  

In a nod to the bride's Chinese heritage and her love of tea, we offered up Green Tea Cupcakes with gold pearl accents. Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

THE SANGEET:

The word sangeet literally means as sung together. Originally reserved only for the women, today's modern couples celebrate together, giving the bride and groom's family and friends a chance to get to know one another before the actual ceremony.  The Sangeet is a time to celebrate!  There is a festive, upbeat feeling, with singing, dancing and joking. While traditional snaggiest call for the learning of dancing, traditional drums, and a bit of joking and jest, we opted to modernize the process.  

Our Sangeet serves as a Welcome Reception set on the rooftop of the Mandarin Oriental.  Designed to look and feel totally different from the wedding, which was scheduled to take place the next day, we worked with Destinations by Design to bring in custom furniture inlaid with the couple's monogram, succulents,which would contract nicely with the lush florals we planned for the next night, and masculine, streamlined floating boxes with candles and light pieces.

Succulents served as centerpieces, sitting atop cocktail tables fit with a blue inlay and the couple's monogram.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
Tall, white cocktail tables with matching chairs were topped with a custom monogram and succulents.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
Asian inspired pool floats were crafted out of dark wood and topped with candles and succulents.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

We created a bazaar, where ladies could shop for jewels, wraps, and other adornments, while the men were treated to hand rolled cigars.  

Bazaar Gifting Items for Guests to Take, Wear, and Enjoy! Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
The Bride and Groom are a Perfect March!  Gold foiled books were set out for guests along with other trinkets.  Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
Hand Rolled Cigars at Vegas Wedding.  Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
The groom enjoyed a hand rolled cigar on the rooftop of the mandarin oriental. Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

The groom enjoyed a hand rolled cigar on the rooftop of the mandarin oriental. Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

A full bar, DJ, fire pits, and additional mendhi artists offered entertainment for friends and family.

Butler Passed hors d'Oeuvres at a Vegas Sangeet for the bride and groom.  Multi Cultural Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
Modern dessert displays were set with lighted pillars throughout the pool deck for the couple's Sangeet. Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
The dessert station featured a selection of desserts for the couple's Sangeet in Las Vegas.  Multi Cultural Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
The pool deck is surrounded by the towering buildings of City Center, giving a beautiful look to the Sangeet.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
DJ Rodney kept the party alive with a mix of sounds alongside live percussion at the Sangeet.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
Ladies gathered around fire pits to catch up during the sangeet.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design
The bride and groom stole a kiss during their sangeet.  Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by Altf Photography  |  Video by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design

Guests returned to their rooms in the late hours of the evening, resting for the main event which was to come the next day.

Stay tuned for full coverage of Patricia & Shinz' wedding celebration - Coming soon!

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Luxe Multi-Cultural Indian Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

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Photography by Altf Photography 

Video by Something New Films  

Floral, Decor, and Entertainment by Destinations by Design

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