Asian weddings have come a long way since my parents and even my grandparent’s generation. My parents had a standard Asian (Punjabi) wedding where the family organised everything on their behalf. They didn’t focus on trends or style; but focused primarily on getting my parents married and feeding the guests.
Fast forward to the next generation (mine!) and we are now spoilt for choice in making weddings our own. Some Asian weddings have turned into these enormous luxurious lavish affairs while some people still aren’t aware of the new possibilities they can incorporate into their wedding.
Planning my own wedding and being a wedding blogger, has meant that I see so many wonderful ideas on a daily basis. With my wedding theme being ‘modern’ – I wanted to include modern and Asian wedding elements into my big day. This is why I’ve put together this post to let you about the new modern asian style products you can purchase from Etsy. Let’s get down to it (there’s a giveaway at the end!)
Elephants are linked to South Asian weddings and what a better way to start this post with these. Beautifully designed elephant themed confetti are ideal addition to your wedding. I know these would be ideal for a mendhi or sangeet prior to the wedding as table decor. Especially if you’re focusing on the table decor and spending money on the actual day, you’ll probably want to save money on the events beforehand. Which is why this Elephant confetti by Freckles & Frogs makes fun table decorations!
I’ve found that when it comes to Asian weddings, there’s a 50/50 divide when it comes to wedding stationery. One half will aim to go for modern stationery to tie in with the theme of their wedding. While the other half don’t consider stationery an importance and will strive for basic invitations. I’m not saying either are right or wrong as it’s entirely down to the couple. I just wanted to show how you can have beautiful modern Asian stationery without breaking the bank.
This Indian Summer wedding stationery design is made up of an intricate floral paisley design with ornamental ferns, leaves and fanned shapes in a deep, mystical indigo. The elegant and exotic design is completed with a carefully chosen modern sans serif font balanced with beautiful script lettering for the perfect invitation to your wedding!
The featured image is also another example of Lucy Says I Do’s beautiful work. The intricate floral print oozes modern and fun.
I adore these wedding invitations; I mean I love colour anyway but these ooze modern Asian wedding style. A simplistic but effective design combining floral and colourful elements. These work well with any colour scheme. Wildwood Paper can create any other assets you require so you’re not restricted to just the invitations and RSVPS. Anyone planning or attending an Asian wedding know that it’s not just one day; so invitations to the maiyan, sangeet, mendhi etc can be created too.
Now we get to the gifts! Are you sensing a theme when I keep mentioning colour? It’s not unusual now to ask your bridal party to be part of your wedding with a gift or sentiment. I’ve been asked twice to be a bridesmaid, one with a gift and one with a cute photobooth photo card. Both were amazing. Both made me cry. Now I’ve already asked my girls to be my bridesmaids so I opted for a mother of the bride gift for my mum (obviously!) from Wedding in a Teacup. Just a little something to say thank you for everything she’s done for the wedding.
Every time I order anything from Etsy; whether it’s for my wedding or for my home, I enjoy how personalised each order is. I know that the seller is an individual setting up their business or working late into the evenings to get orders sent out. Each one has come beautifully hand wrapped with a personalised note which I think is a lovely touch.
As soon as I saw this card by Kushiya Designs, I immediately added it to my cart (twice). When it comes to high street greeting cards, they don’t always cater for the Asian industry. When I was younger and my friends would have personalised key rings, books, bracelets, you name it, with their names. I would always look for my name and could never find it, still the same now. Luckily now we have the wonderful world of Etsy that can cater for our specific needs! This card is ideal to give to a bride and groom for their wedding or even any celebration!
These henna biscuits are absolutely unreal. When I saw them, I knew they would be an amazing asset when it comes to planning a Modern Asian wedding. And when they arrived, they certainly did not disappoint. It was advertised as a single cookie so I ordered 4 of them but much to my surprise, 11 arrived in the post. When I see beautifully designed biscuit cookies like these, I do wonder if they taste as good as they look. And you know what? These little cookies are delicious! I’m finding it hard to share them as I want to eat them all ha. These would be great as favours or for your sangeet or mehendi/henna night. Little Miss Bakes Co, I’ll be ordering from you again.
This laser cut cupcake box, by The Cross Eyed Fox, is on my list because it’s just so useful. When I go to weddings, I always forget to take a slice of cake home which is always gutting because I bloody love cake. Having these cupcake boxes ready means that your guests are able to take home a slice of cake or biscuits in something a bit classier than tissue. It can also act as a wedding favour for your guests with personalised engraving on it. I obviously got M + R for Marj and this fuchsia pink is part of our wedding theme; fitting all the right boxes!
Mehndi night souvenirs – how cute are these. Like most South Asian weddings there’s bound to be a mendhi/henna night dedicated to decorating the hands of the women in attendance. I’ve got my cousin’s mendhi night coming up this week and I can’t wait to get my hands decorated. When it comes to my own mendhi night, I know I’m going to have something small and low-key with my closest female friends and family. What better way of remembering that night (apart from all the henna) is having these custom mirrors to give out from Heart String Design. They come in a pack of 6 and you can see are customisable. A useful gift to give out and decorated with henna style patterns!
These props! I’ve only photographed one of my future BIL sharing his love of samosas (FYI it’s 100% true); but there’s a huge variety of Asian wedding props by Kushiya Designs that came with this pack. It’s a downloadable file and is ideal for a sangeet to add a little fun. The props that make statements or have sayings on them, are my personal favourites. As I’m off to start my cousin’s wedding celebrations tomorrow, follow my instagram to see how I use these props on my instagram stories!
Now for the fun bit. Here’s a chance to win a £500 gift card for Etsy.com. To enter you must follow @EtsyUK instagram account, like their post and comment answering the question “What’s your wedding style?” to enter Etsy’s giveaway*
*No purchase necessary. Open to UK residents only. 18+. 1 prize available. Ends June 5th. T&Cs apply https://etsy.me/2HXNdtw