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Description from Cuban Queen Crazy Chick: I've been "contracted" by my husband's boss to decorate for a traditional Sikh (Indian) wedding coming up next month and I am excited but very nervous! Weddings are a big deal and I want it to be culturally accurate. I've never decorated for a wedding before. I'm going to rent the movie "Monsoon Wedding" for ideas, but do any of you chicks have experience in this type of thing? I'd love to hear some of your ideas!

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  1. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Fabulous pick Ivy! Congrats on the assignment!!! Sounds wonderful. I can understand that you are nervous but an Indian wedding… I immediately think of colors: red, gold, orange, just like your pick :-) Lots of fabrics like organza and silk, also flowers candles and incense. Ah, must be wonderful :-)

  2. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Hi, Sarah and thanks! I actually decorated for a birthday party a few months ago for the same family and I guess they liked my work! But a wedding is much more serious, so I’m nervous about pleasing the bride and groom and family. I think I should probably talk with them directly and ask about “do’s” and “don’t” that I might not have thought of.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    have you watched ‘My Fair Wedding’ with David Tutera? He did a belly dancing/Indian style wedding. Of course his is over the top design but you might pick up some ideas from it. I’ve watched it on ‘ON DEMAND’ …also, wasn’t there an Indian wedding in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’?

  4. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Ivy, Congrats on this new assignment, how exciting – and a traditonal Sikh wedding too – Is your husband’s boss Sikh himself? Can you ask him if he knows any Sikhs that you can talk to – nothing like going straight to the actual cultural group – from what I know, Sikhs have some specific cultural traditions that differ from what we think of as Indian culture –
    and this is an absolutely fabulous Pick, by the way :D 8) – wishing you well with this – how much time do you have to plan for the wedding?

  5. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Hey, DD! No, I haven’t seen that show but will look it up on On Demand. Good idea. And I’ve had “Eat, Pray, Love” on my Netflix queue for over a month now, I think I’ll move it to the top. Thanks for the ideas! :)

  6. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Hi, Joyce, sorry, you posted as I was writing back to DD… yeah, his boss is a Sikh himself, we’re actually good friends with him and some of his family. But you’re right, there are definitely specific differences from what we think of as Indian culture and I don’t know the “ins and outs” of the religious customs. I’ve been doing some research online and that’s helping a lot, plus I will talk to them directly and take notes. Thanks for your comments! :D

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    Ranjit B says:

    Dear Cuban Chick,

    Sikh weddings – colours (as you have shown) red, gold, orange, hot pinks etc. Ivory is also very popular.
    Anything that is bright and happy. Try to find out what colours the bride and groom are wearing.
    A better film to watch is Bride and Predjudice or even Bend it like Beckham. If you fancy trying out an indian film then try ‘Singh is Kinng’ (very funny if you can get it with subtitles).

    Regarding traditions – if the wedding is happening in a temple (gurdwara) everyone has to cover their heads (hence the turbans some Sikh men wear) and remove their shoes before entering the temple itself. But the reception will usually happen in a hall of some description (community hall or village / town hall). In this case there are pretty much no restrictions. It really depends on the family and how much they want to show off. I would speak to the family (god I sound like I am writing a lecture).
    Best starting point – your fresh pick and go see the family.
    Have fun and let us know how you get on.
    Ranjit

  8. Mary Brady
    Mary Brady says:

    Ivy, all I know is your pick is beautiful. Congrats, have fun!

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ivy, this pick truly evokes thoughts of the wonderful Indian culture! How exciting to be asked to decorate for the happy couple’s upcoming wedding!!! :D Ranjit’s advice sounds excellent to me! :D

  10. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I love the pick. This sounds like such a fun assignment! have fun with the research and the execution. Maybe I will dream of an Indian wedding tonight…

  11. Gina P - Delta Chick
    Gina P - Delta Chick says:

    Gorgeous pick, Ivy! Best of luck on your wedding adventure!

  12. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    First of all gorgeous pick u have captured the film perfect ;)

    Second as a student of culture (big part of my university studies)I am a bit sceptical to cultural authenticity. Ok now I might get spanked LOL. But we are in a global world and we are entering/entered the postmodern era. So it’s just to pick lil bit here and al lil bit there!
    Every image we have is only a representation saying nothing, each and everyone interpret what they are seing.

    So what I wanted to say is that one can pick the “must have stuff” for the wedding I gues ones is those flowers maybe? And then let your mind and creativity guide you and the wedding will be the best experience :D

    Forget authenticity LOL

    Hugs

  13. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Hi, everyone and thanks for all the great input/advice/encouragement! I love it!

    Ranjit, thank you for your (first hand?) advice you’ve given me. That’s what I’m most anxious about, is if I have to decorate the gurdwara also! And if so, where to place the Guru Granth Sahib, etc., although I’m assuming that’s already in place and is probably not touched anyway…. and I’ve been looking at some nice salwar kameez’s to wear, looks much easier than a saree lol Yes, I’ve wanted to see Bride and Prejudice for a long time, I will definitely check that one out, too. I think I have a pretty nice budget to work with so this will be a lot of fun :D

    Frida, I agree with a lot of what you said and I think it’s so cool that you are studying culture! I guess I would consider myself an “unofficial” student of culture as well ;) It’s my #1 interest (along with beads, of course :P )

    Thanks again, chicks!

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Wow! Congratulations on a fantastic opportunity Ivy! You have a wonderful respect for the traditions of each faith, I know you will do a great job!! :-)
    If you get the chance, please show us some pictures of the final outcome!

  15. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Hi, and thanks, Mary! You know I will post pics of it afterwards ;)

  16. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    I really appreciate everyone’s commments here about cultural traditions – very important to find out what the family would like – culture is often complex, and while we can generalize about overall preferences, finding out what the family prefers is a great starting place. I too would love to see pics from the wedding, Ivy! :)

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    Ranjit B says:

    Hi Ivy,

    With regards to the Guru Granth Sahib, it has its own special position and would not be moved from that if the ceremony were to be in a gurdwara. If it is in a hall there would normally be a stage or platform for the holy book. I don’t know if you have been to a sikh wedding, but the GGS is what the couple have to walk around. It therefore needs to have a reasonable space around it.

    See if the family have any video footage of previous weddings you can watch, just to get an idea of what happens.

    Really hope it goes well.

    Ranjit

  18. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Thank you so much everyone for all of your great comments, and thanks for your help, Ranjit! I appreciate it! :D

  19. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I have really enjoyed this conversation. I’m inspired: think I’ll cook Indian food this weekend…

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