Engaged in November 2015, Rita and Ashwin planned their wedding for summer 2016. They were wary of the stress and expense that accompanies planning the “perfect” wedding, so instead they focused on making the planning process as hassle-free as possible. “We wanted to create an ambience that included both Indian and Western elements, and, most importantly, ensure our guests had a good time,” says Ashwin.
Rita was familiar with Terminal City Club’s service and catering, and the couple loved the old-world opulence of the ballroom. After inquiring, they found that TCC also provides staff, linens, catering, drinks, tables, A/V and more for all wedding bookings. With their date available for the summer, the venue decision was an easy one.
The couple found most of their vendors through friends and online research. Settling on vendors early allowed Rita and Ashwin to spend more time sourcing their own décor. “It was a treasure hunt through thrift shops, craft stores and Craigslist,” says Ashwin. The couple travelled to India independently in late 2015-2016, the timing of which allowed them to choose some of their wedding supplies while they were there. “The intricate invitations, groom’s suit and handmade soap favours were all from India.”
A good friend performed the ceremony: “He officiated a wonderful ceremony, with a customized reading that weaved in elements of Dr. Seuss, our hobbies, tastes and a liberal dose of humour,” says Ashwin.
To celebrate the brilliance of their friendships and family, the couple integrated a “glow” into their wedding décor. “We achieved this by using brass vessels and mercury glass votives,” says Rita. “When the candle flames and room light reflected off the pieces that Ashwin so painstakingly polished, it evoked warmth to complement our colour theme of salmon, magenta, peach and tropical green,” she says.
“Remember that you aren’t bound by what is ‘expected’ of a wedding ceremony,” they say. “Think about what is important to you, what would make the day meaningful and enjoyable, and plan accordingly.”