How To Plan Indian Wedding While Living Outside India

May 27, 2021

Many Indians live abroad with their families, due to their jobs or businesses there.

These people are usually very sensitive in maintaining their distinct social and religious traditions in all their festivals. They want to celebrate the weddings in their families following all the Indian customs, for which they should gather all the required information in the countries where they are staying now.

Cost for Indian wedding in other countries

The wedding costs vary from country to country, depending on the prices of flowers, garments, food, and other things needed for conducting an Indian marriage ceremony. Hence, it is best to hire an experienced wedding planner from that country where an Indian couple wants to tie their marital knot. The local planner will be able to provide an estimated cost for the Indian type of wedding to be held there.

Venue Policy

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There are different policies regarding the booking of wedding venues in different countries. Thus, it is best to depend on the advice of the hired wedding planner, who should know all about the venue policy of that country. This planner will help the client to book the best wedding venue within the budget of the new couple.

Wedding invitations

Indian couples living outside India can buy wedding invitations of typical Indian style from the websites of reputed wedding card makers. They just need to specify their requirements and choose from the displayed templates, which can be further personalized as per their choices. Hence, wedding card makers create Indian wedding invitation for US, UK & Canada, in the traditional Indian style.

Wedding Theme and Flower Arrangements

The wedding theme can be chosen according to Indian traditions or as per the advice of the foreign wedding planner hired there. If a destination wedding is chosen, the theme will be chosen as per the nature of that place. Likewise, the floral decoration of the wedding venue can be done with various beautiful flowers available in foreign countries, leaving lots of options for the hired decorator of the wedding venue.


Dance and music can be the universal entertainment for wedding guests even in foreign countries. New couples can hire DJs to play suitable music and choreographers to teach dance steps to all. Thus, their relatives and friends can still enjoy their wedding despite being so far from the homeland.

Clothes & jewelry  

The new couple needs to find Indian wedding attire even in a foreign land. They can search online and buy suitable wedding garments and accessories from renowned Indian brands. Indian fashion designers can also be contacted to get customized Indian wedding dresses. Many Indian jewelry stores offer their gold and silver jewelry online, which can be purchased by NRI couples.

Ceremony Length

The length of an Indian wedding depends on the religious rituals followed by that new couple and their families. Normally, all religious customs for a wedding can be completed within a few hours, after which wedding guests can enjoy the reception party.

Strict Guest Count

Unlike in India, some countries may have a constraint in the number of wedding guests. Hired wedding planner will be able to guide in this regard so that his/her Indian client does not need to face any legal hassle. The Indian new couple should invite their friends according to the permitted number of guests there.

Food and Catering Services

Wedding guests should be treated with delicious foods as per the Indian tradition. Thus, the local caterers should be hired for providing tasty and healthy foods for all invited people to a wedding. Some Indians may prefer to provide some Indian cuisines to their guests, for which they can discuss with their hired caterers. They may also buy Indian sweets online for their guests

Featured Photography

Every new couple wants to have beautiful photos of their wedding ceremony, for which they should hire an experienced photographer. A foreign photographer may not be accustomed to Indian wedding rituals. Thus, he should be explained all about the wedding functions of Indians so that he does not miss to capture any important moment.


The wedding reception party of an Indian couple should be organized according to the local custom of the country where they are staying now. As most of their guests are expected to be local friends, the new couple should arrange local cuisines and music to entertain them.

Thus, it is not difficult to plan an Indian wedding even outside the country, though it may be a bit different from ethnic Indian marriages.

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