Sarita Goswami And Dimple Ahuja Of Studio Malabar On Locally-Inspired Weddings

A fine mix of nature, culture, and eclecticism makes for the perfect summer destination wedding, say the experts. 

With the time being apt for a breezy summer ceremony, outdoor or not, here's what you need to look at before planning a culture-coded wedding plated with seasonal flavours, a mix of brights and pastels, and lots of nature-loving. What are the décor accents that you might want to get on the table for such an event? What are the colours that you can work around? What about the bridal wardrobe? And, finally, what about the giveaways? Sarita Goswami and Dimple Ahuja from Studio Malabar tell us all about it.  

Q: What would you pick as the destination for an ideal summer wedding?

For an affair infused with local and nature-inspired flavours, one can opt for a charming resort in Munnar in Kerala or Coorg in Karnataka.

Tea Gardens, MunnarTea Gardens, Munnar

Q: What kind of décor would you suggest?

Pink, green, and orange are a must. For prints, paisley, damask, floral, Moroccan patterns, and some colourful ikat work well. I know that pastel hues dominate weddings around this time of the year, but I would suggest mixing pastels with bold and bright shades. Watch out for colourful tassels, mattresses with bright-coloured cushion covers, and elaborate floral arrangements with mixed flowers.

Faux Flowers, Studio MalabarFaux Flowers, Studio Malabar

Box, Studio MalabarBox, Studio Malabar

Vase, Address Home, Rs. 3,432Vase, Address Home, Rs. 3,432

Centrepiece, Centrepiece,

Cushion cover, IDAM, Rs. 1,150.Cushion cover, IDAM, Rs. 1,150.

Q: What kind of food and table arrangements would you recommend?

Firstly, in a summer wedding, the setting has to be sit-down. Local delicacies must be included as part of the authentic experience. Not to forget, an Indian summer wedding isn’t really complete without mango dishes.

Bowl, INV Home, Rs. 3,800.Bowl, INV Home, Rs. 3,800.

Dinner set, Versace, Rs. 1,46,000 (set of 14).Dinner set, Versace, Rs. 1,46,000 (set of 14). Available @:

Flatware, ANNA by RabLabs, Rs. 15,722.Flatware, ANNA by RabLabs, Rs. 15,722. Available @:

Bowl, Michael Aram, Rs. 17,578.Bowl, Michael Aram, Rs. 17,578.

Platter, The Yellow Door Store, Rs. 1,800.Platter, The Yellow Door Store, Rs. 1,800.

Mug, India Circus, Rs. 449 (set of 2).Mug, India Circus, Rs. 449 (set of 2).

 Q: What kind of clothes should the bride don?

For clothing, I would recommend a mix of pastel and brighter tones. A baby yellow, a pastel mint-green, or lilac-hued chikankari lehenga would look refreshing yet elegant. Vibrant jewellery boxes work well as giveaways.

Anita Dongre, LFW S/R '17Anita Dongre, LFW S/R '17

Ring, Entice.Ring, Entice.

Necklace, de GRISOGONO.Necklace, de GRISOGONO.

Earring, Minawala.Earring, Minawala.


Q: What about the overall vibe?

It should be a spontaneous, colourful, fun-filled, and musical affair. 

So, what is your ideal summer wedding destination and theme?   


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