Indian wedding ceremony setup with a rent canopy.

Decorative Weather Coverings at South Asian Wedding Venues

ProTip Tuesday: In general we recommend having some sort of shade/rain protection for guests during an outdoor ceremony, especially on a hot day or rainy day. The type of canopy you choose will depend on the venue’s layout and whether they have any restrictions or policies.

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Circular canopies

You don’t see these as often, but they really bring the whole space together! I love how the canopy’s red color reflects off the white chairs too. ProTip: choose the chair cushion color wisely and test it, to ensure you get the look you want.

Indian wedding ceremony setup with a rent canopy.
Photo: Lin & Jirsa; Canopy: Bridal & Event Lounge

Rectangular canopies

These are the most common. The key here is sturdiness. These are individual pieces of cloth hung on the frame.

Real story: (not depicted in any of the weddings here). I went to a wedding on a ‘it was so hot, I almost melted day’. There was a slight breeze that was just strong enough to move the cloth pieces, leaving big gaps in-between them and the sun beaming down on us. The heat was so unbearable that most guests sought shelter under the surrounding trees on the outskirts of the ceremony site. The tough part was that it was a 15-20 minute walk from the ceremony site to the hotel as it was at a vast resort, so some guests who left to escape the heat didn’t go back.

Photo: Global Photography; Canopy: Sheer Romance; Rectangular canopies separated by the aisle most common).


They’re super cute, make for great photo props for you and your guests. And they offer the most relief from the sun.

Outdoor Indian wedding at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa in the Rose Garden. An Indian bride in a photo with her bridesmaids wearing matching saris.

How to distribute them: Pre-opened on each chair or Grab n’ Go

Obviously, open on each chair looks beautiful, but when you’re in a time crunch or a budget crunch, this is one of those little details to think about. Luckily most venues use garden chairs where you can secure the parasol onto the chair.

ProTip: have a back-up plan. If it’s a windy day, the last thing you want is your beautiful parasols flying around before the ceremony even starts!

Guests and Parasols

Some things to think about are guests have to hold them for a pretty long time and they will definitely block some people’s view, but they provide the most shade and look great.  FYI, they cost anywhere from $3.50-$14/piece (check out Google Shopping).

Photo: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

Sun Umbrellas

Photo: Lin Jirsa, Venue: Marriott Newport Beach Hotel Spa

Some venues already have these and you can negotiate to have them included with your wedding package. They’re uniform and look great. The key is to make sure there’s enough of them.


Photo: Wedding Documentary Photo + Cinema

Tenting can be $$$ and for some, defeats the purpose of being outdoors. However, sometimes it’s necessary. Like this wedding where rain was expected so they planned ahead of time.

These are the most common coverings at South Asian weddings. Each has its pros and cons. We hope you find this useful as you plan your wedding/event. Cheers!

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