Venue with a Gazebo vs. No Gazebo for an Indian wedding

Decor is such an important part of any Indian wedding. It’s integral to the whole atmosphere.

As couples do their venue search one thing that usually comes up is whether the venue has a gazebo, pergola or any other structure where the mandap or altar can be setup vs. building a mandap or altar form scratch.

For couples that are looking for a completely custom look for their mandap, then go with a venue that doesn’t have a gazebo or structure. Otherwise, you can customize the pre-existing gazebo or structure as much as possible with flowers and draping.

Here’s an example of a venue with a pre-existing structure and two different ways it was decorated for Indian weddings. So, even though the core structure is identical, each one looks completely different.

And here are some examples from one venue that doesn’t have a pre-existing structure and the various ways it has been setup.

{Cost Tradeoffs}

Jus because a venue already has a gazebo doesn’t mean you’ll save money on decor. You can go bananas with decor – truly the sky is the limit and you can spend thousands of dollars on fresh flowers and draping. So the cost isn’t all in building the structure. It’s also in decorating it.

If you’re looking at venues with ocean views then perhaps you don’t need a mandap that’s super dense with flowers and draping.

But if you’re looking at a venue with a gazebo it can go either way. Some brides will feel like they will need to decorate it more while others may not. It’s entirely subjective.


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