Mangalsutra: Sacred Wedding Jewelry
by JoAnn M. Grant, CPCE | Jul 31, 2018 | Arizona Hindu Wedding Planner, Arizona Southeast Asian Wedding Planner, California Wedding Planner, Destination Wedding Planner, Etiquette + Customs + Traditions, Fashion + Beauty, International Wedding Planner, Jewelry + Accessories, Wedding CeremonyThe Mangalsutra In Hindu weddings, one of the most sacred customs is the time of the mangalsutra. This consists of a black and gold beaded necklace with a diamond or gold pendant. Mangalsutra is a Hindu wedding sacred jewelry which holds a very high importance in the...
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Isha & Amit's Wedding
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Indian Cultural Wedding
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Hindu & Traditional Wedding
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Hindu & Traditional Wedding
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Hindu & Traditional Wedding
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Hindu & Buddhist Multicultural Wedding
We hired Jo Ann as a wedding planner for our south Indian traditional wedding. She was super easy to work with and was very responsive. She provided us with a sample timeline which helped us prepare our own timeline. She further reviewed our timeline and pointed out missing items. Once she had our timeline she contacted all the vendors and made sure everyone was aware of the events/rituals. Thanks to her all our vendors were well prepared on our wedding day. During one of our traditional Indian ritual, we needed a certain prop. Within minutes she found the prop and made sure the ritual happened on schedule.
Jo Ann and her team were so easy to work with. Jo Ann is flexible and well versed in managing Indian weddings, which are large family affairs! She is well-liked and respected by other vendors you are bound to work with while planning your wedding which creates seamless synergy and a smooth process! There were some hiccups along the way but Jo Ann always found a solution to fix them and was able to manage two type-A personalities (me and my mom) through the planning process! Our day almost got rained on but Jo Ann made sure we had several viable backup options and made us feel totally at ease when making the final call for our ceremony location!
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Immediately from our initial meeting with Jo Ann, we appreciated her easy-going and amiable demeanor, and knew she would be perfect to work with! Working with her made it seem more like a close family friend was helping us, more than a hired vendor. Her constant presence throughout all of the planning, especially our final planning and stress-filled days, made everything much more manageable. She understands the stress couples are under while planning and executing a wedding, and works her butt off to quell as much stress as possible! I even called her my saving grace because that's what she was!
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We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding such a special and memorable event. You truly helped to make our dreams of a desert/ Mexican/ Indian (Southeast Asian) extravaganza come true! Thank you very much for being there each step of the way- your support meant so much to us- beyond the wedding planning duties. Wishing you many years of love, happiness, and joy as you continue to make couples’ dreams a reality! With <3