They chose a location closest to Ashanka’s parents, since they planned to host several pre-wedding events for the family. The first event, the ladies’ sangeet, took place at her parents’ home and was coordinated by the family and Akansha’s maid of honor. They hung saris in the party tent in the backyard to add some color, and opted to go without using flowers as décor until the wedding day. The wedding itself was also held under a decorated tent, but in the courtyard of their hotel venue. Since it was a December wedding, they provided heaters under the tent to keep their 250 guests warm despite the winter weather, and they also chose a warm, traditional color scheme with red, gold, and an abundance of flowers.
It was important to Ashanka and James to combine the best of Indian and American culture in their wedding, and they did so in their music choices and décor. During the reception, their DJ played a mix of Punjabi, Hindi, and popular American songs chosen by the couple, and they also had a dhol player for the baraat procession. James and his fraternity brothers surprised Ashanka with a choreographed dance performance, and her family also sang and danced for her to a traditional Indian newlywed song.