Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And we're back!

Its been quite a while since Saffron Affairs made a statement on its blog but we have the most exquisite reasons for why!

In the last 5 months, Saffron Affairs and its creative design team has been designing couture weddings from Topeka to Kansas City, Dripping Springs to Kyle and of course home base in Austin.

Every thing from the exquisite Golden Carved Mandap lush with crystal details and elaborately carved backdrops to the bohemian inspired draped outdoor's mandaps bringing a vineyard meets dreamy haven look. Peacock themes, modern soho chic mehndi's, glorious Garba's, lush purples with oodles of crystals, Turquoise gold and pearls and pure reds with regal 22k gold have been the season's favorites. From the glamorous 4 Seasons Austin, to the Rustic private Ranches to the whimsical Victorian Winfield inn we have worked with each unique venue to bring out its brilliance, the Indian wedding way!

Our dedication to artistic perfection has earned us accolades all over and the jewel in the crown is absolutely our feature on Style me Pretty!

From Saman Ansari, lead designer Saffron Affairs and her team- here is some visual pleasure for all of you out there!
Flora and Draped be-spoke Mandap

Crystals, glitz, bling and lush purples.

Couture Focal Point Seating- Gold Leaf and Silver Leaf hand painted Divan

Glorious Rangoli and Garba Decor

Floral details at the Mandap

Sleek, Modern, Soho CHIC Mehndi

Monday, December 13, 2010

This is how we do it

The team of Saffron Affairs knows how to make it happen for your big day, here are some images of the girls at their finest (and oh yes, most of the work is done in the wee hours of the morning to ensure your early morning wedding is right on time!)
Saman Ansari
Owner & Aesthetic Director
Saffron Affairs- Designing Couture Celebrations

Chetna and Saman create elaborate rose-petal designs on the aisle runner at 3:00 a.m!

Saman with one of the 200 parasols that went up on the ceiling to create exquisite paisleys

Chetna goes over the layout details and tweaks some highboy placements

Saman puts the finishing touches on place cards for the reception

Farha, Saman & Chetna after their design installation is complete for the wedding (its past midnight in this image)

The flower maestro Amy Bodle of Merveille events works with the Saffron Team for  phenomenal floral installations.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sweet Temptations

Dessert Tables are such a phenomenal success at weddings, especially with the exquisite design presentations by  Amy Atlas leading the trend, Desserts at weddings have gone way beyond the wedding cakes.

So how can this tie in to the South Asian scene... well lets see, Mithai or South Asian Desserts (also known as Sweet meats) are the equivilant of a champagne toast in western culture. So any business deal, family success, setting the date for an event, buying a home, birth of a child, high school graduation, promotion at the job (you get the idea) is marked with sharing Mithai with loved ones. 

The concept of sharing Mithai is commonly heard in the Urdu and Hindu sentence 'Mun meetha karna' or literally to sweeten the mouth.

At most Muslim weddings, as soon as the Nikah (religious ceremony) is completed, little pouches of goodies are distributed amongst all guests. Usually these pouches will contain dryed dates, sugar coated almonds, sweet fennel and rock sugar (Misri). The theme once again is we are sharing our joy by sweetening your mouth at this auspicious moment!

Now, with Dessert tables making statements at both mainstream and South Asian weddings, how lovely would it be to display different kinds of Mithai instead of cupcakes and chocolate truffles? With hundreds of flavors and styles of Mithai ranging from the Vibrant yellow Mooti Choor Laddu, to the melt in your mouth Bengali Ras Gullay, the toasted sesame rewari to the velvety Pistachio Burfi, the nutty goand kay laddu to airy  Batashay  an exquisite arrangement  can be made showcasing a variety of flavors, textures and aromas. Proper labels and ingredients will help novice mithai enthusiasts know both the content (to avoid any possible nut allergies) and will help them refer to a particular kind, later on, with a name rather than just 'Indian sweets'

Talk to your caterer and see if they will work with you on this or let Saffron Affairs create the Mithai Dessert table of your dreams to fulfill the sweet tooth of all your guests at your most special event!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saffron Affairs at ISES

Saffron Affairs was represented by founder and Aesthetic Director Saman Ansari and coordinator event productions Farha Jafri at the East Meets Tex, an ISES Austin Chapter event on November 16th 2010 at the Fortune Chinese and Seafood restaurant. 

The event was organized immaculately by Red Velvet Events, moderated by the eloquent Tacy Infante of Meritage Events, Chinese Asian Culture was presented by Cindy Lo and Saffron Affairs presented the essence of South Asian Culture and weddings. 

An introduction by Saman Ansari was followed by a presentation by Farha Jafri on the Cuisine, Religions, Music & dance, Beauty & Attire and the combination of these factors and their culmination at different South Asian Weddings. 

The floor was then open to questions from the audience primarily professionals from the wedding industry and the interactive Q & A session was a welcome success thoroughly enjoyed by all as Saman Ansari has been a professional public speaker, TV anchorperson and Radio moderator!

There is so much to acknowledge, learn and understand in the South Asian culture and Saffron Affairs will continue to participate in educational events to help the mainstream market familiarize the essence of one of the oldest, most exotic and highly coveted cultures of the world.

A sneak peak from the event-

A South Asian Wedding outfit- Designed by Saman Ansari

Suzy Q and Saman Ansari have offered their artistic services together and will be working on many events in 2011!

Farha Jafri and Saman Ansari of Saffron Affairs

A table top display of the different Religions practiced in South Asia

Monday, November 15, 2010

What is it they specialize in Again?

Indian weddings Austin- Hindu weddings Austin, Austin Indian weddings, Pakistani weddings Austin, Indian wedding decorators Austin, Indian Mandaps Austin, Indian wedding receptions, Mandap rentals, Custom Mandaps, Exclusive Mandaps, Mandap Designers, Indian wedding decor, Indian wedding designer, Pakistani wedding decorations, Shaadi decorations Austin, Valima stage decorations, Valima decor -----
Many ways of saying, one thing remains the same. Saffron Affairs is the premier Indian Wedding Decor' and multicultural celebration rental specialist in Austin, TX!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Indian Wedding- Austin (OMNI South Park)

Saffron Affairs- Specialty rentals, couture wedding design

October 29th 2010 was a delightful day for Divya & Siva as they celebrated their wedded union at the OMNI South Park Austin- Saffron Affairs provided full service event decor & design, specialty rentals, linens, florals, table centerpieces, the stage-scape and coordinated their imagery and cine' coverage under the wing of Studio Sila.

Here are some of the highlights of this exquisite, intimate celebration. Amy  your creativity once again bloomed and thank you for being such a phenomenal collaboration with Saffron Affairs! Chetna & Farha, thank you for all your hard work and phenomenal atttitude that made it all come together. Shawna Cook you are absolutely fantastic to work with, thank you for all your help and generosity to make our efforts at your venue flawless. Saman Ansari- well done!

Holiday 2010

Celebrate this Holiday season with the exquisite Copper Chaffing Dishes from the Saffron Affairs A La Carte Rentals Collection!

Present your finest cooking in the elegant Chaffing Dishes from buffet style to sit down with loved ones at the table- boast your turkey to tikka masala to your biryani A La King-

Complete with an exquisitely carved base, a centerpiece on its own,  carved brass handles, lid topper and a decorative braid and bow, this 6 Quart chafing dish comes with a hand carved serving spoon.

Need coordinating containers for Chutneys and dips? Don't miss the small copper pots perfect to present your blended savories-

Now renting for Thanksgiving & Christmas- Email us at for a quote and to reserve your pieces today.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Essence of South Asian Culture & Traditions

Saffron Affairs is presenting the essence of South Asian Culture and Traditions at the ISES Austin event on November 16th 2010 at the Fortune Chinese & Sea Food Restaurant.

Details at the link below!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A love story...

July 3rd 2010 was a lovely long weekend celebrating the pre-wedding and wedding festivities for a fantastic couple Ashley and Vasu. Saffron Affairs had a fabulous time designing the themes for their events, and this amazing video by Altared Images shows the essence of what we created for their wedding and reception.

A special thanks to Bethany at 36th Street events for her flawless coordination, Marquee tents for their tents & Amy at Merveille for enhancing the design elements with her lush floral art. Love the mehndi? Check out Anju Garg's portfolio at!

Saffron Affairs- Designing Couture Celebrations

Vasu and Ashley - A Love Story from Altared Weddings on Vimeo.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Spring 2011 Promotion

Dear Couples!
We have another special coming your way- all weddings booked between September 30th and October 20th 2010 for events in Spring 2011 will get a complimentary makeup session by Saman Ansari of Studio Sila! This session is for Austin only and can be used towards an engagement or pre-wedding photography session, or for a mehndi, sangeet or garba event. Sorry, not for wedding day looks :)
Here's to looking flawless and having a great time getting made up by the master makeup artist her self!
-The Saffron Affairs Team.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer 2010 Wedding Promotion- EXPIRED

Saffron Affairs is the premier full service Wedding Decor', event design and rental company in Austin specializing in Cross Cultural and Themed Wedding Celebrations.

We are proud to offer the most exclusive South Asian Inspired & French Regency rental furniture collection in Texas!

Saffron Affairs has an amazing promotion for the month of June 2010- Book any two events with Saffron Affairs and get a pre-wedding event package (upto a $2000 value) complimentary from Saffron Affairs!

So, let Saffron Affairs provide their full service Wedding Decor and Event Design Service for your wedding and reception including:

  • Wedding Ceremony focal points
  • Unique Chuppas
  • Wedding Mandaps
  • Wedding Stages
  • Backdrops & draping,
  • Entry way and cocktail area design
  • Exclusive linens & overlays,
  • Chair covers & sashes
  • Guest and cake table decor,
  • Elaborate reception stage-scapes
  • Dramatic Ceiling Draping
  • One of a kind rental furniture,
  • Table-scapes & centerpieces (both floral & decorative)
  • LED light design, custom GOBO's and pinspotting.
    AND get the decor, rentals and design of your Mehndi, Sangeet, Pithi or Rehearsal Dinner event as a wedding gift from us.

This promotion ends June 30th 2010, so call us today to set up a consultation with our design team and lets work on custom creating your wedding & reception design!

Saffron Affairs- Designing Couture Celebrations!