#WeddingSeries – Indian Inspired Wedding Cards by Made by Badal

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// Cards by Made By Badal //

As you probably guessed by now, I loved the idea of cute, customized props for our wedding. From chalk boards to welcome signs, I had so much fun coming up with ideas and bringing them to life. One of the intentions Shiv and I set for our wedding was to have fun and make each event a celebration. It’s easy to get stressed out, take things too seriously, and get bogged down in the details during your wedding. Instead, we made a schedule and ideas that worked for us. Given my husband was laid back when it came to planning, I was able to indulge in my creatively quirky side. While some (ok most) ideas were a bit far fetched, the ideas we did decide on turned out so fun! For example, our photographer planned a first look shoot before our ceremony. We wanted the photos to be more casual and fun and not be too posed. We decided to write each other messages and exchange our cards at our first look.  We found fun Indian-inspired cards by Made By Badal. On Badal’s Etsy site, there are a wide variety of cards for us to pick from. My favorites are the Bridesmaids card, festival cards, and of course “Your Are My Favorite Ladoo”. Badal also designs items such as henna inspired table numbers, which we used during our reception!

Meet Badel Patel – Founder of Made by Badal

  • Tell us more about what inspired you to start Made by Badal?!  About this time last year I was going to my cousin’s bridal shower and didn’t have time to make her a card. When I went to the store I quickly realized that I was going to have to make time because all of the cards had white dresses—which would be weird to give my Indian cousin, who definitely wouldn’t wear a white dress on her wedding day! That’s when I realized that South Asians brides and South Asians in general need more options and that I could do something about it. I began thinking about it some more, and noticed that South Asians living in the States generally don’t exchange holiday cards, but how could we if we even wanted to? They hardly exist! Special occasions deserve a thoughtful card with a handwritten note, and we should have a bounty of beautiful ones to pick from! And speaking of special occasions, finding a simple but elegant East meets West inspired wedding invitation is like finding a needle in a haystack. We shouldn’t have to go to India to get invites and they should reflect more of our character and style. From greeting cards to wedding cards, these options should exist not only for South Asians but for anyone who is inspired by our culture.
  • What are the top selling items on Made by Badal? My top selling item is the ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid’ card for sure. Many brides want something thoughtful for the girls that have been around long before their dream guy, and this card not only looks cute with the sari illustrations but it provides the opportunity to jot something special down inside! Right now this is my only bridesmaid card, but I plan on making many lots of other options so stay tuned! Other items that are popular are the Diwali and Raksha Bandhan cards along with henna inspired table numbers and baby shower cards.
  • What are the inspirations behind your designs? I think that somewhere along the way a lot of South Asian inspired graphic design became either too simple or too over the top. My main goal is to create thoughtful designs that are the best of both worlds. I like to take traditional South Asian elements and create modern interpretations, whether that’s through a thoughtful color palette, a spin on an American saying, or even exercising a little bit of restraint. I also like to explore and experiment with different styles like henna design, intricate patterns, block prints and my unique style to make it a bit more fresh!
  • Tell us more about your design background! Funny story, I actually started out my college career as a Biochemistry major and did that for about two years. I had a bit of an epiphany and realized that I needed to make a change. It took awhile to convince myself that it was okay to break Indian stereotypes. I was going to be one of the few, if not, the only person in my family that was not just breaking but bursting out of the typical Indian profession bubble. After another four years in college, I finally graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Graphic Design. Now, I work as a full-time graphic designer at a studio in NYC and in my free time I design pieces for Made by Badal. I also do a lot of photography, ranging from portraits to engagement sessions to travel.
  • What’s next for Made by Badal?! Off the bat, one of my short-term goals is to finalize my greeting card line. I also want to create multiple wedding invitation sites that are predesigned and ready to order making it easier for brides. But let’s talk bigger picture. I want to eventually expand out of greeting and wedding cards, and explore what it means to be a first generation Indian in western culture. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I want to stop making cards, but I also want to branch out into other aspects of lifestyle like wedding event design, fashion, or even DIY, and see what happens when I add my distinct style.

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Disclosure – this post was sponsored by Made by BadalAs always – all opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. Pooja S says:

    These cards are so cute!