Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Top 5 Indian destinations to plan a memorable wedding

Gone are the days when weddings meant tiresome months of tedious planning. India now celebrates a new crop of youngsters who live it up on their big day and make sure their family and friends, too, join in the celebrations.

Indeed, wedding planners have a huge contributory role to play in the destination wedding trend that's set in. And thanks to them, a traditional Indian shaadi now spells extravagance with much glamour and style.

f you are planning a wedding in a picturesque destination then give yourself ample buffer time to zero down on a good location with standard capacity to seat and host guests and then check for its availability during the scheduled time of the wedding. In India, religious beliefs define the ceremonies but destinations are often free to choose for the bride and groom.
When in doubt over a 'perfect' venue, then go right ahead and indulge in the concept of 'wedding tours' that the wedding planner can take you on. Many NRIs opt for such tours as having a wedding in their motherland not only connects them to their roots, the budgets also tend to ensure a beautiful and exotic wedding.
Destination weddings always double up into a fun holiday. Hop on the bandwagon!






 Make a check-list of what you want at the wedding. Choose a wedding planner and share your vision to the hilt. Keep checking on the arrangements at intervals. Put aside a realistic budget for the entire wedding rentals, including a slot for photographer, florist and deejay at the reception time.
Decide on the cuisine, colour scheme, lighting and also music with the planner. If the wedding is outdoors, choose a time that is not too warm and is pleasant even in a suit or sherwani. Keep standby names and numbers of people who can help in case a need arises at the last minute.


 WHY: The Princely state of Udaipur in Rajasthan is known for its Rajput-era palaces.
The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake.
Many of the palaces here have been converted into luxury hotels, which host destination weddings with great aplomb.

NOTE: Wedding ceremonies should be chosen at a time when the weather is not too warm for the guests.
Evenings can be a pleasant option.


WHY: Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. Thronged by many international celebrities, the 'Sun City' enjoys bright, sunny weather all year round.

It's also titled the 'Blue City' due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel by tourists.
NOTE: This destination is so popular that booking a palace or fort for a wedding should be planned a year or more in advance.


 WHY: Kerala has a beautiful coastline to boast of. Most resorts here enjoy outstanding scenery and also come with a good capacity to host guests. It's a good idea to avoid monsoon weddings in this destination as the weather can get extremely humid.

While selecting the facilities for the guests who are staying at the resorts during the wedding, it can be a thoughtful gesture to include authentic Ayurvedic massages on the indulgence list. Local musicians (even pachyderms) and priests can be booked beforehand for specific ceremonies.


 WHY: Church and Beach weddings are considered the most gorgeous themes by most urban couples and what better location than Goa for that big day. The beautiful beaches in Goa, including Chapora, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Dona Paula, Bambolim, Morjim, Mobor, Majorda and Siridao serve as excellent wedding locations. Apart from the beaches, the beautiful churches and lush tropical gardens that Goa has on offer are ideal for formal weddings.

Gardens, which are maintained and managed by star hotels are a good investment if the number of guests are fairly high. There are numerous wedding planners who can shortlist a preferred theme in the location you would eventually choose. Thematically decorating the church, beach or garden venue for the wedding ceremonies can truly add to the flavour of the ceremonies.

NOTE: One must take care to get necessary permission from the local authorities, which is needed to conduct a wedding on any of the beaches in Goa. You would need to adhere to strict timings as per the local laws and conclude your wedding ceremony by then. If your friends prefer to party late into the night then choosing an indoor location for your post wedding party is certainly preferable.


 WHY: Temples are one of the most preferred locations for Hindus for holding wedding ceremonies. Many South-Indian families opt for kalyan mandapams in Tirupati and Annavaram in Andhra Pradesh and other temples toward Tamil Nadu. In Benaras, temples dotting the ghats of the river Ganges or in the climes of Uttaranchal are a favourite choice by most North-Indians.

NOTE: Stay facilities at the kalyan mandapams and temples are basic. Enquiry and bookings can 

be made through the trust that run these temples. The trust also offers priest service, prasadam or satvik food and floral decorations.

Happy Wedding!

Shubh Vivah- The wedding Planner

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Monsoon Wedding!!

Wedding ceremony is an important event of everyone’s life. So, everybody wants to make his or her wedding ceremony special. They want to celebrate the function in such a manner that it will be remembered for long time. A “Theme Wedding” is the most recent trend that is in fashion and makes a wedding ceremony special.

Monsoon is considered as one of the most beautiful seasons because everyone gets relief from scorching heat. It is also referred as the season of love blossom and creativity. The season of monsoon is always linked with love and romance. It can be very stimulating to arrange the marriage at a time that blends lovely weather, fresh air and blossoming flowers.

The festive wedding tent that are loaded with flowers, rich red and gold colors everywhere, sitar music, smells of incense memorizes us Indian wedding - a monsoon wedding.  A monsoon wedding theme is truly unique which can make an important incident of your life most memorable. Monsoon wedding most probably takes place in India.

Wedding stationery can be designed keeping in mind the weather. This is also the best way to inform your guests to dress casually and come prepared to enjoy the rains.
In case of traditional cakes, you can go for cakes with a crystal or pearl finish with a beautiful themed topper. You can add umbrellas, boots, raindrops, clouds and any other rain elements to make this more interesting.
Umbrellas and rain boots are images you easily call to mind when you think about the rains. Using these things in your décor will not only be unique and refreshing but will also bring in splashes of color and the element of fun to your décor.

Brightly colored umbrellas can also be used to line walkways leading to your main venue or hung randomly inside your venue.

Similar to white paper lanterns, white umbrellas with lights strung across the venue also looks very dramatic and pretty. You can also use umbrellas in pretty prints or solid bold colors for an equally stunning effect. This will look best in an outdoor venue or indoor areas with high ceilings.
Happy Monsoon! Happy Wedding!!

Shubh Vivah- The Wedding Planner
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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Wedding theme: themes are the in thing today

A wedding theme is like an extension of your personality. Little wonder then that couples are no longer content with just the choice of flowers and backdrops giving those gathered an insight into their tastes. What were once indoor themes have now spilled out into the open. 

However, couples should pick themes that reflect their tastes.

TOP FIVE INDOOR Wedding Themes of 2012

Retro: Bollywood in its '60s and Elvis Presley for the Hollywood of yore. Retro themes never really fade out and can light up weddings instantly. 

Movie mania: Twilight Saga, Mamma Mia, Alice in Wonderland, Matrix Reloaded... pick your favourite movie and start replicating. 

Restaurants: Buddha Bars across the world or Chez Georges in Paris — if you can't go to the bar, recreate it where you are! 

Circus: Aerialists flying around, the bride and groom in horse carriages — it's one of the novel themes! 

Colour specific: Pick your favourite shade and go all out. Pink, blue, red, black or white, the choice is yours. Thematic decor looks beautiful. 

Happy Wedding!

Shubh Vivah- The Wedding Planner

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Lisa Ray to have traditional Indian wedding in California

Actress Lisa Ray, who is all excited about tying the knot with her American fiance Jason Dehni in California, says she is planning her wedding in typical Indian style.
The 40-year-old "Water" star will marry the management executive on October 20 at Napa Valley and will have the reception in India.

"I have never been so happy before in my life. I am nervous and at the same time excited as the wedding is approaching. I am shopping a lot in India. It will be a typical Indian style wedding," Lisa said.

"My fiance and I have planned my reception in India for my friends here though we haven't decided the venue yet," she added.  Her wedding gown is being designed by Wendell Rodricks with loads of Indian embellishments in it.

"I was in Goa few days ago for my fitting session with Wendell. He is a dear friend of mine. He told me that he will use some Indian embellishments in it. In my sangeet and mehendi, I will be wearing Indian dresses," said Lisa, who was in the Capital last night to launch Swiss watch brand Rado's avant-garde collection.

Happy Wedding!!

Shubh Vivah- The Wedding Planner

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Friday, 13 July 2012

Singer Mohit Chauhan ties knot with journalist Prarthna

Singer Mohit Chauhan tied the knot with Delhi-based journalist Prarthna Gehlot in a hush-hush, low key affair in Solan, Himachal Pradesh (HP) on the same day. Chauhan, 48, a native of Nahan in HP, had a simple wedding ceremony at a hotel of the state tourism department at Barog, a district in Solan.
The ceremony was kept completely secret and the media was not allowed to enter the venue. Chauhan arrived at the wedding venue dressed in a golden sherwani, along with some selected guests from his elder brother’s house in Solan.

No one from the film industry was  spotted at the venue.
 Mohit's wife works with an English magazine and 
hails from Dehradun in Uttarakhand.
Born in 1964 in Nahan in Sirmaur district in 

Himachal Pradesh, Mohit did his postgraduate

degree in geology from Dharamsala. 

He started his music career as the lead singer

 for the Dharamsala-based band - The 

Hijackers. But Among his many 

performances, Chauhan is known best for his 

playback singing in Rockstar.

Happy Wedding!!

Shubh Vivah- The Wedding Planner

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