Friday, 30 March 2012

Mehendi- Rang Layegi !!

Mehendi- Rang Layegi !!

Mehendi is yet another traditional yet exciting pre wedding ceremony. In India, a lot of emphasis is given on customs and rituals. Indian people are ardent lovers of beauty and elegance. This is what reflects in the Mehendi ceremony before marriage. Mehendi ceremony has been prevalent since ages and forms such an integral part of the wedding ceremony that it cannot be imagined without it. Furthermore, Mehendi is one of the sixteen adornments of the bride and her beauty is incomplete without it.

For applying Mehendi to the bride, a skilled Mehendi expert is called. He applies Mehendi on bride's hands, arms, feet and legs. Traditionally, the Mehendi applied to the bride was obtained by drying the leaves of the Henna plant. Nowadays there are various types of Mehendi designs available in the market. 

Some of the popular Mehendi designs include Arabic Mehndi, Rajasthani Mehendi, Crystal Mehendi, Tattoo Mehendi, etc. Popular motifs of the bridal mehendi are conchshell, flowers, Kalash, peacock, doli and baraat patterns. The intricate motifs of the bridal henna also hide the husband’s name. It is said that the husband’s name in the intricate henna motifs is made for the groom who has to find out his name in his bride’s mehendi as an evidence of his sharp eyes and active brain to impress his girl.

Mehendi ceremony usually takes place just before marriage. According to the ritual, the bride does not step out of the house after this ceremony. Mehendi ceremony is essentially organized by the family of the bride and is usually a private affair which takes place in the presence of friends, relatives and family members. However, the scale of the ceremony depends upon individual choice. Some people celebrate it with great pomp and show. Sometimes, the Mehendi ceremony resembles another sangeet ceremony.

This also points towards the fact that Mehendi has become more of an accessory. However, no matter whatever might be its form, it is still an essential element of the bride. According to popular belief, the darker the color of the Mehendi, the more her husband will love her. 

As a tradition, the bride is not allowed to work in her marital house till the time her Mehendi does not fade away. This ceremony is primarily a women function, which takes place amidst musical beats of Dholak, with women singing traditional songs for a prosperous marital life of the bride.

Happy Wedding!!


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Thursday, 29 March 2012

5 factors for venue selection.....

Your Wedding day will undoubtedly be the most important and happiest day of your life. You can ensure that everything goes well on this special occasion with proper planning. As your venue is an important part of your wedding, you will definitely want it to be perfect. Choosing a perfect wedding venue is one of the most important and difficult decisions you have to make. It should fit into your style, budget and many other requirements….
Many couples, who start looking for venues often fall for the beauty of the place, ignoring more practical things. You should consider some crucial factors before making your selection.

5 most important factors to consider when selecting a wedding venue are:

You should first set a budget aside for your wedding venue and stick to it. There are many different types of venues available to suit all different tastes and budgets. From Hotels to Resorts, Clubs to Lawns, Sport complex to marriage hall. You do not always need to spend a fortune to get the venue of your dreams. There are enough venues that offer great facilities at reasonable prices. The only thing you need to do is to spend some time & research as many venues as possible before making your decision.

Venue size
The number of guests you are expecting for your wedding will be a deciding factor when selecting your venue. You will obviously require a larger venue if you intend to invite a lot of guests. If you are going to have a smaller more intimate wedding with only a few guests then smaller & cozy place should work just fine.

Wedding venue location
One of the factors that you need to consider is the location of your wedding venue. Make sure that if you are planning to get married at a Church, that your reception venue is not too far for guests to travel without getting lost. A good way to ensure against this is to provide transportation. Alternatively remember to provide maps to everyone. Make sure that the venue is well connected with Public transport.

Number of Guests
Check whether the venue you are hiring has the capacity for the number of guests you will be inviting for wedding or reception, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Check if the venue is suitable for disabled, elderly and young children. Ask the venue if they provide a complimentary room for the couple to change or relax? Check that the venue has ample parking.

Food and Drink
Check if the venue has in-house catering or if they use recommended caterers and can supply you with a list of companies to contact. Many venues offer combined food and drink packages to suit different budgets, offering the best value for money.

Apart from the above mentioned factors, you need to consider the deposit required, any hidden costs and check any overtime charges. Your Wedding day will undoubtedly be the most important and happiest day of your life. You can ensure that everything goes well on this special occasion with proper planning. As your venue is an important part of your wedding, you will definitely want it to be perfect.

Happy Wedding!!


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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Be a perfect guest....!

So you are attending a wedding……

It can be a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh traditional ceremony or Christen wedding, it’s likely that you’ll be unsure about what is expected of you as a guest. The following tips will guide you in understanding what the bride and groom really want to say to you, but out of respect, will not. Follow these with composure, grace and style...and you will be the perfect guest!

Four letters - R S V P. 

A few letters that mean so much!
Once you have checked off the Yes or No then inform the couple and if incase you change your mind then keep the couple posted. If you are unsure and cannot make a final decision by the set date, contact the couple to let them know. If you say 2 people are coming, don't show up with a 3rd person at the reception!


Power Dressing

Know the Dress Code
Before any event make sure you find out is there any specific dress code? Something you can just assume but it often gets tricky, in this case contact a member of the wedding party in advance in order to avoid any awkwardness at the function.

Colors to avoid

Generally wearing pure white and black are avoided during the Hindu / Sikh traditional ceremony of wedding. Weddings are festive events, and bright colors are always welcome and considered auspicious at a joyous event. Try to avoid wearing bright red as this is traditionally reserved for the bride and you wouldn’t want to outshine her on her special day!

Carry along a scarf/stole/dupatta

Several ceremonies, such as a Sikh wedding, usually require you to cover your head when you are in Gurudwara. Carry a long scarf or a stole, which can also be used to cover up bare shoulders or arms, if necessary. Men usually wear the head cover provided at the temple or carry a large white handkerchief to cover head.

Removing shoes

Most religious places require you to take off your shoes and place them in the designated place before you enter the sanctified area. While some traditional wedding ceremonies  may require you to be barefooted.



In most of the Hindu or Sikh weddings, you will mostly be served vegetarian food. Other wedding celebartion days like the mehendi, Sangeet or reception non-vegetarian food can be served depending on the family preferences. Wherein the Jain weddings are strictly vegetarian. At muslim weddings, you can expect the meat, but there are sure to be vegetarian options as well. It is best to accept only what you can eat and it would be rude to eat nothing at all, since taking part in the wedding feast as a guest, is a part of bringing good luck to the couple.


Drink Responsibly
Surely the weddings are a time to celebrate and party. And lot of times the functions like Sangeet or Reception provide you with the alcohol to drink. But this does not mean that you should take advantage of the free booze and get trashed. The last thing the bride and groom want to see on their wedding video is a drunken guest taking over the dance floor. Drink within your limit and don't embarrass the couple or yourself.


Taking pictures
Check before you start clicking pictures during a ceremony. Mostly it should be fine, but during some of the rituals even the official photographer may be barred in order to avoid distracting with the flash of the camera. So make sure that you are not disturbing wedding with your snapshots.

  Assigned Seating
If a wedding has assigned seating, don’t ignore it and follow your own rules. Remember that if you do not sit in your assigned seat, you are sitting in someone else's. This will only lead to confusion. Simply put, sit in your own seat!

Say Hello before Leaving!
With the large number of people that are invited to some weddings, it is often easy for the bride and groom to forget to say hello to some guests. Don't take this personally; make sure you steal a minute of their time to tell them how great they look and give them your blessings. They will appreciate your thoughts and won't have to regret not getting the chance to thank you for coming.

Enjoy Yourself! 
You were invited to share in the joy of the newlywed couple, so enjoy every minute of it! Savor the food, mingle with new people, and most importantly, dance the night away! Nothing will make the couple happier than knowing that their guests had a great time.

Have fun and and enjoy the experience!

Happy Wedding...!

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sajana Hai Mujhe…Sajana Ke Liye……..

Sajana Hai Mujhe…Sajana Ke Liye……..

Look your best on the D-day


The wedding day is the most important day of your life where everything - just everything has to be

right.  From your hair style to your make up all in accordance. And you want to l
ook million bucks….

A lot of careful, organized planning and coordination goes into creating that perfect look for that important day. A few things that you can follow will help you a great deal.

Make up Mantras

Your way to right look…

   ♥    After you book up a trial with your beauty therapist, make sure that you have a complete run through - of the way you want to look.

   ♥       Take along for reference some magazine clippings or downloads so that the beautician knows what you want.

   ♥       Matching your lip color to your nail polish all have to be well in tune, so discuss in detail to complete the look.

   ♥      When you plan your make-up, think about the camera. Make sure that you do not ask for a few tones of fairer make up as this can make you look very chalky or pasty or even shallow.

   ♥       Glitter and high gloss are great but if you want a traditional touch then go for matt.

   ♥      Insist on water resistant make up for a longer stay, especially for the eyes as they may water in the occasion giving you a smudged up look.

   ♥      Use blushers with highlighters that add to the bridal glow. The lips have to be shaped well so that the pictures come out sharp.

Face Off

Face & Skin care routine…

   ♥       Make sure that you do not experiment anything when the wedding day approaches as sometimes you may have rashes or red skin or pimples on your final day. Firstly, schedule a regular series of skin treatments

   ♥        Skin looks its best two days after a facial, so schedule the last skin treatment facial at least two days before the D-day.

   ♥        Do start regular home treatments. Make a pack by mixing haldi, milk cream and gram flour and apply it on your body as this will make your skin glow.

   ♥        Go for a weekly manicure and pedicure, so that your hands and feet look their best


Good hairstyles makes you look gorgeous

   ♥       For hair, start conditioning your hair with deep conditioning treatments.

   ♥       Sit with your beautician and decide on what low maintenance, high style hair cut could take you through your pre-wedding events and wedding day styles.

   ♥       Check out in advance with your hairstylist what style will go with the shape of your face, your outfit and hair quality.

   ♥       Keep your groom in mind while you choose your style. If your groom is much taller than you, a high hairdo will narrow the height difference, while if your groom lacks in the height, you should have a low hair do.

Body & Soul

Healthy body has healthy mind……

   ♥       Switch to raw veggies and fruits diet. Do not skip meals as this can give you weakness on the D’day.

   ♥       Drink tons of water.

   ♥      A crash diet is a bad idea when the wedding nears, as this will make you feel tired and low

   ♥      De-stress as it can play havoc on you. So much of planning and preparation for a wedding can really take their toll on you. Some effective ways to de-stress and look fresh on your wedding: do yoga to improve energy levels,body tone, concentration and relaxation.

   ♥       Get a massage at a spa with aeromatherapy oils or just call a malish wali home. (Make sure that she works with light pressure or you will have bone pains instead of being relaxed).

   ♥       Listen to music and soak your feet in a tub of warm water. Make sure you go for something that removes stress and restore your vitality. This helps in the over all stress- free look.

   ♥     And lastly, get enough sleep.

The smile factor

A great smile is something that you will share on the D- day.  

      Beverages and nicotine leave residues that build up over a period and darken the teeth. If your teeth are stained, perhaps you should consider polishing or whitening them.

      Having fixed your smile, all you need to do is brush and floss your teeth regularly. Finally, use a mint breath freshener and smile.

Happy Wedding!!


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Monday, 26 March 2012

Saga of Indian Bride....Continue....Solution to the Saga of Indian Bride.

Solution to the Saga of Indian Bride

 Is there anyone who can come for a rescue? Who can actually turn your dream wedding plan into reality? Can you just relax and enjoy your wedding without worrying about anything? Can you experience blissful time of your wedding without wedding stress??? ………..

Yes…all this is possible….

The idea of planning a wedding can be very exciting, but it leaves the couple confused for many things. How much to spend? How to figure out right wedding venue, décor and food?  And all this simply cannot be done just by the couple alone. Here’s where the wedding planner comes in the picture to ensure that your special day remains special, flows smoothly, you can just enjoy the blissful time of your life…your wedding.

Wedding planning takes hundreds of hour just to plan with free guidance, advice flowing in from family and friends….. and with today's hectic lifestyles, you may not have time to compare all the options, making sure you have the best deal and ensuring all the details are in place.

The Wedding Planner helps you to take the correct steps in making your Dream Wedding come true.  A Wedding Planner breathes… eats and dreams weddings as well as make them happen. Wedding Planners has the experience, expertise and the inside knowledge to make your special day as perfect as it can be. They will know what you need to know and how to make it possible. They ensure that you do not forget anything and that everything is ''in the right place at the right time."

It is also good idea to hire a wedding planner if you are from out of town, so that wedding planner can set all things right for you even before you reach here…… and in turn you save time, stress and money…….A good wedding planner always has their contacts for all small and big necessary things. And as we have good experience at hand, so we know the emergencies and how to deal with last minute stressful situations. With a wedding planner, you can ensure a beautiful function, one that your soul mate, your family and your guests can enjoy to the fullest.

To sum up how the wedding planners aren't a Luxury but they are a Necessity….

1.       Why Wedding Planner?
      Every couple deserves their Dream Wedding. Wedding Planner recognize that the road to getting there can be challenging. The excitement of a wedding is often replaced by panic and confusion when the time comes for wedding planning and coordination. That’s why hiring a Wedding Planner is a good idea.      

2.       Wedding Planning - For Style and Vision
It's not easy turning your Dream Wedding into a reality. Some wants a Fairytale Wedding, some wants royal touch, some wants destination Wedding, others want a freaky event like entry on elephant. Art of Wedding Planners know exactly which florists, musicians, lighting and decorators , entertainer need to be called upon to create that vision you dreamt for that special day.

3.       Wedding Planners - Save you time
Wedding Planners will do all the planning and execution for you right from reception venues to food, dance to décor, gifts to music, invitations to travel arrangements, photo shoots to choreography and so on and gives you options within your budget, saving you an enormous amount of time and effort.

4.       Wedding Planners - Save you money 
Wedding Planner we can obtain trade discounts unavailable to the general public. They have an experience in negotiating with vendors that enables them to secure the best deal for you. They save hidden costs.
5.       Wedding Planning - and Problem Solving
It's no secret that even the best laid plans can go for a toss. but you don't have to deal with those problems yourself, Wedding Planners takes care of all that, leaving you and your Family free to enjoy one of the most important days of your lives.

Happy Wedding!!     


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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Saga of Indian Bride....

Love is in the air………

            The world seems more beautiful now….songs are making you more romantic……sweet floral fragrance is around you……even the harshest summer afternoon seems like cold breeze to you….you day dream and smile when alone…….blush in thoughts…….count the stars…… Roses are red and violets are blue……uff these are the symptoms that “you are in love”…..

           Now before you say ‘I do' and become each others forever, you got to pass one hurdle… and that is Wedding…..

           Indian weddings are nothing less than Big, Magnificent, Huge and Great. Our Indian wedding are synonymous to larger than life celebrations….endless discussions about every small and big thing related to that wedding…… so many gold laden auntyjis than we  actually can count, endless discussion on silks and jewellery,  food discussions almost to feed  an army or enough lights to illuminate the moon, there is something about it what excite, astonish and surprise us all.

           Planning a Wedding is more like running a marathon… involves smallest to biggest thing to take care of, what ‘to be married’ couple can ever think of and cherry on top is entire gang of family and friends to suggest, guide and advise you…….

            But this cherry is not as sweet as you can think of! You already have your own idea and Dream but don’t know how to make it happen…knows plenty of malls but not sure where from get your wedding dress?? Probably have been to all the restaurants in town but not sure what food you want for your reception?? Want that fashion jewellery but don't know where you can get it and shiver with the thought that you might have to wear typical gold ornaments….you know floweriest but your knowledge is limited to sending a bunch of flowers and not the grand stages or walking aisle decor..….  so many thoughts….so many confusions…..

             Is there anyone who can come for a rescue? Who can actually turn your dream wedding plan into reality? Can you just relax and enjoy your wedding without worrying about anything? Can you experience blissful time of your wedding without wedding stress? 

Hmmm…..there is an answer for everything……..



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