Credits to Crystal D’sa
Candid Photography…We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!
Photo Credits: Sunitha Nadig Photography
When you’ve paid anything from many thousands or over a lakh, why would you want your guests ruining it for you?
A valuable takeaway from this article is the ‘unplugged’ wedding concept which basically implies that the bride and groom asks the guests not to take any kind of shots during the actual ceremony itself. After the ceremony is entirely over, it’s the couples choice to grant permission! Let’s just let the photographers do the job they were hired to do and guests can just enjoy… well … being guests.
Do you see that? Now you may ask me WHY??? How I dread questions that start with ‘W’, but I will tell you exactly why so!
When your photos come back from your photographer, all your guest shots include your favorite people staring at their hi-fi devices. every guest is tweeting or posting the whole wedding on facebook. I thought they were present to be with you.
Source: Corey Ann Photography
Flash from the camera- the photographers biggest enemy!
Really you might have just killed that moment- the first kiss, the first hug, or that tear drop falling from the brides eye.
Source: Corey Ann Photography
The smaller enemy- The red dot!
Photo bombing pictures might be fun during the after party but you might just be uninvited to the couples future events!
All the beep, beep, click, flash…the noise pollution during your most intimate moment. It was supposed to be an intimate wedding that’s now just paparazzi.
I’m not the only one who vouches for this concept, the experts say so too. Stay tuned to know what’s their take on an Unplugged Wedding.
Credits to Crystal D’sa
Candid Photographer… Check!
Candid cinematography… Check!
Fiance… Oh yes! Check!
accessories for ME…Oh no… Can’t check!”
After haven taken care of the most important wedding decisions- choosing your wedding accessories should be the next thing on your wedding checklist. Indian women are beautiful and make gorgeous brides, but you can’t achieve this without the best Indian wedding accessories to accomplish your outfit.
Indian bridal accessories:
Shoes- One of the most overlooked accessories! What you need to remember while buying these, ‘COMFORT!’
These will support you for the entire day, so opt for comfort over style! MY advice- Wear them around the house for an house for a week. Let’s avoid those painful shoe bites now!
Jewelry- The most displayed accessory on you. Your mother, his mother, the photographer and everyone at your wedding will be out to look at what rests on your neck. COMFORT- a mantra you should bear in mind. Coordinate your buy with your outfit. If your outfit is heavy, stay simple and light on your jewelry.
Purse- I recommend that every bride should carry one. It’s an add-on to your outfit but also practical. What needs to go into it- your phone, compact, lipstick and tissues.Let it be of moderate size, elegant and practical for your use.
Bindi- North, South, East or West; every bride has a different look. Coordinate your bindi with other forehead decor and hairstyle.
Anklets- ‘The new bride announces her entry into her husbands house with the tinkling of her payal’, so I read. Tinkling or not, it’s auspicious to wear them at your wedding. It could be gold, silver, beaded wood, crystals or semi- precious stones. Ideally an anklet needs to be 2-3 inches larger than your ankle size so that the embellishments fall right under the ankle bone.
Armbands- There are varieties exquisitely hand crafted in gold, zircon stones and other precious stones. Armbands or Bajuband is given to the bride by her sister-in-law to protect the bride for the rest of her life.
Nose rings- Considered as one of the signs of getting married, a way of honoring Parvathi ( Hindu Goddess of marriage) or a style statement; when opting for one on your wedding day bear in mind that it should compliment your trousseau, face cut and other jewelry. Available in studs, rings and nath.
Earrings- Keep them simple and elegant. You don’t want your photographs showing your earlobes stretching due to the weight.
Rings- The engagement ring is one of many rings, but brides can opt to put more than one for a wholesome look. ‘Haathpool’, bracelet with rings is something brides can opt for a holistic, rich look.
Bangles- It could be glass or gold. It completes the married look.
Mehendi- This would essentially depend on which part of India you come from. Try it out and test it to ensure you’re not allergic to it.
Mang tika- Also called Shringar; a central piece attached to a string on one and a hook on the other.Your face is the most photographed, so try a sample shoot with your makeup and accessories to evaluate if they compliment each other.
Makeup- This is a ‘make or break’! Have skin treatments started a year prior to your wedding and have a makeup trial done to pick out a look for your wedding. You don’t want to be shocked with what you see in the mirror.
Nail polish- choose a dark colour because being an Indian bride you would have had haldi and mehendi ceremonies. This could have stained your finger nails. French manicure is out of the option for you; opt for maroon, red or gold.
Toe rings- Also called bichua, the toe ring is very important in many states in India. Think from a photography aspect- how would you want it to look. Also, ladies think – COMFORT!
Waistband- Also called kamarband, an accessory to accentuate your waistline. Keep pattern in mind, you don’t want it poking through your skin while you sit.
Every brides mantra- “Comfort, Smile, Happiness”
Credits to Crystal D’sa
Everyone loves birthdays, weddings, basically any function that involves receiving gifts. I’ve had the privilege of putting together my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary and it was oh so grand, 50 years after all! It was that moment when I was ready to rip all the wrapping paper apart and see what they received for such a prestigious occasion and I was horrified with the ridiculousness.
After 50 years, guests still thought my grandmother needed cooking items, trays and other sorts of kitchen appliances; as if after three succeeding generations she wouldn’t have the same stocked up with her. That’s when I told her, “You should have registered for gifts.”
Registering for a gift isn’t really asking for much, at least you won’t have to receive things that you don’t like, won’t use and give away. Engaged couples often set up wedding registries to help guests choose gifts that the couple will enjoy using. Setting up a wedding registry will help you and your guests avoid purchasing duplicate gifts or avoid unwanted gifts. This concept hasn’t caught on in India YET, but be the first to do it. It’s practical, hassle free and NO it isn’t rude as long as you follow a few DO’s and DONT’s.
The DO’s and DONT’s of Wedding Registries
Don’t go overboard
When registering, stick to two or three stores you love. Choose a national department store or chain that has lots of household basics. Think of your guests – select stores of low, medium and high end to that they have a variety to choose from.
Do Register Ahead of Time
Complete your registry four to six months before the wedding. This will give guests time to purchase gifts for the big day, but also for your engagement and Sangeet.
Don’t Tell Guests Where You’re Registered in Your Invitation
Once you have registered, give the information to immediate family and the wedding party, and let them spread the word. If you are asked where you have registered, go ahead and tell them, but it is not proper to include registry information in a wedding invitation. Registry information can be included on a wedding website- it gives them easier access to see what you have registered for.
Do Register for Enough Gifts
Register for more, so there will be plenty of items to choose from. Think about who your guests are, and register for gifts in a wide range of prices, or choose individual items rather than sets, as with pots and pans, for instance. Put a few expensive items on your registry, but balance them with equally with more affordable options.
Don’t Ask for Money
Now I know that this would just simplify it all, but it’s still taboo to ask for it. You could register for stocks via website or register for your honeymoon through a travel agency.
Do Review Your Registry
Your registry may not automatically notify you when a gift has been purchased, review your registry every few weeks, and more frequently as the wedding approaches. Use your updated registry to help you keep up with writing thank-you notes.
Don’t Limit Your Registry
Don’t just register for now, you’ve promised and settled to spend your entire life together, register for gifts that will be practical even in the long run. It just prolongs the excitement.
Do Write Thank-You Notes Right Away
Ideally, you should acknowledge every present immediately; writing a note the day you receive it is best, but sending it within two weeks is also acceptable. Obviously, the period surrounding your wedding is a busy time; if you fall short, just make every effort to send a thank you as soon as you can — but no later than three months!
Don’t Worry if You Don’t Get Everything on Your Registry
If you don’t receive everything you registered for, don’t worry. At least you got half of it!
Credits to Crystal D’sa
It’s one of those mindless moments and I’m wondering what’s disposed off into the thrash; egg shells from breakfast, floor sweepings, paper balls after all that scribbling, empty bottles, but a WEDDING DRESS- not so much. I’m not married but a wedding planner by profession, I’ve not seen it personally. Probably the trend hasn’t caught on in India.
Thrash the wedding dress, fearless bride, rock the frock; call it whatever you like but my question to you- ‘Is the photo shoot really worth thrashing your wedding dress?’
Source: Jeff Cooke Photography
The trend started with photographer John Michael Cooper in Las Vegas in 2001 but the idea originated from Meg Cummings of the show Sunset Beach. Remember the scene when she ran into the ocean in her wedding dress?
Source: Michael Moss Photography
Black wedding dresses, mullet marry me dresses, Tina Turner’s black and green Swarovski embroidered dress or Jessica Biel’s frothy pink dress- NOT your thing? Maybe thrashing your wedding is just it!
Source: Michelle Blair Photography
How to thrash your wedding dress? Adventurous brides have jumped off cliffs, climbed trees, doused themselves with paint — even para sailing. There are plenty of ways to do this but one bride Natasha Samuel took it one step too far.
Source: White Studio Potography
Yes! They soaked the back in flammable liquid and set it on fire.
Source: Darbi G Photography
Many brides have made it to national news. Are you next?
Credits to Crystal D’sa
Finnish brides keep a match to keep their love burning. Mexican brides sew three coloured ribbons to summon passion, bless food and bring financial luck. Bells are chimed at Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and Italian couples smash glass estimate how many happy married years they have.
So what do us as Indians have? Plenty, trust me.
The darkness of the mehendi colour on her hand shows the deep love and respect she will receive from her husband and mother-in-law!
It’s almost every brides dream to design her wedding trousseau. Think twice, it’s considered unlucky to design your wedding outfits.
The English began ‘something new, old, borrowed, and blue and six pence in her shoe’. Borrowing from a happy bride or couple will bring you good luck but lending it, not so much. Indian irony-Your generosity might be bad omen.
Wear earrings when you are married and you will always be happy.
A week before the wedding, the bride and seven married women of her family make small balls of “chana dal ” (lentil), which are later dried and sent to the groom’s house to ensure that the pantry is always full with plenty to eat.
Crossing black cats path-unlucky! But if you see a black cat or a rainbow on your wedding day then it is considered to be a good luck. Spotting an open grave, lizard or a pig is a bad fortune.
Cats and weddings seem to go hand in hand. A week before the wedding, it is considered good luck to have a cat eat out of your left shoe.
Our relationship with animals doesn’t end yet. In some places, the prospective groom sent members of his family to express his interests to the prospective bride; if, on their way, they saw a blind man, a monk, or a pregnant woman, it was thought the marriage would doomed. If, however, they saw nanny goats, pigeons, or wolves, good fortune would come to the marriage.
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In some Hindu families, the bride is given a knife or any other sharp metal object to carry with her at all times after she is engaged till the wedding, so that she can protect her virtue – even from her fiancé! Grooms, watch out.
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Don’t let your tea or coffee spill over-if boiling milk spills over it is considered to be a sign of pending misfortune.
It is good luck for the bride to take one look in the mirror once she is fully attired, but she should not look again. What a pity! Well, at least she’ll have photographs to look at.
Credits to Leanne Pais
You’ve finished dressing up.
As you gaze at yourself in the oval-glass mirror, someone helps you put your veil on.
And that’s it. You’ve had made a memory. As you smile at your reflection, you no longer see a woman in a beautiful white gown, you see a bride.
Your veil is more than a simple accessory for your gown. It is the accessory that’s going to set off your gown, accentuate your figure and highlight your beautiful face. This diaphanous piece of fabric gives you more choices than you know what to do with.
What material do you want it in? What colours do you have to choose from? Are there multiple varieties of veils to choose from? The questions go on.
But we’re going to take this one step at a time. So before we start all else, you need to decide how to determine the length of your veil.
Step 1: Decide on the way you intend to style your hair before choosing the length of your veil. The hair accessories and hairdo you choose determines the height at which your veil will be pinned.
Photo Credits – Priyanca Daga
Step 2: While your veil is the most important accessory, remember not to let it overpower your gown. Choose a veil that flows 3 inches below the back neckline of your gown. The extra 3 inches will make you look elegant and tall. Add an extra touch of class by making sure that there isn’t a break between the veil and the back neckline of your gown.
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Step 3: To effectively accentuate your figure, take your height into consideration. An elbow-length veil is perfect for you, if you’re shorter than 5’4”. However, consider going for a fingertip-length veil, which accentuates your frame, if you’re taller than 5’7”. If you’re in between these heights, let your gown and heart-strings decide what kind of veil would suit you best.
Photo credits – Sowmya Photography
Step 4: You now have a fairly clear idea of what to keep in mind while selecting your veil. Follow these three steps and you’re golden! The last thing you need to, that would finally determine the exact length of your veil would be to check out the types of veils available. From Birdcage veils to Cathedral veils, we’ve got it all covered in our next post.
Credits to Crystal D’sa
This Victorian Era quote was customary to every bride; she’d take the effort to incorporate each of these elements into what she wears as good luck for a happy marriage. The original, “Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue and six pence in her shoe” has profound symbolism. Usually, this quote applies to the brides wedding outfit, but couples today incorporate these elements in their wedding decor too. It may go unnoticed by the guests but are personal and have sentimental value to them.
Agreed, this quote was Victorian and then the American bride borrowed this tradition too, but we aren’t too far behind, many Indian brides are accustomed to this too and insist on following it.
Something old represents continuity with the bride’s family and past. Many brides use their mothers or grandmothers wedding gowns, lenghas and sarees. You could borrow a bit of it and bring into play your designs. Vintage jewelry, compact mirrors. ‘Something borrowed’ need not be something from your mother and grandmother; it could very well be something from your father like his button from an old suit; brides have been known to attach their fathers button at the hemline of the dress.
Something new symbolizes the couple’s optimism for their new life together. Your wedding trousseau is new but if their family heirlooms then there are several new elements you could add to complete your wedding look. Finding new elements are the least of your worries, there’s an endless list to choose from.
Something borrowed represents happiness; an item from a happily married family or friend whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. This shouldn’t be impossible, just ask for an element that was used at their wedding- a piece of jewelry, a clutch, or shoes too! You needn’t have to walk in them to avoid blisters on your wedding day. You could simply carry a handkerchief or prayer book.
Something blue; in ancient Rome it symbolised love, fortune and fidelity. A blue garter, some orchids in your bouquet, a blue hair pin, blue shoes or nail colour for your toe nails.
Credits: Sowmya Photography
Needless to say sixpence no longer counts. It was worth six pennies; this originally was a Scottish custom to place it in their left shoe! Grooms I’m sure your bride isn’t going to place one in her shoe maybe you could try being part Scottish for a day.
Credits to Crystal D’sa
We’re addicted to weddings; all we want to do is bring out the best for this 2014! When the sun rays begin to kiss your skin it’s time to say hello to everything bright and bold; it’s time for the latest summer wedding trends.
If you are looking for a colour combination for your wedding that will add a lovely fresh look then you have stumbled onto the right place! This 2014 we suggest beautiful bright colour schemes:
Orange + Green Colour scheme- This classic and bold colour pair is perfect for any time of the year. In this colour combination, orange flowers will stand out. Our picks are roses and lilies.
Purple + blue colour scheme- These gorgeous colours add an ideal touch to a summer and spring wedding. Deep purple and light blue hues are a wonderful combo. Brides try this for your bouquet, you won’t regret it!
Cranberry + Bold pink colour scheme- Don’t be too surprised, use black and white as foundation colours so that these bright colours stand out.
Black + White + Green colour scheme- This is our favourite colour pairing for the modern day bride; a perfect balance for an elegant summer wedding.
Blue + White colour scheme- The all sophisticated wedding calls for soft blues and whites. White cream roses nestled in blue hydrangeas make a beautiful bouquet.
Red + Orange colour scheme- These deep rust tones are just right for a fall wedding.
Photo credits: www.weddingwire.com
Orange + Bright Pink colour scheme- We suggest using this blend for the Mehendi. Gerbera daisies and roses in these two colours will create a bouquet that pops!
Green + Cream colour scheme- These two classic colours that come together to create an elegant wedding look any time of the year.
Now that we’ve suggested some colour combinations; you can use these practically in every aspect of your wedding- the invites, bridesmaid’s dresses, fabric and flowers! Keep the invites simple, light and bright. Focus on colours more than edgy, bulky accessories.
Venues- These accentuate the beauty of a wedding. This 2014 look out for open venues, halls with thatched roofs, pool side for cocktail parties and well trimmed lawn space for Mehendi.
Don’t waste your spend on decor, keep it simple and classy. Let the fabric be flowy and light; colours that complement your trousseau.
Photo credits: www.bespoke-bride.com
Giving favours ought to be sensible spend; we suggest helping your guest. Use gifts like umbrella, peach tea to cool you down or sun glasses to protect them at your poolside cocktail party.
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Pre-dinner cocktails are replacing Champagne, especially gin; something we approve of.
The Ultimate Ketel One Lemonade- Lemonade and summer go together like sand and surf. Try this premium vodka-enhanced version of the classic warm-weather beverage.
Watermelon Margarita- Easy-to-make margarita features fresh watermelon muddled with agave syrup.
Mojito- They have gained incredible popularity in the last few years for their lively mint and fresh lime flavours — a sure-fire crowd-pleaser at cocktail parties.
Cîroc Chic- The fresh blend of pomegranate and pineapple juices with crisp Cîroc vodka is an excellent choice. Top it up with edible flowers!
Barbados Punch- This summery, rum-based blended drink is refreshing. Lime juice and a fresh fruit garnish complement the sweetness of the pineapple juice and spiced rum.
La Paloma Suprema- This drink combines silky-smooth, aged tequila with tangy grapefruit soda — proof that there’s more than one way to enjoy Mexico’s most famous export.
Cuervo Especial Oasis- Enhanced with triple sec and a blend of juices, this easy tequila cocktail is a welcome treat on a hot, sunny wedding day. A mix of cranberry and orange juices is the secret to its pretty sunset colour.
Photo credits: www.onthisdayweddings.com
Brides; let the mantra of 2014’s summer weddings be – ‘Bright, bold & beautiful’.
Credits to Vijay isaac
If there’s just one thing to top up a flawless destination wedding, it has got be a honeymoon on foreign shores. New age couples are always looking to break away from the norm, to create a norm for themselves really. From over-the-top weddings to underwater nuptials, the most daring amongst them all have been there and done that. However, when looking to take everything to the next page, exotic honeymoons are currently the rage.
Not that we are honeymoon experts or anything of that sort, but given that we have worked on so many weddings, we’d like to believe we are knowledgeable enough to impart generic details on some of the most exotic honeymoon locations across the world.
For a one-of-a-kind experience, Bahamas has got to be a favorite pick. The greetings of the sand paired perfectly well with the visual of tempting blue waters will only see you falling in love twice as much. What makes the Bahamas so unique in its appeal is not its characteristic laidback spirit that will be quick to dominate you, but how easy it can be to feel very one with the place, rapidly helping you to forget monotony we suppose. Head to the Bahamas if tropical charm, global attractions and an eclectic twist of ecology are what you are expecting from your honeymoon trip.
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A far cry away from the Bahamas or any other beach-country destination, Italy is a honeymoon paradise in its own way. Falling in love in Italy, over and over again shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Cobblestone streets, period churches, art all around, museums, the food, the wine, the people, the culture, everything can seem absolutely loveable, almost making you want to stay in Italy forever, never wanting to return home. However, what can be a challenge for us is to single out any one Italian destination, possibly because every little and big thing about the country is nothing short of a treat to the senses. The draw of Venice, Tuscany’s rolling sunflower hills, the culture in Florence and the history of Rome, makes it difficult to just pick out one part of Italy. However, what can be pretty simple to do is to decide on which part of Italy appeals to you the most and pack your bags to just that one, and if love bites harder when in Italy, which it mostly will, visit every other part of the glorious country too.
Source - www.destinationweddingmag.com
Going by common knowledge, very rarely do we hear of couples honeymooning off to Mexico, at least in our part of the world. For us, we can’t help but wonder why? To pack our bags off to taco-land and with an icing of love would be nothing but a dream come true.
Any which way you look at it and not going by views and opinions shared on talk shows and in the movies, Mexico is as welcoming as a country can get. What you can expect from the historical land is pretty much endless. Beaches surrounded by greenery that stretches to as far as the eye can see, nature clubs, nightclubs, museums, top-of-the-rung tourist services, golf courses, exotic foods, romance all the way, really. What is also striking about the country of Mexico is its hotels. The ones high on experiences will strike for you a great balance between what is nature and what is man-made. Look to head to such hotels when in Mexico, and along with everything else in the country, a truly gratifying experience is a surety.
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Want to discover your wild side when on your honeymoon? No more questions asked, destination Kenya it is.
To put some thought into it, Kenya cannot really be your typical honeymoon destination, but then we are not dwelling on the done; we are dwelling on the undone which is Kenya – a wild paradise from time immemorial. From the roars of a lion shattering the silence of an African night to the sighting of migratory zebra and wildebeest, it doesn’t get any wilder. If you are looking for a honeymoon that is loaded with adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, choose Kenya, it’s after all the country home to the awe-inspiring Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Source - www.originaltravel.co.uk
Credits to Leanne Pais
The rites at an Arya Samaj wedding are like poetry- simple yet enveloped in beautiful symbolism. The couple forms the forefront of the ceremony, in its celebration of togetherness in the truest sense- the couple in place of idols.
It begins with the exchange of garlands by the couple- I accept you to be my partner for as long as I shall live.
The bride then offers honey, ghee and curds to the groom- We will be hospitable to all who come to our home, and I, the bride, am determined to turn any sourness into sweetness.
It is an inclusive ceremony- We give you our daughter, look after her well.
And it is all about the promise- She is mine, as I am hers.
Photo credits to – Regan Raj
You are my wife. You are my husband and we are one. Together we can take on the world. Welcome to the rest of our lives.
Photo credits to Nithin – F Shutter Photography
Water from two separate glasses is poured into a bowl, symbolising that two hearts have become one and can never be told apart.
Mantras are prayed and offerings are made to fire as a witness to God.
The groom holds his bride’s right hand as a symbol of trust and a promise to keep her happy as his life’s partner, as they make their symbolic walk around the fire.
Photo credits to Sudeep
The groom then pledges his love and devotion, while the bride places her right foot on a piece of rock, symbolising the stability of their commitment to each other.
The bride offers puffed rice to the fire- praying for her husband to be blest with a long life. The couple then walks around the fire thrice, symbolising the groom’s happiness to welcome his bride into his house.
And together, the couple takes the seven steps of marriage, symbolising the tying of the sacred marital knot that entwines their lives.
The ceremony comes to an end when the couple is blest by their families and elders.