Next Stop – Bali

Known throughout  the world as “Island of the Gods”, Bali is a  truly beautiful island with its sandy beaches, Balinese culture, colorful dances, festivals, temples, and spiritual surroundings. There’s no surprise why so many couples want to tie the knot here. The list of things to do here is endless; and the luxury world class resorts and villas spread throughout, provide endless choices for an unforgettable Destination Wedding.

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 How do I get there? 

The Ngurah Rai International Airport also known as the Denpasar International Airport, serves Bali. It is 15 km from the city and has regular international flight services from Europe, America, Australia, and most Asian countries. Bali is well connected to most of Indonesia and has regular domestic flights connecting it to major cities within the country.

Bali is also a major port for cruise liners passing through South East Asia.

What are the ideal wedding venues?

Kuta – A former fishing village, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bali.  It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation and many restaurants & bars. wedding-set-main-pool-floating-stage

 Nusa Dua – It means 2 islands and is an enclave of large international 5-star resorts in south-eastern Bali. Since it is located 40 kilometres from Denpasar, it is the most chosen wedding venue.

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Ubud – It is one of Bali’s major art and culture centres. The hanging gardens at Ubud act as the perfect scenic background for a mountain wedding – since they are located at a higher altitude.bali indonesia

Seminyak – a very popular area with luxury hotels and spas around; and also a density of high-end shopping, this venue is perfect for a glitz and glam wedding.

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How do I kill time after the wedding?

There are a number of fun activities for tourists at Bali. If you have time to kill before or after the great destination wedding, try scuba diving – several diving institutes are available at your fingertips, who promise you the experience of a lifetime.

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As Hinduism is the predominant religion in the island, you can find a large number of Balinese Hindu temples to visit.

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Shopping in Bali is not simply walking into a shop, picking something from a shelf and paying for it. Shopping is an art.  You can choose from handicrafts, jewellery, clothing, leather goods, pottery and wood carvings.

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The majority of Bali’s better entertainment places offer everything a discerned traveler would want. Seminyak has the most sophisticated nightlife in Bali with new chic bars, clubs and restaurants opening every week. This area draws in people with creative skills such as young fashion designers and artists which has given the area a lively but classy nightlife.

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So yes, these are the great reasons why Bali can play the perfect host to your Destination Wedding, crafting memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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Theme Weddings

Finding a theme for your wedding can be as hard as choosing the perfect wedding dress.  Themed weddings are the most sought after services a wedding planner can offer. We’ve listed some of the popular wedding themes doing the rounds these days!

If you desire an endless night filled with fun and tradition, then an Arabian Wedding Theme may just be the answer for you! This theme usually includes decor elements like marquee tents, props like brass camels and Moroccan lamps.

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The Royal Indian Theme is the most preferred in locations like Rajasthan, Udaipur and Jodhpur. Being a very opulent theme,it  can include very elegant elements into the ceremonies.

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The Masquerade Theme is very vibrant and fun, with everybody’s favorite prop – the mask.

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Indians are ever so enthusiastic about cinema – and a Bollywood Theme is a sure shot way of engaging the guests, with costumes and decor. The theme can be extended to wedding communication too!

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179721841349299139_OPEBM23p_fVictorian Wedding Theme ideas are about class and grace, and call for romantic gestures of a dainty nature –fine floral china, lots of lace, and sweet-smelling rosebuds.

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Indians show an undying love for sweets – most Indians confess to having a sweet tooth. We follow the concept of consuming something sweet to mark the start of something new. Sweet dishes in our country are usually very rich and are made of ingredients ranging from milk, ghee, cream and sugar syrup to dry fruits and exotic spices too!

No celebration is complete without these delights. Weddings in India are the epitome of joy and merriment, and what better way than to have these sinful sweets oozing out of all the festivities?

There are so many types of wedding delicacies in our country, thanks to the varied regions and culture followed. We’ve listed some of the popular ones for you:

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Bengali Wedding Ceremony

Bengali Wedding Ceremony

In perhaps one of the most densely populated areas of the world lies a culture so rich in celebrations, festivals and religion. The Bengalis have a long history in their culture and traditions and this is evident in their marriage rituals too. A traditional Bengali wedding is one that can be distinguished from the rest because of its four distinct parts.

The Gaye Holud which translates as the coloring of the body with a turmeric paste is a ceremony that is held for the bride and the groom in their houses respectively. The morning begins with the bride and groom being fed some sweets before a period of fasting until the wedding. This is followed by a prayer performed by the eldest male member of the family towards the deceased male ancestors invoking their blessings. In a typical Holud ceremony, the groom’s family excluding the groom will visit the bride with the wedding outfit, the turmeric paste that has been touched to the groom’s body and some sweets. An important part of this ceremony is the dressing of the Rohu fish as a bride.

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This is also taken along with the other elements to the bride’s house. This process happens vice versa for the groom. The paste is prepared by five married woman dressed in traditional orange outfits and is then applied on the body of the bride by her female friends. Known to soften her skin and give her a glow, this paste is later washed away with water from the Ganges, usually brought to the house by female relatives.

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The Bibahobashor which is the main wedding ceremony is usually organized by the bride’s family. They send the groom a car in which he is accompanied by two elderly male relatives, one from his side and one from the bride’s side as well as the youngest male member of the family known as the Neet Bor who is dressed as a groom too. In a traditional Bengali wedding, the groom’s mother does not accompany her son to wedding as it is considered a bad omen. Instead she blesses her son on his new journey and stays home to welcome the bride. At the venue, the groom is welcomed by the sounds of conch shells. The bride’s mother washes the wheels of the car with water from the Ganga and feeds the groom some sweets while the rest of the family gift him his wedding attire.

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The initial chanting of the mantras begins with the groom and later in the ceremony, the bride is brought seated on a wooden seat, known as a a piri by brothers and friends. Unlike most Indian marriages where the couple encircle the fire, in Bengali weddings the bride first encircles the groom while her face remains covered with Beetel leaves.

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Once this ritual has been completed, she can then put down the leaves and the couple see each other which happens amidst the heavy blowing of conch shells. This is followed by the Sindurdaan where the groom puts the vermilion powder on the bride’s head and then covers her forehead with a saree called the Lojja Bostra. The encircling of the fire takes place and the groom’s sister ties the loose ends of the bride and groom’s attire in a knot called the Gat Bandhan which the couple do not open. This ritual is followed by a feast usually amongst the youngsters of the family.

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The following morning the couple make their way to the groom’s house after a Kanakanjali has been performed which is the offering of rice. This marks the end of celebrations and the bride’s life in her paternal home and the start of the celebrations in the groom’s house and life in her new home.

At the groom’s house, the bride is welcomed with a ceremony called the Boubron wherein the bride leaves her footprints on a sari following which she is shown the areas of the house marking prosperity and wealth. It is at this point the elders in the house gift the bride with gold.

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The Bou-Bhaat is celebrated as the second day of the bride in her husband’s house. The day begins with the bride serving her in laws rice with ghee for lunch. This is followed by an evening reception wherein she is introduced to all relatives, near and far, from her husband’s family. The bride’s family also attend this ceremony with jewelry, clothes and other gifts for their daughter and her in laws. This ceremony is followed by a grand feast known as the Preetibhoj.

The Oshto Mongola marks the finale of the wedding festivities. This is a ceremony wherein the newly wed couple spend three days at the bride’s paternal home. Before they make their way there, a Satyanarayan Puja is performed to bless the couple. The Puja is performed by the groom’s family and the couple dress in their wedding attire. Once the prayer is over, the couple head to the bride’s home and the next three days include feasting and the opening of the Gat Bandhan which was performed on the day of the wedding.

Invitations

One of the most significant and important day in our lives is our wedding day. Communication is an important aspect for its success. More often than not it is ignored by most people, leaving this important element of the wedding to chance. Wedding Invites are a way to make your ‘BIG’ announcement and call people to be a part of your special day!

We’ve gathered some stylish and innovative way to reach out to your friends and family.

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Do-It-Yourself

We’re picking things for the DIY Wedding Day. To kick things off, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite DIY pictures  all with the wedding season in mind. Whether you’re celebrating or hosting a celebration for someone else, here are some of our fave new party ideas from around the web.

31928_521586257883135_1732575541_nLovely idea for a juice stall: Pick your favorite fruity beverages and place them in aesthetically appealing juice jars at a separate stall. Great way to beat the summer heat!

30356_453599354681826_892524615_nMake your Wedding shoes shine by just  sprinkling some glitter to your old pair of black heels.

149335_493127830728978_1443465933_nMake seating more fun by spray painting old chairs; and create your own theme for the party.

052012-beaded-flip-flops-feature01Jazz up your old pair of flip flops by adding some beads and bling!

diy-wedding-ideas-for-summerAdorable Bubble Tin Favors  best used for a bachelorette. Just add some Bubble Solution in a tin and relive the bubble blowing fun!

PicMonkey CollagePick up glasses you see lying around, glue on some snippets of lace and put candles inside.  Your DIY candle holder for the next fun wedding bash.

Gujarati Wedding Ceremony

A state in the Western part of India with its people famous for their devotion to Lord Krishna, their food predominantly vegetarian and the traditional attire of women including mangalsutras, nose rings and bindis best describes Gujarat and its people. Thus when you have a culture that stands out so strong, you are bound to have wedding rituals that are sacred and long lasting.

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Gujarati weddings begin with the Gol Dhana which translates as ‘jaggery and coriander seeds’, a ceremony wherein a mix of these two are distributed. Once this is over do the wedding ceremonies begin.The actual wedding ceremony is an auspicious affair which consists of prayers and vows. These are recited by the priest and couple in Sanskrit, a historical language.

A Gujarati wedding typically begins with the sounding of a traditional wind instrument known as a shehnai and an Indian drum known as a tabla followed by a procession. This wedding procession, known as the Baraat is a journey which starts from the groom’s house.The groom makes his way to the temple where the Swagat happens. At the door of the temple he is welcomed by the bride’s family. The bride’s mother places a red dot on his forehead to bless him before the wedding c

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The wedding rituals begin with a Ganesh Puja wherein the couple and the families seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles.Once the puja has been performed the bride’s parents perform the Madhuparka which is washing of the groom’s feet as a mark of welcoming him to the mandap, the four pillars under which the wedding will take place. They then offer him panchamrut which is a mix of milk, ghee, honey, sugar and yogurt.

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Like in all Indian caste weddings, the wedding can take place once the bride’s father or guardian, generally an uncle, performs the Kanyadaan which is the ‘giving away of the bride’. In this ceremony the bride spreads turmeric powder on her palms signifying the change in her status from an unmarried woman to a bride.

Once the Kanyadaan has been performed the Vivaah, the wedding ceremony takes place. The priest ties a part of the bride’s garment to the groom’s whilst they face each other. This knot symbolizes the sacred union between the couple. They then wear each other garlands and exchange rings before family and friends before they offer their prayers to the sacred fire, Agni.

After a series of prayers, the couple then perform the circumambulation of the sacred fire, also known as Mangal Phera. The three steps are taken offering hymns for prosperity, good fortune and fidelity.

A significant part of a Gujarati wedding ceremony is the seven steps around the sacred fire, Saptapadi, each signifying a promise the couple make towards each other. On concluding this, a prayer is performed pronouncing them husband‐wife in an everlasting union.
The groom now wears his bride the Mangal Sutra, a beaded necklace containing the marks of Vishnu or Shiva and places red vermillion power, Sindoor, on her head. These two elements symbolize the Indian bride as a married woman.

Once the rituals are over, the couple then bow down to take blessings also known as Aashirvaad from the groom’s parents. While they do this, family and friends at the wedding shower them with flowers. This marks the completion of the wedding ceremony and the start of a journey as husband‐wife.