Home is Where the Heart is

Home is Where the Heart is

They say ‘you don’t only marry the man, you marry the family’ and that statement holds true especially when it comes to a bride moving to her new home. The home may be one with in laws or without them but either way it brings a whole lot of responsibility when doing it up. You either have the responsibility of creating your little space within an existing one or creating a new space that’s reflective of the values you and your spouse share.

For those brides who are moving into a house that has already been set up, the key to success is understanding that you are not here to revolutionize the way the house has been done up. Instead, understand your role as the newest member to this family and try and add a new perspective or dimension to the interiors. Bring in a little spark of your own personality in areas that permit it.

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Similarly for couples living by themselves, how much time you spend doing up your house is not as important as how much of it you’ve spent doing things together. Work on planning, choosing and setting up areas of the house together to eventually create a space that is reflective of you both.

For a couple in either scenario, here is a list of different ways you can use to work on decorating your pad.

Your bedroom can be a good place to begin with. As a couple, work on making the bedroom a little haven for your ‘together time’ by incorporating colors and fabrics that appeal to you both. Colors are known to have a long standing association with human emotions therefore choose the ones that exude romance, tranquility and togetherness.

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Though it is extremely important to choose furniture that is comfortable and within your budget, it is also nice to play around with furniture. Add a love couch, bean bag or a curve seater to add a bit of playfulness to the room.

P1202322You can skip the traditional block painted walls for wall paper to suit the theme of your room. This also gives you the freedom to choose patterns that create an ambiance and turn the room to something spunkier.

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Also accessorize the room with elements that create an ambiance such as candles, incense sticks or burners. Keep memories of moments spent together fresh at all times with picture frames and collages on walls or the bed side.

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Lastly, add a personal touch to your bathroom with personalized laundry. Having initials embroidered on bathrobes, towels and bath slippers or having them color coded is a good way to create a ‘his & her’ feel to laundry thus making it more apt for couples.

The above are just guidelines that every couple can use but one must remember there is no right way or wrong way when it comes to creating a home. Get as creative as you want.

Pour Me Some...

Pour Me Some…

The array of creative cocktails at weddings adds the  excitement to the festivities. With more and more Indian weddings becoming destination weddings and different themes & styles being adopted, alcoholic beverages have become an integral part of the menu. It is important for couples to note that incorrect management of alcohol at weddings can create two major problems –  it can be an expensive affair and an overflow of alcohol or the wrong mix of beverages can make guests sick.

Having said that we do not expect couples to control how much and what guests consume but perhaps choose alcohol appropriately for the occasion to minimize negative consequences. Before we guide you on the kind of beverages that can be made available to guests at weddings, it is best to check how to cater for those beverages.

  1. If you think you have a high number of guests who drink alcoholic or have a huge guest list to begin with, it is best to check the possibility of buying your own alcohol and paying a corkage charge at the venue. Some hotels will allow this and some won’t. The advantage of this is that alcohol can be purchased at a cheaper rate than being offered at the venue and you can ensure the selection includes everything you require. The drawback to this is ensuring bottles are opened as and when needed and a correct tab is being kept of consumption.
  2. Another option widely available these days is to pay a fixed charge which is inclusive of beverages. This works well if your beverage list features the standard selection of wines, beer and spirits.

Once you’ve chosen a method that works best for you or is available to you, you can make a selection of beverages. We recommend choosing beverages based on the kind of event it is. Here’s a roundup of some beverages that can be offered:

Wines/ Champagnes It is best to opt for this if you are having a sit down dinner style reception or wedding function. The style of consumption is slow and steady therefore sipping on it while enjoying an elaborate meal is the best option.

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Spirits & Cocktails These are a good option for a regular reception or wedding function where guests are mingling with other guests. It is best suited to events that don’t have any dancing involved; with a pre-reception area or a bar facility before guests move to a buffet style dinner.

91d7d833202bd4e7c15389c08953aa1fShots & Shooters A complete favorite with the younger generation these days, this is a popular choice for a youngster’s party or sangeet. The dancing, music and excitement in the air create an ambiance where guests feel the need to consume something that is more hard-hitting.

Blushing-BrideThere is no hard and fast rule to choosing alcohol for weddings but do note it is important to budget it right and to ensure your source is providing you alcohol that is of good quality and has been stored correctly. Overlooking these aspects generally creates an unwanted scenario which you definitely want to avoid. Thus count it right, source it right and serve it right and we ensure you, your guests will turn your wedding in to one crazy party.

'Tis the Season to be Jolly

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly!

It’s time to make merry – Christmas is just around the corner! A fascinating miscellany of traditions worldwide, this holiday season is undoubtedly the most joyous one.

We decided to share the Christmas spirit a little, by giving you some tips on how to bring in the festive feeling into your homes. Read on:

Indulge in  a little holiday tradition and give in to the magic – the possibilities of decorating your house are endless. Bring in a Christmas tree – real or artificial, deck it up with pretty little lights, ribbons, even tiny superhero figurines. Lay out presents under the tree to add to the excitement. It’s about spreading joy after all.

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2cff5c00c1849eb705729dcbbcf432adMake a playlist of the all-time popular Christmas songs and play them during the day. You won’t be surprised to find yourself humming along.

3126e02ffefc4c06906999e4c0677619What is a festival without food? Invite all your close ones – friends/family over for lunch or dinner. Make it a pot-luck or involve your guests in the cooking process for more fun. Bonding guaranteed!

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Watch Christmas movies – the ones you can never get tired of and which get you into the holiday mood even more. Most viewed – the Home Alone series, Jingle All the Way, How the Grinch stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, you get the drill.

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Do a good deed. There’s nothing like celebrating the true Christmas spirit by being generous to somebody in need. Donate your clothes, books, toys and the like to the less fortunate. Carry over this mood to the whole year.

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Wedding Shopping Destination: Punjab

Wedding Shopping Destination: Punjab

The balle-balle land has quite a lot to offer with regards to shopping. Punjab is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of handlooms and handicrafts. Everything available here carries a stamp of its rich culture.

Almost all tourist places in Punjab, from Amritsar to Ludhiana and Chandigarh, provide shopping opportunities. The kind of things you can purchase here are:

Jutties

Footwear with beautiful embroidery and impressive patterns using a wide range of fancy materials, like beads, pearls, colored threads, small mirrors and seashells, are a must-buy in Punjab.

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Phulkari

A form of craft in which artistic embroidery embellishes a shawl, saree, dupatta or the entire dress, generally used for special occasions like weddings and other festivities. A special kind of thread is used for phulkari, which is called ‘pat.’ The designs used are varied.

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Parandis

Parandis are attractive hair ornaments, worn at the end of a braid. These parandis are woven out of attractive silk threads, clustered together artistically, in a  variety of designs and patterns.

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Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds are Forever!

We saved the best for the last. As beautiful as sapphires, rubies and emeralds are, the diamond wins hands down, when it comes to bridal jewelry –  a reflection of a woman’s personal style. Always a favorite among jewelers, this precious stone is definitely a must have for your wedding. We’ll tell you why.

Indian weddings are a riot of colors and extravaganza and diamonds add a sophisticated touch to the bridal ensemble. Diamonds are not cut in just various styles but also different shapes. When you get the 4 Cs right – cut, color, clarity and carat, rest assured; your wedding jewelry will hit the spotlight. Once again, we’ve chosen our personal favorites for you this week:

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Wedding Shopping Destination: Hyderabad

Wedding Shopping Destination: Hyderabad

Whether it’s the thousands of crowded lanes scattered around the iconic Char Minar or the innumerable shopping malls, the city of Nawabs provides the ultimate wedding shopping experience for all brides to be!

Read on, as we cover some of the popular places you must head to, for all your wedding needs.

The first and most obvious suggestion is Char Minar, old Hyderabad, where you can almost lose yourself in all the jewelry stores selling exquisite pearls – real and cultured. This area is also known for its glittering delights – lacquered bangles, jhumkas and colorful footwear. Ittar, the natural perfume, is sold like hot cakes here – from jasmine to rose, lilies to woody notes, pick up a bottle of ittar that you think suits you and wear it on the big day.

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Laad Bazaar should be your next stop – for all the bangles you ever desired to flaunt. Once you’re done with these, it’s only natural to give in to the temptation of picking up the necklaces and earrings that go with these bangles – pearl encrusted or studded with other precious stones.  You can also buy dupattas with zardosi work from Laad Bazaar.

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A major commercial hub of the city, Abids is an area you should not miss. From jewelry to traditional clothes, you can find everything in one place.

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General Bazaar caters to all your trousseau requirements – it is the second largest wholesale saree market in the state!

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Our tip: Prepare yourself with a proper shopping list when you head to Hyderabad, or you might just end up spending more than you actually wanted to, because the bazaars of this city make you want to pick up every item you see!