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Keep Calm and Hire a Wedding Planner

Weddings are supposed to be a dreamy, romantic time for couples; a countdown to the first day of the rest of their new lives; a memorable time that they want to cherish because they know they’ll never get it back. Sounds like a fairytale doesn’t it? But, then comes the contemplations, the selections, the decisions and endless discussions. And then comes the stress. About picking the venue, the invites, the centrepieces, the cake, the colour of the suit, the flowers, the menu, the favours… aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. Feel like running away yet? Well, there are better (less drastic) solutions. Hire a wedding planner. Believe me when I say that this has more advantages than just wiping the sweat off your brow.

Here’s the holy trinity that a planner expertise’s in managing:

Your Money

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Contrary to popular belief, a wedding planner is not an added expense, and hiring one will actually save you some moolah. You may be new on the wedding scene, but planners do this for a living. They have access to special industry discounts with pastry chefs, florists, caterers, bands, and almost anything else you’ll need for your wedding. Besides, a planner is aware of industry standards and will get you the best of every service within your budget. This is a sure-fire guarantee to reduce at least 20% of your wedding cost.

Your Time

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A wedding planner can most certainly help you go easy on the pocket, but more importantly, they save you time. They definitely can’t make the decisions for you, but they can (sure as heaven) help you with them. One phone call, and they can have the options, budgets, and everything else listed out for you, and all you’ll have to do is make the selections. Basically, this means you’ll have everything handed to you on a platter, and you won’t need to invest odious amounts of time (which you could have spent creating sweet memories with your better half) in selecting the table overlays. In addition to this, they can assist you with some hard decisions about the wedding theme or the layout of the banquet hall during times when you’re lost and save you some sleepless nights.

Your Stress

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Weddings are supposed to be a happy day for the bride and groom. However, a recent survey suggests that a large number of couples didn’t recall enjoying the actual day of their wedding as they were so stressed about whether the guests enjoyed their meal or the photographer got the perfect shot of the ceremony. Most newlyweds divulged that they were so caught up with the planning that they were fizzed out and quite done with their wedding by the time the actual wedding day arrived. It’s heartbreaking to read such testimonials, especially since things could have been different for these pairs had they entrusted their D-day preparations to the professionals.  Wedding planners tend to be well organized, and they can instantly give you the information you need on anything you might need to know to ensure you haven’t missed out any details.

There are several myths surrounding wedding planners, and the most important one is the insecurity that the planner will take over the wedding, and the couple won’t have a say in the most important day of their life. The truth is, the planner only makes the necessary arrangements and provides the tools for you to make effective decisions. Above all that, they can be a great support to you during the most demanding time of your life. They ensure that your engagement period is fun and enjoyable, and something you’ll remember with a smile. On that happy and thoughtful note, here’s to a good life!

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Where should you go for your Honeymoon?

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If there’s one thing to really look forward to after your big day, it’s that first trip you take as a married couple. And over the years, some places have developed as the most sought after honeymoon destinations, based on how conventional honeymoons are expected to be. But what if you don’t just want a resort by the beach? What if you want to explore a completely different place, in a completely different way? We bring to you a list of honeymoon destinations based on your varied interests. Happy crazy travels!

The adventurous honeymooner | Gold Coast, Australia & New Zealand

Who said your honeymoon should be all about candle lit dinners and hand-in-hand strolls? Head down to Gold Coast Australia, and surf at the amazing beaches, hike through Hinterland, and experience the vibrant night life of Australia’s fun capital. The pristine beaches give way to more than 100,000 hectares of National Parks & Reserves with endless canyons, waterfalls and hiking trails all awaiting you!

Go even crazier in New Zealand by jumping off a plane, or bungee jump with your spouse instead! Experience the adrenaline rush by water safaris like never before, cycling across the country side, wild safaris and water skiing with a difference. New Zealand has all this to offer and so much more to appeal to your adventurous side.

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The Walking honeymooners | South Island, New Zealand

Experience the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand by Hiking through the vast wilderness. Walking or hiking is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing this country’s outstanding natural beauty. With thousands of trails, there are options for every level of hiker, novices and experienced, with day walks and multi-day hikes through their national parks, forests and coastal regions. If nature is what makes your heart beat faster, this is the place for you!

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Sunset Gazers | Santorini, Greece

Nothing beats romance and beauty than watching the sun go down on a breath-taking landscape. And Santorini, with it’s clear blue waters and pretty white and blue buildings gives you just that! A group of islands created by and resting on an active volcano, is a favourite as a romantic getaway. Don’t forget to take at least one photo at the famous Caldera, and exchange a kiss beneath the sunset to remember!

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Ride or Segway through the city | Europe & USA

Multiple cities offer beautiful cycling tours, or even the option of hiring a Segway to explore the city. Forget hop-on-hop-off buses or expensive cabs, have fun while you explore! You can even cycle all the way across Austria with your loved one, riding through the beautiful landscapes, stopping en-route at all the historic castles, and tasting their famous liqueurs as you go along!

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Disconnected from the World | Leh, Ladakh

While Leh has recently seen a huge rise in tourism, it is still by far one of the prettiest places on our planet! Surrounded by natural beauty at its rawest, it remains untouched by the hustle-bustle of city life. Nubra Valley and Pangong lake our some of the most beautiful spectacles you will ever see. With limited cellular connectivity, and difficult terrain, escape to Leh to get away from the world, and experience life the way it was meant to be!

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Theme Park Getaway | Orlando, Florida

If magical lands and adventurous rides are your thing, why not spend a few days in that land itself? You could say hi to Mickey Mouse, or run with Shrek & Donkey, or experience the beauty of Hogwarts. The options are endless, specially at Orlando! This city is home to more than a dozen theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios and Harry Potter World! What are you waiting for? Go book your magical honeymoon now!

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Surprise her! | Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one city guaranteed to take your breath away! The landscape is right out of a fairy tale, with their geological oddities of thousands of honeycombed hills and otherworldly topography. Explore the open air museums made out of the rocks, the underground city, the beautiful valleys. And surprise her with a hot air balloon ride over this mystical landscape at sunrise, the views and colours of the landscape will make this an experience you’ll never forget!

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This list is nowhere near exhaustive of all the different ways a honeymoon can be spent! From romantic to backpacking, there are innumerable choices for you to decide how you want to start the adventure that is your married life.

Did you spend your honeymoon with a difference? Tell us in the comments below!

 

5 Things you wont believe your wedding planner becomes!

“Chotu! Woh phool cross mein lagao, seedhe nai!”, an image of a sleep deprived person comes to mind, no make up, no jewelry, no heels, that is just your wedding planner being the one person you cant afford to be however with the same glee and excitement to see the big day taking shape.

A wedding planner is a fluid concept of a person who takes the form of anything you need them to be to make you feel like the princess you deserve! We do not only create your wedding sets and send out invitations, there is more to it than that!

Today we list down 5 things you wont believe we see ourselves as!

Your wedding Planner becomes your best friend.

“Salmon or Halibut, it dosen’t matter to me!” – Phoebe Buffay

“Well, it matters to me!” – Monica Geller, the wedding planner.

A wedding planner does just that, everything on your big day has to be perfect. Your wedding planner is the best friend you have and there is a high possibility that by the end of it, your wedding planner will realize what you need before you realize you need it.

Your wedding planner becomes your stylist.

Wedding planners come in with a host of experience planning soirees for the ocean of cultural diversity that is a part of India. We have a knack to put together parts of that experience to create a unique and personal style for you which we understand by being your best friend 🙂

Your wedding planner becomes your financial planner

Your money is important to you and us, we want to make sure every penny spent gives you double the happiness and joy, hence it is our responsibility to make sure you spend on the right things and get super cost-effective and luxury bargains through our network and contacts!

Your wedding planner becomes your shoulder to lean on.

All weddings are stressful, and more often than not, everyone in the family is stressed as well. Your wedding planner is your shoulder to lean on when times get too stressful, we are there to comfort you, to calm you down and make sure you are at your comfortable peak through the entire process.

Your wedding planner shares your vision.

“I don’t want to be a bride-zilla, but so far my attempts at getting people to respect my wishes aren’t working”

Your wedding planner works to become your genie, because we know it is YOUR day. Only difference with us is , there is no limit to the amount of wishes you have. We see your wedding the way you see it and work to move mountains and get that done.

At the end of it all we can say is…

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Wedding App Trends This 2015

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We live in the age of mobile applications. These apps cater to practically every industry and have made our fast-paced, hectic lives that much easier. All one has to do is log on to acquire 24-hour access to online grocery stores, clothes boutiques, home decor stores, or a friend’s backyard. Naturally, the wedding industry has also capitalized on this phenomenon. It’s hard to throw a wedding bouquet these days without hitting a website or app devoted to weddings. The wedding couple in this day and age require to be more tech savvy than ever before. Apps and digital tools can greatly cut down stress and help keep one organized.

Here are some wedding apps trending this 2015:

Wedding Happy

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Wedding Happy is an efficient, all-rounder app that’s super simple to get up and running. An iPhone application, it can be accessed through the iPad as well. After you’ve entered the date of your D-Day, all you have to do is sit back and wait as it creates a customized list of things you need to do and people you need to contact. Not only this, the app is integrated with Facebook and Twitter. And the best bit? You don’t even need a network connection to access this to-do list.

Appy Couple

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Weddings are a happy, yet equally stressful time for all involved with planning it. This is where Appy Couple comes handy. Essentially, it lets the wedding pair compile all the data regarding their wedding, including photos, their love and proposal stories, wedding events, guest and hotel information and other important requirements into one app. Once you’re done, you’ll have an app your family and friends can download for free. The best part? You can customize which guests see what event details (after all, not everyone will be invited to the mehendi and sangeet). The icing on the cake is that your guests will be able to interact with one another before the big day and create the buzz required to truly inspire your wedding season.

Wedding Party

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The usual experience at weddings is that the official photographer isn’t the only one looking to snap the bride and groom. In fact, that cousin who’s a budding photographer may have clicked some superb shots you’re not aware of. To avoid missing out on the varying perspectives of your wedding day, opt for Wedding Party. This mobile app will allow your wedding guests, friends and family to contribute to a shared, digital album of photos and notes, which can later be posted directly to your Facebook timeline. The Wedding Party app is easy to set up and simple to share. Guests can install the application, enter the wedding name, and share their shots of your happy time. It’s the best way to create your own expansive, diverse photo album of memories.

Pinterest

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Pinterest is not your average wedding application, but this photo-sharing app can come extremely handing when you’re looking for creative ideas for the wedding decor or unique styles for a customized wedding gown. All you have to do is register, and you can begin uploading, saving, sorting, and managing images (known as pins) and other media content such as videos through collections known as ‘pinboards’. Brides these days are even using Pinterest to share ideas with their wedding party and family. Instead of having to email photos of dresses or flowers to get the bridesmaids’ opinions, create a board of ideas to share instantly. Even apart from the wedding, this app is bound to be a hit for any form of creative inspiration!

Evernote

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Again, not conventionally for wedding planning, this app is the eternal organizer. It syncs brilliantly between your computer, phone, and tablet, storing everything you could possibly imagine losing track of. Instead of lugging a book bursting with to-do post-it notes, business cards, and swatch samples, you can sync up on a notebook and share links, photos, itineraries, and anything else to make your wedding planning efficient and systematic. You can use task lists, sync them with your calendar, and set reminders to keep track of your appointments with vendors. This is especially useful if you’re planning your own wedding; it’s like your very own virtual wedding planner!

It’s difficult to imagine life without technology in the twenty-first century. You utilize technology, the Internet, and social media for practically everything, so why not the most important day of your life. There are several wedding apps and websites available on the market these days (besides the ones highlighted here), and each is equally competent. So pick the apps that you feel will benefit you the most and trust that your choices will deliver. These will ensure that your wedding affair is an absolutely unforgettable one!

Purple It Up !

We at The Wedding Co usually get a lot of quirky requests from to-be-weds regarding the detailing at their wedding. Obviously, everything from the wedding theme to the giveaways are customized to suit the couple’s taste. However, we’ve noticed one particular colour trend that has ruled the roost in the wedding world for a while now, and that is *drum roll* : the colour PURPLE!

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Ever so often we have blushing brides contact us with requests for a completely purple-themed, royalist wedding that’ll make the wedding party’s eyes go wide with wonder. Purple, traditionally associated with nobility, is available in dozens of shades and can be paired with virtually any colour under the sun, if done well. Besides, it’s a good shade for day and evening weddings alike.

Here are some purple trends to watch out for this 2015:

Invitations:

If you’re planning a purple-themed wedding, let your wedding invitation set the mood for it. You can opt for a simple white invitation with a purple ribbon or pattern. Alternatively, you can pick a combination of purple and gold for a regal-looking invite. For a modern appearance, try a cream card printed with a bold plum embellishments to give your audience a prelude to your purple, festival.

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Flowers:

Orchids are an exotic, dramatic choice for the D-day. There are also loads of other purple flowers to choose from, such as calla lilies, dahlias, and asters, that you can use in the wedding centerpieces, mandap decorations, and bridal bouquets. Purple flowers often need lighter elements to bring out their richness, so include some white or cream flowers, silver decorations, or some daring pops of unconventional tones to reinvent your wedding decor.

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Purple tones go great with wooden or earthy tones, stone backgrounds, church backdrops, and possibly anything you can dream up. It won’t matter whether you’re tying the knot in a maharaja’s palace, among the ruins of an old fort, in a rustic church, or at the beach, purple pairs well with any pattern and for any style of wedding. Adorn the church pews with it, use in on the mandap pillars, or make it the dress code for the cocktail reception; this colour will not disappoint.

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There is so much room to go crazy with purple, and you’ll still end up looking like you’re royalty on your wedding day. The shade has a little something for the traditional and contemporary alike. And, because it’s not a conventional choice, a well-executed purple colour scheme can be truly memorable. Furthermore, there are literally hundreds of shades of purple to meet every bride’s taste, and the colour flatters almost any skin tone. Purple symbolizes dignity, tolerance and togetherness, in addition to royalty and spirituality. So if this colour is your weakness, incorporate it into your wedding and dazzle your audiences with the imperial touch. It’ll definitely be one to remember!

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Revamping the Trend at Every Bend!

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Wedding trends are an ever-changing phenomenon. What was trending in 2013 was probably obsolete by 2014 and is blasphemous this 2015. The only constant trend of the century has been to reinvent what already exists.

Here’s what’s in store this year:

Themes and colours

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This year wedding themes and colours schemes get even bolder than last year; the palette primarily constitutes muted tones paired with vibrant colours. You can couple luscious red with sober taupe, pair vivacious orange with mouth-watering mint, or combine royal purple with sterling silver to adorn your wedding day. And that’s just the beginning of the list; there are a host of other quirky ideas you can choose from.

Un-Hotel Wedding Venues

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This season to-be-weds are looking to make a statement by picking the wackiest location for their special event and give the wedding party a true experience to remember. The benefit of an offbeat, unique wedding venue is that you won’t need to fuss over the decor too much as the natural state of the location is bound to be striking. Palaces, historical monuments/ruins, boats, botanical gardens and film cities make for stunning, unlikely wedding venues that’ll surely remain in the memory of your audiences for years to come.

Stunning Entries

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Gone is the age of horses and horse-drawn carriages. New-age grooms are discovering innovative ways to make stunning, awe-inspiring entries to make a solid statement of style on the D-day. Vintage cars, decorated bicycles, custom bikes and helicopters are some popular means of transport among these modern-days knights. Well, all that seems to be missing is a 50-foot tower and fire-breathing dragon to get to the bride!

After Parties

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A few years ago, it was all about the cocktail parties and sangeets. However, wedding couples these days have taken the celebrations up a notch, with post-reception parties being the flavour of the season. After parties are a great idea to break away from the formality of the wedding reception and provides opportunity for easy interaction between the wedding guests and the newly weds. They’re also a great opportunity for the bride and groom to get to know their partner’s family. Besides, these parties need not be extravagant, so they’re easy on the pocket. Opt for something low key like karaoke and drinks, relax at a lounge, go bowling or to a videogame arcade or just unwind with a house party. Post-wedding trends are the best thing since cupcakes!

Wedding Media

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Media has played a significant role in weddings for the longest time, but social media and other new elements have completely revamped the look and feel of weddings and made this a multi-billion industry. Wedding pairs are increasingly opting for pre-wedding photo shoots, wedding films, wedsites, wedding mobile apps and Twitter hashtags to spread their bliss. However, though the trend has been to make the wedding famous through social networking, several couples are opting for unplugged weddings so their guests can truly be present in mind and spirit to enjoy the festivities on their wedding day.

Ultimately, trends are what appeal to a mass of people, which is why they gain popularity. They’re encouraged and appreciated, but never an obligation and can most certainly be reinvented. Don’t shy away from doing something completely out of the box and wowing your wedding party. Start your own trend!