DIY hacks to add that extra fun to your Wedding Mehendi and keep it budget friendly!

Mehndi ceremonies are one of the most significant customs in Indian weddings. After all, it is the day when the brides, bridesmaids, girlfriends and other women in the family come together and apply mehndi all the while having fun and making merry.

As the function is a close-knit and personal affair, it is only fitting to add that creative touch with these DIY Ideas.

DIY Chandeliers: Flower and feather chandeliers

Mason Jar Hangings

Chinese Umbrellas suspended as ceiling decor

Pinwheel Table Centerpieces

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Mehendi Themed Cakes and Cookies

Mehendi Themed Candles

Just that little extra to make your Mehendi function that much more special! 🙂

 

 

8 Cute Wedding Signs to have as decor elements!

Signage is one of the easiest ways to personalise the decor at your wedding. While signs can come in handy for practical uses, such as displaying your wedding day agenda and different areas in your wedding venue, signs at venues can also be used as a decor element which narrates a story.

Whether you want to display a romantic song lyric or a quote from your favourite love story, there’s a sign for you.

We list down some of our favourites!

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We would love to know which one is your favourite! 🙂

How to use your ‘ghar ka ladder’ as an awesome wedding decor prop!

You are going to looove this Wedding decor idea and your guests will appreciate it as well.

With all the awesome DIY decor ideas brides-to-be are using nowadays to add that rustic feeling to their wedding, you will not believe how versatile this common tool can be.

Whether it is just a decor prop decorated with flowers or a photo booth prop or something to represent the journey the newlyweds are to embark upon, it looks good in any setting.

It can be decorated and used as a stand for directional signage

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As a Decor Element

As a prop hanger

As a trellis to simply just wrap with creepers and bulbs

As a prop for your pre-wedding photo-shoot

Put two together and add some shelves to make it a Dessert Counter!

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Makes for a great Decor prop as well

It has outstanding versatility and can blend in amazingly well with all the other decor you plan, plus, it is cost effective 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post, if you have any awesome ideas we would love to feature them!

Molecular Gastronomy at Weddings: A new trend catching up in India

 

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With every wedding we help plan, the one common request has always been to do something different, something that the guests will remember and talk about for years to come. And we love introducing our clients to new trends that bring a smile to their faces.

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One of our favourite wow-factors is the new trend currently making inroads in India, of molecular gastronomy. Molecular gastronomy is a culinary innovation, where food scientists study the chemicals and reactions that go into cooking, and come up with unique new ways of mixing ingredients with experimental and never seen before dishes. They work with equipment that might look right out of a chemistry lab, and produce food that is a new experience in itself, a burst of visuals, flavours and drama appealing to all your senses!

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With the cult following obtained by Master Chef, the Indian culinary scene is soon becoming more and more about presentation followed by unique flavour and texture combinations. And molecular gastronomy offers all of that and so much more!
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Imagine spoons carrying soup bubbles which burst in warm flavours in your mouth. Cocktails letting out colourful smoke as you sip them. Ice spheres carrying unique cocktails which need to be cracked in your glass. Mushroom soup prepared in the form of tea in front of your eyes, complete with truffle powder that looks like sugar. A globe of potato shreds that ends up tasting like the most amazing chaat you’ve ever had. Paan flavoured candy floss served at the end of the meal. And mishti dahi palette cleansers offered between courses.

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A few Indian restaurants and chefs have started specialising in molecular gastronomy, some of whom also offer catering services. While it might not be practical to have the entire food menu based on molecular gastronomy, having one special counter serving select dishes would be ideal. But do remember, molecular gastronomy is as much about the theatrics and wonder as it is about the amazing new tastes, and the preparation and presentation require time. So if your wedding has a large number of guests, you might have to set up multiple counters to ensure everyone is able to experience the histrionics about to unfold for them. Such counters are definitely must-haves for classy cocktails, and go very well with themed events.

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While the portions are usually measured, the play of flavours on your guest’s taste buds will leave them in awe and wonder, with a blissful taste and experience they won’t really be able to describe in words!

 

 

Ten Things You’ll Witness Only at an Indian Wedding

An Indian wedding is a festival in many rights. It usually comprises a week-long celebration with traditions and ceremonies that are specific to that community or region. However, there are some standard quirks that you’ll see at every Indian wedding, irrespective of which caste, creed, region or tribe you belong to. And, these are what make an Indian wedding an affair to remember.

Let’s take a look at a few:

The Shehnai

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The Shehnai is the quintessential wedding instrument for Indian festivities and ceremonies. It is a popular aero phonic, double-reed wind instrument used in North Indian music. The sound of the Shehnai is intrinsically associated with Indian wedding music and retains its charm to this day. It is predominantly associated with celebration and happiness, and no wedding ceremony is complete without a seasoned bandwala churning out heart-wrenching music from this peculiar-looking descendent of the Persian surna.

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The marigold flower, also known locally as ‘the Genda Phool’, is another classic element in Indian weddings. Marigolds have forever been associated in India with prosperity and good fortune, and no larger-than-life celebration is complete without the presence of these sun-kissed blossoms in decorations and important ceremonies. In fact, they even hold religious significance in Hindu ceremonies. In addition, marigolds come in bright and cheery colours such as orange, yellow, and reddish-orange, which have made them a favourite with wedding decorators and event planners. They are often used for torans, draped on walls and pillars, in mandap decorations as well as in wedding garlands or they’re simply used to add colourful touches to the wedding venues.

Multiple Cuisines

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If you haven’t been to an Indian wedding yet, attend one just for the food. Food is an integral part of festivities in any part of the world, but Indians take this concept to a whole new level.  Indian cuisine is a diverse mix of regional staples from across the country, infused with their own cultural, religious flavour. However, Indian weddings usually house a host of cuisines from across the globe and not just the country. Apart from your average Indian spread of chaats, curries, breads, pulavs and biryanis, these days you’ll usually be treated to lip-smacking desi versions of Italian, Chinese, Thai and Mediterranean food as well. To experience a meal at an Indian wedding is one for every bucket list!

Haldi

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‘Haldi’, known around the world as turmeric, holds an important place in Indian wedding festivities. Though weddings in the country are generally religiously diverse, the haldi ceremony is a typically Indian tradition for every caste and creed. Known among different communities as haldi, uptan, peethi, mandha, roce and many other names, the essentials of this ceremony remain pretty much the same. In the ceremony, a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, rose water and other goodness is applied to the bride and the groom’s body before their wedding to give them that added pre-nuptial glow. In short, it’s like your very own ancient Indian spa day!

The Baraat

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The baraat is the most fun-filled Indian wedding ceremony, and Indian weddings deserve a separate category for how fun and entertaining they are. This is basically the groom’s procession of all his colourful and festive relatives and friends that commences from his house up to the wedding venue. The spruced up groom is perched on a mare (or elephant, if you’re going for the truly regal feel) in all his royalty and escorted to his eagerly waiting bride. The highlight of this ceremony is the crazy dancing the relatives indulge in during the procession. It’ll truly make you feel like Indians are the happiest people on this planet (at weddings at least).

The Sangeet

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Sangeet, or music, is synonymous with festivities in India, be it the shehnai at the wedding reception, the bhangda at the after party, the dholakwalis at the mehendi, or the sangeet ceremony before the actual wedding. The tradition, as the name suggests, is all about dance, music, and merry making. This is usually a grand, elaborate affair, encompassing the real spirit of the big fat Indian wedding. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for the wedding party to relax, unwind, enjoy the festivities, and celebrate their happiness together. It short,  the sangeet is great to break the ice between the bride and groom’s families.

The Saree

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The Saree is one Indian trend that’s garnered attention worldwide. This long, seamless fabric worn by women varies in design, colour and significance in different regions in India. The South Indian kanjivaram is poles apart from the Gujarati panetar and bandhani sarees and Mangalorean sados. Each saree is symbolic of a different tradition and ritual. Banarasi, Nauvari, Chiffon, Chanderi, the list is endless. Needless to say, you’re bound to look elegant in this gorgeous garment as it suits any body type, skin tone, and age group!

The Safa

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Safas, pagris or turbans are known for their elegant, regal look and are a significant detail in the Indian groom’s attire. It is basically a long piece of unstitched cloth that’s wrapped around the head. Available in bright colours such as fuschia, red, orange and so on, they add a touch of grace and vibrancy to the ensemble, and can be paired brilliantly with a suit, jodhpuri, sherwani or any other traditional wedding attire.

Lots and lots of Gold

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Indians, in most parts of the world, are considered gold crazy. This isn’t far from the truth, largely because this precious metal holds a special place in Indian tradition and society as a whole. Gold purchases are also thought to be auspicious on festivals such as Dhanteras, Onam and Durga Puja. From the Indian perspective, gold not only brings good fortune, but can be an investment, a status symbol, a great ornament, a thoughtful gift item, a cherished heirloom and a religious contribution. Indian brides are usually adorned in beautiful gold jewellery as a sign of prosperity and happiness, which bodes quite well for the global gold industry.

Paan/Mukhwas

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After-meal refreshments are quite popular at Indian weddings and are the perfect end to any meal. Paan and mukhwas have been used for years by Indian royalty and locals alike as a digestive and palate cleanser. Mukhwas comprises an assortment of aromatic colourful seeds and nuts coated with various flavours. Paans basically consist of saffron, gulkand (rose jam), sweetened cashews and almonds, and other minty elements wrapped in a betel leaf. These refreshments are usually set towards the exit of the venue or near the food counters so guests can help themselves after the meal. All we can say is that these minty surprises at the end of the meal are totally worth the wait!

These little quirks and peculiarities truly help make Indian weddings memorable affairs. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what the Indian wedding scene has to offer. The details is what makes these festivities a true experience for any wedding lover.

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!

Unplugged Weddings: Why Some Duos Dare to Disengage

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The biggest  wedding trend of recent years has been to go offline with your wedding. We know it sounds like just another pomp, but consider this. Do you recall a time when wedding guests paid attention to the wedding vows rather than how much battery they had left in their phones? When the official photographer didn’t have to worry about bobbing heads and protruding arms that could potentially ruin a crucial capture of the wedding ceremony? Well, these are few of several reasons why to-be-weds these days are requesting for an unplugged affair.

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An unplugged wedding is when the wedding party requests their families and friends to turn off their camera phones, tablets and other electronic hindrances and truly enjoy the wedding experience, and bless the couple with their heart and not their photography skills. We really understand why brides and grooms are going this route. This gives the hired wedding photographer the chance to capture the wedding as efficiently as possible without missing key shots due to obtrusive guest photographers. Wedding photographers involve a heavy investment, so it’s a real shame when the perfect wedding shot is ruined by a spontaneous flash from a smartphone.

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Besides all this, an unplugged wedding helps maintain a sense of intimacy in the wedding affair. Guests can truly enjoy the revelry and participate in the ceremony without worrying about capturing the perfect portrait through a 5-inch screen. I mean, the official photographer gets paid for the job, so it’s best to let them handle it. It’s alright to let the bride be the first one to Instagram her wedding.

All in all, it boils down to the wedding couple’s personal choice. Some brides and grooms love the attention and the fact that guests are so socially charged and updating about their ceremony in real time. On the other hand, some prefer to pick the unplugged itinerary and have their friends and family be physically and mentally, rather than virtually, present on their joyous occasion. The responsibility you have as a guest is to ensure that your wedding pair have a truly memorable event and no hindrance or undue stress is caused to them due to a conspicuous camera click.

Because You Know We're All About The Drapes - Not Tables!

Because You Know We’re All About The Drapes – Not Tables!

Drapes have the ability to magically transform the dullest of places into a visual treat. Whether you have a particular color scheme or a theme running through your wedding or not, a beautifully designed ceiling drape with the right amount of lighting can add volumes to your wedding decor.

There are many ways to go about decking up your venue with drapes – you can either let them fall from the ceiling or take the ends of each fabric and attach it to where the ceiling and the walls meet, to give a romantic tent-like effect.

Lights and drapes get along like a house on fire; when you have monochrome drapes you can project colorful lighting on these drapes for a better effect. If your drapes are already colored, you can keep the setting to a minimal amber or house lighting.

Here are some of our favorite draping ideas which we’ve used with our weddings:

Home is Where the Heart is

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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.