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5 Wedding Day Details That Matter

 

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Sure, there are a lot of finer details in putting up a wedding ceremony but here are 5 wedding day details that matter but are tend to be ignored in all the hotchpotch of a wedding.

 

  1. Your Entry & Exit
    Your wedding day is of course all about you. Entries and exits are so important and constantly evolving with Asian weddings. Remember to always pick or agree your walk-in music with the DJ beforehand because it can really set the tone for the rest of the ceremony. If you want more of a silent ceremony then go for something calming and perhaps instrumental, whereas if your event is more of a party then go for something upbeat or even a little funny.BW 7pjb11

Similarly exits are also changing. No longer are brides expected to hug 25+ family members as she completes her vidaai. Instead couples are opting for more of a western-style celebration where the bride and broom walk out to cheers greeted with rose petals or confetti. It’s your last chance to drive home your sense of style – make the most of it.

 

  1. Stationery
    Signage is key at any event. Be sure to wow your guests as soon as they walk in with a welcome sign, or perhaps a seating plan and personalized place cards. If the bar’s going to be open then why not opt for a drinks menu or get some personalized napkins or coasters to dish out with your drinks. Your chosen stationery will help you tie everything together and make your theme and style statement visible to your guests.01c3f395ab713867b3caa321b120084a

If you’re having any quirky additions at your event such as a photo booth then think about having specific signage for this or maybe even a cardboard cut-out of the bride or groom or some well-known face. Think about what will set your celebrations apart.

 

  1. Favours
    Favours are your main chance to thank your guests for their attendance. Your chosen gifts will largely depend on the type of guests you have. If you have a younger circle of friends and family you could potentially opt for alcohol miniatures or even a fun game, which will help everyone break the ice on the table.

If you want to play it safe then food is always a good option. Whether you go for cupcakes, macarons, biscuits or even chocolate bars, they’re sure to be a hit. You can personalize your boxes, wrapping or even get stickers made to match your theme.

 

 

 

 

  1. Guestbook
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    Your guestbook is something you can take away with you and enjoy for years to come so think about what you will enjoy looking through as a couple. You may want to opt for a traditional book or perhaps have one big board which your guests can sign, which you can thang up in your house. Alternatively, more quirkier options are things like date suggestion jars and wedding advice cards.

Not only is it important to consider what you’ll be using as your guestbook, but think about where it will be placed. Your table will need some kind of decoration and signage to entice people to it. Keep it classy with some candles and petals, or even a photo frame or two. Remember space is a good thing – you don’t need to fill every inch of your table with items.

 

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    If you’re having an evening reception or post ceremony celebration you’ll want to have a cake. While there are many alternatives to a traditional cake (which we’ll talk about in a later post) there are so many things to consider when choosing yours. You need to think about the size you need; while a 4-5 tier plus cake might look stunning, do you really need it? Or can you afford it? Perhaps you may just need one cake to cut and can have a separate serving one. The design of the cake is also key, ensure it is in keeping with your style.

As well as design, there are so many different flavours you can experiment with. Our personal advice is to keep it simple and ensure it is something that will appeal to most. For example, you can never go wrong with a classic victoria sponge.

 

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The Big Debate – Destination Wedding or Local Wedding

Choice (noun) – An act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

And this is probably something you will experience when planning your wedding. Making a choice between having a local wedding or a Destination Wedding. This is perhaps one of the most important decisions as it sets the framework for how you need to go ahead with your wedding planning. Choosing between either has its pros and cons and there are a couple of ‘how’ and ‘what’ questions you can ask yourself to assist you with making the right choice.

Your guest list

Your wedding could be an ‘either – or’ affair. Either your family has been waiting for this day in which case they would probably want any and everyone they know to be there to shower their blessing and be a part of the celebrations. Or your family and friends are so used to the idea of you both being a couple that getting married is a just a legality and therefore the wedding will be a small affair with family and a few close friends. If you can tell which scenario best describes you, then you definitely know with the first a Local Wedding would be more appropriate and with the second a Destination Wedding.

Budget

Budgeting plays a large part in determining how extravagant your wedding will be. A Destination Wedding would perhaps call for a lot more splurging than a Local Wedding considering most guests now days expect hospitality in the form of lodging charges covered or  an all meal inclusive package on their stay. On the other hand, a Local Wedding would mean majority of your guests managing their own stay and the only aspects you deal with are the wedding functions itself. But do remember the flip side to this means having a lot more invitees turn up as the wedding is taking place in the city.

Access to vendors

Perhaps the most important part of any wedding is the availability and coordination of vendors. Having access to a professional wedding planner who manages this for you helps ease the stress. In some cases the resorts have a list of local vendors which might be handy. Being able to work with a vendor at a Destination Wedding on your own might be a bit of a gamble considering your lack of knowledge on the place or the quality of work produced but in the case of a Local wedding planner, you have references and a body of work to go by.

Style your Wedding 

It is a big day and more importantly it is your day. Your theme might reflect your love story or it might reflect the wedding you’ve always dreamt of. Having said that it is important to understand whether you are looking at a set up that is traditional or contemporary. While a Destination Wedding will be apt for a stylish modern day set up, considering most hotels are up-to-date with modern themes, a local wedding would be a preferable choice if you are looking at something more traditional. Do remember arranging for artists – be it an Entertainer, Hairdresser, Makeup artist etc – is something that plays a key role in determining your look and the feel of the wedding.

Time Frame

Time as always remains a crucial factor. If the date for your wedding has been fixed much before time, a Destination Wedding works well as it gives you ample time to make a few trips to finalize the arrangements. But if time remains an issue, then a Local Wedding seems more apt as it allows you to work within the confines of your current schedule without having to account for travel time to another city.

Couples must remember that a choice of either one does not mean settling in for something because the other seems unachievable but because it seems like the most appropriate way forward after answering the questions above.

The Wedding Co. specializes in planning Destination Weddings in India and abroad. We understand that beauty lies in detail and therefore we make sure that no detail of wedding planning is overlooked.

Wedding App! What’s that?

As the world gets more tech savvy, why shouldn’t your wedding as well? In the last few years, wedding websites have become all the rage, with introductions about the bride & groom, programmes, etc. But wouldn’t it be great to have something more interactive and current, all in the palm of your hand?  Enter the wedding app!

Wedding apps can be customized for Android,iOS and Windows Phone, integrated with your wedding website, and have possibilities of multiple useful features.  They especially make sense with everyone traveling and a multitude of coordination to be done with the guests involving transportation and timelines. Here we list some of the exciting features you can incorporate in your wedding app.

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Meet the Guests!

Send out invites asking your guests to download the wedding app and sign into the guest book. Your app can build a fun directory with quirky information about each guest, enabling everyone to get to know each other in advance, plan the pre-wedding bachelor / bachelorette, tell funny tales and instances about the bride and groom and let the wedding fun begin months in advance!

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Keep things organized via the Instant Messenger and RSVP page

The guests can use the app to RSVP and inform you about their travel plans. They can also message you through the app, to be constantly in touch about any changes. Apps can offer customizations to form groups in the messenger module, enabling guests to interact with each other and plan things out via the app.

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Gift Registry via the Wedding App

Why get burdened with a zillion gifts you’ll end up never using or giving away? Create your gift registry online, using e-commerce sites and link them back to your app, allowing your guests to spend their money intelligently and getting you a gift you’ll actually use and appreciate! It’s a win-win for everyone.

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Countdown to the D-Day

Your wedding app can integrate with your phone’s calendar and store the event into people’s schedule. What’s more, the app can display a countdown to the big day, building excitement with animation and trivia. You can also have reminders springing up before the different functions planned, ensuring people are up-to-date and on time. 

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Turn your wedding into a vacation!

Let’s face it, while your wedding is definitely the most important day in your life, it can sometimes turn into a bit of a drag for your guests. So why not turn it into a fun sightseeing trip for everyone? Let your app report the expected weather for the day, the history of your venue, amazing places to visit nearby. Add information about travel, local transport, interesting trivia and maybe even form a group for guests with similar interests to plan a small excursion between events? Feeding in your detailed programme with timings into the app will enable guests to plan their day, and manage some fun on the side! No more lost wandering aunties who missed the bus because they thought you said 6pm instead of 4pm… It’s all there on the app, with built in reminders!

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You know the excitement of watching a cricket match live, and then realizing you’re on the screen for everyone as well? Recreate the hype at your wedding by having your videographer upload a live stream onto the app, available for all your guests to see! Moreover, it enables all your invitees to view every aspect of the wedding, even if they were unable to attend. 

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It takes months of asking and begging all friends and family to send you all the pics they took at your wedding, and even then you almost never manage to get all! Have no fear, your wedding app is here! Create a live photo sharing environment, with everyone on the app being able to share any pics they take directly from their phone to all other guests, and most importantly, you! You can build in fun photo props into the app for guests to modify their pictures and create virtual photo booths and photo strips. And why not link it to your social media page for direct uploads?

The possibilities of development on your wedding app are endless. While there are customizable designs and templates available which are relatively easy and quick to build, one can always build completely new models and customized modules as per their requirements. Contact your wedding planner to help you build an app that your guests will be talking about and trying to copy for years to come!

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Planning a small intimate wedding? This heritage Chateau Resort is just what you need!

Nestled in the foothills of Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, there lies a magical resort which offers a landscape which can just take your breath away.

The Chateau Garli, is a heritage property which stands tall in the village of Garli built by Lala Mela Ram Sud in 1921, It fell into a state of disrepair as no one visited the house for the last 20 years but in September 2012, Amish Sud, his great grandson spent a week at Garli and rediscovered the potential, beauty and heritage value of the place. Thereafter, Yatish C. Sud (grandson) and Amish Sud took up the restoration work, equipping it with modern amenities to turn it into a heritage hotel. The artwork was undertaken by Tarini Sud, the great-granddaughter.

It has been restored to its age-old glory by carefully recreating the colonial, Portuguese, Mughal, Rajasthani and Kangri architectural influences that surround the Garli Pragpur Village.

It is ideal for a small intimate wedding coz they have 19 rooms in different categories which can accommodate up to 50 people and you can book the entire property!

The property has 3 different sit out areas for different functions or ceremonies and provides an amazing backdrop for photographs and pictures during the day as well as night and requires minimalistic decorations.

The Ghaggal/Dharamshala airport is only an hour’s drive from the hotel and gets 2 daily scheduled flights coming in- Air India and Spice Jet.

The place is amazing weather wise all through October to April which is considered ideal if you plan to get married there.

The accommodating staff and management ensure, that any requirement you may have in terms of Decor or any other arrangements is taken care of with due prior notice so you won’t face any hurdle in getting exactly what you want at your wedding.

They have a fully functional multi cuisine restaurant and full-time chefs trained by their sister hotel- The Chalets Naldehra, which has been known for their food for a very long time. A special traditional Himachali Wedding Dham if you would like to try some local cuisine is also prepared on request to add that local flavour!

If you would like to plan your Weekend Wedding Cocktail party or your entire wedding at The Chateau Garli, they are just an email or phone call away. Check here for details The Chateau Garli

It is also a great place for a Weekend Get Away 🙂

 

This historic 300 year old Maratha fort is an amazing Luxury Wedding Venue!

Fort Jadhavgadh is the first of its kind fort heritage hotel in Maharashtra which gives you a taste of Royal Maratha legacy of over 300 years!

You can experience history like none other and yet be spoilt with luxuries of modern life.

Fort Jadhavgarh has to its credit the title of the world’s first museum hotel. Situated at 2511 feet above sea-level and sprawled across 25 acres, this beauty provides guests with breathtaking views of hillocks and greens that surround the fort.

Their service portfolio for weddings includes everything that one could require such as wedding decor services, a high-quality menu which offers a variety of different selections, rooftop dining services and an ancient temple of Lord Ganesh for conducting the wedding rituals.

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Their accommodation facilities are epic and include tastefully designed Royal tents fully equipped with a seating area, a bedroom and fully equipped restroom.The tents also have a garden area which grows popular herbs and vegetables which are used in the Royal kitchen, this is an experience in itself.

 

Besides which they have the Maharaja Suite and the Maharani Suite which are usually occupied by the bride and bridegroom offer royal indulgence in the true sense. They also provide direct access to the pool area and spa which can be great to relax in.

Most importantly, the friendly staff is more than accommodating and happy to customise your experience the way you want it!

This ancient church is an unbelievable wedding venue!

Located on the northern fringe of the ancient Gopakpattana port, which once covered coastal areas of Goa Velha and Agasaim, the church of the Jesus of Nazareth offers a breathtaking view of the Zuari Bay, which no other church can boast of.

A direct path from this wonderful chapel leads to Siridao beach, a quiet and isolated paradise in the land of coasts and beaches which has one shack that can offer the best in goan cuisine and drinks!

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This ancient gem built towards the early part of the 1600’s stands as evidence of pre-Portuguese Christianity and multicultural society within the region.

An unconventional wedding location, this beautiful setting can be perfect for sundowners at the beach which can be preceded by a small church ceremony and with the right kind of decor, it can be everything you want it to be and more!

The Grand Hyatt is located close by for stay arrangements and offers attractive packages for outdoor catering as well.

So if you are one who is looking for that small intimate ceremony, The church of Jesus of Nazareth at Siridao is the perfect location for you.

See the photos to believe it! 🙂

 

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Planning a Destination Wedding? Rajasthan is the place to be!

Rajasthan, literally translated, means ‘the land of kings’. It’s true that even when Indians think about Rajasthan, the first adjective that comes to mind is ‘royal’.

There is a historical and cultural richness in Rajasthan that remains unmatched. So if you’re wedding planning is for a kingly affair, this grand destination is the place for you.

We list down our picks of 8 venues in Rajasthan to consider when planning your destination Wedding!

1.Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

Rambagh Palace belongs to the Taj Group of Hotels and is the ideal place for you if you’ve always dreamed of having an opulent wedding that you want to customize, right down to the table centerpieces at your reception. The venue is complete with an amphitheater for the sangeet and lush gardens for the cocktail reception. The hotel even offers a traditional Indian baraat complete with elephants to sanctify your celebration.

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Rambagh Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

2.Jai Mahal Palace – Jaipur

Jai Mahal Palace is more whimsical and romantic. However, the hotel provides a more modern wedding setup against its ancient backdrop and also makes the honeymoon experience for the couple extraordinary. One place to keep your sight set on if you’re looking for an outdoor reception is the luxuriant Mughal Gardens.

Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Jai Mahal Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

3.Neemrana Fort – Jaipur

The imposing Neemrana-Fort Palace falls on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. This architectural treasure is the very essence of Rajasthan, where culture and tradition meet modern-day luxury. Along with the old-world charm the place exudes, it also boasts a swimming pool and sundeck terraces that would be ideal for a cocktail-cum-pool party and rooftop gardens for the reception.

Neemrana Fort - Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Neemrana Fort – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

4.Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace is a floating vision in white, situated on the edge of Lake Pichola. A wedding at this destination is bound to be an affair to remember. The hotel ensures this by giving the couple an opportunity to choose from an array of traditional and modern-day themes styled to perfection.

Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Taj Lake Palace – Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

5.The Leela Palace – Udaipur

Another spectacular location overlooking Lake Pichola. True to Rajput grandeur, this hotel has been designed to reflect intricate craftsmanship and luxury at its best. It truly typifies the perfect venue for a big fat Indian wedding.

The Leela Palace-Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

The Leela Palace-Rajasthan Wedding Destination Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

6.Hotel Fateh Garh – Udaipur

Hotel Fateh Garh is a Heritage Renaissance structure that echoes the cultural and spiritual heritage of Rajasthan’s past. It is ideal for those couples who wish to tie the knot in a picturesque old-world location with a touch of class.

Hotel Fateh Garh, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Hotel Fateh Garh, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

7. Umaid Bhavan – Jodhpur

While Umaid Bhawan is the largest known home in India, part of it is owned by the Taj Group and is absolutely breathtaking (my personal favourite) with intricate design and rich, antique furnishing. You’ll be surprised to know that it is considered a budget hotel, so you can have a truly classy, royal-like wedding here at a not-so-exorbitant cost.

Umaid Bhavan, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Umaid Bhavan, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

8.Taj Hari Mahal – Jodhpur

Taj Hari Mahal echoes a Moghul style with a fantastic mix of swanky and classic. It is romantic, elegant, traditional and refined, and fit for a fairy tale wedding.

 

Taj Hari Mahal,Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Taj Hari Mahal, Rajasthan Destination Wedding Venue Ideas by The Wedding Co.

Apart from the wedding buzz, the architectural marvels, such as temples, forts and palaces (of course), in Rajasthan are truly something to look forward to on your visit there. Whether you’re out shopping, on a desert safari, visiting a zoo, taking an elephant ride, or enjoying an elaborate thali meal, your experience of this beautiful destination will be far from ordinary.

So as an end note in the spirit of true Rajasthani hospitality:

“In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.” – Gianni Versace

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