A bride called off her wedding and ended up doing something amazing with the money spent…

An Indiana woman didn’t want her canceled $30,000 wedding to go to waste, so she threw a dinner party for the homeless.

The swanky event center on Saturday saw about a dozen veterans from a local organization joining guests from homeless shelter coming together to dine on Bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and wedding cake.

Sarah Cummins told the Indianapolis Star that she and her fiance called off the wedding a week ago. She declined to give a reason, but she said they were left with a nonrefundable contract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel and a plated dinner for 170 guests.

“For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does,” Cummins said to The New York Post.

Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some purpose to the event and contacted area homeless shelters. She cheerfully greeted and welcomed her guests when they arrived Saturday.

Several local businesses and residents donated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear.

Charlie Allen, who’s spent three months at a homeless mission, received a donated jacket.

“I didn’t have a sport coat,” he said, tugging gently at the lapels. “I think I look pretty nice in it.”

Like other guests, Allen said he was grateful for the invitation.

“For a lot of us, this is a good time to show us what we can have,” he said. “Or to remind us what we had.”

Three of Cummins’ seven bridesmaids, along with her mother and aunts, came to support her at the event.

Cummins, a 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student, said her ex-fiance, Logan Araujo, footed most of the bill for the wedding contract, with Cummins and her parents, along with one of Araujo’s family friends, paying the rest. Cummins said that when she approached Araujo about donating the dinner, he agreed to what he believed was a selfless way to handle the situation.

Cummins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wedding dress.

“It’s too painful to think about.”

Source: New York Post

 

17 Yummy Finger Foods to have at your Wedding!

Indian weddings are all about the food. Families and close friends gather for days to celebrate and make merry!

When the festivities are in full swing, guests like to munch on tiny bites of deliciousness to satisfy hunger pangs or pair with their drinks. We are all aware of the kebabs and fish fingers which do not usually make it past the first 2 rows of the crowd, but what other fun and finger licking stuff can you have?

Read on to find out!

Mini Curried Egg Tacos

Canapes Chaat!

Fried Chicken on Mini Waffles:D

Black bean patties with chipotle sauce and diced tomatoes.

Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with Mango Chutney

Bread Pinwheels with Pesto and Cheese!

Tomato soup shots with grilled cheese bites

Sweet Potato Bites

Spinach artichoke mushrooms

Meatballs with spaghetti tops

Pizza Rolls

Tiny Pancake Bites with assorted toppings

Mini Mac and Cheese Bites

Lamb Meatballs

Lemon Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites!

Dahi Papdi Chaat in Glasses

Jalapeno Cheese Poppers! ( Personal Favourite )

Maan! Don’t these look amazing? Which one is your favorite? and from how we see it, you don’t need to wait for a Wedding to eat these!

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

Bangle Bar

Mehendi Themed Cakes and Cookies

Mehendi Themed Candles

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

 

 

These tweets about Weddings will make you ROFL!

Weddings are just awesome! They are the best place to meet all kinds of people, the Ladkey wale, the Ladki wale, the Khaaney wale!

With Twitter all the rage, we compiled a few tweets which are hilarious and very relatable to what we feel at weddings! 😀

When your friend is depressed about still being single

When you see Chicken and Veg Biryani next to each other at the Buffet!

When your crush walks towards you at a wedding reception!

When you enter the veg section at a wedding!

LOL!

When you save your crush a seat, but they end up sitting somewhere else!

When it is a dry wedding, but there is a room where you hide and drink!

When the wedding is at the end of the month and you need to make do with whatever you’ve got!

This couple handcrafted their entire wedding…Insane DIY ideas! Their cute dog was their Videographer.

When wedding photographers Cathy and Sebastian decided to tie the knot, they knew what they wanted. The couple got married in August last year and from the get go, the one thing that they focussed on was to enjoy the entire process and on making everything they needed by themselves!

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Says Cathy, their wedding was relaxed, DIY and focussed on their friends and themselves and their Pinterest mood board was their main source of inspiration.

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Cathy and Sebastian’s wedding ceremony was unique and was neither religious nor civil.It was guided by their friend Oscar who played a game with all guests singing an old song from their childhood called El Anillo (The Ring). Between each verse, their closest friends would read something to them and the song would continue.Then at the end, they exchanged Vows and Rings!

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The catering was from Roberto Galvez Banqueteria, but amazingly by the guests themselves. Guests brought along desserts, salads and other amazing dishes to create a potluck. After lunch, guests grabbed a blanket and created a massive picnic dessert area of sorts.

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If their wedding wasn’t already unique enough, the cherry on the cake was added by the bride’s homemade dress and the fact that their pet corgi, Leica was the videographer 😀

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“We made almost everything by our own hands. We silkscreened table cloths, made concrete chandeliers and did all the floral arrangements. Also, we hired and hung all the Tuscan light bulbs and the pendants at the venue. For my wedding dress, I had bought a dress from Modcloth, but it didn’t fit me so I redesigned it with my friend Natalia. In the end, we only kept the top of the dress and were very lucky to find the same colour in a fabric store in Santiago for the bottom. I also made my headpiece with some crin flowers (a technique that uses horse hair to make the flower shapes)” says Cathy

The couple saved money by picking a venue which had never hosted a wedding before. It was a risk but luckily it worked out!

“The best thing about planning our wedding was being together, doing things for our friends and knowing that everybody was going to have such a good time that day”, she concluded. “The worst thing was not knowing who was going to be there or not, right up until the last minute we had guests confirming if they were coming or not!”

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They advise future brides and grooms to try to enjoy the whole process. Enjoy every single thing about the wedding day, even the things that go wrong.

The laughter you’ll have together about it, days or months after the wedding, is amazing.

In retrospect, there was nothing they could have done differently. It turned out better than all that they thought it could be!

Check out the video made by the very cute Leica!

Check out all the Photos here: Blancorios

Article Source: RocknRollBride

 

 

 

 

7 Fun Attractions to have at your Wedding!

The wedding landscape has evolved and with that has evolved a number of experiences that you can offer guests to make your wedding even more memorable than it already is!

Newlyweds focus their attention on all the major things of course, but also have these little titbits that they offer to their guests which go a long way in shaping the overall experience.

These 7 ideas can be fun and cost effective too and can go well with your wedding decor.

Popcorn Bar

You can offer different flavours for guests to munch on with their cocktails!

Candy Station

This is such a fun experience and it works wonders with kids and adults alike!

Chocolate Bar

Who doesn’t like Chocolate! These can be an amazing mood setter!

Fruit Bar

Make organic fruits interesting by setting them up attractively accompanied by fresh cream and toppings!

Chaat Bar

These are so much fun to just munch on!

Gola Counter – for the outdoor summer weddings!

I don’t think I need to mention what these can do! They work wonders in the summer heat and even otherwise can be a great attraction for your guests to enjoy!

Sushi Bar 

Sushi Bars are great fun, but experience and quality would need to be looked at very carefully. Once that is done, these can be great fun, A lot of clients are also experimenting with Fruit Sushi, a vegetarian dessert item.

 

 

 

 

 

18 Wedding Foods that are so perfect, we just can’t get enough of them!

When you have to attend a wedding, the first thought about an Indian Wedding at least definitely has to be food.

It does not matter whether it is a Muslim, Hindu, Christian wedding, the most important part of an Indian wedding is the catering, and it is definitely something which guests remember the occasion by.

These 21 foods will make you hungry, very hungry and take you back to all the weddings you have attended in the past!

Fried Papad

However hard you try, you can never say no to a fried papad

Boondi Raita

It is hard to not eat a bowl of this before dinner even begins

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Pani-Puri or Live Chaat Counter

Pani Puri are a meal in themselves, I am not sure why we treat them as an accompaniment

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Chicken Tikka!

Lol, the server usually doesn’t get past a certain point when these are on the tray

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Cocktail Samosas

Like Chicken Tikkas, it’s hard for these bad boys to get past a certain point.

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Paneer Reshmi Tikka

I think the chicken tikka samosas and the paneer come in a team!

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Hara Bhara Kebab

Crunchy and Crispy, they taste amazing with sauce

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Amritsari Fish Tikka

They are delectable with Chutney and Onions

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Mutton Rogan Josh

It is spicy, Tangy and Delicious. Tastes unbelievable with hot roti’s

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Butter Chicken

OMG, my mouth is watering!

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Maa ki Daal

Lol, I bet even Maa cant get enough of Maa ki Dal

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Malai Kofta

Piping hot Malai Kofta with Hot Rotis or Rice!

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Dum Aloo!

I am salivating!

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Tava Pulao

Tava Pulao with the Maa Ki Daal tastes amazing ( I rarely end up eating it)

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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani, here is where it becomes a Man/Woman vs Food affair!

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Butter Naan and Rotis

When they are fresh and hot with a dollop of butter on top, there is no stopping us!

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Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun served hot, with vanilla ice cream!

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Jalebi and Rabri

Piping hot jalebis with Rabri can melt in your mouth

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As I am writing this post, I am salivating more and more, I am eating one of these tonight.

So which one of these are you definitely eating tonight!?

This amazing resort is perfect for a destination wedding even if you want to marry underwater!

Nestled on the beaches of Havelock Island in the Andamans, Munjoh Resort is truly a treat!

Munjoh has a literal meaning – “mine”. They are not part of a chain, mass-produced and standardized.They offer a handcrafted bouquet of personalized experiences.

They are an ecological and environment-friendly establishment who is passionate about providing their guests with the best in service and offering everything from Garden Cottages to Luxury Villas.

The Blue Beetle Cafe serves an assortment of Continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine.Sea food caught mere hours and a few hundred meters away is their specialty. They of course also have an extensive vegetarian menu prepared with the freshest local produce.

One of the most exotic locations in the world for stunning beach weddings, the beach weddings are customized according to the guests needs.

They have a ready roster of photographers and they can source the freshest flowers from the florist network daily! You can customize your menu to the minutest details for your big day.

A beach banquet under the stars with the best in Food and Drink would be an experience to remember which can be followed by retiring to a well-decorated suite for newlyweds!

The most unique feature is their ability to help do underwater weddings, they have their very own dive shop with state of the art equipment and experienced & friendly staff, certified and trained by the international ‘PADI’ & ‘SSI’ association.

Getting married under turquoise waters filled with beautiful coral gardens and its colorful residents- from starfish to giant clams and mysterious turtles to dugongs and angelic manta rays would be an experience in itself!

Says Simran, who married her beau Hiren at  Munjoh resort,” Right from the onset we were certain that we didn’t want a run of the mill wedding. We both have respect for traditions but both felt that Indian weddings tend to be an unnecessarily drawn out affair. Something that just didn’t appeal to us. Since our location was so stunning, a lot of our activities were centered on the beautiful beach where we got married”

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Although Simran warns,”The islands are still fairly untouched by commercialization so there are actually no decorators available there!  I anyway dislike a lot of decoration and wanted the kind of more organic stuff that was around when my parents got married. Simple genda and mogra decoration, which the resort staff pulled off beautifully!”

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She adds,”As a token of thanks, we took everyone scuba diving after the wedding. In fact one of my cousin’s proposed to his girlfriend under water, he had a ring and everything! And we arranged for champagne for them when they got out”

Image Credit: Varun Suresh

Image Credit : Varun Suresh

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We thank Simran for sharing her experience and wish her a happily married life with Hiren.

Such hidden treasures are what make’s one thankful for nature and this beautiful resort is one which can offer you the wedding of your dreams and a lot more!

You can find them on Beach No.5 at Havelock Island and Mr.Ravi from Munjoh Resort will be more than happy to be of service. He can be reached on -+919474296200.

So if you are planning a destination wedding, give Munjoh a shout, we are sure you will be amazed!

10 Summer Refreshers to have at your Outdoor Wedding !

It’s that time of the year where the mercury soars, the beautiful sunny outdoors beckon and are the ambiance for an outdoor wedding soiree 🙂

Summer Refreshers and Coolers are the perfect way to get things started.

These delicious sips of goodness in a glass can do wonders to refresh your guests and help set the perfect pace for the celebration to follow.

In this post, we list down 10 ideas for chilled summer refreshers you can have at your wedding!

1.Ginger Lime Basil Spritzer

Ginger Lemon Basel Mimosa

Ginger Lemon Basel Mimosa at your wedding

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2.Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade at weddings

Strawberry Lemonade at weddings

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3.Lime Basil Watermelon Cooler

Lime Basel Watermelon Cooler

Lime Basel Watermelon Cooler to beat the heat at your wedding

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4.Fresh Pineapple and Coconut water with Lime and Mint

Coconut Water Pineapple Juice Cooler

Coconut Water Pineapple Juice Cooler with a hint of lemon can be very refreshing for everyone at your wedding, add a dash of Vodka and make it a cocktail 🙂

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5.Aam Panna

Aam Panna

Chilled Aam Panna, the sweet and tangy flavour at any outdoor wedding 🙂

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6.JalJeera

JalJeera is a great cooler for weddings!

Jal Jeera is an all time favorite, the spiciness and burst of flavours is liked by all wedding guests!

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7.Khus Mocktail

Khus Sherbat

A desi recipe with a dash of mint.

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8.Nimbu Pani ( Lemonade )

Nimbu Pani at weddings.

Nimbu Pani is an eternal favorite for any outdoor celebration.

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9.Healthy Smoked Chilled Chaas

Chilled Smoked Masala Chaas for your Wedding.

Chilled Smoked Masala Chaas, the healthy way to beat the heat for your wedding guests !

10.Strawberry Mango Sangria

Strawberry Mango Sangria

An exotic and fruity mix to tickle the taste buds of your wedding guests

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These are some of our Favorites:)

Wedding Planning should be all about the experience and your journey should be as fantastic as the destination, we hope you enjoy this post and would love to hear your suggestions/feedback in our comments section!

10 Fun Foods to add a healthy twist to your Wedding Menu!

Weddings are a union of two people and their families and food is a vital part. So much so, that guests look forward to what is on the menu.

With the advent of social media, guests today are extremely well-informed and health conscious and are more receptive towards a healthy and fun twist to the wedding menu, besides the conventional hearty soul food usually served at Indian Weddings.

Here are our Favourites:

1: Baked Pani Puri Shots to bring the zing!

Baked Pani Puri Shots

2: Gluten Free Mini Pizzas that melt in your mouth.

gluten free pizzas

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3. Tender Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

chicken satay with peanut sauce

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4.Grilled Fish with Chilly Rosemary Lime Butter

grilled fish with chilly rosemary lime butter

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5.Fresh and Hot Palak Tofu

Delicious Palak Tofu

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6.Soft Baked Stuffed Kulchas

Hot Stuffed Veggie Kulchas

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7.Chickpea and Vegetable Curry with Quinoa

yummy chickpea and vegetable curry with quinoa

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8.Lo Syn Thai Prawn Curry with Rice

Low Fat Prawn Thai Curry

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9. Zesty Lemon Tofu Cheesecake

Tasty Lemon Tofu Cheesecake

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10. Baked Gulab Jamun

Hot and Sweet Baked Gulab Jamun

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Weddings are special, the food makes them even more special 🙂 Adding a healthy and tasty twist to your wedding menu can appeal to all guests alike and make it even more memorable! 🙂

About the Author: Barkha Athania is a vastly experienced and high profile wedding planner based in Mumbai. Her creations and designs are inspired by a variety of diverse cultures, enabling her to provide her clients with an array of options