How to Pick Wedding Favours with Flavour?

Your wedding will most likely be glorious and memorable, and the people to primarily contribute to this glory will be the friends and families who grace the occasion with their presence.

To show them that you appreciate their presence on your big day and they play an integral role in the festivities, be sure to select your wedding favors with utmost care. Besides just buying the favours off the shelf, making these little indulgences personalized is what gets etched in the minds of your friends and family.

Here are some innovative and pocket-friendly wedding favour trends that you can choose from.

Confine it to Confectioneries

Chocolates, candies, cupcakes and cookies are sweet treats you just can’t go wrong with. Though these favors have been done to death, no wedding guest has frowned upon discovering a sugary delight in their goody bag. Nothing speaks of love and thanks better than a lovely little mint-flavored after or mouth freshener. Another benefit to presenting candied surprises is that they make appealing, multicolored gift bags that’ll look classy any way they’re wrapped.

 

 

Components of Joy

Ingredients and spices are unconventional favors, but they’re definitely the most thoughtful and practical. Little bottles of olive oil or rosemary customized with the wedding guests’ names on it would speak much gratitude for the flavor your guests brought to your wedding celebrations. A little case of saffron or jar of cardamom for your Indian guests would prove auspicious and a refreshing change from the usual mithais.

 

Brew Some Love!

Tea, coffee and cocoa can make for unique, personalized and gourmet wedding gifts. Mini jars of these daily drinks are not only elegant and classy but useful as well. Imagine your guests enjoying a warm, relaxing cup of their favorite beverage while reminiscing about your wedding. So pick out your favorite gourmet blend and show your guests your appreciation with a delightful cuppa joe!

Bubbly Bounties

If you’re looking for an extravagant wedding favor, your search ends here. Miniature bottles of whiskey, vodka and other spirits are the way to go. What could be more festive than having your wedding guests pop open their own personalized bottles of champagne during the wedding toast! There are a million ways to glam up these gifts with glitter, color, ribbons and other shiny things and make these mementos ones that your guests will talk about for eons to come.

Scented Sensations

If your favors aren’t going to be edible, at least make them aromatic. Scented candles, essential oils, soaps, bath and sea salts and potpourri make for unbelievably chic and exotic wedding favors. Whether you want your wedding to symbolize love, peace or fun, there are scents you can present for every mood and theme. These scents will invoke memories of your wedding day for years on end.

Tasteful Table Utilities

Table utilities as wedding favors could be just about anything. You can really let your imagination run wild with this one. Be it a beautiful set of custom-made coasters, an elegant photo frame displaying your guests’ place cards, bottle openers with the invitees’ names, or paperweights that represent the wedding theme, the possibilities are endless. Whatever you opt for, these thoughtful indulgences will truly be special surprises.

Favors truly are worth the effort and price you will invest in them. Guests look forward to receiving them, so make sure they’re functional, fun, meaningful and won’t be left behind. They’re tokens of appreciation and needn’t be overly extravagant. Just remember to offer what you can afford, but something that you would appreciate receiving. Happy shopping!

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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.

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.

Marigold

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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.

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!?