Get Shot before You Tie the Knot!

Weddings are affairs you want to remember for the rest of your life. However, the wedding day isn’t all that’s important. It’s the journey to the wedding—the build-up to the wedding day, the fun and frolic during the wedding preparations, the stress that was caused—that remains with those involved. Pre-wedding photo shoots are a very important part of the build-up. Most to-be-weds wish for their wedding album to illustrate their love story, and a pre-wedding shoot is like a prelude to this.

Courtesy: Shaadigrapher.com
Courtesy: Shaadigrapher.com

Besides the fact that a pre-wedding photo shoot is breathtakingly romantic, it’s also perfect for confirming how your wedding shots will look. To put it simply, it’s the perfect opportunity for you and your better half to get acquainted with your wedding photographer and understand their style. It’s also great for the photographer to learn about their muses, about how you work the camera, what your likes and dislikes are, whether you’re naturals or cute and awkward, and so forth. In addition to this, you’ll have an amazing tribute to your love story that you’ll cherish forever.

Courtesy: Sandeep Gupta Photography
Courtesy: Sandeep Gupta Photography

The way we look at it, there are only advantages to a pre-wedding shoot, which is probably why they’ve become quite popular among pre-wed beaus and belles. Natural settings such as beaches and parks are preferred over concrete structures, while some love bugs even prefer to shoot in the comfort of their own homes. Not only are natural backdrops the perfect settings for a shoot, they also prove to be excellent cost-effective solutions to already mounting wedding expenses.

Courtesy: Reggie Menacherry
Courtesy: Reggie Menacherry

India has a wealth of natural beauty for the perfect pre-wedding venues. Be it the serene backwaters of Kerala, the glorious palaces of Jaipur, the lush gardens of Bangalore, the exquisite beaches of Goa, or the historical testaments of Delhi, India has something to offer to every starry-eyed couple. Some famous pre-wedding hotspots are the Neemrana Fort in Jaipur. The monument represents a glorious age and is symbolic of strength and tenacity in both good times and bad, what marriages are about. Similarly, the Palolem beach in Goa is a breathtaking backdrop for romantic souls, so is Cubben Park in Bangalore.

Courtesy: Soumen Nath Photography
Courtesy: Soumen Nath Photography
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Courtesy: Hiro Photography and Cinematography
Courtesy: Anup J Kat Photography
Courtesy: Anup J Kat Photography
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Courtesy: Shaadigrapher.com

Another popular trend these days is to have a themed shoot. You may be a princess being rescued by her white knight or Kajol running through poppy fields into the arms of her Shahrukh Khan, the possibilities are endless. Some trending themes are those based on hobbies, vehicles, sports, coffee, one of the elements (water, wind, fire, earth) and fairytales. There’s just so much room to play around with multiple ideas and have some fun and unwind before your big day.

In short, pre-wedding shoots are a great way for your photographers to earn your trust. Besides, it gives you a little time together to talk about how wonderful the D-Day is scheduled to be and the different elements that will lead to it. You could also utilise these shots for your wedding website and save-the-date invites. Just think of a pre-wedding photo shoot as a fun practice session before the real deal. It’s fun, relaxed, happy and a true reminder of why you’re tying the knot in the first place. So let your photographer take the reins on this one, and remember to say cheese!

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The D-Day Beckons: Groom Trends this 2014

Grooms don’t have it easy with the style choices they have to make for their wedding day. There’s always that extremely fine line between chic and overdone. This is even more true because there’s a sure-fire guarantee that your better half will look like a million bucks. So to make sure you look the second best on your wedding day, here are a few ideas trending this 2014.

Colours

Who says jodhpuris and tuxes need to be boring? This wedding season, adorn yourself in daring whites, beiges, or pastels, and get some for your groomsmen too. However, if you’re old-school and still wish to go the conventional way, have a pop of colour in the form of a shocking bowtie or satin scarf on your chest to break the monotony of your black or grey suit. Liven up your outfit with a splash of color, and show your bride that fun side of you that she fell for in the first place.

Patterns

If you’re looking to go all out on your style quotient, pick a checked or striped suit for your big day. Again, if you’re practicing restraint, yet wish to opt for something trendy, go with a patterned accessory to spice up your ensemble. Some trending patterns are the glen check, windowpane, herringbone, houndstooth, bird’s eye, checked plaid, and nailhead. Pick one as your theme or do a mix and match of several of these patterns for your groomsmen; either way, you’re bound to steal the show!

The Tailcoat

The trend of the decade has been to get back to older trends, and the tailcoat is back with a vengeance. If you’re planning a truly high end affair, you may as well do it right by looking the part too. Ranging from black and navy to grey, this Victorian classic can be incorporated into a wide range of wedding color schemes too.

The Nehru Jacket

Nothing speaks trendy and classy like the Nehru jacket. Most suit jackets or sportscoats follow the same basic cut principals, but the Nehru jacket, made famous by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, can easily be distinguished because of its dignified mandarin collar. Sport this with matching or oddly paired trousers, and create a style statement along your journey down the aisle or to the mandap. This jacket is also a great pick for cocktail receptions, sangeets, or other light-hearted festivities.

Accessories

If you’re the groom or one from his party, the accessories you pair with your wedding suit will be as important as the suit itself. Let your personality shine through with your own customized accessories to enhance your look. Wear a vibrant-coloured pagdi with your sombre jodhpuri, or have your groomsmen wear a distinguishable accessory such as a beret or bowler hat. Whatever you do, do it with style!

So to all the grooms out there, don’t let your breathtaking brides steal all the thunder. Keep some aside for yourself. Show her that you can match her and equal her in every aspect, that you truly are soulmates. Have a good one!

Get Groomed!

Wedding talk is often centered around the bride—her dress, her hair, her bridesmaids, her likes, her dislikes, and so on. Planning a wedding, or even participating in one, can be a daunting task, and the groom needs to do much more than just show up and get married! His duties may not be as extensive as the bride’s, but our (often) silent participant might sometimes be able to provide invaluable inputs for the big day. So, let’s take a look at how the groom can contribute to the D-Day effectively, without being a nag.

A little effort goes a long way

While it’s quite easy for the groom to simply let the bride take the reins, it may create an impression of aloofness or indifference towards the wedding preparations, which may not be the case, and this may not be a great first impression for the in-laws. So, get involved! You may not be able to tell which centerpiece fits the wedding theme best, but a little enthusiasm and show of support will earn you a lot of brownie points!

Be independent

Our wedding belle already has a lot going, what with having to select the venue, pick the theme, look like a princess, get her bridesmaids to look like princesses, etc. So don’t take for granted or expect her to pick your wedding suit and those for your groomsmen too. Take her inputs, by all means, but the ultimate decision needs to be your responsibility. Some great quirks such as bowties, socks with crazy patterns, suspenders, mismatched styles, and vibrant pops of colour are currently trending down the aisle, so design your own quirky outfit and give your bride a fun surprise that will truly bowl her over. A word of caution though; it’s quite easy to get carried away with the variety of choices around you, so choose wisely and keep it classy!

Be the punching bag

Your bride’s probably on her way to bridezilla-land for a while, due to the overload of wedding responsibilities. This is a very important, and equally stressful, time for her. That subtle difference between lavender and lilac for the gift wrappers matters. It may seem silly, but while you’re taking it easy, she’s now shuffling between two jobs. So, if she needs to vent or throw tantrums about the mandap decorations—curb the sarcasm—be her own, personalized punching bag. Show her that planning these ridiculous details is worth the effort, because marrying you will be the end result.

And finally, say thank you! Wedding speeches are an integral part of weddings, sangeets, cocktail receptions etc. Be sure to thank the contributors to your wedding and those who make up your wedding party. Especially, thank your bride. That glow of satisfaction and contentedness on her face will be worth all the pre-wedding chaos.

Here’s wishing all the grooms-to-be luck in implementing their pre-wedding game plan. Show your bride that you can be an active participant, and not just a bystander, in the biggest day of your lives! Game on!