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.

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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

Vintage Wonders: Car Trends this Wedding Season

The wedding doers for many a generation have been taken up with the thought of all things ‘vintage’. However, this particular trend has gained a new found exuberance with the current generation. Gone are the days when the bridegroom made his entry on the standard ghodi. Weddings just keep getting grander by the day, and nothing spells opulence better than a classy, luxurious vehicle during the vidaai. Besides, a car with a rich lineage has even more value attached to it because it adds that extra touch of history and mystery that most wedding parties today treasure. India has several vintage cars doing the circles that were originally owned by maharajas and viceroys of old. Let’s have a look at the trendsetters of the past few years.

The Rolls Royce

The Rolls Royce is the Indian answer to the American trend of limousines. Two special editions called ‘the Ghost’ and ‘the Phantom’ were introduced by these elegant car makers to lure the rich and elite in the Indian City of Dreams, Mumbai. In fact, this brand has etched its presence in the Indian market so well that the company receives a tenth of it’s earnings from the Indian market alone. A car from this vintage line definitely typifies the big fat Indian wedding.

The Bentley

A successor of the Rolls Royce, the Bentley brand was acquired by Volkswagen later on and has established its place in the hearts of wedding doers for decades now. The ‘Bentley Blower’ is one of the famous vintages in the wedding circuit, along with the ‘Bentley Speed Six’, ‘Bentley Mark VI’ and many more. So if you’re looking for the perfectly chic entry or classic exit, these swanky saloons might just be the answer to your ideal wedding.

The Buick

Buick is the oldest brand name in automobiles in America and the world. A division of General Motors, these wonder cars have had many successors since. The ‘1937 Buick 4-Door Convertible’ and the ‘Buick Roadmaster Sedan 1938’ are some common names in the present Indian wedding circuit. If you want to add a dash of heritage to your wedding or just flaunt your good fortune around, be sure to rent from one of these brilliant roadsters for your D-Day.

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This Holy Trinity is just a drop from the ocean of vintage car choices, such as Chryslers, Fords, Mercedes, Chevrolets, and many more, available for your wedding day. A lot of effort goes into planning the perfect wedding, and no one can understand this better than the wedding party. You want every detail to be perfect and fabulous, and the wedding car (though a small detail), needs to be picture perfect as well. The perfect car won’t just be an excellent prop for traditional ceremonies such as the baraat, but it’ll also make for great memories that you’ll cherish forever.

What's in the Box?

What’s in the box?

We all know gifts are objects given to express positive emotions towards someone and when you have an Indian wedding in the family expect it to include lots of gifts. While traditional Indian weddings involve gifts in the form of cash, gold and clothes being exchanged either between the families or being given by guests, modern day weddings are a tad bit different. These days wedding gifts cover a broad spectrum of objects that are not just gifted to the couple but also by the couple.

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Personalized items – Bring in the personal touch to wedding gifts with accessories or household items that have the couple’s name engraved on it. If the couple is extremely close to you, you may opt for personalized jewelry or wallets. If you would like the gift to be more generic, there are several other options like champagne flutes, cutlery and silverware that can be personalized.

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Household items – Nuclear families are on the rise these days and post their marriage, couples move into their new homes. Setting up from scratch can be an expensive task therefore many couples do appreciate the idea of receiving household items as wedding gifts. These could include a range of items like showpieces, lamps, artistic frames and dinner sets.

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Gift registry – Very popular with modern day couples, registries are the easiest way of ensuring you will receive wedding gifts that you require. Couples make a wish list of items they require and this is made public. Family and friends then choose which item they would like to gift the couple and once they have purchased that item, it is deleted off the list. This ensures that two guests do not gift the couple the same item. These days’ registries are listed with department stores to facilitate the process.

Vouchers – Quite similar to registries, vouchers are very popular wedding gifts for young couples these days. They are similar because they leave the couples with the option of selecting what they personally like and are most likely to use. Vouchers can be store based or shopping mall based.

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Wedding Favors for Guests

Sweets – These can be placed for guests at the dinner tables if the wedding set-up is a sit-down dinner style. If the set-up is a buffet style one, then the sweets can be placed at various cocktail tables or at the exit of the venue. Popular sweets as wedding favors for guests are lollipops wrapped with personalized wrappers of the couple’s initials and chocolate lollipops and bars imprinted with the couple’s picture or names.

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Souvenirs – These can be a range of articles that are given to guests as memorabilia from the wedding. Available in stores that stock wedding supplies, these can be theme based or something generic. Popular favors are mini photo frames, card holders and candles.

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The key to gifting right is to keep it simple and practical. Gifts do not need to be big or expensive to be appreciated. Use the ideas as a guideline and we ensure you it will be easy gifting!

These Punjabi Wedding ceremonies are so much fun you may as well call it a Fun-jabi wedding! Pun intended!

They say you know someone is a Punjabi when their party catering for 100 people can actually feed 500 people, they are willing to do the bhangra everywhere they go (except the Gurdwara) and they call people they don’t know ‘uncle’ and ‘aunty’. And when you imagine a whole load of such people together, you can expect nothing less than fun, excitement and noise. In short, a big fat Punjabi wedding.

Punjabi weddings are extremely reflective of the culture and these customs and traditions just tell you how much fun they truly are!

Roka Ceremony – An official engagement is held to seek the blessings of family and friends. At this ceremony, the to‐be‐bride receives a very significant part of her wedding day jewellery, the nose ring, popularly known as the ‘nath’ by her mother’s brother.

Shagun – Translated as engagement, in this ceremony the girl’s family confirms this relationship between the couple. This is celebrated with the boy’s family receiving gifts and jewellery.

Sagai ‐- This is the formal engagement ceremony which takes place at the groom’s house. Followed by the tikka ceremony, The girl is draped in her ‘chunni’ by the grooms mother and a dot of mehendi is applied to her palms for good luck.

Sangeet – Translated as music, this ceremony is our answer to the Western bridal shower. The female family and friends of the to‐be‐bride gather for an evening of traditional music and dancing while they play the Indian instrument, ‘dholki’. Over the years, this has been modernised with a DJ belting out commercial music.

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Mehendi – As per customs, the ‘mehendi’ is sent by the boy’s mother.
The ‘mehendi’ marks the end of the pre‐wedding rituals and the wedding ceremonies begin. A set of rituals are followed in the bride and groom’s homes before they get together for the wedding ceremony.

Haldi – Wedding preparations begin with the bride being beautified with the application of a paste of turmeric and mustard oil. Post this ritual, the bride and groom are not allowed to meet each other until the wedding day.

Chuda – On the actual wedding day, all family members touch a set of red and cream‐ivory bangles which will be presented by the uncle to the bride. This will be worn by the bride as part of her wedding attire but she does not see these bangles until she is dressed up for her wedding. Close family and friends tie gold plated dangling ornaments called ‘kaliras’ to a bangle on each wrist.

Ghodi charna – Once the groom is dressed and has been protected from evil, he is set for the final ceremony which is ‘getting on the horse’. The groom makes his way to the wedding venue on a horse that has been fed and adorned by his sisters and cousins.

After a series of rituals in both homes, the wedding ceremony takes place at either the temple, gurdwara or a generic wedding venue.

Varmala – The bride and groom meet for the exchange of the garland of flowers. This ceremony signifies the acceptance and love they have towards each other while stating that from here on they will live with each other. Both the families tease the couple and an atmosphere of fun and frolic is built and an auspicious time is chosen for the wedding ceremony.

Kanyadaan – As per Indian traditions, a father gives away his daughter at the time of marriage. In order to get his daughter married he first places a ring on the groom’s finger after which the actual wedding ceremony can begin.

Phere ‐- The main part of any Hindu wedding is the circumnavigating the mandap like Christopher Columbus did to the world, only this needs to be done 7 times around the sacred fire with Panditji chanting away something, which few people understand.The groom applies sindoor to the centre of the bride’s head and then gets her to wear a black and gold beaded necklace called the ‘mangalsutra’.

Joota Chupai – While the ceremonies are being performed, the bride’s sisters and friends steal the groom’s shoes.the groom generally has to pay a price to get them back.It is so much fun when the groom’s side decides they wont let it happen.

Vidaai – Once married, the bride departs her parents home throwing puffed rice over her head. Accompanied by her brothers, she makes her way to her new home.At her husband’s house, she is welcomed by her mother in law who circles a glass of water thrice around the head of her daughter in law before welcoming her in.

Pani bharna – The girl then steps in to her new home by using her right foot to knock a vessel filled with mustard oil which has been placed at the entrance. This is followed by a prayer offered by the couple in their room and blessings taken from the elders.
This brings them to the end of the wedding rituals and to the start of a new life filled with love, happiness and health for both.

Phere dalna – The following day, the bride’s brother picks the newly wed couple and takes them to the bride’s house so the couple can spend a day with her parents.

Who would not want to be a part of the festvities! Amazing fun!

PS: It is usually left unsaid, but Daaru flows freely like water does 😉