8 Things to keep in mind when selecting your Wedding Invitation cards

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While everyone concentrates on the venue, décor, and menu for a wedding, the true first look of the wedding is showcased in your invitation card. But more often than not, planning of the invites is left to the last minute, leading to annoying errors and sudden panic. We bring to you a short checklist to ensure a smooth tension free invitation process.

Do the Math!

The first most important thing to have in place is a list of guests to be invited. This is the starting point of all planning, including the size of the venue, and definitely the number of cards to be printed. But we do suggest a good buffer to be accounted for in the order you give for your cards. There are always people missed out, last minute invites, people expecting separate invites within a family…the list of surprises is endless. Better to be prepared with extra cards, than flustered or embarrassed later!

Make an informed choice

Make sure you see your printer’s portfolio before placing your order. Just the design isn’t enough to base your decision on, it’s always recommended to visit the shop / have him visit you and check out the textures, colours and thickness of the papers used. Sometimes background colours that look beautiful in isolation, might not look great with the font colour selected. While you should be as creative as you want, it always helps to see a lot of samples to ensure you have the correct vision for your card.

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Plan the functions

Keep in mind if every person on your guest list will be invited to all of the functions. If not, choose designs that allow for removable inserts, which you can customize depending on who you’re inviting for which function.

Check, check, check!

Always insist on getting a proof of your card, and take out some time to read it peacefully. It’s easy to skip spelling errors, miss out names and not notice small grammatical glitches. Ensure at least two other people review your proofs before you give the final go ahead, because beyond this point, it will be extremely costly and time consuming to go back and make changes!

Beware the Indian Standard Time

You might want to consider mentioning timings on the cards an hour prior to the actual event. You need to account for the time people take to reach and settle in, with latecomers causing unwanted delays in your ceremonies.

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Be Practical

While wedding cards today come in all shapes and sizes, always keep in mind how you plan to send them to your guests. While heavy boxes will add to the shipping costs, irregular shapes may face the risk of damage in transit. While something looks pretty in front of you, ensure it reaches your guests as pretty and painlessly as possible!

Get address stickers

When preparing the guest list, also start the task of collating addresses of all the invitees. This is a herculean task and often requires a lot of time and effort, so it’s best to plan in advance. Utilize your printer’s service to print address stickers, as it is the easiest and most efficient way of preparing the invites. You can always go for a personalized touch and have all addresses handwritten (whether you do it yourself or hire someone), but ensure you plan enough time for this, as it can only be done once all the cards have arrived from the printer.

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Pretty favours to accompany your card

While wedding favours as a concept might seem new, but it has always been around in the form of a box of sweets that are often handed out with cards, especially when the invitations are being hand delivered. But now there is a multitude of options available that can be given out with the invites or at the venue. Customizable wedding favours are different, thoughtful, pretty and memorable! From confectionaries to scented sensations, you can see some creative ideas here (link to https://theweddingplannersindia.com/category/everything-else/wedding-101-how-to-pick-favours-with-flavour/). Plan your favours along with your cards to match the themes and make a pretty combination invite.

But more than anything else, ensure you give yourself enough time to plan and choose your invitation. It is after all an integral part of your wedding, something that should be enjoyed and remembered fondly!

 

 

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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.

 

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!

Get Shot Before You Tie The Knot!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Courtesy: Soumen Nath Photography

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Courtesy: Hiro Photography and Cinematography

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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!

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.

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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If you think Indian Wedding outfits are the prettiest, you will be surprised at these Wedding outfits from around the world!

Weddings are such a magical time, the festivity and colours are something we just can not get enough of.

The newlyweds are the centre of attention and their wedding outfits are something everyone appreciates. We obviously love the traditional Indian wedding lehengas and sherwanis.

But ever wondered what traditional wedding outfits from other countries look like?We’ve put together a list of traditional wedding outfits from around the world and they are a feast for the eyes!

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Where ever you may be, there is one thing common in all the above photographs, and however cliche I may sound, it is love and it shows on the couple’s faces!

 

Where should you go for your Honeymoon?

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If there’s one thing to really look forward to after your big day, it’s that first trip you take as a married couple. And over the years, some places have developed as the most sought after honeymoon destinations, based on how conventional honeymoons are expected to be. But what if you don’t just want a resort by the beach? What if you want to explore a completely different place, in a completely different way? We bring to you a list of honeymoon destinations based on your varied interests. Happy crazy travels!

The adventurous honeymooner | Gold Coast, Australia & New Zealand

Who said your honeymoon should be all about candle lit dinners and hand-in-hand strolls? Head down to Gold Coast Australia, and surf at the amazing beaches, hike through Hinterland, and experience the vibrant night life of Australia’s fun capital. The pristine beaches give way to more than 100,000 hectares of National Parks & Reserves with endless canyons, waterfalls and hiking trails all awaiting you!

Go even crazier in New Zealand by jumping off a plane, or bungee jump with your spouse instead! Experience the adrenaline rush by water safaris like never before, cycling across the country side, wild safaris and water skiing with a difference. New Zealand has all this to offer and so much more to appeal to your adventurous side.

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The Walking honeymooners | South Island, New Zealand

Experience the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand by Hiking through the vast wilderness. Walking or hiking is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing this country’s outstanding natural beauty. With thousands of trails, there are options for every level of hiker, novices and experienced, with day walks and multi-day hikes through their national parks, forests and coastal regions. If nature is what makes your heart beat faster, this is the place for you!

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Sunset Gazers | Santorini, Greece

Nothing beats romance and beauty than watching the sun go down on a breath-taking landscape. And Santorini, with it’s clear blue waters and pretty white and blue buildings gives you just that! A group of islands created by and resting on an active volcano, is a favourite as a romantic getaway. Don’t forget to take at least one photo at the famous Caldera, and exchange a kiss beneath the sunset to remember!

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Ride or Segway through the city | Europe & USA

Multiple cities offer beautiful cycling tours, or even the option of hiring a Segway to explore the city. Forget hop-on-hop-off buses or expensive cabs, have fun while you explore! You can even cycle all the way across Austria with your loved one, riding through the beautiful landscapes, stopping en-route at all the historic castles, and tasting their famous liqueurs as you go along!

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Disconnected from the World | Leh, Ladakh

While Leh has recently seen a huge rise in tourism, it is still by far one of the prettiest places on our planet! Surrounded by natural beauty at its rawest, it remains untouched by the hustle-bustle of city life. Nubra Valley and Pangong lake our some of the most beautiful spectacles you will ever see. With limited cellular connectivity, and difficult terrain, escape to Leh to get away from the world, and experience life the way it was meant to be!

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Theme Park Getaway | Orlando, Florida

If magical lands and adventurous rides are your thing, why not spend a few days in that land itself? You could say hi to Mickey Mouse, or run with Shrek & Donkey, or experience the beauty of Hogwarts. The options are endless, specially at Orlando! This city is home to more than a dozen theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios and Harry Potter World! What are you waiting for? Go book your magical honeymoon now!

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Surprise her! | Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one city guaranteed to take your breath away! The landscape is right out of a fairy tale, with their geological oddities of thousands of honeycombed hills and otherworldly topography. Explore the open air museums made out of the rocks, the underground city, the beautiful valleys. And surprise her with a hot air balloon ride over this mystical landscape at sunrise, the views and colours of the landscape will make this an experience you’ll never forget!

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This list is nowhere near exhaustive of all the different ways a honeymoon can be spent! From romantic to backpacking, there are innumerable choices for you to decide how you want to start the adventure that is your married life.

Did you spend your honeymoon with a difference? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Unique Entries for the Indian Groom

97f44f3fc4e384d50d3d7636d48ac20e.jpgEvery Indian wedding has that moment, as the family and friends await the arrival of the groom, the entry of the baraat, the commencement of the celebrations. And while traditionally, the groom would arrive on a white horse, why not mix things up a little, and make a grand entry, one everyone is going to remember and talk about for years to come? Here are some of our top picks for unique entries ishtyles for the groom!


Vroom-in in style!

Why come in on a horse when you can ride in on a Harley or Enfield instead? Better yet, get your baraat to make an entry in style with a biker group, the engines playing a melody of their own! After all, what could possibly be hotter than a groom on a bike?

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Quirky Desi Entry

Go desi and have a few laughs by making an entry on a tractor or a scooter, or even better still, ride in in a decked up auto-rickshaw! Not only will this create a light moment and break the ice between families, it will also be a moment to always remember!

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Go Classy with Vintage

Nothing speaks classy like making an entry in a vintage luxury car! If you’re ready to splurge a little, these cars can be rented for the night of your wedding. Imagine getting out of a chauffeur driven luxury car, and after the wedding, taking your bride home in that!

Go Traditional, really traditional!

Why only a white horse? Travel like the Maharajas did! Enter your wedding venue on a royal elephant, complete with decoration and seating like that of a king. The sheer size of the gesture is sure to make an impact on the guests awaiting your entry!

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Segaway

Be cute, and be tech-savvy! Ride in on a Segaway hoverboard and charm your family to-be with a few laughs along the way! It’s convenient and completely different. What’s more, if your bride is willing (and has prior experience), lead her to the waiting car after the wedding on a Segaway as well. Now that would a vidai to remember!

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A wedding flash mob!

Imagine getting out of your car, getting in line with your family and greeting the guests waiting to start the rituals of the groom’s entry. And suddenly music plays out from the background, and one by one your baarat starts breaking into a choreographed dance. And you join in as well! This entry is not only delightful, but a beautiful way to introduce your family and announce your entry. Imagine everyone’s delight as they witness this unique entry style!

So, after reading this list, do you really still want to enter on your white horse, like thousands before you have done, or would you rather make your D-Day entry absolutely unique and unforgettable? Have any other ideas? Tell us in the comments below!

Sinful Alternatives to Mithai for the Indian Sweet Tooth!

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When we think of sweets at Indian weddings, be it the favours gifted with the invitation, or during the wedding days itself, probably the first one that comes to mind is the delicious motichoor laddoo. The huge dried motichoor laddoo is synonymous with weddings, with halwais offering beautiful packaging for individual laddoos specially to be given to guests. But with changing times, couples are progressively looking for newer alternatives for sweets, away from the desi-ghee laden sweets that can be quite difficult on the tummy. Here are our top picks for replacements for mithais, that will leave your guests impressed and talking!

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Cupcakes

These tiny cakes have been all the rage for the last few years, so who says they can’t be a part of your wedding as well? Wow your guests with an assorted box full of exotic cupcakes ranging from dark chocolate, mocha to red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and no one will be missing that kaju katli! Cupcakes also make for beautiful displays at the wedding itself, with tiered cake stands and multiple colours standing out among all food items.

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Gems / M&Ms

Several customs at weddings involve guests meeting the couple to give gifts or blessings, and then feeding them a mithai as shagun. While this is a heart-warming tradition, after being fed 5-10 pieces of heavy sweets, it can be a pretty taxing experience for the bride and groom. Gems or M&Ms offer a nice reprieve from the sweet overload as they’re small in size, add colour to the ceremony, and present a pleasant novelty for the guests!

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Flavoured marshmallows

Another item that is not too sweet, and adds colour without adding heaviness is marshmallows. You can couple them with other candies to create an interesting assortment box or display. And if you’d like to really go fancy at your venue, add a fondue! Choose the candy of your choice to dip, coat it with the fondue, add sprinkles to make it pretty and pop it in your mouth for a burst of flavours! Pretty and delightful!

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Chocolate coated dry fruits

Dry fruits are traditional gifts at weddings. But add a dash of chocolate coating, and you have innovative sweets that are sure to be a favourite! Chocolate coated dry fruits are available in the market, and can also be made-to-order from a chocolatier. Easy to make and so much healthier, you just can’t go wrong with these!

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Macaroons

Nothing says sophisticated like a macaroon. These delicious Italian-French delicacies are full of subtle flavours not available in any other traditional sweet, be it lavender, rose or apricot-black tea! These small pastel coloured desserts aren’t just tasty to eat, but also add classiness to any décor with beautiful macaroon towers from which guests can pluck out the macaroon of their choice to taste!

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Fruit arrangement

Last, and by far the most classic is a fruit arrangement. Go healthy and stylish by carefully designed and manicured fruit arrangements at your venue from small singular bowls to entire towers and sculptures made of fruits! With centrepieces and buffet displays so beautiful, you’ll almost feel bad digging into them to eat!

With so many unique options, why go with the same old mithai when you can be trendy and different? Believe us, a lot of tummys and taste buds will be thanking you!