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.

 

Keep Calm and Hire a Wedding Planner

Weddings are supposed to be a dreamy, romantic time for couples; a countdown to the first day of the rest of their new lives; a memorable time that they want to cherish because they know they’ll never get it back. Sounds like a fairytale doesn’t it? But, then comes the contemplations, the selections, the decisions and endless discussions. And then comes the stress. About picking the venue, the invites, the centrepieces, the cake, the colour of the suit, the flowers, the menu, the favours… aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. Feel like running away yet? Well, there are better (less drastic) solutions. Hire a wedding planner. Believe me when I say that this has more advantages than just wiping the sweat off your brow.

Here’s the holy trinity that a planner expertise’s in managing:

Your Money

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Contrary to popular belief, a wedding planner is not an added expense, and hiring one will actually save you some moolah. You may be new on the wedding scene, but planners do this for a living. They have access to special industry discounts with pastry chefs, florists, caterers, bands, and almost anything else you’ll need for your wedding. Besides, a planner is aware of industry standards and will get you the best of every service within your budget. This is a sure-fire guarantee to reduce at least 20% of your wedding cost.

Your Time

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A wedding planner can most certainly help you go easy on the pocket, but more importantly, they save you time. They definitely can’t make the decisions for you, but they can (sure as heaven) help you with them. One phone call, and they can have the options, budgets, and everything else listed out for you, and all you’ll have to do is make the selections. Basically, this means you’ll have everything handed to you on a platter, and you won’t need to invest odious amounts of time (which you could have spent creating sweet memories with your better half) in selecting the table overlays. In addition to this, they can assist you with some hard decisions about the wedding theme or the layout of the banquet hall during times when you’re lost and save you some sleepless nights.

Your Stress

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Weddings are supposed to be a happy day for the bride and groom. However, a recent survey suggests that a large number of couples didn’t recall enjoying the actual day of their wedding as they were so stressed about whether the guests enjoyed their meal or the photographer got the perfect shot of the ceremony. Most newlyweds divulged that they were so caught up with the planning that they were fizzed out and quite done with their wedding by the time the actual wedding day arrived. It’s heartbreaking to read such testimonials, especially since things could have been different for these pairs had they entrusted their D-day preparations to the professionals.  Wedding planners tend to be well organized, and they can instantly give you the information you need on anything you might need to know to ensure you haven’t missed out any details.

There are several myths surrounding wedding planners, and the most important one is the insecurity that the planner will take over the wedding, and the couple won’t have a say in the most important day of their life. The truth is, the planner only makes the necessary arrangements and provides the tools for you to make effective decisions. Above all that, they can be a great support to you during the most demanding time of your life. They ensure that your engagement period is fun and enjoyable, and something you’ll remember with a smile. On that happy and thoughtful note, here’s to a good life!

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.

Marriages are made at the Registrars.

The list of licenses you require to factor in when planning your Wedding / Sangeet ceremony :)

Why you should get married on Gudi Padwa by The Wedding Planners Diary

 

People often ask me, what is the most important aspect when you plan a wedding for your client? What do we as clients need to account for?

Before any wedding function takes place, there are a set of licenses which one requires to acquire to ensure a glitch-free wedding.  Most hotels provide clients the list of licenses, which they would require to be submitted to them 24 to 48 hours before the function begins. There may be slight differences in the list provided, depending on the agenda of the function.

Let us hypothetically consider a sangeet function which has everything in it, A closed door invite only event. It is a wedding ceremony filled with loads of fun and frolic with Live Entertainment and a DJ Party to follow.

The list of licenses you would require are:

  • Rangbhoomi License
  • No objection Certificate from the Additional Collectors office
  • No Objection Certificate from the Local Police Station
  • No Objection Certificate from the Traffic Police Department
  • No Objection Certificate from the Fire Brigade
  • Police Commissioners Note

The above licenses come as a cluster of licenses common for any event.

For the DJ at your event, you require:

  • Phonographic Performance Ltd License: For any music apart from music by Yashraj Films.
  • Novex: This license is acquired for any music used at the event which is by Yashraj Films.

Entertainment

If you are having any Live Performance at your event, then you require:

  • IPRS: It stands for Indian Performing Rights Society Ltd. It is issued for any Live Entertainment you plan to have at your event.

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Other Licenses Required:

  • Liquor License
  • Public Works Department License: You need to get this when you have a generator at your wedding function.
  • Foreign Artist Permission: Whenever you have people from another nationality performing at your event, you require to submit their documents i.e passport and visa copy to the authorities.

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Documents you will require to get these licenses:

  • Floor Plan from the venue
  • No Objection Cerificate from the Venue
  • Letter of Application to different licensing departments on your wedding planner’s company’s letter head along with an affidavit on a stamp paper.
  • Visa and contract copy between the artists and employee company if you have any foreign artists performing. It would be preferable in this case to get artists on a business visa and not an employment visa.

More often than not, it is advisable to ask the hotel what licenses they would require for the event and accordingly proceed.

So given above are the list of licenses required for your wedding, we are here to respond to any queries you may have, please feel free to post your feedback in our comments section 🙂

Would love to hear from you!

Your’s Truly,

Barkha

This Mumbai Couple Had A “Game Of Thrones” Sangeet and we love it!

Shaurya and Sanjana Mehta are big Game of Thrones fans. So when they planned their wedding, something related to Game of Thrones being part of it was only natural and we must say they made it absolutely fantastic.

The idea was first suggested as a joke when their families sat down to discuss themes for the wedding. But soon, it stuck.

Shaurya, who originally came up with the idea, says, “I first thought of it for the wedding and the very next thought of ‘The Red Wedding’ got me to choose it for the Cocktail / Sangeet.”

The couple made their entry carrying the Stark and Lannister sigils and were greeted by a sword salute by their close friends.

Image Credit: Reels and Frames

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The formidable Iron Throne with a backdrop of a map of the seven kingdoms. “It was made over a week in Mumbai and then taken to Udaipur by a lorry. It remains a prized possession,” says Shaurya

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Even three Dragon Eggs were made as props

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Sigils of all dominant houses from Game of Thrones were part of the decor too!

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A dartboard with Prince Joffrey made an appearance as well.

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The instant Photobooth was a rage!

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The Cake looked great too!

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We must say the Decor looks fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Something very strange made this couple call off their Wedding…

This one trumps all levels of weird ( Although I feel that is only because we are used to the others ) as the groom and the bride called off their wedding over a debate on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This story is about an ex-couple, natives of Kanpur, in conversation began to talk about the current economic scenario in India.

The girl, a current government employee, obviously passionate about the subject blamed the current administration for what according to her was a sorry state of affairs. The groom would not have it, a businessman and a Modi supporter, he was quick to come to the government’s defense.

Now normally, a debate would turn into an argument, an argument into a fight, in this case, they called off their wedding! WTF!!!!

This adds to the increasing list of ‘bizarre’ reasons for which weddings have been called off in India.From bride’s IQ to groom’s fairness, from groom’s side demand of non-veg meals to bride’s objection on “naagin dance”, we have recently witnessed the most bizarre reasons for cancellation of marriage but we do not know what level of weird this is! 😀

All we can say is we wish them the best individually, they really really stood their ground on this one didn’t they? What do you think?

A Bride Chose Her Wedding Lehenga Through FaceTime and the result will leave you speechless…

There is no doubt that most girls are crazy about weddings! What they are more excited about is their wedding outfit.

Every to-be bride wants to look the best on her D-day in her wedding lehenga. And so these pretty damsels browse the internet, check out each and every place that they possibly can and then arrive at a decision 🙂

But this has not been the case with Kiah.What is so special about her Lehenga?

She chose it over FACETIME. Yes, you read that right! Moreover, she didn’t even try it once (obviously!). This has to be the rarest of rare cases where the bride is doing the most important shopping of her life through video chat? Well, we still can’t believe it, but this is how she did it!

Actually, Kiah was in New Zealand when she did her bridal lehenga shopping. And the one and only time she tried it was before the big day.

Thankfully, her lehenga turned out to be super-amazing and she looked like a princess in it.

Kiah walked down the aisle with her love Ron and their wedding was truly mesmerizing and was beautifully captured by Design Aqua Studio.

This is the very lehenga, which Kiah chose over FaceTime. Kiah always wanted to don something in pastels for her wedding.

So, she opted for a pastel pink coloured lehenga with beautiful golden work on it by Aashna Behl. She just looked as natural as any Indian bride can manage to.

It was her mother who played the significant role in choosing this stunning bridal outfit as she was the one who FaceTimed with her to shop this in Delhi while Kiah was in New Zealand. Kiah teamed up her look with beautiful Kundan jewelry by Bishan Singh Jewellers in Chandni Chowk. The beautiful bride completed her look with minimal makeup from Chandni Singh Makeup Artist.

Well, it’s really a brave step for any bride to choose her lehenga over FaceTime without even trying it once, but Kiah, it worked for you and we wish you all the very best for the future 🙂

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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!

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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!