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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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

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! 🙂

 

 

12 songs you are likely to hear when you attend an Indian Wedding!

Indian wedding functions are never complete without high-energy Bollywood songs. Be it your cousin, uncle or great grandma, everyone will dance in joy on your wedding.

Bollywood songs offer a platter full of emotions suitable for Desi weddings right from emotional bidaai to naughty teaser ones.

The entire sangeet and mehndi ceremony depend on the selection of the perfect wedding songs full of fun and excitement that will force you from your seat to dance.

We’ve handpicked a few of our favourites 🙂

Mehendi laga ke Rakhna

Aaj mere yaar ki Shaadi Hai

Bole Chudiyan

Dulhe ka Sehra Suhana

Jaha Teri Yeh Nazar Hai

Le Jayenge

Maine Payal Hai Chankayi

Mere Haatho Mein Nau Nau Choodiyan

Saajanji Ghar Aaye

Sapne Mein Milti Hai

Chhote Chhote Bhaiyon Ke

Wah Wah Ramji

Which one is your favourite? We would love to know! :):)

 

You will not believe these 13 WTF wedding customs from around the world!

Wedding customs are all part and parcel of the overall celebration, the throwing of rice, the groom cannot see the bride a day before the wedding, the bride has to fast for 24 hours on the day of the wedding. These are all ones which we have heard of, but the ones we list down in this article will make you go WTF!!!!!

Some of these are beautifully romantic and some, well see for yourself!

Fiji

In Fiji, men have to find an unusual gift before they can ask for a woman’s hand in marriage: Before asking for the hand of his beloved, the groom must present his father-in-law with a whale’s tooth.

Scotland

In Scotland, there is a particularly nasty pre-wedding tradition that involves the bride and groom being pelted with food trash, including rotten eggs and fish. The Scots believe that if a couple can withstand this, their marriage can withstand anything.

China

In China, when a groom comes to get his bride, he must first break through an aggressive wall of her angry bridesmaids. The bridesmaids demand money from him, and put him through a series of silly performances and tasks – all meant to prove just how strong his love really is.

Mauritania

In Mauritania, a large, full-bodied wife is said to signify good luck and prosperity in a marriage. Unfortunately, Mauritian women are often force-fed to become fatter for their wedding, sometimes causing them endless illness and health problems down the line.

Kyrgyzstan

Here’s a completely messed up tradition that will have you cringing; In Kyrgyzstan, an old adage claims that tears on a wedding day will make for a happy marriage. Until 1991 (when it was finally made illegal) many parents would consent to the marriage of a kidnapped young girl, especially if she was crying.

Russia

In an average display of somberness and seriousness, many Russians choose to be married at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

Wales

In Wales, it’s common for a man to gift his new lover with a carved wooden spoon, symbolising that he will never allow her to go hungry.

Borneo

In Borneo, one tribe does not allow newlyweds to leave their homes during their wedding day, not even to go to the bathroom. Like most odd traditions, it is said to bring the couple good luck.

Niger

In Niger, men have to dress in elaborate costumes and perform for their potential mates. When the performance is over, the women get to choose the man they like best.

United States

This tradition stems from the American deep south. Back in times of slavery, black newlyweds jumped over a broom to symbolise moving forward in their new lives together. Though obviously somewhat antiquated, some couples still participate in this tradition.

Finland

Each year in Sonkarjävi, Finland, competitors come from all over the world to participate in a wife-carrying competition. Basically, it’s like a huge obstacle course that must be conquered with your spouse, girlfriend, or partner on your back. This competition brings new meaning to “carrying the load in the relationship.”

Armenia

In Armenia, single women eat a slice of a traditional salty bread in order to inspire a prophetic dream about the man they are going to marry: The guy that brings them water in their dream is the one they are supposed to marry.

South Korea

In South Korea, there is a traditional custom that says that a groom should have his feet beaten with fish and canes the night before his wedding. It’s supposed to prove strength of character, but might just actually be the groomsman attempting to interfere with him walking down the aisle – we see what you did there, bros. Lol we wonder what it must be in North Korea 😛

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You will not believe how much these Indian Weddings cost!

The Big Fat Indian Wedding is not just talk of fiction.The festivities, colours, cheers and the fact that they last for days on end are just some of the things which make Indian Weddings very unique.

Weddings in India are extremely sacred and an occasion where not only two people but two families get married, and some don’t miss the chance to go at it with everything they have got!

We count a few which will make your jaw drop.

Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdev

Expense: 100 crores!

The Chatwal family arranged for private jets to pick up their guests from different corners of the world. Naomi Campbell, King Khan, Lakshmi Mittal, Prince Nicolas of Greece and the son of the late Shah of Iran also attended the event. 

Vinita Agarwal (UK Billionaire Pramod Agarwal’s daughter ) and Muqit Teja

Expense: 130 Crores

UK-based billionaire, Pramod Agarwal chose the 17 acres of San Clemente Island for his daughter’s wedding. It was an extravagant affair with the major highlight being Shakira’s performance at the wedding.

Lalit Tanwar and Yogita Jaunapuria

Expense: 250 Crores!

Congress Minister Kanwar Singh Tanwar’s son, Lalit’s wedding to Yogita Jaunapuria took place in 2011 in Delhi. The son of the minister received an outrageously expensive wedding gift, which was a Bell 429 helicopter from his in-laws.

Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhatia

Expense: 350 Crores

Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter, Vanisha got married to Amit Bhatia in 2004 in Versailles. The wedding was held at the Palace of Versailles and it is the only private function ever to have been held there. Shah Rukh Khan, Kylie Minogue, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee performed at the wedding and the dance sequences were choreographed by Farah Khan.

Srishti Mittal and Gulraj Behl

Expense: 500 crores

Lakshmi Mittal’s niece, Shrishti Mittal’s wedding took place in Barcelona at the National Museum of Catalan Art atop a hill. Over 200 chefs, butlers and assistants were flown in from India and Thailand. The wedding cake was a six-tier construction weighing 60 kilos.

Subrata Roy’s son’s weddings!

Expense: 552 Crores!

 

The weddings of Subrata Roy’s sons, Sushanto with Richa and Seemanto with Chandini took place at the Sahara Auditorium in Lucknow in 2004. The wedding dresses were from famous designers like Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The venue was luxuriously decorated with mashals , torch lights, wax lights and prism glasses. There were 110 types of dishes from across the world. Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kapil Dev, Anil Ambani, along with several other famous celebrities were present at the event.

Article Source: http://www.scoopwhoop.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These photos show you how Wedding Photographers create the magic they do!

Special occasions call for a special kind of a photographer, and few occasions are more special than your wedding day.

After all, the photographer needs to capture anything and everything as perfectly as possible in order to preserve your perfect day.

It’s a big responsibility, and as you can see, they take that responsibility very seriously and the hard work shows!

Check out these photographs to see what we mean 😀

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Bridesmaid Janessa James theatrically jumps out of the frame quickly after the photographer asked her to throw the bride’s train up and then dive out of the shot!

Image Credit: Chris Chambers Photography

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Image Credit: Del Sol Photography

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Image Credit: Chris Chambers

It is about getting the job done, how you get it done doesn’t matter! 🙂

This Gujarat businessman is changing India, one year at a time!

Remember Gopal Vastapara ? I doubt it, considering all the horrible stuff we hear that is going on around the world, very rarely are the good things in the world remembered.

Let’s refresh our memory, Gopal Vastapara got his son and his daughters married last year. You are probably thinking ( Is this guy for real, what is so great about that)… read on to find out!

Gopal Vastapara is a businessman from Surat in Gujarat who is blessed enough to enjoy the best life can offer but when he decided to get his son married, he decided he still had not achieved everything.

Pursuing his keen drive for philanthropy he decided to organize a small sombre ceremony for his sons wedding inviting only close friends and family and decided to spend a large part of the money on organising a lavish mass wedding ceremony for a 100 girls, all who came of economically  backward families and who he christened as his daughters.

The girls were married on April 28 at a function in Chamardi village located in Amreli district of Gujarat.

The humble Mr.Vastapara said,”“We decided to get our son married in a very simple function and instead use the money to help 100 girls from poor families by arranging their marriages. Our motto is Sarva Dharam, Sarva Samaj (All religion, all communities). The girls who will get married are from various castes and include six Muslims too,”

Not only did the girls have the liberty to invite whoever they wanted, but Mr.Vastarpara also provided each happily married couple with all household essentials required by them to start their new life together.

The massive ceremony saw 60,000 people attending and all of the Rs 3 Crores were paid by Mr.Vastapara.

If that wasn’t enough, all Mr.Vastapara asked for in return was that each couple pledge to save a girl child and save the environment.

In a society where infanticide and dowry still blatantly exist, Mr.Vastarpara stood as a shining light to show that love for humanity should come from within.

Now the best part, Last year was just the beginning. Mr.Vastapara has pledged, that he will be sponsoring such mass marriage ceremonies for at least 10 more years if not more!

Take a bow Mr.Vastapara, we hope you keep inspiring!

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

 

 

 

 

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!

Afghanistan

Bulgaria

China

Indonesia

Romania

South Korea

Tibet

Japan

Scotland

Turkey

Ghana

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!