THE IMPORTANCE OF CEREMONY PROGRAMS OF INDIAN WEDDINGS

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As you race ahead towards making the nuptial a memorable and unforgettable event, we hardly take out the time to know the importance of the ceremony programs of Indian weddings. We are busy in selecting the groom’s attire, the gifts and distributing the eye pleasing wedding invitation cards. This article lays emphasis on the significance of different ceremony programs that are performed in an Indian wedding.

•    Vara Satkaarah:

As the bridegroom arrives with all her companions and other relatives, the bride’s family ushers them into the mandap by blessing him with a tilak on his forehead to promise him with good luck. While the bridegroom is symbolized as Mahavishnu, the bride is considered to be Laxmi (the Goddess of wealth and prosperity). As the bride steps ahead in the mandap, sits at right hand side of bridegroom.

•    Achamana and Angasparsha:

All ceremonies begin with Achamana that is a reminiscent of taking in sips of water and Angasparsha that involves touching of the limbs with one’s middle finger of the right hand with a little amount of water. Achamana relates to purification and Angasparsha is done with an intention of praying for physical strength and a balanced mind during the ceremony.

•    Madhuparka:

Just as the sages and the saints used it as a method to welcome guests, the Madhuparka.That is a nutritious drink comprising of honey, ghee and curd is given to the bridegroom by the parents of the bride. This symbolizes happiness and sweetness to be part of the bridegroom in their married life.

•    Kanya Daan:

Kanya Daan meaning ‘offering the daughter’ is soon done after Madhuparka. The true meaning of “Kanya Daan” is to entrust the daughter to the bridegroom with promises of love. It also means that the daughter is not getting married on her own will.

•    Vivah-homa

Homa (the ceremony of the holy fire) is the finally the start of the main righteous rituals. As aromatic herbs and ghee are burnt along with the recital of Mantras, Vivah-homa builds an ambience of spirituality and purity. The bride once again performs Achamana and Angasparsha.

•    Pani-Grahanam

This step involves a complete acceptance of the bride by the bridegroom. As the left hand is clasped, the bridegroom takes vows of protection and be with her always as she passes through tough times in her married life.

•    Agni-Parikrama/Pradakshina/ Mangal Fera

One of the main ceremony is the Mangal Fera. As both of them walk clockwise four times round the Homa, the belief of protecting his wife with the moon and then with the sun for the next seven years rings true. While the first three rounds speak more about seeking showers of God’s boon over the wife, the final round denotes fidelity and promise of being a doting mother to children in future. The seats are then interchanged.

•    Saubhagya-chinha

Here the mangalsutra (holy necklace) is worn after the sindhur is applied on the bride.

•    Aashirvaadah

The nuptial ultimately ends with the blessings of the priest and the elders for a prosperous married life.These rituals are unique in every sense, it attracts foreigners to come to our country and tie knot in traditional Indian style.

Top 10 Tips for organizing kid friendly wedding

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Organizing kid-friendly wedding is surely not for everyone. It would be wonderful if you plan out wedding to include the little angels in your life. They are important in everyone’s life, if you look at the traditional Indian wedding invitation card then you will see a request from kids to be part of marriage ceremony of their uncle and aunt. Here are top 10 Tips for organizing kid friendly wedding.

1. Relax:

The little ones can meltdown any time. Don’t keep high expectations, if your sweet flower girl has a mood swing or your little nephew taste the cake then just smile because kids will be kids.

2. Hire help:

Hire babysitters for supervising and taking care of little ones. This will allow parents to enjoy the ceremony and mingle with friends. They will not be worried as kids are in experienced hands. It would be better if you arrange separate space for it.

3. Entertain them:

Put exclusive small tables for kids stocked with toys, craft and activity book. You can also hire storyteller and craft teacher to keep them engaged. The other wonderful idea is to organize magic show. Believe us, this way they will get something to talk about for a long time.

4 Give them special meal:

Talk to caterer and decide on a special menu for your little guests. Include shakes, ice-creams, snacks and cookies. At least assign two caters to cater their needs as this will ensure that they are seated.


5. Give them a gift:

Are you planning to welcome guests with a basket of goodies? Don’t forget to have kid-friendly versions. Keep soft toys, chocolates and cookies. Comic book is also a good option.

6. Give them Job:

Kids between five to twelve years old can be given special responsibility. It will make them extremely happy and occupied.
.    Escorts guests before the ceremony.
.    Offer prayers in a choir.
.    Distribute list of programs to guests.
.    Distribute flower petals.
.    Distribute chocolates and sparklers.

7. Consider reception décor:

Most of the kid starts running around when they see an open area, so make sure that your wedding décor items is out of the reach of the kids. Decorative items made up of glass are the ones that need most attention.

8. Consider time of ceremony:

Consider keeping wedding ceremony in afternoon or morning if there are lots of kids. The little ones go to sleep early so if there is evening ceremony then they will get cranky.

9. Help their parents:

Make it a point to give vital information to families with kids long before the big day. It becomes very important especially in case of destination nuptial. Traveling with kids is tough so as a host you ensure that your guests face minimum difficulties. Provide information regarding kid-friendly hotel that provides high chairs and cribs. Restaurants and hotels with special kids playing zone are best place to keep them happy and occupied at the new place.

10. Choose right reception venue:

Before you finalize the venue ask the event manger whether they provide high-chairs for kids. If they don’t have, then try to get them on rent. Second important thing to confirm with caterer is whether they can prepare children friendly menu.

What makes Indian Wedding popular?

Filed Under (Wedding Cards) by admin on 07-11-2014

India is a country deeply rooted with tradition and culture that dates back to centuries. Marriage is considered divine where two souls tie knots to continue their journey together. It’s once in a life time event. No wonder marriage is such a grand ceremony in India. The pre celebration last for nearly a month. Relatives and friends far and wide, known from childhood days of both the bride and bride groom are invited with elegant wedding invitation cards for the grand event. Feast, dance and other celebrations last long.

Depending on the bride and bridegroom’s caste and religion the nuptial styles may differ, but altogether most marriage celebration in India last for a month.  The first part of the celebration is when the bride and bridegroom’s family members give their consent. Only the close family members are invited for this pre wedding event. This event mostly happens in either of the home of the bride or the bridegroom. Depending on financial status of family this event ranges from some tens of thousands to a couple of lakhs.

The next big event in marriage celebrations is the engagement. Few more relatives and close friends are invited for this event. They usually book a big hall and have a small ceremony over there. The ceremony last for a few hours and usually has a small feast for the guest and costs around a few hundreds of thousands.

The third of the marriage events is the marriage itself. The biggest of all the celebrations that could ever happen to an Indian is his or her wedding. The bride is grandly dressed in unique silk clothes with antique traditional designs. Besides the dress the bride wears grand jewels of gold, platinum and diamonds. Hands with mehandi, dressed in elegant saree, fully adored in lustrous jewellery, the bride is the catch of everyone’s eye in the event of marriage. The wedding invitation cards are sent far and wide and literally every friend known to the bride and the bridegroom are warmly and whole heartedly invited. After many rituals and religious proceedings the couple finally ties their knots and joins hands for their life ahead. The elderly bestow their blessings and best wishes, while their friends wish them the best of what life could offer. The marriage event costs a few lakhs to a few hundreds of lakhs depending on the financial status of the families of the couples.

Indian wedding is a grand event, even little things like shopping for the big day itself a big affair. Getting married the Indian way is fascinating, the customs, rituals and traditional attires makes it an unforgettable experience. Most foreigners are attracted towards this style of wedding because of the deep meaning of its ritual. Here, nuptial is considered bond of several births, so if problem arises in life couple face it together rather than parting ways. Every ritual has some significant meaning that plays a vital part in strengthening the bond of love and togetherness.

5 Ideas to Have a Fabulous Housewarming Party

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Housewarming party is the best opportunity to show your new home to old friends as well as to introduce yourself to your with new neighbors. Traditionally, it is a low-key and casual party, but you can easily mold the event by highlighting the best features of your new house.

5 When to Have a Party:

Organizing even a simplest party just after a major move, can create a lot of confusion and leave you frazzled. It’s better to settle properly before getting into party planning mode. Some decides to have a housewarming party after few weeks to enjoy and burst their stress while some others plan to have it after six months, so, they can unpack their household things calmly and regain all the energy and resources to spend lavishly on it.

4 Partying Style:

Success of the planning depends on the execution of the kind of event you want to have. If you want to have traditional party then make a standard guests list and send invites. Consider holding an open house party, if you want to invite people as many as possible and stay away from any embarrassment of shortage of place. One more advantage with an open house is that guests would leave early.

3 A Basic Element- Invite:

Invitations are must for housewarming party. No need to send invites far in advance if you are planning an average event. You can send them few days before the big day. A customized House Warming Invitation that you will get in online invitation card store is just perfect for the occasion. A beautiful photograph of your home on the invite will make you happy and leave your guests impressed.

2 House Touring:

In a housewarming party, the star of the show must be the house itself. Take small groups through the house and show the best features of your new house. Providing each individual guest a personal tour can make you too busy and touring with a large group can give a left out feeling to the people in the back, so prefer small groups and show every portion of the house.

1 Housewarming Party Games:

To break the ice between your new neighbors and your family, try some classic activities. You can ask them about their favorite neighborhood spot or feature. Guests, who are not local, can participate by telling their experience with a new community or share special facts about their hometown. You can also discuss the favorite local events like weekly market, annual block parties, etc.

If your neighbors are introvert or feeling uneasy to start conversation, then you can opt for classic board games. The games like Scrabble or Monopoly can create a casual and relaxed ambiance.

Arrange indoor or outdoor games for the kids, so their parents can freely focus on their own conversations. If weather conditions are bad then arrange video games, art & crafts, etc. else stick to outdoor activities such as beanbag toss, etc.

Follow these 5 Ideas to have a Fabulous Housewarming Party.

6 Wedding Reception Mistakes to Avoid

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The wedding reception should be planned carefully, as it is vital part of the marriage ceremony. Sometimes different venues are selected for marriage and reception. It generally happens when the wedding is taking place in religious place like temple and church. Making arrangement for the reception is not an easy task as you need to put together various elements like catering, DJ, transportation and food to make it a memorable event.

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The guests should be given a warm welcome as soon as they enter the reception venue. You can shower rose petals or sprinkle scented water on them, it will make them feel special. Apart from this there are some important elements that you should take into consideration to make the evening memorable. Let us take a look at 6 Wedding Reception mistakes to avoid

1. Arrival Time:

Mention the accurate time when the reception will start on the wedding invitation. Make sure you are reaching the venue on time, making your guests wait is not good sign. Remember, the guests have taken out time from their busy schedule to be part of your marriage celebration. You need to respect and appreciate their kind gesture.

2. Proper Send Off:

Guest should be given a proper sendoff.  We know it is difficult for you take out time, but still it will be wonderful if you can take out time to thanks guests from the bottom of your heart.

3. Avoid Last Minute Preparation:

If you want a stress free marriage then avoid last minute preparation as it generally leads to chaos. For smooth operation of things on the big day make it a point to allocate work. Hiring marriage planner is the best thing, but if you don’t want to hire planner then give responsibilities to your cousins and friends. Ensure that all preparations are over before the marriage day. It will help you to enjoy the celebrations.

4. Selection of Vendors:

Before you finalize the vendor don’t forget to do some background check on his credibility. Once you are satisfied then get into a written contract.  Mention all the terms and conditions clearly. Make it a point to show the venue few days before the big day. When it comes to payment avoid making full payment. You can give 30 percent of the amount in advance via cheque. Making payment through cheque has an advantage as you have proof of the payment otherwise take a proper receipt.

5. Making Alternative Arrangement:

The weather anytime can spoil your party. It is always good to take preventative measure particularly if wedding is taking place in monsoon season.  In case of open venue, put some big tents otherwise opt for a venue that has open space as well as marriage hall. If the weather goes haywire then you can shift into enclosed space. Also make sure there is power backup.

6. Food:

The buffet should be started at right time. Delay in starting the wedding buffet means that the guests will be late for their homes. Sometimes this delay can also create chaos and you will see people rushing towards buffet as soon as it starts. This is one thing that you would surely want to avoid. Starting the meals at the right time will help guests to enjoy the meal and they will remember the hospitality for a long time.

3 Unique Proposal Ideas for Indian Girl

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Getting a perfect match is the first hurdle in wedding, whether it is love marriage or arranged marriage. If you have found your match and you are completely ready to get into wedlock then you should propose your partner in style. This will make it “unforgettable experience” for her. For girls it is a special moment. When it comes to proposing Indian girl you need to carry it out in such a way that it touches her heart. They are very emotional at heart. Here are 3 unique proposal ideas for Indian girl.

Ask hand from parents:

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When it comes to proposing traditional Indian girl then it would be better first asking her hand from her parents. The girls like man, who has the guts to ask her hand from her parents. Once you have got their permission then it is time to go ahead. Organize a party where relatives, friends and parents of both of you are present. Make sure that your girl doesn’t get a hint that you’re going to ask her for marriage. Play some romantic number, ask her to dance with you. As soon as the song gets over go down on knee ask her for marriage. Of course, you are going to hear a positive answer.

Saying in with a card:

Saying in With Card

Visit online card shop and select a beautiful wedding invite. You can easily get a single piece as most of the shop happily gives sample. They might charge a fractional amount for it. We asked you to go for invite because every girl dreams of their name to be printed on a magnificent wedding card. Now get your and your sweetie’s name printed on it.  Now is time to do shopping, get a magnificent bridal Lehenga Style Saree in auspicious red shade. Also buy her favorite chocolates and cookies. Put all these in a gift basket with card at the top.  Take her out for a long driver. Stop the car at some serene place. Handover the gift hamper to her, as soon as she starts reading the card, instantly go down and ask will you marry me. Believe us she is going to be touched by the invite, bridal sarees and the chocolates.  The answer apparently is going to be positive.

Well when it comes to wedding, have the same invite as it is the card that did the trick for you and of course your bride would be wearing the same outfit that you gifted her.

Tell a Tale:

If you are good at sketching or drawing use the skill to impress the girl. Make two imaginative characters like it was in movie
Hum Tum. Give the characters your and your girl’s name. Now weave a hilarious love story in pictures with it stopping at one juncture where the boy asks the girls for marriage. Ask your sweetheart to give the reply.  The moment she says “yes” turn to the next page where it shows the girl & boy getting engaged then having a grand wedding then living happily forever.

8 things you should do after engagement

Filed Under (Wedding Concept) by admin on 06-01-2014

Getting engaged means now you are officially in a committed relationship. It is a beautiful feeling, and also with it starts the preparation for the next step that is wedding, but before that it is the time for you to enjoy this engaged status.  Especially, in country like India where most of the weddings are arranged by the parents, it gives the couples an opportunity to know each. The families view becomes liberal. They don’t mind couple talking or going out. Here, we are going to tell you 8 things that you should do essentially after getting engaged.

1 Let the World Know:

As generally the engagement is affair attended by close friends & relatives, so let everyone know you know are engaged. Uploaded the photographs on social networking sites and see how you are going be flooded with best wishes and congratulatory messages. Show the stunning ring that your beau has put in your ring finger.

2 Talk & Meet:

The time between engagement and wedding is also known as courtship period, enjoy every moment of it. Talk on phones, most of cellular service providers have pocket friendly plans; why not take advantage of it. Go on long drives; take some candles light dinner together.  The time you spend together will bring you closer and the chemistry will be reflected on the wedding day.

3 Give Gifts:

Who doesn’t like gifts? It becomes more special if it is from fiancée. It becomes of sentimental value. The man can give jewelry and designer wear while the girl can gift watch or gadgets to her man.

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4 Know about family:

Tell each about their respective family. This way after the wedding nobody needs to try to break the ice. When you will be meeting the relatives, you would be knowing most of them at least by name, so there will not be awaked feeling of being outsider.

5 Decide on kind of wedding:

Remember, it is once in a lifetime affair, so talk with fiancée and decide how you want the ceremony to be, whether you want to settle with traditional wedding or want to go for theme. The choice mainly depends on both of you, if you have any wish or dream regarding wedding then talk to each other first.  Once you have reached a conclusion then it is the time to hire a wedding planner and telling him exactly what you want. It is his job to put up the things together.

6 Wedding Shopping:

Ask each others’ color preferences and also ask what kind of attire the other is planning to wear. There is no doubt that bride & groom look best on the wedding day but things will be better if there attire compliment each others look. If you are buying in from an online wedding apparel store then you can give address of it so the other can see it and give opinion.

7 Wedding invitation:

Although the invites would be distributed separately but it would be great if you can show each the kind of invitation you are buying. You can do this by visiting online wedding invitation card store. This way both the families have card that matches magnificence of wedding in a grand way.

A look at popular wedding customs in Hindu wedding

Filed Under (Hindu Customs) by admin on 27-12-2013

The wedding customs are an essential part of every wedding. It is what that makes the ceremony unique and exciting. Some of these customs are followed from ages and people don’t know how they originated. These customs are different for every religion. Like the customs that are followed in Hindus marriage are entirely different from Jain, Muslim, or a Christian marriage. It is important that couple should respect and follow the custom religiously as it is said that wedding is an extension of etiquettes and customs. One thing that is common among all is that they strengthen the institution of marriage. Let us take a look at some of the prevailing customs in a Hindu wedding. Some of these are changed as per convenience.

Hindu Wedding Custom

Change of first name of bride:

Changing the name of bride is quite prevalent in Hindu communities. The reason for the change of name can be many. Generally, the first name is changed to make the horoscope compatible. Especially in north India the horoscope are matched according to name. Some families change the name of bride after the wedding to give her belongingness to the new family.

Change of surname of bride:

The bride’s surname changes after the wedding. She takes the surname of her husband. This custom is bit different in southern India, here the bride takes the first name of her husband as her surname.  The aim of both these customs is make the new bride part of the family.

Wedding Expenses:

Hindu Wedding

Its girl’s side that generally bears all the expenses of wedding but with the changing time even the groom side is seen pulling up resources, so the entire burden is not on one side.  It is a welcome change. One step ahead is the new generation, they don’t allow the parents to take up the expenses but they plan out everything by themselves.

Exchanging of gifts:

Exchanging of wedding gifts is an important part of Indian culture. The gifts are selected carefully. It brings both the families closers and establishes a strong bond. Although, getting a gift that everybody likes is a tough task, so mostly the families make someone a mediator who is known to both sides; this way the know about the preference. The most common gifts are dress material.

Engagement rings:

Engagement ring is seen as the acceptance of marriage. Once the wedding is fixed the engagement ceremony takes place. It generally is a family affair attended by close relatives & friends from both sides.   The groom slides the beautiful engagement ring into the ring finger of the fiancée. The ring is generally of gold, platinum or diamond.

Exchange of Invitation:

In some communities the first invite is given to God that they believe in then the wedding invitation cards are exchanged between two families. The exchange of invitation is one custom that is vastly followed in southern states like Kerala.

These are just a few of the interesting customs followed in Hindu wedding.

5 Modern Wedding Gifts for Couples

Filed Under (Wedding Concept) by admin on 23-12-2013

The wedding season is in full swing. Most of you may have got wedding invitation card from friends or relatives. Now you must be thinking what you should gift them. There are numerous products available, but just make sure, what you are gifting is useful and not common. Selecting such item becomes a tough task as on this day they flooded with gifts. The most common being sandwich maker, oven, juicer, walls clocks etcetera. Now you must wondering what to gift the couples, so here we are going to tell you top 5 modern wedding gifts for couples.

Wedding Gifts

1 Digital Photo Frame:

The couples are going to love this gift. They can put hundreds of wedding pictures in digital format in a digital photo frame. All the snaps will run in a slide show. It will automatically change after limited intervals. This way the most precious moment of their life is going to be in front of their eyes always. Of-course they are always going to remember you for giving such wonderful gift.

2 Handy Cam:

Wedding is the journey of love, commitment and togetherness. There are numerous moments like honeymoon, birthdays, anniversary and other instances that couples would love to record and see it with their loves ones. A handy cam will help them to record and treasure these memorable movements for lifetime. You can gift them a latest handy cam. It is going to be sentimental gift for them. By gifting this you will become an integral part of their every loving moment that they are catching in frames.

3 Health Club Memberships:

All of us know that workout is good for health, but have you thought how it would be, if you have your spouse as your workout partner? Well it is going to be fitness with love, well “love” of course is going to be the better half. You can gift newlyweds a health club membership. This way they will move towards good health and fit body. Well, surely it is going to be a unique gift. Do we need to say that they are going to thank you from the core of their heart?

4 Paintings:

Gift the couple painting. It shows rich taste in life. You can gift painting of Mughal era, nature, or modern art. Anything would be magnificent. If you want to go for something unique then you can gift them their own painting. For this you would need to contact professional painter. The painter would paint a brilliant portrait of the couple. Having their own portrait on the wall is fanatic experience. It creates a magic that thousand photographs cannot create. The newlyweds will surely appreciate the time & efforts you put to get it done.

5 Honeymoon Package:

Just after the wedding, every couple eagerly looks towards honeymoon. This gives them opportunity to spend quality time together. Exploring the beauty of nature and making love. This makes the two hearts one soul, so it would be amazing idea to gift newlyweds honeymoon package at some exotic location.

7 Reasons Hiring a Wedding Planner

Filed Under (Wedding Concept) by admin on 02-12-2013

It is a wise decision to avail services of a wedding planner. Let us take a look at top 7 reasons for hiring a wedding planner.

Reason 1 “You want everything to be perfect.”

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It needs adequate planning, resources and right execution of plan to successfully pull of a wedding. It is one thing that if you leave on professionals then you will get the desired results. The right person for the job is wedding planners. They have the experience and expertise of organizing lots of wedding, so they know from where to get the best price. They will ensure that everything goes smoothly on your big day.

Reason 2 “You don’t know how to stick to budget.”

Setting up the budget is the first step of the wedding. After this you need to allocate how much money you are going to spend on various things like wedding invitations cards, catering, venue, wedding favors and decoration. If you are not an expert in managing things then it is quite possible that you may go overboard with the budget. Here, the wedding planners are of great help, they are like financial advisors. They know how much things can cost and help you in right allocation of funds. This way everything will be within your budget.

Reason 3 “Enjoy every moment of the wedding proceeding”

The wedding preparation causes so much stress that at times you will find it difficult to even sleep, eat and work. The only thing in your mind would be how to get things done. You will not be able to enjoy the proceedings. The planer has the expertise, so they will everything done easily. The only thing you need to be concerned about is taking good care of yourself.

Reason 4 “Make your Vision a Reality”

Tell your wedding planner the kind of ambiance and style you want to create. It is not important that you should know the detail about it. It is their job to make your vision a reality. They can visualize things and get the work done.

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Reason 5 “Have no time.”

If both of you are very busy with your work and have no time for wedding preparation then it is good to avail services of a planner. You will feel like you have hired a personal assistant. They will do all the running around for your big day.

Reason 6 “Don’t need to be bothered about forgetting things.”

If you don’t want to forget things then you need to prepare wedding check list. You need to add up new things whenever the need arises. Keeping track of things and checking again and again means you need go through all the pages of checklist. It may run to few pages. Thankfully there are wedding planners to save you from the cumbersome task. They will keep track of deadlines and ensure that everything takes place as per the schedule.

Reason 7 “Finding it tough to cope up with family and friends expectation”

Wedding is occasion where you will get lot of advices from friends & relatives on how to get things done. All these expectation may leave you stressed and perplexed. On the other hand, the wedding planner will smartly handle your family’s expectations. They will keep you informed with decisions.

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