Indian Wedding customs And Their Meaning

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There are innumerable reasons, why Indian marriages are more appealing than other weddings. An Indian Wedding is full of customs, rituals and traditions which are followed by people blindly without even knowing them. Every custom or ritual has its own meaning. Right from wedding invitations to the Bidai ceremony, every custom, every tradition has a meaning of its own. These meanings are derived from our ancestors and the generation today is modifying these traditions according to their own convenience.

There is lot of spice in the customs of Indian wedding. Let us have a look at some of the customs. The first is the wedding invitations. The first wedding card is sent to the Gods and Goddesses summoning them to bless the couple. Mandap which is a decorated canopy supported by four pillars under which bride and groom are made to sit, to perform all the rituals in front of sacred fire. Mandap is decorated with bright and lively colors which signifies the radiance that marriage is going to bring in their life.

Mehendi: A day prior to the wedding, the bride and other female members of the family put heena on their hands, commonly called mehendi with different designs and patterns. The bride gets the best women to put mehandi on her palm, hands and legs and it is the best design of the mehandi that is put on her. The best part about this custom is both the bride and groom write their partner’s name in their hand in hidden manner. They are asked to search their respective names on their partner’s hand and whosoever searches it first is believed to be more dominating. It has been believed since the time the custom of mehndi originated that the darker the color of mehndi in one’s hand the more is the love for you in your partner’s heart.

The baraat is all about dancing as much as you can. In baraat, the dulha or the groom rides on a white lady horse and all the baraati’s i.e all the friends and relatives dance with full energy on the sound of the drum. T Milni, the English meaning of which means merger. Once the baraat reaches at the venue, the bride’s family greets the guests with garlands, flowers and gifts. Then similar way of greeting is done by the groom’s family. There is also a Shoe Hiding Game. When the bride and Groom sit for pheras, they both remove their footwear’s before sitting in the mandap. As per the tradition, the bride’s sisters or friends will hide the shoes of groom and when the pheras are over, groom has to fulfill the demands of them in return for shoes.

All these wedding traditions have a meaning of their own and all these invite participation of both the families and their relatives and friends. With the help of wedding invitation, the bride and the groom’s family invites their guests and thus the wedding becomes a tool of social bonding. Thus, the customs are not just customs but these have an in depth meaning as well.

Wedding Phera: Purest Vows Authenticated By Sacred Fire

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Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

For centuries India is known for its diverse and rich cultural heritage. In spite of its diverse culture, one thing that is very common amongst all Hindu’s is the way they perform their marriages. Obviously leaving apart some minor differences depending on the particular caste or community, Seven Pheras or Vows are never skipped by any Hindu marriage. This is part of the traditional Hindu marriage and it is only after the seven rounds of fire that the bride and the groom are considered to be married.

There are times when parents or relatives do not accept love marriages: at that time the bride and the groom prefer neglecting other traditions and just taking seven pheras by revolving around the sacred fire in front of the holy priest who recites holy mantras in the temple, which means that the God is the only witness of their marriage.

Seven pheras symbolizes seven Vows made by both bride and groom, promising to stay together in good and bad times and making their marriage a successful institution. It is not just seven rounds, these are the rounds that signify that now on the bride and the groom need to walk together and face all the difficulties together and celebrate the happiness together. The seven rounds also signifies their bond for the next seven births. It is this eternal bon that is reflected in the wedding invitations and it is oftentimes written that the bride and the groom will be uniting for age with the marriage.

Let us have a detailed look, on what each Vow taken by the bride and groom means and how does it binds two people into one entity:

1st Vow:
Groom: I promise you and our children to provide with wealth and happiness for the entire life.
Bride: I shall take care of all the homely responsibilities.

2nd Vow:
Groom: We shall protect our marriage and children.
Bride: I shall be your backbone.

3rd Vow:
Groom: We may work hard to provide our children with education and all the happiness in the world.
Bride: You are my priority to all other men.

4th Vow:
Groom: You complete my life.
Bride: I shall conspire to satisfy u in every possible way.

5th Vow:
Groom: You enriched my life with love and happiness. Be my best friend all my life.
Bride: I have nothing, but trust and respect for you. I promise to be with u in both good as well as bad times and shower loads and loads of love on you.

6th Vow:
Groom: May you live a peaceful and contended life.
Bride: I shall be your strength all your life.

7th vow:
Groom: We are two bodies, one soul from now, forever and ever and ever.
Bride: In front of almighty, I promise to take you as my husband not only in this birth but in all other incarnations. So beautiful and serene these vows are. Every Hindu is very fortunate to be blessed with such rich culture and extreme bliss.

Lavish Weddings: How Justifiable Are These

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Recently, in the June end, I attended my best friend’s wedding, who is a Marwari. As she belongs to a very wealthy family she had sent me a very precious looking wedding card. Since she is my best friend I reached her place 10 days before the wedding date to help her out with the preparations and practice for the dance of the Mahila Sangeet Function, which is held in the evening before the wedding day. They had called special choreographers for that function and paid them around 6 lakhs only for teaching dance to all the members and relatives of the family and friends.

Functions other then wedding started 5 days before the wedding date. Every day a celebrity host or a singer or a dancer or performer was called just for normal functions. From this, you can figure out, to what extent they must have gone to show off their wealth on the wedding day and on Mahila Sangeet function. Dancers and performers from abroad stay for countless number of guests in the five star hotel in Udaipur. Pick up and drop facility for all the invitees, giving away laptops and expensive mobile phones as winning gifts for the games they made us play, infinite food items, and the extra ordinary entry of the Bridegroom in the Space Shuttle on the wedding day. OH MY GOD!! That was way too much. The worst thing is yet to come. That is giving of loads and loads of dowry. The total expenditure they did on wedding including dowry was around 5-6 crore.

But the admirable part is that, there are many Marwari’s, who are becoming alert on this issue and taking positive steps against this. Like in Kolkata, 80 Marwari associations announced that they have decided to be less flashy about the weddings. Right from the wedding invitations to the Bidai they will have simple arrangements but big celebration. They have decided to boycott every marriage where dowry is accepted and have also decided to revive the traditional system called ‘four-rupee milni’. This meeting was attended by various social activists including dignitaries. This decision has been accepted and appreciated by international, national and local associations and many more. The Marwari community has also come up with an idea of seeking help of the religious gurus on this matter as they have greater influence on the society.

The aim behind this strict decision is to build a progressive Marwari Society. If one community has started this tradition others should also follow it. This seems to be just the beginning and the same can be followed by other communities in India. It is believed that a lot can be saved and this money can be channelized for some philanthropic efforts by the bride and the groom. For example choosing eco friendly wedding invitations will not only save money but it will also reflect how much you care for the environment and the nation in particular.

Hindu Wedding Cards – Get The Best Deals, Offers Online

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Hindu Wedding Cards

Hindu Wedding Cards

Wedding in any religion is very important. The most important issue while deciding a wedding card other than its design is cost. As the invitation is meant to be sent to many people it has to be cost effective. There are many sites that are offering cost effective wedding invitations which are good to look at. The features that you can get on these sites include unique designs and cost effectiveness. These wedding cards have unique designs for all religions. If you desire a theme based wedding card you can also get the same without much hassle. The cards have beautiful designs with appealing color combinations.

Cost effectiveness is another feature of online wedding card shopping. The most desirable feature that these sites offer is cost effective cards as the cards are printed in bulk and thus printing companies are able to offer good offers on wedding cards. Even the best cards are also not very expensive. You can easily choose the card that suits your budget. You will have wide range to choose from.

Another feature of online car shopping is that the cards are delivered well in time and there is no hassle. There is no need of reminders and the customer is informed about the development at every stage. The online wedding card stores would deliver the Hindu wedding cards at your doorstep which will save much of your time and energy. The cards can also be delivered to the guests directly if you want.

Furthermore, the most striking features of online shopping of wedding cards is that the customization of cards is ultimately easy. If you want to get two or three cards merged and get one card or if you want to have your own designs printed on the cards you can get the same done. These stores have options of personalizing the card. Also, some wedding card websites have the option of online preview of the card. Anybody can see the preview of the card beforehand and can make any changes the he wants. You need not go anywhere as just a click would do it all.

Last but not the least, the online wedding card shops offer never before strikingly low packages. These stores also give packages like discounts or free home delivery and many such offers which would add to your surprise and would make the deal a huge profit for you. The selection of cards is no longer a problem as these stores cater to almost all requirements and are easy to locate and browse. You can easily select a card along with the family members sitting at home and get the same printed within very less time. Wedding Invitation cards were never so simple to select.

Hindu Wedding Cards Which Speaks The Unique Funky Language

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Hindu Wedding Invitations

Hindu Wedding Invitations

Wedding events were never as creative as they are now & same goes true in case of wedding invitations. Well, a wedding invite may feature a unique appeal by laying emphasis on incredible exquisite card design, by incorporating appealing wordings full of emotions & feelings or by laying emphasis on funky appearance. If you were hesitant about opting for some funky way to present your wedding invite then don’t because this really works like a charm & your Hindu Wedding Cards would not go unnoticed, even in the presence of other numerous wedding invites.

Let’s have a glance on some really cool funky Hindu Wedding Cards ideas.

The origin of Scroll Invitations is believed to be from a country India where such kind of wedding invites would be sent by Kings to their guests during olden time. However, one can experiment with this classy wedding invite by incorporating some unique idea like presenting a scroll invite featuring a treasure map. Let your guests have a fun-filled time as they would find it amazing, hunting a Treasure featuring various signs related to your wedding event location & various details.

Attaching a Photo of prospective Bride & Groom is certainly a best way to add a personal touch to a wedding invite. In-fact presenting a wedding invite in a book-like format would be another great idea. For an instance, a wedding invite may feature a personalized Photo on one page of book, details about wedding on another page & a photo of the wedding event venue.

Another mind-blowing style is to write the words in reverse order in a wedding invitation. In order to read the invitation card, your guests will have to place the card in front of the mirror. A little bit of effort from their side will surely help them in remembering the date of your wedding event.

These wedding invites perfectly fit the bill for those weddings that are destined to take place near beach. In order to give a proper idea of beach wedding event, a person may either choose a design of lobster or a dolphin or an oyster shell. Soothing colors like sea-blue & sea-green, may be used to further enhance the sea-beach look.

Hand-drawn invites are always the best choice to enhance the appeal of wedding invitation but adding a touch of fun would certainly make it more appealing. So don’t shy away for choosing a fairy tale interactive story like Cinderella or some Cartoon theme.

Fun Filled Hindu Wedding Cards

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Hindu Wedding Cards

Hindu Wedding Cards

Wedding invitations are very important as they are the first impression and good wedding invitations are generally kept by the guests so that they can also use the idea for their or any marriage of their known. Everyone would want that their marriage invite to be special and unique as it has the power to recreate the magic once again. Wedding invites are kept for ages. Here are certain ideas which you can use and make your wedding invitation card special.

Scroll Invitation are just like a royal farmaan and would certainly create a good impression. Scroll invitations are very common these days. These invites are available in plenty of designs and material. There are boxes of the same design in which you can keep the scroll invites and deliver them to your guests. These are also great Hindu Wedding cards as these present the emotions and stateliness of the wedding in a grand way.

Flip Flop Invitations have two parts and the pictures can be pasted on one and the details on other. This type of wedding card can be chosen if you are planning some theme based marriage as it will give you more space to write. Though these invites are unconventional in some respects and may not be as popular as in the present times but this is a great wedding invite for those who wish to do something different. Hand drawn invitations are another unique idea. This makes the card more personal. You can draw one card and then get it copied in as many numbers as you want. The card will hold more importance for your guests as well and will convey the emotions also.

Photo invitations are also common and one can get the photographs of the bride and the groom as well as the photographs of the family members on the card and can give the details as well. This way the guests would feel more connected. The photographs can be arranged in a form of life cycle from birth pictures to the pictures before marriage.

In addition to this, there are the common invitations that one sends to guests. One can choose paper and colors of different styles and can render uniqueness to the invitations. Wedding Invitation cards are generally sent with sweet boxes and it is a good idea to have the same design on both the invitation card and sweet boxes as it would look more appealing. Wedding invitation cards should be selected with extra care as they are not just papers with wedding details they are medium through which something good is conveyed, they are the pathways of reunion and more than that they are the first to tell about marriages.

Muslim Wedding Cards Just a Click Away

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Muslim Cards

Muslim Cards

Marriage is one of the most cherished and the most memorable event in one’s life that one remembers and cherishes the memories all through. The celebrations on this accession are always carried out on a huge level irrespective what the religion, tradition and caste is. The celebration and happiness is same across cultures and people take part in it like a religious ceremony.

However, a marriage ceremony takes its best form in the Muslim culture where it is both simple and the most exotic one as well. To make each celebration successful proper invitation to the relatives, friend and other known persons is necessary and this is done through Muslim wedding cards.

The Muslim wedding cards are very different as compared to other religions. There are basically two major celebrations in Muslim society one is the NIKAAH (done by the bride family) and other one is the VALIMA (from the grooms family). In order to get the blessings of all the near and dear ones invitations in the form of wedding cards are send. These cards are very simple and sober, they are less trendy. They opt for the traditional look and are very graceful.

The Muslim wedding cards generally carry white base and golden, silver, green color for the matter as this gives a very good combination as well graceful look. The paper used in these cards is also very rich; however the same depends on the budget as well.

Almost all the Muslim wedding cards carry the holy symbol and chants written on them, they take it as a blessing from Allah to make marriage successful. These cards are mostly based on contemporary style. The texture and patterns of these cards are really very exclusive which gives it a different look. Handmade paper is used in preparing these cards.

There are online stores available where one can find huge variety of these cards with a wide range of material, design, texture. These sites even provide us with the option to create a personalize card of your choice and then they will create a copy for you, if you don’t find the card up to mark you can recreate the same. If there is any other thing which you want your card should carry and it’s not there on the site you can ask them and they will provide the same for you.

Since marriage is an occasion which should be filled with best wishes and blessings from all the near and dear ones, the invitation sent to them for this occasion should also be special one. This marriage card will be printed once in a life time, so make it the one that is remembered for years. Don’t forget that the special Muslim wedding card of your choice is just click away.

Wedding Invitations: How To Make Guests Feel Precious

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Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

You can make the guest feel important by using innovative ideas that will make it a greeting of affection. In this write up we will go through some innovative ideas that you can use to impress the invitees.

People mostly pick up the wedding invitation from the local stores. The ordinary invitation card can hardly make the guest feel that they have been invited to grace the occasion wholeheartedly.  Traditional wedding takes place in church – you can opt for beach ceremony; cool breeze will take everyone close to nature; another option is to go for marriage in historical palaces and forts. It is vital that wedding invitation card should carry the theme of the wedding.

Marriage invitations are usually printed on paper, which are thick like cardboard. Going for embossing and multiple color printing coupled with unusual but eye-catching card shapes are some of the ways to make your card interesting.

Good quotations enhance the beauty of the card. Comic couplets, love poems or wisdom quotes can be used; in fact, you can even use poems written by your beloved.

Earlier much attention was not paid to envelop but, with time things have changed. Today, envelop gets the same attention as the wedding card. You can use fancy laces, small plastic wedding couples, shapes of hearts, save the date note on card envelop.

Care should be taken while sending invitation cards to elders. In case, the theme of wedding invitation is comic, make sure it does not hurt their traditional values and beliefs. If you are not sure how they will react to it, then it is good to make categories. In one category, you can put school and college friends – mostly people of the same age group; in the second category place relatives and in the third one put colleagues and people you have professional relations. Even it will help you to develop business contacts. You can send different marriage invitation cards according to category.

Nowadays lots of wedding parties have a theme and dress code. Decorate cards accordingly; if the theme of the wedding is “go green” then you use green with other color combination, pictures of leafs and flowers will make it look attractive. Pictures of snowfall and Christmas tree are ideal on wedding invitation card when the theme of the wedding is winter.

Online wedding invitation card stores are the perfect place to find every kind of card, most of them have 24×7 chat services. The wedding card designers will design customized wedding invitation cards to fulfill all your needs.

Wedding Invitation Printing Options

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Today printing techniques have developed to new zeniths resulting in some of the best printing options available. The improvement in printing techniques has influenced wedding invitation printing as well. Where it was only the offset printing option available, there is the engraving, thermography and lot more printing options available. However, the printing options choice depends on your budget as well as how best you want the wedding card to look.

The engraving printing option has raised letters and it looks as if the words have come out of the paper and speak themselves. It is one of the most expensive printing techniques and uses thick paper or cotton fiber based material. Engraved printing uses thick ink so that it really shows up on the paper. Since more ink takes more time to dry up, this printing technique takes more time than usual offset printed cards. There is also embossing printing option available that uses almost no ink and is made using thin foil of metallic sheets embossed inside paper.

Thermography is another printing option that one can choose to get some of the best printed cards. Similar to the engraving this printing technique also has letters engraved but the paper is not engraved. The ink is mixed with a special powder to mark this effect. This is also somewhat costly but similar to the engraved printing, it also looks great.

Letterpress is another printing technique used in invitation card printing. It is said to be the costliest printing technique and involves high quality ink and sophisticated paper. Thus more turnaround time and cost involved desists people from using this technique. However, those who have planned it all in advance, can take advantage of this printing technique to get some of the best printed invitation cards.

Another technique that is also the second most used technique is digital printing. This has varied paper choices and one can get these printed in day’s time. There is no budget constraint as well. Next is the most popular card printing technique which is the offset printing. Being the most popular one, it has a lot of designs and a large number of paper choices. This is the most economical as well.

Wedding Invitation Paper Choices

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Wedding Invitation

Wedding invitations have a special place in every culture across globe. Where these mark the union of two souls, these also are a great means to seek the guest’s presence at the occasion. With the diversity in cultures, the wedding cards also differ and what remains the same is their essence and that it is the humble request by the to-be-bride or groom’s family.

Wedding cards have evolved with time. Where there were simple one fold cards in the past, it has taken new shapes, sizes and designs. With the evolution, the wedding card printing has also improved. Now invitations for weddings have several embellishments and accessories such as gemstones and other decorative pieces making it an altogether rich card. In addition to these, the designer invitation cards are also popular. These designer cards are designed uniquely and are one of their kind. The range of these unique cards includes choices with respect to paper, texture, printing and other accessories.

The heavy card stock paper type of the most commonly used as it is thick and it responds well to the printing quality and there is no smudging and bleeding. The paper size is no problem and the color of the paper ranges from white, off white or ecru. It is also available in many other colors and textures. Cotton and linen are the other paper types that go well with the wedding invitations and printing on it is of superior quality. These are also known for their retain ability and the printed cards last for years. The other type of paper is the Vellum which is a crepe paper and is very thin. It is generally used to cover the wedding invitations. Its aesthetic appeal when colorful images and borders are printed on it is class apart. The most sought after paper choice for those who wish to protect the environment is the handmade paper and recycled paper. Comparatively, the handmade paper is a little costly but its appeal is one of its kind. The recycled paper on the other hand shows your environmental concern and it comes for cheap.

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