Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Your wedding can be an event to luxuriate in for anybody but you. When everybody else is in a festive mood, it's only you who has to make sure that your wedding, for any reasons, doesn't end up being an embarrassing affair. And for that, you need to devise the whole affair with proper scheming and the forethought of all the requisites.
Our all-inclusive wedding planner will keep you from forgetting even the slightest necessity, so that in the time to come, you always narrate the anecdotes of your wedding with a smile!
Enumerated below are the various aspects that you need to plan with prudence in order to make your wedding a memorable affair:
• Since the money matters the most, so the very first aspect you need to pay heed to is the budgeting. Prepare a rough estimate of all likely expenses way before, and stick to the plan while spending. The estimate of your spending should rather be less than the actual sum you have in hand. This will be of great help in accommodating the unexpected expenses.
• Split the budget for different expenses in a prioritized manner. You should always be sure how much you need to spend for which requirement.
• Prepare a list of the guests to be invited as early as possible. If you shelve this task for later, some of the names may slip your mind and you'll always feel sheepish while facing them.
• Make arrangements for the stay of the guests who are coming from out of station. If some of them are going to stay at your residence, arrange the extra bedding well in advance.
• Finalize the wedding venue and get it booked in advance in case it is going to be a banquet hall or a hotel to avert last-minute hassles. Similarly, book other services beforehand like caterers, professional photographer, florist, audition musicians or the DJ, lightning services, music band, the purohit, mehndi artist etc.
• Do the most common homework like deciding on the meals menu, design of the invitation cards, type of wedding in terms of pomp or sobriety, the rituals to follow incase it's an inter-cast or inter-religion wedding and so on.
• Ask for counsel from your family members and relatives. In fact, you should seek their ministration as much as possible. Experience counts the most in organizing such matters.
• Get your wedding attire prepared at least one week prior to the day of wedding so that you can try and see if it fits you well and looks good enough to be worn on the great occasion, and replaced if it doesn't.
• Since two families are involved and both would be managing the affair, it's always proper to apportion the obligations for different tasks. This will ease off the burden considerably from both sides and will help avoid chaos.
• Meet the various service providers well in advance and ask for citations. You'll thus have enough time to weigh the charges of one against the other. Your decision for booking one should be a middle course between the quality of the service and the economy.
We have equipped you with all the aspects that are worth planning before the grand occasion. We hope our assistance will go a long way in making your wedding a memorable affair!
We wish you a very happy married life!
Monday, December 1, 2008
No bridal outfit would be complete without ornate jewels, and when it comes to Indian bridal jewels the obvious choice is gold. In India, marriage and jewel are inseparably interlinked. Jewelry has many connotations, both aesthetic and ritual. The wearing of jewels is supposed to endow the women with qualities of power and authority, as well as great beauty.
Gold has traditionally symbolized wealth and prosperity within Indian culture, holding special significance in celebrations such as weddings and births. Often presented as a gift or tangible form of investment, this precious metal features heavily in most Indian weddings. Ornaments such as the mangalasutra, bindi, ear rings, bangles, nose rings and rings are presently worn by brides almost all over the country. Some of the important traditional ornaments like armlets, waste bands etc are not in vogue today and are not worn in all areas.
Rings are the most traditional form of wedding jewelery for both men and women, and universally symbolize a marriage between two individuals. In Indian marriages, the additional adornment of a 'mangal sutra' or 'thaali' (a small gold pendant worn on a thread or necklace) is the main symbol of matrimony. Tying a thaali around the neck of the bride by the groom is the most important ceremony in Indian marriages. Wearing of 'chura' (set of red bangles given to the bride from her maternal side of the family) and toe rings (which the bridegroom puts on the brides toes) are also traditional symbols of marriage. The kind of ornament, of course, depends on the community to which she belongs and their particular customs. These pieces of jewels which she cherishes throughout her married life, signifies a married women's status and is considered auspicious.
The traditional 'mangalasutra' usually in gold, comes in various forms and sizes -some with auspicious symbols depicting 'Om' or gods like Vishnu or Shiva (for Hindus) or a cross (for Christians) and others with traditional designs. Nowadays more fashionable versions with diamonds and precious stones are also seen. In the south especially in Tamil Nadu and in a few other states, Thaali's are tied on a thick yellow thread. When the thread is worn out, they are replaced by a new thread. Generally, in the northern states Mangalsutra is worn on a chain with two strings of black beads interspersed with gold. These beads are believed to protect the marriage against evil.
The mangalasutra with vatis (tiny bowls) is a must for every Maharashtrian bride, the Gujarati bride sports the typically Gujarati Mangalasutra interspersed with gold and black beads with a pendant in a traditional design.
The Punjabi bride usually chooses as her mangalasutra the kundan (traditional Indian stone setting with thin gold foil forming a wedge around the stones) pendant set in 22-carat gold and held together with black beaded chains. Also set in 22 carat gold is the Hyderabad mangalasutra with seven pendants attached.
Other than the Mangalasutra, in North India, many women deck their arms with bangles in vivid green and red. And the chooda that is presented to the bride by her mama as a symbol of her newly married status is one which she has to wear for at least 40 days after her marriage. The chooda is traditionally a set of ivory bangles with inlay work. The modern day variations can be found in cheaper forms in plastic or acrylic as well. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, bichwa or toe rings must be worn by all married women. After marriage, the Sindhi women prefer to wear the traditional gold earring each studded with nine diamonds. Further north, after marriage, the Kashmiri Brahmin women wear the 'dejhoru' and 'aathhoru', an ornament worn in the pierced cartilage of the ear with a cord suspended from it at one end. Among the Muslims, the nose ring is obligatory at the time of marriage.
Traditional or modern, the varieties of Indian jewels available are numerous and the choices limitless. Each part of India offers their own traditional ornaments with special significance and these typically traditional ornaments with slight variations remain trendy at all times.