Arriving in style- Baraat

The traditional Indian wedding establishes a bond between two families and their cultures, apart from creating a very special relationship between the couple, who tie the nuptial knot .One of the important and fun ceremonies, is the arrival of the groom on the day of the wedding, at the venue. The groom’s family members, relatives and friends accompany him to the wedding venue, in a marriage procession called ‘baraat’. Groom’s friends and relatives are called the ‘baraati’. The wedding baraat is held with high esteem and the baratis are pampered by the bride’s family, when they arrive at the wedding venue.
image

You could go traditional and have your groom arrive by decorated horse. Or, if your groom has more modern indian wedding style, he could travel in a more extravagant way. I have seen helicopters, boats, elephants, and luxury cars. The sky is the limit, so play around with some ideas!

Here are some tips and ideas on how to spice up your Baraat and make it very memorable for your guests to remember. There is a lot more you can add to your Baraat apart from the horse and band to make it truly unique.

image

The Baraat is a fun procession where guests are dancing and rejoicing the occasion. As a host it is a great idea to spice up the mood by extending some hospitality and making it very memorable for guests. It is now a trend at Indian weddings to serve refreshments such as soft beverages, tender coconut and mineral water along with cold towels during the Baraat – especially if it is a day time procession.

image

The bridal families are getting into the minutest detail like crafting a special menu of bite sized snacks which can be served during the procession.
image
Safas for the male guests are part of most Indian weddings. The safas are very bright and add colour to the procession. For a day time Baraat you can arrange for colourful cloth umbrellas for female guests. These are made of Indian fabric and are available in vibrant colours. These could even act as souvenirs post the procession. A fresh petal shower is also a good way to add colour to the Baraat and make it livelier. A gola or an ice-cream cart along with the procession would be a good idea for summer weddings.

image
For an evening baraat a display of fireworks and crystal chandeliers are a must. Arranging for a vanity van along with baraat for guests who may want to touch up or refresh before entering the venue would be a great finishing touch!

image

Traditionally, and still most commonly, the Groom’s entrance is on an elaborately decorated white horse. Recently, Grooms are opting for different entrance options to really impress their guests. Your only limitations are your imagination (and maybe the rules of your venue!),
• Tampa Trolley Cars
• Yacht or speed boat arrivals
• Jet-skis
• Segways
• Helicopters
• Elephants
• Convertibles

image

image

image

Advertisements

Video Wednesday- The Wedding Filmer !

The Wedding Filmer” has been capturing wedding memories since 2010. As per their facebook page “Life is not in breaths you take. It’s in the moments that take your breath away.” They tell us that their films have inspired people to believe in the institution of marriage. And, they have been rising in popularity consistently with over 85,000 likes on facebook. The Wedding Filmer team consists of 6 passionate fellas: Ankit, Zara, Sufi, Vishal, Ashima and Hojo. Let’s read their story.

Call him a romantic or just someone who makes beautiful memories. Watching his marriage videos will make you skip a beat. Vishal Punjabi, who studied film making in England, moved to Africa in 2008 to create beautiful memories with real stories and people .“We don’t make people act or follow a script. Nothing is planned in any form, which is why it’s important we shoot with people who open up to us. You see, these films are not just wedding films. What if you could see your great grandmother’s love story today? And what if it was a beautifully told story?” asks Punjabi, 33.

Surprisingly, the first wedding he filmed was of his own in 2010 which went viral with more that 8,000 likes on YouTube.He has shot 13 weddings so far, from Geri Gets Married to Happiness, all big hits online. While the latter was shot in Sultanpur Dabas, a small village near Delhi, his latest project is based on a double wedding, ‘‘The first I’ve ever witnessed. One sister fell in love, the other had it fixed by parents. Both the sisters are beautiful but one suffered an accident that burned her entire face and body,’’ says Punjabi.
Watch it here
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=84Zbrj3DZNw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D84Zbrj3DZNw

Besides weddings, Punjabi has also worked with Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment for 10 years on commercials like ICICI Bank, Wipro, ITC, Airtel and Hyundai. He has been a part of the visual effects team in movies like Ashoka, Main Hoon Na and Don. If you’ve seen Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and thought to yourself what a beautiful wedding well it was shot by this man itself. I must say I am a big fan of their work. They make movies which are alot more interactive, you feel like a part of the wedding even though you didn’t attend it or don’t know the bride or groom?

Punjabi charges approximately 5 lakhs a wedding, yes I know that’s alot compared to the usual videographer but again if you want a blockbuster wedding movie you’ve got add that extra bit of dough. SOOOO- did you love it or did you love it?! These are just a few examples of the work they do- you can check out their Facebook page to see the other videos. I’d strongly suggest if you’re getting married- hire these guys asap! I have a feeling they will be pretty booked up in no time!

What to wear on your Mehendi Ceremony ?

So now you’ve seen all the amazing décor & ideas from my previous Singh is King themed mehendi post, but what do you wear for such an event?

The Mehndi ceremony is one such important day which chimes the wedding bell and is an occasion which sees the bride embellished in psychedelic hues signifying that her life be as bright and colorful forever. Here are some tips to help you pick out the right outfit to look your fashionable best in the Mehndi ceremony.

image
Vibrant,fun yet very elegant,if you’re looking to wear bold colours but not sure if you can carry it off this should be your ideal choice.

image
Love the sequin & embroidery on the lehenga although i would prefer something lighter in weight if the ceremony is to be held during the day.

image
This would certainly be my choice love the pastel pink & green combo, apt for brides shying away from bold colours.
image
Love this indo western lehenga,very chic & modern.
image

image

image

image image
Not a dupatta fan? Then this is perfect team your choice of dupatta with a corset and enjoy your ceremony.

Singh is King- Mehendi Ceremony

Among the many traditions that are infused into Indian weddings, one of the most prominent is the mehendi ceremony. This is the day when mehendi(henna) is applied on the hands and feet of the bride and even the groom. While the bride has a very elaborate pattern done on her hands and feet, the groom usually has just a token design.

Now don’t we all want a fun filled colourful mehendi ceremony, traditionally this ceremony was held 2 nights prior to the wedding, in the night because the bride could adorn her hands with henna and sleep peacefully however with destination weddings in place this is now held during the day followed by the sangeet ceremony.

I absolutely love the idea of an outdoor day time ceremony, pictures come out perfect you can opt for bold & bright colours, you could accompany this with a pool party so the guests involved could swim have a merry time while the others can dance .

As the title suggests this post will give you ideas about a Punjabi Themed mehendi ceremony.
What makes it Punjabi? the bold bright colours, the music and the activities.

Trust me when I say it, this is also very budget friendly.

Elements you could include to give it a Punjabi feel.

Truck/tractor photobooth – We’ve all had our fair share of experience with photobooth of all themes & designs, but I doubt you would have had got your pictures clicked on a tractor. Fits right in your theme & adds plenty of fun to the event.

Paanwaala- serve your guests some delicious paan.

Pagdi wala- have somebody tie colourful pagdi’s for all your male guests.

Get some parandaa’s for the ladies so you’ve the men in pagdi’s & women in paraanda’s

Include Manji’s ( beds/lounges made of wood & rope) in the décor.

Host some traditional games like the ones played in mela’s or fairs.
1.)Throwing wooden rings around gift items. If the ring lands on the gift its your. Keep small souvenirs for this such as chocolates, a deo, soft toy etc. To make it interesting you could also keep beer cans and vodka glasses. This would get the guys excited.

2.) Shooting balloons, now this is an age old indian fair game that we all enjoy. Living overseas we barely get the chance to experience all this now.

Have some bhangra dancers add on to the masti & dhamaal of the day.

Food menu options to add that extra Punjabi touch, you could include these items with normal menu so people have plenty of options or just have them whatever would suit your budget.
Tandoor Counter
Chaat
Chhole Bhature
Sarso ka Saag
Paneer Makhni
Lassi
Gola
Kulfi

Below are some décor ideas, stay tuned girlies next week I will be providing you with ideas about a Hawaiian themed Mehendi Ceremony.

image
Colourful Seating area for the bride while she gets her mehendi done.

image

image
Colourful Cabana’s by the pool, how cool is this?

image
Outdoor Mehendi Setup,love the colours & use of flowers.

image
Most bride’s are seated on swings during mehendi ceremony, love the décor of this one.

image
Bold & Bright colours, love the use of colours. This certainly tops my list.

image
Another seating décor idea, abundant use of flowers here.

image

Bridal Entry Ideas !

A bride’s entry into the wedding is a visual treat for all. Everyone from the guests to the groom looks forward to this one moment where they get the first glimpse of the bride. In her dazzling bridal wear, complementing jewellery and stunning makeup, a bride makes her way towards her sweetheart. An Indian bride’s entry is a stunning sight as she is accompanied by her close friends and family members. This is undoubtedly the most special and memorable day for a bride, so her entry has to the same- unforgettable!

Take a look at these beautiful shots of real Indian brides as they make a grand entry into their new life. Below are some fun & sure to impress all wedding entry ideas.

Phoolon ki Chaadar
Phoolon ki chaddar as its called is usually a dupatta held above the bride while she enters the wedding venue or mandap. Now we Indians can’t just do thing simply right? So we adorn the dupatta with fresh flowers, swaroski, kalire you name it and you’ll find it
Usually, an Indian bride is escorted to the wedding venue by her brothers. Here is a bride whose brothers hold a sheet made of flowers over her head to protect her from the evil eye and to make her feel like a princess

image

image
image

Doli
Another way of turning all eyeballs towards the bride is to make her sit in a beautifully embellished doli, and impel an elegantly grandiose entrance for her. For a more compelling look and feel, the bride can also be brought to the venue in an enticing palki, carried by her brothers. This is the most common wedding entrance adopted by Indian Brides.
image

Sparklers
Sparklers or Phooljaddi as we call it in India is now being adopted by many modern couples that want to opt for something different from the usual, also this works prefect if your phera’s are being held at night. You can have all your closed ones light sparklers while you enter the venue.Not only will the lanterns give an astounding look to the entire ambience, but would also call for the guests to make a wish for the celebrated couple.
image
image
image
image
Dance your way
It is said that, a wedding is as jubilant as its guests. And there is a splendid way to keep the guests elated not only on the day of the wedding, but from the very beginning of the wedding. The guests, or some close relatives can be encouraged to participate in a group dance preparation, or flash mob meant to mark the entrance of the bride. Even the bride can join them by coming dancing her way to the mandap. The Flash mob is sure to surprise everybody present and bring a fun element to the emotional phera ceremony.
image
image
image

Theme entry
Yet another striking idea for a magnificent entry of the bride is to make her descend to the venue through a crane or enter on a bike. A gorgeous vessel, designed in line with the theme of the wedding can be attached to the crane, which will make the bride appear to be truly angelic, coming down from the heaven to be with her prince charming.
image

image
image

So, here were some of the most unique and interesting ideas for the entrance of an Indian bride. You want to share some more cool ideas, please do write in our comment section.
image

Must have photos’s on your big day !

image
Ek Kunwara fir gaya maaara- that’s all I can think when I see the above picture of the fun loving groom Ross and the vivacious bride Priyanka.

There will be plenty of moments on your wedding day that you’ll want to make sure your photographer catches. Now we all know the traditional drill pictures with the family, blushing bride and lots of awkward poses.Below are some fun and unique pictures snapped at some real weddings.

Get inspired by these picture-perfect moments that you can frame and treasure forever.

image

image
image
image

image

image

image

Tips & Tricks- Engagement Shoot

Engagement shoots have been around for several years now and they are so important for so many reasons in the run up to your wedding.They are a great way to spend some quality time together before the big day; they help you and your photographer get to know each other and talk about the final plans for your wedding; they allow you to get some stunning images of you both as a couple saying goodbye to one stage of your relationship before you become Mr & Mrs; but most importantly they allow you to ‘practice’ in front of the camera before your big day meaning you will be sure to get rid of any nerves!
image
So how do you make it fun, personal and get the most out of it as a couple? Here are my top tips!

1.BE CLOSE : This entire shoot will take place in a general area whether it’s a beach, farm or yacht it’s not the location r the photographer that will make the shoot unique. . What makes it unique and special is the fact that you are willing to be close. DON’T OVER THINK IT! These are pictures of you two as a couple, in love. The place to start – act in love!
image
2. BE ACTIVE : What makes a GREAT photo isn’t the fact that the photographer can tell you where to put your hands or how to hold your chin. What makes a truly beautiful engagement shot is for you to feel free to have fun and just hang out! That being said there’s a few rules yes, (keep your back arched, keep your eyes either into each other or low, keep your hands busy, keep your feet deliberate, bla bla bla) but in reality even though I give you a million little rules to cloud up your mind on a shoot the goal is simple.
image
3. BE STYLISH : Probably the place every couple starts for their shoot is what they’re going to wear. TOTALLY BACKWARDS. What matters first is where are you going to shoot? What do you want this shoot to look like? THEN you can put together outfits that feel good in that place. That doesn’t mean you need to match your backgrounds.Don’t stress about your colors, or patterns, or what some grumpy old photographer told your family at their last photoshoot on the beach. Don’t consult pinterest for hours and try to mimic the outfits you see. Instead take the chance to run out together to a boutique and find yourself something new that you feel super confident in! Once you find the perfect little summer dress, (or whatever), style him too! What makes the styling of ANY engagement shoot is the groom. (WHAT?!?!) No seriously, a sharp dressed guy pulls the look together.
image
4. BE HAPPY: The less stressed you are about how you look the more capable you are to FEEL. My least favorite thing I hear photographers tell their clients is to “laugh”. The fake laugh is the back pocket trick of a photographer who isn’t engaged in their sessions WITH their clients. Instead what matters is catching the REAL emotion that’s happening on the shoot. Regardless what ties together a GREAT shoot is a couple who’s up for some fun together.
image
5. BE WILLING : How then do you get beautiful shots in pretty fields with great light? You suck it up. You walk in soggy grass in 4 inch pumps. You shiver a bit in the spring and sweat a bit in the summer. After you live through it – you get great photos! Remember that any photographer that does this full time is very used to helping you through these obstacles. Even though this is their job, nothing spoils it more than a couple who wants the perfect product but isn’t willing. SO – make it fun! Laugh about the walk, make him give you a piggy back, or just relax and enjoy a shoot that ideally comes around once in a lifetime!
image
6.BE CUTE : We’ve all seen a few shots like this one. Romantic didn’t even begin to describe it. This shot is just as cute. I get it, not ALL couples can just tackle these types of shots. But if you don’t try – you don’t know!
image
7. BACK HIM UP: Most grooms act like they don’t care about photos. Most grooms also act like they don’t have an opinion about a lot of the wedding planning. BUT most grooms would totally change their tone about a lot of that if they knew that it mattered! SO do yourself a huge favor and involve him! Expect for him to look on google for about 5 minutes, find something super cheesy, and want it. SO – on your shoot. COMPLIMENT each other! HELP each other pose and help each other relax

8. BE HAPPY : I KNOW I KNOW that was number 4! This isn’t about being happy with each other, it’s about being happy with your pictures! Just a few years ago before the invention of Pinterest and photoshop couples would have been thrilled to get 5 or 6 great shots of them together! Now we’re in a race to give 40,50,100 engagement photos all with different ideas and concepts at a million locations with 3 or 4 outfits. Keep in mind what the shots are for! A few GREAT shots of you together to remember this part of your life is SO much more important than a 300 photo album on facebook that nobody except for your closest friends will actually look ALL the way through! SO – jump in with your photographer and help make as many GREAT shots as you can and then just be really excited that you have them! In 2013-14 you should be able to EXPECT great photos from a pro photographer. But what’s different now isn’t just the quality of the photo, it’s the experience of getting the photos taken! SO soak up a day in the sun together having fun taking pictures and making those memories. THEN when you get the photos try to love them! If you don’t love them, contact your photographer and just chat it through with them!

Regardless of whether you’re photographer coaches every detail, or let’s you make it your own these tips should get you started. Bottom line – “DON’T OVER THINK IT.” Just have fun with it!
image