To have a destination wedding or not ? Part 2- The Cons

Everyone sees a destination wedding as a romantic and unconventional twist to the traditional wedding affair. Well, it will certainly give a twist to your wedding no doubt, and add an extra element of a beautiful, scenic background to your nuptials. But, there are certain things you need to keep in mind before finalising on a destination wedding. This trend may not be as appealing as it is told to be. Here are a few cons related to a destination wedding that you should know about.

Rules out a big fat wedding gathering
Well, destination wedding is definitely not for those who wish all their near and dear ones to be around them. If you are the one who loves big fat gatherings, well then destination wedding may not be your cup of tea. Many of your friends, relatives or acquaintances may not be on board to shower you with congratulations which may stir up a lot of emotions. So, you may end up regretting not having everybody for the merrymaking.

Don’t be too budget happy
Remember a scene from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani where Kalki shouts on her best friend (played by Aditya Roy Kapur) for his enormous bar and gambling tab/bill that her fiancé would have to pay for. Yes, this is a con of destination wedding. At a local wedding, there will be just few outstation guests, whereas at a destination wedding everyone, including you, is an outstation guest. The etiquettes of a destination wedding say that the couple pay for their guests’ accommodation, local travelling and room tabs; while invitees have to pay for their travel to and from the destination. Well, you never know how much those room tabs and sightseeing may end up pinching on your wedding budget.

Endless planning and checklists
Moving to a new place for your wedding is not that easy. If it is an unexplored region then it can mean a lot of unpleasant surprises and complications. Finalising your itinerary, advance bookings, juggling with the details of climate, culture (especially if it is overseas), florists, etc. are all that you might have to deal with. Planning and preparations can turn out to be far more maddening. There are chances your objective of marrying innovative turns helter-skelter.

Distance can lead to some disappointments
Your best friend has an important presentation in the office on the very morning of your wedding day… Well, your destination wedding might become difficult for him/her to be a part of. Well, not only that even those relatives who have certain health issues or problems, like your grandparents may not be able to travel for a destination wedding. Apart from this, flights getting missed, last minute reservation hassles, etc. are possibilities that you cannot rule out.

Ready for a family honeymoon
Well, if you were planning to extend your wedding destination as your honeymoon destination as well then don’t get too happy as of yet. You may land in an awkward situation when you have to continue hosting the remaining guests. It is embarrassing to ask the guests to pack up once the wedding is over. They may have their own plans to overstay out of the expense of attending the wedding. There are chances that while connecting romantically with your spouse you are bumping into your guests.

What you can do, instead!
Well, for all those couples who want a unique wedding experience sans the pros and cons of a destination wedding can choose to add a personal touch to their celebrations with the help of a theme. A theme allows you to add interesting and appealing elements to your wedding. Want your wedding to be filled with soft breeze and setting sun then opt for an outdoor wedding at a beautiful garden or pool side or a farmhouse in your city. If you cannot travel to your desired location, you can design the entire setup of the location using the themes like beaches, waterfall and more.

So, it is not far-fetched for those who cannot travel overseas to marry. You can choose any locale to make it into a good site for wedding by personalising it with a theme. But, if you still want to opt for a destination wedding to celebrate your union then do consider its pros and cons before finalising on it.

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What to include in your trousseau? Anarkali’s

Call it hope chest or glory box or bridal trousseau; it has been every bride’s closest friend during the initial months of her married life since ages. With time, the contents of this treasure box might have radically changed but the purpose and emotions attached to it remain the same. Earlier what used to comprise of just 11 essential items put together, these days enclose almost every essential that a newly-wed would need to have in her closet to prepare her for all the occasions she would have to be a part off; with her bridal trousseau in place she would be all set to create a lasting impression on everyone.

Today I feature the latest trends in Anarkali’s to include in your bridal trousseau these will keep you looking stunning and apt for every occasion and save the last minute run to the tailor.

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Light Blue & pink anarkali with sequin work by Pam Mehta, this one’s perfect for the various lunch’s and dinner you’ll have to attend post the wedding.

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I absolutely love this white anarkali with a little hint of neon in it. The bright red chura would look lovely along with this.

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Now this one’s a little dressy perfect for your first karvachauth or any pooja/party you’ll be attending.

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So now that everybody is investing in the neon trend how can the dulhan be anywhere behind, Pink neon anarkali however its very subdued so you don’t look overly bright.

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Simple Blue Anarkali perfect for when you are expecting guests or just daily wear.

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Pink & Gold Anarkali by Pam Mehta, another one of my favourites, I think the color combination would bring a glow on anybody’s face, apt for a night affair.

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Blue & White anarkali simple and apt for all occasions.

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Chic & Elegant purple anarkali, it doesn’t have the usual flair that anarkali’s have, this is more of an indo-western dress.

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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To have a destination wedding or not ? Part 1- The Pros

7 Best Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding

Marriage trends have taken a quantum leap in the past few years. Gone are the days when they were confined to halls, lawns and banquets. It is time to think beyond the routine venues to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. Though still in its nascent stage, the concept of destination wedding is fast gaining ground in India and the UAE.

Whether it is a desire to keep away the gossiping aunts, or an appetite for ‘something different’, destination weddings are becoming a romantic trend these days. Versatility in the venue and decor ideas is what’s attracting to-be-brides and grooms towards it. Take a look at some of the reasons why you should think about a destination wedding to celebrate your union.
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Trendy and romantic affair
Destination wedding is fast looming up on the youngsters who want their ceremony to be offbeat and fashionable. Imagine your wedding to be amidst the surf, sand and sea where you can experience a romantic and ultimate marital bliss. From a relaxed wedding at a Goan beach to a royal one in a Rajasthan palace; doing it different is the mantra of the day. Places like Jodhpur, Goa or remote hillside off the Mumbai-Pune expressway can make for extra-special venues. Some also prefer to travel to foreign tourist hubs like Mauritius, Bangkok and so on.

Quality time with guests
When it comes to travelling to a faraway place or even a different city, the mounting guest list gets slashed. Chances of the invitation getting overlooked get high due to travelling and other costs. It cuts down the list to the closed ones. The huge maddening crowd is not there to impose their views upon you. This way you get to spend more time with the guests who have travelled all the way to be a part of your destination wedding.

Away from unwanted people
Were you looking for a reason to not invite the nosy neighbours, the meddling distinct cousins, and the colleagues or boss to your wedding? Well, a destination wedding is your answer to it. A lot of those nosy guests who often pinpoint every error and who sulk at every expense get slashed from your guest list.
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Limiting the budget
To your surprise, this unconventional concept of marriage is quite affordable and reasonably priced. Your pockets can easily bear the expenses as the wedding is mostly attended by your closed ones which means lesser people. During off seasons, it becomes easier on the budget. Goa can be chosen as a budget destination wedding venue, but you will have to book well in advance. Other popular places which you can get in low-budget are Ooty and Manali. Though they sound run-of-the-mill, they can turn out great with your personal touch and right preparations.

Attractive deals and packages
These days there are many resorts and hotels which offer quite exciting discounts and deals for people to host a wedding at their premise. Many offer complementary services, hassle free packages and simpler procedures to conduct a wedding. Along with helping you out with the wedding ceremonies and preparations, they will also make exciting activity packages for your guests. They can help you to organise interesting activities and sightseeing for your guests. This would allow your guests to enjoy complete local flavour of the destination.
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A status symbol
Today most of the couples are choosing an option of destination wedding option over the typical ones. Even most well-heeled Indians are going by this concept as destination weddings are seen as a status symbol as well. A splendid wedding thrown at a fancy destination earns you name and fame amongst your guests, and makes your wedding a well-remembered affair for the long time to come.
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Honeymoon starts right away
Most of the couples choose to start the nuptial journey and the honeymoon from the very venue they have already selected. Wishing to kick off your happily-ever-after as soon as possible, you can book a honeymoon even before the wedding bells ring. This way you can spend a honeymoon on a budget without having to change the place.

So, are you ready to shortlist an exciting destination for your wedding? Do let us know where you would like to tie your knot by leaving your comments below and stay tuned for Part 2 detailing the Cons of a destination wedding !

Must have photos’s on your big day !

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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.

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Tips for buying the right wedding shoe !

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From Cindrella to Carrie Bradshaw, women’s love for shoes has been dubious and fanciful. Shoes without doubt, are the most sought after fashion accessory and when it comes to wedding, a bridal look is only complete with an a statement pair of shoes. The wedding is the perfect occasion to splurge on shoe-mania sans any regret. From sparkling towering heels to peep-toe sandals and crystal-studded kitten heels, it’s the bride’s day to score on such extravagant fashion items.

If you’ve already started your wedding shopping then before you blow a fortune on foot wears make sure the money is worth spending. Even though heels and comfort do not go hand in hand, just trail down these hot to make your bridal look perfect in all aspects.
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You have to wear your shoes
You might have fallen in love with a pair of skyscraper heels but remember you’re going to have to walk down the aisle in them, stand for photographs in them, maybe dance in them and walk around all day. Wobbling around on heels that are too high isn’t a good look and you don’t want to catch a high spiky heel in your dress either.
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Choose a special pair of shoes
Choose shoes that make you feel amazing! Even if your dress is floor length, giving your guests the occasional peek of an exquisite pair of shoes will make you feel like a true princess! Wedding shoes don’t have to be boring – combine classic style with fashionable detailing and you’ll love them for years.
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Get them worn in
Don’t wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. Make sure you have them a few weeks before the wedding and wear them around the house (on carpet) to get them worn in a bit before the big day so they’ve moulded to fit your feet and eased up.
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Take some measurements
Remember your dressmaker will need to know the exact height of your shoes for your final fitting so she/he can adjust your Lehenga accordingly. You’ll need to be wearing your shoes at this fitting so when you order them check how long it will take for them to be delivered so you don’t have any last minute panics.
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Match your shoes to your dress
Take a swatch of your dress fabric with you when you choose your shoes to make sure that it matches up and the colour doesn’t clash.
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Pamper your feet
Have a pedicure before your wedding day so that your feet are soft and nails in great condition. They’ll also be picture perfect for your honeymoon!
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What about the detailing?
Have you decided on your jewellery yet? If you’re going for silver, look out for co-ordination detail on your shoes, such as metallic binding or pretty jewelled buckles. If you have a lace headpiece look at shoes with all over or lace details
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To sparkle or not to sparkle?
If you’ve always had your heart set on a pair of glittering heels, there are some amazing Swarovski bejewelled styles on the market. However you can achieve a more understated sparkle with a cute pair of shoe clips, giving you two looks- sparkle for the big day and afterwards a pair of shoes to wear with jeans!
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Enjoy it!

Finally, don’t stress about finding the perfect pair of wedding shoes – this is SHOE SHOPPING ladies! How often do you have the opportunity to buy your dream shoes? Enjoy it, have fun and be confident in the fact that you will look amazing!
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