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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Another seating décor idea, abundant use of flowers here.

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Save the Date: Part 1 !

The ring is on your finger and the planning is underway; it’s time to start thinking about how you want to share the good news with all of your family and friends. While a couple of years back you would be calling all your friends and your family informing all the family friends/relatives it’s now super easy to do so by sending Save the date cards or even simpler by just uploading it on Facebook or other digital platforms.save-the-dates-using-chalk.001
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Save the Date cards have evolved into an array of unique ways to let everyone know to mark the calendar for your big day. If you are planning a destination wedding or have a large amount of people that will have to make long distance travel arrangements for your wedding, it’s a good idea to get your save the dates out so that people have ample time to prepare.Screenshot_2013-11-26-22-14-29-1[1]

So do people spend the same amount of time and money on these? Well yes they do! Until a few years ago save the date cards weren’t too popular with Indian weddings but over the years this trend has changed thanks to the influx of destination weddings and more people are investing in this trend.
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We’v all googled images seen some great ideas but then again would you want your save the date to be similar to every other picture you see online? While I personally have an entire folder of images saved for future use off course I personally want my save the date card to match the theme of the wedding as it’s more of a trailer/preview of what’s to follow.
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Save the Date custom magnets seem to be an increasingly popular over the past few years– most of us probably have at least one or two holding up the grocery list on our refrigerators. The appeal is obvious: magnets are easily customizable and where better to put something you want people to remember than smack in the middle of their refrigerator? Check out our four favorite trends in save the date magnets–
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Also very popular are save the date video’s, while you spend a bomb on them they do not hold so much value for the guests. But again we Dubai’ites love everything grand and fabulous so why not a save the date video shot at the lovely JBR or Al Barari Farms. Personally I’d rather invest in something that guests can keep as a memory of the wedding, like for a beach wedding you could always do save the date umbrellas with the couples name or logo and date how cool right? Or you could also do some funky mobile covers or tissue box covers the choices are endless you just need to be creative. SaveTheDate1
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Another super cool idea is save the date t-shirt yes I know the initial investment would be a little more if you’re having a large wedding but how cool would it be to have your guests show up at the airport or hotel (assuming it’s a destination wedding) in matching tshirts with team bride and the date on them? I can just imagine how fabulous all the pictures would look. This personally tops my list of save the date for my own wedding.CB2001V-STD-SET-2TYankee-Stadium-Engagement-Photo-Shoot-44

If you want to keep it simple and not invest so much money you could always look up for some inspiration online get a photographer to click some amazing pictures and have them as an e- save the card or you could even get them printed. Now don’t we all know tht 1 friend we all have who is super keen on photography? Well that’s the person you contact in typical Bombay language sasta sundar tikau save the card is ready.
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