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Monday, June 30, 2008

Style and Colors Advice for An Indian Wedding Outfit

Advice for Brides-to-be On Their Indian Wedding Day Look

An Indian bride should look traditional at her wedding and modern at the events leading up to the wedding. The modern outfit you choose for your pre-wedding events can have an indo-western look that incorporates Indian fabrics and embroideries in tandem with western cuts. For your traditional or moden look, you can try to wear a combination of two to three colors. If you like red, throw in complementary colors such as bronze and rust. Other colors that look good together are pink and orange.


Accessorize to Stand Out

The dupatta can be placed in a unique manner and should have beads hanging from the ends to make it stand out. The dupatta may be draped behind you and should not cover all of your outfit. To look your best, make sure you have a bag that stands out, and matching shoes and jewelry. You need will accessory pieces that will make you look prominent.

Changing a Few Things for a New Look

If you are favor a more simple style, create a clean, streamlined and uncluttered look, but make it different by changing a few things in your outfit. For instance, you can tone down the embroidery on the lehenga and change the neckline so it just not just round. The neckline can be a princess neckline. You can also add a train to your lehenga that can be removed for dancing after the wedding ceremony.

Bridal Outfits Shopping

If you have the opportunity to go to India for your bridal shopping, you should. You will find better deals and prices in India. But if you do not have the chance, or are planning a wedding on a within a short period of time, then you will have to buy your bridal outfits in the U.S. One good thng is that, it is easier to have your bridal outfits customized and tailored to your liking when you are working with a designer in the U.S.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Ideas to Make Your Henna (Mehendi) Party a Success

The mehendi (henna) ceremony takes place on the first night of the three-day wedding. Usually the most festive part of the event, it's filled with noise and color, with women dressed in bright formal shalwar kameez outfits and saris, and with unmarried girls sporting long skirts and blouse outfits called lehengas. The bride traditionally wears a formal yellow outfit, and, as the name of the ceremony implies, has wet mehendi (henna paint) applied on her hands that day. The bride, along with all the women on both sides of the family, has henna designs put on her hands and sometimes her feet. This is equivalent of a bridal shower, but a lot more colorful.

The perfect henna party should bring together all the right ingredients, allowing you, the bride, to relax, letting go of any pre-wedding anxiety and to enjoy this happy occasion with your family and closest friends.

Here are some tips and ideas to help you plan the perfect henna party!

1) Invitations

Keep the occasion relaxed and intimate by only inviting those who are close to you. Do not feel pressured into inviting every female relative or friend.


2) Decor

Think about the style and the theme you want for the henna party. Having fresh flowers and plenty of scented tea-lights will set a lovely ambience for the occasion.

3) Outfit

You should give some thought in choosing your choice of dress as it needs to be easy to remove without ruining the wet henna. A sari with a tie-up choli is a popular choice.

4) Music

The choice of music is essential. You could buy wedding compilation cds or ask a friend to make up a special playlist with all your favourite tunes. Another idea would be to involve friends and family by asking around to see who can play the harmonium or dholki. Hiring a karaoke machine is also a good idea as it involves the guests in a fun-filled activity. You could also have a few of your friends to perform entertaining dances for you and your guests while you have your henna done.

5) Food

Don’t depend on take-away or fast food for this special event. Pre-order your favourite savoury snacks and sweets. Use dainty crockery and stylish glasses for drinks, it will all add to the overall atmosphere.

6) Banish Distractions

Get rid of the TV and DVD player from the room as it causes an unnecessary distraction. A successful henna party is one filled with laughter, music and dancing, with the exclusion of everyday entertainment.

7) Henna artist

If you have a fairly long guest list, it would be useful to have more than one henna artist at the party. While the main artist works on creating intricate designs on your hands and feet, the assistant artist (one or more) could make simpler motifs for your female guests. This ensures that the main artist can take her time on your henna designs, but everyone else gets to be involved as well.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Dholki Party Decoration Ideas

A few of our readers have emailed us asking for dholki party decoration ideas. For those of you who do not know, the Dholki is one of several pre-wedding festive occasions that is done prior to the actual wedding day. It is named after the South Asian word dholak meaning drum. The dholki event consists of singing with the dholak as a musical accompaniment, rehearsal of dancing in preparation for the upcoming festivities, and eating good food. In a lot of Indian communities, traditionally, children sing and dance on the beat of the dholak during pre-wedding festivities. Since all the family from far and wide is gathered for the wedding, the Dholki party is a time for them to enjoy each other's company. Usually close family and friends host Dholki parties in their homes for the bridal party. The dholak provides an interesting accompaniment for the naughty lyrics of the songs aimed at an abashed bride-to-be. The dholki party is like a bridal shower in the Western culture.

Dholki Decoration Ideas

Examples of wedding decoration ideas to create a beautiful area for the bride-to-be to sit and enjoy the dholki entertainment.





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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Looking Skinnier for Your Wedding

Wedding Weight Loss Dos and Don'ts
Tips on How to Lose Weight Before Your Wedding Day


If you want to look great on your wedding day, having a plan for getting into shape is an important part of your wedding planning. Many brides think that they have a perfect system for losing weight quickly using various tactics, but some of them could only be setting themselves up for failure. Last-minute dieting efforts usually fail. Your weight loss plan should incorporate methods that are sustainable over the long-term - things that you can continue well after your wedding date. Why? Simply because research have shown that married people tend to gain more weight over the years than singles or people who are widowed or divorced.

But don't worry! Getting married doesn't have to lead to a lifetime of excess weight. You do have a choice in this - just plan to lose your weight the right way.

Wedding Weight Loss Don'ts

1) Do not take dieter's tea, diet pills, laxatives or drastically cut your food intake in an attempt to lose weight. Doing so may yield the result you desire, that is, a trimmer looking you, but you could also end up looking drained, tired and sickly on your wedding day. And even if you do not show the visible negative effects on your wedding day, you will surely gain back all of your weight during the honeymoon period, where you will be on a vacation with your husband and be inclined to eat as you like.

2) Do not resort to fad diets for quick weight loss before a wedding. This can set you up for a future of yo-yo dieting rather than permanent weight loss. It also adds stress to your body at an already stressful time for most brides, which is during the wedding planning stage. If you are not getting proper nutrition, you may feel faint or suffer other health consequences. Affecting your long-term health to look good on your wedding day is not advisable! Seriously.

But there are things you can do that are effective and also safe.

Wedding Weight Loss Dos

1) Hire a personal trainer, or begin a bridal "boot camp" at least six months before your wedding date. Include in your boot camp plan, a balance of cardiovascular and strength training for about an hour a day, three to four days per week. For those of you who have less than six months, you should plan on spending more time in the gym in order to see the effect. No pain or gain, as they say! Keep in mind that wedding dresses today are sleeker and more revealing than in years past, so you will want to work on your shoulders, back, and arms.

2) Change your dietary habits. Begin by eating smaller portions. Identify sources of empty calories in your diet, such as high-fat and high-sugar snacks, and limit them. Make sure to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, which are powerhouses of nutrition and can fill you up on fewer calories. Choose leaner, lower-fat meat and dairy products. One important tip for weight loss is to eat your calories, and not to drink them. Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages generally have at least 100 calories or more!

3) Keep a well-stocked pantry because having no food in the house can cause a hungry you to binge on food when you finally bring food home from the grocery store, or from the drive-through. Try to plan meals ahead. Go to the grocery store with a list. Focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables. It'll help your budget as well as ensure a healthy variety.

4) If you eat with your fiance, try to watch portion sizes. Men are usually larger and require more calories than women, so portion sizes among couples shouldn't necessarily be equal. Encourage your fiance to make exercise a part of your new life together. You can take a walk after dinner, or learn a new sport as a couple.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wedding Proposal Story: R and F

We thought it would be a sweet idea to relate some of the wedding proposal stories we have come across between the four of us girlfriends. These stories are ones we have heard first-hand from our friends, family and will also include stories we have heard through friends or friends and extended family members. The idea is to provide an online space where unique wedding proposal ideas are collected. By doing so, we hope these stories will inspire men (or women) about to propose marriage to their loved ones. Please feel free to email us your own wedding proposal story, and we will be happy to include it up on this site!


Our first story takes place on the East coast of USA. R, an ethnic Indian girl, was about to turn 30, and she had been dating a European guy, F, for nearly two years. F was also 30, and he had come to the US to work as an engineer for a big software firm. They had not talked much about the direction or future of their relationship. R was in no hurry to get married, and so she did not feel it was necessary to talk about the future. All she knew was that she was happy being with F, even though he was not an Indian. The differences did not seem to matter because they had so many similarities - they both loved to travel to unique destinations far away from the typical touristy spots, they enjoy cooking together at home, they were both Catholics, and many other things that essentially mattered more to both than their respective cultures.

After two blissful years together, F was told that his services were no longer required at the company that he worked at. He searched for other jobs, but he found that the market was not that good - it was a recession. It came about that he realised that he would have to return to Europe, as his work visa was no longer valid. R and F were in a confused state. R was sad that he would be leaving, she knew that it almost certainly meant the end of their two year relationship. And since they had not previously discussed the future of their relationship, R did not feel it right to impose on F conditions. If it was to end, she thought, then let it be so.


A few weeks before F's scheduled return to Europe, the couple went out for dinner. They were mostly silent during the dinner. R was silent because she felt that F was about to tell her that the relationship was coming to an end because of his move back to Europe. Then after they had eaten, F started talking. This was what R had dreaded. She tried to avoid talking about the "relationshiP", but F continued. He said that he had a great time with her, and that he loved her. And before, she realised it, F had asked her to marry her. He said that he never realised how much he felt about R until he began to envision a life without her. F got down on his knees and produced a rubber band. He said he did not have the time, nor the money to get her the ring she deserved, but that he hoped the rubber band ring signified his seriousness. R was deeply moved - she had thought it was an end, but in fact it was the beginning of something new. And she accepted, of course!

F returned to Europe, secure with the knowledge that R would wait for him. Months later, R replaced her rubber band ring for a beautiful engagement ring, when F returned to the US with a new job. Now they are happily married with two young children. It just goes to show that with love anything is possible - lack of job, lack of money can be overcomed!

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Choosing the Right Flowers for Your Wedding

Flowers play an essential role in setting the ambience and theme of the wedding: the wedding bouquet, your bridemaid's bouquets and corsages, reception centerpieces and hall decorations. The type of flower, its colour, and even its floral scent will all matter in creating the right kind of effect you desire in your wedding. So while it may appear as just another decision to make in your wedding planning, it is essential that you give it some thought before making your flower choices. Choosing the right flowers for your wedding can be a daunting task, if you are like most bride-to-be's, who has a basic knowledge of flowers. It can seem overwhelming in the beginning. But with a little research, you will be armed with the necessary knowledge to help you pick the right flowers for your perfect wedding. The following article will provide you with tips on picking the right flowers based on which season your wedding will be held, that is, during the summer, fall, winter or spring. Read through these tips gathered from experts in the florist field. And if you have questions not answered here, please email us.

Sometimes, closing your eyes and envisioning the perfect look to your wedding will help you decide on what type of wedding you desire. Is is a formal or casual wedding that you want? An elegant, elaborate or simple wedding? What are the colors you like most: bold, pastels or neutral? Are you a traditionalist who adores roses or lilies, or do you favor a more contemporary floral theme involving grasses, fruits and herbs?

Seasonal Flowers

It is wise to go with the season when it comes to picking your wedding flowers. You should choose wedding flowers that bloom naturally during the time of your wedding. Although most floral varieties are available all year, seasonal flowers will be readily available, and less expensive. Often seasonal flowers are more durable, and less likely to wilt.

Summer Flowers In Season

Asters, Calla Lilies, Dahlias, Daisies, Delphinium
Geraniums, Hydrangeas, Iris, Jacobs Ladder
Larkspur, Queen Anne’s Lace, Roses, Shasta daises
Stock, Sunflower, Zinnias


Fall Flowers In Season

Asters, Chrysanthemums, Zinnias
Gerbera daisies, Marigolds
Roses, Sunflowers

Winter Flowers In Season

Amaryllis
Camellias
Forget-me-nots
Jasmine
Orchids
Poinsettias
Holly






Spring Flowers

Apple or cherry blossoms
Daffodils
Dogwoods
Forsythia branches
Hyacinth
Iris
Larkspur
Lilies
Lilacs
Lily of the Valley
Pansies
Peonies
Sweet Peas
Tulips

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