Beautiful fairytale weddings are the things that dreams are made of. So, If you have dreamt about this day since forever or if you started to imagine it only after saying yes; either way weddings are really important to us. Right from the big details to the tiny ones, we care about it all. Hence, I know how you feel when everything about your wedding has to be anything but ordinary. But an incredible wedding calls for some incredible inspiration. Have a look!
Focus on Lights
Lighting plays a really important role in wedding décor, so much so that it can be a central idea from where you can begin.
Light up the way to your wedding with countless strings of colorful fairy lights.
If you have trees at the venue, then get fairy lights wrapped around all of them for that dreamy ambience.
You can also create a network of fairy lights above the head and spheres of fairy lights can serves as a beautiful focus.
If you don’t have trees, wrap the pillars at your wedding venue with fairy lights.
Focus on Flowers
These statement flower and diya decorations are making us go gaga. You can place these around the wedding venue at strategic spots.
Focus on Candles
For the wedding dinner, why go for anything less luxurious than candles with crystal candelabras.
Theme wedding is the new concept which has hit the Indian marriage market lately and is quickly catching up. Theme weddings are nothing but a different approach to celebrating your marriage. With the help of a theme a wedding ceremony can be made more special and memorable. This is because you blend the elating reality with wild fantasy. The concept is quite popular in the West and has managed to lure couples from India as well. Moreover, theme weddings are more appealing both for the guests and the host, as they experience something unconventional keeping the traditional values intact. For some nice wedding themes, read on.
Wedding stage is the focal point in any Indian wedding function. The stage is the place where for the first time the bride and the groom see each other as formal soul mates. Some of the most important wedding rituals take place on the wedding stage itself and therefore, it holds a significant place in a wedding. The Jaimala ritual takes place at the wedding stage in India. This is a fun filled ritual, wherein all the family members and friends crowd around the couple. This also calls for a strong yet beautiful stage deign.
The significance of the stage can also be explained by the fact that it gives an opportunity to all the guests to see the wedding from a distance. So, the wedding stage has to fulfill many tasks at one point of time. This even stresses upon the design of the stage. Initially, simple stages were preferred with less ornamentation. Nowadays, people’s preferences have changed. Most of the people go for stage decoration in accordance with the theme of their wedding.
The reception party is usually introduced by a master of ceremonies, or band leader. It may be done in the same manner as they walked down the aisle during the wedding ceremony. This is generally much faster than a receiving line and guests may be seated before the arrival of the wedding party. In addition, it can be an event in itself and be as entertaining as wished. Introductions may be accompanied by music and information about each person to introduce them to the guests. However, unlike a reception line, it does not give the guests an opportunity to speak to any of the people being presented.
Indian weddings have a charm of their own. As per the tradition the wedding is primarily organized by the bride’s family, however, the reception might be an exception. Reception ceremony is celebrated just after the main wedding day. It is the first public appearance of the newly wed couple after their marriage. The reception is usually organized by the family of the groom and is a sort of a grand party. The friends and associates mainly from the groom side attend this ceremony. From the bride side, only the close members are invited.
This is a celebration time for both the families as they rejoice over their new accord. The reception ceremony also serves as an opportunity for the bride to know the acquaintances and associates of the groom’s family. This is the time when the bride finally represents herself as an important member of her new family. Reception ceremonies are therefore arranged from the groom’s side to make the world know that they have a new member and they celebrate her arrival. It is an extension of the marriage celebrations.
Reception parties are laid with sumptuous food to treat the guests a little more. It is accompanied by good music and ambience to add to the zing. Unlike all the ceremonies, the reception does not include any rituals. It is a light event which is basically organized to provide opportunity to those people who could not attend the wedding. Nevertheless, this celebration of this ceremony depends totally upon the whims and fancies of the groom’s side. It is a matter of individual choice to organize a reception party, as it is not deemed compulsory.
Sangeet ceremony as the name suggests is all about dance and music. It is one of the most enjoyable ceremonies before the wedding and is exclusively for women. Initially, the sangeet party was organized only by the bride’s family but with changing times it is now observed by the groom’s family as well. Also, it was a ritual which was only seen in North Indian weddings, but nowadays it is conducted in Bengali and South Indian marriages as well.
Sangeet ceremony is held few days before mehndi ceremony and comes as a time for joy and merriment amidst the hectic hustling bustling activities before marriage. Traditional the family of the bride invites female relatives and associates for Ladies sangeet, wherein all of them sing folk songs dedicated to marriage and bride. It is accompanied by Dholak and spoon, for the tune and beat. After this all the unmarried girls perform dance on different songs.
Amidst celebration, ladies, crack jokes, tease the bride, merrily reminisce their youthful days and bless the girl for a prosperous married life. The environment quite often becomes emotional as the bride and her mother experience the pangs of separation from each other. After all the dance and singing is done, its time for refreshment. It mainly contains a number of snacks and sweet dishes. Women enjoy themselves to the fullest, making the environment ligt.
Mandap ceremony holds utmost importance on the day of the wedding. This is because all the significant rituals are performed during the mandap ceremony. In India, weddings take place in accordance with the age old customs and traditions. It is a very meticulous process and is fulfilled with the feeling that it is a one time affair. As a result, parents on both the sides do not leave any stone unturned in organizing a prosperous wedding for their kids.
This attributes to the fact that Indian weddings are around five day long. There are a number of rituals that take place before, after and on the wedding day itself. Mandap ceremony is also such ritual. After the var mala ceremony is over, the couple is blessed by the elderly people of both the families. This is followed by the mandap ceremony, which is performed under a canopy supported on four pillars. This is called Mandap. It is usually made of bamboo and is decorated with red and silver colors.
The four pillars of the mandap signify the parents on both sides, which toiled hard to bring their children up. The mandap ceremony usually takes place at the house of the bride or otherwise it is held at the wedding venue itself. All the rituals during the mandap ceremony are performed in front of the sacred fire and hymns recited by the priest, from Vedas. The main rituals conducted here are Saat Phere, Kanyadaan, Maang baharai etc.
If a formal multicourse dinner in a stately ballroom is out of your budget, or just doesn’t feel very you, scale back the pomp of a traditional reception and ramp up the good times with an elegant cocktail party instead. By turning the “mingling hour” into the main event (hors d’oeuvres are usually guests’ favorite part of the evening anyway) and including only the meaningful-to-you traditions, you can host a celebration that still feels like a wedding—minus the hefty price tag.
Venue & Decor
Host a cocktail party anywhere—an art gallery, your favorite neighborhood bistro, or a historic house. Restaurants and hotels are particularly amenable because their in-house staff knows the drill, and you can eliminate the extra expense of an outside catering company&mdashnot to mention rentals! Flowers are an important touch, so consider hiring a florist or having a friend create arrangements. And even though you’re throwing a roving reception, it’s a good idea to provide seating. Cater to older folks with traditional table-and-chair groupings, and create pockets of intrigue for the youngsters with high-tops and tufted banquettes. Last, keep the lighting dim—it flatters everyone and keeps the mood festive.