Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beautiful Indian Bridal Jewelry

The votes are in...Indian brides are some of the most beautiful brides in the world.  Not only is their style and poise noteworthy but their beauty is always accentuated with elegant color.

Take a look at these brides and tell me which is your favorite.  They've shown their individual style with jewelry, makeup, hairstyles and Sarees:

{my favorite Indian bride photo}

I personally think the 2nd bride from the bottom is absolutely beautiful.  I love her delicate facial features highlighted by gorgeous Indian wedding jewelry and soft, touches of color.

Which Indian bride is your favorite?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Great Indian Wedding Reception Entrance

YouTube is a leader in providing us with entertaining Indian wedding videos.  Whether it's dances, marriage proposals, wedding trends or out right creativity, we can always count on YouTube to provide us with pure Indian wedding entertainment 24/7.

My favorite Indian wedding videos are ones that showcase fun and exciting reception entrances.  This particular entrance starts off normal but turns into a thrilling show.


If you're interested in preparing an exciting reception entrance dance just let us know.  As your Indian wedding planner we're here to help make your wedding day dreams a reality.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Makeup Tips for Indian Brides

South Asian and Arabic brides look is dramatic and bold with lots of brights colors.  Here are some wedding day makeup tips for the South Asian and Arabic bride:

It is definitely all about the eyes when it comes to South Asian and Arabic bridal makeup. Eye shadows in super bright, even contrasting colors, are used to match with the bride’s outfit. The key to wearing a lot of colors is to make sure they are smoked out and blended seamlessly.

According to  London-based makeup artist Angela Holthuis, the use of eyeliner is very important. “It sort of defines the culture, their beauty, in my opinion.” She prefers gel liners as they are easier to apply and are waterproof. “They are great for lining the inner rim of the eye and they stay put for hours, unlike pencils.”

With this much eye makeup, remember to use products that are fully waterproof and to make sure you keep your eyebrows in check.

Like the eyes, lips can come in bright reds, oranges and pinks. Steer clear from anything too pale to avoid looking washed out and make sure the color you choose goes well with the rest of your look.

Mehndi, needless to say, is a very important part of a bride’s makeup. It is traditionally done fully on the arms and legs but nowadays, brides usually go for a more subtle look and they try to keep the patterns modern.

Were these tips helpful?  If so, reply below with a comment please.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Beautiful Hindi Wedding Song

I was perusing the internet for a Hindi wedding song that I could share with you and I came across this one.  Watch this video of an Indian couple celebrating their love and be inspired by its beauty:

What did you think?  Beautiful right?  

Monday, May 28, 2012

Popular Indian Wedding Games

In the past, most Indian couples weren't allowed to meet before their marriage.  Because of that, Indian wedding games were created as a way for the bride, groom and their families to get to know each other. 
Though the times have changed and couples can meet prior to their nuptials, the conventional games are practiced even today in nearly every Indian wedding ceremony. Here are some popular games that are practiced in Indian Hindu Weddings.
Hiding the Shoes
In every Hindu wedding, the groom is directed to remove his shoes prior to entering the mandap, where holy rituals are performed. The bride’s sister or the maids accompanying her, on finding suitable moment, grab the groom’s shoes and hide them. After the marriage ceremony, groom’s sister-in-law or maids demand a ransom amount from the groom to return the shoes. In this sweet prank, bargaining and negotiations happen between them and the deal is finalized at a handsome amount.
Fishing the Ring
In this, the couple is made to sit facing each other and with a bowl of milk in front of them. A ring is dropped in the bowl and the newly weds are asked to find the ring. Whoever gets the ring first is declared as the winner. As per the beliefs, the winner of the game rules the roost for the entire life.
Unknot Knotted String
This game had been practiced to forecast the future relationship of the couple. Knotted string is a kind of bracelet tied on the hands of, both the bride and the groom. In this too, fun and frolic becomes part of the sight. The couple tries to unknot the complex knots of the string by using one hand.
What traditional Indian wedding games are you going to play at your wedding?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The rite of seven steps

I was thinking of the touching sentiments often related during an Indian wedding and wanted to share a favorite with you.

Regardless of culture every husband and wife can learn from these beautiful sentiments:

The Rite of Seven Steps

Groom, Step 1:
O' my beloved, our love has become firm by your walking one with me. Together we will share the responsibilities of the lodge, food and children. May the Creator bless noble children to share. May they live long.

Bride, Step 1:
This is my commitment to you, my husband. Together we will share the responsibility of the home, food and children. I promise that I shall discharge all my share of the responsibilities for the welfare of the family and the children.

Groom, Step 2:
O' my beloved, now you have walked with me the second step. May the Creator bless you. I will love you and you alone as my wife. I will fill your heart with strength and courage: this is my commitment and my pledge to you. May God protect the lodge and children.

Bride, Step 2:
My husband, at all times I shall fill your heart with courage and strength. In your happiness I shall rejoice. May God bless you and our honorable lodge.

Groom, Step 3:
O my beloved, now since you have walked three steps with me, our wealth and prosperity will grow. May God bless us. May we educate our children and may they live long.

Bride, Step 3:
My husband, I love you with single-minded devotion as my husband. I will treat all other men as my brothers. My devotion to you is pure and you are my joy. This is my commitment and pledge to you.

Groom, Step 4:
O' my beloved, it is a great blessing that you have now walked four steps with me. May the Creator bless you. You have brought favor and sacredness in my life.

Bride, Step 4:
O my husband, in all acts of righteousness, in material prosperity, in every form of enjoyment, and in those divine acts such as fire sacrifice, worship and charity, I promise you that I shall participate and I will always be with you.

Groom, Step 5:
O' my beloved, now you have walked five steps with me. May the Creator make us prosperous. May the Creator bless us.

Bride, Step 5:
O my husband, I will share both in your joys and sorrows. Your love will make me very happy.

Groom, Step 6:
O' my beloved, by walking six steps with me, you have filled my heart with happiness. May I fill your heart with great joy and peace, time and time again. May the Creator bless you.

Bride, Step 6:
My husband, the Creator blesses you. May I fill your heart with great joy and peace. I promise that I will always be with you.

Groom, Step 7:
O' my beloved goddess, as you have walked the seven steps with me, our love and friendship have become inseparable and firm. We have experienced spiritual union in God. Now you have become completely mine. I offer my total self to you. May our marriage last forever.

Bride, Step 7:
My husband, by the law of the Creator, and the spirits of our honorable ancestors, I have become your wife. Whatever promises I gave you I have spoken them with a pure heart. All the spirits are witnesses to this fact. I shall never deceive you, nor will I let you down. I shall love you forever.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Indian wedding flower ideas

Throughout my years of planning Indian weddings I have to say that the floral arrangements are one of my favorite parts.  The blast of color and inviting smell has me riddled with happiness every time.

Flowers play a huge roll in Indian wedding traditions.  For example, a Hindu wedding ritual is the saptpadi-vows where the couple sits under an amandap (canopy) decorated with flowers, holding a container in which burns a fire.  The fire symbolizing the illumination of the mind, wisdom and happiness.

Leaves are other elements present in Indian wedding culture. Banana leaves suggests prosperity, betel leaves (small tropical shrub) symbolizes good luck and rebirth, a tambool (combination of betel leaves, walnut and lime) are exchanged between the two to seal the covenant between two families, mango leaves suggests prosperity, happiness and purification. 

What types of flowers and rituals will you be entertaining at your Indian wedding?