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How to plan your wedding in 3 months or less

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Today we are featuring a guest blog post by Akanksha Agarwal of WedMeGood.

3 months or less. Sounds unbelievable, definitely stressful and kinda impossible right ? Wrong. We’re telling you it CAN be done with a little thoughtful planning and some help from resources near you. We’re also telling you exactly how :

  • Focus on the big tasks – We know, we know everybody tells us that photographers and venues have to be booked 6 months in advance but just hear us out. First and foremost, hash out the numbers like your wedding budget, number of guests and wedding date. The first item on your agenda should be booking the venue. Go for non-traditional ones like Kingdom of Dreams in Gurugram, resorts near Jim Corbett etc. Sometimes venues provide onsite services like decorations, catering and entertainment. You can opt for combo deals.

You can find list of wedding venues online with their prices, availability and location. Just filter them down by your preferred location and you are done. For eg: If you are getting married in Delhi, you can search banquet halls in Chattarpur, South Delhi, EastDelhi, NorthDelhi, or any locality in Delhi or any other city in India at WedMeGood.

  • Invitations – Considering the time it takes to design / personalize an invite, it is a good idea to choose from the existing ones. Don’t forget to proofread them before printing them out and sending them.
  • Jewelry + Bridal outfits – ALWAYS purchase the jewelry before your outfit. Jewelry is a bigger investment and something you’ll wear for years and even pass on to your kids. Its also easier to modify clothes to complement your jewels. Have a look at collections online and visit multi brand stores like Aza and Ogaan for your trousseau.
  • Other vendors – When it comes to hiring other vendors, make sure you prioritize. The ones that should be on top of this list are your Photographer, Videographer and Makeup artist. Most of them respond promptly to e-mails so you can quickly ask them if they’re free on your wedding day.
  • Be tech savvy – Book the mehendi artist online, order wedding favors, floral / gota jewelry, create a Save The Date e-card on websites like Canva etc. Wedding planning Apps like WedMeGood come in handy while doing research and booking vendors online.
  • Involve your fiancé – Given the paucity of time, it is better to have your own personal sounding board during the planning stage. And what better person for this job, than the man you’re going to spend the rest of your life with ?
  • Enlist help from cousins / friends – Your sister can choreograph sangeet performances and do DIY decorations for smaller functions like mehendi. Your brother can communicate + coordinate with caterers, decorators and pandit ji. Your best friend can carry your bridal emergency kit and phone to screen calls and solve matters that crop up at the last minute.
  • Back up – It is important to have a Plan B. For example an indoor venue for when it rains, an extra pair of heels just in case etc. Always have back up options
  • Hire a professional – If things don’t seem to be working out, hire a wedding planner. They’re professionals for a reason. They have experience and knowledge that could make things very very easy for you.

Most importantly, remember that this day is not about the exact colour of roses on the mandap or the same signboard you saw on Pinterest. It is about you, your main man and your family / friends celebrating this special day. Don’t go on Bridezilla mode for teeny tiny details and make sure you have fun !

Seven DIY wedding flowers ideas

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Today we are featuring a guest blog pot by Laxmi Lobo, who is a Singapore trained floral designer. She is now a retail florist in Mumbai and specializes in flower delivery in Mumbai. Her online bouquet delivery in Mumbai has won accolades from the press and has interviewed on TV for CNBC & ET NOW. Visit Spring Blossoms to know more about Flower Delivery In Mumbai.

A wedding is a couple’s first party that they throw together.

These days, I am finding that many couples are involved with their wedding planning and not just leaving the planning in the hands of professionals or friends and relatives. The bridge and the groom feel immense joy in taking the first ‘as a couple’ steps together while planning their own wedding.

As a florist I often get questions as to how can we make this party, this celebratory dinner or small reception more personalized?

I have curated below some interesting ideas which are easily a DIY or most eminently doable with the help of friends or the bridal party.

DIY wedding flowers ideas

Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  1. This picture gives you three ideas in one. The elegant yet simple backdrop is an easy to make frame of bamboo with fragrant hand strung garlands of jasmine or any other fragrant flowers. You can use bright flowers too and change the look. The contrast of the vintage Kerala (India) home make this particular style come alive, but you can adapt the backdrop to your setting, whether in a garden, whether rustic or inside a large reception room.  The tiled pathway is scattered with rose petals and lined with bright marigold hand strung garlands. These garlands contrast beautifully with the lush green grass and marigold has the property of keeping insects away too. Do remember this in a garden setting. Some may want to use passion red rose petals on an aisle between the chairs.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  2. Planning of your wedding happens a few months before. An interesting way for a couple to bond is to have a personal centrepiece at their wedding party. For some months, the couple can gather all the wine and champagne corks they drink, sharing their joy with friends and family as they get closer to their wedding date. These corks can then be the basis of a centrepiece like below. Any kind of fresh flowers can be added using a floral sponge on top of the vase. I would also suggest some lovely photo frames around the vase, these will capture the joyous moments shared while e drinking the wines. A table like this creates a very special talking centrepiece at any wedding party.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  3. If your wedding party is in the open and has a thick luscious garden hedge as part of the entranceway to the reception or party area, here is a stunning way to brighten the walkway. Bright and colourful umbrellas tied onto the hedge. A simple idea, but will be surely talked about many months after your wedding.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  4. Vintage tea cups on a vintage wall. Another visually delightful decor idea. Coloured Hydrangea will fill a teacup. Buy as many colours of Hydrangeas from your florist and borrow and buy as many tea cups as you can. Garage sales are a good idea for tea cups. And if all else fails, get white tea cups from the wholesalers who supply to hotels.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  5. If you and your partner are biking enthusiasts nothing could be a better idea than bicycle wheels decorated with flowers. This has been mounted on a wrought iron stand. You could let your imagination run wild, hang then from tree branches if it’s a garden setting. Maybe from some hooks in a ceiling or even mount them against a wall. I find the contrast of this idea very appealing. The softness of the delicately coloured peach flowers with the ruggedness of a bicycle wheel is like the strong and steady with the whimsical. It’s what a marriage is, isn’t it?

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  6. Here’s another interesting and very easy to make backdrop. You can also use the same theme for the chair backs and make the wedding reception area look summer and colourful. It will work wonders in an outdoor setting because the white of the tree bark contrast with these colourful ribbons. The greenery that surrounds us in a garden setting brings out the colour of this unusual idea which hardly uses any flowers. You can add little bunches of flowers as you go along and make the look even brighter.

    DIY wedding flowers ideas

    Courtesy: Laxmi Lobo

  7. One of my favourites for an evening party is candle lamps hung from the trees. These lamps which look like the vintage carriage lamps are a good investment even if they are a little expensive. You can always use these many times over even making a corner of your apartment (if you do not have a home right away) come alive. I have even used these lamps as a backdrop hanging from an ancient banyan tree for an evening reception. Hang them in different lengths and use good quality rope.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my curated ideas from various wedding parties. Adding your own ideas to these will give much pleasure as you plan the most important day in your life, your wedding.

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Featured Wedding: Husna + Akbar

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Today we are featuring the pre-wedding ceremony photos from a Pakistani wedding, photographed by Tomoko Photo. The couple, Husna and Akbar, got married in a traditional Pakistani wedding ceremony at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, MA. Husna dressed up in a red zardozi laacha outfit, and Akbar wore a traditional sherwani. We hope you enjoy the gorgeous photos of the couple. 

 

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Tomoko Photo, Venue: Oakley Country Club, Catering: Oakley, Country Club, Cake: Konditor Meister, Makeup: Kerri Herlihy, Hair: Lindsay Griffin, Bridal Dress: The House of Kamiar Rokni, Bridal Jewelry: Solitaire Designer Jewelry (Lahore), Flowers: Agora-Whispers of Spring 



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