12 ways to keep up with your wedding planning during 12 days of Christmas

by neha
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With holidays around the corner, ‘Tis the season to plan for your wedding. We have put together a list of 12 things to keep up with your wedding planning this Christmas. While you have some downtime, and wedding stress is still low, have some fun with planning your wedding.

  1. Wedding Trousseau Shopping: Be it a trip to India or local vendors, wrap up your shopping for bridal and bridal party outfits, and pick out your jewelry.
  2. Hit those sales: Don’t miss out on those discounts at the after Christmas sales. Some ideas for things to buy are accessories such as purses, and shoes, wedding favors/welcome bags, supplies for DIY wedding projects, and decor items.
  3. Wedding Planning with your fiance and family: Holidays are all about getting together with family. Take advantage of your time off to get together with your fiance and family to chalk out important details of the wedding, such as finalizing the vendors, and guest list.
  4. Plan your Honeymoon: Short list your honeymoon destination options, and start looking for tickets and accommodations.
  5. Hair and Make up Trial: Holidays are a perfect time to try out a new look. If you are considering some hair and make up artists for your wedding day, you may want to schedule some time for trials. Or hit your local make up store for a make over.
  6. Finalize Invitations: Before your invitations hit the press, make sure you have the final content for your invitations ready. Finalize your invitation proof, and check for typos.
  7. Create your wedding registry: Research items to put on your wedding registry. Finalize a list of all the items you want to register for at various stores. Start creating the registry on a website or at the store location you picked.
  8. Wedding Website: Start putting together the details that will go on your wedding website, such as “How we met”, “About the couple”, wedding location and details. Research options and tools you would like to use for creating the website and start building the website.
  9. Pick the music for your wedding: Start creating music playlists for your wedding. Pick out song options for your entrance, First Dance, Cake cutting, Mehendi, and Sangeet.
  10. Start writing your vows: While the stress of wedding planning is low, start brainstorming ideas for your wedding vows.
  11. Have a dry run with an Engagement/Holiday Party: If you have time, plan an engagement or a holiday party to try out some of your wedding vendors.
  12. Brainstorm with the Bridal Party and DIY Projects: Blow off some steam with your bridal party. Whether its shopping or DIY projects, this will be a great time to get together with the girls and get some help with the planning.

How to don your Diva look this wedding season

by neha
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With the wedding season here, it is time to refresh your wardrobe to make sure you will be dressed to impress. For most of us ladies, going shopping in India is not always a feasible option. Borrow It Bindaas,  online boutique for beautiful saris, anarkalis and accessories, provides Bindaas or “worry free” service to rent or buy Indian outfits from the convenience of your own home.

Why Bindaas?

Like most of us, Co-founders of Borrow It Bindaas, Riddhi, Siddhi, and Manshi, grew up playing dress-up with their mom’s Indian outfits. To avoid spending big bucks on designer Indian outfits, they eventually found themselves forming a sari swapping circle of girlfriends and cousins. While this would give you more variety, eventually you are bound to repeat outfits and fall back on latest styles.

Enter Borrow It Bindaas. The lovely ladies at Borrow It Bindaas started the company for fashionistas who want to dress in a new and trendy outfit at every wedding/event, without having to break the bank. As the sari enthusiasts from Borrow It Bindaas put it, “From the sexy styles of Bollywood saris in Mumbai to the traditional handcrafted sarees of Kolkata, to the Couture inspired styles of Delhi, we have it all!”

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Taste For Life Fundraiser: A Culinary Adventure Empowering Women

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We all hope that all couples have their “happily ever after.” The truth is that sometimes they don’t and relationships can sometimes be plagued with domestic violence and abuse. Enter Apna Ghar: Based out of Chicago, Apna Ghar, meaning “Our Home” in Hindi, provides holistic services to women and children across immigrant communities in the Chicago area to end the cycle of domestic violence. This organization empowers women to be self-sufficient by providing a full spectrum of services such as  a 24-hour emergency hotline, a shelter, counseling, case management and legal advocacy.


A couple weeks ago, Apna Ghar held its 4th Annual Taste for Life gala, which I had the pleasure of attending. The proceeds from the gala support Apna Ghar’s mission to empower domestic violence survivors to reclaim and rebuild their lives.

The event was hosted by Suvir Saran, the former executive chef of Devi Restaurant, New York (The only Indian Restaurant in the United States to have earned Michelin Star) and Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters.

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Stress-free Wedding Planning? There is an App for that!

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! While planning your wedding can be rewarding and fun, at times it can get stressful and chaotic. What if I told you that you can get rid of the stress and chaos that comes along with wedding planning and guest engagement. Yes. There is an App for that. The name of App for stress-free wedding planning is Appy Couple.

Exactly a year ago, Sharmeen Mitha-Sehgal was in Mumbai, India for her sister’s wedding. Now everyone knows how beautiful Indian Weddings are, but at the same time all the details can get convoluted which results in confusion and chaos. Sharmeen, CEO and Co-founder of Appy Couple, quit her full time job, to build an App, which would make Wedding Planning, not only fun, but stress free for the couple and their guests.

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Five things to keep in mind when planning your big fat Indian Destination Wedding!

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today we are featuring a guest blog post by Candice Pereira of {Marry Me Weddings}. In this post Candice talks about the to-do’s for planning a Destination Indian Wedding.

We all love weddings! So vibrant and full of fun! And a destination wedding, its even more fun – nonstop fun, actually! After every wedding I plan, I hear the same thing from the couple – it went by so fast! And so we see so many couples today that want a destination wedding, and more time to enjoy and spend with friends and family! But keep in mind, the planning that goes into putting a big fat Indian destination wedding together is no easy task! Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your dream wedding!

1.    Guest list – The average Indian wedding will have an unending guest list. But if you are having a destination wedding, a guest list of under 300 is ideal. Compiling a guest list is a huge task, so we suggest you get this done as soon as possible. Remember that curbing your guest list is not an easy job and your final number of guests will affect a lot of areas – the venues you choose, the kind of celebrations and more!

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