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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Bride and her girls “just wanna have fun”

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Today we are featuring a charming bridal photo shoot of Aisha and her bridesmaids. Aisha Khan, the gorgeous bride and creator of Ama Photography, got together for a super fun day with her three beautiful bridesmaids. She asked her most trusted second photographer from Revi Photography to capture the delightful day. The result, super stylish and lively photos of the bride and her girls.

When I asked Aisha about the photo shoot, she exclaimed, “These girls really are my best friends! In addition to sticking with me through thick and thin, as most families do, they are responsible, funny, creative, strong, smart, caring, outgoing, and empowering women. I wanted the shots to reflect our personality as a group. Needless to say, we had lots of fun!”

Aisha wanted the dresses to be elegant and simple. She designed the dresses herself, and got them custom made with her mother-in-law’s help in Pakistan. I love the stylish sage green outfits, and how zardozi embroidery has been used sparingly, albeit tastefully. The very classic kundan jewelry are perfect accessories for this photo shoot. The Heights Villa makes for a wonderful venue and the props look super fun too!

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

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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.

Top 5 Reasons to get married in Thailand

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Today we are featuring a guest blog post on Destination Weddings in Thailand by Kripa Singh, the COO of Élan Events by Nipunika.

Thailand, with its exotic islands, lush forests and cosmopolitan cities sis a leading destination wedding venue. Ten years ago marrying away from home usually meant eloping. The couple would steal away in the middle of the night and tie the knot in a perfunctory venue. Today, the idea has shed its stigma and a growing number of couples are steering the perception away from the traditional formal affair to a fun filled 3 days of celebration at a big fat destination wedding.

Here are Top 5 reasons why you would want to have your wedding in Thailand:

1. Luxury

From an intimate luxury boutique hotel on a secluded island to big contemporary resorts that cater to a large group, you’ll find it here. The abundance of hotel options ensures that there is something for everyone. Surrounded by greenery, overlooking the ocean, facing the river or perched on a cliff, there are several options to choose from.

2. Value for money

While luxury comes at a cost, you get more value for your money in Thailand for the wedding venue, accommodations, food, and transportation. Thailand is known for its hospitality and you can expect impeccable service that is always given at a smile. Thailand definitely makes for a memorable destination for weddings.

3. The ‘X’ Factor

When is the next time you can steal the limelight and be the center of everyone’s attention without feeling guilty? When is the next time you’ll have an opportunity to have everyone you appreciate in your life, at the same place, at the same time? For-go the uptightness of a formal wedding where your mom’s friend’s brother’s uncle is formally congratulating you. Not only you get to share the most memorable day of your life with an intimate group of friends and family, but you also get to enjoy a culturally rich venue.

4. Creating the décor 

While you are already surrounded by pristine beaches on an exotic island, the beauty of your wedding venue is enhanced by the magic of Thai workmanship. The majority of top florists who work around the globe are predominantly from Thailand. With innate creativity and access to a wide array of tropically grown flowers, they are capable of creating a floral fairytale for you.

5. Wine & Dine 

The best way to a true Indian’s heart is through the stomach. With Michelin Stars, Irons Chefs, and an array of every cuisine to satisfy your palette, Thai chefs will create beautiful spreads, and scrumptious feasts for your guests.

Élan Events by Nipunika creates beautiful experiences and sets new trends for destination weddings across Thailand. A creative drive and an exuberant passion have made them a platinum standard for weddings and events in South East Asia. Nipunika & Kripa along with their highly professional team design plan weddings & celebratory events for clients from world over, including Hong Kong, the Middle East, India, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.