Take Your Wedding to the Next Level with Ice Sculptures

So you have found the best wedding gown and the best wedding venue. You have also found the best wedding planner and wedding photographer who will not only make the event memorable for you, but for everyone who attends your wedding. When you have done everything to make your wedding stand out from the others, why compromise with the aesthetics?

Decorating the venue with flowers or having it decked up according to a specific theme is quite among couples; but what can you do to stand out from the crowd? Think about ice sculptures. Ice sculptures are back in vogue and many people are considering it add glam factor to the wedding. Ice sculptures are beautiful and elegant works of art that are made from ice. There are a number of companies that specialise in wedding ice sculptures and can create just about anything you want from a block of ice. Ice sculptures have been a hot favourite among couples since it adds a sense of luxury and exclusivity to the overall ambience.

Some people might question that the ice sculpture will inevitable melt away, so why choose them over other decorative elements? The simple answer would be – the elegance that an ice sculpture can add to the atmosphere is unmatched to that of other decorative elements. Moreover, you can capture there elegance through exclusive wedding photography and preserve the ambience forever.

Ice sculptures can be used in a number of ways:

Erect an enormous ice sculpture near the entrance with a welcome message to woo the guests; or choose smaller ones as accents throughout the venue. Combine ice sculptures with LED lights and you will get masterpieces. Ice sculptures can also take the form of flower vases, centrepieces, etc. You can go an extra mile and serve cold salads in ice platters. Moreover, you will surely want the beverages to be chilled, so what better way can you store the beverages than a rack carved out of a block of ice.

There is ideally not limit with the experimentations you can do with ice sculptures; if you are considering ice for your wedding get in touch with a specialist and discus your requirements. Remember, you might have to fulfil some extra requirements if you ice because under nor mal conditions ice would melt away before anyone could witness their beauty. Since ice sculpture is not very popular in India, you can ask your wedding planner to look for a company that offers wedding ice sculptures.

Another important aspect is to consider is the price; since a lot of effort and expertise is needed to create art out of a block of ice, it might be a bit expensive compared to traditional decoration. So work up your budget and talk to the vendors before deciding whether you want ice sculptures for your wedding or not.

So let your imaginations fly and make the special day even more special with beautiful and gorgeous wedding ice sculptures.

Wedding Photography Styles and Trends You Need to Know

Couples are going an extra mile to capture the moments from their biggest day in a unique way. DO you the long wedding videos and traditional photos boring? With the technological advancements, wedding photography has undergone sea change over the past few years. Couples are now looking forward to try new styles of wedding photography and give a special touch to the memories they create on their wedding day.

Not just the couples, the wedding photographers too are going an extra mile these days to offer the best they can. The new generation of cameras can be used underwater, or attached to drones, cars, or aerial copters to shoot one-of-a-king photos and videos. Unlike the couples of yesteryears, today’s couples are more concerned about the quality of photos rather than the budget. Destination pre-wedding shoots are hot among the modern couples and they are known to travel to France, Greece, Italy and other such picturesque destination for pre-wedding shoots. So if you are ready to experiment with your wedding photography start looking for a reputed wedding photographer who can keep up to your expectations.

Wedding Photography Styles

Talking about wedding photography, today you have a lot more options to choose from. As a couple you can choose from the following wedding photography styles to suit your needs:

  1. Traditional Photography

This is the oldest form of wedding photography and there are many people who still choose traditional photography. There nothing much to be said about this since most of us have witnessed it since our childhood.

  1. Digital Wedding Photography

Digital photography is the second most common type of photography chosen by the couples; however the quality is much better compared to traditional photography since advanced digital cameras are used which can capture high quality photos even under low light conditions. You can get the photographs within days after your wedding.

  1. Film Photography

Film style photography is one-of-a-kind, since it gives importance to the details. This type of photography often involves greater work and thus it can be expensive as well. Moreover, not all photographers will be able to provide this kind of photography. So you need to find specialised photographers. If you are too keen on choosing this form of wedding photography, your wedding planner might help you find a photographer.

  1. Drone Photography

If you want a bird’s view incorporated within your wedding photos, you must choose drone photography. The advantage of drone photography is that you can capture the scenic beauty and capture an intimate moment among the most picturesque setting from a distance. This kind of photography is highly recommended for outdoor or destination weddings. The grandeur of this kind of photography can be replicated by no other form of wedding photography.

  1. Documentary Photography

This style of photography has gained immense popularity in the recent times. Unlike other forms of photography, in this style the photographer captures candid and spontaneous shots of people, moments, actions, etc. When you look at the photos, you feel like you are viewing a documentary of a wedding.

No doubt the choices are many, but the one that you should choose depends upon your specific needs and budget. So talk to a reliable and reputed photographer and make an informed decision.

Cool Return Gift Ideas for Wedding Guests that They Will Remember Forever!

Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime events and people go an extra mile to make it special. We tend to choose to the best menus, the best wedding venues and the best wedding gown, so why settle for the age old return gifts for the wedding guests.

Silver coins, Ganpati idols made of silver, crystal show pieces and traditional sweet boxes are no more in vogue. If you really want your guests to remember your wedding throughout their life, you need to think of something innovative that will keep reminding them of you and the special event. When it comes to wedding return gifts, the options are endless, but you need to choose ones that are unique and well within your budget. Here are some cool return gift ideas that will not only make your wedding day special but will also make your guests feel loved:

Goodie Bags

This is an all-time favourite among couples. Wedding couples, who want to treat their guests with the best of everything can choose goodie bags for their guests, however to make the gifts special choose from handmade bags. These bags are specially embellished with pearls, stones, laces and other decorative things to give a unique look. Moreover, they are available in variety of sizes and shapes and can be bought in bulk. So you can fill them with whatever you want and present them to your guests.

Dry Fruit Potlis

You must have received dry fruit or chocolate boxes at some event or the other; you can consider giving away the same to your guests. However, to make things special you can pack the dry fruits/chocolates inside designer potlis rather than traditional boxes. The potlis can later be used as bags as well. You can also consider gifting potlis that match the outfits to make your guests feel special.

Designer Candles

Who does not know about scented candles! But you can go an extra mile to personalise them. Handmade henna candles look gorgeous and stylish. These candles are decorated with henna designs to add an Indian touch. Henna candles are also available in various shapes and sizes, so you can choose one according to your taste.

Designer Jewelleries

You can hardly find anyone who is not in love with designer jewelleries.  Handmade bangles, kundan necklaces, Kundan kadas, and pearl bangles; the choices are never ending. These jewelleries can be matched with various outfits and make you look stylish and gorgeous. You can have an assortment of designer jewelleries and ask your guests to choose one that matches their outfits and style.

Mini Toiletries

This is especially great of you are planning a destination wedding. Your guests would be travelling from all corners of the world to attend your wedding, so you can make them feel loved by gifting mini toiletry sets. It is quite possible that your guests forget to carry their face washes, colognes or other toiletries. So by gifting toiletry sets, you save your guests from embarrassment.

So, let go of the old gift ideas and think of something innovative that will make your guests feel special and loved.

Things to Consider When Planning a Beach Wedding

Nothing can be more romantic than planning a beach wedding – the cool breeze of the sea, soft sand under the feet and the sun setting at a distance, the perfect setting to say ‘I Do’. A beach wedding can be a great experience for the couple as well as their guests. But in order to make sure everything goes as planned, there are a lot of things to be considered:

Choose the Right Time

Choosing the right time is paramount for the success of the big event. A daytime wedding is a perfect no-no for summers; you surely don’t want to be scorched under the sun, neither would you want your guests to get glistened. If you are planning your wedding during the summer season it is best to plan an evening event. The sea has its own beauty to show at the evening, so you can create the perfect romantic ambience.

On the other hand of you are planning to get married during the winter season, a daytime wedding would be the best. Feel the warmth of the sun and experience the beauty of the sea at daytime, while tying the knot with your beloved.

Skip that Flowing Gown

Dressing appropriately is another important thing if you are planning a beach wedding. A long flowing dress can be hard to carry and the laces can collect sand and dirt. So choose a wedding gown carefully. Moreover, it is never recommended to wear heels on the beach. Wear flat sandals with embellishments that match your gown. Get your hairs tied high; remember there would be strong breeze, so if you let your hairs loose, you can have a hard time managing them.

If you really want to feel the sea, let the guys wear informal attire.  Lightweight cotton clothes would be the best for the groom and the guys attending your wedding.

Find a Great Photographer

A beach wedding can be one of the most picturesque events, if you find the right wedding photographer. But make sure you hire an experienced photographer, since proper lighting techniques are a must to capture the best shots on the beach. Moreover, an experienced photographer would know how to capture the elements of the beach – the crashing waves, sunset, etc. to make the photos come alive.

Private or Public

One downside of beach wedding is that there would be many eyes prying on you. But you can cut down on that by choosing a private beach wedding. Many beachside resorts have private beaches, where only the guests are allowed; so you can have a private event without any outsiders. However, this might cost you some extra bucks.

Beach weddings are one-of-a-kind if you can plan it well. Oftentimes, hiring a wedding planner can sort out the difficulties since they have the required experience to keep things under control. But if you are hiring one, make sure he/she has experience in organising beach weddings. So go ahead and plan the best wedding ever.

Tips to Choose the Perfect Wedding Photographer

A wedding is incomplete without wedding photography. Wedding photography creates memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. The wedding photos should be beautiful and timeless, so that whenever you see them, you feel you are living every moment of the most important day of your life all over again.

However, unlike the other aspects such as food, music, etc. you don’t really know what you’re going to get. In case things go wrong, you won’t even have the chance to mend them. This means you will have to put in a lot of effort to find the best wedding photographer to ensure you make the best memories.

Here are some quick tips that will help you find out the best wedding photographer:

Decide the Style First

Before starting your hunt for the perfect photographer, decide what style of photography you are looking for – documentary, portraiture or edgy-bold. Depending upon the type of photography you want, you must find the best suited photographer.

Check Portfolio and Ask Questions

A good photographer would be able to capture the real emotions. So, before extending your conversation with a photographer, make sure you check his/ her portfolio. The images should be high quality and they should reflect the emotions. Once you are impressed with the portfolio, start asking questions instead of being swayed.

The following questions will give you a clearer picture whether the photographer is suitable for your requirements or not:

  • Experience in the field of wedding photography (of course you won’t consider if it is the photographer’s first wedding photography project)
  • The packages available and the pricing
  • How much time and how many photographers will cover the event
  • How quickly will the photos be delivered

Feel Comfortable

It is best to work with a photographer, who makes you feel comfortable. If you don’t, you won’t be able to express the true feelings. A good photographer will save your day even if things seem to go wrong. So interview several photographers and see who makes you the most comfortable.

Chalk Out a Plan

Once you have made you mind with whom you want to work, ask about his/ her plan. What events would be covered, how many photographs would be provided; whether they need extra arrangements to be made, etc. this will give you an idea about what to expect. In case you find something odd, pinpoint right away. If the photographer is too rigid, look for someone else.

It often becomes tough to determine where to start – so you can start asking for references from your friends and family. You can also have a discussion with the wedding planner, if you are hiring one. One good way of evaluating the quality of service is talking to the past clients of the photographer you are considering. If the photographer is confident enough, he/ she would not hesitate to provide the names of past clients; or you can get the names from the website as well.

Weddings are once in a lifetime events, so make sure you hire the best photographer and create wonderful memories!

How Early Should You Start Planning Your Destination Wedding

Destinations weddings have become one of the most coveted trend for Indian couples. Destination weddings are more of a private affair as compared to the traditional Indian wedding. It is a combination of vacation and wedding, so even if you don’t have enough time to go on an exotic honeymoon, you won’t regret much!

However, planning destination weddings are a lot more challenging than planning weddings. The guests need to be informed in advance, the venues need to be secured as soon as possible and all other things should be taken care of as soon as possible. But people often ask how much in advance? Couples planning destination weddings are known to book the dates almost 18 months in advance, but should you start as early?

Let’s have a look.

Wedding planners recommend deciding the wedding dates about 15to 18 months in advance, so that you have enough time to take care of the other aspects. If you are planning to hire a wedding planner, start looking for one about 12 to 15 months in advance. This is because wedding planners tend to become very busy during the peak wedding season and it becomes very difficult to get the dates. Even if you manage to get the dates, they might ask for extremely high charges since they have to accommodate the dates within their already busy schedules.

The next most important thing to be considered is the invitation list. Guests need to be informed 6 to 8 months in advance, so that they can make the arrangements accordingly. Moreover, they need to book the tickets, hotel accommodations, etc. (if you are not doing it on behalf of them) so they need ample time. Even if you plan to book the tickets and arrange accommodation, you need to know whether all the guests would be able to attend the wedding event or not and make the arrangements accordingly.

Another important thing that needs to be taken care of is the appointment with the beautician and wedding designer. These professionals are very busy as well, especially during the wedding season, so failing to make appointments in advance would mean, you will have to compromise with your looks and styling. Since the bride and groom want to look their best on this special day, you can’t afford to hire anyone other than the best.

People often think that if they are hiring a wedding planner, they need not do anything else; but that’s just not true. In order to make sure that everything is up-to-the-mark and everything is in sync with what you expected you need to work continuously with the wedding planners. Right from choosing the venue, the decoration, food menu, transportation and logistics – you need to supervision everything. It is not that the wedding planners cannot take care of anything; but in order to make sure every minute thing is just the way you want it to be; your supervision is crucial.

Finally, check through all the arrangements at least one month ahead of the final wedding day. People often tend to forget little things. Going through the arrangements and appointments will make sure you don’t leave out anything important.

Overcoming the Challenges of Securing a Wedding Venue

The major wedding preparations start once you have exchanged the rings. From deciding the wedding venue to wedding gown, there is a lot to be taken care of. Gone are the days when couples would settle with an ‘above average’ wedding venue in their own hometown. Indian weddings have become more extravagant than ever and couples now look forward to try out new options.

Destination wedding is on the top of priority list for most couples, so a lot of effort goes into planning your wedding since you have to plan everything in a different place. While the Internet has empowered us with a lot of information about wedding venues and destination weddings, there is still a lot to do.

Thus in order to make sure you hire the best wedding venue and get the best value for your money, here are some factors that you must consider:

Budgeting

Destination weddings are much different from planning weddings in your own hometown; so you must be a lot more careful when budgeting for your destination wedding. Understand the logistics well before you start planning your budget – how many guests are you expecting, transportation options, special accommodations to be made (if required), etc. Based on these factors, you need to determine per night spending capacity. Once you have the numbers, you can start searching for the venues.

Negotiate Rates

You don’t get, if you don’t ask. So get an idea about the tariffs by looking at the rates published on the websites, but don’t settle for them. Call the hotels and/ or venues you are considering and negotiate the rates. Also ask about the cancellation charges, just in case. A wedding planner can be of great help in this matter since they have a lot of experience about what would be the reasonable charge depending upon the facilities offered.

A quick tip: Ask the hotel or wedding venue manager to quote the rates first and then cut them down as much as possible.

Compare Services and Rates

Once you have the list of four to five most desirable wedding venues, compare the services, facilities and rates offered by the venues. This might sound easy, but it can be the most daunting task. To make things easier, here are some factors that you should consider:

  • Value for money (best services at reasonable prices)
  • Whether meals are included
  • Airport transports available
  • Booking and cancellation terms
  • Upgrades available or not
  • Special offers and/ or discounts (if any)

Make sure you compare hotels and/ or venues of the same class for the best results.

Once you have made the choice, make sure you get a formal agreement from the hotel or wedding venue with the wedding date and agreed upon services mentioned on it. Make sure all the terms and conditions included on the agreement are as per your prior discussions.

It is advised not to make the full payment at once. Pay a part of the total amount and the rest once the wedding is over. This will ensure you get the best services and have options to change your mind, in case things don’t work out.

So get started and book the best wedding venue at your desired destination!

How to make Mehendi and Sangeet Events much more FUN

Mehendi and Sangeet – two fun occasions in almost every Indian wedding! It is celebrated prior to the wedding to hike up the fun and merriment. These events were strictly limited to the ladies traditionally who apply mehendi on the bride’s palms and feet and sing songs about love, families and children.

The old, the young and the extremely young; all join in on this event even the males. After applying turmeric paste, the bride-to-be has to wash it off and be ready to be applied complexly stunning mehendi patterns which could hide her life partner’s initials.  But mehendi and Sangeet can become boring if the events have too many guests and too little fun things to do together. So, here are a few suggestions of how to spice it up:

  • Photo Booth – Who doesn’t love having their pictures taken? You can set up a photo booth which is something which would be innovative and new. The guests could each take turns in making a Polaroid moment to add to your wedding album. You can either hire a photographer or have an automated photo booth, totally your choice.
  • J. – Dancing to beats is fun but only to a certain limit. It’s tedious and boring to dance to disco music in events which could take hours. In such cases, arrange for little prize distribution that has a personal touch. Assign some people to walk up to the floor at random moments and present a particular guest with titles like “Mr/Ms. Sweety”, “Mr/Ms. Dramebazz”, “Mr/Ms. Party ki shaan”, “Mr/Ms. Food lover”, et cetera et cetera. This little game can make them expectant and help the other poke some innocent fun. Also, you could arrange for a large scale musical chair with fun music sponsored by D. J.
  • Cartoon Artist – Hiring a cartoon artist who will draw funny comic portraits of the guests or capture a comic scene which just transpired in pencil and paper, after all in a hall full of people something really stupid and funny is bound to occur.
  • Tattoo Artist – It doesn’t have to be the permanent tattoo stall. But a stall for the temporary tattoos would be adorable and fancy. The guests who always had a secret desire to get inked would find it the most opportune to have such a stall at the convenience. Maybe etching some logo that would represent them as Team Bride to show solidarity.
  • Nail Art – Some of your guests might have been so overworked from their professional life or having a tough time managing all the hassles of wedding events. For them this stall would be a relaxation booth where they can finally catch up on their manicure and pedicure and have their lovely nails painted to a design that amateurs would be incapable of doing.
  • Tarot Card Reader/Fortune-Teller – How cool is this! A free stall for a fun insight of how the gala wedding weekend will turn out for them. It would be best utilised by people who are eager to get married soon too. Perhaps an insight into the future of where they might meet their prince or princess.

So, go ahead and use these ideas for your mehendi and sangeet events. Improvise them according to your taste. Mix it up with one sole purpose which is to have loads of fun.

Do I Need a Wedding Stylist?

Weddings are fairy tales in reality. The colourful drama, the fine linen, the shimmering lights that adorn the venue, the clink of the fine china cutlery, the heavenly aroma of multitude of flowers, the giggles of children and the tears of joy – all these are from the movies, right? What if I told you they aren’t? Hiring a wedding stylist would make this dream sequence turn into reality.

In case, you don’t understand the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding stylist, it’s just that a wedding planner will only act according to what you said you need and haphazardly put them into place with little to no sync.

Glittering warm golden fairy lights would look horrendous with a moonlit background but a wedding planner need not care about the hassles and aesthetics of it. On the other hand, a wedding stylist will ask you of what you envision regarding your D-day, what touched your heart in the wedding photographs of others or movie scenes based on weddings, what suits you and what doesn’t.

It is the job of the wedding stylist to glam your wedding up with your needs and their knowledgeable experience. There are of course, wedding planners who double over as wedding stylists. They handle both the beauty and the hard work side of your wedding.

  • The wedding stylist’s primary job is to satisfy YOUR and YOUR PARTNER’S needs and no one else’s. They will cater to only your fantasies and only indulge in other’s opinion after you have permitted and valued their opinions.

 

  • Since it’s the wedding stylist’s job to seam it all together into a smashing masterpiece of a wedding, it’s for your own good to answer honestly of what you imagined for your day. Unless you’re exceptionally good at juggling the finance for the wedding, the far-fetched relatives, the hassles of what you’ve ordered for the venue and decorating it marvelously, you do need a wedding stylist.

 

  • Contrary to popular belief, not all wedding stylists ask for exorbitant fees. They are stylists who fit into your budget and into your needs. They are time-efficient hires which would let you relax and enjoy being the center of attraction for the next three months.

 

  • One of the highlights of hiring a wedding stylist would be that you get to be stress free. Even if for a matter of few weeks, stress is bound to show on your face and body which would be counterproductive. Let someone else wonder where to put that chandelier so that it grabs eyeballs!

 

  • Wedding stylists will let you get the best out of your budget. They know what is best and when it is the best. You just need to be really clear about your budget situation with them.

Lastly, without a wedding stylist, you’re likely to be clueless about where to start and how to manage your timings of events. You’ll hit snags when trying to book a tricky location for your wedding or worst of all, be unprepared when the unexpected meteorological mood swings hit. This is why; you most definitely need an efficient wedding stylist.

Tips to Find the Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is one of the toughest and decisions that you have to make. In order to find the perfect wedding venue a number of things must be considered – the number of guests, budget, facilities offered and proximity from the airport, railway, etc. Moreover, you must decide on the wedding venue before deciding anything else, since everything else depends on the venue.

If you are hiring a wedding planner then you can cut out the stress, but you must know what will suit your requirements and what will not. So whether you are hiring a wedding planner or not, here are some things you must consider when choosing a wedding venue:

Decide on Your Budget

When it comes to wedding planning, budgeting is very crucial. So decide how much fund you can allocate towards your wedding venue. No doubt you can find a number of wedding venues in your city, but what good will it be if you can’t afford it. So decide your budget before you start hunting for the perfect wedding venue.

Number of Guests

The next important thing that you must consider is the number of guests you are expecting. It is the most special day in your life and you will want all your family members and friends to be part of this special event. So determine the number of guests you will have. You will have to find a venue that is suitable to accommodate everyone.

Location Location Location

The location of the wedding venue is very important, especially if you are receiving guest from out stations. Make sure the wedding venue is located conveniently so that it can be reached easily from the airport, railway station, etc. Moreover, it must be located close to a place with many accommodation options.

Facilities Offered

Consider the facilities offered by the wedding venue such as car parking, separate room for grooming, electricity back-up, etc. remember you want your guests to feel comfortable and enjoy the special day, so you must choose a venue with friendly and courteous staffs who can help your guests with whatever they require.

Visit Personally

Whether you are looking for a wedding venue yourself or you have a wedding planner take care of everything, you must visit the venue personally. This makes sure the venue is exactly what you wanted it to be and it suits all your requirements. Moreover, if you are deciding to have a themed reception, you need a place that will be appropriate for the theme. So visit the venue to make sure you get everything that you desire for. Wedding photography is an important part of all wedding events, so the place must be clean and tidy, so that you can take lots of wedding photographs.

Wedding are special events that are cherished lifelong, so you must make sure everything is planned perfectly for this day. And most of all the planning starts with the wedding venue. So choose the perfect venue and make your special day even more special.