A wedding is meant to be a day worth remembering. It is meant to give others a glimpse of the commitment and love you have for your partner, which is probably the reason you are thinking of a Bollywood wedding. Bollywood weddings are lavish, beautiful, and appear to be taken out of a dream. The following are 10 unique ideas that may help you plan the perfect wedding.
10 Bollywood Wedding Ideas
1. A Southern Indian Traditional Wedding
Perhaps the most known type of Indian weddings is the Southern Indian traditional wedding. What you usually imagine is the bride dressed in a golden yellow Kanjeevaram saree that is simply divine, which makes one think of sunshine. The dress is adorned with Swarovski crystals and adorned with golden threads throughout. It is also traditional to add a Mangolorean-style saree, which is usually red or rust-colored. Of course, one of the most important aspects of a traditional Southern Indian traditional wedding is the heavy kunjan jewelry that should adorn your arms, waist, neck, and head. The bride’s dress should be represented in the wedding decorations. So consider red fabrics and golden accessories.
2. A Sikh-Like Wedding
The Sikh people use many decorations as well, but they usually focus on white or white-like colors, such as silver or platinum. The jewelry that adorns the bride should be made of these types of metals. The dress itself should be white with some blue or aqua threads. You might want to add these colors throughout the wedding as well. Be sure to consider traditional foods, like Bengali sweets, though the cuisine can be very inclusive if you want it to be.
3. Deccan Wedding for Budget Bliss
Perhaps one of the most economical types of weddings is a Deccan wedding, which means that the dress will stay traditional with just a few golden threads. There is no need for a lot of jewelry; you only need a few bracelets. You should remember that this type of wedding usually utilizes a lot of handmade decor. The dress, jewelry, and other decorations use vivid colors like oranges, yellows, purples, or reds; just try to keep everything handmade.
4. Mix It Up a Little
It is possible to blend your Bollywood love with something a little more traditional, too. You just need to know what pieces accentuate your wedding dress. Traditional wedding dresses are white or off-white, though some use pastel pinks or blues, too. One specific jewelry piece that works well with almost any dress is the traditional Kundan headpiece. This headpiece comes in a golden or silver color. It will make you look like a princess on your special day. Of course, you can also add some gold or silver arm bands as well if you are going to wear a sleeveless wedding dress.
The rest of the wedding location could use a few Bollywood touches, such as decorative rugs or more candles than you might have used otherwise.
5. Arabian Nights Wedding
Another popular Bollywood wedding idea is an Arabian Nights themed wedding. This is perhaps one of the most festive and interesting ideas that could make your wedding truly one-of-a-kind. One of the most important things to do is rent a tent for your wedding. The tent should be Moroccan-style and red to add to the atmosphere. You should do your best to decorate the tent with more rugs and small individual Moroccan seats or couches for your guests. The wedding dress should stand out, so consider white. Red would work as long as you use a lot of golden jewelry.
6. Center Stage Wedding Bliss
Some traditional Indian weddings highlight the couple in different ways. Perhaps you cannot rent an entire tent, but perhaps you can rent a small canopy that would either surround the areas where you are going to say your “I Do’s” or where you will be sitting down. The canopy should be dressed in sari fabric that should highlight or resemble the colors you are using for your wedding attire. There should be flowers and other decorations to make this canopy stand out.
7. Get Bold With Decorations
One special thing about Bollywood weddings is the colors are bolder than what you would expect with other types of weddings.. You should embrace this. Think of covering your walls with bold sari fabric; use colors like red, yellow, orange, or turquoise. You could also add golden accents around the walls. The tablecloths should also be bold. What you want to do is make the wedding seem as if it was filled with jewelry. Be sure to dim the lights as much as possible, and use candlelight instead, which really makes jewelry and colors stand out a lot more.
8. Skin Embellishing and Simplicity
Some Indians opt to keep their weddings simple. The point is to drape the wedding location with some pastel colors, such as yellows or pinks. The wedding dress is simple as well with just a few sari fabrics draping over the bride and a few jewelry pieces, but your skin is highlighted a little more. The idea is to have a skin decorator, or even a tattoo artist, draw some non-permanent skin embellishments. You want to use floral or royal decorations. It is traditional to use skin embellishments on the arms.
9. Try a Little Magic
You do not have to go Disney, but the bold colors that Bollywood uses can also lend itself to something a little more magical. You can try to use fog machines to add a little mystique to your wedding, though it is preferable to use natural oils to make the wedding smell a little more like India. This means using sandalwood, jasmine, saffron, or even kadamba. To make the wedding more magical, consider candles enclosed inside colored lamps. Of course, try to embellish your dress with a lot of golden jewelry as well as other precious stones, like turquoise or rubies. Keep in mind that this would work great with a Moroccan-style tent as well.
10. Get Wild With LED Lights
LED lights can make a Bollywood wedding look quite spectacular, especially if you dim the lights. You can use a Moroccan-style tent or just a canopy. What you want to do is use these lights to make the entire room feel like you are in India. India has always been represented by red hues as well as golden hues. LED lights can now be installed in a way that is discreet, and the colors can be as vibrant or dim as you want them to be. Installing these lights to flood the room with a color might make everyone feel as if they were transported to India for your special day.
There are lots of great ideas that might make your wedding truly special and give you that Bollywood touch that you can bring to life.
What exactly is wedding sheet music? Why should you think about purchasing sheet music for your wedding? How could you incorporate sheet music into your wedding?
Sheet music is a hand-written or printed form of music notation that uses modern musical symbols to indicate the pitches (melodies) and rhythms of a song or musical piece. Typically sheet music is in paper format. However, you can download sheet music in digital format. Musicians can have their sheet music on their tablets, laptops and book readers.
Why is sheet music important at a wedding?
Are you planning to have musicians play a musical instrument at your wedding? Will you be having a pianist play during your ceremony for the processional, unity candle lighting or recessional? Will you be having special music played by a quartet, bagpipes, harpist or other musicians as guest arrive or depart from the ceremony venue to the reception?
I know what you are thinking. “I only hire professional musicians who have their own sheet music.” “My musicians told me they are very familiar with the songs to be played and they have the songs memorized.” All of that may be true. BUT, why not just have it there as a backup? Sheet music is not very expensive. Professional musicians know how to read sheet music too.
How can you have a sheet music themed wedding?
Here are a few ways you could incorporate sheet music into your wedding:
Put sheet music into a picture frame for naming your reception table. Each table would have its own song title.
Have the sheet music embossed on your wedding cake for an elegant, classic black and white theme.
Hand craft sheet music into centerpiece accessories like hearts or wrapping candle holders.
Frame sheet music with numbers for table numbers.
What to do with the sheet music after your big day?
After your wedding is over and it is time to reflect on the day’s events, think treasures. You can print your sheet music of your first dance songs to frame on the wall. You can also do the same for any special musician who performed at your wedding.
In conclusion, we have found the best place to find wedding sheet music is on MusicNotes.com. They have one of the largest libraries of sheet music online. In addition, MusicNotes has a handy list of popular sheet music for your wedding ceremony and reception.
Your wedding day is one of the most significant events of your life. One that couples often envision spending with their closest friends and family. When one of our loved ones has passed, it’s natural to miss them even more during such big events in our lives. Many look for ways of honoring their memory. This is particularly true for those wishing to pay tribute to their Mother, the person who probably would have wanted to be the most involved in your special day.
There are plenty of wonderful ways of honoring and incorporating your Mother’s memory during your entire wedding day. If you’re looking for options, you can use some (or all) of these ideas to help celebrate and reminisce your Mother’s memory.
Honoring Your Mother’s Memory
Create A Memorial Table
There are guestbook tables and hors d’oeuvre tables. Therefore, creating a memorial table would be perfectly acceptable and appropriate. Chances are your guests will treasure the sentiment and will also be thinking of your Mom on your wedding day. On your memorial table you can place a photo, some candles or a lantern, and write something special in her memory. There are likely to be many people at your wedding who knew your Mother. The great idea is to provide a way of guests to write little notes of their own memories and well wishes as well.
Wear Items That Belonged to Her
One of the more well-known wedding traditions says a bride is supposed to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” in order to bring good luck. You can wear something that belonged to your Mother while keeping within this tradition. However, don’t feel limited to just one item. Some brides choose to wear their Mother’s wedding dress while others wear a headpiece or some kind of jewelry. There might be more than one of her belongings that you’d like to wear, and that’s fine too. A locket with your Mothers photo or a broach is another way of keeping her close to your heart during your wedding.
Leave An Open Seat During The Ceremony
It’s natural to feel as though your Mother deserves a seat, even if she isn’t able to take part of the ceremony physically. If you would like to honor her memory and make her feel more a part of your ceremony, then you can arrange a seat to be left unoccupied in the front row just for her. To make her seat a bit more meaningful, you can place a photo or a bouquet, or some other memento on the chair. These items will give her more of a presence, and you’ll have her spirit right there among the rest of your guests.
Give a Toast to Her Memory
Weddings are often full of guests giving their blessings through toasts and speeches. You can certainly use this as an opportunity to bring attention to your Mom’s memory. You, (or someone else), can let everyone know how missed she is, and how she would have loved to have been there. If there was anything she ever said about marriage, or how she envisioned it, you can bring that up as well. You can talk about the influence she had in your life, especially in teaching you how to love, or read a letter she wrote to you as a child. If you’d rather not make a speech, then lighting a candle and sharing a moment of silence in her memory is a simple, yet touching, alternative.
Incorporate Some of Her Favorite Things
You and your guests can also remember your Mom by incorporating some of her favorite things into your wedding. If your Mom had a favorite flower, you can use that in your wedding decorations or your bouquet. If there’s a Mother’s song you know was a particular favorite of hers, then you can have it sung or played during the reception for everyone to dance to. If there’s a particular food, or dessert food that holds a special memory between you two, or one that you just know she loved, you can serve it at your wedding. These personal touches will make her feel more a part of your wedding. Keep in mind so that it’s done in a way that is meant to celebrate her memory, and not overpower the occasion with sadness.
Losing a parent is never easy, but you can still make them a part of your day with these touching options. With these ideas, you’ll be able to party at your wedding and honor your Mother in a style that won’t dampen the mood, but rather show how much she’s missed in a celebratory fashion. Your wedding should be a day of festivity, the way your Mother would have wanted it.
He popped the question and put a ring on it. You selected the perfect date to get married. Now it’s time to pick your wedding venue locations. However, before signing on the dotted line, please consider our 10 facts about booking wedding venues.
Get the party started early. Offer guests a signature drink as part of the pre-ceremony festivities. This will help your guest to relax and get in the partying mood. The drink does not have to be an alcoholic drink either. In winter times, you can offer hot chocolate and marshmallows or in the summer have a lemonade stand. Make it fun and unexpected. You can even have a snack that they can carry over into the ceremony like small bags of popcorn that will not ruin their dinner.
A fantastic idea for smaller numbered wedding guests is to surprise each guest with a present as they enter the ceremony venue. Give all women in attendance a small wrist corsage or hair clip. For the men in attendance, offer them manly boutonnieres. Do not skimp on the flowers though. If the flowers are artificial, so will be the thought of it.
The best flow of a wedding event is to never interrupt the flow. Do not interrupt the wedding reception to open presents or to play slideshows. Any momentum and excitement built up will fizzle out. If you want to have a slideshow, it is best to play it before the ceremony. But be sure to notify guests what time to arrive to not miss any pertinent details.
A wedding is never really one day as family and friends arrive early and stay late. Isn’t this what you want for your wedding event too? A great way to start a bit early is to offer tours of the ceremony venue area. You could rent a bus or limo for those interested guests. Then, the tour would end on location and on time. Depending on where you are getting married, you could also arrange tours at your venue if at a brewery, vineyard, baseball stadium, etc.
R.S.V.P’s are important because you can know exactly how many people to expect for venue size and also catering costs. However, you also know who will attend. How nice would it be for guests arriving at the ceremony to receive a personal handwritten letter thanking them for attending your wedding and what they mean to you. If done, each of the bride and groom must sign their own name to add that made just for them feeling.
A common tradition is to have bridesmaids carry bouquets. Adding special decor to the ceremony entrance can also be incorporated into the ceremony. A great example would be lanterns lining the walkway into the venue can also be carried down the aisle and light the alter area.
Another great pre-ceremony idea is to plan out games for guests to play before the ceremony starts. Offer guests crossword puzzles with questions about the bride and groom. If you are having an outdoor wedding, you can have Jenga made with two-by-fours, a game of crochet or even a bean bag toss.
Wedding guests want to be Wow’d when at a wedding reception. No, wait. Let me rephrase. Wedding guests EXPECT to be blown away at your wedding. They want an experience like no other. Guests want surprises and want to do and see things that they have not done before your big day. What can you do to give guest the Wow factor?
People attending a wedding, like to feel like they are part of the festivities. One way to make it so is to have a party train through the streets of your wedding city. The train could be a line of honking cars driving from the wedding to the reception. The party train could also be a short walk from the ceremony to the reception venue. Take the party train idea over the top with music being played along the way from a group of bagpipers, members of the local high school band, or even a blaring vintage boom box.
Wedding Wow Factor
Wow Factor Props for Wedding Guests
Plan your posed wedding pictures in advance. First and foremost, do not keep wedding guests waiting for the party to get started at the reception from your long list of must-have photos. However, much fun can be had with photographs. Consult your photographer and get one-of-a-kind photographs of family and friends at the wedding and reception. Include corny or crazy props for Wow photos. An example would be to bring a red painted house door for pics on each side, park a classic car for photographs or a gigantic picture frame to get attending couples photographed together inside the frame. You are only limited by your imagination.
Oh how throwing rice is so cliche. Think of original send-offs from your wedding guests. Many bridal couples have replaced rice with bubbles. What if you made your departure like a New Year’s Eve countdown? Give all your guests noisemakers like kazoos, tambourines, ratchets, horns, bells, and whatever else that will enthuse guests participating in your goodbyes.
Most bridal couples plan their reception to end on the last dance song. Much time is put into selecting the perfect song. However, a great way to inspire a Wow wedding moment is to have a final toast to thank everyone attending your wedding. You could do a round of jello shots (virgin shots for little ones) and invite everyone to the dance floor for a final toast.
Not sure who will start by saying their wedding vows first? Leave it to chance! It will add a bit of levity to the event and will also help calm everyone’s nerves at the alter. A great way to incorporate chance into selecting first choice includes drawing from a deck of cards, pulling a turkey bone, and flipping a coin.
The focus is always on the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony, as it should be. However, you can Wow guests during the ceremony by getting them involved in rituals too. Some suggestions include having them read a poem or Bible passage that is printed on their programs, have guests sing along with a well known song being played during the lighting of the unity candle, and also invite everyone to pull out their cameras for a planned photo moment before announcing the NEW Mr. and Mrs.
Your guests sitting in the back always have a hard time seeing and hearing. Wedding ceremony location permitting, surround chairs around the altar so that everyone has an equal chance of seeing and hearing vows being said the seeing the first kiss.
One way to always create an unexpected Wow factor at weddings is to incorporate some sort of home furniture into the wedding or reception. Don’t have an alter? What about your kitchen table in smallest configuration? A bar at the reception can be fulfilled with the hutch in your kitchen. If you are having a cocktail hour, bring in your living room furniture for guests to relax and enjoy chatting it up with family they have not seen for years. If you don’t feel comfortable bringing your prized possessions, you can always rent or purchase from local yard sales and swap meet.
Having an intimate backyard wedding offers many advantages. However, there are also disadvantages. You can make the largest yard into a memorable experience. Let us help you plan your backyard wedding with the below 16 tips to transform your yard.
Backyard Wedding Ideas
Be sure to have great looking green grass. Bring in new sod if need be. Just as guests expect lavishing reception venues, they will also expect lavishing green grass. Do remember to let grass grow under any portable buildings that will be moved. If you have enough time (two months), reseed. Don’t forget to mow the grass a couple days before the wedding too.
Measure the yard and verify the maximum number of guests that will fit comfortably in it. A good rule is eight square feet for a seated ceremony and four square feet for a standing ceremony. For receptions, a good rule is to stay with eight square feet. However, don’t forget about tables for gifts, the cake and entertainment. The dance floor will also need to be considered.
People love to see flowers in bloom. Check with your local nursery and have plants that will be blooming at the time of your wedding. Think about flowers that may attract insects and bees to pollinate. You don’t want mass hysteria from the bugs. The nursery will also help as to when to plant!
A fresh coat of paint works wonders. Go to your local hardware or paint store and pick out outdoor friendly paint. Look at bringing old sheds, fences, picnic tables and anything else that may need spicing up.
Is there something unattractive in the yard? Consider covering it up with homemade signs, banners, streamers, and ribbons.
Please address the neighbors before the big day. Close neighbors you may consider inviting to the wedding. Others you will want to tell about the event with a home-baked pie so they stay calm during the dancing hours. Check with your local authorities and know the noise ordinances. Also talk to them about getting permission for guest parking in front of their homes and/or driveways.
Carefully examine the condition of walkways like sidewalks, stairs, deck, porch, driveways, and paths. Would you be able to comfortably walk in high heels in these areas? Repair any places with enough time to cure. Roots popping out of the ground and uneven ground will also need to be addressed. Be sure that all structures are up to code and no one will get hurt from broken banisters. It may be best to seal the driveway as it will be a big focal point for parking and walking (one month before the wedding).
Weather happens to be unpredictable. Be sure to have a backup plan. Do you need to reserve a tent or purchase umbrellas or have blankets and mittens ready at hand?
If the homeowner does not want to have the upkeep of lots of new plants after your wedding, consider potted plants that can be given away as favors the week after the wedding. You can even get potted flowers at your local nursery too.
If you are having kids at your wedding, what can they get into or hurt themselves on or keep everyone’s attention instead of on you.
We recommend speaking to a local electrician to verify the home can handle the electrical needs of the wedding. Will you need to add generators for your power needs for entertainment and lighting? Another contractor to have ready will be a plumber. Just in case the toilets get backed-up.
One of the downfalls of having an outdoor wedding is the possibility of bugs. Consider hiring a an exterminator to rid roaches, ants, wasps, bees or any other animals that are common in your area.
One of the best ideas we love is to have a piece of furniture. Go to yard sales, garage sales and swap meets. Look for furniture you can spruce up to turn into usable tables, bars, alter and other elements for the ceremony or reception. You an even create your own lounge area. Whatever fits the theme of your wedding.
Are you having a small, intimate wedding without entertainment? We like the idea of adding a few wind chimes (out of the reach of children), bells or playing music from a small iPod operated speaker system.
First impressions are everything. Do whatever it takes to WOW guests as they arrive you your wedding. A sign saying “Wedding Here” just won’t cut it. Entrance archways, line walkways with lights or decorations, or light strings showing them the way.
If the backyard has a pool, be sure it has the clear blue water look. You can also add floating candles and/or for an elegant aura.
You’re in the midst of planning your ceremony, the wedding photographers have been booked and the wedding dress has been fitted. There’s only one problem, you and your groom have decided to end your engagement. This is a terrible situation but it’s important to act quickly and salvage the situation. One fact’s for sure, some people may be annoyed, but you and your ex-Fiancé need to do what’s best for the long term. As much of a hassle as calling off your wedding will be, it’s better than going through a divorce. We have assembled some tips on how to call off your wedding. There is no perfect, clean-cut way to rectify relationship trouble of this scale, but we hope you will find this article helpful should you ever find yourself in this situation.
Call Off Your Wedding
First off, try to call your various wedding vendors and get back your deposits. If there’s one time to use “the sympathy card” this is it. Let those tears flow if you’re having a tough time dealing with your wedding vendor. Have your wedding invitations already gone out? No? Perfect, instead of mailing out the wedding invites you can send a simple card that simply says the wedding won’t take place. If it is closer to the actual wedding ceremony, you can have a friend or family member call your wedding guests and simply tell them that the wedding has been cancelled. Don’t worry about providing an explanation or calling the guests yourself. Take down your wedding registry as well. If you have already received gifts be sure to return them to the buyer. If the gifts are not able to be returned, you can donate the gifts to charity. Also, don’t feel that you must take care of calling off the wedding by yourself, even though there are now problems with your relationship. Your ex should be helping with the arrangements as well.
Finally, try not to beat yourself up about it. You are not the first couple to have gone through this. It is a traumatic experience but you will find the right person for you. You may not be able to get your wedding deposits back from the wedding photography company you chose and you may take a hit on the honeymoon you planned in New York but at the end of the day, you need to make decisions that will be best for your long-term happiness. As glamorous as your wedding plans are, marriage trumps a wedding. Is your relationship in trouble but you’re in the early stages of your engagement? Pre-marital counseling may be helpful to you and your partner. We wish everyone the best with their wedding plans and hope that this is one article you won’t have to use!
Wedding ceremony readings are verbiage read by a family member or friend during a wedding ceremony. We wanted to provide a showing of our favorite examples of our favorite readings. However, while researching such readings, we realized that we would need to have permission by the authors to post their words on our site. You see, authors own the copyrights to their published words. Therefore, we were forced to change our thinking a bit to be legal.
As a result, we decided to give you, our readers, the best sources for finding the perfect wedding ceremony reading.
Wedding Ceremony Readings Ideas For Bride and Groom
Recite the lyrics of your favorite song. This could include a song about the bridal couple (motorcycle riders – Song: Born To Be Wild, ice cream lovers – Song: Ice Cream). In addition, the song read during the ceremony can be played as the bride and groom’s first dance song. Love songs may include John Lennon’s Grow Old With Me and Dance Me To The End Of Love written by Leonard Cohen.
Recite your favorite Bible scripture. One of our favorites is 1 Corinthians 13 – Love Is The Greatest.
Recite your favorite poem. It doesn’t have to be a love poem. Just select a poem that describes the bride and groom or describes their feelings for each other.
Wedding ceremony readings from movies. There are an unlimited number of movies that contain a wedding ceremony. Such movies include a quote from The Prophet and a famous quote from the movie When Harry Met Sally.
Popular literary excerpts from the likes of Plato and any other great literary writers. It could even be an excerpt from your favorite book! Check out Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
Take an exempt from an opera. Verdels’s opera La Traviatta is a great example.
Also review your favorite love story plays.ReviewRomeo and Julietby William Shakespeare.
Not only excerpts from movies common, so are love meaning excerpts from your favorite TV shows.
Last and probably the most important is to write your readings from the bride and groom’s own hearts. Nothing will be more powerful than from the bridal couple themselves.
I hope this gives you some ideas on the verbiage for your wedding ceremony. There is plenty of examples on the web for each category.