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.
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.
Wedding guests will only remember a few parts of your wedding years down the road. For that matter, so will YOU! People will be brought back to your wedding day particularly by there senses: what they see, what they hear, what they taste, what they touch and what they smell. One of the five senses is what they taste. This is why one of the more critical aspect of your wedding is the food.
Food takes on an integral role of any wedding. Was the food hot or cold as it was made to the prime temperature? How long did guests have to wait for the main course? Were there plenty of appetizers during happy hour (not made for a meal but to battle their hunger). Was there enough beverages for all ages and types of drinkers at the event?
Food Stations By The Season
All the above is very important. However, it may be difficult to think of a food menu depending on the part of the country and the time of year of your wedding day. We always recommend staying with food of the area. This supports local businesses. In addition, those guests traveling from afar to attend your wedding, will highly appreciate the local flavors.
So what are some wedding food suggestions for every time of year?
Ideas that do not require a time of year
Pairing courses with specified wine and/or beer to match
Food Station Ideas
Think of food stations that fit into your area.
Maine – Lobster station
Montana – Pasty station
Wisconsin – Brat Station
Pennsylvania – Cheesesteak station
Georgia – Chicken and Waffles station.
Texas – BBQ – Ribs, Chicken, etc. station
California – Avacado with anything
Idaho – Baked or Mashed potato station
Alaska – King crab legs station
Washington – Salmon station
Think of of an out-of-the-box thinking food station.
Donut station with topping choices
Ice cream station with topping choices
Hot chocolate station with toppings and flavors selections
Mashed sweet, baby red or yukon gold potato station with topping choices
Lots of Popcorn choices
Hearty appetizers like sliders or tacos
Pasta bar with different noodles and different sauces and accompaniments.
Butternut, Acorn, Banana or Spaghetti Squash
Sliced apple with carmel dip or carmel apples decorated with different toppings (chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, etc)
Pumpkin and sweet potato pie
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Most Italian dishes
Amber beers including Octoberfest
Baked Potato Bar
Hot chocolate station w/flavors and candy cane stir sticks
Prime rib carving station
Red wines including Merlot
Spinach, pear and walnut salad
Lamb chops w/mint jelly
Spring peas and carrots
Light pasta salads with balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Planning a wedding reception is a daunting task. The last thing today’s brides want is a cookie cutter wedding – meaning being like everyone else’s wedding. We all know the type through the years with the following:
Purple and teal wedding colors
Bird seed as the bride and groom adventure out of the reception hall.
Hershey kisses wedding favors.
Popular wedding songs for EVERY formal dance
And the list goes on…
What can you do to make a personalized and unique wedding reception? Vintage doesn’t just mean old. Vintage can be elegant, rustic, romantic, country and chic. Here are tips to truly make a wedding reception YOURS.
Vintage to Chic Reception
First, go antique product shopping. Yes, the items have been used in the past. However, it is a great way to bring the past into the future. What can you get while looking at vintage products? Keep in mind that a splash of vintage adds a touch of class to any event – if this is the desired wedding theme.
A Bar – What can you turn into a bin to hold all the cold beverages? What table or high furniture can be turned into that one-of-a-kind bar?
Mismatched china that can be used from the happy hour through dessert.
Vintage chairs that can be used for future parties. If you want to make a statement, what about throne chairs for the King and Queen (Groom and Bride)?
A minimalist stele can be achieved with a couple flowers in vintage bottles as centerpieces.
If you want a fun environment for guests in an outdoor wedding, incorporate vintage games such as croquet and slinky toys.
Be sure to have present any family items that you love from family members. What about Autie Norma’s crystal bowl or Uncle Joe’s beer glasses? You could also consider vintage picture frames with other family members’ wedding pictures.
A final tip is to check your local party rental stores for their offerings. The rental stores may have your style in stock for rent so you won’t have to complete a big list for your wedding day.
When planning a wedding reception, one of the best ways to have wedding cost savings is to rent instead of buying outright. This way, bridal couples do not have an excess stock of inventory on items they “hope” they’ll use again. Many companies offer a variety of items for rent including linens, chair covers, tables and chairs, tents, dance floors, tableware, lighting, props, greenery, theme decor and much, much more.
Wedding Cost Savings Ideas
Before placing any rental orders, a few details must be decided including the location of the wedding and reception – is the location outdoors or indoors? Another big factor is if you are hiring a caterer who offers many decor items or if you are handling all of the food and beverages yourself. Everyone will need drink-ware and flatware no matter who is catering.
Another factor is knowing the exact number of expected guests. This will determine the number of tables and chairs (what style – round or rectangle?), china and other items as each guest will need one of each. You will also need to know what the facility is providing as part of the rental package and which items are a la carte.
While you are concentrating on the I Do’s, there are many rentals for the ceremony. One big opportunity for rentals at the wedding ceremony is decor. Popular rentals include arbors, chuppahs, candelabras, vases, and up-lighting. Don’t forget the chairs too!
Wedding Cost Savings – Linens
Linens are not to be forgotten and make great accents to any wedding. They can complement any wedding color or make a desired accent mood. When selecting linens, pay close attention to the texture and that it matches the theme of the wedding. Linens include table coverings, napkins, chair coverings and the like. For a more elegant look, have the table linens drop to the floor. Also, don’t have the linens match bridesmaids dresses as it will create a big palette clash on the eyes. The same goes for the chair coverings. Keep in mind that chairs coverings should also include a sash around the back for elegance or a bow.
Wedding Cost Savings – Tales & Chairs
When renting chairs, if chair coverings will not be used, be sure the style of the chair will match the theme of the wedding. When planning tables and chairs, be sure to plan extra chairs for vendors that need to sit and the extra “dates” brought to the festivities. Plan extra tables for the DJ, cake table, gifts, guestbook table, and bar area. Lastly, many companies that offer chair and table rental will also offer pickup and delivery of the items.
A little known secret to add some greenery to a wedding is by renting plants for the wedding and reception. This will save big bucks when not having to purchase real plants and flowers to bring the outdoors into the location. What a better way to transform a room than to bring in palm trees, Bird of Paradise, and topiaries?
Wedding Cost Savings – Outdoor Tips
Finally, if your wedding is outdoors, don’t forget the generators when needed. Generators will be needed for lighting and DJ at the minimum. Also, think about the weather. Weather is a big factor in needing shade from the sun, umbrellas for the rain or heaters for the cold. Be sure to coordinate with the facility coordinator as to times for set-up and tear down and doing it all yourself will take extra time. These tips help in in the overall wedding cost savings.
A wedding engagement provides the perfect opportunity to redecorate a home, and an excuse to hold an in-house reception. For smaller wedding parties, an in-house reception, or even a house ceremony, can be just the ticket for providing a private and intimate location for a very important occasion. However, some couples might consider their homes a little too Spartan for the occasion, and feel embarrassed about having a well-dressed party. Even for those that don’t, there are sure to be some home decorating accessories out there that they may not be aware of!
House Wedding Ceremony & Reception Tips
For instance, so much of home décor is about colour and texture, which is why 60’s style linty fabrics are so tacky in curtains and couch upholstery. In white rooms, more contemporary styles call for earth tone coloured grommet panels, and maybe some snowy white linen table cloths. Grommet panels in particular are a favourite of mine, since they combine the best elements of shutters and drapes.
A well-furnished kitchen is a must too. After all, it’s sure to get a huge workout during the festivities! Be aware that stemware is not the only thing that one can appropriately drink wine out of, and that a chic decanter can really complete a table aesthetically and naturally begs the conversation of what’s actually in it.
It’s important to set the right mood on occasions like these, whatever your preferred atmosphere might be, but it’s also important not to break the bank in a time of so many financial obligations. Good news is, cute pieces of kitchenware, dark intimate curtain sets, and other contemporary interior design items can often be bought quite affordably, which is one of the great things about post industrialist styles. Stainless steel kitchen cutlery or bathroom hardware, for example, can be quite affordable, and lovely in its minimalism.
About the Author: Sophie is a passionate freelance writter. She enjoys being able to control her work schedule and has been writing about home decor for the last while.
Brides and grooms choose their wedding theme for many reasons. Maybe they have favorite colors that they want to incorporate into their theme, like purple and teal. Maybe they have a special time of year they prefer, like Halloween or Christmas. They also may have a special theme in mind, like the roaring 20’s or antiques. There are many way of incorporating these things into your wedding day. You can incorporate them into your flowers, linens, centerpieces, invitations, etc. If you are choosing a color, or colors, into your theme, why not choose colors that are associated with the season you are getting married?
Wedding Colors by Season
If you are getting married in springtime, you may want to choose pastel colors. Think about pastel pink flowers, accented with yellow, wrapped in a baby blue ribbon. You can choose white chair covers tied with large pastel green ribbons. You can also select to have more than one color or you can stay with a single color within the color range.
Getting married in the summer? We suggest to brighten up your color pallet. Look for vibrant blues, purples, greens, pinks, etc. Think about cream colored invitations with royal blue lettering. Centerpieces are a good place to add color into your wedding also. How about large white mums and deep greenery in a clear vase that is wrapped in a brightly colored ribbon.
Want to have a Halloween/Fall wedding? The best colors for this time of year are deep reds, rust, orange and golden yellow. Although there are plenty of flowers in those colors, don’t forget that fall foliage can be incorporated also. Since the season is fall, which is when the leaves fall off the trees, think about using twigs and leaves. Twigs in a large vase look very nice as a centerpiece. Instead of sprinkling confetti or glitter on the table, try placing different colored leaves around.
Last but not least is a winter wedding. This can be a very beautiful time of year. There are two ways to look at winter weddings; look at it as winter, cold and snowy, or as Christmas themed. If choosing the winter wonderland theme, go with blues, whites, silvers and crystals. You can take bare branches painted white and place them into a vase. Wrap the vase with a white ribbon with silver glitter throughout. Now hang crystals from the branches. You can also do this same option with snowflakes hanging from the twigs. Another idea to incorporate winter wonderland into your wedding is by adding snowflakes to your wedding invitations. If choosing Christmas as your theme, you may want to think of reds, greens and even black. When thinking of flowers, think of poinsettias and holly.
No matter what you choose, use any opportunity you can to add your own touch of personality to your wedding. Keep in mind that if you get plants and flowers in season, it will be less expensive to buy them at that time they are in season.
What is sheet music? Sheet music is a music composition on sheets of paper. Sheet music is important to your music performers so that the can perform the music notes to your desired music composition. A music composer can include a harpist, guitarist and pianist. Brides and grooms can also have ensembles compose music pieces during the wedding ceremony or reception entrances. Ensembles, like a quartet, can include musical artists and instruments such as a piano, string and wind instruments.
Sheet music can be easily found by searching Google. However, a vast collection of sheet music can be found on the website MusicNotes.com. Musicnotes.com is the leading Internet-based sheet music store offering nearly 200,000 pieces of digital sheet music and guitar tablature.
Are the bride and groom music fans? Bridal couples can create their own music themed wedding receptions.
Wedding Sheet Music Theme
Print sheet music and roll them up into cones. Then, fill them with Hershey kisses or confetti.
Use sheet music as table place mats or table names.
Have your favorite song’s sheet music printed on edible paper. Then, create a unique wedding cake by covering the cake with the edible paper.
Fold sheet music into creative origami to accent reception tables.
Fold sheet music into useful wedding accessories such as flowers and pin wheels.
Print sheet music as a watermark. Then, create your very own customized wedding guest book.
Wrap votive candles with printed sheet music as a favor.
Use concert tickets as save the date cards.
Having a music themed reception? We would recommend classic colors such as black, white and silver. Having a photo booth? Consider blow-up musical instruments as props such as guitars and saxophones. Add a music theme to any wedding cake with enlarged musical notes as a cake topper. Also consider incorporating guitar picks as wedding favors.
Music is a great way to set the desired mood and atmosphere at any wedding ceremony and reception. You can also include it into a music theme.