How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

A quick question to your mother or your handsome grandpa about destination wedding would probably invite a sarcastic smirk or uncontainable giggles. Probably, the concept is as alien to them as ‘The Big Bang Theory’. We might probably have to convince them why it is not a waste of money to plan a destination wedding (nevertheless, they still wouldn’t be convinced).

Today, the advent of all things ‘quirky’ and ‘cool’ has made the concept a super hit. Couples have chosen to abandon the traditional ceremonies and opt for something more unconventional. The Bollywood influence just cannot be overlooked when it comes to weddings, especially destination weddings. Films like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani with its beautiful picturesque Udaipur setting or Shaandar (of course, the movie was a dud and not as Shaandar as the breathtaking locations) have etched the beautiful Saltburn beach or splendid waterfall in North England in our mind. The locations are a major influence in how we look at making weddings a grand affair!

The destination bug has bit even celebrities in India. Like Rani Mukherjee and Aditya Chopra, who wed in a romantic countryside in Italy or the very popular Roadie Rannvijay Singh who married his beautiful bride Priyanka Vohra in one of the coolest yet unconventional destination— Mombassa. Not just that, prior to the wedding day, they conducted their roka ceremony in Dubai, partied hard at the bachelor session in Goa and got engaged in the country of Dukes and Duchess amidst grandeur and royalty. And if all of this is hard to recall, how can one forget the wedding of Arpita Khan and Aayush Sharma? It was the wedding of the year and the paparazzi went crazy over capturing a few glimpses.

So, how can one make it more happening and stand out from the rest? We are here to unveil the spicy ingredients required to cook up a great destination story!

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

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Welcome your guests with personalised welcome bags! It makes a person feel special and is the best way to make them a part of the whole celebration. So, make sure to add a personal ‘welcome’ note, maybe a miniature bottle of alcohol to set the mood for the evening.  A small box of chocolate will add the finishing touch to your wedding affair.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

A family tree chart including the friends of the bride and the groom! A big fat Indian wedding usually involves all the chachas, buas, bhatijas, all durr ke rishtedaars, friends of the bride and groom and other 200 people you actually have clue about. So, why not have a family tree chart that gets the conversation started by allowing guests to understand and know how each one is connected to the couple. This can act as an icebreaker for those who haven’t met earlier.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

You could set up a fun photo booth! Till date, most weddings we attend have a long queue of guests waiting to congratulate the couple and get pictures clicked with them. How unique would it be to have a photo booth set up just for that purpose? To add to that, you could ask your photographer to add some funky props and accessories. While the photographer takes pictures, your friends could hold out the signs and create beautiful, long lasting memories.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

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There could be a wedding wall or a wishing tree dedicated to the bride and groom wishing them on their special day! Planning on having a wishing tree or a wedding wall dedicated to showering blessings and wishes to the couple does two simple but important things—firstly, it conveys the message to the couple and secondly it brings in the ‘fun’ element and makes the guests feel involved.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

If you plan on having a palace wedding and the theme is ‘royal’, and your destination being Udaipur, then you can just kill it. You could have the guests arriving in royal vintage cars and welcome them in a traditional Rajasthani-style aarti. You can also have a few acts and performances presented by some of the best Rajasthani folk dancers and performers, lined up for guests.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

If your wedding venue is situated at a far off place from the hotel, then you could book vintage cars for the guests to be accompanied to the wedding venue. This would be a unique way of taking the guests to the venue and the vintage cars would add that royal touch to the whole thing. Or, this may sound crazy, but if you want notch up the ‘crazy metre’ a lot more, then you could arrange for a couple of parachutes and provide guests with the ultimate experience.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

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Speaking of adventurous ways of bringing in guests, why not arrange some adventure sports for the guests to splurge into? If the destination is Goa, then maybe you can arrange for kayaking, water rafting, scuba diving, etc. that really brings out the adventurous spirit in your guests and they can have a fair share of fun before your wedding day arrives.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

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Does the idea of a choreographed wedding day sound weird? Well, it sure is for the sane. But flash mobs have been used by so many couples the world. But something like a flash mob, that too at a wedding, is something we’ve hardly heard of.  You could take a few dance lessons with your better half and you can involve a few of the family members and close friends in the act. Once the dance act is perfectly choreographed, you’ll can show a few moves and take every guest by surprise. To add an ‘aww’ element to it, you can make a few kids or grandparents to make a cameo appearance.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

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You can also have a couple of party games planned for guests who arrive at your wedding.  Fill in the blanks is one of the options for a game wherein the sentence will mainly be related to the couple. After every guest has filled out the blanks the chain of letters can be compiled and presented to the couple, for them to treasure it forever.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

This might sound a little absurd but for guests bringing in their children, this point stands relevant. You can have a room or so with nannies and this place works as a playgroup for the toddlers. This just allows your friends to enjoy more while their toddlers enjoy themselves and are taken care of.

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

So, it might happen that a lot of your friends from your long guest list may not be able to make it to your wedding. For those close friends and loved ones, there’s always social media to the rescue. How you ask? Simple. You could ask someone to post live tweets from your wedding or livestream the wedding ceremony. This makes your loved ones feel a part of your wedding even when they are thousands of miles away!

How to Make Your Destination Wedding a ‘Cool Affair’?

Yes, your folks back home may be expecting an epic wedding with the DJ and dholak in your city, but nothing beats a wedding weekend in paradise where everyone can enjoy an epic vacation. Whether you choose a beach or a palace, we want you to lock these little secrets in your wedding planning diary and whip out your magic for your special day.

5 Reasons Why You Should Say ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Planner!

Sure, your mind has already started wandering and is thinking about how it’s a ball to ooh and aah over cake designs, decorations and the exciting jumping-around time for the perfect venue, just the way they show in those Sooraj Barjatya movies (pun intended)! Haven’t we all secretly wished to just laze around in our pajamas and put on those dreamy wedding glasses, while an expert takes care of all that boring wedding taam-jhaam? There’s nothing wow about researching mini-buses for guest transport or bargaining for gulab jamuns with the caterer.

A wedding planner can indeed be your life saver, if you are planning something as special as your wedlock day. It’s crucial to ask yourself – what can a wedding planner actually do that I cannot possibly or is hiring a wedding planner the right choice? Well, yes it is! Whether it is a lavish Bollywood-themed wedding or a small budget affair, a planner can help you execute everything from scratch! So, here are a few reasons why you should hire a wedding planner.

 

Reason #1

You deserve a fairytale wedding story!

Reason #1

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Of course, you do! Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life. No glitches and obstacles should come in the middle of your big day! So, your wedding planner can take care of everything. From the décor of the venue to the catering and guest management, they will make sure that everything is in place.

 

Reason #2

A pro can help you save some moolah.

Reason #2

A wedding planner can help you stay on a budget. You can hand over all your responsibilities to your wedding planner as he will obviously know where he can do the arrangements and will not overspend. You might spend more than the amount decided, but a wedding planner will not! In terms of keeping a track on expenses, a wedding planner will be the right choice.

 

Reason #3

Minimum stress and maximum fun

Reason #3

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Who really wants to panic about the cakes not getting delivered or the flower girl throwing tantrums? Your wedding planner will take over all the responsibility, so you can enjoy those beautiful pre-wedding moments with your partner. Hiring a wedding planner also gives you the much-needed time to take care of yourself and spend some fun time as a bachelor or bachelorette.

A wedding planner can help you stay on a budget. You can hand over all your responsibilities to your wedding planner as he will obviously know where he can do the arrangements and will not overspend. You might spend more than the amount decided, but a wedding planner will not! In terms of keeping a track on expenses, a wedding planner will be the right choice.

 

Reason #4

Finding the right wedding vendors who can help turn your vision into reality!

Reason #4

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What makes you think that your judgment would be better than that of a professional? Well, a wedding planner has seen many vendors in action and can get the deals at the best prices. You might have thought of a gorgeous lawn wedding under the sun, a beach wedding or anything unique and exciting. A wedding planner will arrange it just the way you want. He or she will help you define the look, style and mood of the whole event.  So, even if you have a vague idea for your wedding day, a theme or an exclusive plan, your wedding planner can execute it the way you want.

 

Reason #5

The go-to person for a destination wedding

Reason #5

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Isn’t it cool to simply tell others “talk to the wedding planner?” A wedding planner is a must, especially when you want to host a wedding in another place. The place you think will add that drama to your wedding.  Dreamy and romantic, a wedding so perfect just like a fairytale. A wedding planner is the only rescue angel!  He can gather all the ideas and together make your wedding a big hit.

Planning a wedding is not just the romantic experience one would expect it to be. There are many details to take care of, be it the meddling family and friends or the dramatic vendors.  Whatever your ideas are, offbeat or traditional, kick start your plan by finding a reputable planner who is as enthused about everything as you are. Let your over anxious aunts relax a bit and have that second piece of fattening wedding cake!

Cool Tips To Select That Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing a perfect wedding venue is a real nightmare for many of us. There are so many things that we imagine–will the venue have enough space for my wedding guests? Where will I get ready? Where will I place the buffet table? And the ultimnate one that leaves us grasping for straws–which venue to choose for my wedding, reception or engagementfunction, A or B? 

None of us want to spend the rest of their bachelor days shopping for venues, following up on unanswered emails and calls. So, before you bump into some corners with confusion, here is a list of things you should consider before shortlisting a wedding venue.

 

Money Matters!

It's in your hands how you bargain with the venue to bring down the cost of your wedding day

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As cliché as it sounds, money makes or breaks the deal. Not just it, you need to know how to keep your priorities at the top and the venue cost to the minimum to accommodate other expenses. Some may include the venue cost in F&B charges and others might not. Some venues can even be availed on half-day and hourly basis. Also, look for hidden charges like electricity, generator, cleaning etc. Summate all the charges to find an estimated venue cost and accordingly allocate your budget to other aspects.

 

Count it Right!

Before selecting the venue for your wedding day, always consult your friends

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Gosh, the mysteries of counting the number of people to invite for your wedding! Predicting the expected turn-out from the number of invitations to be sent is a science in itself. It depends on a numerous factors like how early you send out invitations, what day of the week is your wedding scheduled, whether it falls in a particular season, how accessible the location is and countless other reasons. It is impossible to predict the actual number but you would want to get as close as possible. Under-predicting will shoot up your budget with last minute changes while counting more people can result in wastage.

 

Spacious Enough?

The venue should accommodate all wedding guests. It should have a good architecture and interiors

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Once you predict the number of guests you are expecting, you need to estimate the kind of space they would need. Do not forget the section your wedding staff might need to carry out their service effectively. We would strongly recommend you to visit the venue on during someone else’s wedding to get a clear picture as empty rooms can be deceptive.

 

Induce elegance!

Outdoor wedding venue with colourful drapes

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One of the crucial factors that are directly linked to your wedding’s success is its ambiance. Guests should be able to relax, interact with one another and enjoy the proceedings. Carefully examine the venue’s existing décor and interior and compare it with the designs in your mind. This should give you a clear idea if the venue can be decorated to provide the kind of ambiance you want.

 

Delight Your Guests!

Wedding venue should have healthy buffet counters and interesting starters

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Of all the services and arrangements you make to treat your guests, food is something they would talk about for a very long time to come. No matter how fantastic your DJ is or how attractive your decorations looks, bland food can blow it all away. You need to be very careful in having a venue offering great food to satisfy the taste buds of everyone. Have food tasting sessions and also visit their kitchen to ensure they maintain proper hygiene.

 

Complete your celebration!

Venue should allow you to party till late night, you have to enjoy wedding day with your buddies

Photo: Cocktail Party in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Whether to include alcohol or not, will surely be one of the questions that will storm your mind. Alcohol has its pros and cons, but in case you decide to treat your guests with the liquid courage, you need to know the limitations of the venue. There are venues that don’t permit liquor in certain areas; whereas, there are some which do not permit at all. Check with the management if they would let you bring liquor from outside. Also, make a note of the liquor licence and corkage charges and do not forget to add them to your expenses to keep a check on the budget amount.

 

Guest Satisfaction!

Venue with a huge space for the wedding celebrations

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An appropriate location can slack off your guest’s travelling inconveniences. Choose a venue which is closer to the airport and railway station if majority of guests attending your wedding are coming from far away. For a destination wedding, it would be ideal to choose a venue on the outskirts to ensure your guests enjoy your big day in peace away from the noise of the city. In addition to the location, also look for venue’s parking capacity. Parking should ideally be close to the venue and well lit.

You can choose to stray away from the typical banquet hall or urban loft spaces and opt for secret gardens. Snooping through other people’s albums for ideas and taking suggestions is a trick that always works. Naturally, your venue will be a reflection of elements you and your dude already like. Whatever you decide, giving some thought to it could seriously rev up the wedding celebrations.

 

About Weddingz

It’s all about the Wedding!

In India, we love getting married. We love getting other people married, we love attending weddings and planning them. We love dancing with the neighbor’s baarat, planning the cousin’s bridal shower, designing the best friend’s fiance’s lehenga, choreographing Bhai’s sangeet, shopping for di’s trousseau, gatecrashing that sneaky co-worker’s reception. We love the romance, the drama, the  bickering, the politics and the crazy that’s such a huge part of Indian Shaadis. Heck, we even love the relatives! If it’s a wedding, we are there! Literally!

Every other week, someone’s getting married – from chacha ke bhatije ka beta to your best friend’s best friend’s brother. Wait, you thought your best friend did not have another best friend? Any way, let’s stay focused on the wedding. A wedding in the family is just an excuse to invite all those people, important or otherwise, to share our happiness and joy. Often times, to also tell them that we are happier and more joyful than you know who –  the Kardashians. Once upon a time, before Mark Zuckerburg was born and Facebook took over our planet – the Indian Wedding was a similar phenomenon in the real world. It was a way to communicate to the millions of invitees that we have arrived in style, without a hitch (no pun intended) or a crease. Now beat that!! We are still doing that at Indian Weddings and on Facebook when we share the pictures of our fabulous shaadi.

The wedding thus becomes the most important event in our life. It is an occasion to celebrate, to share and to show everyone how truly happy we are. No expense is spared to make it grand, extraordinary and ‘different’. Destination wedding experiences from Scottish castles to Caribbean beach cabanas, themed parties that are inspired by The Matrix Revolution to Jahanara (if you are not of the era, this was a black and white film from 1964), gifts and wedding favors where no stone’s left unturned, unique photobooths, quirky pre wedding shoots – the list is endless.

Planning the perfect wedding is far from easy. Ask a person who has organized one and he will tell you what a herculean task it is. There are just so many things that you have to get right – plan every detail to perfection. More wedding jitters are likely to be caused by planning a wedding than by the idea of being with one person for the rest of our lives. Fear not, we at Weddingz have made your job a little easy.

 

All things Weddings at Weddingz.in

Whether you are planning a memorable destination wedding or a simple family affair, we have the best venues for your requirement. We also feature ace photographers, expert makeup artists, mehendi designers, decorators – basically every service you need for your wedding including the ghodiwalah, the bandwalah, the shehenai walah, the palki walah, the doodhwalah, and any other type of walah that you may be looking for! You won’t have to run from pillar to post looking for these vendors – just log on to weddingz.in! And now to top it all, we get you amazing deals that you cannot get even though you might be a negotiator by profession. Often, you can save up to 30% on your wedding cost when you book through us.

 

The Oracle for All Your Wedding Queries 

As the date nears, several doubts and questions pop up – “Which lehenga to choose, to look better than Aditi? How can my jewelry be ‘different’? What colour will suit my complexion? Should I be eating this now?” You don’t have to look far. Just check out our blog and get answers to these questions, tips, trends and more on how you can make your wedding special.

 

The idea-source

The idea-source

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We also feature a ‘Real Weddings’ section so that you can get inspired by weddings from different cultures and traditions. A sneak-peek into hundreds of real weddings, pre-wedding shoots and more – just so you are never out of new ideas.

With perfect guidance and wonderful ideas, the team at Weddingz can fulfill every wish of yours and to make your wedding the best day of your life! We are ready to make your dream wedding come true, are you 😉