The ‘New’ Normal Way: Guidelines for Hosting Weddings and Events Amidst and Post COVID-19

Weddingz Safety Guidelines for Hosting Weddings Amidst and Post COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented us with an unprecedented situation creating unique circumstances beyond our imagination. As a global epidemic that has taken over the world and as community transfer of the virus continues to play a major role, it is our top priority to ensure health and safety for all those associated with us and for everyone around us.

Over the past 90 days, our nation has adhered to and followed a strict lockdown. However, as there are signs of reopening and restarting many businesses, as India’s largest wedding company and as industry leaders, we must set strict precautionary measures and norms.  

Therefore, we, at Weddingz, have put together a comprehensive guideline on how to improve hygiene, maintaining the highest levels of safety and health for our customers and colleagues alike. We have tried our best to incorporate and adhere to all norms and requirements as required by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the WHO and the FSSA of India.

With this, we present to you the ‘new normal’ until the pandemic situation improves across the world. As the situation continues to evolve each day, our guidelines will continue to evolve and incorporate as per the new requirements.

1. Larger Venues for Fewer Guests

<50% of the regular seating capacity is to be allowed at any particular point of time. Hence, larger venues are preferred as they allow more space for guests to move around without overcrowding.

Given the current circumstances, venue owners should invest in: Automatic doors

Automatic sanitizer dispensers

CCTV Cameras

Intercoms 

Walkie-talkies

2. Outdoor Venues vs Indoor Venues

For hosting events amidst the pandemic, venues preferred should be: 

Open-air venues are best suited currently since they offer better ventilation and air-flow

In a closed/indoor venue, the centralised air conditioning may hinder fresh air flow, thereby contaminating the air 

However, if an indoor ballroom or banquet hall is used, a fresh air system needs to be installed for ensuring air purification

3. Pre-event Sanitisation of the Venue

All furnishings at the venue – chairs, sofas, their seat covers, carpets and rugs are to be washed with M.A.D (Microbial Aerial Disinfection) before every event. 

Cleaning of the following areas should be done as per government directives: 

Lobbies, corridors, staircases, escalators, elevators, security guard cabins/booths, office rooms, meeting and conference rooms, cafeteria, etc. should be wiped clean with disinfectant with 1% sodium hypochlorite or phenolic disinfectants

High focus contact surfaces like elevator buttons, handrails/handles and call buttons, public counters, reception counters, lobby tables, intercom systems, telephones, etc. should be wiped and cleaned twice daily by a linen/cloth soaked in 1% sodium hypochlorite

Frequently touched areas like tabletops, chair handles, tea/coffee dispensing machines etc. should specially be cleaned similarly

For metallic surfaces like door handles, security locks, keys etc. sanitisers with 70% alcohol can be used to wipe down surfaces where the use of bleach is not suitable

When cleaning, the housekeeping staff should:

Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the designated area for cleaning and wear it throughout the cleaning process

Discard the masks and gloves, headgear, etc. once the cleaning is over in a designated bin

Wash their hands using soap or a sanitizer immediately after cleaning

#4 ‘Un’Group Photography

At such a time, it is best to avoid group pictures. If not possible, getting clicked in small groups of 4-5 people while avoiding physical contact with one another is a good idea.

#5 Carry Hand Sanitizer

Yes, while hand sanitizers will be provided at the venue, it is important to keep one handy as well. Guests need to use it when getting out of the car.  The moment they reach the venue, they need to sanitize their hands with a hand sanitizer that has at least 70% by volume isopropyl alcohol or wash them thoroughly with soap and water. In the case where a hand sanitizer is not available, the spirit that is used before injections can be used, as it also contains isopropyl alcohol.

Guidelines for Hosts

#1 Maintaining Social Distancing

At the event, the host and staff members need to ensure that guests maintain a minimum distance of six feet between each other.

#2 CCTV Monitoring

As the host of the event, one can monitor guests via CCTV cameras and the seating map will very helpful. In case the venue doesn’t have it or it is an outdoor venue, it should be put up as part of the decor requirements.

Please note: A detailed map of the guest seating arrangement should be given to the venue/ event manager.

#3 Virtual Streaming

Virtual streaming devices should be set up, and a Wi-Fi connection should be arranged before-hand so that the celebrations can be streamed virtually as they happen with extended family and friends as they cannot attend the wedding physically.

#4 Rotational Guest Entry

In order to reinforce the social distancing norm and avoid crowding, guests can be invited on a rotational attendance basis, i.e., time slots can be mutually agreed upon for guests to participate in the wedding for a couple of hours each.

#5 RSVP for Attendance

As the number of guests is limited, an RSVP request needs to be added in the invite. Through this, the host will know how many guests are actually attending the event or wedding. Additionally, guests’ location (where they are travelling from and to) should be mapped. A record of their means of transportation used should be recorded as well.

This is because, in case of untoward events, people can be located as per mapping and contact can be traced.

#6 Decor Elements for the Event

The décor elements at the wedding should be such that guests or hosts can move about without touching it.

Guidelines for Venues

#1 Venue Capacity for Guests

Given the current circumstances, larger venues are preferable to accommodate fewer guests, i.e., <50% of the normal standing capacity is to be allowed.

#2 Type of Venue Preferred

Larger venues will help maintain a safe distance between participants. Open-air venues are preferable as they offer better ventilation than closed areas or banquet halls. Open-air venues are preferable with well-spaced out table-chair arrangements. This is important for proper ventilation, fresh air and maintaining distance among guests.

In the case of indoor ballrooms or banquet halls, fresh air system should be turned on every 30 minutes to ensure good ventilation. 

#3 Cleaning of Furnishings and Seating Arrangements

All chairs, sofas and seat covers to be changed and cleaned – washed and treated with M.A.D (Microbial Aerial Disinfection) before every event. The same stands true for all carpets and rugs used across the venue. This process should be mandatory before every event as it will help maintain high standards of sanitisation to reduce potential spread across events.

A. Guest Seating and Spaced-out Table Arrangements

An ideal table setting would be to have a round table with 4 guests to a table. Further, these round tables should be placed 6 feet apart from each other. If U-shaped tables or rectangular tables are used, they can seat 4 or more guests each. 

Plus, every dinner table to have hand sanitizers and tissue papers for guests.

B. Mapping Guests Locations

For the seating arrangement, it would be best to take a map of every guests’ seating location. This helps to know where someone is sitting and makes it easy to monitor via CCTV.

#4 New Norms for Food & Catering Services

A very important aspect of weddings, catering and food service will be supervised with extra caution. So, tweaking the buffet-style service, using widely spread tables to discourage crowding, with only vendor staff to touch any service utensils, is a good idea.

At the buffet, caterers should provide staff who serve guests the food so that no one else apart from the designated server touches the ladles. If not possible, then the guests will have to use a wet tissue or napkin to hold the ladle while taking servings of food.

At the buffet spread, dishes need to be kept at safe distances, i.e. at least 6 feet apart from each other and guests should be asked to queue up twos and threes. Floor markings made 6 feet apart will help in maintaining a proper queue. In this way, they can avoid bumping into each other.

Food Preparation Should Incorporate the Following:

All vegetables should be washed with hot water with a dash of soda bicarb

All food items to be maintained at an appropriate temperature 

Properly cooked food to be served and no raw foods or salads

Using disposable material wherever feasible (plates, glasses, spoons, etc.)

Daily deep cleaning of the kitchen using detergents and disinfectants, steam pressure jets, etc.

Work tops used for cutting, chopping and cooking food to be sanitized using chlorine solution and to be air-dried

#5 Rules for Venue Staff Members

All staff members catering to the guests at the venue must wear headgear/chef hats, gloves and masks at all times. Staff should be stationed at the entry and exit points to open and shut doors for guests, offering a contactless experience.

Staff members should opt for an N-95 mask as advised by health experts and the government, should ideally not be worn for over 7-8 hours as reusing a mask poses its own set of risks and the exterior could get infected. However, wearing the masks helps protect against droplets from sneezing or coughing of an infected person.

#6 Parking of Guest Cars at the Venue

In the current situation, it is advisable that guests park their own cars in the designated parking area around the venue. Valet parking should be avoided to reduce contact with parking staff.

Guest cars should be parked at a distance from each other to avoid coming in physical contact with other guests. Also, only two guests should travel in one car at a time.

#7 Hand wash and Sanitization

It should be mandatory to place a hand wash/ hand sanitiser station at the beginning and end of the buffet layout. Plus, hand sanitisers and masks can be offered at the entrance as guests walk in. The hand sanitizer used should have at least 70% by volume isopropyl alcohol or people can wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Venue staff, wearing masks and gloves, should be stationed at the entry and exit to help open the door for guests at entry and exit points. This will help to enhance the touch-less service.

The staff should frequently wash hands using soap or sanitizers at regular intervals.

#8 Using the Stairs vs the Elevator

The elevator is a confined space and hence, when given a choice between the two, guests should opt for using the staircase. In this way, they can queue up and walk up a flight of stairs maintaining the necessary distance.

On the other hand, if the elevator must be used, guest elevators to operate a maximum capacity of 1-2 guests per elevator. Aesthetic markings should be added to the floor of the elevator to indicate standing position.

By doing so, they can avoid overcrowding and cut down health risks.

Also, frequent disinfection of high touch points – lift buttons, door handles, etc. to be done.

#9 Reminders and Guideline Display

This is very important. A digital display or boards stating all the safety and hygiene guidelines should be put up as reminders for guests and staff members. It will help to maintain discipline and serve as a cautionary reminder.

#10 Stage and Mandap Setup

At weddings, a stage setup is really important. However, given the current circumstances, a smaller stage set up with minimal décor would be best. This is so that a very few people can meet and pose with the couple.

An attendant should be stationed at the entry and exit point of the stage with hand sanitizers for guests.

#11 Important Focused Touch Points

Sanitization of all high touch-point surfaces mentioned below to done at frequent intervals using disinfectants (M.A.D):

Switches, lights and lamps

Handles, doors, guestroom doors

Bathroom handles, lights and taps

Remote controls

Toilet seats, splash walls

Entry, exit doors

Cutlery and glassware

Desks

#12 Thermal Screening

Guests shall comply to walk through a screening zone or a thermal screening panel at the time of entry to the venue. For this, the venue owner will station a thermal screening tunnel as and when required.

#13 Merits of Live Music vs DJ

Instead of having a DJ, live music or an orchestra (with few musicians) at the event or wedding is a good idea. Guests can enjoy live music and even ask the musicians to play songs of their choice. In case of no live music, a select playlist can be shared beforehand to be played via speakers at the venue.

If dancing is to be arranged, apart from solo or video performances, satellite dance floors can be arranged or designated areas for dancing can be set aside. This will help guests enjoy themselves and avoid overcrowding.

#14 Emergency Numbers

In case of emergencies, state-wise and central helpline numbers for COVID-19 and for nearby hospitals to be easily available.

#15 Health and Safety Updates for Guests

If any of the guests are unwell, they should avoid attending the event.

It would be great if the hosts of the event stay up to date about their guests’ health. It will help avoid any unnecessary risk or hassle.

It is advisable for pregnant women to avoid attending any event or wedding during this pandemic. This is because their condition is delicate and they are vulnerable to infections and diseases.

Similarly, children under the age of 10 and people over the age of 65 and more should not attend any wedding or public event.

#16 Masks and Gloves for Venue Staff

Disposable masks and gloves available for all participants – staff members at the venue, venue owner, for guests attending the wedding.

#17 Disposable Bins

Designated PPE (masks, gloves, head caps, etc.) disposal dustbins on the campus of the venues. (masks, suits, gloves, caps, etc. should be disposed of in the designated bins only).

Other Events and Services

#1 Photography

Candid photography or photo booths make a better choice at this given time. This is because both these types involve a fewer number of people in the frame and even encourage guests to pose for solo pictures.

Also, photographers can ask guests for solo photos or small group photographs. Even photographers and videographers need to follow the government safety norms, i.e. wear masks. They need to ensure their gadgets and other electronic items are thoroughly cleaned and wiped using disinfectant solutions.

To maintain contactless photography, photographers can use drones to capture moments. They can remotely control the drones and capture moments across the event.

#2 Mehendi

Mehendi artists’ need to go through proper thermal scanning and temperature checks on entry. Also, it would be cognizant on the host’s part to check the artist(s) previous event participation.

When applying mehendi to guests, it is best that the artist and the guest continue to wear a mask.

#3 Sangeet

As it is best to host sangeet ceremonies without DJs, this doesn’t mean that performances can stop! Family and friends who wish to perform may do so on a selected playlist. Two or three people can be a part of a performance. Solo performances are best!

Additionally, musical games like Antakshari can be played at the venue with the guests to keep them entertained. Guests can participate from their designated seats.

Guidelines for Vendor Selection

#1 Approaching Wedding Vendors

As movement is restricted and it is best to avoid meeting people in person, customers can interact with vendors via hangouts or Zoom video calls. Closer to the date, updates can be exchanged and finalised via WhatsApp, calls or videos.

Similar to selecting other wedding vendors, makeup artists and mehendi artists too can be chosen online by browsing to their Instagram or Facebook portfolios. Customers can write to them and have a video discussion to finalise the details.

Please note: When working with a wedding planner or when making arrangements with the venue manager, pay close attention to spacial design and layouts.

#2 Virtual Selection of Wedding Ensembles

At the moment, it is best to embrace technology and the many perks it offers. That is to say that a bride and a groom can select their clothes online! Most designers, boutique owners and ever tailors now have an online presence, or have the means to come online on a video call.

Discuss designs, size and measures online and have clothes, even accessories delivered well before time.

#3 Digital Invitations & Safety Instructions

Given the circumstances, it is best to send wedding/ event invitations digitally. There are many vendors available online and their work can be seen on their Instagram or Facebook pages. Here are some options to explore.

Create a card insert along with the invitation card that lays down the expectations – on covering their faces, carrying hand sanitizers, food service, social distancing, gifting and other safety measures. This will help guests prepare beforehand. Also, it will help them stay calm through the entire process of checking, thermal screening, and more.

#4 Arranging the Baraat

Indian weddings and Baraats are synonymous. However, in the current situation, proper baraat may not be possible. But some arrangements can be made –

The band can meet the hosts closer to the venue

The band can play music while in a separate vehicle

It is advisable for the groom to opt for riding in a car instead of a horse

The baraatis who wish to dance (for a shorter duration) may do so by maintaining proper distance (6 feet apart) from each other

#5 Return Gifts aka Wedding Favours for Guests in Attendance

Many Indian weddings have hosts giving out gifts or boxes of sweets when they send out invitations. However, as it is not possible at this given time, wedding favours can replace these gifts. Wedding favours can range from edible goodies along with masks, sanitizers with at least 70% by volume isopropyl alcohol, soaps, personalised gifts like bathrobe sets with names, scented candles and so on.

Safety and well-being of everyone associated with us; be it our customers, our staff members on and off ground, our venue partners, their staff, guests, etc. is a top priority for us.

We assure you that we are doing everything possible in our power to ensure an uncompromising level of service to you in keeping with our vision/motto of hassle-free end-to-end service.

To reinstate our commitment to you, we have taken a holistic approach and redefined hygiene and cleanliness norms at our corporate offices, partner venues and staff members. We will train and closely monitor all our staff to help them adapt to the changes and enhance the services provided to you.

4 Major Things to Consider when Hiring a Wedding Photographer

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Getting married? Congratulations! As you start planning your wedding and noting down things of importance, remember that you need to finalize your wedding photographer ASAP. Why? What’s the hurry you ask? Well, let’s just the best photographers are almost always booked quickly. But before you take the plunge, here we give you a simple yet important checklist before you finalize your wedding photographer.

Photography by WeddingNama

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Judge the Photographer’s Professionalism

You need to hire a professional photographer who thoroughly understands your requirement, your style and considers your ideas. Photographers who are professionals are bound by contract and this type of contract is a simple photography contract that makes them honour bound to not only carry out their photography across all your wedding functions (pre-decided) but also for delivering the final pictures. It is safe for you to ask for a contract from his or her mentioning the expected dates of delivering the edited images of your wedding day, albums and the wedding films.

Photography by Cam Catches

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Know the Experience of the Photographer

 Photographers are hired not only for their professionalism but also for their experience, which matters a lot. When you hire a photographer, always see if they are experienced and have covered the kind of photography you are looking for your wedding event or not.

Photography by Wedding Photo Creators

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Let the Photographs Speak

These days, it is really tough to overlook the importance of search engine credentials of any wedding allied service provider before hiring. But when you’re looking for a photographer, use Google to search for names but also take a look at photographer directories like WeddingZ.in. The photographer’s website or Instagram will give you the clarity of the quality of the artwork.

Photography by Stories by Josesph Radhik

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Stop Interfering with a Photographer’s Job

It is best not to interfere in a photographer’s job once you’re agreed with his/her terms and conditions before both of you have signed the terms of agreement paper or the mutual mail confirmations. Once you have paid then it’s their responsibility to complete it with their creative skills and efforts.   So, you can let them know your ideas to get the things you want. Rest you will have to leave upon them.

Photography by Sam and Ekta

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The above-mentioned aspects are important for you to keep in your mind at the time of hiring your wedding photographer. Along with that, you must do some research to understand what to expect nowadays from the photographers you are hiring for the wedding or you may consult the expert services offered by Weddingz.in .

10 Exciting Wedding Stage Decoration Ideas to Bookmark in 2020

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Everybody wants their wedding ceremony to be the best of the year. There are so many aspects of  wedding planning where you require the expert opinion. One of such important component is the decoration of wedding stage for various consecutive events taking place in your wedding. One particular element of wedding decor that’s certainly been sculpted over the years to stand out among the rest is the wedding stage.You can not determine your wedding stage decoration overnight so usually people hire the wedding decorators or wedding planners in advance for the smooth execution of their ideas.

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Decorations in Indian weddings have excelled the typical exemplar of ordinary hanging or screwed up drapes and old-fashioned wedding flower arrangements a long time back. With never-ending eccentric ideas and creative minds, the best wedding decorators are incubating and executing unique and fresh trends. The vast sweeps of wedding stage decoration have a lot to offer nowadays. From bizarre and minimal out of the ordinary ones to titanic ones, we’re all wrecked by choices. In this article, we will share 10 Wedding Stage Decoration Ideas for you. Right from latest Indian wedding stage decorations to captivate all-time favourite wedding stage decoration ideas with phenomenal decor elements, we’ve tried to put some mix of fresh and ideas together.

1. Out-of-the-box Floral Arrangements

Wedding decor adds to the enticement gimmick featuring creative installations at the ceremony and reception sites, couples are looking to the sophisticated art world to present a new take on traditional wedding stage décor. Here in the picture, a circular arch with carefully selected pastel florals, dotted with hanging lamps and fairy lights are adding artistic value to the venue decoration.

AASH STUDIO

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2. Thematic Decor

If you’re having a destination wedding at an elegant venue or more specifically in a heritage site then your aim should be to augment the decor with the heritage. Here in this picture, the fort is being transformed into a  decadent palace of roses.

ATISUTO EVENTS

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3. A Simple Stage Decoration with a Theme

This entire setup is perfect for the couple who loves all things subtle. A Holi party for the bride and groom to entertain their guests is being crafted in the picture. Equipped with white linens, blooming Asters and watercolour backdrops, this event transforms the fort with its modern minimal charm.

ATISUTO EVENTS

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4. Use of Floral Backdrop

 This is a very easy wedding stage decoration idea for weddings that have less preparation time. Floral arrangements infuse life into wedding decor and make the venue bloom with its natural radiance and lovely fragrance.

DESIGNER EVENTS

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5.Chandeliers and Voluminous Green Backdrop

The combination of voluminous green backdrop on furnished with glimmering golden drapes makes for stunning wedding stage decoration. The chandeliers add to its sophistication.

6. Floral Power House

With a floral backdrop, sofa with flower vases on both the sides and minimal lights, this entire setup is perfect for the couple who loves all things simple and gorgeous at the same time.

7. Minimalist Stage Decor with Red Floral Array

This stage beautified with pink flowers and a hint of pink light is an absolute adorable beauty. Subtle yet classy, this simple wedding stage decoration idea is a must!

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8.Play with Light and Sparklers

This contemporary idea is a glamorous one with its shiny glitter strings, a thick chain of flowers, perfectly placed lights and a simple sofa.

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9. Wedding Mandap Decorations

You are free to experiment with the material for the canopy with fabrics like chiffon, silk or satin or a net made of garlands of marigold or jasmine or tuberose or other exotic flowers. Diyas and candles, as well as crystal or mirror work embellishments, can be used to enhance the decor.

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10. Use of Drapes

Drapes and canopies give the stage decoration a prominent look. If you have chosen a central color, match your draperies with it. Yellow & red is the standard color when choosing drapes.

Stage decoration is one of the most important aspects of the wedding, it would be featured in all of your photos and is a huge part of how you would remember your wedding. From curtains to lights, you need to invest a lot of thought and intellect to pick the perfect set of wedding stage designs for your special day.

Once the design is decided, you also need to have a budget sheet ready assigning a certain amount to particular components. This would help you to see if you had overshot your estimate or you are well within your budget.

Apart from the above decor ideas, you can search with the keyword “ Wedding Stage Decorations” on Pinterest or with trending hashtags like #weddingstagedecor #weddingdecoartion etc on Instagram for the same. You can subscribe to the wedding allied magazines like The Wedding Trunk for various articles featuring the industry experts and their creations.

5 Tips for Singles Attending an Indian Wedding

A wedding can be a difficult occasion for a single. Watching someone settle down while you are still trying to figure out what to eat for lunch – ugh. But don’t worry for there is no need to throw that invitation card in the trash can just yet. Here are some tips for singles attending a wedding like a pro:

Ridin’ Solo!

Don’t feel pressured to arrange a date for yourself to attend an Indian wedding. If you’re single, bask in its glow and attend that wedding with absolute confidence!

Aunty Zone

AVOID ANY GATHERING OF GOSSIPING AUNTIES.

Mingle with Singles

Just because you are single, it does not mean you isolate yourself. Socialise. If you mingle with other guests, you might find out about other singles present at the wedding. Who knows, you may not remain single by the end of the wedding celebrations 🙂

Dress to Impress

A  great way to boost your confidence is by dressing well. So what if you’re single? Take some time to pamper yourself and dress to make heads turn at the wedding! 

Opening Act

To start a conversation or even to keep things interesting, have a few ice-breakers up your sleeves. These will ease away the nervousness a person might be experiencing as well as keep the conversation going for a while. 

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Now go out there and attend that wedding! #SingleandProud

Picking A Theme For Your Wedding: Here Are 9 Funky Ideas You Can Play With

When planning your wedding party why go the stereotypical way? There is a wide range of ideas that you could use to make your special day both unique and exciting, not just for you but also for your guests. We looked at a ton of ideas and found nine of the best funky wedding ideas. You could play with these or make your own. Your wedding party is your canvas and you hold the brush towards a masterpiece.  

 

1) The Cat Lovers’ Wedding Party

 

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If your partner and you share a love for these furry and sometimes friendly animals, then this is the perfect wedding idea for the two of you. Play with the concepts of a litter box or a ball of yarn for decoration. It will be a meow-jestic affair and will be remembered for a long time.

 

Image Source: Bridal Musings

 

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2) A School Theme Wedding Party

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This theme is dedicated to that one couple who has been together since school. Celebrate your journey of love from the first time you laid eyes on her till the time she said yes to the ring. Using simple decorations like notepads, books and engraved pencils for that personal touch will make this classroom wedding a great time for all the students invited. 

 

3) An Old Mill Wedding Party

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With all the old mills in the world either being torn down or renovated, find a place that you and your partner can share your love in and also enjoy the years gone by. These beautifully decorated weddings are so magical. 

 

4) A Glittery Wedding Party

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This carnival-themed wedding is colourful and the glitter eye makeup adds much magic to the bride. The gold foil dress is a unique way of adding sparkle to the wedding gown.

 

5) Old School Love Story 

 

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 Sporting all their favourite styles from their college days, these two cute couples took their guests back to the days where they first discovered the meaning of love. From sporting some cool shoes to the matching denim jackets, this is a wedding for the storybooks.

 

6) The Fairytale Wedding Party

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This fairytale wedding could not be excused from this list of wedding themes. This couple has pulled the fairytale love story along with the gorgeous pumpkin carriage. 

 

7) The Alice In Wonderland Wedding Party

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Nothing screams funky more than the characters from Alice In Wonderland. From the mad hatter to the crazy tea parties, this is a wedding theme for the couple that loves having fun together. Play with lights, have your reception in a forest, wear mismatched shoes… the list can go on and on.

 

8) The Colour Wedding Party

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By using these simple colour filled poppers, you won’t only get some gorgeous but also play with a multitude of shades and tones for your wedding party, decor and bouquet. 

 

9) The Neon Wedding Party

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Celebrate your big day with gorgeous eye-catching neon lights. Go with white, bright neon pinks and greens for colour palettes. Adding a photo booth like a cute bathtub filled with soft toys will make for some great pictures for your wedding album. 

 

So get your thinking cap on and think of the craziest ideas!

5 Offbeat Songs for your Wedding Videos

Just like the pre-wedding shoot, a wedding video has become an integral part of weddings. I think of these videos as a time capsule that transports you right to the wedding mandap! Videographers and photographers have come up with innovative ways to capture the sheer beauty of weddings. I am a fan of Govinda and his likes, but let’s face it- Kisi Disco Mein Jaaye isn’t the right song for anything apart from dancing with your cousins, right? Your wedding video deserves a beautiful and unique song of its own. I’ll let you in on a niche and selected category of soulful songs that will prove to be a game-changer!

 

1. Jeene Mein Aaye Mazza- Gully Boy

 


 

2. Dil Beparvah- Prateek Kuhad & Ankit Tiwari

 


 

3. Iktara- Tochi Raina

 


 

4. Kaisi Hai Yeh Rut- Dil Chahta Hai

 


 

5. Oh Love- Prateek Kuhad

 



Which one will make it to your wedding video?

5 Sweets to Make for Your First Teejri After Marriage

Teejri is here! 18th August 2019 brings one of the most special festivals celebrated by Sindhis everywhere. While the Punjabi Karva Chauth is often popularised by Bollywood and Indian daily soaps, not many know about Teejri.  Teejri is basically the Sindhi version of Karva Chauth where the bride or bahu of the house, decked in new clothes and hands decorated with henna, fasts all day and finally breaks it in the evening once the moon makes an appearance.

 

Since it is a special festival for the Sindhi community, an Indian dessert is in order! In case you are a bride who has gotten married into a Sindhi family, it is considered auspicious for you to fast on the first Teejri after getting married. Here are 5 simple desserts that you can make as a new bride to break your fast with something sweet: 

 

Singar ji Mithai

 

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Singar ji Mithai (or Sev Barfi) is a typical Sindhi dessert that makes an appearance for all special occasions and festivals. It is quick and easy to make comprising of unsalted sev, khoya, milk, sugar and dry fruits.

 

Boondi Ladoo

 

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Who doesn’t love ladoos? Ladoos are really easy to make and loaded with the goodness of sugar syrup. These sweet round balls of joy are the perfect cure to the hunger pangs – an unfortunate side effect of fasting all day.

 

Seviyan Kheer

 

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This is yet another popular sweet dessert made in a Sindhi home during festivals. The idea is to boil the milk, add vermicelli, sugar, aromatics (cardamom and saffron), and pistachio and almond flakes at at appropriate intervals to create a delicious bowl of sweetness to quench your thirst after breaking your fast.

 

Dodha Barfi

 

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Legend says that the dessert came into existence back in 1912 when a wrestler named Harbans Vig was experimenting in his kitchen when he came up with the Dodha Barfi loaded with dry fruits that could satisfy his sweet tooth and was nutritious enough. Definitely give Dodha Barfi a try for Teejri since it will help you regain the strength lost out on while fasting!

 

Soan Papdi

 

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Call it Soan Papdi, Patisa or ‘Buddhi ka Baal’, this Indian sweet is really addictive once you start eating it. Agreed, the process is a bit longer and tedious than the others mentioned above but it is worth the effort because Soan Papdi is just so good!

 

Make sure to try out of one of these sweets for Teejri. If you have any other dessert that you make for the Sindhi festival, let us know in the comments below!

The Wedding Checklist for the Groom

It’s a given that the to-be-wed couple wants to look at their absolute best on her wedding day. There are enough blogs to help a bride out but not much is available for the grooms. So here are some pointers for grooms to keep in mind while preparing for the wedding:

 

1. Make an effort to groom yourself for the D-day. Manicure, pedicure, a haircut and a shave definitely score you some brownie points. 

 

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2. Have your vows written down. This way, you will know exactly what to say when the moment comes around!

 

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3. Have a special gift arranged for your bride. She will really appreciate the gesture.

 

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4. One week before, get the final fitting done for all your outfits. Cannot risk having a tear in any piece of clothing, right?

 

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5. Make sure all your outfits have been steam ironed, your shoes have been polished and all the accessories are in place.

 

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6. Sleep! Cannot suggest enough about getting enough sleep. Makeup is an option but do you really want to succumb to that to hide your dark circles?

 

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7. Avoid getting distracted with work. The wedding week and day is going to be stressful so try not to add on more to the pile.

 

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8. Finalise all your bookings. This includes tickets and hotel for the honeymoon.

 

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9. Avoid being late. Being fashionably late is okay but being 1-2 hours late for your own wedding is ridiculous.

 

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10. Last but not least, have fun at your wedding!

 


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5 Tips To Keep in Mind for a Monsoon Wedding

Who said you cannot have your wedding during the monsoon season? It is a matter of proper planning and planning ahead of time to make sure your wedding is as smooth-sailing as possible.

 

Check out these 5 tips that you should keep in mind while planning your wedding for this season:

 

Get Playful with the Wedding Decor

 


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The skies may be gray and the general atmosphere may get gloomy but you can definitely perk up the mood by getting a little playful with the decor. You can have umbrellas hanging from the ceiling or raindrops and paper boat hangings as part of your decorations. 

 

This One is for the Bride!

 


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All eyes are going to be on the bride. Fret not, she can smoothly sail through the wedding by keeping these points in mind. Choose bright colours and light fabrics for the bridal ensemble. Remember, it is crucial to apply waterproof, light and matte makeup; the damp and humid weather will only melt any heavy and cream-based makeup products.

 

Fresh Food is Best Food!

 


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Plan ahead and inform the caterer about live stations. Guests will really enjoy if they will get to eat piping hot and fresh food such as bhajiyas, pav bhaji, jalebis, dosa, soup, etc. 

 

Fake it with Florals

 


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Even if the weather forecast predicts fewer chances of rain on your wedding day, don’t take the risk. Make sure to use more fake flowers and less of real ones. While the real ones look fresher and prettier, they will wilt and die in the rain. Keep these super colourful too!

 

A Shoe Just For You

 


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It is obvious that the guests, as well as the couple, will be wearing fancy and expensive footwear – nobody wants to ruin those. To make it easier for the guests, keep a big basket of disposable flip flops at the entrance that will turn to be really handy for the guests while dancing too.

India Gate Basmati Rice has come up with a great initiative and here is how you can give back to the society!

Indian weddings are famous for the number of ceremonies and the time duration of each! One of the most popular ceremonies is showering rice on the couple while taking the pheras. Also, it’s considered auspicious and often seen as a mark of fertility in Hindu ceremonies.

 

Rice is used to shower the newly married couple to bless them. End of the day, all that rice is thrown away in the dustbin. 10 million weddings take place in India every year. Every wedding wastes almost 2-5kgs of uncooked rice along with other cooked food. That means we waste 20-50 million kgs of rice every year!

 

 

In case we’ve forgotten, India is a developing country. The country is still grappling from poverty and hunger. Around 195 million of our countrymen are undernourished and don’t see the light of the next day because of hunger.

 

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Weddingz.in is all about the holy union of two souls for eternity. At the same time, Weddingz.in is also about being environmentally responsible. Time and again we have championed eco friendly causes even when it doesn’t concern weddings. So when we stumbled upon this initiative by India Gate Basmati Rice, we knew we had to spread the word! India Gate came up with the idea to create social awareness while preserving the sanctity of sentiments. Watch the video below before I dive into the details of this great cause!

 

Brides and grooms to be, I implore you, please go ahead and support this beautiful thought and social cause raised by India Gate Basmati Rice!