…we salute you! Every woman has a few moments in their life that they will remember forever, and the day we get engaged is one of them. While we’ve all dreamt about our perfect wedding day, the moment we get engaged is the key event that sets the wheels in motion, so it’s important to not mess it up! This is for all those who are thinking about saying those four simple words, what to do, what not to do, and why it’s never a good idea to do it in front of a huge crowd…
The Best Time…
You’ll know when it’s the best time. You know her well enough that you will be able to navigate through a stressful period in life, or do you? Be sure to cater to her tastes. If she is coy and reserved, it’s unlikely she’ll appreciate being asked in front of 16,000 people at a ball game. Likewise, popping the question in front of family and friends can be a bit too clichéd for many people. A nice, quiet walk along the beach is an understated option, and besides, if she wants to share it with the world, social media is merely a click away.
This can be a massive struggle for a lot of people. You need the ring to match their personality, so if she is a classical and demure type of person, you should go for something understated and elegant. While you have your choice of diamond engagement rings to choose from, you can always go for something personalized, and the best way to really find out is to look at the jewelry your bride to be has. Are they showy, or are they mainly plain bands? As a rule, the ring should cost around three months’ salary, so make of that what you will. But, if you are one of the lucky ones, the ring has already been picked out for you, and numerous hints have been dropped!
Congratulations! Now What?
This is where life gets really interesting! It’s either time for a long engagement, and a lot of people don’t really see the point in that. Unless you are really struggling with your finances, you may wish to start saving up money before doing any wedding planning, but if you’re able to do it in a short timeframe, it is possible. That special someone in your life will have so many ideas on their perfect wedding day you could very easily sit back and let the plans form themselves! But if you have close family, they will be willing to help in whatever way they can. So you could be very lucky and get a lot of financial help from the in-laws!
If the proposal is perfect, it will make the rest of the preparation so much easier. And while it’s so stressful to get right, the moment she says “yes” will make it all so worthwhile. And you will be the happiest, albeit broke, person in the world.
So, he’s finally popped the question, you’ve told everyone you know the good news, and the reality of it all is finally setting in. You may have had countless ideas about what you want your dream wedding to look like ever since you were a little girl. Now, you’re finally going to be able to make these daydreams a reality! When planning your big day, there are a number of things you should know, and others that you have to know. If you’re about to get stuck in with the planning, here are some essential tips to bear in mind…
Your Guests Come First
Well, obviously, you come first. However, when you sit down to start planning, your guests are the first thing you should worry about. First and foremost, get a firm handle on the number of guests you’re going to invite. This will make it easier to settle on details such as the wedding invitations and the venue. As a general rule of thumb, you should make sure you have around 25 square feet of space per wedding guest. That might sound like a lot, but remember you need to account for the tables, the catering staff, the band and of course the dancefloor.
There’s nothing worse than marking a date on your calendar, beginning to count down the days to your wedding, and then finding out that you’ll need to postpone it. Start investigating a rough time when you’d like to have your wedding, and find out if there are any no-go dates around the same time. Trade conferences, charity walks, and other local events, can all have a dramatic effect on both traffic and the availability of hotel rooms. Rule these out, and you’ll ensure your big day goes as smoothly as possible.
Think About the Weather
To make sure your big day is enjoyable and memorable for all of your guests, you need to start thinking about any potential annoyances that mother nature might throw at you. It’s fairly common for wedding guests to leave early from events held in blistering summer days, and winter receptions with inadequate heating. Bugs such as gnats and mosquitoes will swarm around some areas in certain times of the year, so take precautions against these pests if the wedding or reception is going to be largely outdoors. If a sunset is essential to your perfect ceremony, make sure you check what time you’ll need to say your vows. You don’t want the reception to start too late in the day!
Weddings are among the most expensive private events anyone will have to pay for. However, you can take advantage of the high cost of your big day, by applying for a good rewards credit card. Whether it pays off in air miles or excellent shopping deals, trying to consolidate all of your wedding purchases with the right card will help you acquire countless reward points. These can be an absolute godsend when you two are on your honeymoon!
Feeding everyone who’s coming to your wedding is another major expense that you’ll have to account for. Before you sign any contracts with your vendors, just make sure you’re not expected to serve the same meal to them as you’ve got planned for your guests. You don’t want to have to pay for twenty extra lobster tails at short notice! Start looking for affordable, but equally satisfying wedding meals to serve them instead. You’re going to have to call your caterer in advanceand let them know precisely how many vendors are going to need feeding. Don’t forget the people who often slip through the net, such as roadies and photography assistants.
Leave Some Emergency Cash
We know, your big day may be completely wrecking your bank account as it is. Flowers, attire, music and entertainment, food, transport… the list goes on and on! However, if you want to be 110% sure that the event’s going to go off without a single hiccup, you also need to leave yourself an emergency cash cushion. As a general rule, this should be around ten percent of the necessary, non-negotiable expenses. This will be for surprise costs, such as getting extra invitations made up due to mistakes, supplying umbrellas for a rainy day, or even little décor frills. Hopefully, everything will go according to plan, and you won’t need to touch this emergency reserve. Still, it’s better to have this money and not need it, then to need it and not have it.
Set a Kids Policy
When children and weddings mix, it can make a large and complex event even more hard to manage. You have a few options for dealing with this. You can tell everyone that kids are welcome, make it an adults only event, allow immediate family only, or organise some kind of childcare solution for your guests. There are many childcare services that will accommodate for weddings, basing themselves either in the reception area, a function room, or at a family member’s home. Obviously, you don’t want to avoid hurt feelings, so try to avoid letting some guests bring their kids and then disallowing others.
Take Things a Step at a Time
Planning your perfect wedding is a massive project, and even though you’re excited for the day itself, all the different aspects of planning can quickly turn it into a long and difficult stress-fest! To keep yourself from pulling your hair out, break down all the work ahead of you into several manageable steps, sorted into a logical schedule. Figure out the tasks you need to complete, and tackle them one by one, preventing it all from snowballing out of control and casting a gloom over the happiest day of your life. Don’t hire any vendors or services before a date is set in stone. Don’t design your cake until you’re certain on the flower arrangements. Don’t choose entertainment before you know how much space you’ll have. Move things along in a logical, manageable order, and you’ll take a lot of potential stress out of the situation!
When you first take on the role of bridesmaid for your friend, you probably have a very rose-tinted view of how it’s going to be. Images of you and the bride gleefully making wedding favors together, spending hours poring over beautifully dresses and pulling it all together in time for the big day fill your mind – but just how accurate is this vision? Many of us grossly underestimate the responsibilities that being a bridesmaid can entail, and therefore the demands of the role can come as quite a shock! Plus, sometimes you may need to take on jobs that you never even thought about before – after all, there are so many different logistics that play a key role in running the average wedding day. Getting from A to B is one of them, especially if the wedding is not taking place somewhere particularly local. It’s only natural that you will end up getting almost as attached to the wedding as the bride herself, and you want all the important people there to watch the happiest day of your friend’s life. So, if wedding transport is something on your bridesmaid to-do list, you may want to start thinking about what your options are now.
Image source The bachelorette party Arguably one of the biggest roles you will take on a bridesmaid is organizing the infamous bachelorette party. These are a rite of passage for many women all over the globe, and, much like bachelor parties, are known for their wild and risque antics. If you want to go the whole hog with this, why not look into Party Bus Rental here? Even the journey can be an excuse for a party, so crack open the bubbly and travel to your venue in style. Guests on the day On the actual day of the wedding, you need to be aware that the bride will have a million and one things to think about – and she is also likely to be a huge bag of nerves as well! To take some of the pressure off her, make sure you have everyone’s wedding transport accounted for. She won’t be in a position to worry about who is going in what car, and knowing that you’ve got it all under control can help her to immediately relax. The bridal party may travel in specific cars (such as classic cars), while the other guests may need to get cabs. Just always make sure you have more booked than you need, in the case of any shortcomings.
Image source In case of an emergency Sometimes, things happen that are beyond our control, and we need to think quickly on our feet. Even if you booked all the transportation months in advance, you could well end up with one car not turning up, or running exceptionally late – in which case, some of the most important wedding guests might not even make the ceremony. For this reason, you may want to have a backup in the form of your own car. Sure, it’s not very glamorous arriving at the church in one of the bridesmaid’s hatchbacks – but better to do that than to not arrive at all!
Wedding Season..Latest Trends.. and whats best when you get to see what the bollywood divas are wearing this wedding season.. so here is an exclusive glimpse.. read on
This week saw the coming together of talent and passion. Highly specialised dermato-cosmotologist Dr. Swati Srivastava tied the knot with leading nutritionist Dr. Riddhesh Jani. The mehandi and wedding ceremonies were an extremely intimate affair. The guest list was restricted to close friends and family. Seen at these elegant and tasteful gatherings were Raveena Tandon & Anil Thadani, Eijaz Khan, Simple Kaur, Mr and Mrs Keki Mistry and daughter Tinaz, Natalie di luccio, Sangeeta & Sachin Ahir, Anu Ranjan and many more. Check out the pics to see who rocked the traditional look and how..
Going with the trends, pre-wedding shoots have been an in thing since long now, but innovations in the same is something every couple seeks. You don’t want your pre-wedding shoot to be done in a similar manner as of a friend of yours, you would always want something different, something exciting and innovative. This difference and innovation is a job of an expert, a photographer, a studio that takes up the challenge of making your shoot a memorable one.
Let me introduce you to one such company and the guy who owns it, so that you don’t have to boggle your head on who you need to hire for your pre-wedding shoot.
White Frog Productions is a well known name in the field of TV, Films, Wedding Photography and Ads. It is a creative agency which was founded on 2013 by Kunal Khanna. It is located in New Delhi. They are passionate about Cinematography & Photography.
White Frog Production team believes in hard work and giving best results to the clients. Their corporate clients are :- GROFERS, NIKON, ZENICA CARS, COSCO SPORTS etc. They have done many shoots for fashion like Worlds of Wonder, Diacolor jewels, TACFAB fashions, SahibaTextiles , Rajdeep Ranawat (FASHION DESIGNER) etc. They also shoot for high profile Lounge, Pubs and Bars like CLUB BW, Skooter, Hype, The town house cafe etc. They have an experience of Live Events, television production, filming and they worked for companies like TV Today Group, NDTV, CBS Love, UTV, Network 18, the team has its clear focus in delivering results and products that help to radiate their positive energy across the entire visual-communications space. The experienced team at White Frog Productions thinks with their customer hats on, delivering customized solutions tailored to every client’s need.
White frog productions pre wedding shoots are also getting more innovative day by day. They love to click the best moments of a couple in a natural form. They provide the services in Film, Photography like fashion, weddings, and corporate, commercial and full retouching services. Graphic design, corporate branding, Web design, Motion Graphics Film: pre and post Production, Editing, VFX, Production, Sound Design.
White frog productions cover every wedding in a unique style and explore new ways to make it different. They always do a lot of research and come up with innovative ideas. They always look forward to capture beautiful moments which the couple can cherish forever and ever.
Now, there upcoming projects are 10 royal place wedding Photo shoot, high profile corporate events and shooting in 3 countries Bali, Bangladesh & Bangkok in 10 days.
KUNAL KHANNA (Director, White Frog Productions)
Kunal Khanna, Director, White Frog Productions is passionate for his work. He has been a captain of the ship since the inception. A great cinematographer who has short multiple feature films, big label music video and commercials. He loves to work on mountains and his love for bikes and cameras is never ending. He has 8 years of experience in media. Recently he shot Shraddha Kapoor in veet brand shoot in bali, Indonesia. He did a high budgeted Short Sci-Fiction Film named ‘The Irrelevant Field’ with well known artists and technical production for Raftaar’s Music Video – Nasha Wikda. He worked as Producer for UTV Stars, did entertainment shows like, Khan Wars, Chat, Superstar Santa. He worked as Producer for Travel Trendz TV and worked as Producer for Aajtak New Channel for 3 Years. He also did Aerial Shoot at Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai for a Grand Royal Wedding.
With the festive and wedding season approaching, we always are thinking on how to make our gifting experience more unique. We all want to move away from the usual gifts, and make our loved one feels special with something that is different, unique yet inexpensive. So here is our hand picked list of all beautiful gifting options that you can consider for this festive season.
Chocolates and Desserts never really go out of fashion, so how about gifting your loved ones a box of handmade chocolates, or donuts or beautiful dessert jars or cupcakes and many more delightful sweets. Ikreatehas been into the business since 10 years and have been gifting partners to brands like Colgate, Marico, Sarda Plywood etc apart from private elite clients. Their chocolates and desserts have not just got rave reviews from the clients, but also repeat orders for years together. The best part about Ikreate is the love and passion that the put into everything they make, maintaining the quality over the years and yet being very very reasonable.
Handikart.co.in, an online handicraft’s store that offers assorted range of genuine and original handicraft products across India, has announced its exquisite range of products across categories to celebrate its first Diwali. These exclusive products are designed by the untouched & rural artisans from various parts of India and showcase the undying spirit of the artisans’ and their creativity.
The mesmerizing range of gifting options from handikart.co.in has you covered this festive season with idols of lord Ganesha, goddess Lakshmi, eye catching puja accessories like diyas, t-light holders and amazingly genuine brass ware products, terracotta, pattachitra, leather lamps, marble products and more.
With array of lamps, lanterns and decorative accessories, Handikart’s latest collection is about dreamy luminescence and shimmering brilliance.
The collection is priced between Rs. 100 and Rs. 5000 and will be up for grab from 5th Oct till 30th Oct with home delivery across India.
Over 1000 handcrafted products across 27 categories are available from traditional local artisans across the country. From Gorara Stone’s fine carvings to intricate Zardozi boxes of Old Agra; from Sambhal’s hand-made camel bone jewellery boxes to north east’s eco-friendly bamboo and cane products; from Orissa’s Palm leaf art and Pattachitra art to Bhadohi’s Shikauli baskets, Handikart is truly a place where Indian essence comes alive.
Surprise Someone.in is another wonderful online portal where you can get beautiful boxes, photo frames, handmade bags and a lot of other gift items, which will help create an element of surprise for your loved ones. The price range is very affordable and a lot of times you will double check the price, because the moment you will look at an item you will assume a higher price, but when you will see the rates surprise someone is charging, you will be amazed. They are so pocket friendly. I have personally used this portal a lot of times to gift my loved ones, on father’s day (check post here), to surprise my son (check post here), on rakhi (check post here) and other occasions (check post here).
With the festivities and wedding season all set to rock the nation, here is an insight on whats really going on in the weddings these days. Ankur Garg, the man behind Imperial Event & Wedding Planner, shares the latest technologies that are raging the Indian Wedding Scene.
“Marriages are made in heaven”. True; only until matrimonial websites and portals didn’t exist. Now the saying goes like, “Marriages are fixed over matrimonial sites, executed with high-tech planning and talked about, on the social networking sites”. Now this sounds really cool, isn’t it??
Indian weddings are supported with high income barrels to ensure that the guests never get over with the vulnerability. Technology, as we all know can make anything happen. Indian Wedding couples are making use of it to the fullest. Let’s see how?
Graphical Interchange Format Cameras are for clicking some really cool poses in a go and then you get to see it as animation on the screen set-up as if the pictures are moving! Friends and family at the wedding events love to gather up and mumble bubbly expressions to extend the drama!
Sounding like one of the Bollywood superheroes, it is, in reality a super camera! Drones are wireless cams which are controlled by remotes in order to capture the best shots from the best angle in Indian Weddings. It has made things very convenient in this era when the couple doesn’t want anybody to steal the limelight when they adorn each other with jaimalas, not even the camera person! This is when drones are used to capture the moment perfectly from all the possible angles, i.e. , dronography. At Imperial Event & Wedding Planner there is a Drone expert team now.
Selfie Sticks & Charging Booths
Fellas and family are always witnessed going mad over pictures and more of selfies but Oops.. there is a ‘low battery’ notification on the phone! In order to keep the fun on, at Imperial Event & Wedding Planner the team ensures that charging booths are set up at the wedding venue which not only makes sure that your mobile’s battery doesn’t drain but also keeps your selfie stick at work (which is another latest technology at Indian Weddings)
Ankur says, “Wrapping up the tech-savvy dynamics at the Indian Weddings, I would like to mention that it has just begun. Eyes are resting on some next level technologies like driverless cars to drive away the bride and robots at the venue to charm away the guests and so on..Our planners @ Imperial Event & Wedding Planner are well informed of all the technology moves. So plan it with us and look forward for a great experience for a wedding that is hard to forget for all the people who witness it”
So all those who planning big events and weddings you know now that there is an expert team which can provide you out of the box technology solutions that would not just charm your guests but also make your events memorable for one and all. So go for it!