Wedding Planning 001 : Guest List & Wedding Invites!

Once the wedding dates are fixed, before you make all the other arrangements the most important thing to do is prepare you wedding guest list. I remember my pre-wedding days, Parents had a separate list of their friends and relatives; same with my siblings. It took a lot of time and energy to coordinate with every one and prepare a proper guest list. In fact, I didn’t get a chance to search for applications, gadgets which could help me in managing my wedding invitations. Now, there are enough and more options, but we would like to give you some smart tips, So your learn from the mistakes I made and make use of your time effectively!

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Preparing the Wedding Guest List:

Once the Wedding date is fixed, the guest list preparation should start and for this you need inputs from relatives also. To make this part simple, let us split this task. For example if you are the bride’s family then list looks like the one below:

Bride’s wedding Guest List prepared should include people whom she would like to invite. Same way, bride’s brother, sister etc can make their own list (of course with the approval of the bride as its her wedding). Senior members of the family should provide the list of family members who need to be invited. Once all individual lists are ready, prepare the Master Wedding Guest List. By doing so, there is very less probability to miss someone who is supposed to be invited. Also, When the Master Wedding Guest list is prepared using the individual lists, duplication chances are less like sending multiple invites to same person. Now this is pretty simple way and no gadget is required for preparing list. A better way is use an excel sheet, which can be filled by different persons and prepare final guest list from that.

You can also use some applications for preparing guest lists. Google itself is providing everything for planning wedding here http://www.google.co.in/weddings/. You can also go for wedding planner applications which can be installed on smartphones. Google Play store, Apple Itunes store etc have plenty of applications for these purposes.

Wedding Invite:  The next step is inviting the guests. Here we can go for any of the below options.

Classic Way – The Wedding Cards:

Traditional invitations are wedding cards. You can select a card with the design and details of the function. These can be delivered using postal facility or courier. Other than just the wedding card, calling the guest using phone and reminding them about the marriage is also a good thing to do. Then there are few special guests whom we need to go physically and invite. The physical invite need to be planned as it takes a day or more from your tight wedding schedule. This can be done by sorting out the list route wise and going and inviting them.

Smart Way – Online Wedding Invites:

The easiest of the lot, not feasible for all though. We can save time, money & manage invites easier by doing this online. This way it is easy to invite people who are staying at distant places or different countries also. For this, create a Wedding site with necessary details about the bride, the groom, the family, the story and what not. There are lots of sites available which are free for creating wedding invites. Email the people to be invited with the wedding site link (URL). People can RSVP and respond.

A smarter way is to use social networking sites for inviting the guests. Social networking site Facebook is a good example. Create a Facebook event for the Wedding and invite people using that event invite. The Wedding site URL can be integrated in the Facebook Event. Depending on the number of RSVP responses, we will get an approximate number of guests who are going to attend the wedding. This will help in budgeting, arranging food, transportation, accommodation etc.

The above ways are based on our personal experiences . Other than these, we can use Smart Phone applications to plan the wedding, invites etc. There are lots of applications for the same in Google Play Store, Itunes store etc.

Watch out for more tips from us on guest management..

Team knotstory~~

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All that Glitters is Gold – Wedding Jewelry!!!

All that glitters is not gold..

Indian weddings, now mostly addressed as Big Fat Indian weddings, the term derived from the glamour & glitz seen in Indian weddings. Once you enter a wedding venue, the first thing which comes in front of you is the decor, and then comes the wedding dresses and then the glitter. In any wedding the most expensive part of course is the wedding jewelry.

Traditionally, Gold and silver is widely used in India as the wedding jewelry.  Now a day’s diamond and platinum have conquered the bride’s heart as well as the jewelry market. Our modern North Indian brides prefer to wear jewels with latest designer work and expensive stones which match their bridal dress. As a person who got a chance to attend south and north Indian weddings, I have noticed that as you go towards south, gold is vastly used in wedding jewelry. The North Indian bride prefers designer diamond wedding ring and mangalsutras. While a South Indian bride still chooses their traditional Thali (mangalsutra) categorized upon their respective caste. They may purchase a set of diamond jewelry of latest fashion to be a part of the wedding jewelry, but the amount of gold they wear during the wedding will remain large as it depicts the status symbol of the family in the society.

The gold wedding jewelry purchased is considered as an asset, but during the wedding this purchase needs a lot of planning. Both Bride and Groom have to Shell out money for this purchase including what parents intend to gift you. Bride’s family has to do the major purchase though. Indian jewelry is always known for its unique and artistic design and that’s the reason why it’s famous worldwide. Earlier we used to wear jewelry from head to toe, as time passed by the traditional style of wearing all these jewels has become rare and now jewelry is used mostly during the weddings.

    Believe it or not! The bride in south India wears up to 3 kg gold during the wedding :O :O . However this gold is considered as an asset gifted by her parents to make her future safe and secured.

Below are few traditional gold jewels worn by our bride as a part of their wedding jewelry:

The Bengali brides wears theirs traditional jewelry like nath, paati haar, taaira, tikli, choker, kaan baala, chur etc. whereas the Tamil and Telugu brides wear Oddiyanam, maanamaalai, vanki, jhiki, mattals etc. The Malayali brides wear a lot of gold jewelry during the wedding. Some of them are kaasumaala, maangamaala, poothali, nagapadathali, Jhimki, thoda and lot more. In the other parts of India gold jewels are comparatively less used during weddings. The gold is used along with diamond, platinum and other expensive stones.

Watch out for more details about traditional Indian wedding jewelry in our coming blogs 🙂

Theknotstory tip: Always purchase gold from an authorized jeweler and also check for BIS 916 Hallmark which is the symbol of purity. Some jewelers give an option where you can pay a certain amount and book jewels for that day’s price and later purchase it paying full amount. So be on a look out for the low price days and book you gold  for the wedding jewelry!

 

Happy Shopping,

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Theknotstory.com

 

South Indian Brides and Silk Sarees!!

We told you a lot about the Lehengas and the Ghagras and the north Indian weddings. Time to travel to the south! So here’s bringing information about what is worn by Bride in South Indian weddings.

silk sarees and draping         Let me tell you guys that in South India, weddings simplicity rules! The main focus in the South Indian wedding is on the wedding dress. Unlike other parts of India, where brides flaunt their lehengas in South Indian weddings you can see a large variety of Silk Sarees or “Pattu” Sarees. The silk comes from the cocoon of the silk worm and requires a great deal of handling and processing before it becomes your wedding dress. This makes it one of the most expensive fibers also.

It is a tradition to wear silk sarees as your wedding dress in south Indian weddings. The price of these sarees varies from 1000 INR to lakhs depending on the quality and the amount of silk used in the saree. In any south Indian wedding, the bride needs to wear a number of sarees during various rituals apart from the main wedding saree.

In some parts of south India like Karnataka and Maharashtra the bride wears a Nauvari silk saree along with green glass bangles with traditional gold during the wedding ceremony, whereas in Kerala ivory n gold combination is considered auspicious. In Tamil Nadu the saree is draped in a very different manner (Madirasi style). Whatever the color combination or style is, the quality of a bridal silk saree is excellent with sarees woven from the excellent quality of silk. Kanchipuram silks and Mysore silks two world-renowned names in this business.

The North Indian culture & style have influenced the south Indian weddings too. Unlike earlier times, modern south Indian brides prefer designer wedding sarees, lehengas, cholis, salwars etc during their pre and post marriage functions like engagements, haldi , receptions etc. In fact some places they have introduced baraat (well with all entertainment)!

Theknotstory tip:

How to identify pure silk saree:

Take a few threads from the wrap and weft of the saree and burn them. If a very tiny ash ball is left behind which smells like burnt hair, its pure silk.

So, happy Wedding shopping 🙂

 

The Arranged “Bride” :D


Yeah we know it’s all about embracing the western culture these days.  And to some the typical arranged marriage thing may not appeal . But it is what it is . Arranged marriages still are an integral part of the Indian Culture. So the other day we were discussing the entire process and the pro’s and con’s of just putting yourself out there ( now we are not at all getting in the debate ). If you may say its blind dating! (with officially involving your parents )!  Coming to think about it, Dating like the west with an Indian touch to it 😛  So instead of writing down the whole process of how you seal the deal on your bride 😉 We give you an infograph of how an arranged marriage bride is selected! And if you  have an experience you would like to share on your arranged shaadi write to us! Or if you are going to experience the same also write to us with your excitements, anxiety, fears and queries.

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xoxo Thekntostory.

 

New year Party with a Difference !

We are nearing the end of the year 2012. Like every year this one has its own bits and pieces to remember. It’s this one last  day when many unknown hotels, resorts, bands, dancers, singers, tour planners, event management companies and what not make money. One single day and people make lakhs, millions like wise. Is it necessary to spend so much for celebrating New year?
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An average party where a couple makes an entry costs 3k (3000INR) and above as cover charge only. Food and other things depends on how much more to spend. We Indians are always a step ahead in celebrations; Be it wedding or festivals or New year.  Is it worthy to spend so much? Why spend so much, when you can have the same fun at lesser price?  What about the after party confusions? Unsafe travelling alone or travelling with a lady, Getting booked for Drunken driving or the  uncertainity of availability or heavy fares hiring  a taxi or room rent and all kind of other complications. In a simpler tone, most people celebrate an amount which is equivalent to a month’s expense on New year night.

Here is a suggestion from us as to how to celebrate this New year wisely and cheaply!!

Arrangements + Planning

Celebration always make sense when you are with the right bunch of people, Friends. Arrange a small house party with friends & family.  Plan it at one of your houses or rent a house or cottage for a day where all can sleep after party. Divide the expense. Make arrangements for food, cleaning, and other things(audio,video and whatever). This celebration may not be a Page 3 celebration, but this will be one new year where you are celebrating with the right bunch spending a small amount of money and with minimal risk.

Advantages:

Minimize unnecessary spending and save some money.

No worries about drinking and driving.

No safety concerns when you have to reach home late.

Party with friends and hence no risk for girls.

No cops and eve teasers to bother.

Happy Family 🙂

Disdavantages:

Friends should be available.

Place for party & stay should be available.

Someone to cook food & clean should be available.

This is not a Page 3 party where a famous DJ plans some tracks.