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My favorite picks: Vikram phadnis bridal lehengas!

With the upcoming wedding season, all you beautiful bride to be’s must be gearing up to buy or design your favorite wedding lehenga. I thought i would bring you a preview of all the gorgeous lehengas that I absolutely love. This post goes our to Vikram Phadnis designs. You can choose from these for you Wedding/Reception/Sangeet/Mehendi/Kirtan or even the contemporary Cocktail party. You can also chose for your sister, bhabhis, n near and dear one’s from this collection. Thats what makes these even more popular in my list!The designs boast of elegance and I absolutely love them!! These are from his Lakme bridal collection. Hope you like something and get your dream lehenga browsing from our blog!

Vikram phadnis lehengas

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For any queries please write in to theknotstory@gmail.com!
P.S. These designs belong to the designer.I am just appreciating 😀 Also click on the picture to view a larger image!

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First Date!!!

Courtship they say is the best time of your life spent ! It is always told that the pre-wedding days are the best spent days in your life if you look at your love life. These days are more memorable,exciting and romantic than the honeymoon days ( some might not agree :P:P ) . During these days you are treated as king/queen by your partner ;).  You get to know each other in a whole different way than before! You would be showered with love, care and surprise gifts. The whole feeling can only be experienced and not expressed 😀
The day you meet your partner is going to be the most memorable day of your life( if you know he/she is your’s for the rest of the eternity that is! and yes you will sure get this feeling once you meet them! ). The first date, make it as special as you can. In case of arranged marriages, mostly parents would accompany you when you meet your date for the first time.  But you can always arrange a special date with your would be (with or without the permission of parents in India 😉 ). Its up to you and your partner to make it so special and memorable as these are the moments which you are going to cherish for ever.
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Coming to the vebue, One thing I can suggest you guys here is never limit your budget for your first date, budgeting can be done during wedding and not first date . You can select a good restaurant with perfect ambiance,  nothing better than a romantic candle light dinner. You can select a nice beach facing restaurant, or a luxurious high rise restaurant or that one special place, as per your wish and convenience you guys can plan accordingly. Since this is going to be a memorable moment purchase a special gift for your partner. It need not be too expensive, but something special to cherish the beautiful moment in future. Enjoy your first date guys !!!
Coming soon: First gift!!
For suggestions on your first date and dream wedding write to us on theknotstory@gmail.com
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Personalizing your Wedding Invitation!

Wedding invitation play an important role. We have written about several things while choosing your wedding card.  Several important things go in selecting a wedding invitation card. This blog would focus on the possible professionalization that can happen with a card. So when you go to your favorite card designer it’s important to know what you can ask for while getting a suitable design for your card.

Following is a list of things you can personalize while getting your card done.

  1. Images.
  2. The text.
  3. Background images.
  4. Image seals.
  5. Add on items
  6. Carry bags.
  7. RSVP cards.
  8. Address labels.

Keep these things in mind and you are on your way to getting the perfect wedding card design. In case you need any help on doing the same never forget to write to theknotstory@gmail.com

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Feasts and Wedding – An Infographic

Like every weekend, here is this week’s infographic and it is on Wedding Feasts.  Starting from Breakfast to a Cocktail reception, our suggestions are based on the fact that final decision is yours. These are the options You ought to think about.

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We are here to help you all for planning your wedding, executing the plan and helping you to settle down. Feel free to write to us at theknotstory@gmail.com

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Budget Wedding: Wedding dress for HER

We girls plan and dream a lot about our wedding and partner. When it comes to our wedding dress we’ll have a perfect idea about the color and pattern irrespective of which class (society) or from which country we are from. A beautiful wedding dress is a dream for each one of us. When the wedding is fixed a huge amount is kept aside for the wedding shopping. We have a number of rituals and functions before and after the wedding, and we need to find the perfect dresses for all these functions. But all of us are not capable of shopping as our wish. Our pocket won’t allow us to shop as our wish and dream.

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For those who are planning for a budget wedding theknotstory have come with few tips which would be handy for you while doing your wedding shopping.

  • The first thing to do is to have a clear idea of what you are going to wear on the wedding day and other functions. You have options like a nice saree or a  salwar or lehenga choli or a nice gown. Also have a clear idea of the latest trends. This can be done by searching latest weddings, celebrities, fashion shows etc.
  • Never do your wedding shopping in a mall. The beautiful dresses displayed in malls can be way too expensive than any other shops.
  • Always do the wedding shopping in the wholesale textile market nearest to your locality. This will help you save a lot and get good quality material. More than anything you will find varieties of patterns, design and colors from such markets.
  • Approach a good domestic tailor with design in your mind. Explain clearly how you want your dresses to be. Once you give your wedding dress for stitching its better to do frequent visit to the tailor to check the progress. This will help you to know whether the dress is being made as you want and if needed alterations can be made then and there.
  • If you find good options during off season Sale, go ahead and buy it rather than buying the same thing at double the sale price later.
  • Start the wedding shopping earlier and try to finish it at least a month before wedding.
  • If you are not keen on keeping your wedding dress as a sweet memory of the wonderful day, there are rental bridal dress available in market.  I personally do not suggest this.
These are few tips which theknotstory would like to share with the to-be brides out there who are planning for a budget shopping for your wedding. For those who can afford an expensive wedding dress go ahead with your dream wedding dress with all the minute detailing. For any queries please email us to theknotstory@gmail.com
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The Auspicious 7 pheras!

Until you take those 7 rounds around the fire amidst chanting of the mantras your Indian wedding isn’t complete. The 7 (saat) pheras in Indian weddings are always the highlight of the wedding. The bride and groom make 7 vows to each other which they promise to fulfill to make their married life happier. Ever wondered what they mean and what  are you getting yourself into :P:P ( I always nag my husband saying you made this promise while getting married!! ) Good to know these vows before you make them to your life partner!

I always wanted these 7 pheras to be a part of my wedding card in some way or the other! And my card designer did a very good job! Without much delay here is snapshot of my own wedding card with the 7 pheras explained ! The mantras have their own meaning and we tried to make it as simple as we could in english!

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There is a very famous hindi song also related to the 7 pheras. Hope you like it and this infoormation is of all the help understanding your wedding vows.

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Budget Wedding – Wedding dress for HIM

We start planning about our wedding dress even before the wedding is fixed or even before we find our partner 😉 (I am talking about girls on a majority). We decide this after seeing the brides around us or in movies or as per our imagination of a dream bride\groom. Let us start with the Groom’s dress.
          Wedding dress for groom doesn’t mean only costliest dress, but smart & elegant one’s. Weddings are all about elegance, beauty, smart spending and how organized it is. Since we are talking about budget weddings, we at Theknotstory can give you some suggestions based on the research done & experience. While selecting Groom’s dress, go for dresses which are not too much fancy. For example if the function is not too ethnic, shop something like a designer kurti which can be used in future also. Some good options are FabIndia has got some Class Ethnic Kurtas. They are elegant, but not too fancy because of which we can use them in future also. Another idea is to buy cloth and get it stitched. This is a smart investment which can be used after marriage also. Let us take the case of a wedding where we use traditional wear. You can select White kurti. Even a Designer Pyjama kurta can be worn during the wedding, but it needs to be classy and elegant. On the wedding day, if there are multiple functions where different dresses are needed, then the groom can wear Kurti in the beginning for Rituals & Pujas and Pyjama-Kurti later. Shopping for ethnic dresses needs to be done after good research.
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Finalizing the perfect wedding dress which fits your budget needs to be purchased carefully. For shopping Wedding dress, Head for a place where you can buy any kind of Wedding dresses or where dresses can be stitched. In every City there is a place/are places where you can buy the perfect wedding dress at an affordable price. If we take example of Delhi, then Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar etc are good options for wedding shopping at an affordable budget. Same way, in pune go to Laxmi road; there are good shops which are specialized in wedding dresses. In Chennai, T-nagar is the ultimate shopping spot. Here you get gents & ladies dresses at the best price. Namma Bangalore you got Chickpet. Mumbai there are plenty of places like Natraaj Market, Gandhi Market, bhuleshwar, Mangaldas market etc. Like this every city or town in India, there are places good for shopping wedding dresses. On the other hand, if the option is a three piece suit or a blazer then this need to be shopped brilliantly. One option is to buy from exclusive shops like Raymonds, Louis Philip, Van Heusen etc. These brands have some good party wear blazers, shirts, ties, cufflinks etc. Now these are a bit costly. If the cost need to be kept towards the cheaper side, go for shops like the ones specified above where you get wedding dresses, You can give the measurements and get them stitched. But a suit or blazer from the brands like Raymonds, van Heusen, louis Philip etc can be used in future also for parties or places where you have to wear something formal.
If Groom’s shopping is done keeping on thing in mind, usability in future then you have done the Perfect shopping for Budget Wedding.
Some Important Do’s & Dont’s:
  • Never buy ethnic dress from malls.
  • Buy smartly, if possible shop in advance when there is a Sale. This will be good for suite & blazers. Find places where you get dresses at best prices.
  • Try to shop in multiple days rather than finishing on one day.
  • Don’t buy cheap stuff, buy quality dresses at reasonable prices.
Last but not the least, if you come across a situation you need suggestions, advice, options then write to us at theknotstory@gmail.com. We like to make every wedding the Dream Wedding.
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The Perfect Family Sunday – How Married People divide work

After 5 working days everyone waits for the weekend. Sunday is the day most of us sit back at home, finish some personal work, spend some quality time with family. It is also the day which reminds us that “Tomorrow we got to go to office”. We had earlier posted an infographic (http://wp.me/p2T1CS-dx) on how a boy & girl spend their weekend before getting married. Let us see how married people spend Sunday’s. We have created an infographic and its self explanatory.

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A Family Sunday

We belive that the above Infographic had answered some common questions 😉 . Above and below all, this may not be the scenario at every home, we have created this based on research with a tinch of humour :P.

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Budget Wedding – Wedding Feast

We believe you Guys would have read our previous blog http://wp.me/p2T1CS-eL on organizing a budget wedding and decor. Lets see how to organize a good wedding feast within our limited budget. In country like India wedding feast is considered as a sole benchmark to judge the whole wedding. If we consider Indian weddings, ceremonies like Haldi, Mehendi, Engagement, Wedding & Reception; each of them are  followed by a feast. If you calculate the cost spent on all these feasts it would definitely be a huge amount (enough for a honeymoon trip to Paris along with shopping! 😛 ) . We are part and parcel of the society and we cannot ignore the rights, rituals & beliefs followed by them. Its our sole responsibility to make our guests happy. We at Theknotstory know some ways to make your society, family, guest as well as your purse happy.
  • For a budget wedding,  keep the wedding feast as simple as possible. The wedding feast is exclusively arranged for the guests. The trick is a delicious feast instead of a 7 course buffet.
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  • Rather than approaching a catering service who charges you a bomb, Go for an awesome good domestic cook and find people to serve the food. This will save you lot of money.
  • As we said earlier, rather than keeping feasts followed by each ritual you can arrange a single feast after the grant wedding ceremony for the guests arrived.
  • If you want to keep the budget really low then limit number of people for wedding and arrange for a tea party which can be a reception after wedding, which will save you a lot. This is practical when it comes to a court wedding or wedding where budget is low.
  • In case of register marriage and court marriages you can arrange a small post wedding feast/party for the family and close friends.
  • If you have planned for a Buffet, then plan the menu wisely, organize the items properly & assign people to monitor/serve the food to reduce wastage.
  • In any Feast, Menu items should be decided wisely. Wisely in a way that prefer Items made from easily available vegetables, non-vegetables. Do not opt for something costly or something which is not easily available according to the season.

Whatever we wrote above are some of the common ways to reduce cost. They are based on our research, experiences and our ideas. We never said dream weddings are impossible. We got our resources to make any wedding a dream wedding. We have our own ways of doing this. We know how to make an awesome feast at a reasonable cost. If you are interested, we will be happy to help you. Write to us at theknotstoy@gmail.com

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Sold out to the sale!

Its monsoon and the sale time is here. Since I already spent big bucks yesterday I thought I would jot down some important do’s and don’s while shopping in the sale. The very thought of sale shopping is rejuvenating. Anything at the cost lower than the printed one is always welcome to anybody. Who does not like saving. Remember we gave you a list of to do’s while shopping for the black Friday sale? Refer all of that and brush-up your sale shopping skills. Along with that remember the following in order to help you avoid all that you don’t wan to end up buying!Sold out to the sale.

DO:

  • Stock up on winter collections as the weather next is appropriate. Woolens are always expensive to buy retail. So sale is the appropriate time to stock up on that.
  • Go buy all the footwear that you have your eyes on.
  • Expensive high-end bags are a great bargain if you go sale shopping. ( I am suffering from serious post shopping guilt in this department on my recent purchase 😛 😛 )
  • Spending on denims during sale shopping is also a great idea. Even if the trends change a decent pair of denim wouldn’t really hurt.
  • Household decor items are also to look out for when you are shopping during the sale.
  • Furnishings like Bed-covers, Bath linens are again some important items that you could or you would wanna spend on.
  •  Electronics items which you have been keeping on hold since a long time.

DON’T :

  • Buy cosmetics as much tempting as it is. You cannot guarantee the expiry date. There is a possibility of products being very near to the expiry date.
  • Buy neon colors , since are so much in fashion these days it may tempt you. But they aren’t here to stay long. It may be a possibility that 3 months later you may regret buying so many neon’s after all!
  • Buy too many leather items. Remember its monsoon time after all.
  • Buy footwear which you plan to use this season and aren’t weather appropriate.
  • Forget to check your bill the percentage discount and any discrepancy where product guarantee is concerned.

Happy shopping.

xoxo ~~

Thekn0tstory.