Wedding Dress – Wear the dress you like to!

What to wear and not to wear on a wedding is a subject which is big enough for a debate. We came up with a simple Infographic on the same. How things that complicated can be made easy with a flowchart 😛 😛

Wedding dress infograph!

We at theknotstory would like to help you folks in any of the situations related to marriage. Feel free to write to us at theknotstory@gmail.com

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My favorite picks: Shyamal and Bhumika Men’s collection!

Its about time I write something about the grooms or I might loose on the readers :P:P So here are my favorite picks from the Shyamal & Bhumika collection for the groom’s outfit. I am sure you read our previous post on the Groom’s wedding dress http://wp.me/p2T1CS-gk . The groom’s now a days have become more aware of fashion and the latest trends surfacing in the fashion world where the sherwanis are concerned.  The intricate designs and the work on the Sherwanis is almost as heavy as bridal lehengas these days. The colors have changed from traditional golden to more velvet’s,blues and reds etc. Groom’s like to experiment. Matching the sherwani with the color of the bridal lehenga still is one of the ongoing trends, more concepts are flowing in. We intend to update you with all that we know ! Till then this post belongs to Shyamal and Bhumika’s Men’s collection!

Shyamal & bhumika Sherwanis

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P.S. These designs belong to the designer.I am just appreciating 😀 Also click on the picture to view a larger image!

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

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!

The 7 pheras

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.

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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Choose the right engagement “Ring”- Part 1 !

The shopaholic is back from theknotstory. Well it was the last month that a close one decided to get married! And who do you think would have hopped on the shopping responsibility?? No prizes for guessing mah’ name! Don’t even get to think what my name is! Okay aren’t we drifting from the title a wee bit?

The marriage is incomplete without its ring! The engagement and in some cases the wedding band! This is a lifelong investment! This ring remains with you till the grave they say. Choosing on your engagement ring can be really catchy. But if done with the utmost care and love makes your loved one happy! In my case I still regret not being able to have the ring I always wanted :() I sincerely hope my husband takes a hint n gets me that ring 😉 ;))

choosing your engagement ring.

I am personally always curious if a person chose his or her own ring or it was someone else s choice. This does not have to be a traumatizing experience. I can imagine how difficult it is for a guy to choose a pair of jeans leave alone a perfect engagement ring! But no fear theknotstory is here!  This entire process can be very easy; all you need to do is get your basics right and co-ordinate with your spouse!

You should know:

  1.  What you will be asked for when you go shopping:   When you go to the store the shop keeper might ask you to few things and if you appear clueless chances are he might totally fool you or you might get something which similar but not what you intended to by!  So research thoroughly on few words BAND, SETTING, GEMSTONE, 4 C’s (cut, clarity, carat, color of the GEMSTONE), COST. (We will be doing separate posts on each of the characteristic )
  2.  Your budget:  This is the most important thing while shopping anything for that matter. If you know your budget things become easy for you and the salesperson. He knows what to show you and you have limited options to choose from avoiding excess confusion. Also avoiding any temptation to spend extra is always good during your wedding shopping. Because everything you shop for is of equal priority. Also refrain yourself from the very famous line “A man should save 3 months of his salary saved to buy the perfect engagement ring”. All that matters is that you buy a ring in your budget that is loved by you to be fiancé!
  3. Your fiancé’s choice:  The thought of surprising your spouse with the ring is a very tempting thought, but a very risky one at that. So better to know what he/she likes to avoid any kind of awkward situations. And always better to avoid any kind of exchanges, returns or adjustments. Always remember the ring stays with you always. So take him/her along with you or just be smart and gauge what they want. Trust me even they want to tell you what is his/her choice 😛 😛  You could ask their friend to take them to a ring store just for fun and know exactly what they want. Just in case always check the return policy of the store if surprising is on your mind!
  4. The right Jeweler:  The ring, the diamond and the gold is something which the naked eye cannot tell if pure or not. So ask around friends to get an idea of good Jewel stores. Experimenting while buying wedding ring is not really a good idea. Also look for store suiting your budget to avoid disappointment over looking at stuff you cannot afford.  Online shopping on legitimate website like the Bluenile or Bluestone or Suratdiamond might be a good idea. It’s a great deal if you like a little less trying on for a reasonably good discount.  Also look for jewelers who custom design your engagement ring.
  5. The perfect engagement ring: The perfect engagement ring is the ring which suits the style, persona and taste of your fiancé. The ring should be big enough to pass through her work place and not too small that the visibility is an issue! Also check for the design that does not get stuck in the clothes or even scratches your face.
  6. Buy certified engagement ring: Always look for certified rings as the certification by your jeweler is really not reliable. So before you pull out your credit card ensure the certificate is right.

Last but not the least enjoy every bit of your wedding. For any assistance email us at theknotstory.com@gmail.com

xoxo ~~ Theknotstory

Life Before Wedding – Boys vs Girls

Like BC & AD in calendar years, life has two parts. 1)Before Marriage 2) After Marriage (If you are gonna get married of course 😛 😛 ). If not taken jokingly, there is huge difference in both eras ( calling it that as it seems like one to me ;-)). In the simplest way, The first part we will be living as a ‘SON’ or a “DAUGHTER’ where we have our parents to look after us. Here we don’t have much responsibility, tensions, no critical decision-making. When it comes to the second part, SON/DAUGHTER changes to Husband/Wife, you are equally responsible for keeping the bond together.

We are not planning a big discussion about this, but a just a sneak peek into a girl’s & boy’s life before wedding. How they lived before becoming the happily ever after couple. This is a topic which we can write about endlessly.But we thought an infographic will speak better than a blog ( smart working is always better ).

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The right amount of everything is needed to make a  Family, play multiple roles (son, husband, daughter, wife,daughter-in-law,son-in-law) after marriage. This is how life is designed, this is where Family comes into existence and this is where we become responsible for ourselves as well as others. Precisely the time you almost decide to give away your girlish/boyish ways to become the Man or the Woman of the relationship! Now don’t get me wrong with all this boy girl thing going. I am just giving a little orange signal to the one’s about to me married and a gentle reminder of the old life to the one’s already married 😛 😛

xoxo ~~

Theknotstory.com

A Day in The Life of a North Indian Groom

We told you about the packing, the bridal lehengas,the shopping, the planning.  And then we realized we have been biased! Too much from the brides end and nothing for the groom. So we decided to do a know it all groom post!  Lets begin with the northern part of our country !

Day in a groom's life.

Let us take a look into a North Indian Groom’s timeline on the Wedding Day. After haldi ceremony (Pooja) at home, The Groom dressed in Paijama/Kurti’s or Sherwani Suits or even Blazers and Trousers starts the journey to the venue when the sehra bandi is done (placing the sehra on his head). The Groom sitting on a Horse/Chariot accompanied by Family and friends with music and all guests dancing. The procession starts from the entrance and goes till the venue (Mandap) where the pheras will happen. This procession is known as ‘Baraat’ (auto correct did suggested me Borat :-P).  Baraat is my favourite part in Indian weddings. The Groom will be welcomed by the Bride’s family (in Punjabi weddings the brides sisters will tie a ribbon on the entrance and the groom has to give some shagun money to cut the ribbon) and will be seated in the Mandap. As per the auspicious time (Muhurat), The Groom & the Bride then exchange garlands. Meanwhile, Will be a Bunch of girls (The Bride’s sister’s) searching for Groom’s Footwear to hide it. Once the footwear is in the hands of the bride’s sister’s then the Groom will have to pay them money to get the Footwear back. This adds to the entertainment and fun in North indian marriages. The Groom and The bride will then sit in front of Fire with a Priest running the show. He will recite Sanskrit verses which will be explained to bride and groom and they have to act as per his instructions. Then the bride and groom will circle the fire (Phera). After this, the bride’s parents and family will see off the bride and groom which is the end of a Wedding function, but not bride & Groom’s. The Bride and Groom after reaching Groom’s house will have to sit for some more rituals.

The Meaning:

Now if we take a step back and look at the smart preparation part. The groom has to decide about what he is going to wear for the wedding day. If the bride and Groom wear’s something which compliments each other, they will look Elegant. The Groom and the bride should discuss shop together or use smart applications to assist and make their task easier. The Groom has to set up a house for bringing his newly wedded wife. Irrespective of what the girl does, Traditional Indian families, the boys has to do the necessary planning and arrangements to keep his newly wedded wife happy and safe. As I say, marriage is not about two people falling in love and planning to live together, but it is the beginning of a new life where a boy becomes a Man and start taking responsibility of his Family in all ways.