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 ūüėõ ūüėõ

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 ūüėÄ Also click on the picture to view a larger image!

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

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.

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‚Äôt 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 ūüėČ ;))

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 fianc√©!
  3. Your fianc√©’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 ūüėõ ūüėõ ¬†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

Wedding car decoration!

Décor is an important part of any wedding. As much as the wedding venue gets importance there is one other thing that is important while decorating. The Wedding getaway car!!

You can decorate the wedding car in so many innovative ways these days. The wedding car decoration these days is taken seriously and the car can be decorated as per the theme of the wedding. You can arrange a car that is suitable to the couple and meets their requirements. Often the car is used is owned by the family. But there are some people who like to make it big. So renting an exclusive limo or a vintage is very commonly seen these days.  Some like it extravagant while some like it simple and elegant.  If you believe in spending on fresh flowers go for those extensive flower decorations which can be done on the same day since the fresh look of the flower matter. And if you want to experiment a little, there are wedding planners who design exclusive car decorations for the wedding car. I personally do not like flowers on the wedding car and feel balloons or ribbons or minimal flower usage is better as your entire wedding venue is full of them! Why not just spare the car! But then that’s me!

Coming back to wedding car decoration! I have some of my favorite wedding cars put up below. You are free to refer the ideas and make that hole in your pocket as big as you want to!

Beautiful ribbon decoration.

Beautiful ribbon decoration.

Beautiful Pink Ribbon Decor

Beautiful Pink Ribbon Decor

wedding car decoration without flowers

Wedding car decoration without flowers

Unique Car decoration

Unique Car decoration

Funny but unique car decoration

Funny but unique car decoration

Elegant vintage getaway car!

Theknotstory tip:  

Just make sure you go to the experts or you might regret the scratches on your car!

Wedding Planning 003: Guest Management on the D Day.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Now that you know everything about wedding ¬†invites, guest management, accommodation, conveyance etc. Let us talk about the most important day and the most important job, How to manage guests on the wedding day. Guests, in any country are considered as special ( In India we consider them as god ūüėÄ ¬†“Athithi devo bhava”) and its our sole responsibility to make them comfortable and happy. Especially when they come to bless the bride and groom leaving their busy schedules and commitments.
                     The wedding day is going to be the busiest day of your life, so be clever enough to make prior arrangements to bring your guests to the wedding venue on time.  There should be someone (preferably accompanied by a relative) arranged to welcome the guest and make them seated, serve them Welcome drink. It would be better if your parents come personally and greet them when they enter the venue just to add that personal touch (this is totally situational!!). It maybe a bit hectic to do this in the busy schedule, but worthy enough for a long-lasting relationship and this humble practice avoids misunderstandings and confusions.
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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Some guests may not be aware of the rituals, ceremonies involved in a wedding, it may be a good idea if someone can give them a basic idea about this after the wedding or before. If the wedding photography is planned then guide your guests to the bride and groom for the same. Now that the wedding ceremony is over, let us take the guests to the most important part of any wedding; The ‘Feast’. ¬†In India, if the guest is happy with the feast the wedding is considered to be a very good wedding. It is the sole responsibility of the host (at least someone from host Family) to confirm with each guest whether they had the food and they are happy with food served.
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Once the feast is over, the wedding is considered over for all, but the host (at least someone from host family) needs to go to the guest, thank them for attending the wedding and making the wedding special by their presence. In the modern times that we live in now Thankyou cards can also be sent after the wedding for those who attended the wedding. It is a different trend and appreciated by many. (I personally think its uncalled for but then if you got the money why not use it ūüėõ :P)
The Knotstory tips:
  • Plan, organize and assign people to handle guests.
  • Handing the guests a small welcome kit which include an explanation about the wedding rituals & ceremonies.
  • Plan a vacation & marriage itinerary for the guests if they are interested. ( you may not have enough time to do this, in that case guide them with the appropriate contacts who can help them )
  • A small food menu for every guest entering the Feast can also be done, there by helping them to plan the meal ūüėČ ūüėČ

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Wedding Planning 002 : Guest conveyance & Guest Accomodation

We believe you have read our previous post on Guest Management, In case if you haven’t, here it is http://wp.me/p2T1CS-cB   Second part of Guest Management is Accommodation & Conveyance for guests. We wrote about the initial part, which involves preparing guest list & inviting, that is just the beginning. We always like to give you smart tips on how to manage accommodation & transportation for the guests. Read on.

Here is what we suggest:

The very basic thing for doing this is to create a list of guests who are going to arrive for the wedding in advance and also how they are arriving. For this, we need to get RSVP’s of people which need to be collected using RSVP’s¬†email confirmation, Facebook event or Wedding Site or a Phone call. Try to get the itineraries of the guests so that it will be easy to plan and manage guest pick up. Prior to this, accommodation arrangement need to be done for guests, if you are getting both the confirmation early it will be better. Booking in advance will save some money and reduce the last-minute confusion seen in getting accommodations. This happens when weddings are planned at some tourist locations or places of some significance like holy places etc.

Once we have the accommodation arrangements and transportation arrangements done, it will be good to do a follow-up on both a week before marriage just check on everything. After this, the pickup of guests should be sorted out with vehicles assigned to the pick up as per number of guests. Guest pick up need to be managed by one person and assisted by another to ease the job & cross check. This should be assigned to someone from family or someone who knows the guests arriving. If this is not possible, the driver should be provided with Name Placards of the respective guests to be picked up. One of the family members should be in the hotels/apartments to welcome the guests who are coming in. Guest list should be updated with the people who arrived, who are yet to arrive by coordinating with the person who is going for picking up.rsvp

For   maximum attention and interaction with guests, it will be good if the guest accommodation and host accommodation is in the same place or nearby place at least. The day guests arrive; invite them for a private gathering which will act as an ice-breaking session too. This can be mapped to the mehandi/sangeet function where all ladies come and get their hands decorated with Mehandi. Apart from this, if the guests are interested in a vacation and wedding, then we at TheKnotstory can get you good packages for the same.

Theknotstory Tips:

  • Try to book the¬†accommodation at¬†minimum distance from the Wedding venue to avoid unnecessary delays and also reduce the transportation. Best if guest accommodation is done at the same place where wedding happens.( Not feasible always though)
  • Always keep someone in charge to welcome, manage guests, this gives a homely feeling for guests.
  • Plan some small entertainment/sightseeing program for guests.
  • Last but not the least, keep buffer time, back up of people & vehicle which can be utilized in case of last-minute surprises.

Plan, Organize, Manage your weddings anywhere, when in doubt we at Theknotstory are here.            

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!

Manage guest list

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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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~~

Wedding Gifts 001 – The Brand new Ford Ecosport!

We today start a new series the wedding gifts. Here we will cover several wedding gifts from small to big, from the bride to the groom to the tiniest return gifts. Find all the how’s and where’s under the title “Wedding Gifts”.

As they say in hindi “Shuruvaat badi honi chahiye”!!( Start should be Big). So lets begin with gifting a car! Now dont gather ideas that I am being impractical and who would think of gifting a Car! In Indian Weddings gifting a car is a very normal tradition. Who would be gifting the car is another question that is probably crossing your mind right now. The Bride to the Groom, Groom to the Bride,Father to Daughter, In-laws to the Couple, Brother to sister etc. It is also the unsaid dowry in the modern days ! ¬†Anyway we are not falling in the discussion for who whats etc. But if you are contemplating gifting a car and the options ¬†or even gifting one to yourself ¬†ūüėõ Ford brings you the new Ecosport!

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It’s a gorgeous 5 seater petrol/diesel Manual compact crossover ¬†with an incredible cheap cost of 5.59 lacs (ex showroom Delhi)!! ¬†And its launched today. The fuel tank capacity of up to 52 litres and declares a mileage of 15.8 kmpl (Petrol engine)! ¬†Also comes with a keyless start and inbuilt Music system.Though I havent really test driven the car but the amount of features that its boasts of is definitely worth the cost of the vehicle. The detailed description of the car is available on their website¬†http://www.india.ford.com/

Interestingly Ford has launched the SYNC technology , the very first in India!  This lets  the driver control applications using voice command on smart phone. It will also connect directly with the local emergency services in case of an accident and pre-select the introductory line on basis of the location from the GPS input. There 7 very awesome colours available in the car.

Prices for the Ford EcoSport (ex-showroom Delhi) 

Ford EcoSport Ambiente petrol-5.59 lakh

Ford EcoSport Ambiente diesel- 6.69 lakh

Ford EcoSport Trend petrol-6.49 lakh

Ford EcoSport Trend diesel-7.61 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium petrol-7.51 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium petrol AT- 8.44 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium Ecoboost petrol- 7.89 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium diesel-8.62 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium (O) Ecoboost petrol-8.29 lakh

Ford EcoSport Titanium (O) diesel-8.99 lakh

The bookings for this car are now open. So go grab your Eco Sport. I am sure your loved one’s would love you more for this gift! Gifting a car is after all not that a bad idea ! ¬†Plan it ahead of time so that you have your finances in place for everything else you need. ¬†We spoke about planning your wedding here.

~~xoxo

theknotstory.com .