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

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.

A Family Sunday

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.

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.

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 😀  “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 😛 :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 😉 😉

For any assistance email us at theknotstory.com@gmail.com

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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!

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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~~

Wedding Live Streaming!

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Wedding in India, Watching Live from South America, Anything is Possible.

With Time our life style has changed, the way we live, the way we do things and now even weddings. Its not just the Bride & groom, but their Near & Dear one’s who are happier to see them getting married. Blame it on Murphy or work or anything, there are occasions where people meet their closest family/friend’s only during weddings. Earlier, to be precise two decades back the only way they could see this was using the Wedding Cassettes or Wedding Albums which come a month or so after the marriage. Technology has improved so have the gadgets and the people who uses it.

We are writing about this scenario to make sure anyone sitting anywhere will be able to  watch your wedding without being present physically in the venue. We are living in an era where we can see anything and everything streaming online.  This involves a price, a big one, but think about the positive side.

Streaming wedding live online has been used in countries like America since sometime, we have the set up, but we Indians still believe in our physical presence. We are going go throw some light on this subject  on a practical note.

For Live Streaming a video Online we don’t need a bigger set up also. We need a decent Internet connection, a video camera strategically placed and the right website which streams it online Live. The pricing part becomes zero If we can imagine about the happiness  of the person who missed the wedding because of a medical condition, watching it live in the bed from whichever country he/she resides.  That is priceless.

Another Cheaper way is Live blogging of the wedding using Social Media like twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram etc. where you can upload pics and videos real time the very instant you shoot them . We at Theknotstory can help you with this, how to do this, what is the set up you need for this, to meet the right people who can help you do this..

Write to us..

theknotstory@gmail.com

~~xoxo

team knotstory.

We don’t deal with marriages, we make the weddings happier and better.

Breaking news : Madhuri’s Ghagra !!

“TV pe breaking news haaye re mera ghagra haaye

Baghdad se leke Delhi via Agra”

(For non-indian readers link to the song on youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IS8yw3NV60)

 

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Madhuri’s New item song takes my heart away. She’s gorgeous and her dance mar jawa 😛 I am so keen on meeting her and asking her about the secret to looking like that in that age. Okay I know I am diverting myself entirely from the topic but then its Madhuri dixit you know !! 😛

Now let me tell you the connection of this item number (dance based song in indian movies ) and our wedding blog. Common I am talking about ghagras (lehengas)!! Let me tell you people this song is like a treasure hunt reward if you are about to get married. So many beautiful ghagras and a variety of color combinations and net and sequin lehengas. The background dancers boast of different and offbeat color combos in the borders and the lehenga, with a simple and awesome done duppata. If not getting the same lehenga/ghagra you sure learn what colors are in trend and what you can mix up to get the latest looks. What is unique is no dancer repeats  a color combination. So suit your taste and get ideas!!!  P.S My favorite is the golden one Madhuri wears! Manish Malhotra has always been my favourite with the bling !!


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~~xoxo

Theknotstoy.com

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.

 

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.