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

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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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! ūüėõ ) . 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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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 ;))

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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 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‚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 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‚Äôs 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.

The Wedding Photo Album!

These wedding photo album goes along the ¬†lifetime memory lane. Every time I still watch my wedding photo album it just brings back the entire ceremony. The Little things such as putting up haldi on to all your friends, ¬†to guiding your relative to find the groom’s ¬†shoes , Panicking when you can’t find that one little clip, checking on to the mirror a thousand times before getting out there ( applicable to all the ladies out there ūüėõ ), dancing with the most unknown entity in the ceremony to seeing your nervous groom and feeling better he’s¬†just as miserable as you are !!

The Wedding passes by. All the festivities are over and you are back on track to settling back to work after the long leave ! And bam you have the photograph CD! As much fun it is to watch the wedding pictures do not forget the task of selecting the pictures to make a life ling memory in the form of  your wedding photo album! And trust me they are like more than a 1000!

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Couple of points before you go ahead and finalize the look of your wedding photo album!

After you have viewed all the pictures and re-lived the moments again, and laughed of the funny/silly pictures , you are ready to do some work , sort the pictures in the order you want to ¬†put them in your wedding photo album. And do not forget to make sure your partner does half of the stack with you! Later you can cross check each other’s pics. Trust me you always want your best picture through!

  • Make appropriate folders and sort the relevant 200 to 300 pics that you want to put in your album according to each album.
  • Sort some excellent picture of the bride and the groom to put on the covers.
  • The first and the last pages of the album should have your best picture.
  • Make a separate folder of your close friends and relatives so that the wedding photo album maker would know where and how to place them.
  • Put the pictures according to the date and time in the right order that the functions happened.
  • Last but not the least select one ¬†favourite pic of your to put up in your house !!

You can make those beautiful embossed wedding photo albums where the brides/groom’s jewellery is embossed along with the background also giving 3D effect. ¬†So I wish you all the best ! Happy Sorting ūüėõ ūüėõ

~~xoxo

theknotstory.com

Designer Wedding Cards!

Dear readers give it up to our guest blog writer today!!  Mr.knowitall :P. Its a first blog by him.

“Okay people this is my first blog so expect a lot of re-edits and additions all the time ūüėõ ¬†(it would be done before publishing though). This is¬†targeting¬†the audience looking out for wedding cards, by that I mean hardbound wedding cards. In on our blog posts we did tell you about e-invites and¬†Facebook¬†invites and our take on that would follow through. But this is all about hard bound physical cards .

These days since money is really not a consideration to spend on weddings people have become very focused about the quality of cards they send out to their friends and family. In early days the cards would be as low as 5 Rs. to 20 Rs. But welcome to the 21st century! So its designer card all the way. Eventually the range of cards have now shifted to 100 Rs. to 5000 Rs. (depending on how much lighter you want you pocket to be). The cards with boxes built-in to add sweets or chocolates are my personal Favorite. They give a neat royal finish to the whole concept of designer stuff.

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Like the¬†shopaholic¬†mentioned a few blogs back we were doing a wedding of a near and dear one, we ended up getting the card for that wedding¬†designed from the¬†famous ¬†“Parampara wedding cards” in ¬†Delhi. You can find some great samples on the website too. Remaining details on their website .Go get in touch with them or write to us if you need help for any designers around the country.

Now what makes a good wedding card? ¬†Look it through the brides eyes,the color and the design of the bridal lehenga and card could be in sync with each other. Also to keep yourself in budget you can get two type of cards in the same lot per say a set of 500 Rs. cards for friends and distant relatives and may be 5000 Rs. card for the special relatives. (in¬†India¬†special¬†cards¬†can be given to the groom’s side of family)

And ask a groom what he would like I think it really comes down to marrying the girl and¬†listening¬†to her ūüėõ ¬†(and he has no other choice too) ūüėČ

Before I end this blog make sure you get that unique out of the box design for your wedding card from your favorite manufacturer to send across to your in-laws , (like a wooden box with carvings and sweets inside) .It would just make your pocket lighter by 5000 Rs. per card. And We still have cards which cost 5 Rs. to 10 Rs. which you can get in sadar bazaar in Delhi in multiple designs.Image

So happy card hunting!!Write to us if any doubts.¬†“