Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Steps for a Hindu Wedding

This list was made by one of our dear pandits... Pandit Sharma in Philly.
We get so many calls from couples where someone is non Indian about steps to the ceremony.. here it is..

1. Arrival of Baraat (Groom's Procession)
2. Chandlo Matli
3. Welcome Prayers By Priest
4. Var Puja by Mother of the Bride (Welcome Prayers for the groom)
5. Dulha Aagaman (Arrival of Groom)
6. Antarpat
7. Dulhan Aagaman (Arrival of Bride)
8. Jaimala (Exchanging of Garlands)
9. Madhuparka Vidhi (Nectar Offering)
10. Shuddhi (Purification) and Agni Puja (Prayers with Fire)
11. Paani Grahan
12. Hasta Milaap
13. Granthi Bandhan (Tying of Knots)
14. Mangal Phere (Circling of Sacred Fire)
15. Laja Hom (Bridge of Love)
16. Saptpadi (Seven Steps)
17. Ring Exchange
18. Sindoor & Mangal Sutra
19. Kansar Bhakshan (Exchange of Sweets)
20. Akhand Soubhagyawati (Blessings from Married Women)
21. Proclamation of Wedding & Blessings
22. Gath Chodi (Untie the knot)
23. Greetings and Announcment of the Newlywed

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pakistani Weddings

I just got called by The Knot about Pakistani Weddings...
I was great to be able to explain how a modern Pakistani Bride can involve her traditions wedding values into a modern wedding.

I explained that at most Pakistani Weddings, the couples get married at home and not a venue. The groom goes to the bride's home.

I also explained how the bride and the grooms sit in separate rooms but the bride and add a spin on this and have bridesmaids that welcome the groom to the home. The bride can buy matching sari's and line up outside to greet the groom.

Also, at most Pakistani weddings if not all, there is no alcohol served. The bride can have some interestingly names mocktails... some of the couple's favorite juices or flavors.

A great question was, how does the bridal party walk down the aisle if the couple is getting married at home and in two separate rooms? That made me think and I remembered how 3 years ago we did introduce the bridal party at the reception. So, they still got a moment to sign and be designated as the bridal party but at the reception not the ceremony.

The food at a Pakistani wedding is also very important and has to be Halal.

They play games such as finding the ring in milk to see who rules the home and the groom paying to get his stolen shoes back.

Interesting conversation and questions I was asked. It comes as second nature to us knowing all this but great to know that the people at The Knot want to know too =)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Select Event Rentals = Sale, Sale, Sale

Everyone knows that I am the bargain shopper and when our friends at Select Event Rentals told me about this... we had to post it. They specialize in table decor, accessories, napkins, chair rentals..

Their showrooms are everywhere..

June 2009 - 1/2 Price Tablecloths

July 2009 - Napkins at No Charge When Rented with Guest Table Linens

August 2009 - 2 for 1 Base Plates (Yes, chargers)

September 2009 - All China Priced at Classic White Prices

October 2009 - All Specialty Linens and Sheers are $19.69 - prices are rolled back to 1969 pricing!

November 2009 - All Table Accessories are 50% Off

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