Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Some favorite Fall colors include:
1) Deep to burnt oranges
2) Apple reds
3) Vegetable greens
4) Deep sea blues
Some other favorites are:
1) Bright lemon yellows
2) Sunset pinks
3) Evening purples/ Aubergine eggplant color
4) Chocolate browns
If you center the theme of your wedding around these illustrious colors, then you will truly set the bar for the perfect Fall wedding!
Marriage is a sacred event, and when it comes to Hinduism, marriage is synchronized with the Vedas, the holy scripture of the Hindu religion. What’s uniquely special about the Hindu wedding is the collection of rituals that are performed not only by the bride and the groom, but also by their respective parents and close relatives. During these rituals, there are five offerings that are made,
1) Fresh Flowers: to signify beauty.
2) Coconut: to signify fertility.
3) Rice, Jaggery (brown sugar), and other grains: to signify food, necessary for the sustenance of human life.
4) Ghee (clarified butter): to feed the Sacred Fire.
5) Kumkum (red powder used for marking the forehead): to signify good luck.
The Hindu wedding ceremony takes place in the Mandap, the four-pole canopy at center stage. There are five stages to the ceremony,
1) Barrat and Milni: The reception and welcoming of the Groom and his family. At the entrance gate of the Wedding Hall by the bride’s family.
2) Jaimala: The bride welcomes the groom where they exchange garlands, which symbolize the bride’s acceptance of the groom as her husband. They are then escorted to the Mandap.
3) Kanyadaan: The bride’s family now moves indoor to the Mandap and they perform the Kanyadaan in which they give their daughter away to the groom in marriage.
4) Saat Phera: The bride and the groom’s hands are joined and they then walk the seven steps around the Havan (sacred fire) and take the marriage vows, which symbolize the obstacles that life may throw at them but that they will overcome them together.
5) Badai: The bride is leaving her parents home to build a new life with her husband and members of immediate family with tears of joy and sorrow but carries the blessings of all who witnessed the marriage ceremony.
One stage of the ceremony that really stands out is the Saat Phera—the couple walks seven steps together while reciting hymns, which express their principal household duties. The seven steps are,
1) To provide for the household, keeping a purer diet and avoiding those things injurious to their health.
2) To develop their physical, mental, and spiritual powers.
3) To increase their wealth by righteous means and proper use.
4) To acquire knowledge and happiness and harmony by mutual love, respect, and trust for each other.
5) To be blessed with strong, virtuous and heroic children.
6) For self-restraint and longevity.
7) To be true companions and remain life long partners by this marriage.
All of these unique steps lead to a magnificent beginning!
Monday, August 29, 2011
1) How often does your shuttle run?
2) How many passengers per trip can fit on their shuttle?
3) What is the fee for booking their service?
4) Are there any discounts for special occasions such as weddings?
5) Can you book under a flat rate?
6) How many minutes will it take to transport your guests from the airport to the final destination?
7) What is their safety record?
8) Request to have your name put on the shuttle busses. Can they do this to let your incoming guests know that that particular shuttle is for the wedding party
Once these answers are ready and checked, it’s time to let all your RSVPs know that you will see them there!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
It is no surprise that when NYC folks look for festive South Asian food with modern and edgy style, they flock to Taj on W 21st street between 5th and 6th Avenue. With its upscale yet traditional menu, one cannot help but applaud the life and flavor that Taj brings. http://www.tajlounge.com/. Last but not least don’t hesitate to explore the Vermillion Restaurant on Lexington Avenue. Talk about a chic atmosphere and a fantastic Indian menu! With the amazing fusion of Indian and Latin dishes, be warned: only go if you enjoy flavor, spices, and fun! http://www.thevermilionrestaurant.com/.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
1. How many main shooter and secondary shooters do they bring?
2. What professional qualifications do they carry?
3. Are they a part of any professional organization?
4. What are their payment terms?
5. Do they have the experience with photographing a wedding of your style?
6. What is the average turnaround time for receiving the finished product?
7. Are there any special deals that they offer along with their typical wedding packages?
8. What is their refund policy?
9. Are there any extra services that come with packaging the photos?
10. How much would total services cost?
Once the photographer successfully answers these questions, you can mark that as another task accomplished on your wedding to do list!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Some father/daughter favorites include:
“You’ll Always Be My Baby” by Sara Evans
“Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
“Daughters” by John Mayer
“Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
“Angel In My Arms” by Joe Pizzulo
“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
“Blessed” by Elton John
Here are some unforgettable mother/son songs:
“A Mother’s Song” by T. Carter
“A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men
“Baby Mine” by Bette Midler
“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
“Anyway” by Martina McBride
“Angels” Randy Travis
“A Smile Like Yours” by Natalie Cole
Whichever song you choose, remember to cherish the moment!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I get asked all the time why motifs are such an essential part of a wedding. So here it is. This is a chance for you to express personal style, taste, and decor! Here are some great ideas.
1. What city are you absolutely in love with? Where ever your favorite city or destination is, make your motif out of it! NYC, Chicago, and Miami are all great ideas.
2. Diamonds, jewels, and gems are all wonderful theme ideas. You can use them for everything from your cake to your invites to your place cards!
3. Lilies, tulips, gardenias or whatever your favorite flower, use this as a great motif. The Lotus flower is a traditional Indian theme that also promotes elegance and taste.
4. Paisley print is another favorite! You can use this print with everything from your wallpaper to your tablecloths. It speaks tradition and elegance.
5. Elephants are good fortune, and a reoccurring motif in Indian weddings. This is a theme that promotes tradition, strength, and celebration.
6. We love logos with initials and patterns. This is a unique way of making your wedding an unforgettable one.
There are many different motifs to choose from, so make sure it represents your style!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Pallavi and Robinder's wedding this past weekend was one of the most spectacular weddings we have had this year! It all started on Thursday with the Garba at the bride's parents home. They had the whole backyard tented and uplight in blue and orange. The weather was perfect and all the guests had an amazing time!
Later that evening, we all headed to Pier 60 at The Chelsea Piers for a night full of music, dancing and wonderful cuisine. Guests enjoyed and amazing 3 course meal and a even more spectacular cake by world famous cake maker, Ron-Ben Israel. We had a great time working with this couple and especially with the bride's mother, Dolly, who gave us so much inspiration to pull off this event! We want to thank all our vendors and friends (Dj Kucha, Elegant Affairs, Kush Singh, Bukhara Grill, and our friends at Pier 60). Pallavi and Rob, we wish you both the best and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your special day!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
People are always concerned that they won’t be able to talk to guests across the table if there is a tall centerpiece on the table, but the truth is that you really won’t be able to have an intimate conversation with someone who is sitting 5 feet away from you, especially over the sound of a band or DJ. With that in mind you can have a tall centerpiece without blocking guests from one another. Choose a tall vase with the flowers being above the sight line, also use a vase that is not too obstructive or choose one that is transparent.
By using low centerpieces you can create a more intimate feeling for your guests. With the design of a low centerpiece you can still incorporate varied heights of candlelight etc. without blocking any views.
Combination of Both
Most of our brides end up doing a combination of both low and high centerpieces as this can create the best look. It gives a more interesting look for the entire space, allowing for the initial impact as your guests first enter the space and continuing as they sit and enjoy dinner.
The key thing to keep in mind is that you want to create a look that will allow the eye to wander throughout the space without it feeling too stagnant one way or the other.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Sonal and her team helped to make our wedding dreams come true. From the early planning stages, through to the big day, there is no way we could have pulled off a destination wedding with 100 people without their help. Not having a thing to worry about on our wedding day was priceless. Thanks Sonal, Anna, Katherine and Katie!
Neema and Mike Zawacki
The Hyatt in Aruba
July 23, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
You want your guests to remember your wedding as a great event as well as notice all the hard work you put into the day. Some great ways to make your wedding memorable, as well as pamper your guests, includes: snacks, special touches and gifts. Below are some great ways to keep your guest’s comfortable before you say the “I Do’s”:
-Tea & Coffee
-Cheese and Crackers
During the hot summer months you can provide your guests with:
-Cold Rose Scent Towels
-Infused Water such as oranges, kiwi, strawberries, lemons, and limes
-Hand embroidered/painted parasols
Your guests are made up of your friends and family and you want them to be as comfortable as possible as well as have a fabulous time on your special day. Keep these great tips in mind, personalize those that appeal to you, and keep your guests feeling like royalty.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Menus, place cards, banners, signage, invitations and more printing products are Patel Printing’s specialties. Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants has created this wonderful business relationship with Patel Printing and we could not be more thankful for all that they have done for our clients and us. The designs and creativity they offer, to a client, will leave them feeling confident in the items they will be sending to guests, as well as add a touch of elegance to an event. Also, Patel Printing’s website is easy to use and full of great tools that will help guide any unsure client to what they want for any printing product they desire.