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Dress Up For a Keralite Wedding

Kerala Wedding jewellery

The wedding jewelries of a Keralite are made with gold. Most of the brides prefer gold over diamonds and other precious stones since it is traditional. The brides wear a lot of gold ornaments this is done to show the family’s prosperity and is a sign of wealth. The necklaces tend to be of various lengths and the shortest is the choker type necklaces. The choker necklaces stay set on the neck of the bride and the longer ones reach up till the waist. These are carved with amazing craftsmanship and are extremely beautiful to look at. The earrings include hanging designs and are called jhumkas. A number of bangles also adorn the arms of the bride and they look amazing along with the white colour of her wedding attire.

Hairstyles followed by Kerala brides

The preferred Kerala matrimony hair styles include buns and braids. They are really minimalistic designs of hair styles however the hairs are also adorned with various flowers and pins of gold and silver.

Wedding Makeup for Kerala brides

As far as the makeup goes in a Kerala matrimony it is very minimalistic. Heavy make ups

Wedding Etiquette Blunders

Gift Giving

Everyone knows that weddings are a gift giving occasion, but people always ask themselves, “How much should I spend? Should I just give them a check? Do I need to bring a gift to the engagement party?” And so on…

Everyone knows that if you get an invitation to the wedding, and you go to the wedding, then you need to get a gift. But what about the engagement party? It’s become custom for close family and friends to also give an engagement gift, so just make sure you don’t show up to your best friend of 20 years’ engagement party without a gift.

It’s okay to give a check, but checks are impersonal, if it’s your distant relative or a neighbor you know casually, then a check is fine, but registry’s still exist for a reason. The bride and groom have already picked out what they want, so it’s not hard to just buy them something from there.

It’s safe to say that a minimum gift amount should be in the $40 – $50 range. Give more if you have a close relationship with the bride and groom of course.

Choose a First Dance Song

First of all, even if you have a first dance song and you believe it is too unconventional for your wedding, you may want to think again. Although you may be concerned about what others might think about dancing together to that cheesy 80s pop song that you and your partner have always loved, it is your wedding and you should feel free to select a tune that is the most meaningful to you.

If you are hiring a solo wedding singer, ask if he or she can prepare a rendition of the piece, which might make it more entertaining and original for all the guests. Otherwise, ask your DJ to play your unconventional choice as the first dance song, and prepare to not only to surprise you guests, but also to enjoy celebrating your union with a piece that means something to both of you.

If you prefer to go for something a little more classic, then why not ask your solo wedding singer or DJ for some advice? As these professionals are likely to perform at a great number of weddings, they are often able to provide some great suggestions of tunes that will

About Brazilian Wedding Traditions

Wedding Rings

Unlike in the US, engagement rings are not that important and instead the couple exchange wedding rings. The rings are placed on the right hand and then are switched to the left hand during the wedding ceremony. It is customary for the bride and groom to write each other names on their ring. It is considered bad luck to drop the ring during the ring exchange and is told that the marriage would not last if it was to happen.

Kitchen Shower

Unlike a typical wedding shower that is done in other countries, in Brazil they throw what is called a Kitchen Shower. It used to be a small gathering of close friends of the bride so that they may catch up and give gifts that the bride will use for her kitchen. However, the gatherings have been getting bigger and not even men are able to join.

Wedding Party

A Brazilian bride may wear whatever color dress she wants, but white is a tradition. However, it is custom to wear golden shoes. It is considered bad luck for the bridesmaids to match; therefore no two people are able to wear

Wedding Speech

The first rule of public speaking is “know your audience” and we start from this point. What is the purpose of the wedding speech? At least a reading at the ceremony, the words are there and you just have to read them. That’s easy, isn’t it?

Whether they are your own words or someone else’s, the nausea and anxiety are the same. It’s like you are being taken over by this inner alien who doesn’t understand how humans communicate. Speech anxiety can be so overwhelming, you may not even be able to say your name if asked. So going back to our first rule – we are gathered here together to celebrate the union of this couple. We are in a gathering because we love this couple and they have made the choice to have us witness their union. What an honor!

Everyone is present for the couple. Not to judge your speaking skills or mark you on your speech. Take a guest who is doing a reading, we have to manage your body language and what goes on inside your body and mind and in this way you read with reverence. After all this is

Typical Oriya Wedding

If you want to know something about the Oriya wedding, you can refer the Oriya Matrimony websites. The people of Orissa do not believe in a grand or luxury wedding, rather they would like to host a simple wedding. And if you want know about the typical ceremonies of the Oriya wedding, you should definitely read the below explained points.

Pre Wedding Ceremonies – The pre wedding ceremonies include Jayee Anukolo, Mangan, Diya Mangula Pooja, Barajatri and Baadua Pani Gadhua. In the first ritual called, Jayee Anukolo, the marriage cards will be distributed to their relatives and friends. In Mangan tradition, both the bride and groom will be advised to apply tuermeric paste (haldi) on their body and advised to take holy bath. Next ritual would be the Diya Mangula Pooja, in which, the bride will devote the Devi Matha in Devi temple, in the temple, she will be given toe rings, bangles, saree and sindoor (Kumkum). The bride will be asked to take ceremonial bath called Baadua Pani Gadhua. The groom will be welcomed to the wedding venue by the ritual called Barajatri. With this, the pre wedding ceremony will be ended up.

Wedding Customs

Planning a Holiday Wedding

Include Ornaments

Ornaments are perhaps the best element to decorate with! They come in all sizes perfect for centerpieces, boutonnières, and floral arrangements. Tiny ornaments may even be able to float in punch bowls, but check with the wedding catering; Orange County caterers may have rules that prevent them from doing something like that. If they can’t be there, another great spot is upon the guests’ plates, allowing them a memory to take home.

Regardless, they come in all colors and finishes to include shiny, glittery and satin which are all perfect for any color scheme.

Wedding Photo Booth

A wedding photo booth is the perfect distraction for arriving guests to have fun and allow the wedding catering company in Orange County to set up or add finishing touches, which they’ll appreciate.

Booths can have Santa hats, mistletoe, jingle bells and other fun holiday props that will allow guests to create family or couple photos that they’ll cherish forever. Even the bride and groom can get in on some of the photos!

A Horse Drawn Carriage

What better way for the bride and groom to arrive or depart the nuptials than

Edible Wedding Favours

  • Baked Desserts – Baked desserts such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. when baked at home can make great favours as they have a personalized touch to it. One can order them from bakeries with customized instructions and thus make great gifts.
  • Chocolate balls and bars – Homemade chocolate bars, as well as chocolates in other shapes, can serve as great gifts. People of all ages love chocolates and adding flavors to these chocolates would make it even interesting to consume.
  • Cocktail mixes – One can pack in sachets of cocktail mixes that could be prepared at home by the guests. Adding along cans of aerated drinks or wine can also make a great package.
  • Jars of homemade pickles, jams and sauces – Getting hold of a bottle of homemade pickles as well as sauces such as hot sauce, salsa mix, etc. can come to great help in every household. Every time the guests indulge in them, they would think of the couple.
  • Olive oil and spices – For every health conscious person, having the inclusion of olive oil in their diet is compulsory. The addition of spices in food makes it flavoursome and thus

Personalised Wedding Invitations

Personalised wedding invitations gives you the opportunity of individuality. You are not sending out the run of the mill invite, but rather something that is unique to your wedding, something that will stand out, grab your guests attention and something that they can keep to remember this special day for years to come.

You get to allow your own personality to shine through. You want your guests to receive your invitation, open the envelope and immediately know whose wedding they have been invited to before reading it. Allowing your own personality to shine through with personalised wedding invitations gives you the ability to allow your own creativity to soar, to be different and unique and really set the tone for your special day.

Personalised wedding invitations are an opportunity for you to be unique. As mentioned before, no one wants their invites to be the same as everyone else’s. You have vested so much time and energy into planning this perfect day, there is no reason your invites shouldn’t reflect this. If you think about it, you may have taken your time selecting your engagement and wedding rings to ensure that they were different, so why

Simple Wedding Reception Decoration

Perfect venue:

The first step to hosting an unforgettable reception is to select an incredible venue. Whether you want an ultra-modern affair or a small private celebration for close friends, the locale should harmonize with your wedding style and accommodate all your guests.


There is no dearth of ideas and concepts when it comes decorating your reception venue. You can let your imagination run riot and come up with innovative themes to make your party truly sparkle.


Lighting is something that cannot be taken lightly. You can go all out and splurge on romantic illumination to alter the venue into something spectacular. Line stairways and window sills with twinkling lights for dramatic effect. Also, lanterns, chandeliers or crystal danglers can be used to enhance the ambience. Apart from making the environment glow, lighting works as a great backdrop for some amazing photographs.

Seating arrangement:

Irrespective of whether your reception is a buffet or cocktails with hors d’oeuvres, a creative seating plan is something guests will love. Friends and family can group together in comfy chairs, interact with each other and carry out easy conversations.

Floral placements:


Make Your Wedding Unique

  • Make it official: It’s great news that you are getting married so why not spread the joy. First tell your parents and then your close relatives that you are getting married.
  • Discuss with your partner: have discussions with your fiancé about the kind of ceremony you would like whether it’ll be a beach bash, a conventional dinner or ballroom sort of thing.
  • Work out a budget: Before indulging in anything, make a budget. It’s easy to dream about a grand ceremony, but if you do not have the financial backing, everything will be a waste. These days, it’s rare that the bride will pay for the whole ceremony. So it’s necessary to verify from both families about the amount of money they are going to contribute.
  • Prepare a guest list: Obviously, without guests, weddings will be pale. So make a guest list of everyone you would like to invite. Make a head count first and then prepare the list accordingly.
  • Set a time: You may not have a definitive date but at least, you can sure of the month or the season when you want to get married. After fixing the month, narrow it

Budget Friendly Gifting Ideas

Bed linens and towel sets: This is the best time to help the couples in introducing variety to their new home setup. Since, everything is new for them, adding bed sheets and towels to their collection is a good option. Embroidered bed linen in satin or velvet fabric is always a good choice to gift to the couplets as they look rich and premium. Even towel sets with 100% combed cotton fibers are worthy for gifting purpose. The best part is that they are quite useful for the married couples and they won’t let you burn a hole in your pocket as they are available at nominal prices.

Antique decorative pieces: Nothing is better than adding items that enhance the look of the abode of the brand-new couples. Antique items including dancing couples, vases, wine glasses or other exquisite showpieces are just another option to make your closed ones feel special. They help in adorning the living area of the house and at the same time they come in friendly prices too.

Kitchen and dining items: One another good option to surprise your closed buddies with the most useful gift is buying for them an exclusive

Craziest Wedding Venues

Up in the Air

Flying is generally not something people enjoy, but for Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart, one flight was the happiest day of their lives. The couple racked up enough frequent flyer miles to get tickets for their friends and decided to turn something that people might dislike and give it a joyous association. They got married on a commercial flight from Nashville to Dallas in front of 30 family members and friends, and a whole bunch of confused, then amused, passengers. The flower girl even passed out peanuts as she made her way down the aisle, and the airline was nice enough to give the newlyweds two complimentary tickets for their Caribbean island honeymoon.

What a Rock!

Marriage is the pinnacle of relationships, the peak that lovelorn singles aspire to climb. Bob and Antonie Ewing gave a literal interpretation of that metaphor when they picked one of the more inaccessible wedding venues around. The Ewings pledged their love to one another atop the 900-foot south peak of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia. The granite spire rises vertically from the base and requires technical mountain climbing ability to summit. Both bride and groom

Bands Vs DJs

There are women that have been planning their perfect wedding day for years, this includes everything right down to where they intend holding the reception and the type of music they want for their special day. This is why as a bridal couple, you want to ensure that you book your music well in advance to avoid the risk of disappointment.

If you are torn on whether to choose a band or a DJ, then you need to focus on what each one will offer, helping you determine which one provides you with more advantages to remember and enjoy your day, creating lasting memories that will be with you for the rest of your life.

First, looking at bands, you will find that they provide you with a live performance that you won’t get if you choose a DJ. A band is more traditional for a wedding, whether you have a solo singer or a sixteen piece band, the tradition of live music has been carried down over generations throughout the world.

A band will set the tone for your wedding reception and provide an elegant atmosphere that will be very difficult to duplicate with

Decorate Lounge Furniture

Create something that meets the theme of the venue and party – Lounge technically is a place that resembles a bar-like setting, where people would come, chat and enjoy their beloved drink. But, if you are creating lounge at your wedding reception, you do not have to follow this theme. However, the lounge at your wedding ceremony venue must have comfortable seating, and drinks and snacks arrangements. Further, it should meet the theme of the party, so that it doesn’t look odd.

It should have an inviting draw – After settling on the theme of the party, you have to outline a picture, depicting how the lounge will look like. Two most important things that you have to ponder on are the freshness and coziness of this particular area. If the weather out there is chilling, make certain that you have made arrangements for bonfires, and if it is summer, there should be proper arrangements for ventilation and air conditioning.

Tents and linen make a perfect room for lounge furniture – If yours is an outdoor event, you can ask your event venue decorator to create a canopy with tents, and decorate it with lush linen.

Choose a Bridal Makeup Artist

The first step is to find the artists who service your area and make a list of ones you’d like to look into. Referrals from your venue, wedding planner or photographer are worth their weight in GOLD. They do weddings all the time, have worked with hundreds of other vendors, and know who is good. Most venues and planners have a “Recommended Vendor List” that they are happy to hand out to their booked brides. Photographers are always happy to make recommendations for reputable, talented makeup artists because the great ones make their jobs easier! (Less Photoshop and time spent editing? Oh yes!) Friends who have recently been married can also be a good source of referrals. Ask them who they used and if they’d use them again. And of course, the internet has made this a much easier task than in years past, and a simple internet search of “makeup artists in (insert town here)” should bring up a list of them. So now you have some potential artists chosen…

There are some key things to look for when making this decision.

  • Their website and portfolio – Reputable bridal makeup artists will have a professional-looking

Handmade Wedding Invitations

There are several advantages to investing in these particular types of card for your wedding. One of them is that it is a way to get exactly what you want in a card. Some companies will tailor their cards to your specific demands, whether this includes certain colours, photographs, accessories, shapes and all other manner of design details.

As mentioned above, it can be hard to find something to meet all your specifications. If you have a very specific design in mind, consider seeking out a company that can customize cards for you. If you require a very particular design, an artisan card maker might just be able to give you what you are looking for.

The next advantage of investing in handmade cards is that they often come in very unusual and unique designs. For those who are looking to stand out in their choice of wedding invitations, a handmade option may well be perfect. There are many creative designers are out there who experiment with all kinds of materials and craft accessories, coming up with some unique ideas.

These can include water colour cards, invitations customized with handwritten calligraphy and personal photos, charms

Planning a Theme

One of the first things to focus on when planning a theme for your wedding is to decide on what décor should be used during both the reception and the ceremony. This encompasses everything from the flowers at the altar to the music playing during the dance. The reason that décor is important for your wedding is that it helps establish the tone of the whole day and is also an easy way to express your creativity in a public forum. Décor also can make a change by making your wedding more memorable by having a attention grabber that sticks in people’s minds better.

Though décor does play a large role in the aesthetics of a wedding, one of the easiest ways to accent the theme is with the proper wedding dress. One of the reasons your attire is the most important part of any wedding, is that understandably all attention should be on you and your significant other, not on the furnishings. A matching dress will make your appearance down the center aisle all the more stunning, by creating a beautiful coordinated look between the interior decoration and your ensemble. You can make a dress even

Wedding Invitation Wording


The names on the invitation depend on who is hosting the wedding.

If you and your partner are hosts:

The wedding invitation should be written with you as the people doing the inviting.

If the bride’s parents are acting as hosts:

Mr and Mrs John Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter, Mary,to Mr James Jarvis at St John’s Church, Reigate, on Saturday 15th September 2016 at three o’clock and afterwards at Raleigh Hall, Sutton, Surrey.

Always include an RSVP address printed in the bottom left-hand corner of the invitation if you are not including a separate RSVP card.

If the bride’s parents are divorced and her mother has remarried:

Mr John Smith and Mrs Patrick Cook…

If the bride’s parents are divorced but her mother hasn’t remarried:

Mr John Smith and Mrs Barbara Smith…

If the bride’s mother has remarried and is hosting the wedding with the bride’s stepfather:

Mr and Mrs Patrick Cook request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of her daughter Mary. The bride’s surname can be added if you think that would

Right Furniture for Your Wedding

  • Theme: Whether you are planning for a nuptial inspired by the vintage glamour or want to create a wintery look with some fir trees and fake snow, a themed wedding demands the right furniture that complements the theme. Make sure you rent the furniture according to the theme. Go for a lilac and grey theme or a classical white theme, match the theme with the right furniture and go quirky luxe.
  • Venue: If you are looking to get hitched far from home, like in some sun kissed beach in Mexico or a ritzy chateau in France, make sure that the furniture you use is apt for the specific location. For example, a beachside wedding needs waterproof and sturdy furniture that doesn’t get damaged easily.
  • Style: The type of furniture you choose also depends on the style of the wedding. If it is an outdoor wedding like on a farm, garden, country club or a winery your choice of furniture will be different from what you choose in case of an indoor wedding, like a restaurant, studio, resort or your own house.
  • Color Scheme: Metallic, pastel, fuchsia, lilac or all-white, color schemes will play an important