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20May

 

In the wedding that captivated Bollywood throughout the month of April 2016, Bipasha Basu got married to Karan Singh Grover on 30th April. While the pre-wedding excitement was unmatched with exclusive invites, photo shoots etc. the wedding gifts that this Bollywood couple received were also unmatched. Here’s a peek of some of the exclusive wedding gifts they were showered-

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  1. A personalised wedding planner- Beating the digi age where everything is online, her sister gifted her a physical personalised wedding planner. Complete with her name embossed in golden across the cover. They had also stuck cute notes with wedding advice and also how to maintain the wedding planner.
  2. Personalised Goodies- Two of her best friends Deanne Pandey and Suzanne Dadich showered her with a plethora of personalised Mr and mrs gifts all of which they had accummulated and customised over months. From Mr and Mrs Mugs to couple cushions to personalised bed linen etc etc. Bips was so touched that she even took to twitter to share images of all the goodness her friends bought.

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So it seems that personalisation is a great idea for a wedding gift. So next time your best friend is getting hitched or your sister has her wedding coming up, you can also catch some ideas and send personalised wedding gifts. With the influx of many online delivery sites it is now very easy and simple to send personalised gifts anywhere in India. You can choose couple towels with personalisation of monogrammed Mr and Mrs and personalised bed linen as well. Other essential and good wedding gifts complete with personalisation can be photo stones or photo mugs engraved with Mr and Mrs. A new home wooden sign engraved with the new Mrs and Mr sign is also a good idea for a couple who is starting a new life together. So shop away and choose an online delivery site that suits your requirement.

 

Author:

Anamika Dani is an avid blogger and content writer from India. Besides her hobby of writing, currently she is busy strategizing online marketing campaigns for a leading Indian Gifting Portal, India-gift.in.

04Sep

Here is another one from White Massif – wedding planners from bangalore,  sharing their experience…

Indian weddings are royal, colourful and a celebration of fun and life. There’s nothing quite as exhausting, action-packed or crazy as a big fat Indian wedding! We love the whole planning process – right from the time a couple approaches us for inspiration and plans, to the actual execution and the beautiful wedding day. During the course of our experience as wedding planners in Bangalore, we’ve compiled 7 of the most inspiring, beautiful Indian wedding themes we’ve come across.

 

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  • Peacock Theme: Apart from being our National bird, the peacock is an image of beauty, colour, life and royalty. A peacock-themed wedding would use an indigo blue colour palette. The mandap can use peacock blue colour schemes, with royal cushions and a beautiful swing. The peacock feather motif would be featured on the invites, and can even be put instead of a corsage for the groom at the reception. Add royal elements like satin cushions, richly decorated curtains and lovely table settings around the theme.

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  •  Moroccan theme: Think jewel-toned fabrics, metal lanterns, soft candle lighting and lots of gold detailing. Set up an ornate chandelier as the centrepiece of the event. Gift boxes and sweet boxes can be inspired by jewelled Moroccan handcrafts. For your guests, you could even install hookah corners at the bar counter – comfortable lounges with lots of cushions, stained glass handicrafts and lively music to instill a Middle-Eastern mood.

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  • Royal theme: Ever dreamed that you were a princess, and your wedding would take place in a gorgeous palace? We love the idea of wedding planning for a royal theme, complete with elephants, a palanquin and bursts of fireworks during the celebrations. The Leela Palace in Bangalore is the perfect setting. Stunning pillar columns, beautiful gardens for an outdoor wedding banquet, rich drapes and elephant motifs reign when you go for this wedding theme.

 

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  • Vintage/retro theme: Choose your favourite era from the past – from the 50s to the 80s and think about the kind of look you’d like. There’s international vintage, and also old-world Bollywood vintage to choose from. You can incorporate lots of whimsical elements including little touches to the decor with a photo booth that has retro photo frames and props to choose from, a vintage car like a classic Beetle or VW van for photoshoots, and a rustic outdoor daytime buffet. You could also include ornate candelabras with crystals, lamp centrepieces, birdcage veils and so on that can be easily sourced from antique or thrift shops.

 

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  • Carnival circus theme: This is one of the most unique themes you could ever use with a fun twist. Indian weddings are in any case so theatrical – we have the huge tents, the centrestage or the mandap and lots of colour and celebration. There’s so many exciting ways to execute this theme, from circus-themed shaadi tents, fun circus games with a retro twist, to street snack-style buffets and candy bars.

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  • Sparkle theme: It’s your day to shine, so why don’t you consider a sparkle themed wedding? Gold goes with a lot of rich colours like purple and green, and it would be lovely to experiment with these colours in the invitations, add candles to each table for beautiful lighting effects, and drape the mandap in shades of gold, green, purple or red. The sparkle factor is key here, so the bride can also match her outfit to the theme of the occasion, with custom zardozi elements, and a touch of glamour in her overall look.

 

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  • Lotus theme: The Lotus theme has started gaining a lot of popularity lately, due to the image of tradition mixed with grandeur that it gives. Wedding planners everywhere have started thinking creatively about using the lotus motif. The Sangeet ceremony could include a lovely floating candle arrangement, and the pathway leading to the venue of the jaimala could also have a grand entry path. The key is to use the theme to create memorable centrepoints in each ceremony for the wedding.

Wedding Planners always find it challenging while at the same time a lot of fun when it comes to themed weddings. Every idea, every element and every tiny detail is tied in to the central theme and the planning and execution becomes a lot more fun.

 

Happy Planning

Sonam

 

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Bangalore’s renowned wedding planners and ex-Femina Miss India Asia-Pacific (yes, both of them have won this title) Divya and Vithika shares their preferred garden venues in bangalore. So if you planning your wedding in bangalore and looking for a garden venue you just got lucky ….

 

True to its reputation as the garden city of India Bangalore has some beautiful garden venues for your celebrations.This combined with its international feel and cosmopolitan appeal makes Bangalore a great wedding destination. Check out our top 5 garden wedding venues in Bangalore.

1.Tamarind Tree:Nestled in a five acre garden of beautiful trees including the original tamarind tree after which it was named, a natural pond, colonial Bandstand, elegant pavilions, and ample open spaces, The Tamarind Tree is a place like none other.

Welcoming antique doorways lead you in to traditional courtyards, interwoven by cobble-stoned pathways. Elegant pavilions and panoramic beauty  make you surrender to the charm of this magical garden.

Two large kitchens, a very special Sheesh Mahal bar and ample food counter space, comfortably accommodate up to 1500 guests. The grand guest house and two villas can accommodate up to 25 guests. Engulfed in the midst of tropical gardens, the villas feature luxurious bedrooms, open to sky bathrooms, verandahs, outdoor seating, lotus pond courtyards, large water urns, a unique collection of art, antique furniture, and collectibles making it perfect your family gathering.

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2. The Taj West End:  Bangalore’s only legendary hotel is an event space like none other in the world. The Taj West End has 20 acres of lush captivating gardens and graceful gathering spaces. Some of the most valuable heritage tress in the city can be found on the hotel property. So pervasive is the influence of the surrounding flora that all the residential blocks have been named after flowers. Guests can stay in the Gardenia, Magnolia, Frangipani and Lotus blocks, just to name a few.

So treat your guests to one of the 117 rooms and suites. Each has a private balcony or verandah, luxurious bathroom, contemporary furniture and a vibrant colour scheme that emphasize the modern, yet warm, appeal of the interior.

At The Taj West End, our favorite venue for a wedding is the Prince of Wales lawn, which is spread over11000 sq.ft.

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3. Elements: Choose to hold an afternoon wedding celebration as the fabric themed decor transforms the gardens to a riot of tastefully crafted sunshades. Then move to an evening reception where one flick of a switch will transform the gardens to resemble a moonlit paradise. Host a smaller celebration for your special guests by the private pool at the Bridal Villa. Walk the aisle to the Bridal Villa through a host of butterflies sharing your celebrations.

The uniquely designed Maharani’s Mandapa is floating on water and connected by a bridge to the mainland. Take your vows surrounded by water as you see a cascade of flowers falling down the slopes of the garden.

While the eight luxuriously appointed rooms, give your wedding guests an experience to remember, the Bridal Villa with its temperature controlled pool and its own manicured garden, will make it a night to remember.

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4. The Oberoi Bangalore: The Oberoi Bangalore definitely lives up to its reputation of being an island of calm and green soothing beauty in the midst of all the noise and chaos of MG Road. All the tastefully appointed rooms have large balconies that overlook the beautiful gardens.

Start your wedding celebrations with a romantic dinner at Rim Naam a beautiful alfresco restaurant nestled amongst rain trees, bamboo groves and tropical gardens. There can’t be a better location to spend an evening together dreaming of all the beautiful things to come.

Host a pub style lunch at The Polo Club which stands out as a perfect reflection of the garden city! Offering breathtaking views of the garden. Celebrate your wedding/reception at the outdoor swimming pool amidst palm and frangipani trees.

 

 

 

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5.Golden Palms Hotel and Spa: The Golden Palms Hotel & Spa is a 5 star property just outside Bangalore which is built in the rugged grandeur of the Moorish – Spanish casitas. Capturing the breath of fresh air with lush foliage, sprawling lawns, exquisite architecture and landscaping create an ambience that is perfect for your special day.

The Hotel comprises of 150 rooms including suites and provides a range of facilities for its wedding guests including a Spa with 75,000 square feet area, specialized restaurants and bars, a 135 meter lagoon shaped swimming pool and ball rooms which make great venues for weddings. Our personal favorite in the island in the middle of the swimming pool which makes for an amazing mantap.

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Contact us to plan your next celebration at these stylish and peaceful locations combined with excellent service, lovely rooms and the wonderful Bangalore weather that can make every celebration blissful.

Divya & Vithika

Divya Chauhan and Vithika Agarwal are professional wedding planners based in Bangalore, India. They are both former Miss India’s who now specialize in helping others to have beautiful and stress free marriages.Their aim is to make your special day a perfect reflection of your style and taste while minimizing your stress in planning. They spend time to find out what you envision your wedding to be; no dream too vast, every detail vital, to make it uniquely yours. They strive to exceed your expectations while working within your budget.

30Jun

Wedding planning can be very hassling and can turn any good-natured person into a bridezilla. Well then you can magine what it would be like planning for celebrities, who usually have million dollar weddings. This week, Kim Kardashian, described by Vogue as a ‘pop culture icon’ married Kanye West, one of the most famous rappers today. The event was a luxurious extravaganza but at the same time an intimate affair in a Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy. One can only wonder at how much planning went into the event. That’s why we’ve brought you a few key pointers that we can learn about wedding planning from Kim Kardashian’s wedding.

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  • Start in advance: Whether it’s the first time you’re getting married or not, it will always be a very special day. Planning should ideally begin at least a year in advance – considering all the preparations required. There’s the venue selection, booking, hiring decorators, entertainment and a lot more. For their lavish $2.8 million wedding, Kim and Kanye definitely planned well, with celebrity wedding planner Jinane Kafrouny. For Indian weddings, wedding planning can be even more exhausting. There are so many ceremonies to think of and so many outfits for the bride to wear. This is why you should have a budget estimate and a venue down at least a year to 8 months in advance.
  • Have a special venue: It’s not uncommon today for couples to get married at a place that holds a special significance for them. Whether it’s the city where you first met or a certain day it’s always nice to have it at a special venue. Kim Kardashian had her wedding at a Renaissance fortress called the Forte di Belvedere, which is where they spent a beautiful vacation together during their early courting days.
  • Pamper yourself for your big day: While most of us wouldn’t get to spend $550 on a vegan stem cell facial, whether you’re the bride or the groom, you should make the most of the wedding. Get rid of your wedding worries by taking a couple spa treatment, or if you’re the bride, gift yourself a day’s worth of pampering at the salon before your wedding ceremonies. Don’t feel guilty about that seaweed body wrap; the stress of the days and ceremonies will make you thank yourself for this later.
  • Simple can also be luxurious: Kim and Kanye got married with a backdrop of a wall of white roses. While the backdrop in itself would have cost a lot, it just goes on to show that flowers can also be luxurious and elegant. Think about the things you both like, the themes, elements and colours that just feel right and use them in a lovely way for your wedding decor.11
  • Intimate gathering: It can be tempting to call everyone you know because you’re getting MARRIED! However, sometimes even an intimate gathering can be very special, with your closest friends and family. Kim K’s wedding was no exception, with mostly close family and friends in attendance at their very special venue. Besides, wedding planning can take into account so much more and customize when it’s only your loved ones.
  • Separate photography and videography: Get the best of both and hire a photographer and a videographer. You can get candid moments on video and have photographers to snap up cozy and creative pictures of you and your family, friends and the wedding details.
  • Wedding planning is fun, challenging and rewarding for us when we see a beautiful couple have a wonderful wedding day and to know we had a small part to play in their happiness. If you’re planning your dream wedding, we can help you with it from start to finish – contact us now!White Masif