Why is Red So Important to Indian Weddings?

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Dating back to the 4th century, Indian wedding ceremonies have been performed and carried out as spiritual, sacred and family oriented celebrations. The traditions make up most of the wedding but what do they all mean. Take for example the most common color of the Indian wedding dress; red! But where else is the color red seen? Let’s take a look?

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This traditional dress is called a saree also…

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Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Reception

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images (2) Reception Venue Questionnaire  It is critical for you to clarify what is and isn’t included in the agreement not only so you know the final cost, but it’s important to understand what exactly you are paying for. Never assume something is included in your contract. Save yourself the shock of what may have been a ‘hidden fee’ or final cost on the day of your wedding by following our tips.   WC…

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India Pre-Wedding Shopping Tips

India Pre-Wedding Shopping Tips

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Last week we covered a few tips on shopping before your wedding in India. After browsing through a few more checklists, we’ve decided that these few other tips were on the Need to Know list! So check them out and let us know your opinions!

Decide What You Want:

Sit down with your parents, to be in-laws, fiance or whomever is helping you to decide what you will be needing the most. Usually this…

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Feature Friday: Harbor Hill Restaurant & Bar

Feature Friday: Harbor Hill Restaurant & Bar

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DSC_1627Harbor Hill Bar & Restaurant offers traditional, upscale, American food to the Nyack, New York area by hosting events of all sorts, including engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding showers, birthdays, and just about everything else in between. DSC_1448 copy

The three-story restaurant, in the heart of town, successfully offers a trendy and sophisticated environment…

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Tips for the Desi Bride: Shopping in India?

Tips for the Desi Bride: Shopping in India?

CALLING ALL INDIAN BRIDE’S TO BE!! Are you trying to cut down costs on your clothes, jewelry, accessories and pretty much everything else for your wedding?! Why shop here in the U.S when you can shop for cheaper with a wider variety of options in India? Most of you already know this but here a few tips we’re sharing to remember and pass on to your nearest and dearest!

Timing:

Whether it’s two…

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#FeatureFriday: Andres Valenzuela Photography

#FeatureFriday: Andres Valenzuela Photography

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Andres Valenzuela Photography has been serving the greater New Jersey, New York and Connecticut area, for the past 8 years, with personal and quality photos that are tailored to each couple’s personality.

Andres and his wife Kim base their company on the lasting relationships that they are able to make with all of the couples that they meet in their journeys. These relationships are formed from…

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Pre-Shaadi Ceremonies For the Hindu Couple Part 2

Pre-Shaadi Ceremonies For the Hindu Couple Part 2

So last week we started sharing some of the ceremonies that set apart the Hindu wedding from any other! We shared with you the Godh Bharai and the Tilak. Today we will explore the most fun of all the ceremonies the Mehendi and the Sangeet!

Mehendi: Anyone interested in getting a tattoo? Well maybe not permanently but for those of us who enjoy a temporary design once in a while are more than happy…

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How To Cut Down Your Wedding Budget

How To Cut Down Your Wedding Budget

Avoid Peak seasons:

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Getting married in winter opposed to summer will give you more date availability as well as lower prices compared to peak wedding seasons

Shop locally for flowers:

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Locally grown and sold flowers that are in season will be considerably less expensive than flowers that are out of season and being shipped from out of town places

Explore your cake options:

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A cake with…

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Pre-Shaadi Ceremonies For the Hindu Couple Part 1

Pre-Shaadi Ceremonies For the Hindu Couple Part 1

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Hindu religion has been one of the longest practiced religions around the world. As such an ancient religion, the traditions, customs and rituals passed down are held sacred from generation to generation. The most sacred of all the Hindu religion practices is what we know today as the sacrament of matrimony, marriage or to those of us Indians, hamara shaadi ka din. The day of our wedding is a…

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Wedding Countdown Checklist - 4 months

Wedding Countdown Checklist – 4 months

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A bride recently said to me, “I’m getting married in four months! What do I do? Where do I start?”

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These are two of the most asked questions, so let the countdown begin. This is a quick checklist and although its begins at four months, please tailor and adjust it to match your own priorities and wedding date. Like any checklist this is simply a guide.

Four Months to go:

  • Inform immediate family…

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