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DivyaVithika Wedding Planners reveal their annual predictions for the hottest wedding trends on the horizon for this year.
From the right proposal to the best honeymoon destinations, we have you covered. Divya and Vithika give you a run down on the trends.
The Wedding Proposal: Proposals are getting more personal and unique; simply getting down on bended knee to pop the question now seems to be a thing of the past. In India the proposal trend is gaining momentum. More men are opting to propose to their girlfriends with creative proposals even if they are having arranged marriages.
With the arrival of social media like Facebook and YouTube, guys are thinking outside the box. More men are opting to document their marriage proposal by hiring professional photographers and videographers. Bollywood themed proposals are still the most popular and our personal favorite.
Wedding Branding – We love how weddings are going more and more in the direction of unique and ultimate personalization! From personalized monograms to fancy websites couples are going for the whole shebang and branding their entire wedding . And why not? Branding your wedding from beginning to end is a sophisticated way to carry through a theme and/or color palette.
Wedding Stationary – We will see more and more couples getting very creative with the way they invite their loved ones. Video wedding invitations will be the way forward in 2014. There are a lot of advantages of these invitations. They are very personal, you get to know when your guests have seen your invitation, RSVP ing is much easier than the traditional way of doing it, and there are no hassles of postage or couriers that can be unreliable. Check this simple video invite we created for one of our clients.
Wedding trousseau – Resort bridal wear will be big this year. With more beach weddings than ever designers will cater to bridal needs by designing clothes that are a classic fusion of East meets West with a good mix of traditional intricacies in modern silhouettes. Think gowns with ornamental trims, light weight and flowy saree and lehenga’s in romantic shades.
Airbrush makeup – The New Year will see brides choose air brush makeup instead of traditional make up. In case you are wondering what is airbrush makeup? It is just a different way of applying foundation. The airbrush pixelates a fine mist of foundation on to the face resulting in a flawless, even, and long-lasting finish.
The reasons airbrush makeup is gaining popularity is not having to worry about bleeding makeup- retouches and most importantly getting make up on your dress. The makeup is long lasting and that means flawless photos.
Photo booths – are nothing new for weddings. What is exciting is that this year marks the entry of the slow-motion video booth. Using a special infrared camera, a videographer creates an amazing keepsake.
Food – Do it yourself bars are going to be very big this year. Based on the event and the time of the day choose from different themes like mimosa bars for afternoon mehendi parties, popcorn bars for a fun sangeet and fruit bars for the dessert at the reception.
Another big trend this year is the late night snack after dinner. Couples love incorporating their favorite late night snacks to their wedding party.” After everybody’s been fed, the couple will send out trays of fun food – like pizza, tacos or mini idli’s. This is generally for the younger crowd looking for a snack after dancing and drinking.”
Hot honeymoon trends – As a new generation of tech savvy couples take their age old traditional vows they bring their own desires and tastes into their honey moon plans. Armed with their Googlemaps and information from sites like Trip Advisor honeymooners are choosing to venture to less travelled destinations like Morocco, Costa Rica and Turkey. More and more couples will look for interest specific destinations like Paris to experience the culinary delights, a cruise down the river Nile for an intimate cruise or a safari in Africa for an adventure of a life time.
However the unfavorable exchange rates will see more couples opt for honeymoons within India and thank god we are blessed with some amazing choices.
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.
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.
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 over 11,000 sq.ft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dessert tables have taken the wedding world by storm and will continue to be a huge trend in the coming months!
Follow this step by step guide from us to set up a desert table that is a sweet ending to exciting new beginnings.
1. Think of one key element which will act as the inspiration for your desert table. Maybe it’s the design of your invitations or your color scheme . Whatever it is, it helps to have a focal point around which to design the rest of your table.
2. Consider your guests when planning your menu. Try and keep things that are universally liked. For example an ice cream/gelato bar is a big hit with kids and adults alike. Add a few different flavors and you have pretty much covered all your guests.
3. Introduce a mixture of flavors, textures and types of sweet items to provide variety and interest for your guests’ eyes and taste buds
4. Keep portions small and to bite-size dessert canapés so that your guests enjoy trying everything on display
5. Label your desserts so your guests know what they are eating. It’s no fun biting into a chocolate marzipan if you dislike almonds.
6. Create a backdrop. Use table covering, presentation dishes, labels, sprinkles, cupcake liners etc
7. Create different heights for your displays. If you simply put everything out on flat platters it will not look as good. Try to find plates, platters, cupcake stands, and cake stands that match your wedding decor and colors.
8. Make little favor bags/boxes that each guest can take with their favorite desert in it
9. If you are combing Indian and western deserts make sure you strike the right balance
10. We would highly recommend your pastry chef/ caterer talk with your planner/designer about the color scheme, design, and look of the event