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11 Little Details To Make Your Traditional South Indian Wedding Stand Out!

Article by Bhavika Bhatia

Tired of the same ideas at every South Indian wedding you’ve been to? Worry not, as we’ve got some interesting tweaks and twists to give your wedding a unique appeal and character, that would be talked about for eras to come!

A South Indian Food Bar
Food is an integral part of every wedding, lest just of South Indian ones. And evidently, food bars have taken the internet by storm. But what if we told you that you could impress your guests (and surprise your taste buds, as well) with these innovative takes on South Indian food preparations, and include them in your custom South Indian food bar – Yes, it’s possible.

1) Idli Cupcakes

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Don’t be fooled, these are still your delicious, go-to idlis. Only, they’re disguised as pretty cupcakes with a variety of chutneys as the “icing”. Would be great as a grab-and-go item.

2) Fusion Dosa Station

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We’ve come across pasta stations, chaat stations, what-have-you. But how about an american inspired filling, or perhaps a nutella stuffed one for dessert? Sounds strange?
You’ll only ever know if you only ever try!

3) Indian Meringue Biscuits

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Ditch the quintessentially-french macaron fad, and give these Thutukodi Cashew Macaroons a shot! We bet these haven’t made an appearance on that dessert table, just as yet.

4) Nariyal Pani – with a Pop Of Colour!

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We know, we know. You’re probably thinking – Nariyal Pani at the wedding? Really? But only, these look way cooler and are totally doable. Adds a fun pop of colour to spruce up your beverage bar – and your guest’s moods.

5) Filter Coffee Henna Cookies

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Starting your day with a hot serving of filter coffee is a usual occurrence in our lifestyles. But what about ending your meal with these lovely, almost too-pretty-to-eat filter coffee henna cookies for dessert? Use them to grace your dessert table or as lovely mehendi give aways!

6) Banana Leaf Menu’s

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Sure, we’ve all eaten our meals from a banana leaf before, but what about using them as a menu to let your guests know what’s on the spread? These can be hand written and placed around your table settings.

Repurposing South Indian Fabrics

Southern India has undeniably vast textile wealth and abundant weaving regions, from where the Kanjipuram silks to the Mysore crepes stem from. Often, we tend to overlook the beauty and richness of these fabrics – but now you could probably put your mother’s abundant collection of these to better use. How?

7) Kanjipuram Drapes

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Draping these instead of ordinary satins and chiffons will add a personal touch, or probably even as a background for your Photo Booth. (come on, we know you’re having one of those as well)

8) Brocade Clutches

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Here’s an interesting idea to give away as favours to your girls – Repurposing brocade or silk fabrics into pretty clutch purses, or you can purchase them from your local markets.

9) Indian Bridesmaid Proposals

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We know how much the bride loves her girls, and what better way to make their day by presenting them with a bridesmaid proposal box? A set of bangles, bindis, some sweets, even a saree if you wish to, and a whole lotta love – you surely can’t go wrong with this idea!

10) Jasmine Garlands
Everyone knows that jasmine flowers are an integral part of South Indian ceremonies, and often used extensively in decor as well. Combining the ombre trend with the use of jasmine garlands, here’s an interesting way to create a mogra curtain cascading from high ceilings.

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11) Mogra-Wound Chairs

Banquet chairs are so passé. Why not opt for tiffany chairs instead and drape jasmine garlands over and around them for a tradtional look masked with opulence.

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Wedding Checklist

Article By Tanya Chethan

Wedding planning is a long and tedious process which usually starts almost ten to twelve months in advance. Although fun and exciting, it can get stressful and tiresome. What goes into it is a lot of thinking, planning, estimating and decision making. Here’s ideally how you should start planning your wedding and things you should be doing as you get closer to your dates.

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You should start off planning a minimum of seven months before the wedding dates. Make sure to keep a wedding binder which will have all details regarding your wedding right from guests to vendors to venues to dates.
Approximately nine to ten months before your wedding, start estimating and have a budget in hand. This should be your first step, so you can make your wedding planning easier and work around this budget. This will give you a fair idea as to how much you can spend on each aspect of your wedding.

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Next, it would be ideal for you to start fixing dates. Once you’ve done that you can start to make announcements so people are aware of your wedding.

After fixing dates, go hunting for venues. Since you have a budget in hand, you can check out places that meet your budget. During venue hunts, you must know approximately how many people you are expecting for each event because you don’t want your venue to turn out to be too small neither too big! Also make sure that the city your venue is located in is easily accessible to those who you really wish to have attend your wedding.

Side by side, keep researching on photographers, dj’s , florists, caterers, etc., make sure to note down all these contacts so they’ll be easily accessible to you when you start your bookings.

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Once all of the above is complete, narrow down on the best photographers and videographers, meet caterers, and all other vendors that you would require at your wedding and hire them all.

After you’re done hiring, start listing guests who will be attending from out of town. Make a list of these guests and send out ‘Save the Dates’ so you can confirm their attendance and book the right number of rooms, ideally at a hotel nearest to your wedding venue.

If you wish, you can also launch a wedding website which has all updates related to your wedding for your guests to access at any time without having to disturb you.

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This should be followed by meeting a designer for the bride & groom’s clothes. Get your clothes designed and in place at the earliest.

Four to five months prior to your wedding, design your invites, get a draft and approve of it.

Schedule your favourite hair and make-up artists so they’re free for you on your special day!

You can then work on other things such as the list of people who will perform at your sangeeth, the music you require and choreography too.

Two months in advance, you can begin to send out your approved invites to all your guests, and make calls if required.

Be sure to run through all events and check whether everything is in place.

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Approximately two weeks before your wedding, speak to all your vendors just to remind them of what your requirements are. Try on your dresses and check whether everything fits and looks okay.

Coming closer to your wedding dates, contact all guests who haven’t RSVP’d and follow up on all your appointments and get your final haircut and colour!

Before your big day finally arrives, make sure you get lots of rest to look your best and enjoy your wedding to the fullest!

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