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Wedding Presents not to give your Best Friend

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Your best friend’s wedding is not just the most special day of their life but certainly one of the most important days of your life too. This is the time when you really have to push the boundaries to prove that you truly deserve the title of ‘best friend’ that was bestowed upon you a decade ago. Along with several other gestures and undivided attention, your soon to be married best friend is also expecting a gift that is nothing short of perfect. While you know them best, here’s a list of gifting options we think you should definitely not opt for:
1. Home appliances
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Ovens, air conditioners, washing machines, etc. are a strict no-no. These items are acceptable when given by the 50 plus age group of relatives whose creativity ends at utility. Think out side the box and don’t step inside the home appliance section of the store.
2. Something ridiculously expensive
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You would happily spend a fortune on that Fendi bag your friend eyes each time you go to the mall or that watch they have always wanted in their collection. After all, this is a once in a lifetime occasion. But think about it this way- showering them with such an expensive item also puts immense pressure on them to return the favor when it’s your big day. So, we suggest reducing the price, and increasing the effort instead.
3. Flowers
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Please don’t be lazy and walk in with a bouquet like one of their tayaji’s son’s wife’s brother. As lovely as flowers are, they are going to get you the most disappointed, ‘et tu, Brute?’ kind of looks from your best friend.
4. Second-hand gifts
Your parents will be very pleased with you if you pick a gift item from the storeroom in the back of your house. But you know who won’t be pleased and will instantly spot the guilt on your face? Your best friend.
5. Best wishes
They know you love them with all your heart and will take a bullet for them, but reach their wedding empty-handed and see what happens next. At the least, you better brace yourself for a lifetime of taunts.
6. Cash/Lifaafa
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Cash is cold. It’s useful all right, but gifting your best friend a bundle of cash on their wedding is a little too practical. You may have logical arguments in favor of this one, but we say, throw logic out the window, and get them something straight from the heart.
While these are a few ideas you should stay away from, we have on offer several gifting items that your friend will remember and treasure for life. Take your own sweet time to choose the most special present. After all, it’s your best friend’s wedding!

The Perfect Blend of Love & Customs “Nikkahfied”

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

The wedding season is almost around the corner and the wedding bells have already started ringing, so when we talk about an Indian marriage we think about the attires, customs and a big fat family!
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In India, we have gone through numerous weddings but every single time when we hear about a wedding we get super excited. A Muslim wedding is a perfect amalgamation of traditions, customs and love. Muslim Weddings are known as Nikkah in Urdu. The ceremonies and rituals in a Nikkah consists of 4 major functions which are –ENGAGEMENT (MUH-MEETHA), HALDI (MAIYOO), NIKKAH (THE WEDDING) & WALIMA (RECEPTION), it may differ beyond the borders or sections but down the line, the only motive of a Nikkah is to celebrate the togetherness of the new couple and the union of two families as well.
Muh-Meetha or Engagement
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In the engagement ceremony (Muh Meetha) the would-be bride and groom don’t exchange the rings face to face. Their parents do it on their behalf. They follow the traditional pardah system. Engagements in Muslims is a family affair in which the families visit each other’s home along with sweets, gifts and cash.
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The engagement ceremony is an official announcement for the family and friends that the relationship is now sealed. Hridei.com provides both unique Save the Date animated cards and also of course a Wish List capability.
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The Nikkah commences with the ritual of Maiyoo (Haldi). It is believed that the colour of haldi gives a “Noor” on the bride’s face. During this function, the bride wears a yellow dress and ladies from her family and groom’s family apply the haldi on her face, hand and legs. On the very same day groom’s family gives her the bridal dress and jewellery which she will wear on the day of Nikkah. After the rasam of Maiyoo, the bride is not supposed to go out of her house until the day of Nikkah. On the other day, the same event is also observed at the groom’s house.
Henna Ceremony
Mehndi ceremony usually takes place just before the day of nikkah. According to the ritual, the more extended the Mehendi holds its shading, the more promising it is for the couple. It is also believed Mehendi is also deemed to be a symbolic representation of fertility.
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Mehndi ceremony is essentially organized by the family of the bride and is usually a private affair which takes place in the presence of close relative and friends. However, the scale of the ceremony depends upon individual choice.
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On the day of Nikkah (Wedding), the families appoint a Qazi, as he’s the one who carries forward the entire custom of Nikkah. During the ceremony of Nikkah, the men sit with the groom and women with the bride. At the time the Qazi starts the Nikkah, he mentions about the ‘Meher’.
Meher is an essential part of the Muslim Wedding, it’s a present to the bride from the groom. The Qazi, recites prayers from the Quran and asks the bride first if she agrees to marry the groom with the pre-decided Meher. This question is asked thrice. If she agrees, the same is repeated with the groom. This is known as Ijab-e-Qubul (proposal and acceptance). This is followed by the signing of the Nikahnama (marriage contract) by the couple. All the elders now bless the newly married couple and the youngsters commence the age old playful tradition of joota chupai. It’s a playful tradition where the bride’s sisters and friends ‘steal’ the groom’s shoes, and ask him to give gifts or cash in return.
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Walima
The Walima (Reception) is to wish the newlyweds a prosperous life. Basically, Walima is the last function. This function is hosted by the groom’s family in which they invite family, friends and neighbours, to celebrate the togetherness of the newly married couple and share their blessing and gifts but in recent times the custom of exchanging gifts has changed a lot. Now couples have started using a wedding registry (www.hridei.com) for their gifts as it’s easier and a time saving process. After everything winds up on a good note the couple leaves for the honeymoon to spend some time with each other.
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The Indian Etiquette of Gifting Right

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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The search for wedding gift ideas for the newly married couple can become a daunting task and often a frustrating experience. It’s beyond one’s know as to what the couple’s idea of the best wedding gift is. Confused, many take recourse to the hackneyed idea of gifting cash in a brightly-coloured envelope. That may be pragmatic, more so in India, but it ends up making the bond between and couple and the guests look like a mercantile affair. More importantly, how many people remember the last cash gift that one got and the amount? Cash does not show any effort or love poured in by close friends and relatives in choosing gifts for a newlywed couple.
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On the other hand, an unwanted gift may end up in a storeroom and a plethora of these become a logistical nightmare for the newlyweds and their families.So, how can one give or receive a gift without such hassles? Are there ways to make gifting a bonding experience for the newlyweds and their family and friends? The simple answer is to have an interactive conversation which reveals the newlyweds interests and the guests budget and ideas. Convergence leads to a lifelong memorable gift.
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In this digital era it is easy to facilitate such a social engagement; look no further than to your computer; go to the internet to see portals like www.hridei.com the best wedding gift social registry that makes gifting into the interactive experience that it is. Everyone who is online can suggest wedding gift ideas to both the givers and the recipients and make ‘gifting’ a fun experience. In an easy to follow regimen, the couple celebrating their wedding or anniversary would have to create an online wedding registry at www.hridei.com. Here they can add a wish list of unique wedding gifts for couples they would like to receive from friends and relatives based on everyone’s inputs and their likes.
The list could be exhaustive; ranging from kitchen stuff to dazzling diamonds; of all price ranges and myriad varieties. More importantly, even an experience like a travel package or a spa in a five-star resort can be added to it as a unique, honeymoon wedding gift for bride and groom.
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The e-link to the wedding gift registry would be sent to all the invitees well before the event so they can pick their gift from the wedding gift registry and buy it online. The wedding gifts for newly married couple in India will be home delivered by respective vendors.
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The wedding gift registry system would effectively tone down the fat and chaos from an Indian wedding; it would make the wedding receptions look elegant events. The guests would no longer be anxious to offload their wedding gift on the newlyweds by crowding in front of the dais where the couple is seated waiting for their turn. The newlyweds too would not look tired of incessantly posing for the cameras while receiving strange gifts from the guests. Instead of a festive chaos, the wedding registry system will make the occasion a memorable and an enjoyable experience for all.
More importantly, long after they have settled into their new life, the couple will continue to cherish this unique gift they had wished through the wedding registry list.
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By opting for the wedding gift registry newly married couples in India can make unique gifts from their friends and relatives a memorable part of their new life as married couples. Life can never get simpler and more beautiful than this!

Love and peace struck the newlyweds on Dawki riverside. A surreal experience of a honeymoon couple.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

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Marriages are made in heaven but honeymoons must be planned on the earth. Sunu Joseph and Manik Roy had missed this part of their wedding plan. Probably, their minds were too preoccupied with making their families agree to join their cross-cultural and interfaith wedding that they forgot to plan for the after-wedding experience. The two paramedic professionals had met while working for a US company in Bengaluru seven years ago. The last few years had taken a heavy toll on their emotions as they dealt with their indignant families and desperately sought their approval for their wedding. As it happens, the wedding ceremonies in Kerala went off well so did their reception in Bengal.
Having pulled off the event with friends and family, Sunu and Manik realized they had not planned their honeymoon.
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On a friend’s suggestion, the couple landed in Shillong, the enchanting city nestled in the forests under the canopy of the bluest of skies. The city was mesmerizing and had plenty of attractions for the quintessential tourists. However, Sunu and Manik were no ordinary tourists; they were on wanderlust, probably in search of a surreal experience. They did go around visiting an incredible Mawlynnong, Asia’s cleanest village, majestic Elephanta falls and Nature’s wonder of the Living Bridge in Cherrapunji etc. and enjoyed the experience.

Next evening, they drove for two hours from Shillong and reached a quaint place – a placid river Dawki hemmed by purple hills. If the places were to be named after the first impressions of visitors, this would be called Solitude. A man in his late thirties welcomed and led them to their accommodation – a tent with a clean bed, essentials like towels, torch, etc on the bedside and an electric bulb glowing in the middle. Their host, Mailing, explained the rules of the camping to the couple; also advised them to place the order for food and drinks in advance since it has to come from a nearby village. He reminded them they must not miss the campfire and the party there.

After freshening up, Sunu and Manik came out of the tent and they saw an incredible view. The hills, river and the landscape were awash in silver. It was a full moon night; the moon shone brightly and its silverlight covered everything below. The river was languid; its waters played around with the moonlight forming crystal-like formations on its surface. They felt they were in the center stage of a movie set straight out of a black and white Bollywood flick of the Raj Kapoor era. Someone seemed to have touched the place with a magic wand to make it look heavenly. Manik says sitting by the campfire, eating and drinking, was a lifetime experience for them. Though both of were from two beautiful lands of Kerala and Bengal, like most working persons, they had never had time for stargazing. The silver magic was at play all around and they found they had left their chairs and were lying on the riverbed and looking upon the skies. Up there it was heavenly; each bright speck on the sky seemed to be conversing with them. Sunu and Manik say no money could have ever got them this experience anywhere in the world. The magnificent moon was smiling at them; it was their Zindagi na milege doobara moment when Hrithik Roshan playing the role of a workaholic professional goes underwater and comes out with a divine realization that life is beautiful and its every moment must be lived well. Snnu and Manik say their experiencing by the riverside was life-changing; it healed their souls and calmed their minds.

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Their search for a perfect honeymoon spot had ended.
The romance was in the air and two found Nature was in communion with them while they enjoyed the first meaningful togetherness with their souls swathed in peace and happiness together.
Manik says he would recommend camping at Dawki to all the newlyweds. “It’s here you come in communion with Nature and feel and the night experience makes you feel how much part of the Nature you are,” he says. Sunu says she can never think of any better setting than the star-lit skies, the smiling moon, the moonlit hills and the rhythmically flowing river with its waters shining like spangles for a romance and love to blossom.
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Dawki was too magical for the lovebirds and they have been telling about this to just everyone.
Next morning, the river looked resplendent as the sun rays touched it. It’s flowed humming a melody; one could see the coloured pebbles at the bottom and the fishes gliding gracefully in the water. Suddenly, they spotted two gunmen in uniform some 100 yards away; they were border guards of Bangladesh. Sunu and Mannik were on the international border between India and Bangladesh. Tranquility was all-pervading and Bangladesh border men too seemed engrossed in feeling the rhythm of Dawki entering their territory.
After breakfast, they went for a small rafting expedition in Dawki. Cliff jumping was the ultimate liberating experience. Sunu says the moment she took a dive in the river, she could sense all tension leave her mind leaving it suffused with calm and energy.
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The campsite is kept clean; the visitors are advised not to litter the place. The local village community together does a sprucing up drive each week
How to reach there: Taxis and buses ply from Guwahati and Shillong to Dawki village.
What to carry: warm clothes for nightwear as it gets cold.
Cost: It’s the paisa vasool destination. Average Rs 1,000 per person including food. One has to pay extra for drinks.
Preferred time: Close to full moon days.
Precaution: The campsite can be visited by wild animals. Not to worry, there are people to take care of such emergencies in a nearby tent.

Trendy Lehenga Design To Rule Indian Wedding!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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1. Cape Lehenga

It has a choli or top which is composed into a cape. Cape lehenga will give you an alternate style and adds uniqueness to your dressing. It can ideal for the engagement or pre-wedding function. The cape further can be composed into various styles say off shoulder frills, crop or long-length capes.

2. Mirror Lehenga with Floral Jewellery!

As seen on the ramps of LFW, mirror and precious stone work on lehnga are in trend this season for wedding. Embellishing neon shades on a lehenga with large mirrors for border pair up with heavy mirror work choli can make a great fashion statement at your wedding. For your mehndi ceremony, go bold with bright neon color mirror and precious stone lehenga and accessories your look with floral jewellery.

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3. Floral Design Lehenga

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In spite of the fact that the flower configuration is essentially made for summer and spring weddings, yet the designers gives the extra touch to make it work throughout the year for the functions like cocktail. From the most recent past, floral design have turned into a major pattern in the wedding trousseau and it will continue to be trendy in the coming year. These lehengas are exceptionally favored for the pre-wedding ceremony because of its lightweight.

4. Banarsi Lehenga

A Banarasi Saree or lehenga is the most loved among the brides and no fabric can beat the beauty of the rich colours of banarasi fabric owing to its royal aura. These lehengas are exclusively crafted for the royal and grand marriages.

For the sangeet ceremony if you want to freely dance without thinking about the dupatta go with a glossy silk shirt with kundan neck piece and with a lovely banarasi lehenga.

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5. Gota Patti Lehenga

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Gota Patti is the star of the show since a long time. Zari ribbons are applied onto the fabric with the edges sewn down to create elaborate patterns. Both narrow and wide borders are in vogue now. Apart from that, designers are now also adding heavy gota design to the dupatta corners and to the bottom of the lehengas. Gota embroidery is extensively used in an Indian wedding. We would love to see this as a reception outfit on a bride.

6. Velvet Touch!

Velvet is everywhere nowadays, and mostly available in dark color! The trend of velvet lehenga will turn out to be more popular this year. It gives a very clean look to the dress. Color and embroidery comes out to be more vibrant and elegant for the bride on her D-day. Bride looks like a modern day Indian princess in traditional velvet bridal lehenga. But just make sure to wear it right.

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7. Personalized Story on Lehenga

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Modifying your lehenga is trending these days, however weaving your names or your romantic tale makes it more special!

Joyful Expectation Baby Shower

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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Baby shower is the celebration for wishing for a safe delivery and a healthy baby. It is the ‘showering’ of gifts upon the woman who will become a mother.
In India baby shower is known as Godh Bharai which actually implies filling the lap of the expecting mother with plenitude. From Vedic times it is also known as Seemantham. A musical instrument would be played and it is now a scientific fact that babies can hear sounds inside the womb.
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This event is normally celebrated after the fruition of seventh month, when the child and mother are considered to have gone into a protected zone.

Godh bharai is a great time for the family to meet up and celebrate. You can also commend your godh bharai with other mums-to-be in your family. Here are a couple of tips to enable you to make the occasion extra special.

Tips for fun baby shower

  • Usually a friend or a family member will take the lead in organizing the event. Stay in touch with would be Mom and get inputs from her at each step of the way.
  • Take a notebook and record your innovative baby shower thoughts. Additionally, set up a schedule for the shower in view of needs. This incorporates decoration, cake, invitations, games, venue and beverages etc
  • It is a smart idea to get enough rest before the event as it might get tiring.
  • Keep the program short and sweet. The pregnant mother may think that it’s hard to sit for extended periods of time
  • You might need to choose a dress for the event as per the climate. Dress should be comfortable.
  • Order for a special baby shower cake that resembles party themes.
  • Set up the list of guests and keep it updated with the goal that you won’t miss anyone. Choose a customized baby shower invitation and design it with a personal message for all of your guests.
  • Make a theme for your Baby shower and design invitations based on your party theme.
  • You may likewise need to give little tokens of gratitude like stoles, earring, bangles, bindis, beauty care products as return blessings.
  • Organize the event according to your number of guests. The event location should be spacious and easy to reach. No high steps for the bride to climb or long walkways.
  • Create a gift registry with all desired gifts that the new mom might need and guide the guests so that they can purchase right.
  • If you want to entertain the guests here are the few activities that you can include in your event.
  • Hire a few mehendi artists who can apply mehndi on the hands of your guests.
  • Arrange for interactive and interesting games that can make the whole event a lot of fun. Avoid noise that can scare the baby inside the womb.
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Baby shower gift ideas

Baby shower gifts would be for the baby but remember that the mom deserves to be pampered too. Nowadays baby shower gift registry are trending in the market. A few days before your baby shower mom and dad together can create a gift registry, make sure to add all the products that they think they will need for their newborn and input to the organizer. It is a hassle free experience. Gift registry gives a completely new direction to gift sharing.
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Hridei, is a chic innovative registry that is changing how Indian couples share wish lists and guests buy gifts. Hridei gives you the freedom to choose gifts and experiences from the best brands in India. These products have been carefully curated from different brands (Mothercare and Maspar) and categories keeping in mind your discerning taste.
Hridei gift registry also gives you the opportunity to desire and receive aspirational gifts with the group gifting feature. You can add high-value gifts to your registry and your guests can “pool in” their contributions and gift you the desired item.

Wedding Calendar Checklist

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The wedding checklist

The wedding checklist is composed with the perfect timetable of twelve months. In case you’re arranging your wedding on a shorter calendar, simply begin toward the start of the rundown and attempt to get up to speed as fast as could be allowed. Use the boxes to the left of the items to check off tasks as you finish them.

9 to 12 months prior to wedding day

Arrange a gathering for you and your parents.
Determine budget and how expenses will be shared.
Discuss the size, style, location, and scope of the wedding you want.
Choose a target date and time for engagement, mehendi/sangeet wedding and reception ceremony
(Give yourself enough time for preparation when picking a date. Also, think about the season you would prefer to get married in. The actual date will depend on venue availability & Pandit/priest or an astrologer prediction.)
Create a file to store and organize ideas, worksheets, receipts, brochures, etc.
Visit and reserve location for all ceremonies
Meet with your Pandit/Priest for taking out an auspicious date for the ceremony.
Start compiling your guest list to estimate head count. Consider budget when thinking about “must-invites” versus “nice-to-invites.”
Begin shopping for the dress, jewellery and accessories for wedding and pre- wedding functions.

6 to 9 months prior

Enroll in wedding gift registry
Hire a photographer and a videographer.
Hire a caterer.
Hire a florist and discuss the theme for you wedding and other occasions.
Hire DJ/ Band/ Solo Musician.
Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. (Ask about group rates.)
Send out Save-the-Date cards. (Include lodging info and maps, as possible.)
Select and order all the dresses for different occasion and jewellery, leaving ample time for delivery and alterations.
Start planning your honeymoon

4 to 6 months prior

Finalize the guest list.
Order invitations cards (25 extra) and other wedding stationery.
Let friends/ family that are long distance know your dates.
Book your stylist and ask whether they are willing to work on the wedding site.
Start shopping for the gifts you will exchange with your relatives.
Finalize all honeymoon plans. If traveling outside the country, arrange for visas, passports and vaccinations.
Hire your wedding day transportation (carriage, limousine service, etc.).

2 to 4 months prior

Start collecting all the thing which you will require for the pre-wedding functions like haldi & henna.
Meet with the caterer to go over menus, wine selections, etc.
Confirm wedding ceremony and reception music and choreographer for pre-wedding entertainment.
Book a hotel room for the wedding night.
Hire bridal mehndi artist

4 to 8 weeks prior

Mail the wedding invitations 8 weeks before your wedding date to relatives
who stay out of station.
Do a hair and makeup run-through (including wedding veil, if applicable).
Confirm all transportation plans.

2 to 4 weeks prior

Send invitation and personally invite close family and friends.
Finalize arrangements for out of town attendants and guests.
Confirm details with the photographer, florist, and other vendors.
Have final fitting for bridal dress and bridesmaids’ dresses.
Compile a list of all of the wedding vendors and wedding party, with contact information. Carry this list with you everywhere you go (just in case).

1 week prior

Give the caterer a final head count.
Appoint a trustworthy person to bring important items to the wedding site.
Appoint someone to act as an “organizer” to handle any last-minute problems.
Review final details for those in the wedding party.
Get final beauty treatments (manicure, facial, massage, waxing, brow shaping, etc.)

The day before the wedding

Confirm honeymoon arrangements.
Pack for the honeymoon.
Enjoy a relaxing day with family and friends.
Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner; give gifts to attendants.
Try to get some rest
Purchase accessories for wedding day.
Order wedding day varmala and garlan.

Wedding Day

Post wedding announcements in the mail.
Relax and remain calm.
Remember to eat something.
Allow at least two hours for getting dressed.
ENJOY THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT!

Plan your dream Wedding

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Set your date

Picking a wedding date is the first and most important decision that you will make in planning your important event. Ideally, you should pick a date six months in advance to give yourself ample time to plan fully.

How do I pick a date that works for everyone and is still be special to me? Factors may range from family constraints to cultural alignment determined by traditions such as a priest or an astrologer to practical constraints on the availability of a favored venue. You may ask yourself, “How would I pick a date that works for everybody and is still exceptional to me? For each couple, the process is totally exceptional and that is a piece of what makes your wedding date so unique to you.

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Weather is important and will set the mood, especially important for keepsake photographs. Do not pick dates that overlap with crunch time such as year end or tax season or when folks fast or even clashing with board exams. What most folks overlook is that the wedding date becomes the anniversary date which you will celebrate each year. So pick a date that can be made memorable each year with an easy getaway or some other fun couple activity.

Working backward from the date to prioritize which things need to be taken care of right away will help keep things progressing and keep you from panicking and freezing. You may have a thought of where you imagine yourself strolling down the passageway or what you need your dress to look like which brings one to the next item which is the venue.

 

Choose a venue

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The decision of where a wedding should happen is not as simple as a couple tying the knot might want it to be. Gone are the days where a couple would choose the one wedding scene closest to their place and after that mark it off the wedding arranging list. Picking a wedding date may appear like an assignment comprising just of enjoying a space or not, but rather in all actuality there is much more to consider than that.

Before settling on a venue the couple needs to keep a few things in mind such as estimating your guest count, total budget, location, atmosphere, services, capacity of venue etc. Logistics of parking including valet or self parking, close by accommodation for out of town guests, any restrictions of food or vendors or total count should be researched. Audio visual and wifi functionality is a plus. Asking for references is a good idea as also examining and comparing any contract in advance.

Make registry

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Gift giving and receiving is an important binding ritual in a wedding. Thankfully, in a few simple steps a couple can create their registry and experience the journey of getting priceless and useful gifts. Wedding registry solves many problem in one go. From Mark the Date to Inviting guests to the wedding to arranging your gifts, everything is organized by a weddingregistry. Hridei www.hridei.com, is a chic innovative wedding registry that is changing how Indian couples share wish lists and guests buy wedding gifts. Hridei gives you the freedom to choose gifts and experiences from the best brands in India. These products have been carefully curated from different categories keeping in mind your discerning taste.

Hridei gift registry also gives you the opportunity to desire and receive aspirational gifts with the group gifting feature. You can add high value gifts to your registry and your guests can “pool in” their contributions and gift you the desired item.

On the social page, all your invitees can participate in the conversations/banter and get to know and bond with each other. The excitement starts building even before the event. You can post photos and videos and make your page special. Guests who cannot attend can also participate in the social play and be part of the celebrations.

Design your look

plan-your-dream-wedding-img5When you imagine yourself on the huge day, what do you see? Something sensational? Spectacular? Ethereal? Each extraordinary lady of the hour merits an impeccable dress that will suit her uncommon needs and special taste! Basically start by finding what subtle elements you adore, styles of dresses that are in trend and that will suit you best on your big day. Have a back up outfit ideally. Prepare for your wedding with as little stress which is only possible if you plan ahead. Careful practices brings about promising results. Perfect and flawless skin for your day is key ingredient, have sparkle and excitement in your eyes, pick your perfect cosmetics, makeup beauty consultant and you are ready to rock your day. Always remember you are beautiful in your own way, and it’s your big day.

Enjoy your day

As of now you followed every single point in your plan for your dream wedding so now all you need is to make the most of your big day with loved ones. Fill your heart with joy noteworthy to everybody.

Hridei wishes you the best for your upcoming nuptials. Do visit www.hridei.com and the FB page to stay in touch with the latest trends in Wedding celebrations.

Catalunya, Spain Honeymoon where Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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One life to live and One love to share it with. What better place than after your wedding to head to Costa Brava, Spain. There is nothing that could be in your Hridei Wishlist that Barcelona and Catalunya cannot provide by way of a honeymoon experience. Costa Brava is where Hrithik Roshan meets Katrina Kaif who falls in love with him. Both are supported by Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol who perform the magical flamenco dance Senorita https://youtu.be/7GORCKlCwPI

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The walk on the cliff bordering the azure sea is exhilarating and each bend opens glorious new vistas.

When you go for lunch to one of the many cafes dotting the beach you will see the sail boats and the surfers. It will remind you of the wonderful Ghazal . Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti by Jagjit Singh & Chitra Singh https://youtu.be/zh2-BYz2RwgEnjoy your honeymoon because it is the happy memories of your loves that you will treasure the most says the song. We moved to Barcelona from Costa Brava. While one could have stayed in the many hotels in the heart of the city we checked into the modern Fira Renaissance which is in the suburbs. The Barcelona subway system is fast, cheap and easy to navigate. The hotel looks simply stunning in the bright, clean golden sunlight. Be careful not to drink too much if you plan to stay in the hotel across. It looks tipsy enough! But then prepare yourself for the zaniest architectural city in the world.

La Rambla is the main drag of Barcelona. One starts with a water fountain where the fans of Barca soccer team gather at the end of each game. Legend has it that if you drink water from the fountain you will return back to the city. Here is where there are statutes to famous people, art, the history of the Spanish Civil war and the hotel that celebrities like George Orwell stayed in. Kudos to the unknown Indian couple strolling down this iconic street. Talking of art whether it is Salvatore Dali or Pablo Picasso the city museums and outdoors are an art lover’s delight.

The Four Cats bistro is where the great artist used to chill out with other members of the modernism movement. If it is Spain then one naturally thinks of bull fighting. But relax, the cultured folks of Catalunya think of themselves as the more civilized ones. After they built the stadium on the left they passed legislation forbidding bull fighting as a sport in the Catalunya region of Spain. The building faces the Montjuic water fountains which are perhaps the most beautiful fountains in the world. At night they fountains dance to the music including songs and tunes from Bollywood. If there is a King of Barcelona then it is the architect Antoni Gaudi. His mind went where imagination fears to tread. Park Guell is a good place to start.

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Imagine if the guard house on the left is like the below then what the rest of the place is like. Look again at the trees. Looks can be deceiving inside the Park. The City is full of chapels and cathedrals but the Sagrada Familia is in the category of nonesuch in the world. Do take the time to do some shopping. Even if you have received everything that your heart desired from family and friends via the Hridei Gift registry even something small is appreciated. The road side vendors are very innovative and mostly from Pakistan so open to haggling. The gelato is welcome when one is walking the streets of Barcelona. Yet, while Barcelona is a modern city its roots are ancient indeed. One can go visit villages which are over a thousand years old and are carefully preserved. They are surrounded by farms and have retained their pastoral beauty over the centuries. There are magnificent forts for lovers of castles. The piece de resistance of course is Montserrat monastery which is dedicated to the Black Madonna. Did she have anything to do with Kali? You make up your mind after you read up on it. Suffice to say that the funicular train ride up the mountainside is beyond this world. You holding hands tightly with your soulmate are literally climbing up into the sky. St. Cecilia greets you there. Wait a minute. Is she wearing a sari? She looks like she could have come to your shaadi and easily mingled with the wedding guests. Do not forget to light a candle at the wall. Every marriage is a re-affirmation of love that leads to creation. The child is the father of man. Spain is a warm, friendly country. You will see touches of India everywhere from Columbus to restaurants to fabrics to arts. There are beaches, wine, great food, nature, sightseeing. It is an affordable country and barring pickpockets the tourist areas are safe. The public is supportive of tourists. Hopefully, you got a brand new camera as a Hridei wish list gift registry. You will put it to good use. Enjoy yourself!

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Ladakh Honeymoon – The dazzling light of love on the rooftop of the world

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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Discover a land so pristine that it purifies you. Explore a space so vertical that it takes your breath away. Venture into the inner space of monasteries where Time has no meaning. Your first step together brings you close to Nature, to each other and to your own self. If you want an unforgettable honeymoon experience then this is it, this is it. Where to stay: The luxury gift package at the Grand Dragon LehWe stayed at the Grand Dragon and it is the crème de la crème experience in Leh. The hotel, food and service is exceptional.

http://www.thegranddragonladakh.com/ Also http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g297625-d1017953-Reviews-s1-The_Grand_Dragon_Ladakh-Leh_Ladakh_Jammu_and_Kashmir.html

ladakh-2Hotel Glacier View has the value and convenient location where one can step out and be in the lanes of Leh, reminiscent of the Old Silk Road, with small shops selling great pashminas and other wedding gifts for yourself. Our host, Ravi Badam, the genial owner, is ever smiling and so helpful. http://www.hotelglacierview.com/ More at http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g297625-d4843541-Reviews-Hotel_Glacier_View-Leh_Ladakh_Jammu_and_Kashmir.htmlAamir Khan and the Three Idiots were right. Unbounded love is Celebrate the beginning of your marital bliss by ending to be found only at Pangong Lake. Just you and your loved one. your honeymoon trip by visiting the Shanti stupa at sunset. Ladakh has a lot to offer for those looking to celebrate something special. If you truly want a fun adventure then check out our favorite Rahul Ogra at Mystic Himalayan Trails https://www.facebook.com/MysticHimalayanTrails. Rahul is an environmentalist and works for several prominent Western NGOs. Ladakh does need advance planning so do give yourself lead time.