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When it comes to your matrimony, picking out the perfect clothes often takes top preference; several boutique visits, dozens of clothes to try on, and clashing opinions from your mom and bridesmaids. Just do not disremember to view the other all-important details you will dress on the big day – the jewelry!

Engagement Ring

Getting the attire right is superiority, but your engagement ring lasts as an everyday reminder of your marriage day, aside from the recollections, so get it right. It should always be a contemplated acquisition; after all, when you consider cost per wear, it has got to be the best value item from the whole day. The conventional options are ‘court’ which has a slight curve, ‘flat’ that is a more modern finish, or ‘d-shape’ if your ring is more rounded. Growing demand is the use of forever ring styles as a wedding band, especially if your engagement ring has extra diamonds set in the band.

If your engagement ring is a novel shape or quite specific, you will often find that a regular shape wedding ring will not sit flush adjacent to it. If this is the case, a chevron wishbone wedding ring will work best; made with a small band to the band, this will enable your two rings to fit together. It is used for luck and love. Engagement rings are tokens of affection, commitment, and loyalty a couple of shares. The ring’s shape and design have an added symbolism that many couples add when they sketch a ring or select the perfect ring to symbolize their relationship.

General Engagement Ring Symbolism

Originally, engagement rings may have signified a portion of a bride’s dowry or bride price. Not only did the ring display the woman’s committed state, but the quality of the jewelry symbolized the social status and success of her bridegroom. Wedding bands are placed first on the left ring finger to be most intimate to the heart.

The Circle

Engagement rings are finally circles of metal, and the circle is a part of highly pious, figurative geometry. Circles have no origin and no end and thus symbolize immortality, rebirth, wholeness, and completeness. They also represent the sun, moon, and planets, drawing close to all lives just as an engagement ring brings together the lives of two people.

The Double Ring Ceremony

In a double-ring tradition, both the bride and bridegroom receive wedding rings; earlier traditions only gave a ring to the bride. Today, most couples have double wedding ring ceremonies, and the popularity of men’s engagement rings is growing to stretch that analogy.

Personal Engagement Ring Symbolism

Most couples prefer engagement rings imbued with personal symbolism. Celtic engagement rings are profoundly symbolic of family knots and ethnic cultures, while antique rings may be family heirlooms that carry on intimate traditions. The designer birthstone rings may use selective birthstones that often have novel elements such as frail filigree patterns to represent the bride and groom or the vital dates of their relationship, such as their first encounter, first date, or first kiss.

Three stone engagement rings are themselves instilled with personal symbolism. Each of the stones depicts a distinct stage in the couple’s relationship: their past, present, and future. Three stone rings are obtainable in several shapes; although round, emerald, and princess cuts are the most popular.

Engraving engagement rings are another way to add an analogy to the jewels. While some religions believe that carving the ring’s circle will bring trouble because it symbolically thins the metal (there is no difference in original strength), others feel that it adds closeness and uniqueness to the ring and builds a stronger bond in the bond.

Whatever the personalization, there is no refuting that engagement ring analogy factors profoundly into a couple’s choice of the ring. Whether you prefer a classic diamond solitaire to honor cultures, a legacy ring to include family, or an entirely new ring with personal illustrative elements; the most crucial thing is that the ring truly expresses the love, faith, and promise you are going to share for many ages to come.

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SANGEET KI RAAT.

Music, dance, fun, party…Sangeet is the most celebrated day in a wedding. Night, chilling, food, celebration… there cannot be a single person who doesn’t like Sangeet.

Sangeet is a sacred ceremony to celebrate the union of two families and this has undergone a lot of changes in these years. Earlier, this was done by women using spoons, dholaks, and harmonium but now it is celebrated by both men and women, with dance, music, and games.

PREPARATION DAYS

During wedding preparations, it will be the Sangeet which takes up all the time. Nowadays special choreographers are appointed for the dance performances. All the uncles and aunties, siblings, and the bride and the groom have their special performances.

MUSIC

Have you made your Sangeet Playlist? No? Don’t worry, you can get Sangeet Playlist from YouTube or Spotify. Just go, play and groove with it!

Some of my favourite Sangeet songs are Pallone latke, bole chudiyaan, aafreenaafreen, Radha and the list goes on.

DRESS CODE

Sangeet is a different kind of celebration among all the wedding rituals. This is a party that does not really need a dress code. You can go with traditional sarees to dress in capes or even jeans!

IDEAS

We all know that Sangeet means music and dance. But why should we be limited to only these? Since your whole wedding is in a unique style, you can also have some unique ideas for Sangeet.

What about a Fashion show with all your aunts, uncles siblings, and friends. You can also plan some games with the bride’s team and groom’s team, or dance battles between boys and girls.

Do you have any more ideas? Share it with us in the comment section!!

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THE AUSPICIOUS DAY OF MEHNDI AND ITS SIGNIFIANCE.

Mehndi laga ke  rakhna,  Doli saja ke rakhna,

Lene tuje o gori,  Aayenge tere sajnaa….

 

Who doesn’t love Mehndi isn’t it? That dark red colour with lovely designs will certainly add more beauty to your hands.

The Mehndi ceremony that is conducted one or two days before the wedding day, is considered one of the most important and auspicious ceremonies in the pre-wedding celebration. Just imagine that day when the air is filled with the aura of green Mehndi, kids running, girls groups with all of your close relatives applying mehndi and dancing to your favourite old Bollywood songs. Everyone finding their favourite designs many days prior, then there will be professional henna artists who come to apply mehndi to the guests. Everyone sits together in rounds, singing and joking.

Have you ever asked someone why do we practice this ceremony?

Well, as per the tradition, mehndi or henna is considered as a paste that attracts positivity. So deeper the colour of the bride’s mehndi, the happier the bride and groom’s marriage will be. And the different designs symbolize blessings, joy, love and prosperity. It is also a way of wishing the bride good health and prosperity as she begins her journey to a new life. You can also apply the first letter of the groom and ask him to find and this is considered as an indication of love.

Scientifically, mehndi is made from a herb, so when it is applied on the hands and feet, it helps to cool the body, keeps the nerves from being tense and also prevents headaches and fever.  It is also used to prevent stress in the bride before the wedding.

Now let’s look at the dress during the ceremony. Since mehndi is done in the day, you can go for more bright colours. Bright green, which matches the idea of mehndi can be a great choice. You can also go for orange, sky blue, peach, pink etc. People often wear salwar or lehenga during this function, but always remember to keep the sleeves short and more exposing so that you can apply henna on all your hands and legs. What about everyone wearing goggles? Sure that will make you look cool!!

The next important aspect to look for is the venue. Since this is mostly done outdoors, you can keep sofas, beds, cushions and all outside. You can decorate with flowers, colour papers and balloons. DIY is something that is trending nowadays. You can hang origami birds, flowers, lamps etc up there. If you have a large tree, then what are you looking at! Decorate that with all those things and you will get the best place to enjoy the henna at perfect comfort and beauty!! Don’t forget to have a small place for the guests to take photos because any function is incomplete without photo sessions.

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YOUR PERFECT WEDDING ATTIRE.

Having the wedding of your dreams starts with two things – finding your partner for life, and the perfect attire for your special day. Choosing a wedding dress is an event of a lifetime, your dress sets the tone of your wedding day and is a reflection of your personality and style but when it comes to wedding planning, there’s nothing quite as panic-inducing as being unable to find the perfect wedding dress. With endless options to choose from, the most overwhelming part of choosing a dress is narrowing down the style that best suits you. With so many dresses to choose from, it might take longer for you to find “The One.”

When shopping for your wedding dress, start early and set a budget. You can look for some of these tips before choosing the dress.

 

  • FIND STYLES YOU LIKE browse styles you like, look in magazines, Pinterest, internet and save some of the styles you like.

 

  • MAKE APPOINTMENTS Look for the wedding stylists around you and make timely appointments early so that you can have an ample amount of time to do the changes and fittings. Try the wedding dress and ask your friends and family for recommendations! Also, make sure you catch up with hair-stylist and makeup artist as well with the dress.

 

  • THINK YOUR SHAPE Know your body shape and pay close attention to how the dress fits your body type and whether it’s accentuating your best features and de-emphasizing your insecurities. Some of you may have lost kgs to fit into your dream dress but then again look if it suits you well or not. Well, nobody would ever want to be in a loose dress on the big day!

 

  • KNOW YOUR BUDGET Wedding dress is the most expensive clothing item you will ever buy. Make sure you visit each boutique telling them your budget. This way you’ll only try on dresses that you can afford to fall in love with. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of alterations, too.

 

  • ACCESSORY CHECK If you already have decided on the accessories, make sure you look for the dresses that match with it or vice versa.

 

  • COLOUR MAKES THE DIFFERENCE – Whether its red, golden or cream, every wedding lehenga has its own speciality and uniqueness but then it’s only you who knows which colour suits you the most. Look out for the colour that makes the outfit look better when you are wearing it!

 

  • BE YOU Remember, your dress needs to portray who you are. If you think that red lehenga and curls would suit you, go for it. Nobody has the right to stop you from being you on your big day. Just be true to yourself!

 

  • THE COUPLE MATCH Your wedding day and dress should be about you as a couple. Make sure you both have that same colour combination with your attire.

 

  • TRUST YOUR JUDGEMENT Once you’ve found your dream wedding dress, you’ll know. Don’t rush the decision, take your time and don’t give in to pressure from other people, however well-intentioned. If it feels right to you and makes you feel the very best version of yourself, your job is done.

Don’t be discouraged if you do not find your dream dress in the first store. While some brides say “Yes!” to the very first dress they try on, others feel the need to try on more. You’ll know it when you find it!

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DIY wedding trends.

Increasing awareness of the extravagant cost of the average wedding has prompted a trend toward a more DIY approach to wedding planning. Plus every couple wants their wedding to be different and the best. So you can’t just sit simply once your big day is coming soon without worrying about every small detail. Here are some astounding DIY trends you should definitely look into!

  • HALDI DÉCOR: The color yellow is the hero of this ceremony, so take care of the balance between colors. Make haldi props using wooden sticks, wrap them with colorful papers, you can also make a flower bed for the bride to sit on it. Decorate a wall with chart papers and flowers, choose some best Bollywood songs and surprise the bride with a flash mob during the ceremony. Decorate the haldi thaal, or tray with flowers and pebbles. Make a pattern out of flowers on the floor or decorate a wall with kites, old dicks, colored glass chips, or small planters.
  • MEHNDI DÉCOR: Green is the color of mehndi and so you can decorate the whole place in shades and tints of green or can also use a contrast color to green. If it’s a night function, use yellow fairy lights, you can also place a jhula for the bride and decorate it with flowers. The use of bird cages, dream catchers, bottles, etc. will also look cool. Prepare a photo album for the bride, gather all her pictures from childhood till date, and place them at corners writing notes on each. Write some Bollywood dialogues on board and place them along the sides.

INVITATION CARDS, it is the first thing your guests are going to look at, now to give your special touch to the invitation you can make handmade chocolates and sweets to send along with them. You can also add a personal note with the main writing to each guest. You can include some accessories like scented candles, dry fruit bags, a small calendar highlighting your wedding dates, small carry bags with your names on them that they can bring to the ceremonies, a tissue box, or a set of handkerchiefs for each, etc.

To give your guests a warm welcome, you can give them some WELCOME GIFTS at their arrival like a jar of handmade candies, a handwritten letter with the schedule of each function, a basket of snacks.

Hand-made FOOD LABELS and handwritten FOOD MENUS can look esthetic with all the decoration and will give your guests a homely feeling.

Candle stands and dining table CENTERPIECES can be easily made out of craft material and waste.

DANCE PROPS can also be used in the sangeet ceremony. Make them with paper cutouts and colors. Also, hand over small props to guests and they can raise the props while cheering dance squads from the audience.

Inventive PHOTO GALLERY can look so good with flowers and colorful strands. Tie them with pretty fairy lights and it can also work as a suspended photo wall.

If the bride or groom has a pet, you can decorate a chair or make a PET HOUSE, for the pet to sit, and click pictures.

For the ring ceremony, design a RING PILLOW, BOX, OR TRAY.

Make cute and lovely CAKE TOPPERS for the couple.

Make cute WEDDING SIGNS, write quotes and, anyone-liner on ceramic plates or paper plates.

Make SASH and CROWN for the bride.

DIY SHAGUN THAAL and MONEY COVERS.

While welcoming the guests, give them a WRIST BAND different for the bride’s side and groom’s side, make them using colorful threads and flowers:

Also, you can make CUTE SIGNS for bridesmaids and the bride click group pictures.

Place PHOTO BOOTH and SELFIE BOOTH at a corner.

Decorate a wall with STICKY NOTES and ask each guest to write a note for the bride and groom.

Decorate POOJA THAAL and trays on your own.

Give your guests a RETURN GIFT HAMPER, made at home. Make them with flower petals and sparkly gift wrappers.

 

 

 

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GET GLOWING AND CLEAR SKIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY!

Don’t we all want our skins to seem unblemished and radiate a gorgeous pink glow on our big day? However, amid a global pandemic, it is not feasible for every bride to be to visit a salon and receive the soothing treatment she desires. With a ravishing dress, one needs flawless skin as well to make the heads turn. Try these simple and quick methods at your home to achieve picture-perfect skin for your wedding!!

EXFOLIATE: – Exfoliation is a pivotal process if you truly want your skin to feel fresh. For all my DIY Queens out there, this is the perfect project! Mix three tablespoons of sugar with one and a half tablespoons of honey. After you have achieved the fit consistency. Smear it to your face and scrub for five minutes. Rinse the mixture and say hello to your crisp and dead cells free skin! Repeat the process once every week for the prime results.

MOISTURIZE: – Some might think moisturizing one’s skin might give rise to acne which is a myth that needs to be addressed. Not moisturizing your skin might cause it nevertheless. One of the soul steps to glowing skin is to moisturize your skin twice a day! Keep your skin from drying up and keep it saturated for glowing skin.

ICE BATH: – Do you believe baths are just for your body? think again! Your face needs proper treatment as well. Take a bowl and fill it with water, release some ice cubes in it and stick your face in the bowl. Use a straw to breathe and elevate your face after two minutes (or before if the water is too cold). This ice bath will shrink your pores and make your face more compact for the makeup to go on well!

CLEANSE YOUR FACE: – None of the above-suggested methods will work on a face ladened with dirt and pollution. Therefore, make sure to wash your face with your go-to face wash before trying the other techniques! Lather on the facewash and gently scrub for a minute or two to discard all the filth and unclean particles.

HYDRATE YOUR SKIN: –Although most of us have been told drinking gallons of water can make your skin glow brighter than the sun few of us have seen results instead of sprinting to empty your bladder every second. But we can guarantee you hydrating your skin with a fundamental toner will bring in the compliments as well. Start applying the toner twice every day and see the results for yourself. Try Dabur Gulabari Premium Rose Water for instance. It is money efficient and worth the purchase.

DITCH THE OILS: – Nothing can be achieved without a few sacrifices. Therefore, this wedding season, say no to oily foods and eat lots of greens and maintain a healthy diet. Gulping down junk foods will add to your acne and oily skin, thus give it up for this wedding season for the skin you always desired for. Maintaining a healthy diet will only add to your perfect and glowing skin!

CLEAN PILLOWS: – Make it a routine to rinse any applied makeup before you hit the pillows. Unremoved makeup is the source of acne-prone skin and skin diseases. Say hello to makeup-free pillows and clean skin every night before dozing off!

SLEEP WELL: – A well-rested mind will not only reduce the wedding day stress but allow you to feel and appear fresh as well. Not to mention the long gone dark circles, it is of utmost importance for the bride and groom to have a sound sleep before the big day!

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Jukebox – The Perfect Bollywood Songs List For Your Wedding

 

By Nivedhitha Ravi

Indeed, Weddings get the spirit when naach gaana enters the fields. A wedding will be no more complete without the painful legs due to power-packed dance. Here are some of the nuptial anthem, as per the ceremonies, that addict every single one of the guests to jump into the dance floor.

ENGAGEMENT

The day when you get officially locked up from your bachelor’s life is when you change the ring to your paramour. You will be telling the entire world that you are getting married. This day should be the occasion in which you expressed your love to your beau with your entire family standing as a witness. The music should be a way of committing yourself to someone you love the most.

Check out the list of songs that will be apt for your engagement.

MORNI BANKE

The happily-ever-after song gives you the excitement you need when you are unable to show how satisfied you are.

NAINOWALE NE 

Strictly for the princess-soon-to-be-queen: The song that gradually lures groom to the heavenly heart of the bride.

JAB TAK

The romantic song shows the love of the groom to the bride who wants his lady to be with him always.

TUJH MAIN RA DIKHTA HAI

This definition of evergreen gives you wonders of love on how the couple is destined to be together.

TERE BINA

Ever felt a soul? This song takes you right into the soul of your loved ones.

 

MEHNDI

The night will be the beginning of your forthcoming wedding ceremony. All the ladies getting their hands even more adorned with mehndi, aunties dancing around the bride talking about how she had grown faster from kid to lady, and the begetters of the bride controlling their tears with a smile as their princess are going to leave them – mehndi night is all about fun, going crazy rogue and getting little emotional.

Get your mind crazy and pour your feelings out with the below song recommendations.

DILBARO 

The heart-melting beats express the pain of the bride and her parents when the bride is going to live with her king.

LONDON THUMAKDA

There is no wedding without this song being played in their mehndi functions. Totally enjoyable song.

CUTIE PIE

This song grabs your attention with its desi Punjabi style and focuses on how girlfriend and boyfriend change into desi wedding couples.

CHALKA CHALKA RE

All the ladies make fun of the bride and groom subtly using this very song composed by the legendary A R Rahman.

BANARASIYA

The magical composition of A R Rahman gives a colourful feeling that throws away the pressure of upcoming wedding ceremony.

 

SANGEET

This ceremony is all about celebrating the bride and groom and stating the painful fact of married life in a fun way which makes them more anticipated to get wedded. Dancing without any others’ consent which gives the result we need to fuel the spirit – DESI. We will be in a state of amazement by seeing the dance of the non-dancing person in our group. So, the songs should be with beats that get our 90-year old grandfather to dance and we know the exact playlist for it.

AANKH MAARE

This reprised version of the 90s peppy song will get your legs moving, urging you to dance for the beat.

GALLA GOODIYAN

Planning to make your whole family dance? Get ready to see your family dancing with their crazy steps listening to this song.

KALA CHASHMA

The all-time favourite still rules the DJ for its exotic peppy rhythms.

DILI WALI GIRLFRIEND

What a look. What a grace. – This song is the key to impress your bride.

SALAAM E ISHQ

Be it a one-side lover, boyfriend, groom, or husband, this song suits for everyone – a celebration of love.

 

COCKTAIL

Music is an important part that converts this formal dinner into a fun carnival. With delicious dinner, luxuriating drinks, and awe-struck décor, the cocktail party will be a spirit-lifting moment for the bride and groom. But the craziest dance moves will lift the guests to another level of fun at any party. Even though the guests are ready to dance, the crucial point of fun is the choice of song. Presenting you the most wanted songs made especially for the cocktail parties.

SWAG SE SWAGAT

A perfect way of welcoming everyone with a swag.

HIGH HEELS

Make an appealing move while wearing a high heel – the funny way of expressing the life of a married couple.

KAR GAYI CHULL

All boys, get ready to show your dance style to your crush with this rocking song in the background.

HOSANNA

The successful venture of the “Mozart of Madras” will urge the bride and groom to fall in love again.

BADTAMEEZ DIL

Have a desi heart that doesn’t listen. It’s alright. Hop on to this song.

 

RECEPTION

This will be a wrap-up of the entire wedding ceremony. The songs’ aura should be changing from time to time to please the guests. The playlist should start from excitement – welcoming the newly married couple – and go on with love and adherence.

The songs should be played throughout the night. Listening to the

songs which are in the same genre for a long time will make the guests feel bored. No worries. These massive hits will coincide with the mood of the occasion that results in a serene night that ends the ceremony.

HUMMA HUMMA

The remake of the nostalgic 90s song gets you to hop your hip accordingly.

SHAAM SHAANDAAR

A song dedicated to the splendid evening that lights the moon with the décor.

HUMSAFAR 

The disease of love which is fairly malignant – feel your love throughout your body with this song.

AFREEN AFREEN

The devotional song with soothing beats that feels fresh.

RAABTA

The exotic way of expressing the feel around the house of heart – Raabta.

Here is your jukebox with famous songs that could explode your wedding with fun, craze, and excitement. This blog is to make the obligations of your wedding easier and smoother. The songs may vary with different people’s preferences. But this list has the most famous songs in the decade without which weddings won’t happen. We hope this blog is helpful to you.

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Essentials of every Bride

By Megha Goswami

Now that you are soon going to be a bride in a few days, you have to make sure, that all your essentials are ready beforehand. After all, who wants to hear, “Baarat darwaze pai hain, par dulhan abhi tak taiyaar nahi hui!!!”. Normally, while checking the essentials list for the one last time, we make sure that the bigger subjects of essentials, like the jewellery, the bride will be wearing for various functions are kept at place but many times we forget about bobby pins that are needed for the hairstyling. You tell me are bobby pins not essentials? Whether you are having a destination wedding or a home wedding, keeping all your essentials at the place will turn out to be very fruitful and will help to avoid the last-minute haste. Here are some essential categories, you need to check twice before you the beginning of the wedding events.

  1. The Wedding kit

The wedding kit comprises of all the items you need for the wedding. It is the first kit you would be looking for during your wedding. The essentials here are :

  • Outfits – All the outfits starting with the haldi to the reception should be kept separately in a bag. Make sure you don’t crumble them. Put them in a nice stack so that the stones and embroideries on them won’t get ruined.
  • Jewellery – Match jewellery with each of the function outfits and keep in them in separate boxes. Keep all the jewellery for a function in one box. As an example, the Mehandi jewellery which will have a necklace, choker, earrings, bangles, waistband, the forehead jewellery, keep all these in one box.
  • Shoes – Keep your shoes in separate shoe boxes or pouches. Don’t keep your shoes in one bag otherwise, they may get damaged.
  • Only a girl understands the importance of good and comfortable lingerie. Every outfit needs different lingerie. Decide your lingerie previously with different outfits. Remember, you will be wearing every outfit at least for 3-4 hours so make sure your lingerie is comfortable.
  1. The Makeup Kit

Girls and makeup are inseparable. Especially when it comes to wedding, girls to crazy with makeup. Though you are going to hire a makeup artist there are things you need to keep in the essential list. We understand, after all, it’s your D-Day, and you gonna make efforts to look the best with a flawless face and perfect jawline. So, the must-have things in your makeup kit would be  :

For feeding your skin with some nourishment you would need a face wash, toner, serum, face cream and spray sunscreen (incase of day functions)

For the makeup kit, you need to have primer, foundations, concealers, loose powders, eyeshadow palettes, mascara, kajal, brow tint, bronzer, contour palette, highlighter, blusher, lip pencils, lipsticks, makeup setting spray and obviously makeup sponge and makeup brushes. Keep a makeup remover as well because at the end of the functions you have to remove your makeup.

For your hair, sort out all your accessories like the bobby pins, bun, rubber band, comb, clutcher, veil and your hair styling tools. Although, your makeup artist would carry it anyway, what’s the harm in keeping them.

  1. The Extras

Basically the extras are the most essential items. We often neglect their presence but they are very much needed.

  • Safety pins – Don’t you get irritated, when you are dressing up and don’t find your safety pins. To avoid any such situations, during your wedding, keep 5-6 pack of safety pins in your outfit kit.
  • Personal toiletries – Corona time has taught us the importance of hygiene. And being a bride, make sure you don’t use other’s toiletries as it could lead to bacterial infection causing acne and rashes.
  • Always keep a needle thread box along with your outfits. In case, your outfits get a bit torn sort of, you can sew it immediately and not hover around looking for a tailor.
  • If you are having a destination wedding, then carry some comfy night suit with you. Days will be long and tiresome, so the night demands to be relaxing. And what’s more relaxing, then some comfortable PJs.

Be it a destination or home wedding, the essential list for brides is never complete. A bride needs almost everything, during her wedding, but the essential items are to be given a second check. After all, you do want to search for things here and there instead of enjoying your day.

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Is It Humanly Possible to Keep Up with Wedding Trends?!

I must admit that I’m a bit puzzled that wedding trends and fads changing so quickly, as laid out, for example, in this Vogue article about 2017 wedding food trends.

This is what I mean: Fashion trends come and go quickly too. But you wear clothes every day, and it’s understandable that you’d get tired of this or that style after a time.

But you only get married rarely, one hopes. You aren’t having a 2016 wedding and then a 2017 wedding, one hopes.

So it would seem like wedding trends would therefore be a lot more slow-moving and dictated by the ways the groom and (especially) bride have always imagined their wedding to be, often for years beforehand.

I guess I underestimated peer pressure, though, and how many weddings young trendsetters, thoughtfluencers, and buzzwordians attend each year to establish a moving baseline. Social media is powerful.

Per the Vogue article, things are going in a more classical direction this year, with more formality and tradition and less quirk.

Tower cakes are back. Family-style dinners, all the rage in 2016, are so gross now, ew.

Whatever your feelings are about trends and fads in general – I think it’s rather clear that they bring out a skeptical side of me – there can be no denying that they matter very much to a lot of brides and bridegrooms, and so, like it or not, they need to matter a lot to you as a wedding pro.

So you need to stay on top of this stuff. But how?

  1. Research Smartly

You probably don’t need me to tell you that a good place to start would be by googling “Wedding Trends 2017” and reading the relevant pieces that come up.

But do you use Google Search tools? It’s right there on the page after you get your results: Tools.
Click on that, and you can crucially search by recency, or a range of dates.

So just get the results from the last day, week, month, whatever, thereby assisting you in your quest to get on and stay on the real cutting edge.

Example: I just chose to only get results from the last month, and it gave me an article on *2018* wedding trends.

Weddings are apparently like cars, then. We don’t have to be in the calendar year yet for the models to come out.

  1. Focus On Vocabulary

The Vogue article makes mention of “roaming buffets,” a current trend. The author helpfully explains what that is, but your customers won’t.

If you’re a wedding caterer, and a prospective customer asks you if you do roaming buffets and you don’t know what that is (unlikely, but still) what are you going to do?

You’ll either have to navigate the minefield of pretending you know and winging it, or admit you don’t and look uninformed while potentially losing a customer.

Obviously, those are both horrible choices and you want to avoid being put in that position as much as you can.

So whenever you come across a trendy term you’re unfamiliar with, slam on the brakes and look it up.

  1. Worry Not About Contradiction

Your customers will probably come at you with ideas, wants and desires that fly in the face of their other ideas, wants, and desires.

That’s okay. It’s human nature. As long as its logistically possible, without undue hardship, to (for example) play nothing but gospel songs and Insane Clown Posse tracks at the reception, you should do it, and do it with a smile.

I bring up this point because the first listicle item in the Vogue piece is “Keep It Small” and the last one is “Big Is Back.”

Does this make me want to throw my laptop out the window and run to a small off-the-grid commune in the Alaska where I will live out my life making ink out of seal blubber?

Yes.

But will I? No. I am a consummate wedding professional.

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