Budgeted Bliss

by Rachna24. January 2013 22:43

How to organize a low-budget yet stylish wedding.

There was a time in the day of yore, where weddings, in their entirety were handled by the family and the community alone. There were no caterers, no designers, the venue was invariably the courtyard of the bride’s house and the clothes were stitched by the local tailor, if not the bride herself! Natural aids to beauty, simple rangolis and flowers as decorations, the ladies of the house handling the food...and the wedding was sorted. A simple, inexpensive era indeed!

With progress grew financial resources and in proportion did aspirations! Huge venues, five star catering, ostentatious gifts, orchids being flown in! The possibilities were endless and expensive.

But do we really have to spend so much for a memorable wedding? A better use of that money would be to spend it on a holiday and keep some away for a rainy day. As for the wedding....well some ideas to keep it simple, yet make it indelible!


Rituals and Revelry!

An Indian wedding is sure to have a number of pre and post wedding rituals and rites.
However, these do not necessarily need to be witnessed by a crowd of people.
They are best executed and enjoyed with close family and friends only. Keep the “must invite” lot for the Reception.

D Day
An option is to go for a civil ceremony and then throw a combined reception.
This way the wedding is registered from day 1, you manage to invite all those you want to and have to and the expense of hosting two enormous events is halved.

For the customary wedding ceremony too, it is best to hold the wedding and the reception on the same day
and share the expenses.

Venue
Choose a venue compatible to the weather. Typically,outdoor venues are more expensive.
However, for autumn weddings these are ideal as one does not need to cover too much area and it is not hot. Indoors are preferable for summer and winter weddings.

Decor
Use flowers in season and available locally. Candles, diyas, and rangoli---we have such am amazing variety to choose from. By merely changing the colours used, our venue can change from a traditional Indian gathering to a minimalist chic scenario. Marigold spells conventional, tuberoses can go contemporary.

The Menu!
Keep it simple and light. Light-because people invariably rue the heaviness and oiliness of wedding food.
Yes, some exotic options are advisable but too lavish a menu can be avoided. There is a limit to appetites!

The Outfit
Expensive designer outfits can be re-used only so far. It’s best to choose something that can be used over the years and easy to maintain. A better choice is to invest in the jewellery-an investment for life! Traditional sarees, lehengas, jodhpuri suits are ever green options.

The Gifts
Receiving and returning gifts is an integral part of weddings.
However, more often than not,one ends up receiving some completely unusable gifts.

If you are moving into your own home post the wedding, draw up a list of things you will need.
Share it with friends and family and they can choose what they will gift you. Makes it simpler for both parties!

The gifts for family members are also important. Typically in Indian weddings clothes are given out. However, other options could be pretty bed-covers or something to use in the house.
These serve more as a keepsake and do not have to be very expensive. Best to buy source the gifts from whole sale markets and shops. A bigger discount is negotiable and from the best names.

The Holiday After
This is the one aspect one should not sting on. The more luxurious the better...unless trekking in the Himalayas is your idea of a honeymoon! Planning and booking it in advance will ensure some discounts and deals. Other than that, it is best to head for your dream holiday and live it up!

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Yuna is an Old World Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. (O.W.H.) group company, based in New Delhi.

Old World Hospitality manages the hospitality and cultural facilities at Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi as well as at Epicentre, Gurgaon. The company also operates 2 hotels (Hotel Broadway and The Manor), 21 award winning restaurants in Delhi /N.C.R. including Indian Accent, Chor Bizarre, The All American Diner, Drift, Oriental Octopus and Tikka Town and two outdoor catering units – Tamarai Catering and Events Etc.

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