Marwari Wedding Rituals – Elaborate & Fun

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A Marwari wedding, like all Indian weddings, is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and exuberance. These weddings are also very grand and colorful. Authentic Marwari weddings are a throwback to the ages of the Vedas and the great Indian sears who described the rituals in great details in the Vedas.

But you should not even for once think that these rituals have become antediluvian. Strangely, they are still very relevant to the Indian context because there is a deep philosophical and scientific logic behind each of them.

And frankly speaking, without these quaint rituals, a Marwari wedding would be incomplete!

So let us now turn our attention to some of the most important rituals which are indispensable to any Marwari wedding – be it in a family hailing from Eastern Rajasthan or Western Rajasthan or Haryana.

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WedPlan Software: Indian Wedding Planning Made Easy

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“Is WedPlan useful for planning and managing only Indian weddings?” This is a question which is often asked by our foreign clients and prospective customers. The answer- “WedPlan can make planning any wedding much easier; not only the big, fat Indian weddings.”

Most of the complex planning and management issues of weddings across the world are similar. We developed this software with the belief that complex problems require simple solutions.

Let us see some common challenges of planning a wedding and how WedPlan solves them:

Guest Data Management

Probably the biggest challenge of them all. You will suddenly recall one more name just at the last moment and need to update all lists quickly. Including them in the invitee list, getting an updated count and like. Easy-peasy with WedPlan. And completely secure too.

E-invites Management

Sending e-invites in keeping with the current trends? WedPlan lets you send personalized e-invites to your guests with an optional RSVP option. Your guests can just click on the button in the email and update their RSVP status.

Scheduled Text messages

WedPlan lets you send text (SMS) messages on a pre-defined schedule with smart lists. All new guests added till the time of sending the text get included in the list automatically.

Integrated Task Manager

Wondering how to keep track of the 1000s of tasks related to the event plans? We have got you covered. WedPlan includes a fully integrated team-based task manager so that you can assign tasks to your friends and family members who are helping you with the arrangements.

Budget Planning

You need to plan the budget for your wedding, right? WedPlan will make the cost calculations and budgeting process much easier than using clumsy Excel sheets where you need to set formulae for everything.

Events Calendar

WedPlan includes an event calendar that shows all the events in a nice calendar view including the ceremonies, arrival and departure records for the outstation guests. Now you can have complete peace of mind and stay organized.

Vendor Management

WedPlan helps you to record venue and vendor details in a common location, easy to recall and look up whenever you need it.

Anywhere, Anytime Access

The software can be used from anywhere, at any time and you just need a browser and an Internet connection. Superb option for a multi-location situation where the different people helping in the planning are in diverse cities or even countries.

All these facilities make WedPlan a truly “global” product. 

There are so many more things you can do through this online wedding planning software. Check them out for yourself. Take this no-obligation, FREE DEMO, and discover the pleasure of convenience and power.

7 Ways WedPlan Beats Excel for Wedding Planners

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Are you planning a wedding for your family member? Or a client? Thinking of using Excel to manage the entire show? Stop using outdated tools and move up to the latest.

Introducing WedPlan!

Check out these 7 ways WedPlan beats planning with Excel hands down.

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Wedding Planners Ahoy! Meet WedPlan

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As a professional wedding planner, you very well know the 1000s of minute details required to plan and organize a wedding in India. Sometimes, even for a professional team, it’s pretty unnerving. Our wedding planning software, WedPlan has special advantages for professionals like you!

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Bengali Wedding Rituals: Tradition Coupled with Fun

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Bengali Wedding Rituals

Those of you who have had the good fortune of witnessing a Bengali wedding from the start to the end would surely agree that it is a visual delight. Bengali Hindu weddings like most other Indian weddings are a blend of traditional customs and rituals with a touch of modernity.

These weddings are full of color and vivacity. Also a marriage leads to reunion of family members and old friends. New relations are made and old ones get further strengthened. In a way, a marriage signifies the beginning of a new journey not just for the couple but for the entire clan.

Bengali weddings usually are not opulent (although flashy or gaudy are probably more apt words!) but require elaborate preparations to perform the many rituals with precision. Sometimes it could also be physically demanding.

For hassle free planning and management of Bengali weddings, check out WedPlan.

Let me walk you through some of the common rituals and traditional ceremonies we see in Bengali weddings.

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Data Security in WedPlan

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“How secure will be the data that I enter while using this service?” The data security is a pertinent concern in the minds of many prospective clients of WedPlan.

Data Security in WedPlan

We have a very strict privacy policy and take all reasonable precautions to safeguard your data that you enter while using the service. We do not directly contact your guests for any marketing purpose or send any business offers to them. All communication we send to them is on your behalf – record updation, greetings or invitation.

We use secure transport layer HTTPS at WedPlan, which eliminates the chance of snooping while you are accessing the site. The data is also frequently backed up at the server level.

When you register for requesting the access to the online demo, you provide us your phone number and email id. But the information stays safe with us and under no circumstances do we share it with any of our other clients or third party businesses. We might follow up with you only when new offers and updates are released or to send requested information.

While we have an effective backup provision at our end, as a best practice, you should also periodically backup your data through the export data option.

For a hands-on experience of the convenience, sign-up for a FREE demo of WedPlan today. There is no obligation to buy 🙂

Wedding Portals – All Resources at One Place

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Do you have a marriage in your family? Yourself getting married? Congrats! But are you a little-worried thinking about the complexities of planning & managing the wedding arrangements? Lots of help is available on the Internet.

There are several wedding portals online, like www.theknot.com, that list 1000s of resources related to all aspects of the wedding like gift shops, boutiques, jewelers, photographers and decorators. You can check their contact details, work samples and past references to help you shortlist a few from each category. Once you have a few names, you can talk to them individually and settle on the ones you want to work with.

Most of us have some pet shops where we always buy from. However checking out the blogs on these portals helps us to identify the latest trends and themes that we can adapt based on our budget to give our event the special touch.

Getting to know about a large number of vendors in different sectors, all from one place while sitting in your drawing room or bedroom can shave off days from the vendor selection and short-listing activity. You can then discuss the specifics and thrash out a plan for everything within your budget.

We used to buy our dresses from a certain shop but when we came across new boutiques from these portals and tried some of them out, we were pleasantly surprised to learn about new styles we had not considered before. Need elegant gift boxes for distributing sweets? You got it. Trendy invitation cards? Sure. Need help to plan the exotic honeymoon? You are covered.

You can even locate a good wedding planner if you want to outsource some of the running around and want to pass on creative design to someone specialized. The planners take a certain percentage of the total wedding budget but stand by you at every stage guiding you on creative aspects and doing all the legwork.

Then, there are portals like www.myshaadi.in, which allow you to create wedding sites for the couple to share stories of how they met and how the love blossomed. You can also upload event photos for the benefit of those who could not attend the events in person due to health issues or prior engagements.

You may also check out WedPlan software that allows you to plan and manage the end to end logistics of the marriage including guest lists, invitations, email & SMS invites, arrival & departure schedules, budget tracking, sweets & gifts’ distribution and all other activities.

The wedding portals and the planning software make an ideal combination and can spare lots of time for you to spend with family & friends.

Wedding Venue Selection – A Guide

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Once the wedding date of your son or daughter is finalized, the first thing to do is to identify and book a suitable venue. Good venues get booked very early and you may have to compromise by selecting a less-than-ideal venue.

Here are some pointers about selecting a good venue for your event:

Is this the right venue?

Capacity: I am sure you have a tentative guest count in mind. Shortlist the venues which can accommodate all your guests comfortably.

Availability: The venue has to be available on your event date. Sometimes people have made pencil bookings but if you are willing to commit with advance, many venue owners will allot the venue to you.

Flexibility: Do they allow you to bring your own decorator and caterer or you have to hire one from their fixed panel?

Cost Factors

There are several direct and indirect costs in hiring different venues. You must consider these before giving the final go ahead:

Cost of hiring the venue: This is one of the biggest cost head in addition to the catering cost. Check out what all costs are included in the basic cost. Specifically ask about additions like taxes and compulsory items like service charge.

Catering Costs: Some venues, especially hotels and clubs have in-house catering service. Some other venues have a preferred list of caterers from which you have to choose. Find out the cost of hiring the catering service for your wedding and related ceremonies, if you decide to use their services and check how different this is from the cost you would have incurred otherwise.

Decoration Costs: Find out the charge of decorations for your event, if the venue has in-house or empanelled decorators.

Electrical Costs: Do they charge a separate fixed or variable cost for the electricity consumption? How much?

Overtime Fee: some venues may have prescribed hours within which you have to hand over. They may charge a hefty amount for overtime occupancy.

Cancellation charge: What is their cancellation fee if you have to cancel the booking due to some unforeseen situation? This needs to be kept in mind too.

Logistics

Rooms and Restrooms: Do they provide extra rooms for storing things and for the bride and/or groom to get ready? Are these rooms chargeable?

The banquet hall should look modern and contemporary so that the guests feel energetic and excited while attending the party. You might also opt for some heritage property to give your functions a grand look.

If the main function is to be held in an open area, you have to decide keeping the weather – heat and rain – in mind.

Fire Exits: For closed areas, it helps to find out if there is a decent fire fighting arrangement and proper fire exits if an emergency evacuation is needed.

Parking Lot: A sizeable parking lot in or near the wedding venue is a necessity. The guests can get quite inconvenienced, even with valet parking, otherwise.

Security: A fat Indian wedding needs good security arrangement as the guests will be wearing expensive jewellery. There may be some celebrity guests also. It helps to have good CCTV monitoring and allied security arrangements.

Water Logging: If the event is to be held in rain-prone season, make sure that the area near the venue does not get waterlogged or else your event is bound to be badly spoiled. Verify that the venue entry area remains free of mud and slush despite heavy rain.

In the wedding of the daughter of one of my friends, a senior guest actually did not get down from the car at the entrance as it was mud-spattered. She was worried that the mud could spoil her very expensive designer lehenga and actually turned back from the entrance. You can imagine the embarrassment for both the host and the guest.

Travel facilities: Not all of your guests would come in private cars. Some would use the public transport. Is the place well connected by public transport? Can the guests get a vehicle for their return?

Wedding Cakes: Nowadays it is quite common to cut and serve a cake during the wedding reception. Will you need to buy the cake from the in-premise patisserie or you can get it from your favorite cake shop?

Bar: Does the venue house a licensed bar? Some places allow you to get your favorite drinks from outside and they will serve them at no extra cost. For others, you may be forced to buy the drinks from them only.

DJ: Music has become an integral part of most events. You may like to get a DJ to play your favourite background music to create a nice ambiance. Young and teenage children may even want to shake a leg and you will need to setup a dance area and ample capacity speakers. Check out the possibilities.

Lodging Facilities: You will need to book lodging arrangement for your outstation guests. Will you book rooms in the same hotel or a nearby hotel? Check the room quality and other arrangements like swimming pool, 24-hour coffee shop, Internet facility etc before you decide.

Dress Code: Some clubs have a strict dress code and the guests have to be intimated well in advance so that they can make suitable arrangement. For some places, the strict dress code may be the deal breaker.

This is only a guideline. You can come up with many more venue-specific questions when you actually visit a venue. Generally you tend to evaluate a few venues on different parameters before paying the deposit and confirming one.

If you have hired a wedding planner, he or she might be able to help you with lots of grunt work for the venue selection. She may even get you a booking in one of the prime property through her connection.

For the sake of convenience and ease of planning the other logistics of the marriage, check out WedPlan, the online wedding planning software for end to end planning and management. There is a small investment but it offers a very good Return on Investment.

Visit www.weddingplanning.in and request FREE demo access – today!

Wedding Planning Quotes

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Zig Ziglar said, “Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage.”

There are several wedding planning quotes but this one by Jane Seymour is interesting:  “I think a lot of people get so obsessed with the wedding and the expense of the wedding that they miss out on what the real purpose is. It’s not about a production number, it’s about a meaningful moment between two people that’s witnessed by people that they actually really know and care about.”

While getting obsessed with planning the wedding perfectly may stress you out and take a toll on your health, some amount of pre-planning and preparation is always necessary to avoid mismanagement and chaos on the day of the wedding.

However, this is easier said than done and requires discipline, coordination and proper resource and logistical support. Niecy Nash would definitely agree. She had once famously said “Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding – yikes!”

You would not want the most important day of your life to be struck by a disaster that could possibly be avoided with better planning. As Benjamin Franklin had once quipped “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Kristi Richardson puts it very nicely “Weddings are not about spending the least amount of money or the most amount of money; they are about spending good amount of money on the elements that are most important to you and your partner.”

“Planning a wedding involves thousands of decisions. Decisions that need to be made, and moved forward on.”- Inspired Grace Weddings

You can manage better, remain stress-free and enjoy the planning & proceedings for a very small investment, with our online wedding planning software, WedPlan.

A FREE DEMO is available here.

Hiring a Wedding Planner: Step by Step Guide

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Planning a wedding is fun although challenging. You might want to save your time and energy by hiring a wedding planner to take care of the arrangements. Your wedding planner can suggest new trends in the event industry and these new ideas can make your wedding event stand out from the rest. You also save a lot of running around and efforts allowing you to spend much more time with friends and family.

Here is a step by step to guide that will help you choose a good wedding planner and also enjoy the experience without confusion and disputes.

Reference from friends/family

Talk to your friends and acquaintances, who have had a wedding in the family recently and employed the services of a wedding planner. Did they like the services rendered by the planner and whether they will recommend them for the wedding in your family.

Also visit a few wedding portals to identify a few popular planners based on the reviews. Check their samples and portfolio. Like it? Put them on the list.

The next important step is to narrow down the list to 3 or 4. Call each of them and request an appointment so that you can brief them about your vision for the wedding.

When you meet the shortlisted planners face to face, outline your vision. Carry the magazines, cuttings or even your inspiration board to help the planners get an indication of your taste or the theme you want to follow. Ask them to make a draft proposal or presentation and see if it impresses you.

Check the portfolio of weddings he has organized

Go through the samples, photos and layouts of the past assignments of the planner to get a good idea about his competence as well as his style.

Selecting a planner with some years of experience is advisable but don’t consider it as a golden rule. Be receptive to new ideas if these complement and add value to your own ideas.

This is one area where you would need to trust your gut feelings to a large extent. But at no point, let your logic or resolve go for a toss or let the planner dictate terms to you.

Budget discussions

This is undoubtedly one of the key elements of the entire planning process. You must ensure the planner has understood the budget and the constraints. Give him a ballpark estimate with the deviation margin that you can allow.

Check whether the planner has prior experience of planning weddings in the range that you have given. If you want a small, intimate wedding and the planner only has experience of working on lavish and extravagant weddings, you can get in unnecessary trouble later.

Check availability of the planner on the date of wedding and other ceremonies

The planner has to be actively involved in the planning and execution from the beginning to the end.  So you have to ask him to chalk out a timeline for pre-wedding events, which he and his team would stick to.

The team should follow the schedule at every step of planning, selection and procurement process. Before signing the contract, make sure you have a clause to cover you if he deserts you midway or gets involved with too many weddings at the same time and can’t give you the desired attention.

Size of the team and the personality traits of the members

Most planners take multiple assignments based on their team strength. However the assigned person must be present at all important times and during your events. He should also be able to build a good rapport with you and your family as you will be referring to him for every single need.

A leader is as good as the players. The execution team members need to be dynamic and enthusiastic. Don’t go just by the reputation of the planner. Talk to a few members of the team and see how much they share the vision of their leader and how responsible they are.

You should ensure that the planner has enough staff to handle separate tasks and operations. If he outsources some of the responsibilities, he should coordinate and communicate with them effectively.

How easily can the planner get the jobs done

A planner is expected to have good connections in the industry and so you can expect a relatively hassle-free booking of venues, caterer, artists and performers to entertain the guests. He can even leverage his connections to get some difficult to get items, venues or artists.

A good wedding planner would probably get you better deals and discounts with several vendors. Don’t push him too hard on this though. Also once you sign the contract, don’t nudge him to get you better deals at every step.

Destination Weddings

Destination weddings require specialized knowledge and much better coordination skills. Check whether the planner has a good ground team at the destination. A friend recently hired a particular wedding planner at Bangkok mainly because the co-owners spoke fluent Thai and were local residents for more than 5 years.

Sometimes, the wedding planners have tie-ups with local event management companies at the destination and a lot of work is outsourced to them. The wedding planner should ideally be present at the destination well in advance to monitor the entire operations.

Crisis Management skills

If things can go wrong, they will. Is your planner a good crisis manager? Can he handle sudden developments with ease or he will get a panic attack?

You might like to discuss a few hypothetical situations and note his reactions and answers to them. Ensure that he gives enough importance to the crisis management plan.

What if he falls sick or due to some unavoidable reason, he is unable to land up at the venue on the day of the wedding? The planner needs to have a good backup team who would not let his absence disrupt the event.

A good event management company can get your guests impressed and satisfied with your hospitality. You will also be relaxed and get to spend more time enjoying the wedding rituals.

WedPlan online planning software will help you and your event manager stay on the same page and collaborate on the arrangements very easily. Take a FREE demo and experience the convenience.

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