7 Things To Keep In Mind Before Your Pre-Wedding Shoot!

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The next step on the road to getting married, for most modern Indian couples, is a pre-wedding photo shoot. Tell the world that you are going to be hitched with a beautiful photograph (or an album, if you want to).

Pre-wedding photography has taken the wedding scenario by a storm. In the age of social media, more and more couples are choosing to attach a picture to their ‘status update’. But a photo shoot can be confusing and without a proper plan, this endeavor can end in a disaster. Here are 7 things you must keep in mind before your pre-wedding photo shoot:

1. Budget

Firstly, and most importantly, figure out your budget. On one end of the spectrum you can hire ace photographers and hire exquisite hotels to shoot in. You can even go abroad to exotic locations like Dubai and make your pre-wedding shoot an extravagant affair. On the other hand you can choose to go minimalistic and have DIY photo-shoot with help from a few friends.

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Ajit Nair and Karuna Ohri got help from a friend to pull of their heart warming pre-wedding photo shoot.
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Sumit and Minushka chose to shoot with Plush Affairs, in the scenic setting of Hideout.

 

2. Theme

As more and more couples all over India are announcing the joy of their imminent nuptials to the world at large with a photo shoot, a lot more thought is being put into the theme with which they chose to tell their story. If you are a gym freak, then work-out can be incorporated into the shoot. If you are in love with Bollywood, recreate scenes from your favorite movies. Let your imagination run wild!

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Akash and Prerana opted for a fun filled theme to tell their story.

 

3. Location

Location helps add a dash character to your pre-wedding photo shoot. Now you can choose to go to a historical monument or hire a hotel or even go back to the scene of crime (a place of some significant emotional significance to the couple in question).

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A picturesque setting immediately elevates the shoot to an enchanting level.
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Nishant and Jyotpriya’s photo shoot looked fresh and earthly, set in the lap of nature

 

 

4. Outfits

The couple can adorn themselves with bespoke Manish Malhotra attire or wear their family heirlooms. They may even rent out clothes for this occasion.

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Minar and Jaya looked stunning in their exquisite attire.

 

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On the other hand they may chose to “chill” and have fun in the sun, wearing summer clothes, floppy hats and flip-flops.

5. Props

Every marriage is a journey, try adding a ride to your photo shoot to bring highlight to joyous voyage that you and your partner are about to embark on.

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Neeti and Tarun chose to hop on a bike and announce their wedding date to the world

Similarly, a number of props can be incorporated in the photo shoot to add a little element of fun to it. The high school sweet hearts could play around with books. Balloons are another way to float away to the highest of heavens.

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Flowers can create a very romantic mood for the photo-shoot

 

6. Photographer

With the pre-wedding shoot becoming a norm, many veterans of wedding photography have entered this arena. Choose the right photographer who will do amazing photo-shoots with display great technical skills. The couple may go for a multi-location shoot spread out over a couple of days to capture their story.

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Minar and Jaya looked gorgeous in modern Indian attire, shot by Plush Affair

 

Couples on a budget need not fret either. A friend with a DSLR and a beautiful location is all one needs to create a magical pre-wedding photo shoot.

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Ajit and Karuna posted this with a wonderful caption saying, “She promises to never keep me waiting, ever.”

 

7. Timing

If you are shooting in a public place, choose to shoot either early in the morning or late in the evening to get soft light settings. Furthermore, avoid a time when the place is known to be bustling with people who might enter your frame and destroy the perfect picture. Also make sure you have the required permissions.

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A romantic shot is turned into a comical one, as an on-looker comes into the frame.

 

Images used for reference purpose only.

Image credits: Google, Ramit Batra , NeverVoid Photography and Plush Affairs

Gearing up for that crazy whacky Bachelor Party? Here’s how you can do it right! ;-)

Marriage is a pathway through which you enter a whole new life with another person. You plan out on all the nitty-gritties to make this auspicious occasion memorable.

But every groom has to have that one boisterous night where he settles all his demons once and for all.

So men we hand out to you the perfect checklist for your bachelor party which contains all the pointers you need to have a check on before-during-after the party.

1. Don’t do it all by yourself

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You are the star of your wedding, the prince charming with whom the beautiful bride wants to bring all her dreams to life. But never be the lone-wolf to plan out your bachelor party. Always be accompanied by a best friend, your closest brother or your best man in all your bachelor party weddings because your wildest imaginations might not match with the other guys in the gang. It is advisable to always have suggestions and ideas from others for the gig.

 

2. Pick a spot away from the vigilance radar

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By vigilantes we mean the girl gang who always wants to know all what happens in your wild parties. So pick up a spot where the girls least expect you to be and try to keep the info classified though everyone knows the bro code never lets anything out of the circle. A strip club or the local party spot might not be a good pick as it does not gives you complete privacy for the extreme guys who once high create ruckus all around the place. A private villa or a huge private basement behind your grandpa’s mansion could just be the right pick.

 

3. Have your alcohol overstocked:

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You can never get just the right amount of booze for your bachelor party. The gang always has guys who go down with just three shots of the Corona and also the ‘pind kalandar steel da liver’ guys who would stop at nothing as long as the drinks come pouring in. Get 50% more alcohol than you need as a party that runs out of beer is a disaster.  Again, running out of alcohol is very bad, so it is far better to be left with a ton of unused booze.

 

4. The Strippers

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Probably the most important element of the party! If you are planning a bachelor party out of India, find agencies that are trusted for providing good strippers. Ask the agency to provide security for the strippers if you don’t want to be the one dropping them back to the place. The strippers prefer to be high on your booze without paying for it to remove their guilt and self-loathing that they feel by taking their clothes off. So find strippers who might not be too heavy on your pockets. Even though you try your best to find a good agency it is very difficult to find strippers with golden hearts.

 

5. Have control over your mind, heart and also your other parts.

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Its your bachelor party and you have all the rights to go crazy but deep down inside you need to have that sensible element in yourself that you don’t go towards your marriage with a horrific memory of your bachelor party. The stupidest thing that the groom might do is to fall for a stripper or an escort emotionally or in any manner whatsoever! Because remember, it is all about some healthy fun after all!

 

6. Make sure you have a person who is there if you lose control

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If you are the groom you are expected to be in one-piece at all times. So make sure you are with a reliable person who will be able to handle the situation if you are completely out of your senses. The guy could be your best friend or a brother, someone you can always rely upon.

 

7. Have a gap between the party day and your wedding

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It is never a good thing to reach your wedding in a hangover. You might not feel good being the center of attraction and of course the photographs would be awful. Thus, a day before the wedding is definitely not the time to hold your bachelor party. Have a gap of about 4-5 days or more between wedding functions and the bachelor party.

 

8. Happy times do not grow on trees so just go all in

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Bachelor party is surely the event to have the craziest fun and frolics of your lifetime before you are officially a family man. It is not that you will not have good times post-wedding but surely one wants to be unstoppable at their bachelor party. Your friends would expect and might demand something grand from you so don’t hesitate, just spend if something really amuses the guys as it will definitely make the night memorable.

 

9. Never discuss with the opposite sex

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Since this is the time when you settle all your demons for good the bachelor party can has some experiences that might be amazing for you but would not be acceptable by the girl gang. So instead of being taunted by your wife upon ” what all you did at that fu*#all party” be careful not to discuss about the matter with any one from the opposite sex.

And remember the rule – what happens at the Bachelor party stays at the Bachelor party!! 😉

10. Make it memorable for yourself

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Have that one night where all goes upside down. Make some memories that how hard you tried to stand on a beer bottle but later saw your friend getting some glass pieces out of your foot. Have the time of your life, something you’re gonna laugh at  each time you gather around with your buddies. The night is yours go live it because only babies sleep at night.

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First Night – Make it memorable!

It’s your first night as husband and wife, ofcourse you want it to be special and memorable. Today the pressure seems to be skyrocketing after all it’s your wedding night!

We know you have butterflies in your stomach cause you’re nervous about the big night but don’t fret we’ve got you covered!

Make it unforgettable with these intimate tips!

1. Candles & mood lighting:
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Candles light up any setting and create a soft romantic glow. You could also have some mood lighting in the room. Dim the lights and put your spouse’s favourite tunes. A slow dance could be a good start to the night!

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Why intimate/close knit weddings are a good option!

Weddings were a simpler affair about two decades back, now however in India people are spending an enormous amount of money on weddings!

The whole concept of weddings in India have usually been flamboyant and extravagant just like a wedding scene straight out of a Karan Johar or a Yash Chopra movie oozing grandeur and luxury. Gigantic halls with colourful drapery and stunning decor, well choreographed dance performances by family members, loud blaring music, the hustle bustle of the crowd, lavish cuisines, earth-shattering designer outfits and what not!

While you might be dreaming of such a larger than life wedding, spare a thought to the idea of intimate weddings as well.

An intimate wedding wouldn’t only make your wedding celebrations more enticing, it’ll also ensure that you’re surrounded by the people that mean the world to you!

Here are a few reasons why you should seriously consider having an intimate wedding!

1. It’s all about the money, honey!

Nowadays everyone is opting for smaller weddings in order to use that money for better purposes. Traditional big fat weddings are all about inviting hundreds of people, reserving top notch venues and hotel rooms to accommodate them and booking the best food caterer in town. How about securing that money for a better and a more beautiful life? You can use that money for a luxury exotic honeymoon or but jewellery or other valuable things.

 

2. A little bit of a personal touch

Close knit wedding wedding affairs have that personal touch where you can spend some cosy unforgettable moments with your loved ones instead of attending to guests you hardly know, have rarely met or will probably never meet again! With a smaller guest list you only invite those you truly want to share your big day with so you get to spend more time with those who you truly cherish.

 

3. Customising all the way!

Customising a huge wedding can be very difficult and expensive! An intimate wedding is not only easy on your pocket but also easier to manage. So with a smaller gathering you can add personal touches to your wedding according to your style, from personalised handwritten “thank you” notes to engraving the wedding favours with your and your partners names, the possibilities are endless!

 

4. Splurge on better things

Don’t worry you can still get your Manish Malhotra bridal lehenga you’ve always dreamt of! Having a close- knit affair does not mean it’s suppose to be devoid of any luxury. Infact having a smaller guest list, you can opt for a more lavish venue and spend a bit more on the areas you really wanna splurge on. It could be the best food catering services in town, a fabulous venue or your favourite music artist/band!

 

5. It’s definitely less stressful 

With a smaller gathering you’re obviously less worked up! You can relax and enjoy your wedding functions and have personal interactions with people who truly matter. A destination wedding is also an amazing option with your few close friends, they’re usually more laid back. So kickback and make the most of your big day!

Happy Planning! 🙂

Things couples must do together before they tie the knot! #CourtshipChecklist

We know you’re overwhelmed & you’re excitement levels are skyrocketing right now cause you’ve finally found the one!

But marriages aren’t easy, relationships aren’t easy in general. You’re suddenly legally bound to someone else and that can be a little weird initially but don’t you worry, we have a great checklist for you.

A list of things you should be doing with your fiancé during your courtship period!

1. Chit-chat on the phone

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It’s a fantastic way to get to know each other, could be a great ice breaker. You can talk about anything and everything. Take out time amid all the madness and talk to each other. You’ll learn so much about your fiancé and get over that initial awkwardness. Take it slow, take it easy and turn the awkward to awesome.

2. Let the semi sexting begin!

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We’re not talking about full blown sexting here but it’s time you start sending naughty texts to each other. You don’t just become intimate overnight. Every relationship grows over time, be it emotional or physical. You need subtle ways for the bond to grow and semi sexting can be a lot of fun!

3. Make short trips together

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Candle light dinners are great but if you really want to get to know your partner then take a day trip or a mini vacation with bae. You’ll learn so much about them! When we travel, we step out of our comfort zones and in doing so we reveal to our partner a different side of ourselves. Plus it’ll be like a mini honeymoon before the actual big one, a trial run perhaps!

4.Get to know each other’s families

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This ofcourse is very crucial for the both of you & your families. You’re not just marrying the person, you’re marrying into their family and all their drama too! Start making dinner/lunch plans with each other’s families, go for day trips, picnics, either way get to know th extremely well. The better you get along with them the easier your life will be.

5. Have the kid talk!

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It might sound premature and totally awkward at this stage but trust us it’s really essential. The worst thing you can do is go into a marriage without being completely committed or compatible in one way or another. If one of you wants one and one of you doesn’t, you can’t expect your marriage to succeed. Talk to a gynaecologist as a couple if you’re too embarrassed to talk about these things for now.

6. Discuss your expectations for your marriage!

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While sharing your dreams, hopes, desires and aspirations, also share the goals you have for each other and your future together. Make sure you’re both in the same boat. Your future should be a combined effort based on what you both want for yourselves and each other. Just make sure your expectations are reasonable or you might just scare your spouse away!

7. Introduce each other to your friends and bond together

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Friends are an important part of your life. They share your interests and know the real you. It’s important to know each other’s friends and bond with them. Introduce each other to your friends and plan frequent outings together. This will help your partner to see the more relaxed & real you, and also be a part your friend’s circle.

8. Let the wedding planning be a thing you do together!

Being involved in your wedding planning with your spouse could tell you a lot about their tastes, likes and dislikes and how compatible you both are. The wedding time creates a lot of conflict and clash of opinions. Be on the same page, compromise and adjust for each other and plan your big day together. This could be a productive way to spend time together.

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Honeymoon: Just a few tips!

We’ve all had romantic daydreams about how fantastic our honeymoon will be someday, a trip that you will remember fondly for decades to come! Well, fret not! We’ve got you covered! Here are a few tips to make your honeymoon special!

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Quick tips for a safe and healthy Holi!

Holi is one of the  most vibrant and joyous festivals in India. 

Everyone loves the bhaang, the  gujias, the singing and the dancing but the aftermath can be pretty dangerous sometimes, with people suffering from eye allergies, skin rashes and discolouration of hair which can cause some serious damage to the skin, dermatitis, eczema, itching, irritation, itching and various other problems commonly reported post Holi.

Stay healthy and keep it safe this year by keeping these tips in mind before you get down and dirty/ or before stepping out! 

1. Cover yourself:

The easiest way to be safe is wearing full sleeves clothes, be as much as covered as you can be to protect your skin from synthetic colours which often contain ingredients like oxide, mercury sulfide and aluminium bromide which can cause a lot of damage. 

2. Block the sun:

Use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. Make sure your face is well creamed before and after. Vaseline does wonders too. Apply a huge amount of lotion on your face, legs, arms or any other exposed areas. 

3. Oil works wonders:

Holi colours can damage your hair to a great extent leaving them frizzy, brittle and really dry. Protect them by massaging the scalp with coconut, olive or almond oil and wear a cap before heading out.

Oiling your body also helps in preventing harmful colours from entering the pores. It will avoid the skin from dryness, damage and irritation. 

4. Eye care:

Wear sunglasses as a shield for your eyes. Don’t forget to remove the contact lenses before you start playing to prevent irritation or damage to the eyes. Keep washing your eyes with water at regular intervals.  

5. Keep it mild:

Never use hard soaps or shampoos to get rid of the colour, it ruins your skin even more. Always use a mild soap or a baby shampoo so it’s not very hard on your skin.

6. Go organic:

 Use herbal And organic colours like turmeric henna leaves or marigold flowers which are good choices and do not harm your skin, synthetic colours are an absolute no no. Better be safe than sorry! 
7. Treat the irritation:

Incase you’re experiencing irritation or itching immediately wash off the colours and apply calamine lotion or aloe Vera gel, it has a soothing and a calming effect! If the rash or irritation worsens, see the doctor immediately with no delay.

8. Stay hydrated:

Water is the magic potion in your daily life. Stay hydrated by drinking water before and during the festivities. Staying hydrated won’t let harmful chemicals absorb into your skin.

9. Don’t forget to Moisturize:

Replenish and rejuvenate your skin post the festivities by applying lots of moisturiser or a homemade face mask of gram flour or curd. Go for a face cleansing or facial, it will rejuvenate the skin and you will feel pampered too! 

And ofcourse, have a healthy, happy & colourful Holi! 😍💃



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