Your wedding invitations are going to be the one thing that will capture your guests’ attention, so you definitely want to take the time to make a good first impression. Today we are sharing some actionable tips and advice for selecting your wedding invitations and yes, it’s all about those details maharanis!

Let’s face it, creating a wedding guest list is one of the most mind-numbing tasks that a couple has to go through during their wedding planning. It’s not a fun task and can lead you to a lot of stress and anxiety especially when it comes to sticking within your budget. However, we’ve discovered some not so difficult ways in which to tackle this task, so we invite you to read on more for wedding guest list inspiration.

Assigning roles and responsibilities from the beginning of your wedding planning makes your job as the bride to be a whole lot easier. Thankfully for you, we have come up with some pretty awesome systems to learn how to categorize and delegate tasks to everyone in your wedding party.

You may agree to disagree, but choosing a wedding style is one of the most fun elements of wedding planning. Today’s modern maharani bride is faced with so many options when it comes to deciding on the style and mood of her wedding. So how do you choose a wedding style?

Planning a wedding can be somewhat of an exciting time in your life, yet so stressful and overwhelming. There are so many options, choices and how do you even try to begin to understand your wedding style? For Indian couples this is particularly important given that our weddings are multi-day affairs comprising of gatherings, rituals and numerous pre-wedding events. In this special 5 part planning series, The Maharani Diaries will guide you through some useful planning tips to help make your wedding planning process run smoothly and help you avoid any unnecessary stress or difficulty.

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If you’re on the fence about your wedding planning, no idea where to start or simply just wondering how to keep sane during the whole process, then worry no more.

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Perhaps one of the most popular pre-wedding functions to take place at a north Indian wedding is the Sangeet. The word ‘sangeet’ itself translates to song or music. Typically hosted by the bride’s party, the celebration is hosted for all the women of the family. However, today we are seeing a shift toward more extravagant outings that are open to men and women.

The night lasts several hours and includes a combination of traditional musical performances and singing followed by a DJ belting out all the latest hits, choreographed dance routines from professionals or family members and copious amounts of catered food and drink.

It’s a time to let your hair down, wear the most colourful lehenga and get the party started.

Every member of your family will want to be the centre of attention, so we suggest you have your playlists ready for the DJ prior to the main event.

Our YouTube clips may also guide you along with choreography for the all important dance steps!

This was one incredibly tough playlist to formulate, but as always we will continue to add to the channel over the coming weeks.

Here is just a snippet of 10 of our favourite Bollywood sangeet numbers. If you’re a hard-core dance or rap lover and you need your Honey Singh or Badshah fix or maybe you can’t resist the golden oldies, our sangeet playlist has a tune for every member of your big fat Indian family!

The Medley – Mujhse Dosti Karoge

The medley song from the movie ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ is an epic 12 minute medley, which includes popular Bollywood tunes from over the years. Word has it that music composer, Rahul Sharma narrowed his 250 song list down to 18 songs and it was filmed in a record time of six days! The songs are mostly sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Pamela Chopra and features the likes of classic songs, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Chup Chup Khade Ho. Wow, is all we can say. Seriously, you could get any family member on the dance floor for this number.

Humma Humma – Bombay

No, not the brand new, reworked version! We’re talking about the original and best AR Rahman composition, Humma Humma from cult movie, ‘Bombay.’ A fabulous mix of eastern and western beats, this 90s number is a must for the sangeet playlist. Swing those hips and prepare for the ultimate dance off!

Kajra Re – Bunty Aur Babli

A song that hypnotised all Aishwarya Rai admirers is undoubtedly, the super catchy Kajra Re. Bollywood critics called it one of the greatest item numbers of all time and it certainly deserves that accolade. A true Bolly fanatic will never forget to include it on their wedding playlist. Guarantee you, your guests will definitely be singing “Kajra re kajra re, tere kare kare naina – Your kohl-lined black eyes” alongside you and your besties!

Hawa Hawaii – Mr India

If you’re planning a ‘Bollywood through the ages’ style, choreographed routine, we highly recommend that you include this iconic chartbuster. Hawa Hawai is a tune that never grows old. No one can ever recreate actress, Sridevi’s electric dance steps, but blow your guests away by dressing up in your shiniest golden lehenga and start lip-syncing to these epic lyrics.. “Bijli girane main hoon ayi, kehte hein mujhko hawa hawaii – I have come to make lightning fall, they call me, the wind from Hawaii.”

Chote Chote Bhaiyon Ke Bade Bhaiyya – Hum Saath Saath Hain

Producers of Bollywood blockbuster, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ churned out loads of popular and cheesy tracks, but this one was a cute little number apt for the elder brother’s wedding. Grab all the cousins and put on an energetic dance routine for all the family and guests because… “Chhote chhote bhaiyon ke bade bhaiya, aaj banenge kise ke saiyan – Elder brother of younger brothers, today he is going to become someone’s groom.”

Jaan Pehchan Ho – Gumnaam

How many of you have heard of this Mohammed Rafi song? Some may recall that Heineken used it as their backing track for one of their commercials some years back. Prior to this, back in 2001 cult movie, ‘Ghost World’ also made it popular in the opening credits. This is a personal favourite of mine as my husband and I danced along to it at our wedding! It’s a fab dance item and you can get the whole family involved.

Dholi Taro – Hum Dil De Chukhe Sanam

Having a gujarati wedding? The gujju community really know how to party and when it comes to song and dance, their dance is so vibrant and colourful that you have to get involved in some form. Don’t leave it until navratri to bring out the garba moves! It’s time for some dhol! Dholi Taro is a beautiful folk song dedicated to Lord Krishna and made famous by Salman and Aish in ‘Hum Dil De Chukhe Sanam.’ We just can’t get enough of these lyrics.. “Hey baaje re baaje re baaje re, dholi taro dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol, ki dham dham baaje dhol, ki dholi taro dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol, to dham dham baaje dholIt’s thumping drummer, your drum is thumping…”

Ainyavi Ainyavi – Band Baaja Baaraat

This funky, energetic number was an instant hit at all weddings when it was first released. Ainyavi Ainyavi is a memorable song that gets stuck in your head every time you hear it. You can’t help but get your groove on and shake a leg. It’s so much fun to dance along to. Don’t miss playing this one at your sangeet!

Say Shava Shava – K3G

Almost every song from this classic family entertainer could be played at a sangeet party and not may Bollywood fanatics out there would disagree with us. From Yeh Ladki Hai Allah to Bole Chudiyan, there are so many memorable tracks. However Shava Shava is one of those stand out dance numbers that any member of the family off their chairs. Best part is that the steps are super easy to learn.

Nachde Ne Saare – Baar Baar Dekho

Of all the Bollywood songs that have released in the last year or so, Nachde Ne Saare is one that sticks in our minds. It’s a fun and peppy wedding number and the lyrics explain it all. What a lovely way to end your sangeet night, don’t you think? “Nachde ne saare ral-mil ke aaj hil-dul ke le saare ke saare nazare, nachde ne saare ral-mil ke aaj hil-dul ke le saare ke saare nazare –  Everyone is dancing together in joy and happiness, look at these wonderful sceneries, everyone is dancing together in joy and happiness, look at these wonderful sceneries.”

Don’t forget that you can find all these tracks and more over on our YouTube channel. Click on the video link below to direct you straight there!

What are your thoughts on our sangeet playlist? Do you have a favourite from our YouTube playlist? Let us know in the comments below! We have one more playlist for you this week. Subscribe to our newsletter or like our Facebook page to never miss out on our future posts.



With the arrival of the warmer weather, it’s time to dust off the sandals, pop the champagne and shift our focus onto outdoor summer weddings. We’re embracing the sunshine and what better way to celebrate than with bold and bright coloured tones. Here at The Maharani Diaries, we are all about colour and pushing the […]

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Last week we launched part 1 of our Bollywood wedding song playlist and it was a resounding success! Pleased to inform you that we are now onto our second instalment which is our mehndi songs special.

The mehndi function is so much fun for many reasons. Much like a bridal shower, the intimate celebration takes place in the presence of the women of the family and close girlfriends. It’s a time to come together for a night of song, dance and the all important mehndi applying.

Whilst performances are not compulsory, they do form an integral part of a mehndi ceremony. Often your aunties will break out into a traditional number, but if you want to totally avoid this all together, get your playlist ready (hint.. hint) and stream them full blast on the stereo.

Today we are sharing some of our favourite classics from the nineties and noughties as well as a couple of mainstream pop hits that never grow old. There are also a couple of surprises in there!

Once again, we have a countdown of 10 favourites below and the full playlist is available to view over on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to keep an eye out for daily updates maharanis!

Mehendi Hai Rachnewali – Zubeidaa

I bet you knew this one was coming! One of the best Bollywood mehndi songs in our opinion. AR Rahman’s beautiful composition talks of the beauty and significance of the mehndi ritual. Singer, Alka Yagnik’s sweet and soulful voice will compel you to listen and take in every line.. “Mehndi hai rachnewaali, haathon mein gehri laali.. kahe sakhiyaan, ab kaliyaan – Henna paste is going to be applied, it will stain my hands red. My friends say, now flower buds.” This tune is timeless and is the perfect introduction to your mehndi party song list.

Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 

Another no brainer really. The quintessential mehndi song, it’s on the top of every bride’s mehndi song playlist, not only for the fact that it featured the lovable duo, SRK and Kajol, but it’s a full out dance number. No men at the party? No worries! Grab your maharani squad and start belting out the lyrics.. “Mehndi laga ke rakhna, doli saja ke rakhna – Keep your henna on, keep the wedding palanquin decorated.”

London Thumakda – Queen

What a fun wedding number! Simply put, the Punjabi lyrics talk of the transition from singleton to married material. We have no idea when it comes to Punjabi translations, so we kind of had to look this up.. “Loudspeaker te, Madonna vajdi ho laike virgin.. aithe utthe kehndi, arey phel karde, kabootar vargi, o nemma phir di, gootar goo kardi – On the loudspeaker, Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ is playing, and the lyrics are provocative, you see lots of pigeons around and then you roam around chattering like a pigeon..” LOL!

Mere Haathon Mein Nau Nau Choodiyan – Chandni

Now this song captured the hearts and attention of many brides when it released all those years ago (was it 1989?). Sridevi’s amazing dancing was out of this world and so was the tune. While it may be slightly difficult to wear bangles for this song as your hands will be full of mehndi paste, doesn’t mean you can’t break out into some epic dance moves right? We say, play this at the beginning when your feet are nice and dry!

Likh Ke Mehndi Se Sajna Ka Naam – Anuradha Paudwal

This pop song, sung by Anuradha Paudwal, was a chartbuster back in the days and you would find this song on all wedding related CDs at the good old CD store. Remember those? Accompanying the song was this sweet video clip which made us feel nostalgic all over again. Sigh..

Chalka Chalka Re – Saathiya

Another stunning dance number for you and your maharanis. It’s kind of like a send-off song which is sung at the wedding by the bride’s friends. We did a little research about the meaning behind this beautiful AR Rahman song. So as you may know, the ‘kalsa’ (or ‘kalse’) is a religious article in Hindu tradition that’s used in almost every religious ceremony. It’s a symbol for health and prosperity. The bride is parting ways from her innocent childhood days and her family home to light the ‘diya’ (or lamp) near the Tulasi plant. Quite traditional, but it’s such a fun, light-hearted dance number for everyone involved in the mehndi party.

Gud Naal Ishq Mitha – Bally Sagoo (Malkit Singh)

When it comes to nineties pop songs, nothing quite beats ‘Gud Naal Ishq Mitha.’  Whether it’s Bally Sagoo and Malkit Singh’s version or some of the newer remixed versions, here’s a song that’s on every couple’s wedding playlist. A popular tune at the sangeet or wedding day, why not play it at the mehndi party?

Solah Button Meri Choli – Darr

Ladies, it’s time to get your dancing game on because this fabulous wedding tune is going to get everyone on the dance floor. Would you believe this song is over 20 years old! It sounds like an old school tune, but in our eyes, this one is timeless. With lyrics like “Meri maa ne laga diye solaah button meri choli mein.. Mere baabul tu ab jaldi se baithaade mujhe doli mein – My mother has put sixteen buttons in my blouse.. My father, make me sit in the wedding palanquin quickly” you’ll want to play this one on repeat!

Mehndi Mehndi Na Mujhko Lagaana – Chori Chori 

We were disappointed that we couldn’t find a clearer copy of this song over on YouTube! We’re not quite sure why Rani is singing about not wanting mehndi on her hands, but nevertheless, it is such a catchy mehndi song and Rani looks so gorgeous. The best part is that the choreography is so simple for all your girlfriends to dance along to.

Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana – Lajja

Last but not least, ‘Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana’ is quite possibly one of the all time classic wedding songs. We love this song so much that aside from having it on our engagement song list, we have also decided to include it on the mehndi playlist. Who knows, we might even add it on our Bollywood sangeet list next week! A stunning pre-wedding song and if you have that one girlfriend who can mimic Sonali Bendre’s epic dance routine, even better.

There have been so many memorable Bollywood mehndi songs over the past few decades. We just couldn’t list them all, but if you want to check out our full playlist, you can do that here and don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there.

What are your favourite mehndi songs? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for next week’s Bollywood sangeet playlist!