Rustic Romantic South Asian Wedding Style

Today’s modern Indian bride is stylish, sophisticated and knows what she wants on her wedding day. She is infusing more of her personality into her wedding events and I wanted to translate that across with beautiful rustic design elements in our first styled wedding shoot.

The Ultimate Bollywood Wedding Playlist – Sangeet

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Kajra Re

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.

 

 

Whimsical Chic Summer Wedding Inspiration

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 […]

The Ultimate Bollywood Wedding Playlist – Mehndi songs

London Thumakda - The Maharani Diaries

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! 

 

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The Ultimate Bollywood Wedding Playlist – Engagement songs

 

Shahrukh And Kajol

The ‘sagai’ or engagement is not just an important ritual in Indian culture, but it’s also the first of many steps toward marital bliss!

Engagement ceremonies, or parties vary depending on how traditional, intimate or elaborate you are planning it to be. In India, it is a formal occasion which marks the bringing together of two families to exchange gifts, greetings, announcement of the couple’s wedding date and in some families, exchanging of rings.

Like any celebration, the engagement is never complete without dance, singing and the streaming of full blown Bollywood classics and that’s why we’re kicking off the first of our four part series with a list of our favourite sagai songs. Whether you’re after smooth, soulful and romantic background songs or you’re ready to bust a move and get the dance squad all rehearsed and prepped with the choreographed routines, there’s a Bollywood classic for everyone.

We have compiled a list of golden oldies, some of the best of the nineties, noughties and a few of our faves from today. There’s no surprise as to why our playlist features a few Shahrukh hits, but this guy is the undisputed king of romance and we couldn’t help ourselves. The ever popular Salman Khan features is also amongst the list as are the gorgeous Aishwarya and Priyanka.

There are way too many songs to list, so we have our top 10 below and you can find the rest on our YouTube channel. Yes, that’s right maharanis, we now have a YouTube channel! Our full playlist is available via the following link and don’t forget to subscribe for further updates each time we update the playlists (at this rate, it could be daily given that it is wedding season!). -> http://bit.ly/2sr1zwx 

Wow, we can hardly contain our excitement. Without further a do, let’s officially start the wedding season with The Maharani Diaries, Bollywood Engagement song list!

Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

What is a wedding playlist without this classic love song? If you haven’t watched ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,’ perhaps you’ve been hiding under a rock, but this is the ultimate love song and as cheesy as some may think it is, wouldn’t it be lovely to have this track streaming in the background at your engagement party. Beautifully sung by Kumar Sanu and Lata, ‘Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam’ is right up there with some of the best love songs of all time.

Wah Wah Ramji – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

This Rajshri Productions number is a family entertainer and if you pay attention to the lyrics, well then you might be surprised that it is an actual engagement song! “Sab rasmon se badi hai jag mein dil se dil ki sagaayi – Of all the traditions in this world, the greatest is the engagement of two hearts.” The lyrics are super cute and it’s a fun, peppy tune to get the entire family to dance along to.

Ishq Bina – Taal 

AR Rahman’s melodious love songs are smooth as silk and timeless. A song such as ‘Ishq Bina’ will literally make you fall in love over and over again. It’s a slow paced song, but has an upbeat tempo in between. Perfect for a dance routine with your maharanis or perhaps to use as a celebration song before the ring exchange.

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Aaj Hai Sagaai – Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha

A popular engagement party song, we love the playful lyrics of this tune and it’s pictured so well on Kajol and Ajay. We think the choreography wouldn’t at all be difficult to replicate. Make your occasion a memorable affair by gathering all your ladka’s and ladki’s to swing along to this gorgeous tune.

Pehli Nazar Mein – Race

The movie ‘Race’ was quite forgettable, but this soulful tune was most definitely not. ‘Pehli Nazar Mein’ is quite possibly one of the most played love songs at weddings. The lyrics are so aptly suited to the grandness of the occasion and while it’s often used on the wedding day, to be honest here’s a song that can be repeated at any function. It’s a memorable song and if you’re feeling the moment, have it playing during the ring exchange.

Le Jayenge Le Jayenge – Chor Machaye Shor

A super hit, this light hearted wedding song is a cute number for the whole family to dance along to. If you recall, this tune was used quite cleverly in a medley in the smash hit movie, ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge,’ While the match has been made, this is a song that you dance along to with your loved one at the sangeet, wedding reception or any pre-wedding party.

Sajanji Ghar Aaye – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

One of our all time pre-wedding party songs, we love everything about it. Salman’s entry, Kajol’s expressions, the melody and the choreography is brilliant. A true engagement song, ‘Sajanji Ghar Aaye’ is the playful and heartfelt exchange between the bride and groom-to-be. It sums up everything beautiful about engagements and Indian weddings in general.

Khuda Jaane – Bachna Ae Haseeno

For all the lovebirds out there, ‘Khuda Jaane’ is another one of those soulful tunes you can play over and over again and never tire of it. With great lyrics and melodious score, this romantic song will touch any bride or groom’s heartstrings.

Raat Ko Aaunga Main – Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge

Salman has a lot of wedding hits to his name hey! This is such a fun song and will no doubt get anyone of your family members dancing like crazy on the dance floor. With cheesy and super cute lyrics such as “duniyaa ki yeh jodi to number one hai – this match is number one in the world” we can guarantee that your families will be tearing it up on the dance floor like there’s no tomorrow!

Bolna – Kapoor & Sons

Oh no! We only have room for only one more on our featured engagement song list. We couldn’t leave without listing a an Arijit Singh love song. The most happening singer of Bollywood right now, Arijit churns out hit after hit and his voice is so smooth that it makes you want to fall in love all over again. ‘Bolna’ is one of best love songs to have released in the past year and we think that it would make a beautiful addition to your Bollywood engagement playlist.

What are your all time favourite Bollywood engagement songs? Let us know your thoughts and don’t forget to check out our exclusive YouTube playlist here: 

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Top Bridal Lehenga Designer Labels for every Bride

As brides, our main sources of inspiration these days are Instagram and Pinterest. This entails spending endless hours, scrolling through pages of gorgeous lehenga designs and yet you’re still just as confused as you were at the beginning!

14 Pin-worthy Trends for your Wedding Day

2017 pinterest wedding trends

Ah Pinterest.. The ultimate and original go to website to discover all things wedding related – a never-ending gold mine, full of wedding inspiration. Some may argue that Instagram has taken over, but we feel Pinterest will always be the original and best bookmarking tool for all brides.

Now if you’re getting married this year, you’re in luck. Pinterest have collated all the pins that brides were scanning through to come up with the definitive ‘trends’ list for 2017 weddings.

Gone are the elaborate floral centerpieces, naked cakes and big bridal parties. Brides to be are embracing free-spirited styled weddings along with old-world elegance as opposed to the more formal or classic themes.

So, without further a do, let’s start this count down and get pinning!

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image courtesy of PAPEL & CO.

Think pink

Anyone who knows me personally will understand that I have a penchant for all things pink. We’re not talking any old pink, but ‘dusty rose’ to be exact.

This soft and romantic colour is having a big moment. The muted shade of pink is feminine and classy and has not only dominated the fashion circuit, but the wedding world too.

The term “dusty rose weddings” has risen a whopping 255%.

Already in the first half of the year we have seen designers such as Sabyasachi embrace this colour trend in his beautiful Spring/Summer collections and stationery artists around the world are infusing this colour into their invitation designs.

greenery pinterest wedding trends

styling by BEST DAY EVER // photography by MARCO SANCHEZ

Going green 

Pantone’s colour of the year is undoubtedly more popular than last year’s choices. Goodbye rose quartz and serenity.

This year, it’s all about nature and bringing the outdoors, inside.

Greenery inspired décor is not only budget-friendly, but is simple and elegant in comparison to traditional, ornate florals.

Dress up your table décor with simple, leafy arrangements in place of elaborate flowers. A beautiful way to breathe life into your wedding.

Autumnal vibes

Autumn has always been one of my favourite seasons. I had my own wedding around this season.

We’re thinking rustic details and rich colour palettes. Just picture the photography that can be captured, amid vibrant hues of orange, yellow and red leaves and a bonus is that it’s a lot cooler! Cooler months means lower costs for venues and supplies.

autumn indian wedding

photography by HILARY CAM PHOTOGRAPHY

The great outdoors

Mountainous backdrops are making a bit of a comeback. According to the pinning experts, brides aren’t so keen on the beach or standard wedding venues.

If you’re dreaming of a mountainside wedding, opt for a venue with spectacular backdrops and breathtaking views. Vineyards or farms could easily work if you’re after this style of ceremony setting.

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image from LOVE & LOBSTER

Foodie wedding

Nowadays, we are seeing more and more couples adding style and character to their weddings, infusing their personalities into their big day.

One way to do this is by offering inventive menu selections to satisfy your guests’ palate.

Jazz up your catering with your favourite foods and drink pairings.

Whether it’s appetizers, cocktails, food stations or food trucks, your guests will love you forever.

Tacos anyone?

 

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cake by GAGGUI // photography by PETRA VEIKKOLA

Drip cakes 

So, what exactly is it? It’s not naked, nor semi-naked. The most Insta-worthy and pin-worthy cakes doing the rounds right now are the drip cakes!

A drip cake is essentially a cake that has liquid icing (caramel, honey, chocolate syrup etc.) dripping on the sides of it. It looks kind of messy, but is prettied up with flowers, macarons, gold leaf and other foods.

There’s an art to creating drip cakes and brides are obsessed with these mouth-watering delights.

Try not to lick the screen!

payal singhal wedding

photo by PAYAL SINGHAL

Off shoulder

We have seen bridal designers switch it up this year with unconventional off-the-shoulder gowns, crop-tops and dresses.

This look is bang on trend and perfect for the bride opting for a boho, romantic look this season.

Print dresses

The must have dress look for bridesmaids are printed. They’re playful and colourful and so not boring.

Simple doesn’t cut it anymore. Ready to wear, mismatched coloured and floral print dress styles are on the rise.

Something blue

For the groom or groomsmen, it’s time to step away from the traditional black tie and black suits because blue is the new black!

Now there are so many shades of blues.

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image from SHOP NIMAI

If your man is not too adventurous, try navy, otherwise, bright blues or pastels are the way to go.

Statement earrings 

The biggest jewellery trend from this years fashion weeks, have been big earrings.

Go bold, go big and make a statement on your wedding day.

Bling is in and brides are loving all styles.

Forgo the necklace Let your earrings do the talking this season.

indian wedding photography kerala

photography by CHRIS SPIRA

Au natural

Feel comfortable on your wedding day.

Ask your hair stylist to ditch the products and opt for a more natural look for your tresses.

It’s simple, alternative and ideal for the not-so-fussy bride.

Sleek up-dos are also in style.

Berry good

Refined, natural and warm, the berry lip will look stunning if you’re opting for an Autumn wedding.  

Pucker up 

On the topic of lips, collagen lip masks are trending maharanis! That’s right. You heard correctly. Thanks to Emma Stone, these masks are all the rage with brides to be.

Emma’s lip treatment selfie (captured at this year’s Golden Globes) has gone viral.

Apparently these masks keep your lips plump and hydrated. Hmm.. whatever floats your boat we guess!

Honeymooning

Something every bride and groom looks forward to most is the honeymoon of course!

Greece, in particular the island of Santorini is so exotic for all the right reasons. For dreamy sunsets and undeniable beauty, a Greek island honeymoon is the perfect escape.

Personally, I would opt for New Zealand though which is undoubtedly an adventurer’s paradise and home to stunning landscapes and snowcapped mountains… Sigh…

new zealand pinterest wedding trends

photography by ROB SUISTED

These trends aren’t the be all and all of weddings, but we like to encourage brides to instead use these tips as a guide for planning their own wedding. After all, who knows what next year will bring!

*To view the complete report click here -> https://www.pinterest.com/pinpicks/2017-wedding-report/

What trends will you be pinning this year and what will your dream wedding look like? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Social Media Etiquette Tips for the new age Maharani

So you just got engaged and you want to shout it out to the whole world. Why not? It’s quite possibly the most joyous and happiest of occasions of your life.

In today’s digital age, the announcement of an engagement or wedding is typically celebrated via social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram. The importance of social media has influenced all of us in some way or another, but for the wedding industry in particular there is no limit. Brides and grooms are documenting everything from their pre-wedding festivities right through to the honeymoon.

Whilst this is all fair and well, let us spare a moment to ponder about those couples who don’t wish to share their private lives on Facebook or would rather opt for an “unplugged” wedding.

We’ve rounded up 5 hard and fast wedding social media related rules (if you want to call it this) for the newly engaged and the wedding guests!

Don’t use social media as a blogging tool

Admit it. There is a limit as to how much you can share about your wedding preparations. It’s okay to vent or post mushy images of your partner and yourself, but not to the extent where you come off as being very annoying! Share positive thoughts and your sense of excitement, but limit it to perhaps once or twice a week.

Indian woman on phone

If you don’t want to overload your social media pages with each and every detail, why not create a wedding website. There are plenty of free website platforms out there with user-friendly templates to select from. Your friends and family can keep tabs of how things are travelling and you can even include some fun and useful details about the wedding itself, such as the venue, wedding registry or even a wedding day countdown clock.

When the time arrives to post out invitations, you can include a link to the personal website along with a unique wedding day hashtag for your guests to use during the festivities. Hashtags are a fun way for guests to search for images on services such as Instagram.

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Do ask before sharing

Sharing is caring, but better to ask. How would you feel it if your bestie, bridesmaid or groomsmen shared the most unflattering photograph of you? As a guest, you should have some sense to not post any unflattering photographs or videos. If you’re unsure, consult the wedding party.

After the wedding festivities are over, ask your guests to share their photographs via email or private photo sharing platforms. You can collate the best ones and share it via a Facebook album, Instagram or again, via email. How about the thank you card? Hey, now there’s a nice idea!

Do encourage your guests to unplug

As difficult as it may sound, this could be the solution to all your social media sharing woes. Inform all guests prior to the wedding on your ‘wed-site,’ the invitations, wedding program or create some beautiful signage. Your MC can also make an announcement.

You could event take it one step further and set up a check in station or cloakroom where guests can leave their phones before entering the ceremony.

If you’re as Instagram obsessed as we are, then you might want to consider having a photo booth. Think outside the ‘traditional box’ and choose an Insta-worthy backdrop such as vintage couches, flowers or something that reflects your personality.

Be polite and respectful. The last thing you want on your wedding day is for someone to create a scene.

Don’t get in the photographer’s way

Recently, wedding photographer Thomas Stewart made headlines after sharing an unpleasant photograph reminding us of the perils of mobile photography at a wedding. He made an impassionate plea for couples to consider an ‘unplugged wedding.’

“You’re paying a photographer quite a bit of money; that means you want great photos. We cannot do our best work with people getting in our way.”

Remember that a wedding will be over in a flash, don’t waste your precious moments capturing mobile phone images of your jewellery, outfits, shoes, guests etc.

A wedding photographer is hired to do that job for you and guess what? His camera is better than yours!

You are sharing your wedding day with some of the most important people in your lives. For those who couldn’t attend the festivities, they can just wait for the DVD or official photographs. Hello, #latergrams!

wedding selfie couple

Do celebrate the moment

In a world made up of hashtags and live video streaming networks, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and lose sight of the bigger picture.

Cherish the moments and celebrate with your best friends and loved ones.

After all, a wedding should be a party!

 

What are your go to social media tips maharanis? Share in the comments below and remember, if you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@themaharanidiaries.com 

Modern Rustic Valentines Wedding Inspiration

Love is in the air!

Today we’re celebrating the month of love. Yes, it’s Valentines week and if you’re a romantic at heart you will love the story behind our Valentines wedding inspiration mood board.

Infused with rustic elements, these eastern inspired images conjure up sweet and romantic emotions, perfect for the February bride.

There’s nothing more romantic than the colour red, but the thought of a red wedding theme honestly frightens me. Perhaps it may have worked in the nineties, but a modern Valentines wedding should be more than just your traditional reds and golds. Subtle undertones combined with pops of pinks, white shades and greenery provides the ideal backdrop. The rustic/industrial aesthetics can add oodles of charm. Greenery is Pantone’s colour of the year, a shade that is symbolic of new beginnings. This trans-seasonal shade can be paired with almost any colour and it goes to show that you can bring the outdoors in without undermining the elegance.

Red, gold and pink isn’t just the colour palette of our forthcoming website, but we believe that this colour palette is oh so glamorous and creates a visual impact.

2017 is going to be huge for whimsical floral installations, organic table decor, minimalist wedding invitation designs, signature cocktails with festive touches and semi-naked cakes adorned with fresh flowers. The richness of the florals layered against industrial like textures adds to the chicness. Say goodbye to white tablecloths and experiment with fabrics in muted tones. Bring out the modern Maharani in you by embracing Indo-Western dress designs. Try a Boho lehenga with floral appliqué work and complement your look with delicate jewels and a pair of statement red heels. Carnations or roses combined with luscious foliage works so well for this styled wedding. Pay keen attention to the flowers and textures and play it simple with the other details.

Do we hear Spring/Summer calling Maharanis?

Modern Rustic Valentines Wedding Inspo | The Maharani Diaries

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Moodboard Design: Poonam at The Maharani Diaries // Tablescape image: Anna Delores via A Coastal Bride // Lehenga image: Sapana Amin // Shoes image: Rachel Marie Photography // Frame image: Jenna Henderson via Ruffled // Henna image: Plum & Oak Photo via Green Wedding Shoes // Cake image: via BRIDES // Cocktails image: via The Cookie Rookie // Stationery image: Plum & Oak Photo via Green Wedding Shoes