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The Ultimate Bollywood Wedding Playlist – Mehndi songs

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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! 

 

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: 

Tips for organising a successful Hens/Bachelorette Party

I recently returned from a whirlwind week-long trip to Singapore for my brother in law’s wedding. There were a number of preceding events leading up to the big day and my job was to make sure that the bride and her girlfriends had as much fun as possible.

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Organizing hens or pre-wedding festivities are often daunting tasks and brides may feel that these parties are more difficult to plan than their actual wedding day itself.

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A few brides will opt to organize these special events themselves, however, expectations are always high and it would be safe to say that hiring a planner or handing the job over to a bridesmaid or friend is your best bet. After all, the bride probably has a million and one other things on her mind!

So, what does it take to organize the perfect hen’s party?

Before jumping ahead, the first and foremost step is to decide on a date and place to host the events. This should be discussed and sorted with the bride a few weeks prior to the big day. If it is a destination wedding and the festivities are taking place overseas, then you could probably plan to hold it a few days before the wedding, giving everybody enough recovery time.

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Deciding on who to invite is often problematic, but the bride has the final call. If there are certain people (i.e. mother-in-laws to be) who you think may clash (or may not approve of certain games or activities), you could advise her to save herself the trouble and avoid inviting them all together.

Next, inform guests about what’s taking place at least one month in advance, so that they can take time off accordingly. Ask the bride and groom for contact details and email a ‘save the date’ invitation.

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Snail mail invitations are always a fun idea, but are often costly. E-invite websites such as paperlesspost.com allow you to custom design your invitations and there are so many gorgeous designs and templates to choose from. Depending on the number of guests, the website may charge you a small fee, but shop around for the best deal. Simply think about the theme of your event, select the design, customise and personalise it and then email away.

After sending out the invites, follow up with a general email, introducing yourself to the guests and let them all know to RSVP by a particular date. It is also a good idea to request dietary requirements in case food is involved as well as find out where guests are staying or living in order to coordinate the festivities in a central or convenient location.

Keep in mind, that there is a certain etiquette when it comes to sending emails. It is nice to build excitement, but try to keep communication clear and concise and don’t bombard the guests with thousands of emails. If possible, limit the amount of correspondence you send. If you find guests are not responding, try Facebook or as a last resort ask the bride and groom to help contact them for you.

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A hens party should be enjoyed by all. It’s a good idea to devise a rough itinerary of events and gauge everybody’s reaction toward it beforehand. Also, include the break down of costs. If everyone sounds happy, precede with making enquiries and reservations. Of course, you can’t please everybody. If some guests don’t want to participate in all activities, that’s fine. Keep in mind that the most important person on this day is the bride herself. Know what her likes and dislikes are and plan appropriately. Most importantly, try to be realistic about the activities and timings. Give people ample time to glam up between events and factor in travel time as well.

Save everybody’s mobile phone numbers and have their emails on hand. This also applies not just to the attendees but also the venue and emergency contacts (eg. spouses, boyfriends, partners). For attendees who don’t have access to a phone (if you’re overseas) or if their mobile battery has died, you could possibly use Facebook messenger to make contact assuming they have network connectivity.

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A hens party doesn’t always have to be raunchy. Keep the party tasteful and classy. Gone are the days of pole dancing and strippers. Try to celebrate the bride’s life and take her out to see and do things that perhaps she’s never done before. If you absolutely have no idea where to start, make it simple and opt for a theme party. Believe it or not, Great Gatsby and Sex And The City theme parties are still trending. Create a lolly buffet, dress up, share some cocktails and then take the girls out to a classy bar. You could even personalise the party in the form of t-shirts and accessories featuring a picture of the bride or each guest on them.

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These days the average hens party costs approximately $200AUD. Unfortunately, not everybody has that sort of money. That being said, it is possible to organise a great party within an acceptable budget. Ideas that won’t break the budget could include afternoon tea at a hotel no one has ever visited, a hip hop dancing class, wine tasting at home, a pot luck dinner party, mini-golf or a pottery making class. Don’t forget that you have to pay for the bride’s activities too. This day is all about her, so she isn’t paying for anything!

Afternoon Tea | The Maharani Diaries

It is entirely up to you as the host to decide on how you would like to collect the money for the activities. My advice is to try your best to select venues that don’t require reservation fees and sort out payment on the day of the party. Ensure that everybody is aware of how much everything costs and let them know to always carry extra change for unexpected extras such as party accessories, taxi fares, drinks, service charge and GST fees.

If you are planning travel between venues on the day, ensure you organise transport. In some countries, public transport can be problematic, hence the safest bet would be to book a taxi or minibus well in advance. There’s nothing worse than waiting for a taxi and then hailing 3 or 4 down later and getting lost. Try to keep the group together at all times.

One thing that’s becoming very popular with hens parties, are party favour bags or ‘goodie bags.’ It’s almost like you’re a little girl all over again.

Hens party favour bags | The Maharani Diaries

There’s something nostalgic and fun about receiving a gift for attending a party. Keep the items tasteful, but not tacky. Think of including items that all the girls could actually use on the night or the day after. It’s up to you as to how you would like customise them. One example could be to purchase medium sized pink gift bags, fill it up with pretty pink tissue paper and place a cute colour printed picture of the bride on each bag. Discount stores and Amazon are great for picking up little trinkets.

Inside the bag that I made for my sister-in law, I included a variety of different items such as a compact mirror, nail file, make up wipes, dental floss, hens party theme badge and an energy bar. If you like to add a bit of fun factor to the party, make the bride wear the obligatory hens party sash and giant party glasses. Later on as the festivities draw to a close, hand out ‘willy’ straws to every girl. A little ‘naughtyness’ is perfectly fine, so long as the bride isn’t put off by the antics.

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Many of the girls attending the hens party may not know the bride or groom very well. In this case, a great ice-breaker game to play is ‘The Newlywed Game’ which is a guessing game for the bride and also gets the rest of the guests talking. Before the party, ask the groom a series of questions about himself, the bride and their relationship. For example, “when and where was your first date?” Ask the bride to answer the questions and check if she is correct or not. There are numerous other hens party games you could play.

Hope these tips are useful to you. Remember, for more hens party inspiration visit our Pinterest board.

At the end of the day, the important thing to remember is that the bride must have fun and she should remember the day. Well…at least most of it!

In summary, here are a few tips for you to take away:

  • Consult the bride before any planning and if she gives you the go ahead, start planning away!
  • Do your research. Find out what’s hot and what’s not and know what the bride likes to do.
  • Jot down a few ideas and a rough schedule of events and run them past the guests.
  • Keep on top of emails. If it’s difficult to keep track, create a folder in your inbox relating to hens party correspondence.
  • Be realistic about events or activities. Don’t try to pack too much into the day.
  • Dress comfortably. This all depends with where you’re going, what the plans are and what the weather will be like.
  • Save everybody’s contact details. If need be, create a spreadsheet and print it out in case your mobile phone dies.
  • Devise a schedule and establish meeting points. This is useful for guests who are not attending all activities.
  • As far as payment is concerned, don’t settle for ‘I’ll pay you later.’ Ensure that you break down costs in your initial emails or messages.
  • Prepare some party bags and games, so that it makes for a great ice-breaker conversation between guests who have never met.

Remember that your party doesn’t have to be super expensive in order for people to have a good time.

Enjoy the day!

Have you ever had to organise a hens party? Did you do anything differently? Let us know how you went in the comments feed below.