my sunset girls xo
Hi again all,
I thought I'd introduce you to my bridesmaids. I'm having 6 - yes, S I X. And I love them all, equally.
Big sis - eldest
Big sis - twin #1
Big sis - twin #2
Cousin sis - from Sydney
Cousin sis - from London
Cousin sis - from New Zealand.
Now seeing as the Radha/Krishna theme of the wedding means lots of dark greens, vines, soft candlelight and flute music ... I figured I could pretty much do anything I wanted with the colours, as everything looks good in a forest/garden, especially with an Indian wedding!
SO - as the sun will be setting over the Brisbane River during the wedding, I figured that we could celebrate the timing by having warm sunset colours. Seeing as I have 6 bridesmaids, I've decided to pair them up. this means:
2 will be wearing Peacock Blue
2 will be wearing Rani Pink (deep pink)
2 will be wearing Royal Purple
I want them to be in rich colours, which also go well together. The idea is to have the ladies all design their own tops (i.e neckline, back, sleeves etc) as their tops will be made in their designated colour in raw silk, boned for that royal and stiff fit, kinda corset-style ... and then their skirts will be paneled (but subtley) with all 3 colours. NOW before you start picturing a circus tents with loud stripes (yikes!!) have a look at the picture I've attached Only when you look closely can you see that the skirt is actually paneled with different colours. This material has heave work over the top to have a uniform design, making the package complete and very beautiful. This is how the girls wil look (skirts only) with their tops being a block colour matching that part of their skirt .. make sense? Still deciding on the dupattas (the material they drape over their shoulder), if it should also be incorporated with all three colours.
I know my bridesmaid from London wants an off the shoulder, and my cousin in Sydney loves the little cap sleeves look, whereas my eldest sister is very modest and will have a more traditional look. It'd be interesting to see what they come up with :)
NOW .. as the bridesmaids will be in blue, purple and pink .. I guess that leaves me with the colours of the SUN! Traditionally, an indian bride wears red/maroon ..not this one ;) I'm looking to incorporate burnt orange, maybe two-tone it with some saffron, or accents of maroon or red ... but I definitely know I want to wear burnt orange. I've attached some pictures of the outfits I've found online which appeal to me, but my final bridal lengha will be unique ... still designing it!
Hope you're all doing well, now I'm off to browse through your pages!!
My marquee brings all the boys to the yard..
Sooooo it's still day 1 since I've started this blog, and I'm on to my fourth already. I just want to put all my ideas so far on here, so it's something I can look back at, too :)
When WBC's initial registering stage asked me what colour theme my wedding will be, I changed my mind like four times. This is because there is no one set colour. I want it with fuscia, royal blue, gold, saffron, deep purple and jade green. It's hard to describe what's in my head ...
I guess there is an underlying theme, which is Radha Krishna. They are kinda like our Romeo and Juliet - they were not officially married, yet they were soulmates, and both are the ultimate symbol of undeniable love. Radha and Krishna would meet up in the forest. Krishna would play his flute. They would both sit on a Jhula (swing) and spend time together. Krishna is also painted with a lot of peacocks.
So as you can see ... that's a lot to work with. Do I incorporate the flute, somehow? Or maybe we (bride and groom) can sit on a Jhula once the ceremony has finished? What about peacock feathers, or are they maybe too limited to hues of blue? Should the marquees be decorated like a forest, with vines, fairy lights, greenery and soft candlelight?
Hmmm I'm liking the last idea ... because this way, I can still have the different colours as centrepieces, somehow ... but the marquee itself will look amazing from afar and even more beautiful as guests enter. I have added some pics of marquees which have caught my attention. Enjoy!
Involve the guests
Heylo again, ladies (and gents - no discrimination here!)
So I am hella keen on having a wishing tree instead of your run-of-the-mill guest book.
What happens is, the guests write their "wishes" (words of wisdom, blessings, etc) and then hang it from the tree :)
There are a couple of ideas here ... either:
a) have one central Wishing Tree, fairly big in all it's glory, with tags, pens, instructions, the whole kaboodle in a designated spot for guests to visit as they please
b) incorporate the Wishing Tree idea as a centrepiece for each table, which means using curly twigs, trinkets, hanging candles and also wishing tags at each guest's place, with instructions at the base of their centrepiece. This way they don't have to get up and can write as many as they wish.
The first picture, however, is an idea my sister had about having a box, where guests can place their "recipes for a healthy marriage" .. I don't think this fits my theme, but thought I'd put it up as an idea for any brides out there who are looking for alternatives to the guest book, like I am :)
I am in LOVE .. with this cake :)
Hello fellow wedding-well-wishes!
I have been obsessing like mad since FH proposed, and I really feel like I've come a long way! Is this normal? Is it a bad sign that I know already what I want? Will I change my mind down the track?
Anywho - before I'm condemned and labelled as a crazy person, please just take some time to check out
Remember - I'm all about bright colours, and I love the outside-the-norm idea of a pillow cake! Now to decide on a cake topper .. there's one pictured which I like, but it's not unique enough ...
The flavours? I'm thinking - top = white chocolate, middle = caramel mudcake, bottom = rich chocolate.
Any suggestions, guys, as to expanding this pillow cake idea as there's no way this baby will satisfy 500 cake-hungry guests :)
First time blogger :)
Hey everyone! I think this site is fab you lush! I'm so excited to be registered as a B2B blogger! This is my first blog, ever. I hope to network with a lot of you lovelies, as you are SO very creative, open and really helpful.
ok - here goes ... I'm an Australian born woman, teaching is my profession. I'm a principal of a performing arts academy for kids, and I love my job! I also love my wonderful fiance.
After living my whole 27 yrs in Australia, I've fallen in love with an old school, traditional Indian man who takes his culture very seriously. For me, an Indian wedding is a fairytale, and I'm looking forward to planning this colourful, vibrant, authentic Indian wedding with a fusion of my unique, modern, wow-factor taste.
So those of you who are non-indian, there are some pretty different happenings when it comes to an indian wedding. Traditionally, the bride wears red and gold. Her brother/s walk her down the isle - and this is after the grand entrance of the groom (in India this is often on horseback) complete with dholi (indian drum), trumpets, high energy and all the groom's side (called the Bharat) are to come parading down the street, to the wedding site, dancing, singing, laughing, clapping, woohoo'ing ... it's mayhem. We (bridal party) welcome the bharat with a small ceremony in front of the hall/venue, before they are accepted into the space as VIP guests.
The bride's entrance is soft, slow, musical and beautiful. The wedding itself takes 45min-1hr (some go for 3 hours, so I am lucky!); and the trick will be to keep 500 people engaged, entertained and part of the wedding.
We have opted for the wedding and reception to be rolled into the one afternoon/evening. So there will be buffet tables, caterers, a dj, dance floor and mingle space.
Guest list = 500. There's no getting around that :P All guests need to be seated banquet style, dinner provided, and since I was 12 my vision has remainsed a garden wedding complete with marquees, fairy lights, sunset colours, mystery, magic, a little mayhem and one hell of a party :) I need YOUR help to keep me from turning my wedding into a circus!!
So to break it down:
Guest list: 500
Time span: 7-8hrs
WHAT I HAVE DONE SO FAR:
I have a venue booked - A flat, manicured space of both grass and pavement. It's right on the river, smack-bang opposite the city, so the view is absolute and the space is large enough to fit marquees in a U shape, with the mandap (stage where wedding ceremony takes place) in the top-centre, with the river and city skyline behind it. There is also enough space for the caterers, two buffet tables, the dj and even a dance floor (plus a kids area!), so I am very happy with this!
Now for ... everything else! haha :) 284 days til the wedding!!
Any ideas, people? Watch this space!!
p.s my apologies for writing such a novel sized intro - promise to try to keep it shorter and sweeter in the future ;)