Make your baby’s naming ceremony special
In every family, after the baby is born a never ending hunt for that perfect name begins. The dauntless hunters (read parents) explore internet, books and involve their friends and families to suggest names until theyare loaded with a ‘name collection’. We at KOC know how important and heart-warming, a naming ceremony is for the proud parents. This is why we house a special collection of that go beautifully with a naming ceremony.
We would love to share some awesomely fun ideas with parents to make their baby’s naming ceremony special and memorable. For the starters, ask all your guests to write blessings and messages for the baby as they enter the venue. This would make for a wonderful record and a memorabilia in the album. Use your child’s pictures from the Birth day till present date as the theme of the party. You can also order for your baby’s picture stationery which can be used for wrapping return gifts andmementos for the guests. Along with the gifts you can give postcards with your child’s photo.
If you have a big garden then planting a tree ‘drive’ would be a great idea. If not, then in presence of your guests, plant a nice flowering plant dedicated to child’s naming ceremony. This is also an ideal opportunity to get your baby’s hand and footprint on clay. In the menu you can name dishes after baby related terms. Say Soother smoothie, ‘duddu’ drink, mum mum jalebi and so on. This quirky renaming of dishes would be very amusing for your guests. Now as your guests depart, give them mementos in shape of baby things. You could have cute keychains in shape of a sipper, bottle, soothers etc. Small note pads with a water print of baby’s photo and in shapes that are aforementioned also make for a nice gift.
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Thoughtful gifts for a Muslim wedding
We at KOC believe in doing it the right way when it comes to a wedding. Whether it is that suit your taste or some exquisite extravagant piece that makes you swoon, we have it all in our collection. However this time we are crossing the fence to join the brigade of guests who are sure to make it to the wedding but really unsure of what to take as a gift. More so when they are invited to a Muslim wedding and unaware of the beliefs and etiquettes to be followed therein.
Gifting an artwork with Allah’s name makes for a great choice.It also comes with wide array of picks as you can choose a Wall art on different kinds of material and wood work. Calligraphic Islamic Art with verses from Quran is also an excellent alternative. Just make sure you are buying it from a reliable place and the sales person can translate the verses so that you know what exactly you are gifting and whether it is appropriate for the occasion. There are many online stores that exclusively deal in Islamic Art; you can pick one for the wedding from there. A hijab with rich work and jewellery like neckpieces in a pair would also be a safe choice.Muslim wedding invitation cards
Household appliances always make for good gifts because they can be used by the couple in their home. If you are close to them then do not hesitate and ask what household appliance would they like as a gift. It will ensure that what you give is needed and used. Islamic book on marriages would be a very thoughtful gift. Buy one with exquisite cover to suit the occasion. Never gift wine or any other alcoholic gift in a Muslim gathering since it is considered haram in Islam. Also except a nice Hijab or scarf, avoid gifting clothing pieces. If you have been privileged to receive the , then go with a lovely gift now that you have a fairidea about what is appropriate and what is not!
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Add a Royal touch to your Wedding
Everyone wants to make his or her wedding day a memorable one, not only for themselves but also for guests and friends. Wedding themes have hence caught up on popularity and more and more couples are opting for larger than life wedding events. One such trendy and admired theme that goes like a house on fire with an Indian wedding is Royal theme. A few touches here and there, and you can have a king size Royal wedding for yourself.Royal Wedding Invitation
Since it is KOC, we talk about the cards first! Our make for an excellent choice if you are looking to create a Royal theme. These cards come in fabulous material and have a box-like encasing. Now that you have set the Royal theme with the card, it is time to look at the wedding décor. Go for golds and creams for the dominant hues with plenty of flowers and mirror work to go with it. Instead of chairs, go for sofas that are arranged in circular pattern instead of plain boring “towards the stage” look. Have every table bear the name of your guests on a white and gold label. This will ensure that a family or friends get to sit together. Candles and bouquet in white and gold would make for an impressive sight.
As far as bride and groom are concerned, they have to be dressed to occasion. We recommend going gold and cream with your clothes. The bride can have a tinge of deep maroon or red for that lovely contrast whereas the Groom can don a turban of the same these contrasting rich colour. Do not go for readymade headgear, arrange for the one that needs to be tied and complete it with a broach. Keep make up very Indian and minimal. If you look at the Royal brides, they usually have very simple makeup with lot of “Indian-ness” with a simple Bindi and rich stone jewellery.
These creative touches take your wedding from Clichéd to absolutely regal. With our you can begin the journey that is royal and fab at the same time. They wow your guests and make them look forward to the much-awaited wedding day. Apart from these, we have a wide array of that reflect the richness of Royal culture and colours that touch your heart. So start scrolling on our website now to find that perfect piece of delight!
Things you should know when attending a Sikh wedding
So you have got a to a Sikh wedding and you are already making plans for that flamboyant affair. But wait a minute, read on and you might be in for a surprise as we take you through small details that must be kept in mind when attending a Sikh wedding. While it is true that the weddings of this community are known to be an amalgamation of crazy dancing, mouth-watering food and drinks, the main wedding called Anand Karaj is a very simple and sober ceremony. So though you can have all the fun in pre and post-wedding programmes, hold your horses at the main wedding ritual.
The main wedding usually takes place at a Gurudwara where a priest presides the entire ceremony. By rule man and women sit separately with their heads covered even if you are a man. So it is advisable to carry a handkerchief big enough to cover your head at all times. Also guests and the couple are expected to sit on the floor in Gurudwara. Remember never to point your feet towards the Guru Granth Sahib- the Holy book of Sikhs. For women it is strongly recommended that they should wear something conservative. Usually you would find ladies in Salwar kurta and dupatta on their heads at the Gurudwara. Talking is prohibited during the ceremony keeping up the basic courtesy and etiquettes of a place of worship.Invitation card for Marriage
It is also imperative to mention that shoes are not allowed inside the precincts of the Gurudwara. After the wedding, a spread of simple food is served at the langar as Prasad. All the guests are required to sit on the floor mats during this feast. The food is vegetarian and comprises of daal, sabzi, roti and halwa. The halwa is called Karah Prasad and is a typical dessert that is served in the Gurudwara. Cut to post-wedding party and reception, you will see hundreds of colours and a crazy after-party with lots of dance, food and drinks.
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It Is Your Engagement…..Make It Fun!!
Couples of decades back in India, an engagement ceremony meant a simple ritual of ‘roka’ without much fanfare. In some regions, presence of the couple was also not necessary for this particular ceremony. Rings were also not part of engagement! But the scenario has completely changed today. Engagement is one function which quasi-formal and there are parties to be thrown and guests to be invited to this beautiful ceremony. The nature of this ceremony gives a lot of room for fun elements just like the that offers various creative and unique avenues.
Here are some ideas that make your engagement a memorable fun day without burning a hole in your pockets. It is engagement when guests from both the sides get to meet the couple. So create a trivia about them and get it printed to be placed on tables or a cloth line running around the walls. Include their pictures from growing years to add another fun element. Ring shaped coasters, table mats are also a great idea. You can gift Key chains with charms modelled after the rings of the couple to your guests as return gifts.Ring Ceremony Invitation Card
The menu of the party could comprise of the Lady’s favourite and Gentleman’s favourite. If the date of the wedding is already decided then it is also a good time to share the “save the date” goodies. In fact give the guests your wedding on this occasion. Not only will you get to call each of them personally but it would be a complete surprise for them. A fun game for the couple on how much they know about each other is also a nice addition. Include senior couples in this game for doubling up the funquotient. Invite your guests to share some light hearted memories of the bride and groom with the gathering. If dance and music is part of the party, then create a playlist by sending a list to be filled across to all your guests right at the beginning of the party. By the end you will have swoon worthy music for everyone!
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Themes For Big Fat Indian Weddings
Indian weddings have undergone sort of a transformation in the past decade. The traditional wedding ceremony has a prelude with cocktail parties and is again followed by less formal celebrations. In fact wedding receptions have been given a makeover; they are more about having fun and partying all night and less about the rites and rituals of welcoming the bride. These elaborate parties and celebrations are no longer the forte’ of rich and famous and everybody is going gung-ho about them. For such parties you can order a separate set of and have the theme mentioned therein.
If you are planning an informal pre or post wedding party then do it in style and choose a mind blowing theme for it. Of course when you are thinking about theme parties for a grand affair like a wedding, take services of wedding and event planners. Themes are many but mind you, very few go well with an Indian wedding and Indian guests. Also stylise your in accordance with the theme.
If you want some bling and a lot of elegant ancient mystic then go with the “Egyptian theme”. Make it sophisticated and lend an old world charm to your party with “Victorian Era” theme. The gowns and suits are sure to make an incredible sight. Tired of all the heavy jewellery and clothes that a celebration like wedding calls for? Shed them and get into Hawaiian Shirts and shorts with a ‘Beach” themed party. A swimming pool can be converted into a beachfront sans the waves for this theme. And just add loads of sand, umbrellas, recliners and artificial palm trees to get the look right.
If you are the adventurous type who loves the little quirks of life then a Superhero and superwoman theme would be a great choice. One theme that really appeals to the Indian aesthetics is Paisley. Forget about themes around colour; now plan it around a design that is an inherent part of our culture.
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As She Leaves Her Home…….The Vidaai Ceremony
The essence of a wedding ceremony is transformation of a girl into a householder. As this ceremony concludes another ensues in a Hindu wedding and that is the Vidaai. It is the ritual where bride leaves her maternal home to step into her new world that is her husband’s home. It goes without saying that this ceremony witnesses lots of love, emotions and tears as the bride parts from her beloved parents and siblings.
There usually is a muhurat i.e. an auspicious time for this ceremony as well and it is usually mentioned in the . There are various simple and heart touching rituals that form Vidaai. In earlier days when girls would be married at a very young age, the vidaai would take place much later ones the girl attained a certain age as decided by the family members. These days vidaai follows the wedding immediately.
In some regions in India, the bride sits at the entrance and her mother gives her a glass of milk before the departure. As she makes her way out of the house, she throws handful of rice behind her without looking back which is collected and kept in a kalash. The importance of this ritual is that the bride is considered Lakshmi and she blesses her maternal home with prosperity so that it does not disappear with her stepping out of her home. In some cultures it is also considered as repayment of her debt towards her parents.
In some North Indian states, Mama- mother’s brother lifts the bride and takes her till the doli or transport that would take the bride to her husband’s home. As the bride leaves her relatives shower flowers, unbroken raw rice and coins on her that symbolise prosperity and happiness for her new life. This teary ceremony makes for the most emotion laden ceremony in all of the wedding rituals. It is the pain of parting with daughter and happiness that she has transcended into the next phase of her life.
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Anand Karaj – A Sneak Peek Into Sikh Wedding Rituals
India is a land of diversity and this is well reflected in varied culture and numerous religions that thrive side by side here. One of such highly respected clans is that of Sikhs. Though they are known for their zesty attitude towards life, their main wedding ceremony is simple and peaceful. The pre-wedding and post-wedding celebrations are of course another story! for a Sikh wedding usually do not bear any religious symbol and can go from plain to extremely flamboyant as per the tastes of the family.
The wedding ceremony of Sikhs is called Anand Karaj and takes place in a gurudwara. Sikhs do not consult horoscopes and they do not follow any specific auspicious time or period for their wedding ceremony. On the pre meditated day the couple along with their family members reach gurudwara where women and men sit separately. Bride and Groom are required to sit in front of the gathering closer to Shri Guru Granth Sahib- holy book of Sikhs. The priest conducts Ardas in which the couple along with their parents participate together.Indian wedding cards
A Sikh couple goes around the Guru Granth Sahib four times as the four stanzas of Lavan hymns of Guru Ramdas are recited by the priest. After each recitation, couple has to go around the Guru granth sahib. Kirtan and final ardaas follow the ‘pheras’ where everyone stands and participates in it. In the endall those gathered for the auspicious ceremony, bend down and touch their forehead to the floor thereby paying their respect to the Guru Granth Sahib. After the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone proceeds towards langar which should not be mistaken with feast. It is more like Prasad in form of simple food and compulsorily has “Karah” Prasad- the pudding.
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A Ceremonial Extravaganza- Bihari Wedding
A Bihari wedding follows all the basic rituals of a Hindu wedding with its own small twists and turns owing to the cultural differences from rest of the regions. Since the essence of a Bihari wedding is just like any other Hindu wedding the also follow similar patterns and designs. Lord Ganesha adornedcardsare popular here. With timemany families with modern sensibilities are preferring contemporary designs and colours on the .
The Bihari wedding commences with Satyanarayan Puja conducted at the Groom’s home. All those who participate in this puja are required to fast for the day. The engagement ceremony in Bihar is called Cheka wherein the couple exchanges rings and the groom’s family presents the bride’s with gifts and sweets. The Bride’s brother makes a visit to the Groom’s house for Tilak ceremony just before the wedding. It symbolizes the acceptance of the holy union by Bride’s family. On this occasion Groom’s family sends Maangtika, Nose ring, toe ring and some gifts for the bride along with turmeric which is ground by the Groom’s mother. The brother of the bride also showers the family of the groom with gifts and ornaments along with his wedding attire and turmeric paste.wedding invitation cards
After the haldi ceremony prayers to ancestors is organised and is called Dhritdhari and Matripoojan. The final pre-wedding ceremony of Imlighutai involves Groom’s maternal uncle making him hold a betel nut between his teeth which is eaten by his mother signifying that she has taken all bad omens that were to fall on her son on herself.
With this the procession leaves for the wedding venue after Mother of the groom performs an arti of her son. The baraat is welcomed with yet another arti and garlands by the Bride’s family. The bride’s mother carries the arti plate and the ladies throw cow dung behind the groom. Then the wedding follows usual varmala, pheras and Kanyadaan. The sindoor in a Bihari wedding is bright orange coloured unlike the usual maroon sindoor that is seen in Hindu weddings across India. After a heart wrenching vidaai, ceremonies of moohdikhai, chaukachulai and reception follow.
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Welcoming The Groom- A Ceremony In Itself
In an Indian wedding, bridegroom, his guests and relatives who form the procession called Baraat are given a warm welcome from the Bride’s side. The entire drama as it unfolds is amusing, interesting and sometimes absolutely hilarious! In a typical Indian Hindu wedding, the Bridegroom departs from his home to the wedding venue with a huge retinue. He sits on a white horse with bands playing music and the procession dancing to the beats of dhol. It is a carnival of a sort. All from Groom’s side mention the time of baraat departure.Wedding card designs
As the congregation reaches wedding venue, bride’s father, brother and maternal uncle welcome all of them with flower garlands and hugs. This ceremony is popularly called ‘Milni’. A priest conducts a small Pooja to ward off the evil spirits at the entrance thus the name “Dwar Pooja”. Thereafter, mother of the bride does aarti of the groom and smears a red tika on his forehead. In a few cultures, to tease the groom she tries to pinch his nose as well! Entering the wedding venue is not easy for the groom as siblings and cousins of the bride form a barricade at the entrance. They ask for gifts and money in exchange for a passage to the groom and his baraat. This isa fun time as groom offers money and the barricade refuses asking him to increase the amount. Finally every one reaches a deal and the groom is let in.
In many regions, the groom is given a bath after reaching the bride’s home or wedding venue. Thereafter he dresses up in a Joda- the attire for the wedding gifted by the bride’s parents.It is hereafter that bride makes an appearance usually on the stage where the ceremony of garlanding known as ‘Varmala’ takes place. This also happens to be the ideal time for all guests to meet, bless and congratulate the couple. The time of varmala is usually included in the .
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