September 27, 2011

Indian Wedding Ideas: for weddings or parties

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I was inspired by my Indian Weddings post and decided to continue the research and create a post  offering Indian Wedding Ideas! Well, I didn't really decide, it just kind of happened because Indian Weddings are awesome. 

Anyway, You don't even have to have an Indian Wedding to incorporate some of these ideas and it doesn't even have to be for a wedding. How about an Indian themed party! That sounds fun to me. 

Personalized Indian Favors
Wedding favors are small gifts given in appreciation to the guests. The tradition is an old one originated in Europe. In weddings, a small trinket box was filled with cubes of sugar, which during this era, was a treasured commodity only among the wealthy and it was believed that sugar had medical benefits.

Ideas: elephant candle holders, Indian trinket box, incense, or elephant picture holders. 

Indian Wedding Dresses
These sari gowns are so beautiful with intricate details and patterns, and the inspiration for a design is endless with all the different colors and styles.

Red and Gold
These two colors are a common blend in Indian weddings and no wonder because it showers the bride and groom with stunning vibrance. 

Elephant Decor
In India, the elephant is considered good luck as it represents Lord Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles.

Mehndi (Henna tattoos)
These henna designs are extremely common in Indian weddings. In Vedic customs, mehndi is a representation of the Outer and the Inner Sun. In traditional designs, a sun is drawn on the palm which represents the mind which is meant to be "awakened by the light".

"In the modern age, usually people buy readymade Henna cones, which are ready to use and make painting easy. However, in rural areas in India, women grind fresh henna leaves on sil (grinding stone) with added oil, which though not as refined as professionally prepared henna cones, brings much darker colors."

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These traditional decorative designs are usually crafted with granulated rice or flour with added natural colors, or more recently with chemical colors. Petals, flowers and colored sand are also used. This folk art is made on floors and courtyards during Hindu festivals and events, and are meant to welcome the Hindu deities.  

Now go plan your Indian party or wedding!

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