May 2, 2017

6 NYC Restaurants For A Bridal Shower Brunch

By:

A bridal shower brunch at a restaurant is a winning alternative to planning a big affair at a venue hall or home for many reasons. It gives all the girls a chance to go out, celebrate the bride-to-be, and bond over delicious food and drinks. Let’s be honest, not everyone is into wearing crowns, on-theme menus, and games. And that’s perfectly OK!

 

Love You A Brunch - Bridal Shower Brunch - Photo by Studio EMP - via. Inspired by This.com

Love You A Brunch – Bridal Shower Brunch – Photo by Studio EMP – via. Inspired by This.com

 

When it comes to having a shower at a restaurant, location is key. Lucky for you, New York City has an amazing brunch culture. With so many incredible places, choosing where to go can be difficult. We rounded up 6 restaurants perfect for a bridal shower brunch, whether you want the celebrations to be classy and sophisticated or lead to booze-fueled dancing.

 

Ladurée New York Soho (398 West Broadway)

18th Century Ballroom - Laduree - NYC - via One Kings Lane

18th Century Ballroom – Laduree – NYC – via One Kings Lane

 

Exuding the charm and beauty of a Parisian café, Ladurée is the perfect spot to toast the bride who loves all things French. With roots in Paris, the pastry house is renowned for baked delicacies, especially its world-famous macaroon. The Soho outpost is exquisitely decorated, boasting a tearoom, an elegant dining room, and an outdoor courtyard. We wouldn’t judge if you just ordered chocolate-orange cake and tartes with a side of macaroons, but Ladurée’s brunch menu is worth consideration. Offerings include a variety of omelettes, vichyssoise soup with caviar, and duck foie gras.

 

Aurora (70 Grand St., Williamsburg)

Garden Room - Aurora - Brooklyn - via Where the Heck do we Get Married.com

Garden Room – Aurora – Brooklyn – via Where the Heck do we Get Married.com

 

A quaint Italian restaurant located off the beaten path in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Aurora is ideal for the bride who likes to keep things small and intimate. Marked by dark wood and exposed brick, the interior evokes the feel of rustic Tuscany. But the outdoor garden, with its sprawling ivy, distinguishes Aurora from other eateries claiming Old World origins. You can reserve a large table for up to 25, or book a private event, depending on the size of your party. The brunch menu is full of surprises. We suggest the apple compote French toast and parmigiano white grits.

 

Beauty & Essex (146 Essex St.)

Beauty and Essex - The Lower East Side - NYC - via Manhattan Digest.com

Beauty and Essex – The Lower East Side – NYC – via Manhattan Digest.com

 

Located on the Lower East Side, Beauty & Essex strikes a fine balance between glamour and sophistication. You enter through a cool pawn shop on the way to the restaurant proper where you are greeted with a comfortable, spacious interior and warm lighting. This is the place if you’re a group that likes to dance – there’s a lounge and club as well. For a more relaxed gathering, make a reservation for the weekend brunch and dine on dishes such as the braised short rib ‘huevos rancheros’ or ‘everything bagel & lox’ pizzetta. But if you’re ready to party, hit Beauty & Essex’s popular Champagne Brunch, which takes place every Sunday beginning at 1 pm.

 

Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon (56 Irving Place)

Lady Mendl's Tea Salon - Victorian Style Teas - Gramercy Park - via Zagat.com

Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon – Victorian Style Teas – Gramercy Park – via Zagat.com

 

Is your bride a vintage enthusiast who longs for the elegance and style of the past? Then plan her shower at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon. Housed in a Gregorian brownstone in Gramercy Park, this posh salon serves tea with an air of refinement that reminds of Downton Abbey. Don’t worry, you can leave your white gloves at home. Look forward to delicate fare such as finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, cake, and tea of course! Champagne cocktails are optional, but highly recommended. Parties larger than 8 must be booked as a private event.

 

Jack’s Wife Freda (224 Lafayette St. and 50 Carmine St.)

Jack's Wife Freda - Soho - NYC - via JacksWifeFreda.com

Jack’s Wife Freda – Soho – NYC – via JacksWifeFreda.com

 

For a seriously low-key bridal shower, Jack’s Wife Freda has everything you need. The atmosphere here is so warm and relaxed, it will feel more like a weekend brunch that all your girlfriends could finally make it to. Husband and wife owners Dean and Maya draw from their Israeli and South African backgrounds, serving up inventive Mediterranean style dishes. Brunch menu highlights include rosewater waffles topped with Lebanese yogurt, mixed berries, and honey syrup and baked eggs in a green tomatillo shakshuka with challah toast. The restaurant has two locations and accepts reservations for parties of 6 or more.

 

The Palm Court at The Plaza (768 5th Ave.)

The Palm Court at the Plaza - via The Time Out.com

The Palm Court at the Plaza – via Timeout.com

 

Make it a shower your bride will never forget by celebrating her upcoming nuptials at the Palm Court at The Plaza. For the past 100 years, the iconic restaurant has symbolized the grand elegance of modern New York City. Soaring ceilings, tall palm trees, a stunning glass ceiling, and exquisite architectural details cast an ambiance of timeless luxury. Popular for its afternoon tea, the Palm Court also serves classic drinks with inspired names such as the Gatsby Mint Julep, Hemingway Daiquiri, and Orson Wells Negroni. Dessert is a must here and we recommend the New York “Cheesecake” made with graham cracker brown butter crust, Meyer lemon curd, huckleberry compote and crème fraiche, and the brown butter apple ice cream.

Everyone loves going to brunch in NYC. So when tasked with planning the next bridal shower, head to a favorite restaurant and honor your bride over eggs and mimosas.

Categories:

Blog, We Love

SHARE

April 26, 2017

Amandamarie + Donald: Natural Splendor at The Liberty Warehouse

By:

Amandamarie and Donald Cicero were married on a gorgeous day last June in an outdoor ceremony and enchanting reception at The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ceremony - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ceremony – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Amandamarie was not one of those girls who grew up dreaming about her wedding. Even as a newly engaged young woman, she didn’t have a clear vision. Amandamarie was sure of one thing though – she didn’t want an overly extravagant event. “We are a pretty laid-back couple,” she said, “so we wanted to keep that relaxed, understated style in our wedding, but still have it be beautiful and elegant.”

They met the summer Amandamarie moved back home to Brooklyn after finishing graduate school in Texas. She accepted an invitation from her best friend, Alicia, to stay with her and a couple of college friends in a summerhouse they were renting on the shore. Alicia knew Donald through a circle of friends. Proving that your best friend always knows what’s good for you, she introduced Amandamarie to Donald. Looking back, Amandamarie laughs, “I gave him such a hard time at first! But it didn’t take long for me to give in.”

After being together for a few years, they hit that point in life when it seems like everyone is either getting engaged or married. Still, the idea of marriage never crossed Amandamarie’s mind because they were really happy just being a young couple in love. Donald, however, had been giving the idea a little more thought.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ceremony End - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ceremony End – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Amandamarie and Donald celebrated their third anniversary on a weekend getaway in Long Beach Island. After a rainy morning, they packed a cooler of beer and headed down to the beach. There was still a lingering gloom in the air, but they were glad to have the empty beach all to themselves. Once situated, Donald asked Amandamarie to get his phone from the cooler pocket to take a photo. Nearly foiling his plan, she said, “No, let’s just use mine.” She looked down to adjust her sunglasses and Donald saw his opportunity. He quickly grabbed the ring, got down on one knee, and asked Amandamarie to marry him. The proposal took her by complete surprise. She recalls, “When I think back, it was perfect. We met at the beach and got engaged there. It’s our happy place. Water!”

Amandamarie and Donald only looked at one wedding venue. The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn appealed immediately to the couple whose story began near the water. They loved the interior’s exposed brick and original wooden beams, which cast an inviting atmosphere over the space. The breathtaking view overlooking the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty is beyond compare. Further, Amandamarie and Donald live in Brooklyn and had their engagement party at a favorite BBQ joint less than a mile from the venue. Feeling right at home in the area, they knew this was where they wanted to start their new life together. “The Liberty Warehouse is classy and formal without being overdone,” Amandamarie said, “just what we were looking for.”

 

Amanda and Donald - Reception - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Reception – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Finding a dress came almost as easily as finding a venue. Seven years earlier (way before Donald came into the picture), Amandamarie saw a wedding dress by Inbal Dror on Instagram and bookmarked it for “when the day comes.” But now that the day was actually coming, she was having difficulty finding a local bridal salon that carried the designer. Then, Mark Ingram Atelier announced a trunk show. Amandamarie immediately scheduled an appointment and asked her consultant if they still had THAT dress. Amazingly, they did! Still, she was asked to pick out a few other designs as well. She tried on the Inbal Dror dress last. Right then and there, Amandamarie knew it was the dress she would wear walking down the aisle. She says, “I didn’t want to take it off! I got sized that day. We were in and out in an hour. The lace, the shape, the illusion… I wish I could wear it every day!”

 

 

The ceremony took place outside on the pier under an arch made of white birch branches decorated with hanging flower-filled terrariums. Amandamarie carried a stunning, hand-tied bouquet of deep purple and lavender spray roses with accents of greenery. The bridesmaids wore unique dresses by Adrianna Papell and carried lovely bouquets of cream garden roses.

 

 

When asked about her colors and floral design, Amanda said, “We wanted a rustic, vintage-inspired aesthetic. And I really liked the palette of purple and green mixed with white and beige.” After saying “I do,” the couple led guests inside to the reception where they were greeted with a romantic and whimsical setting. Natural light flooded the space, illuminating table centerpieces and décor that mixed purple roses, peonies, white dahlias, and antique green hydrangea with lush accents of moss, succulents, and ruscus.

 

 

Décor hit a very personal note with the card table. Amanda and Bride & Blossom’s Elianna Phelps were childhood friends. Elianna recalls, “When I saw that an ‘Amandamarie Dimeo’ had contacted us, I knew it had to be my old friend from middle school. It was such a pleasure to reconnect with Amandamarie and help guide her in the making of such an important day. I really enjoyed our creative collaboration on the card table design.” Amandamarie added, “Donald is a NYC firefighter and we thought it would be special to do something with vintage fire ladders. Elianna is to thank for all of that! Her vision was more than I could have ever imagined!” The aged ladders were draped in rich greenery and fresh blooms, creating an impression of a secret garden.

 

Amanda and Donald - Ladder - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Ladder – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

For a bride who had no set ideas going in, Amandamarie’s wedding turned out to be a beautiful affair. Perhaps it was her relaxed approach to planning that made everything seem so easy. She was even thrilled when the event veered a little off script. We asked about her favorite moments from the day. “One of my favorite moments was when my cousin, who is also an NYC firefighter, surprised us by having the FDNY patrol boats that guard the coast drive up to the pier just as we were exchanging vows and spray water. It was incredible!” She continues, “And I will never forget when my Dad saw me dressed for the first time. I could cry just thinking about it.” Amandamarie left us with some advice for the bride-to-be questioning a first look. “My first look with Donny was totally worth it. To anyone out there thinking whether or not to buck tradition, DO IT!

 

Amanda and Donald - Newlywed - Liberty Warehouse Photography by South Eleventh

Amanda and Donald – Newlywed – Liberty Warehouse – Photography by South Eleventh

 

Congratulations, Amandamarie and Donald!

Venue: The Liberty Warehouse
Photography: South Eleventh
Wedding Cake: Ample Hills Creamery
Bride’s Gown: Inbal Dror
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie

Categories:

Blog, Bride & Blossom Weddings

SHARE

April 25, 2017

Bride & Blossom Supports Beautycounter: Safer, Healthier Beauty and Skincare Products

By:

One of the best things about owning a wedding floral design company is getting to form meaningful relationships with our brides. I love the fact that 99% of Bride & Blossom’s clients are women. And while my work focuses on making sure their wedding day meets all expectations, the topic of beauty always comes up. Through conversations, I’ve learned that most of us share a concern that our makeup and skincare are not only effective, but also healthy. For this reason, I am excited to introduce Beautycounter, a revolutionary company committed to offering safe beauty and skincare products to women and their families.

 

Beautycounter Logo - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Logo – via Beautycounter.com

 

 

A close friend told me about Beautycounter last year. I was immediately inspired by the company’s history and mission. Like many of us, founder, wife, and mother, Gregg Renfew, was applying lotions, foundations, lipsticks, and eye shadows to her face and body with no idea of what was actually in them. Curious, she started research on the personal care industry and uncovered shocking results.

There is a serious lack of regulation in the industry and many of the products we use on our skin every day contain unsafe ingredients and chemicals with links to serious health issues. In fact, the US has not passed a major federal law to regulate ingredients in personal care products since 1938. This means companies are allowed to make their own judgments about what is safe, use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in their products, and sell them to us with no questions asked. Taking the position “we all deserve better,” Beautycounter created The Never List, made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that are never used as ingredients in its products. From this list, the European Union has banned 1400, Canada has banned 600, while the US has only banned 30.

But how effective are Beautycounter’s products? I wanted to wait until I was 100% sure that Beautycounter was a brand that I could fully support and present to my clients and readers. After using the company’s makeup and skincare line for months, I can say with complete honesty, they work! The packaging is sleek and gorgeous. But more importantly, these products deliver results and have visibly improved the look and feel of my skin. Here are the products I can’t live without.

 

Dew Tinted Moisturizer

Beautycounter Products - Dew tinted moisturizer - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – Dew tinted moisturizer – via Beautycounter.com

 

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen

Beautycounter Products - Touchup Skin Concealer Pen - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – Touchup Skin Concealer Pen – via Beautycounter.com

 

No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask

Beautycounter Products - No1 Brightening Facial Mask - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – No1 Brightening Facial Mask – via Beautycounter.com

 

No. 2 Plumping Facial Mask

Beautycounter Products - No2 Plumping Facial Mask - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – No2 Plumping Facial Mask – via Beautycounter.com

 

Cleansing Balm

Beautycounter Products - Cleansing Balm - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – Cleansing Balm – via Beautycounter.com

 

Rejuvenating Day Cream | Rejuvenating Night Cream

Beautycounter Products - Rejuvenating Day Night Cream - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – Rejuvenating Day Night Cream – via Beautycounter.com

 

Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa

Beautycounter Products - Body Wash - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – Body Wash – via Beautycounter.com

 

Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa

Beautycounter Products - Body Lotion - via Beautycounter.com

Beautycounter Products – Body Lotion – via Beautycounter.com

 

Beautycounter has a great baby and kids line as well, which my family loves.

Many of you are planning to have your own family someday. As women, it is especially important for us to be informed about cosmetics and skincare as products contain chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. Beautycounter founder Gregg Renfew explains endocrine disruptors:

“The endocrine system is incredibly complex and important: It’s responsible for regulating everything from our mood, to our reproductive processes, to our growth and development, to our sexual function and metabolism. Exposure to endocrine (or hormone disruptors) is particularly scary because they’re so potent in small doses, as they mimic the hormones that our bodies produce in small amounts every day. Endocrine disrupting chemicals can lead to reproductive problems, metabolic issues, cancer, birth defects, and other devastating disorders.”

Beautycounter offers the chance for all of us to make safer, better decisions without sacrificing beauty. I am very passionate about Beautycounter and its mission, and joined their dynamic team as a consultant and advocate. I am learning so much right now. Because I truly care about the women I meet through Bride & Blossom, I am sharing this knowledge in the hope that others reconsider their everyday products and switch to healthier options.

Brides want to look and feel their absolute best walking down the aisle. And let’s not forget the bridesmaids. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for you and your best friends to achieve a perfect wedding day glow that is not only glamorous, but also healthy?

I invite you to visit my site and take a look at the products. I have tried everything and promise they are high quality and high performing. Sign up for the Band of Beauty Member Program and receive free shipping, 15% product credit, and special offers.

Beautycounter has been featured in Goop, and many products are Allure Best of Beauty Award Winners. To learn more, please check out this video: Beautycounter: We All Deserve Better

All my best,

 

Rachel Trimarco

Founder & CEO, Bride & Blossom

Categories:

Blog, We Love

SHARE

April 21, 2017

Anna + Matt: Romantic Elegance at The Pierre

By:

Anna and Matt were married last September in a beautiful ceremony and reception at The Pierre in Manhattan.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Bride and Groom - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Bride and Groom – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

For most, a Phish show is not the first place that comes to mind for meeting your future husband. But a Phish show in Saratoga Springs, NY was exactly where Anna met Matt. She recalls, “We stood next to each other on the lawn during the first evening of a three night show. There were around 30,000 fans there!”

Anna and Matt hit it off immediately that first night, kept in touch, and began dating. They soon learned that in addition to Phish, they both share a love of travel. When asked which of their trips together was her favorite, Anna replied, “Our trip to Thailand, because that was where we got engaged!” She remembers, “We were staying at the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai. I had a sense that Matt was going to ask. One evening, he planned a private dinner for just the two of us in a gazebo overlooking a gorgeous lake that’s on the property. There was a musician and bonfire as well. Matt really went the whole nine yards with everything and was so nervous leading up to it. But then he finally proposed. It was perfect!”

Anna had some idea about the kind of wedding she wanted. But her vision really started to take shape during the planning process, specifically once she had chosen a venue. The Pierre is one of the city’s most iconic symbols of refined elegance. Anna said, “I love The Pierre’s classic charm. It’s such a New York staple. I remember walking by the Hotel as a child and admiring Central Park and the classic New York architecture surrounding it.”

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - Ceremony - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – Ceremony – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

The ceremony took place in the stylish Cotillion Room. An entry lit with a beautiful display of candles welcomed guests as they took their seats. Anna and Matt exchanged their vows under a chuppah draped with ivory fabric, adorned with white Phalaenopsis orchids and a mix of ivory, white, and cream roses. A dusting of white and ivory rose petals lined the aisle. The exotic floral design created an atmosphere that was opulent, yet romantic.

 

 

Anna wore a stunning custom dress by designer Ines Di Santo. She recalls, “The dress was the second of around a hundred dresses that I tried on. I should have just pulled the trigger on the spot!” The exquisite lace detailing and fishtail design of the dress captured Anna’s eye. “I just loved how romantic the dress felt with the lace and the flare.” A dramatic veil, also by Ines Di Santo, flowed behind her as she walked down the aisle. Her blooms complemented the bridal ensemble perfectly. Radiating romance, the teardrop-shaped bouquet mixed white, cream, and pale lavender roses with a dramatic cascade of orchids.

The groom and groomsmen looked dapper in handsome tuxedos by ISAIA.

 

 

After the ceremony, guests were led to the reception in the Grand Ballroom, a space famous for its timeless beauty. They were greeted with an enchanting tablescape bedecked with gorgeous centerpieces illuminated by the soft glow of candlelight. Breathtaking floral arrangements of lavender and white and cream tones swelled from tall crystal and gold vessels. Together, the décor and Grand Ballroom’s luxurious design cast an ambiance of grace and style.

 

 

We asked Anna if she had any favorite moments from the day. “My ketubah was really special. We were in a gorgeous, almost hidden room in the basement of The Pierre. It was as ornate as the rest of the Hotel, but intimately small and without any windows. My closest family and friends were there.” She continues, “Another favorite moment was when Matt sang to me. It was a total surprise.”

The couple made sure that celebrations were fun and a true reflection of their love and personality. “Let’s not forget when our band encored with a Phish song,” Anna said, “and all our friends were on the stage!” It just goes to show that you can take the girl out of the Phish show, but you can’t take the Phish show out of the girl.

 

Anna & Matthew Wedding - High Centerpieces - Pierre Hotel NYC - by Brett Matthews

Anna & Matthew Wedding – High Centerpieces – Pierre Hotel NYC – by Brett Matthews

 

Congratulations, Anna and Matt!

 

Venue: The Pierre
Photography: Brett Matthews Photography
Videography: Fred Marcus
Caterer + Cake: Newman & Leventhal
Bride’s Gown: Ines Di Santo
Groom’s Tuxedo: Isaia
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Beauty: Stacie Ford Weddings/Christopher Marrero
Music: Element Music, Radio Underground
Invitations: Gina by Design

Categories:

Blog, Bride & Blossom Weddings

SHARE

Outdoor Spring Wedding Ideas & Trends

By:

Spring has sprung and as we move into the new season, we are excited to spend as much time as we can outdoors and embrace Mother Nature for all of her glory! Planning your wedding in the spring months of March, April and May provides you with so many wonderful options in regards to your wedding’s theme, décor and itinerary, from start to finish. Including nature, landscapes and the environment around you to create a beautiful atmosphere can be a great advantage when planning an outside ceremony or reception. Outdoor weddings provide you with many great ideas, options and new trends for the 2017 spring wedding season.

 

Santa Ynez Wedding - Outdoor Wedding - by Jose Villa - via Style Me Pretty

Santa Ynez Wedding – Outdoor Wedding – by Jose Villa – via Style Me Pretty

 

An outdoor ceremony can acquire so many different aspects to bring your vision to life. Whether you’re getting married in the woods, on a beach or in an open field, there are many parts of nature to play up everywhere you look. A new fun trend if you are having a rustic forest wedding is to incorporate a big old oak tree into your space. A beautiful tree standing tall can be a perfect focal point behind the bride and groom. It provides color, texture and a dynamic in the bigger picture. Adding elements to the tree is a great way to play into your theme. This can include hanging lanterns or flowers, string lights and garland to decorate all of its branches. This idea will help present a stage for the couple as they say their vows and create a beautiful organic backdrop.

 

 

The next way to add a lot of ambiance to an open outdoor space is to spice up the reception setting. While the physical landscape is what you’ve always desired, it is also fun to add some new ideas without taking away from the natural beauty.

 

Lighting: A new exciting way to enhance an outdoor reception layout is by adding a ceiling quality, if you will. This can include a tent, hanging lanterns, string lights, floral or greenery garland and hanging accents. Stringing lights from tree to tree is a great way to manage the space without making it feel too crowded. It is often that many appreciate a canopy feature of lights above the guests seating or dance floor. This can create nice light space that resembles a starry night sky.

 

 

Lanterns: Incorporating paper lanterns is a funky way to bring a sense of cheerfulness into the scene. These look beautiful for a daytime wedding and can play off of a garden theme. They are light, airy and can complement many color schemes and wedding styles.

 

White Chinese Paper Lanterns - Outdoor Wedding Decor - via Weddbook.com

White Chinese Paper Lanterns – Outdoor Wedding Decor – via Weddbook.com

 

Suspended Blooms: Lastly, one of the newest trends in the industry is to incorporate hanging floral accents into your scenery. This can include single suspended blooms above the dance floor, a large floral display sitting gently behind the bride and groom, or long vertical garland that is inspired by hanging beads. They are fun and make a large open space feel charming and intimate.

 

 

Now that your reception space is decorated seamlessly to match your theme, the seating arrangement can also play into creating an outdoor space of your dreams. As the wedding industry is advancing each and every day, new trends are arising and we have moved into the world of individuality and unique designs. Breaking from the forever classic round table display, the newest trend is unique tables. This can include long tables, bench seating, square tables and even low tables featuring floor cushions. Mixing and matching a variety of table shapes while adding elements such as greenery and flowers, featuring natural wood and stone elements makes for a very pretty scape. It’s a fun way to add your own sense of personality, style and taste to your reception and a beautiful way to enhance the space even more.

 

 

The best thing about turning a raw and organic space into your own is that you can fully create your personalized fantasy outdoor setting. A space full of trees, a garden retreat or a hilly field can be easily flipped into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind space for a wedding. Have fun, be creative and think outside the box to bring your open-air wedding to life before your eyes! For all of our spring brides, there are so many great options right at your fingertips, and we are as excited as you are to watch them come to life.

Categories:

Blog, Must Read Bridal Advice, Trends & Tips, Your Inspiration Fix

SHARE

April 20, 2017

Indian Wedding Traditions

By:

Living and working in one of the most diverse cities in the world, we are fortunate enough to work with couples from all different backgrounds, traditions, religions and cultures. Planning a culturally-inspired wedding is such an exciting task as you are embracing others’ customs and learning the beauties of others’ traditions and beliefs. Though a wedding resembles unity, love and marriage in every culture, the ceremonies and rituals can vary greatly, which makes the practice of marriage that much more special and unique.

 

Indian Ceremony - Mehndi - via Pinterest.com

Indian Ceremony – Mehndi – via Pinterest.com

 

One culture that we have been very fortunate to produce weddings for is the Indian Culture. As India is such a large country with so many states and religions, the wedding traditions vary based on their region of origin. Yet, Indian weddings practice many of the same traditions and are full of bright colors, gorgeous flowers, beautiful Mehndi and more! There is no wedding more beautiful than an Indian wedding, and the beauty doesn’t only lay in the décor, design and brilliant colors they portray.

Unlike many other cultures, Indian weddings are multi-day occasions. There are ceremonies, parties and rituals that complete the couple’s marriage. Pre-wedding rituals are very common in an Indian wedding and start the week-long celebration.

Pithi is a ceremony ritual that is performed to bring the bride and groom good luck. As it takes place in the separate homes of the couple, family and friends receive the Pithi paste made from turmeric, chickpea flour and rose water. Family members, offering well wishes and luck throughout marriage, apply this paste to the skin of the bride and groom. It is also said that the paste is used to brighten the skin so you have a glowing look on the day of your wedding.

The Mehndi ceremony is a very popular ceremony and a colorful event that takes place a few days before the wedding. This is a celebration for the bride and her family. The bride receives her henna from an artist or relative from her fingertips to her forearms, along with her feet. The henna is made of beautiful designs, symbolizing joy, beauty, spiritual awakenings and offerings. The henna settles into the skin, leaving a brownish tint color that complements beautifully in traditional Indian dress. It is a fun night and festive atmosphere that is full of bright colors, singing, dancing and joy.

 

 

One of the next customs in an Indian wedding is the traditional attire and dress. A Sari is a female garment that is made of excessive fine fabrics, wrapped around the waist and draped over one shoulder, while baring the midriff. A Lengha is a two-piece outfit made up of a skirt, a traditional blouse and a scarf. These outfits are extraordinarily intricate and are mainly worn in bright bold colors like pinks, fuchsias, blues and reds. Mainly, the bride wears a beautiful red and gold appliqué Sari to stand out from the crowd. Accenting these dresses with tons of gold and jeweled jewelry makes for a gorgeous ensemble. Traditional jewelry includes Payals (anklets), Nath (nose ring), the Maang Teeka, which is a piece of jewelry for your hair that parts down the middle, Chudis and Kadas, which are the commonly-known bangles, along with matching necklace and earring sets. The bride is covered from head to toe with bright colors and ornate jewels, leaving her as the most beautiful woman in the room. When it comes to the groom’s attire, the most common outfit consists of the traditional Kurta Shalwar, which is a comfortable tunic-like top with pants to match. The Kurta Shalwar is often found in creams and golds to complement his soon to be bride. Now that the bride and groom are fashioned and ready to unify their relationship, let the party begin!

 

 

Among many pre-wedding events, one common Indian tradition is known as the Sangeet. The Sangeet is practiced in many regions in India and is held the night before the wedding ceremony, as a celebration of the wedding to come! Family and friends hold dance performances as a gift to the bride and groom, along with traditional songs and other festivities. Commemorating events for the days to come, this is a night full of music, celebrating and fun!

 

 

Next comes the big day, the long-awaited wedding ceremony! A traditional ceremony often consists of a series of religious rituals that unify the bride and groom and their families. The ceremony begins with the Baraat, which is the groom’s procession. This unique tradition is the groom’s arrival to the ceremony on a horse, as family and friends sing and dance around him. The bride’s family greets the groom as he arrives and congratulates him on what’s to come. The groom’s feet are washed once he arrives, signifying purity. The bride’s arrival and the event of being given away by her parents signifies the beginning of the ceremony.

 

Indian Wedding - Groom - Baraat - Kate Byars Photography - via Maharani Weddings.com

Indian Wedding – Groom – Baraat – Kate Byars Photography – via Maharani Weddings.com

 

The ceremony takes place under what is known as a Mandap. The Mandap is a four post canopy altar that is a stunning space for the bride and groom to exchange their vows. Each of the four pillars of the Mandap symbolizes the parents on both sides, signifying the upbringing of their children and unification of families. The Mandap is a beautiful structure that is cherished for its symbolism, yet offers a gorgeous view for guests of the bride and groom. It is often decorated with god statutes, a variety of flowers, religious offerings, garland and bells. Many flowers can be used for this décor, including traditional marigolds, roses, daisies and more. It creates a beautiful altar and stage for the bride and groom to say I do and looks amazing as it’s dressed up as ornately and decadently as the bride and groom.

 

 

At the beginning of the ceremony, Mala or floral garlands are exchanged between the bride and groom. These beautiful garlands are strung together with a variety of bright and bold blooms. Roses, marigolds, carnations and even orchids are tied together to create a flowered lay that is to be placed on one another. The flowers are an important part of this tradition as they are held together on the same string, representing happiness and excitement of their marital union to come. The exchange of Mala between the bride and groom signifies acceptance of one another and unity. As there are many parts that make up the full ceremony and all vary by region, religion and tradition, one common final part of the ceremony is the seven circles. The couple takes their first seven circles together as husband and wife, with each step representing a vow to one another. This signifies their commitment to love one another, take care of each other and always be best friends. The ceremony is now complete, and they are ready to go and celebrate!

 

Brad & Manjil - Indian Garland - Studio 450 - Photo by Weddings By Two

Brad & Manjil – Indian Garland – Studio 450 – Photo by Weddings By Two

 

The reception can vary depending on your preference and style in Indian culture. It is a big party with tons of food, dancing and fun! The venue space is decorated in vibrant colors, golds and lavish pieces to create a picturesque scene. The reception often features performers, a cake cutting ceremony and a traditional dance between husband and wife where guests throw money at the couple to wish them prosperity. It is a beautiful and exciting time to dance the night away and enjoy all of the hard work and traditional elements that made up the wedding week.

 

 

Indian wedding traditions and customs are like no other. They are lavish, elegant and colorful, creating a gorgeous scene to last a lifetime. From the traditions, flowers, garments and rituals, they represent a long line of beautiful traditions to unify husband and wife, and we hope to participate in making many more beautiful memories with lovely couples to come.

Categories:

Blog, Trends & Tips, Your Inspiration Fix

SHARE

Bride & Blossom

Bride & Blossom