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25 Mar

The many ways to celebrate Gudi Padwa at home

A time for new beginnings, celebrate Gudi Padwa by ushering in hope and prosperity even as you indulge in time-honoured customs and traditions with your family in the comfort of your home

Begin with a clean-up

A festive occasion calls for a sparkling makeover. And with Gudi Padwa signalling the beginning of a new year, it’s only apt that one indulges in all things fresh. By now, many of us have spent our time at home cleaning and decluttering it. If so, you’ve already got a head start on this step. Taking the current situation into consideration, it would be wise to vacuum, wash and scrub your abode thoroughly. Throw open your windows and let the healing rays of the sun in.

 

Do a quick and easy makeover

Make use of existing stuff and rearrange your belongings to give your home a new look. Highlight the entrance of your house by decorating it with colourful rangolis, strings of torans (if possible) and urlis filled with flowers and floating candles. Dress up the interiors of your home in colourful textiles and rich textures (think pillow covers, curtains or blinds fashioned from up-cycled saris with zari borders). Flowers are integral to any Indian celebration, so fill your home with the colours of fresh blooms.

 

Make your own gudi

If there’s one visual characteristic of this widely celebrated festival, then it’s the decorated gudi—an upturned copper or silver pot that’s placed over a bamboo stick adorned with a green or yellow coloured cloth, which is then tied with neem and mango leaves, garlands of flowers and sugar candies. This festooned gudi—a common sight in windows and balconies of homes—is believed to ward off evil and is symbolic of Lord Ram’s victorious return to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan. Once hoisted, the gudi is regarded with reverence and observed by family members through prayer.

26 Feb

Add a personal touch to your wedding celebrations

Personalisation is the key to hosting an extraordinary wedding celebration. Apart from making every event feel more intimate, it is one of the best ways to leave a lasting impression on your guests. We highlight some of our favourite ideas to giving your special day a distinct touch

Personalisation is a great way to make your wedding stand out. Shilpa Rohera and Sonika Advani, Directors, Shilpa and Sonika – Events and Wedding Planning, explain, “Engaging activities for every age group must be organised to keep guests involved. For instance, set up a kids’ zone, a retro lounge for those who enjoy the classics or a salon for all.”

25 Feb

Show-stopping wedding decoration ideas

For an unforgettable décor display, look no further than our handbook that features everything—from luxurious installations to personalised details

Décor and decorations set the tone for your event. Shilpa Rohera and Sonika Advani, Directors, Shilpa and Sonika – Events and Wedding Planning, explain, “Decorating the venue with stunning installations and intricate details is a must. This must be executed within the given timelines to really create an impact.” Theme integration has become essential to achieve an all-round experience for hosts and guests alike.

24 Feb

How to find the venue of your dreams for your big day

Having trouble deciding on your wedding venue? Fret not! Our experts chalk out the essentials to keep in mind when narrowing down on your wedding location

Choosing the ideal location is one of the major decisions a couple must make. Location makes all the difference as every other aspect of the wedding depends on it. Kunal Rai, Vice President, Weddings and Events, Tamarind Weddings, expounds, “Choose a venue where the logistics are easy to manage. If the venue is on the outskirts of the city, plan a two-day itinerary so that guests can comfortably attend the wedding.” It is essential that the location complements your theme (in terms of décor and colour).