destination INDIA

OVERVIEW

As the seventh largest country in the world, India is spotted with potential wedding destinations. The only barrier is your limitation. Whether simple or luxurious, India has it all and it has the manpower to deliver as over 1.2 million people live in this country. For many, language may appear to be a barrier; but even in India, English is used extensively, especially in business and administration, so have no fear.

Many choose India for the excitement, the exotic feel that such a faraway place possesses. Others enjoy the natural landscape of beaches, jungles and mountains. Still others appreciate the man-made beauty of palaces, mansions and heritage sites. Wherever you choose to get married within India, it is important that you plan well in advance, ideally giving yourself a year’s time to coordinate everything needed so that it goes smoothly.

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REQUIREMENTS

Weddings in India are governed by the following 5 marriage laws. The main factor in selecting which marriage law applies to the couple is the religion to which they belong.

  1. Indian Christian Marriage Act 1889: For marriage among Christians
  2. Hindu Marriage Act 1955: For marriage among Hindus, Jains, Buddhist and Sikhs
  3. Muslim Marriage Acts: For marriage among Muslims
  4. Parsi Marriage & Divorce Act, 1936 (amended in 1988): For marriage among Parsees (Zorastians)
  5. Special Marriage Act, 1954: For those belonging to different communities or religions and for those who do not want to marry in a religious ceremony

For further information regarding a specific Indian marriage law, you can visit the office of the Registrar of Marriages of your place of residence. As always, please be prepared to provide proof that you are free to marry ie passports, birth certificates, and proof of dissolution of marriage whether divorce papers or death certificates. Also if you are planning to marry under the Special Marriage Act, be aware that there is a residency requirement of 30-days so plan ahead to ensure you fulfill this legal requirement. Other requirements may be enforced depending on which state you choose to be married in.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Indian weddings, to the outsider, appear to be a show filled with flashy colours and loud music with lots of food and people. You may not necessarily be Indian but when in India, what should you do? Think of your audience as this will greatly determine what you include. For example, you wouldn’t have belly-dancing if it was mostly seniors attending or folk dance if it was a younger crowd. Find the perfect fit between the audience and the entertainment while choosing something you and your future mate love as well. Some entertainment ideas include Bollywood dancers/ singers, live instrumental or contemporary music, Sufi music, DJs, rap shows, elephants. One thing is sure: no wedding is complete without fireworks!

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BEST TIME

The weather is the biggest factor in determining when it would be the best time to get married in India. It is dry and sunny from October to February, which are ideal months to get married. The next determinant will be cost, how much are you willing to pay. If cost is not a factor, anytime is a good time; but for those with a budget, December and January will not be an option for you as those are the peak months when prices sky-rocket due to the huge demand and lack of availability.

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Sources:

Cook, S. (2013). A foreigner’s guide to getting married in India. Retrieved from http://goindia.about.com/od/planningyourtrip/a/indiawedding.htm

Government of Canada (2013). Marriage and divorce. Retrieved from
http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/india-inde/consular_services_consulaires/marriage-mariage_divorce.aspx?lang=eng

Tamarind Weddings (2013) Fun at weddings – Wedding entertainment. Retrieved from http://tamarindweddings.com/blog/fun-at-weddings-wedding-entertainment/

wedding HEELS

Before I begin, may I say that I love buying shoes. It is the one thing I have to buy every year on Boxing Day. Nothing beats the happiness that comes from buying a beautiful pair of high heels that you can walk, or sometimes in my case, run in comfortably and elegantly. Or what about when you buy the perfect pair of flats that look cute with your skinny jeans? I rest my case. Now how can you experience this happiness when buying your wedding shoes?

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In The Fitting, we briefly outlined the need to have your shoes selected prior to the fitting and the need to be comfortable in them. Now let’s go into the specifics of choosing the right pair for that special day.

When selecting your shoes/heels, it’s all about comfort, height and style. You will be on your feet for most of the day, from walking down the aisle to dancing the night away and you don’t want to be thinking about how much pain your feet are in, the lack of feeling in your toes, or your knees that are starting to shake. Just choose shoes that are comfortable.

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An element that often compromises comfort is height, though this need not be the case. A simple trick is by sticking to the heel height you are accustomed to. Don’t go for the 4 inch heels when all you normally wear is flats. It just won’t work. It takes experience to wear heels. That being said, the ideal heel height is 3 inches for the bride to feel like a princess. But you will not feel like a princess if you end up falling or in excruciating pain from walking so go for less height if you can’t handle it.

A way to look tall but feel less pain is to select a style that is more comfortable than the traditional stiletto or pump. Platforms are the answer for comfort as they add height in the front as well so that your feet aren’t as arched as less weight is placed on your toes.

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The principle that applied to bolero jackets also applies to shoes. If your dress is detailed, keep the shoes simple. In other words, if your dress is covered in beading, crystals, pearls, etc, select a simple pair of heels or your outfit will be too loud. If the dress is simple, you can have a little detail on your shoes like sparkles or flowers.

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You may wonder, what about colour? This is important but this can be the last factor you consider or stress over as you can have your shoes dyed to match the colour of your gown. You can also have them dyed after the wedding so you can re-wear them to another event. Research where you can get this done in your local area.

I hope you enjoy shoe shopping. Have fun trying out all the styles available for brides. But just a few more reminders:

  • When buying online, the height of the heel is measured from the inside of the heel and nor the back. Due to this standard of measuring, approximately half an inch of actual height will be added to the listed heel height.
  • Will you be wearing stockings or tights on your wedding day? Try your shoes on with them. If not, try your shoes on with bare feet. This is the only way to make sure you get the right size.
  • Last but not least, remember how tall your soon-to-be husband is. You don’t want to tower over him and it doesn’t look good in the pictures. Be considerate of his feelings and let him know in advance if you will be towering over him so that he will be mentally and emotionally prepared.

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You can wear this too! It just might take years of practice… so start practicing now if you want to wear heels on your wedding day.

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PURPLE OMBRE weddings

I have to start off by saying that purple is my all-time favourite colour so I just had to have a post on it. You understand, right? Now the ombre part of the title, I like it, but it seems everyone else loves it as it has been trending for the past year and there is no indication that it will die anytime soon. I don’t blame people for loving it though. It is quite eye-catching.

For a little background information, according to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the word ombre (pronounced ombr-ay) is the past participle of the French verb ombrer which means to shade. In modern terms, it is when colours or tones shade into each other. So you have a favourite colour and you take several shades of it, place them in gradual succession, and voila! you have made something ombre.

Now combine the concept of ombre with the colour purple, make it into a wedding theme and you have the following wonderful suggestions:

THE FLOWERS to smell

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It doesn’t have to be just your centrepieces that are themed. You can have a matching bouquet if you so desire. Just remember to have it in levels of flashiness, if you get what I mean. Don’t let your guest table centrepieces outshine your headtable centrepiece and don’t let your headtable centrepiece outshine your own bouquet. See, level of flashiness… I know what I’m talking about.

An option that isn’t shown in the photos is to have a row of centrepieces that each individually are one colour but collectively form an ombre effect. This is a great idea if you are not using traditional round tables, but are opting for long tables instead.

 THE CAKE to eat

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As I go through the photos, I scream in delight at all the yummy pictures. I think many of these cakes are a girl’s dream come true. If it isn’t ombre in the cake layers, it’s ombre on the outside icing, often with flowery details. It has pretty princess colours, flowers and butterflies. What else can we ask for?

THE INVITATIONS to give

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Zazzle and adori DESIGNS are both online sites that provide a lot of variety and customization. For invitations, Zazzle provides a template with textboxes where you fill in the event information information and then select a paper type. adori DESIGNS is sold on Etsy, an online marketplace. The same theme can come in a wide range of colours and is also available for ancillary items such as response cards, envelopes, menus, save the dates, you name it.

Also, ombre can be and is often matched with patterns such as scallop, chevron or horizontal stripes, as seen in the samples above. An idea would be to try it with other patterns such as polka dots (my fave), vertical or diagonal variations of the stripe, or swirls. I’m sure the results will be awesome.

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destination JAMAICA

OVERVIEW

The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is home to many of the best all-inclusive resorts in the region. It is a very popular tourist attraction, possibly for its geography of white sand beaches and lush tropical forests. Personally, I think people go for the national dish of ackee and saltfish or maybe for the delicious jerk chicken… yum!

As a destination wedding location, it is economical and exciting. There are a variety of activities to fill your trip such as climbing a waterfall or riding a zipline through a forest. If you’re not the adventurous type, the beach is the place to be. If you like privacy, consider renting a wedding villa for the week. If you like service, choose an all-inclusive resort staffed with planners to help make your wedding a success. So pack your suitcase and don’t forget your flip flops.

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REQUIREMENTS

Getting married in Jamaica is quite an easy affair. Just follow the steps, have the paperwork ready and you will be on your way to saying, “I do”.

  • Apply for a marriage license up to 3 months prior to your wedding day ($4000 JMD)
  • Have copies of the following: Proof of citizenship (certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name), Parent’s written consent if under
    18 years of age, Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce), and Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower
  • If any of the above legal documents are not in English, these documents must be translated to English and notarized
  • No blood test is required
  • Arrange for a licensed marriage officer to be present at your wedding to sign the marriage form and make the official marriage pronouncement
  • Arrive in Jamaica for 24 hours and be prepared to walk down the aisle

Read this article for more specific details and contact information: www.visitjamaica.com/articles/getting-married-in-jamaica.aspx

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ENTERTAINMENT

Just close your eyes for a moment (and have someone read this to you): Imagine yourself on a beautiful beach, a reggae band playing the background, while you and your closest friends dance under the moonlight. This is THE coolest thing to have at a Jamaican wedding! Not your thing? Other population options include DJs, a steel drum band, a mento band, or a saxophonist. And if none of these catch your attention, do your own thing! The vendors in Jamaica are open to new ideas.

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BEST TIME

Jamaica has a tropical climate which does not vary too much from season to season but, with an average temperature of 27°C, cooler temperature is always appreciated. For that reason, the island is hit with an influx of travelers during the months of December to March, the winter season. If temperature is your main concern, that is the time to get married in Jamaica. February, March and April are months when students flood the area as they have time off school.

If you mind the young crowd and you don’t mind the heat, make plans to go between the months of May to December, especially those of you who are watching your wallet. According to Visit Jamaica, planning an off-season wedding can save you up to 40% on hotels and other costs. Is the heat worth it? You decide but remember that summer brings with it hurricane season so plan accordingly.

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Sources:

Visit Jamaica (2013). Weddings and honeymoons. Retrieved from http://www.visitjamaica.com/vacation-themes/weddings.aspx

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Birds in Love – Part 1

Honestly, I love wedding trends. I fall in love with each and every one I research. This one is no exception.

Unlike the typical wedding trend, this trend is not a colour but an animal. As such it was hard to find attire such as dresses, shoes or ties that went with this theme but when it came to other things, there was an abundance of ideas. For a twist on this trend, give it a retro feel by incorporating cages in your décor.

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THE BRIDE AND BRIDESMAID for her

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So many accessories for her. I love it all!

THE GROOM AND GROOMSMEN for him

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So he doesn’t feel left out. Cufflinks, boutonnieres, handkerchiefs…

THE RING PILLOW to hold

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Which nest will you choose? Twine or lace?

THE IDEAS to try

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So many ideas! So many options!

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BLUE weddings

The year is almost over. Can you believe it? It feels like it just flew by. Did anything special happen this year? Did you start dating? Maybe get engaged? If not, don’t worry. Who knows what the future will bring.

For those who got engaged, congratulations! There is a lot of planning in store for you. One of the first decisions many couples make is the colour theme of the wedding. So for those getting married in 2015, pay attention. BLUE might be the colour to have at your wedding. Blue is almost everyone’s favourite colour and no surprise as it is said to be beneficial to the mind and body. Maybe that’s the real reason people have “something blue” at their wedding and not for the supposed luck it brings with it. Interesting fact: The colour blue suppresses appetite, so maybe you can save on the reception bill… just maybe.

There are so many inspiration boards out there but I like to break it up into categories. I find that more helpful for suggesting wedding ideas. What shade of blue would you use at your wedding? Dark, light or a variety? Tweet us your response. You’ll notice that some things, like cakes, tend to be in a lighter shade while other things, like flowers, are in a darker shade. Pick what you like and feel free to comment.

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THE BRIDE for her

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THE GROOM for him

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THE SHOES to walk

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THE NAILS to flaunt

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THE FLOWERS to smell

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THE CAKE to eat

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THE FAVOURS to give

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destination INDONESIA

OVERVIEW

Why get married in Indonesia you may ask? Well the geography of the republic is quite unique. It is the largest archipelago in the world, made up of 17,504 tropical islands of various sizes, and it is as wide as the United States from New York to San Francisco. What does this all mean for you? Your choice of sandy beaches. Not into beaches? That’s okay too as the location offers a diversity landscapes to choose from, from luxuriant rainforests to snow-capped peaks.

Do not be under the impression that Indonesia will not be able to meet your needs. The country has amazing infrastructure. Its hotels are globally renowned for their luxurious service. Convention centers are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. International conferences and exhibitions have been held in provincial capital cities. Be assured that, should you choose Indonesia for your destination wedding, all your expectations will be met with great satisfaction.

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REQUIREMENTS

To get married in Indonesia, three key conditions must be met:

  1. The couple must belong to the same religion. Otherwise, a statement letter must be written by the bride or groom indicating that they have agreed without force to marry in the religion agreed upon. By the way, a religion must be declared; agnosticism and atheism are not recognized.
  2. The marriage is performed by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) if the couple is Muslim or it is conducted by the Civil Registry Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil) if the couple is of a non-Islamic faith. For the latter, a Notice of Intention to Marriage must be submitted at least two weeks prior as well.
  3. As a non-resident of foreign nationality, a No Impediment to Marriage certificate must be obtained at the appropriate embassy or consulate office. An appointment must be made. Paperwork such as passports, birth certificates, and proof of dissolution of marriage must be brought along in addition to filling out an application form.

This covers the major legal steps requiring your attention. For more details, contact your nearest Embassy of Indonesia.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment at destination weddings is really what you want it to be. It can be modern, formal, traditional, or casual. If you want more out of the ordinary ideas, consider having fire dancers, Legong dance, gamelan performance, or Rindik music. Be aware that some venues do not allow for live bands or DJ performances while others only allow it for a limited amount of time. Night parties may also need special arrangement and permits from the local government.

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Indonesia has only two seasons: dry and rainy. Unless you really love rain, the best time to get to travel to Indonesia and to get married is in the dry season which is from June to September. As Indonesia is a tropical country made up of many islands, it does get hot and humid so sunscreen and moisturizer are essentials when visiting during the dry season.

It is recommended that you avoid holiday festivities unless you are interested in seeing and experiencing them. Eid, an important Muslim holiday, is a big celebration held to mark the end of a month of fasting. With approximately 202.9 million Muslims in the country (Miller, 2009), it is an understatement to say that traffic can get “heavy”. The day varies each year so do research with this factor in mind before deciding on your wedding date.

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Sources:

Discover Indonesia (2013). Wonderful Indonesia. Retrieved from http://www.indonesia.travel/en

Miller, Tracy, ed. (October 2009), Mapping the Global Muslim Population: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Muslim Population (PDF), Pew Research Center, retrieved 2013-05-05.