Hindu Wedding Checklist and Traditional Wedding Process

Many different wedding rituals and traditions are practiced in India. In Malaysia, the Hindus carry out the wedding ceremony according to their respective subcontinent in India. However some of these cultures have overlapped through time.

Usually the priest would officiate the Hindu wedding ceremony. He holds a curtain between the bride and the groom and chants songs. The guests shower rice and other grains over the couple to bless them with a prosperous married life. As rice is thought to ward off demons, it is poured into the wedding fire. After the curtain is removed the bride's father would give her to the groom. He takes his daughter’s hand and places it on the groom’s. The bride applies sandalwood paste to the grooms forehead, the groom then applies a red mark on the bride's forehead. 

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The groom applies a red mark on the bride's forehead

As a sign on union, the groom takes the bride’s hand – often this occurs in the presence of fire, the flame is a sign of a new household. The two exchange vows during this ritual, sometimes referred to as the Seven Step ritual. Sometimes the vows are read as the bride and groom walk around a fire with pieces of each other’s clothing tied together or the groom holding his bride's hand. 

exchange vows seven step walk around fire
The couple walk around the fire

The groom places a floral garland around his bride's neck... this represents love. Finally the tying of the Thali necklace which signifies the inseparable union of the married couple. The Thali (also known as Mangala sutram) is a sacred necklace the Hindu groom ties around the bride’s neck, often bought by the groom’s family and the custom originated from the South of India.

tyling of thali sacred necklace
Highlight of the ceremony; The groom ties the Thali necklace around the bride's neck to signify that they are married

Hindu Wedding Ceremony Checklist
  • Set the date and Book the Venue - temple, resort, hotel, hall, etc. What does the venue provide?
  • Book your marriage officiant (priest)
  • Verify wedding ceremony details and the items to bring - Pooja thali, flowers, rice, grains, sweets, fruits, coconut, etc.
  • Hire Decorator, planner - Kolam, statue, mandap, flowers, theme, funiture overlay/ Sashes
  • Discuss about the process
Kolam is a form of auspicious painting that is drawn by using colorful rice, fresh flowers or polystyrene. Wedding kolam is elaborate and befitting for an auspicious occasion. Usually done at the doorsteps, courtyards, pooja/ prayer room for Hindus, Kolam together with the classical Indian entrance art work can be a visual treat for incoming wedding guests. Mandap is a temporary porch or platform setup for a wedding ceremony which is part of the decoration.

visual treat for guests
Mandap- a temporary porch for the wedding ceremony
metal tray wtih red rice grains for prayer
Pooja thali - a tray containing items for prayer. Verify with the priest.

  • Inform your family and bridal team (bride's maids, coordinators...). Send out invitations.
  • Hire Photographer and Videographer - Brief them about the particular photos or scenes you want to be captured
  • Reserve Makeup and Mehndi artist, hair stylist
  • Provide your service vendors a detailed timeline for the process
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Mehndi or Henna - Designs or patterns are drawn on the hands and feet of the bride as decoration

  • Rent or buy wedding garments- saree/lehengha, shawl, shoes (for the bride)
pink fabric full ankle length skirt with bling
Left: Lehenga (full ankle length skirt). Right: Saree or Sari

  • Pick the accessories/ jewellery color and type that complements your wedding gown
  • Headpieces, Necklace, Earrings, brooches, armlets, bangles, hip chain / saree belts, anklets, rings
fan shape head piece plait
Left: Jhoomer - a fan shape hair-piece usually worn on the left side of the head.
Right: Choti - hair jewellery along the plait

white big flowers veil chain
Left: Gajra- floral hair garland
Right: Matha patti - head jewellery with a central chain and attached chains that flow along the hair line

For the groom, get matching sherwani, dhoti. Dhoti (also known as veshti, pancha, mardani) is a traditional Indian men garment. It is a piece of cloth wrapped around the waist. Sherwani suits which more formal is a long coat-like garment with high neckline. Purchase Chappal (sandals)/ shoes, accessories such as headdress, brooches, studs, shawl.

long drape with scarf groom
Left: Sherwani. Right: Dhoti

Ref: marigoldevents.com, indianweddingplanning.com.my, krushnamandap.com, idiva.com, sareedreams.com, exoticindiaart.com, friendskorner.com, http://jewellery-indiaa.blogspot.com/2012/12/12-stunning-indian-bridal-headpieces.html, indianjewellerystore.co.uk, rajattokasworld.com, classroom.synonym.com, stories.my, matrimonialmalaysia.blogspot.com, dontstayput.com, fashion.ekstrax.com

Photography at Marina Bay Singapore

Singapore's Marina Bay is a popular choice of location for pre-wedding photography. The Waterfront Promenade forms part of the 11.7km waterfront route around Marina Reservoir, linking Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and the new Sports Hub. You can also photograph along the lower-level timber boardwalk, right down to the water's edge. Everything is very well connected.

Design guidelines for Marina Bay have required a variety of development intensities and building heights for the area, especially along the waterfront where developments are being kept low. This safeguards views to and from individual buildings, enhances their attractiveness and creates a pleasant and aesthetic skyline for the district.

Tower locations in Marina Bay are also orchestrated to create space and breathtaking vistas towards the waterfront and major open spaces. By night, the skyline will glow and sparkle with beautifully-lit building crowns and facades to create memorable night scenes.

Further along, Marina Boulevard is a tropical walk with flowering shrubs and shade trees. Here, you can pause at a Breeze Shelter from where you can capture the view from a cool and breezy rest point. At night, the promenade is lit with attractive night lighting.

birds eye view of helix, garden, promonade

dense high rise bay architecture
Photo: monopictura.com
marina promenade at night
Photo: Edwin Tan Armadale. Timber boardwalk at Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

3 buildings hotel yellow lights
Marina Bay Sands

posing artistic singapore
ArtScience Museum

At the other end, there is The Helix pedestrian bridge from Bayfront to Marina Centre. The double-helix structure resembles the structure of DNA, the basic building block of life, symbolising 'life and continuity', 'renewal', 'everlasting abundance' and 'growth', very auspicious for the happy wedding occasion.

Next to The Helix, Singapore's first art park, the Youth Olympic Park which comes alive with coloured LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lights at night, accentuating the various contemporary structures and installations against the lighted Singapore city skyline, making this park a visual treat for photography.  

sign of life renewal auspicious LED
Photo: Noel Salazar. The Helix @ Marina Bay

As a waterfront ‘Garden City by the Bay', Marina Bay enhances the image of Singapore as a garden city.  Bay South — the largest waterfront garden — is where you’ll find the futuristic-looking Supertrees, vertical gardens measuring up to 16 storeys that add a surprising and surreal feel to the landscape.

garden city by the bay wedding shoot
Photo: Edwin Tan Photography. Supertrees at Garden City by the Bay
have to pay entrance fee
Cloud Forest in Garden City

Marina Bay
Website: www.marina-bay.sg
Add: 45 Maxwell Road, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Tel: +65 63293535
Fax: +65 62203201

Ref: sherryjiajia.blogspot.com, singaporeprewedding.com, myartofscrapping.blogspot.com

Culinary Capers | Delivery, Catering, Classes, Healthy Food

Culinary Capers' aim is to teach you how to maintain a healthy weight, look and feel better, reduce stress & suffering; have more energy, nourish your spirit and basically to help you to become a more holistic and happier human being by means of FOOD. They keep food as natural as possible by deliberately avoiding complicated food preparation - the only way to maintain freshness of a dish. All kinds of vegetables, grains, nuts, and pulses are readily available, means more innovative cooking methods.

They provide cooking classes, workshop, wellness programs, culinary tours, delivery, catering services. Cheerful Geeta Jayabalan, owner of Culinary Capers has a great passion for healthy living. Her creations, primarily of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Northern Indian food are very delicious and at the same time wholesome.

purple and green dip with chips
Beetroot and yoghurt dip

yummy and health conscious
Left: Mesclun Greens with Gingerflower, Mint & Peanuts served with Thai dressing
Right: Muhammara (Roasted Red pepper Spread with Crispy Lavash Bread)

cabbage lettuce corn roll
Assorted vegetarian wraps

quinoa salad grains
Left: Spicy yoghurt fish & long grained basmathi rice layered & steamed to perfection in the "dum" style in an authentic Indian Thandhi
Right: Quinoa, Sprouted Grains & Mixed Veg Salad

banana leaft gives it the fragrance
theyumlist. Steamed Fish in Coriander Paste wrapped in a banana leaf and Basmathi Spinach & Spring Onion Rice.
tofu pesto mix
Cold Soba Salad with Edamame Pesto

Nov 2012
Catering, cooking classes, bazaars, personal chef, wellness programs, culinary tours and small events are all organized by the bright and cheerful Geeta Jayabalan, owner and originator of Culinary Capers. Having a passion for healthy living, this theme of wholesomeness is infused through all of her tasty creations. Although her menu is ever expanding, and draws on a variety of sources, a combination of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Northern Indian food are her primary inspirations. We savoured a number of Culinary Capers’ signature dishes. It’s no secret that I could make a meal out of dips, breads and red wine so the five nourishing blends sampled could easily have me contented for an entire meal. One of the benefits of healthy eating is that high fibre dishes fill you for a longer period so you’re not likely to overindulge.
Reason to order:  Delicious healthy food at reasonable prices. Excellent choice for catering small events. Convenient delivery to your home or personal chef in your kitchen.  Muhammara (roasted red pepper dip) with feta topped Khoubiz, Wheat Berry Salad, Quinoa Salad, Cold Quinoa Salad.

Culinary Capers

culinary capers chef

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/culinarycapers.com.my
Tel: 03-2093 5789 / 2092 5985 (Nora), 012-218 6656 (Geeta)

During Office Hours : (9am – 6pm ) to place your orders.

Please also have the following information at hand when you place your orders :
- the description of the items selected
- the quantity you require ( if you are not sure inform them the no of pax & they will advise accordingly )
- Date you want to take delivery. Orders must be a minimum of RM100.

Collection will be at: No 5 Jalan Tunku Putra, Off Jalan Duta 50480 KL (near the old Indian High Commission). If you really cannot pick up they will do delivery but there will be an extra charge depending on the area. All food is 100% halal.

Hikaru Entertainment

With over 10 years of experience and nearly a thousand wedding performances, Hikaru Entertainment has become a strong force in Malaysian music industry and is growing. I think the band is unique in an elegant way. The playing of violin provides you the wonderful string sound which creates a nice, classy atmosphere for your celebration. On top of that they take each show seriously in terms of style, outfit, their spirited singing and playing of musical instruments. They have an extremely versatile and varied repertoire list which include sentimental love songs, also uptempo groovy numbers, top 40 club hits, jazzy classic tunes and even ethnic songs in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay, Korean, Japanese, Indian, and even some Latin and French songs.

Hikaru Live Band creates a classy atmosphere with their performance

hikaru band grand

Let Hikaru's Shanghai Jazz Band take you back in time to the golden era of Shanghai elegance with nostalgic Chinese tunes from yesteryears. Wearing glamorous attire fit for the grandest occasion, the band brings life to the classic songs by giving them a fun and flirtatious interpretation. I guess this is the reason why the Shanghai Jazz Band is constantly in demand.

with mink coat glamour dress and hat
The popular Shanghai Jazz Band

Hikaru Entertainment is there to dazzle with their versatility in carrying different themes such as Broadway, Masquerade, Beach and Retro, they have String Quartet as well. Each thematic performance the band conveys has very unique look and feel, selection of repertoire that matches the mood of the wedding event. This is what creates the 'wow' factor. Guests will be impressed when they see something fresh or outstanding. 

magician hat black white patterns dress
Creates the WOW factor

Oct 2012
Through out the years of my wedding photography assignment, I've the honor to work with many live band performers. I believe all of them are good performers as I can see most guests enjoyed their performance during the event, be it luncheon or banquet. However, as for myself, I found the voice of a performer, Ching from HIKARU entertainment is really amazing, perhaps I should say it's very attractive to me.
I met her in one of my wedding photography assignment in July 2012, I love listening to every song she sang, which made me enjoy of my shooting even more during the entire function.
If you are looking for great voice, great music for your event or function, I think HIKARU Entertainment is a good choice, remember to request for Ching to be one of the singer :)

Hikaru Entertainment

lovely band costume dress up

Website: www.hikaru-entertainment.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HIKARU-entertainment/298121843899 
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/HIKARUentertainment
Add: 1-2, Jalan PJS 8/11, Dataran Mentari, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E.
Tel: +6017-237 7033 (Ms. Ching), +6012-348 1635 (Grace)
E-mail: hikaruentertainment@hotmail.com

A Romantic Dance on Your Big Day

Your wedding day is such magical personal experience. A romantic first dance would definitely add that extra sparkle to your big day. Sylvia (Danzpara) has the experience of coaching, choreographing dance of various styles namely Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Bachata, etc. She has provided lessons to many couples preparing for their wedding dance.

The first dance is about the couple, confidence is key. You would want a routine that fits your personalities, something you are comfortable with. The coach is there to advise you in choosing the right dance. So discuss with Sylvia about your style and song preference. Here are some ideas.

dancer with white vest
An impressive dip with Danzpara

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Learn from an experienced and professional coach

One of the dances you can pick is the slow ballroom Rumba. Its steps are kept sensually compact with some bending and straitening of the knee to achieve the hip-swaying movements over the legs. Some of the songs for Rumba are for example "I Have Always Loved" by Enrique Iglesias, "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion, "Close to You" by The Carpenters. You can change into a shorter dress for more flexibility.

dancers in white

It can be easier than you thought. Anyone can do it with the right direction from the teacher. Sylvia will be able teach you the basics to get you started even if you don't have any knowledge at all.

learning how to dance boy and girl
Start from the basic steps if you are a beginner

shake it up
The practice sessions are going to be fun

Another one to consider is the Waltz which is a progressive ballroom dance in moderately fast triple time (musical), where dancers glide in perpetual circles and are positioned close together.

progressive ballroom dance fast tripple
Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Viennese Waltz to 'A Thousand Years'
Strictly Come Dancing 2012 - BBC One

Danzpara (Sylvia Yeoh)
Website: http://www.danzpara.com/
Tel: 012-221 2030 (Sylvia)
Email: seewaiyeoh@gmail.com
Location: TTDI & Klang Valley

Wedding Dance Package: There will be 4 classes. Duration is 1 hour per class.