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Indian Wedding Podcast
44 minutes | 7 months ago
Small Intimate Indian Wedding with Nimi Mehta and Prabs Uppal
Planning a Big Fat Indian wedding is one thing. Planning a small intimate wedding with people you love and care about is another. Yes, you can attempt to have the best of both worlds but it’s harder to execute a meaningful wedding with a large guest list. In this episode, we feature a couple who planned and experienced a small, intimate, cross-cultural wedding on the Greek island, Myconos. The couple went out of their way to create a magical experience for their wedding guests. They held family meetings and collaborated with their parents to make this a fun, non-stressful wedding for everyone involved. They made budget-conscious decisions even if their family was paying for many of the wedding costs. The list goes on and on. Please join me in welcoming Nimi Mehta and Prab Uppal on the Indian Wedding Podcast and find out their secrets in planning an intimate Indian wedding. Everything Legit Podcast
42 minutes | 7 months ago
Luxury Honeymoon Travel with Hao Tang
Planning an Indian wedding is not for the faint heart. Even if you have all the financial resources at your disposal, your wedding partners can elevate your wedding experience. One lesser-known wedding partner is your honeymoon travel advisor. Honeymoon travel planning can be stressful, even if you know how to book flights and hotels with a click of a button. To help you plan for your luxury honeymoon, we invited Hao Tang at Besvisor on the show. Hao is passionate about serving his clients and helping them plan an epic honeymoon. In this interview, Hao shares how a luxury travel advisor can help you plan your honeymoon travels. There is a lot that goes on with researching and planning a great honeymoon such as getting access to the finest resort amenities and planning meaningful experiences for you and your partner. What we loved the most about Hao is that he himself has experienced many (if not all) resort properties he recommends to his clients. I hope you enjoy this special conversation with Hao Tang on the Indian Wedding Podcast. Instagram @Besvisor Website Besvisor
33 minutes | 8 months ago
Pre-Wedding Engagement Photoshoot with Peter Nguyen
In this episode, LA-based photographer, Peter Nguyen shares with us great insights on pre-wedding photoshoots (also known as engagement photoshoots). You’ll hear Peter talk about his process for choosing a beautiful location and deciding outfits the couple will wear for the photoshoot. We also discuss how storytelling is done for pre-wedding video shoots and how a videographer can guide you through this process. Through his work, Peter is capturing memorable moments in photos and videos for couples cherish during their lifetime. Please join me in welcoming Peter on the Indian Wedding Podcat. Enjoy! Peter Nguyen Studio on Vimeo and Instagram. Website for Peter Nguyen Studio What is a pre-wedding (engagement) photoshoot? Planning a surprise photoshoot, sometimes with a blindfold A pre-planned photoshoot usually takes place after the proposal Finalizing location for the engagement photoshoot Certain places require a fee to be paid for the photoshoot Outfits for the photoshoot and how a photographer can help you Matching couple’s interest with the location for the photoshoot Bringing out the couples quirkiness and personality Planning a pre-wedding photoshoot: Concept → Location → Outfit Understanding a couple’s interest in arts, music, food, hiking, etc. Putting together the couple’s story in a beautiful video format Adapting to the couple’s comfort level with speaking (recording their voice) in real-time or off-camera Mapping out stories using storyboard or mood board Importance of outfit selection Pre-wedding (engagement) photo shoot sets the tones for the wedding. It helps you get to know your photographer months before the wedding Using pictures from the pre-wedding photoshoot for wedding invites, the wedding website, and more. People mentioned: Steve McCurry
22 minutes | 9 months ago
5 Tips for Choosing A Perfect Mangalsutra
5 Tips On Choosing The Perfect Mangalsutra In this episode, Jinal Sampat, lead designer at Sampat Jewellers shares with us her top 5 tips on how to choose a perfect mangalsutra. Sampat Jewellers specializes in designing versatile diamond managlsutras for a modern bride. One of the most important pieces of jewelry in a Hindu wedding is the mangalsutra. This episode will cover: What is a mangalsutra? Why should you wear a mangalsutra? How can you buy a perfect mangalsutra? Now what you need to do next that includes an actionable checklist What is a Mangalsutra? Mangalsutra is a necklace ornament that symbolizes marriage and is an Indian wedding chain. Mangalsutra is an Indian wedding chain made of black beads and a gold pendant. In some cultures, the chain consists of simple fine cotton threads twisted together and dyed yellow in saffron or turmeric. The black beads are made of onyx and composite material. The pendant is made of plain gold and precious stones such as diamonds. During the wedding ceremony, the priest recites mantras (chants) when the groom ties the mangalsutra around the bride’s neck. Mangalsutra is usually purchased by the groom’s side of the family. A Hindu wedding is considered to be incomplete without the mangalsutra. Mangalsutra or “mangalsutram” evolved from a Sanskrit term ‘mangal’ which means prosperous, blessed, happy, successful, and ‘sutram’ meaning cord. Spiritual Importance of Wearing a Mangalsutra There are four primary reasons for wearing a mangalsutra: The mangalsutra is the symbol of the bond of union between Lord Shiva Hindu deity and his wife Parvati (wife). It represents an inseparable bond between the husband and the wife. Married women are expected to wear the mangalsutra throughout their lifetime. It is believed to enhance the well-being of her husband and family. Three-knot ties represent important aspects of marriage. The first knot represents her obedience to her husband, the second knot signifies her commitment to the husband’s parents and the third knot represents the respect for God. Mangalsutra is usually a black beaded chain in the thin wire of gold. The gold wire and black beads destroy any negative vibrations. The black beads absorb the negative energy before they reach the bride and her family. Simply stated, the mangalsutra acts as a protective sheath around a woman’s body. It protects her marriage from any evil. One of the most overlooked and uncoordinated aspects of an Indian wedding is choosing a mangalsutra. Why? Because the groom’s side of the family chooses the mangalsutra. The bride is not consulted. And now the bride is stuck with an important piece of wedding jewelry for the rest of her life. I’ll walk you, step by step on how to choose a perfect mangalsutra. This post is for anyone responsible for choosing a mangalsutra – fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, groom, aunties or the bride herself. How To Buy a Perfect Mangalsutra? Consider a versatile mangalsutra design Choose the perfect mangalsutra chain length Pick your mangalsutra pendant style Know where to buy a mangalsutra from Pay attention to the details Now let’s choose YOUR perfect mangalsutra I have created a special checklist that you can download or send a text message with the word “MANGALSUTRA” at 44222. I would like to invite you to check out our mangalsutra designs that I have specifically created for a modern bride. All our pieces are handmade with real diamonds. Here you can browse the entire diamond mangalsutra collection. If you are looking to buy a mangalsutra I would love for you to give us an opportunity to help you with this purchase. Just for podcast listeners, I am offering a code “IWP5”, for a 5% discount on your order. Please apply this code at checkout to get your discount. Thanks for listening/ reading.
34 minutes | 10 months ago
Planning a Flawless Mehndi Ceremony with Neeta Desai Sharma
Indian weddings are incomplete without a henna event, also known as the Mehndi ceremony. One way to spot a newly married Indian bride is to look at her hands. You’ll notice beautiful henna designs, in many cases, extending to her forearms all the way up to her elbow. This ancient form of intricate art is brought to life by henna artists around the world. In this interview, we wanted to showcase the best henna artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and ask her questions about the Mehendi ceremony. Our guest today is Neeta Desai Sharma, mehndi designer, henna artist, and a teacher, who has been practicing this form of art for over three decades now. Neeta was kind enough to share with us lots of valuable information that brides usually are not aware of. For instance, the importance of using natural henna products and why brides should stop fantasizing applying mehndi at the same time sd their guests, are some of the topics we dig into deeper. We hope you enjoy our conversation with the all amazing Neeta on the Indian Wedding Podcast.
42 minutes | a year ago
Captivating Indian Live Music with Daksh Kubba
There is no doubt that music touches our hearts ad soul. And when the music is live, performed right in front of us, we set ourselves free from the day-to-day worry and transcend into a world filled with positive emotion, joy, and abundance. This is the magic we get to experience at an Indian Wedding with live music. And today we are here to learn more from a successful songwriter and music composer, Daksh Kubba, from Canada. Daksh’s musical journey began prior to moving to Canada in 2004 by self-teaching himself to play the guitar. In this interview, we explore Daksh’s childhood years and the influence his father had on his artistic abilities. Right in the middle of this interview, Daksh does an impromptu music composition and shares with us his approach when it comes to composing songs for brides and grooms. Aside from his passion for live music performance, Daksh actively creates original soundtracks with his band NaQsh. His voice is sure to touch your soul! Please join us in welcoming Daksh Kubba to the Indian Wedding Podcast. @kubbadaksh on Instagram Daksh Kubba on YouTube Daksh Kubba on Spotify Saptak on Apple Music Decide Entertainment Show Notes: Daksh’s journey singing and composing music and the influence his dad had on him in his childhood years It is more than a performance, being responsible for creating a song that is the soul of their wedding His first on-stage performance at Indian Independence Day at school as a child Music isn’t yours to keep neither do you possess it Custom writing songs for brides and grooms NaQsh is an Indian-Pakistani band. The goal is to unite through music Getting people connected to their emotions is the goal of live music Finding live singers through Instagram Customizing music to the match the audience’s mood Creating a playlist for brides and grooms The goal is to engage people, get them dancing, change their moods through music Think about how people are going to feel after listening to music Transitioning from live music to DJ Good sound is a MUST His dream to perform at a theatre in Bombay (Mumbai) You don’t want to sit in the front row of a theatre. Instead pick a spot within the “isosceles triangle”
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Wedding Planner As Your Wedding Best Friend
In this interview, we have a conversation with Amrit Dhillon-Bains from Anais Events Design. Anaïs Event Design is a northern-California based boutique, full-service company specializing in upscale, highly personalized event planning and production of Southeast Asian weddings and celebrations. The company prides itself in its attention to detail and amazing results that consistently deliver rave reviews from clients, guests, and peers. From a luxurious destination wedding to an intimate dinner celebration, we will travel the earth for our clients. No request is too big or too small for Amrit and her team. In this interview, Amrit generously shares with us everything we need to know about the role and importance of a wedding planner in an Indian Wedding. A professional wedding planner can guide you with creative inspiration, etiquette, fashion, and communication and much more. The benefits significantly outweigh the time and energy you’ll spend if you choose to do-it-yourself (DIY). And if you’re on a budget, Amrit shares ways you can engage with a professional planner for a fraction of a cost with a limited service contract such as a Month of Event Management. Please join me in welcoming Amrit to the Indian Wedding Podcast. Website: http://www.anaisevents.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anaisevents/
37 minutes | 2 years ago
Contemporary Indian Bridal Fashion with Shubhika Davda
Contemporary Indian Bridal Fashion with Shubhika Davda We had an amazing conversation with Shubhika Davda, the founder, and creative director at Papa Don’t Preach. A talented artist and fashion designer, Shubhika and her team have created outfits and accessories that reflect the mood of the girl. This girl is someone who can pretty and explosive at the same time. Her out-of-box approach to design thinking is evident in all of Shubhika’s collections. The use of vibrant colors and nontraditional materials makes Papa Don’t Preach a fun and experiential brand for one and all. In this interview, Subhika shares with us her design process, what it means to be a consicous craftsman, her advice to brides who want to get the most out of their shopping experience and much, much, more. Please join us in welcoming Shubhika to the Indian Wedding Podcast Her craft and design thinking Distinct lines: bridal couture, high streetwear, honeymoon wear, accessories, and more Use of 3-D metal embroidery and laser cut metal in outfits Shubhika’s background in fashion design and journalism Breaking and making fashion rules, staying away from anything commercial Using social media to connect with her audience Her creative process is visual, she makes her first sample with the actual embroidery The meaning of conscious craftsmanship - being environmentally friendly, excellent working environment for her team, reducing wastage The importance of comfort and finished goods Indian and western influences on her work Her dream to bring artists from various disciplines under one roof And much more… Website: Papa Don’t Preach Instagram: @papadontpreachbyshubhika Facebook: Papa Don't Preach By Shubhika People Mentioned: Devdutt Pattanaik Steve Jobs Books #Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
38 minutes | 2 years ago
Wedding Photography That Captures Your Soul
In this interview, we had the honor of speaking with an award-winning, talented artist and wedding photographer, Rahul Rana. Rahul is passionate about capturing images that tell a story and convey the raw emotion. As a professional photographer, Rahul takes pride in doing work that makes his clients look and feel fabulous during their wedding and years to come. Inspired by Rembrandt, a Dutch painter, and printmaker, Rahul seeks to bring uniqueness in his work by using archival quality materials in his prints. In this wide-ranging conversation, Rahul shares with us why a couple should have pre-wedding sessions with the photographer, his practice of photographing people through the eye of their loved ones, why it takes time to create good art and much, much, more. Please join us in welcoming Rahul Rana to the Indian Wedding Podcast. Wedding photographs are your first family heirloom Creating images that are timeless When choosing a wedding photographer, first the work has to speak to you, then set up a time to meet with the photographer To create great art, it takes two people: the couple and the photographer What to expect before and after the wedding when you work with a photographer It takes time to create good art. A timeline call will help you understand how much time everything takes Benefits of doing a pre-wedding a session Dynamics between wedding videographer and photographer How to get the best photographs for your wedding Couples prefer fine art look to images, something that is unique Use of drones in videography and photography, restrictions and requirements Using archival quality materials in prints Photos can look different from screen to screen Rembrandt lighting pattern makes people look slimmer Capturing the perfect moments during a wedding Photographing people with the eye of their loved ones The importance of a wedding planner or coordinator And much more… Website: Rahul Rana Photo Instagram: @rahulranaphoto People Mentioned: Nick Jonas Priyanka Chopra Jonas
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Get your skin right before you focus on makeup
In this interview, Jinal and I had an opportunity to speak with Karuna Chani, an internationally recognized make up artist, image and skin care consultant based in New York City. If you’re bride looking to improve your skin or trying to decide on the right style of makeup, this interview will serve you well. Karuna shares with us a wealth of knowledge including her exact process on how she works with brides-to-be from start to finish. She also shares with her strategies that will make you look and feel beautiful on one of the most important days of your life. Personally, I enjoyed learning about the professionalism, value, and commitment Karuna brings forward for her clients. Karuna has a background in fashion from Parsons and is known for her fashion-forward makeup looks and ability to perfectly ‘marry’ eastern cultural elements with western beauty trends. Her work has been featured in over a dozen fashion and wedding publications. Her notable clients include Priyanka Chopra, Shahana Goswami, Caroline Scheufele (co-president of Chopard), Amrita Singh and Chandrika Tandon. Please join us in welcoming Karuna to the Indian Wedding Podcast!
32 minutes | 2 years ago
How to hire an Indian wedding photographer?
Photography is one of the most important aspects of any wedding. If you hire the wrong photographer, chances are that you won’t have the right photos to look back and cherish your wedding memories. In this interview, Jas and Mandy from JSK Photography, demystify the world of Indian wedding photography. A husband and wife team, JSK photography has been covering weddings in Northern California and beyond since 2010. In this value-packed, no-frills interview, Jas and Mandy share with us wedding photography styles, the difference between a “good” and “great” photographer, tips and tricks to get the best wedding pictures and much more. Please join us in welcoming Jas and Mandy on the Indian Wedding Podcast. This interview covers: Photography styles include portrait, candid, traditional and documentary and why you need them all for an Indian wedding Photographs tell the story of your wedding day A great photographer is a fly-on-the-wall getting the best pictures when you’re relaxed Introducing family members to your photographers Paying for your photographer's travel for a destination or out of state wedding At a minimum, you need two photographers to cover any wedding Unplugged weddings where no devices are allowed Why you should have the same photographer covering the bride and groom’s side How to pose for wedding photos why you have no experience posing Cary Edmonson Photography and Mr. Edmonson’s influence on Jas The Secret, a movie every couple should watch before their wedding day Making sure you get along with your photographer Website: https://jskphotography.com/ Follow Jas and Mandy on Instagram: JSKPhotos
34 minutes | 2 years ago
What Does A Wedding Event Designer Do?
Our guest today is Saadia from Kismet Event Design. We were first introduced to Saadi’s work at a South Asian Bride event and were blown away by her work. In this interview, Saadia shares with us the difference between event design and event decor. We talk about the value of Pinterest, Saadia’s superpower i.e. bridal telepathy, how to select an event designer and much, much more. We truly enjoyed speaking with Saadia and hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as well. Please join me in welcoming the Saadi on the Indian Wedding Podcast. Topics discussed in this episode: What is event design and how it differs from event decor? Pinterest is a double edge sword How brides spend 120 hours doing research before anything really happens Wedding design is a reflection of the couple’s love for each other Beware of conflicting aesthetics and not letting your emotions run wild Coordination between a wedding planner and event designer Selecting an event designer Connection Aesthetics Legitimate business How much does event/ wedding design cost? Mother nature is the best designer Botanical vs. constructed floral Why you need a dessert table at your wedding? Branding your wedding event right from the get-go Visualizing your wedding day design before you sign up for it Tips for brides and grooms When you are nice to your vendors, they will go above and beyond for you Listen to your vendors Get flowers that are in season Social Media Instagram @miss.kismet and @hellokismet Website Kismet Event Design
31 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Create a Multicultural Catering Menu
Today we’re excited to interview Executive Chef Madhoo Seth from The Gourmet Kitchen. Madhoo and her team are based in the Denver, Colorado area and are renowned for their artistic and delicious catering. In this episode, Madhoo shares with us tips on how you can choose a caterer for your wedding, the mistakes families make when selecting their caterer, and how to plan a multicultural cuisine for fusion wedding. We also discuss food wastage and compositing and the importance of supporting local nonprofits. Please join us in welcoming Chef Madhoo Seth to the show. Topics discussed in this episode: Madhoo’s background in fashion design, literature and luxury planning How literature is inspiring Madhoo to create beautiful, poetic food menus How to choose a caterer? Researching your caterer Importance of doing a tasting and meeting the owners Preventing disconnect between the tasting menu and the actual wedding day meals Being respectful of dietary requirements while still staying on budget Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, nut free, soy free, paleo and more How much does food costs? Mistakes family makes when selecting a caterer Going with the cheapest vendor Opt for the same North Indian food Managing wastage via commercial composting, recycling, and flower donations Planning for fusion weddings Websites mentioned: American Heart Association Random Act of Flowers The Gourmet Kitchen
28 minutes | 2 years ago
How to plan a stress free wedding
In this episode, we interview Chandani who started Events by C, where she provides wedding planning services in Maryland, DC Metro Area, Chicago and beyond.Chandani shares with us the importance of hiring a wedding planner and how they can help you plan a stress-free wedding. And of course it’s true that wedding planning will cost you a bit of money but in turn, you’ll save yourself hours of research and leave the difficult conversations with other wedding vendors for the planner to handle. And as a bonus, the planner can actually help you by making the “impossible” possible. Please join us in welcoming the all-amazing Chandani to the Indian Wedding Podcast.
25 minutes | 2 years ago
How to Hire Dance Choreographer for Sangeet
In this episode of the Indian Wedding Podcast, we are excited to bring to you a power couple who are help choreograph Sangeet events at Indian weddings in Mumbai and beyond. The couple runs a premier dance studio named “The Wooden Stage” where they have trained Bollywood celebrities which included Dipika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, and more. They’ve assisted and choreographed at renowned reality shows like Jhalak Dikhlaja, Dance India Dance, Dil Se Nache India Wale, and Dance Plus. In this interview, we discuss the world of dance and how it bonds families and friends at Indian weddings. Our conversations range from the power of storytelling to create choreographed dance performances for Indian weddings to the differences between a dancer, choreographer and a teacher - which very few people know about. Please join me in welcoming the all amazing Shruti Jasani and Paras Sharma to the Indian Wedding Podcast.
20 minutes | 2 years ago
Welcome - Indian Wedding Podcast
This our launch episode for the Indian Wedding Podcast. Jinal and Kunal are an Indian couple based in San Jose, California. They are passionate about helping brides and grooms plan and experience a beautiful wedding in a stress-free manner. Indian Weddings are truly magical (and yes, expensive). A lot of work goes into planning a wedding, especially if you’re trying to make it meaningful for the couple and their family and friends. The Indian Wedding Podcast show aims to introduce brides, grooms and their families to exceptional people in the Indian Wedding industry. What to expect from the Indian Wedding Podcast: Hear leading experts in the Indian Wedding industry who can help you design and execute a dream wedding Get inspired by how you to make your wedding unique and meaningful Receive insider tips on photography, wedding planning, catering, jewelry, wardrobe, and much more No promotions - just value. All our guests are handpicked based on their contributions in the Indian Wedding Industry We hope you’ll enjoy this introduction episode of the Indian Wedding Podcast.
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