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The Bride’s Doli by Nadia Masood

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Climbing in as gracefully as possible is quite an endeavor. The bride is wearing a red, heavily embroidered dress, traditional jewelry and high-heeled shoes. It is time to see her off; a couple of women tie a veil of fresh roses and jasmine on her head that covers her face. And then she is covered with a red cotton fabric. A bride’s beauty is not to be seen by strangers, so she is carefully concealed until she reaches her new home.

To give the ceremony a traditional touch, a doli is arranged. The bride’s family helps her climb into the doli—making sure she doesn’t hit her head or trip on her dress. This is my first time to see a bride and her doli, and I am fascinated beyond words.

I do not know the exact history of dolis—also known as palkis—except that these were used to transport brides, Indian princesses specifically, to their new homes thousands of years ago. The dolis are decorated with flowers, fabrics and ribbons.

Fast forward to today: the groom—my cousin—lives a few kilometers from the place where the wedding reception is being held. It is almost impossible to carry the doli with the bride all the way to the groom’s home, considering the time (it is already 11:30 pm), distance, traffic and all. So the bride’s brothers carry the doli from the stage to the car waiting outside.

I personally think that every desi bride deserves the doli experience. When my own sisters get married one day, I’d like to see them ride in their dolis too. It makes a girl feel like a princess.

And at the end of the ride, a prince awaits…

He offers a hand, which the bride bashfully accepts—she’s covered with flowers so nobody really sees her blush—and he helps her out. He then carries her off towards the car (also covered in roses and jasmine). And after eighty thousand six hundred and forty pictures later, the couple finally leaves to start their new life together.

Except that we all follow them to their new home. And welcome the bride to the family. And feed them sweets. And tease them for an hour or two. And take a million pictures. And take a peek at their gorgeously decorated bedroom.

And then, finally, we leave them alone.

Thank you to Nadia Masood for this article :-

http://nadiamasood.com/the-brides-doli

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Indian Bollywood Wedding Pianist

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if you are having wedding cocktail drinks or would like some classy background music then there’s only one way to do it in style…. The indian wedding pianist – playing Bollywood and also your old skool and western favourites.

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White Indian Wedding Horse for Grooms entrance

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Five Ways To Select The Best Indian Wedding Silk Saree

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The Indian silk saree is like Shakespeare’s Cleopatra, which age cannot whither nor custom tell its infinite variety. The Indian silk saree is the quintessential eastern fashion statement. Its elegance and mystique is now global.
As the charming folktale goes, a fanciful weaver, dreamt of woman, he crafted her moods, her tears, her touch and her grace into many yards of silk without stopping and then he smiled. Indeed the best Indian saree steals many a woman’s heart and gets her admiring glances from family and friends.

Weddings are all about brides and their attire. It is the big day – the once in a life time event, when every girl wants to look and feel alluring, mystical, enchanting. This is the moment for the best silk saree to make its presence felt.

For the Indian Wedding Saree, nothing parallels silk. Silk has an expensive, elegant look. It is the ultimate in sensuousness – the regal cloth-of-gold-tissue – the garment of Queens. The best silk saree magically transforms a woman into a diva with a sublime mystique. This is why the Indian Silk Saree is often referred to as the bridal fabric.

Silk sarees from Kancheepuram are the finest in the world. Silks are the fibres of nature. They are the homes of silkworms turned into resplendent fabrics with a natural sheen. Other best silk sarees are Bandhni, Ikkat, Patola and Thanchoi.

Silk symbolizes the essence of purity and represents the rich traditions of India. This is why it is important to select the best Indian Wedding Saree. This is the one thing you will treasure for years, as a reminder of all the joys and jokes of your wedding. To select the best silk saree, you should know what to buy and what not to buy. Here are few tips to help you :-

· Indian silk sarees are the first choice if you are looking for class. These come in myriad varieties like South silk, Benaras silk, Mysore silk, Muga silk, Pure silk, etc. You can get embroidery, cut work, pearl work, zari work, kundan work, gold work, organza, sequins and patchwork.

· Highly decorative pallus and all over saree works are the best Indian Wedding Saree choice.

· If your budget is lavish, then a south silk saree with pure gold thread work on it may be just right for you. Silk is expensive, so watch out for “Throw away” priced silk – its unlikely to be the real thing.

· Check the weight of the silk – the heavier the silk, the longer it will last.

· Of course, your best bet always, will be to buy silk from a reliable and established outlet. Always look for the hallmark of authenticity on your saree.

· Choose shades of colour and drapes which suit your complexion and figure. Some colours like pink, maroon, red and white are traditionally worn at weddings.

Written by Bonny Chatterjee

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http://www.articlecity.com/articles/women/article_3731.shtml

Hindu Weddings Solemnize Seven Vows of Marriage

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Hindu Weddings like other Indian weddings are spread over a span of four to five days. The weddings of the Hindus are popular for their great éclat and show. Money flows like the water of a river on the occasion of the marriage and all this elaborated pomp is done to solemnize seven vows of the marriage. Indian wedding is generally associated with Hindu Wedding as its traditions pervade in many sects such as Jains, Baniyas, and even in Punjabis. The wedding rituals differ by place or sect, but by and large, the wedding traditions remain same with very few alterations.

Among the Pre Wedding Rituals in the Hindu Marriage, the very first place goes to the engagement which is followed by tilak, sagai, sangeet and mehandi. In the engagement ceremony, the bride and groom exchange the rings. In the Tilak Ceremony, the to-be bride’s brother applies Tilak on the forehead of the groom. On Sagai, both parties exchange gifts and on Sangeet, the ladies dance and sing to show their happiness. On Mehendi, special artists are called to decorate bride’s palms and feet with mehendi.

On the wedding day Vara Satkaarah is done to welcome the bridegroom and his relatives on the entrance of the wedding hall. Then Madhuparka Ceremony is held to welcome the bridegroom at the altar where the bride offers a yogurt and honey mixed in a bowl to the groom and then garlands him. The groom also reciprocates by putting the garland in the bride’s neck.

Then the father of the bride performs Kanya Dan by pouring out some holy water as a mark of giving away his daughter to the groom. To begin the sacred ceremony of taking vows in pure aura, Vivah-Homa, i.e., the sacred fire ceremony is held. Pratigna-Karan Ceremony is followed to bind the bride and the groom in the promises of loyalty, love and fidelity and the bride and the groom Circumambulate round the fire.

In Shila Arohan the bride’s mother assists the bride to step onto a stone thereby preparing her to lead a new life. Then the bride performs Laja-Homah ceremony where she offers rice to the Gods seeking their blessings. The Mangalsutra is the mark of a wedded woman in Hindu culture. This pious sutra is tied in the neck of the bride by the groom. Without the seven vows, Hindu marriage can’t be called complete. The ceremony of taking seven vows is known as Pradakshina. The groom holds the hand of the bride and takes seven vows by Circumambulating round the fire for seven times. The elders then bless the couple and the couples get bonded in wedlock. The Hindu Weddings in India are a reflection of the ancient beliefs and purity associated with the marriages.

Written by Harry Max

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http://www.articlecity.com/articles/relationships/article_3793.shtml

Princess Doli used in Asiana photoshoot

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Hamassa Kohistani modelling the princess doli for Asiana magazine  photo shoot.

Hamassa Kohistani in Princess Doli

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Golden Palki used in wembley stadium , South Africa V Sarecens

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This event was produced by Event360. The golden palki was used in Wembley Stadium for South Africa Vs Saracens.

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