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Indian Weddings – Capturing Emotions Through Pictures

Weddings are full of all kinds of emotion from everyone attending. The bride and groom are obviously going through a lot since it is one of the biggest days of their lives, but equally the family, friends and other attendees – in the case of Indian weddings, also the neighbours, cousin’s neighbours, etc. to make the multitude of guests that usually attend the wedding.

I have always found it fascinating that the emotions that are expressed by different people during the ceremonies vary so dramatically. Does it qualify truly as an emotional roller coaster jam packed into some days of ceremonies? Sometimes the emotions captured through the lens are truly magical. They have so much expression and so many stories to tell. Of course the ones in the pictures might remember the instance vividly, but also for someone from the outside seeing the pictures, they convey so much.

I love these pictures from Nik Thakar capturing so much emotion from the bride, groom and the guests. The emotions range from absolute joy from the groom’s party in the first picture, to the brides in the pictures who have eyes full of hope, fear and anticipation, to the absolute joy in the faces of the family members around the couple.

The last picture is one of my favourites because if captures an essential moment in the life of the couple. I often wonder what goes through the couple’s minds during the entire ceremony – are they thinking of the times they spent together, how they met, how they got to that moment, of their family and friends around, about the future arrangements, about the next phase of their lives? or are they simply going through the motions and getting it done? Brides certainly with the weight of their lehengas cannot wait for the ceremony to finish I am sure, if for nothing else, but to get into something more comfortable! 🙂

Anyone have thoughts to share around this – I’d love to hear!

Capturing Emotions through the Lens for an Indian Wedding

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Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you’ve ever opened a truly elegant and exquisite Indian wedding invitation admired its impeccable finishing before reading the contents, promptly putting down the details on your schedule and then proceeded to put the card away in a drawer only to be forgotten and then eventually trashed, then that stunning invitation has met the same fate as every other invitation in history.

While an extravagant Indian wedding invite will look impressive and wow your guests, it is also a huge expense for most couples. And although some are happy to stick to convention and spend handsomely on luscious Indian wedding invitations there are just as many who would rather use the money on other things such as the food, alcohol, venue or honeymoon.

Alternative Wedding Invitations

In an age of smart phones when everyone has every detail of every social engagement on their fingertips for easy accessibility, some might consider opulent wedding invites on paper an unnecessary practice. Not to mention that Indian wedding invitations seem to follow a certain pattern of colours, damask prints and calligraphy lettering that makes anyone no different from another.

For those who want to part with the cumbersome ritual of expensive Indian wedding invitations with something a little bit more creative and practical that won’t burn a hole in their pockets, listed below are some unique Indian wedding invitation ideas, which will make fantastic alternatives.

1. Perfect Match

Create your invitations in the form of matchboxes with several different small inserts for each wedding function. Leave out lengthy text and stick to the relevant details only to save on printing and paper costs. Ensure the box is small enough to fit in pockets or small clutch bags and add some actual matchsticks into the box with instructions to your guests to bring them along to light some fun colourful candles and diyas when they arrive. Not only will it give your unique Indian wedding invitation a memorable touch but take some work off yours or your decorator’s hands to create mood lighting.

Perfect Match | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

2. Creative and Functional

Bottle Opener Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you can’t fathom spending your hard earned bucks on something that will eventually end up in the bin then put your Indian wedding invite on useful everyday items instead. Coffee mugs, handkerchiefs and bottle openers are just a few reasonably priced and practical items that can be printed easily and double up as sweet mementos after the wedding. You can also use these as unique Indian wedding ‘Save The Date’ cards so your guests think of the upcoming event every time they use them.

Creative and Functional | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

3. Ballooning with pride

Announce your wedding date on a balloon for a unique Indian wedding invitation that will instantly catapult your coolness quotient up by several notches. This also makes the sweetest alternative for a ‘Save the Date’ card or if you happen to have only one function for the wedding.

Balloon Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

4. Get Onboard

This Indian wedding invitation idea is perfect for DIY junkies who love getting crafty and can also help you save some pennies in the process. Print boarding pass wedding invitations using your own stock paper and home printer. Many websites offer the boarding pass invitation template that is also easily customisable. If you’re not too happy with printing quality of your regular at-home printer then take the design to a professional who will do the job using your own paper.

Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

5. Say Cheese

Photo Booth Wedding Invites | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

Get retro with some photo booth pictures as the main element of your unique Indian wedding invitation. Take some natural shots or add some funky props for some really memorable photos that will make everyone smile and go awwww in unison. Attach some printed content on unprocessed or recycled paper for a cost effective yet utterly adorable wedding invite.

Say Cheese | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

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