wedding cake designs

C is for Cake – A to Z Challenge 2021

Did you check the wedding cake designs?

While I have been to 50+ catholic weddings by now, I never knew a lot of focus was also on the cake.

I always thought the wedding cake is just a huge white cake to show off! It was something that would then either be distributed among the crowd or not.

Once a friend was getting married and that’s when she asked me this question. I was surprised and could only reply – Designs? I then was enlightened with multiple designs.

There are talented folks who design these special cakes. No, not just your traditional wedding cake in white. You can choose the flavor, the pattern, and whatnot.

I once attended a marriage where every layer of the cake had specific cupcakes. It was phenomenal.

wedding cake designs

While planning the wedding budget, it’s best to decide how lavish you want your cake to be. The wedding cake price can go upwards of 10,000 INR depending on your requirements.

There are many vendors on Instagram who will share wedding cakes pictures and prices. You can also find out through people in your community for recommendations. Word of mouth advertising is still a thing!

What are my thoughts on the wedding cake?

For most catholic weddings, the cake is pretty important. I believe it’s best you decide what happens to the cake and then invest in it. If it’s just for show-off and you’re not going to devour it yourselves, go for a small-budget cake!

However, if you or your family are going to finish it off, then it wouldn’t do any harm for you to invest in it. Remember my friend who added cupcakes to each layer of the cake? They took 2-3 days, but completed it themselves! See the love for cake!

What do you think about the importance of a wedding cake? Would you invest a lot in it?

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Wedding budget

B is for Budget – A to Z Challenge 2021

Budget kya hai?

Whether it’s wedding planning in Mumbai or any part of India, this will be the first question you will face.

In the past couple of years, I’ve seen a lot of weddings. Right from the wedding dresses to the wedding invitation card, everything must be detailed and perfect. And we know that such detailing comes at a cost.

Who knew that wedding stage decoration and a wedding background are not added in every hall/ground costing? I certainly didn’t know that. Many bubbles burst when I saw a friend’s marriage and the cost.

Hence I realized there are so many things that one must consider while wedding planning.

Here are some of the major pointers:

1. Number of events and guests – Yes, it sounds not so important but during budgeting, having clarity on this would help you plan a wedding budget with ease. More guests = Increased budget. COVID-19 restrictions might limit your count (50-100).

Wedding budget

2. Choose a venue – Venue is important. Choose between a hall (AC or non-AC) or an open-air ground. If you have a farmhouse, space that can be utilized, you’ll be saving a lot of money.

3. Food – Few patrons come just for the food. Do focus on this aspect too as a bad experience here might end up in bad memories for the crowd. Adding items per plate will increase your cost.

4. Honeymoon – Well it’s your wedding so why not plan a honeymoon too with the cost. Create a budget for the visa, flights, hotels, shopping, etc.

5. Rent/Property buying – Finally, keep a certain portion of the budget based on your property choice – Buying or renting. Having a buffer fund will only help you start your marriage minus hassle.

There are other costs as well but I thought of adding the 5 most important costs that one can focus on! (I’m still confused if I should have added wedding dresses to this list)

What are my thoughts on the wedding budget?

Firstly plan your stay options post-marriage. If you wish to buy a property or have enough funds post-marriage, go ahead with an intimate function. That will give you clarity on your wedding budget.

You can call close friends, family and hold the wedding ceremony. With COVID-19 still looming around, it’s not safe to call many people and risk their health.

In the end, it’s your wedding, do it in a way you prefer, as per your budget, and minus any regrets!

What do you think about the importance of a wedding budget? Did I miss out on any point that you wish to add?

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wedding advice for the couple

A is for Advice – A to Z Challenge 2021

Did you know what tops more than getting marriage wishes and marriage anniversary wishes?

Wedding advice for the couple!

While I’m not married yet, over the years I’ve seen tons of advice been given to the couple. Whether it’s for the functions or the D-Day, most of this so-called wedding advice is annoying and uncalled for.

But kya kare – Hum hai aadat se majboor right?

I remember watching an aunt describe to her nephew (my friend) how important it is to provide an extra appetizer on the plate. If he wouldn’t do that then people would talk shit about the food and wedding!

wedding budget food

Can you imagine, not getting an extra appetizer would mean that the wedding is shit! My friend didn’t want that because adding extra options meant that his budget would go up! (This was pre-COVID-19 when you could call 500+ for the main event.)

Long story short, he ended up getting tons of wedding advice such as,

1. Importance of a grand entry during the reception,

2. Need of keeping a bar counter and spending on booze,

3. Getting an AC hall to show class!

4. Classy wedding cake designs, and much more.

What are my thoughts on wedding advice?

Times are tough in 2021! While many can take the help of their parents to have a lavish wedding, others might not be able to afford it. It’s a lot to do with salary cuts, job losses, and loss of savings.

Many young couples genuinely want to fund their wedding, do the whole wedding planning and hence stick to a budget.

Hence if you cannot provide a lavish spread in food or cannot add that extra appetizer, it’s fine. You do what pleases you. It’s your special day. Plan it how you want it to be remembered.

Wedding advice for the couple I gave?

I once had asked a close friend to save enough for the wedding + expenses for the 1st year (knowing how her lifestyle was). Also, I suggested that they stay separately post-marriage (theirs was an inter-caste marriage).

Have you ever given wedding advice for the couple? Maybe they are either your friends/family? Let me know what advice was it!

This is the 7th time I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge series. You can catch up with my posts from 2015 up to 2021 by CLICKING HERE.

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