Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is “Greenery,” a shade of green so divine that we feel like becoming gardeners just to experience more of it. But the sad reality is that we don’t have green thumbs, and that means we need to turn to retail therapy to get our Greenery fix. Here are our favorite finds that will make your wedding a Greenery-inspired wonderland:

Green earrings are so sweet for your flower girl’s gift, or as a special treat for your bridesmaids.

This glamorous gold and green cuff would be a perfect accessory for your sangeet lehenga.

Do the men in your wedding party feel adventurous? Could you convince them to wear bow ties? Because This. Is. The. Best.

Who says your wedding shoes have to be gold or silver? We like the idea of mixing it up with some studded green sandals.

Scarves are always in style, and infinity scarves are particularly hot right now. These make a lovely gift for the women who attend your mehndi, and bonus: they’re totally affordable!

Bindis are always fun, whether for yourself or as gifts for the women in your life. These sweet green sparkles would liven up anyone’s look!

 

What’s your favorite way to inject Greenery into your wedding, readers?

Indian Wedding Gift Idea: Cookbooks

Most of us first-generation Indian American children of immigrants have fond memories of waking up to the smell of paranthas or dosa cooking in the kitchen, coming home to fresh rajma or sabudana, and finishing off big Indian meals with homemade Indian sweets. We went to school with ICM (Indian Chex Mix) in our lunchboxes instead of Little Debbie cakes. We want kichadi when we’re feeling sick. We know that “salad” can mean chopped cucumbers and tomatoes sprinkled with lime juice and chaat masala.

But guess what: Many of us never learned how to cook the food that our mothers and grandmothers made for us at home. Maybe it was a lack of interest, or lack of skill, or lack of invitation. Or maybe it was all of the above. But now that we’re grown up, living away from our parents, and thinking about raising a family of our own, we want to learn how to make Indian food. And we want to be GOOD at it.

Enter the Indian cookbook. These books are a good introduction to Indian cooking for the beginner Indian chef, or a nice consolidated recipe list for someone who has a range of dishes in their head but sometimes needs a refresher. Plus, the pictures are beautiful, and the sentiment behind the gift is heartfelt. Buy one or all for your Indian bestie getting hitched, or even for someone who isn’t Indian but loves to play around with spices in the kitchen.

Perfect for someone who wants a start-to-finish Indian cookbook, with one place to find all of their favorite recipes.

Indian food is not just a bunch of curries! This is a great option for someone looking to expand their cooking horizons.

Indian food is known for its robust flavor and spices. It takes time to develop those flavors, and that’s why so many of us rely upon slow cookers to make our Indian meals. This cookbook has a slew of recipes just for your slow cooker — perfect for your friend who works 80 hours a week but still wants to channel her inner Padma Lakshmi in the kitchen.

Simple and classic, just like your sorority sister who always has a pristine kitchen despite putting turmeric into basically everything.

Vegan. Need we say more?

Payal

“Payal”  (or sometimes “polki”) refers to gold or silver anklets commonly worn by girls and women when dressing in Indian clothes. Payal can be elaborate or simple. They frequently have bells on them, so a woman’s every step will result in some pleasant music. These are far from mandatory for a wedding, but they’re a fun addition to your outfit if you want to add a bit more bling! They’re also the perfect accessory to the henna a bride wears on her feet.

  

Fun fact: “Payal” is also a popular female name among Indian people!

Indian Wedding Registry: Kitchen

It’s time to register for gifts for your upcoming Indian wedding. What kinds of things should you include? We’re so glad you asked. There are a million guides out there for items to include on your wedding registry, but we’re here to provide you with some ideas for things that will be useful to you as a newly wedded Indian couple. Here is a list of items we’d suggest adding to your kitchen.

Spice dabba for keeping all of your Indian spices neat and nearby.

  

Silver cups, bowls, plates for pujas and nostalgic Indian meals at home.

   

Rolling pin for making rotis, chappatis, or just pie.

Roti press, for those of you who (like us) have no talent for rolling round rotis.

Mugs for chai (or coffee), especially for when your parents are in town visiting. You’ll need to have a bunch on hand, because older Indian people like to drink chai at least twice a day.

 

A sturdy tray or two that you can use to carry around all of those chai mugs.

A tea kettle for making chai.

  

Dosa and idli makers for fancy nights at home.

  

Pressure cooker, slow cooker, or Instant Pot.

  

Acrylic canisters to sort your daals and different flours (besan, atta, all-purpose, gluten-free, cake, cornmeal, the list goes on…).

  

 

What did we miss? Do you have any favorite Indian kitchen items we should add to the list? Let us know!

Indian Wedding Survival Kit: Bridesmaid

So you’re going to be a bridesmaid in an Indian wedding. Congratulations! You’ll have so much fun. But, as with any wedding, being a bridesmaid comes with certain responsibilities. Are you ready for them? Here are some ideas for an Indian Wedding Bridesmaid Survival Kit that might help you.

Safety Pins

Indian clothes generally involve a lot of fabric. You’re going to need some safety pins to keep things in place, unless you are some sort of sari-wearing expert.

Sewing Kit

Zippers on most Indian clothes are, in our experience, less than stellar. They are the cheapest, flimsiest zippers you’ve ever seen in your life. In the event of a wardrobe malfunction on the big day, you want to have a sewing kit handy, just in case. Broken zipper? No problem, we’ll sew you into your blouse. Beaded bodice snagged on something and beads now falling everywhere? Stop the bleeding with your sewing kit.

Bobby Pins

Like any wedding, you’ll need a ton of these. Consider buying a few colors to match different hair types of the other women in the bridal party.

Lip Balm

Because a day without moisturized lips is worse than a day in hell.

 

Makeup Remover Wipes

Hindu wedding ceremonies usually involve application of red and yellow powder to the foreheads of the bride, groom, and potentially some other members of the wedding party. Just in case, you might want makeup remover wipes on hand to wipe away the powder for the bride, so she doesn’t have to re-do all of her makeup for the reception.

Pain Reliever

Especially if there’s an open bar. But even if there isn’t one, because who knows? You might stub your toe.

Indian Wedding Movies

If you’re anything like us, when you’re anticipating a big event, it’s all you can think about, and it’s all you want to think about. So when you’re planning a beach vacation, you watch those Friends episodes where they’re in Montauk and the Sex and the City episodes in the Hamptons. When you’re gearing up for a bachelorette party, you watch Bridesmaids on repeat. So when you’re planning your Indian wedding, you probably need some movies to watch. Never fear, we’ve got you covered: Behold the DEFINITIVE list of Indian wedding movies for the modern Indian bride.

Do you have a friend who’s recently engaged and embarking on the emotional roller coaster that they call “wedding planning?” Schedule a girls’ night to watch one (or more) of these classics, or buy a few DVDs to include in her “CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT AHHHHH!!!!” care package.

And don’t forget the popcorn.

   

Escort Card Ideas

The ceremony is over, and it’s time to party! As we all mosey on to the reception, everyone has the same questions: Where do I sit? Who’s sitting with me? Where is my table? Is there champagne at my seat, or should I swing by the bar first?

Escort cards are the answer! You can go big and grand, or you can go small and simple. For the creative bride and groom, one fun option is to combine escort cards and wedding favors into one!

Do you and your beau love board games? Chess pieces and Scrabble letters can make memorable and adorable keepsakes for your guests.

Simple ornaments with guest names and table numbers would look decidedly un-Christmas-y if hung from a string of lights between two posts or from dowels on a peg board, but would also remind your guests of the fun they had at your wedding when they decorate their homes each winter.

Do you and your future spouse enjoy cooking together? Your guests would love watching these culinary herbs grow from beautiful seed packets, and you could use the different varieties of herbs to name your tables.

For the couple who loves to travel, consider using luggage tags or map-covered favor boxes filled with little treats.

Pro Tips:

• Make sure your reception hall and/or decorator are providing a table or some other place for you to display escort cards.
• Make sure your escort cards are in an obvious location near the entrance to your venue.
• Table numbers and/or names should be big enough to be seen from far away!

Wedding Registry: Indian Style

So you’ve decided that the “No Boxed Gifts” route isn’t for you. You won’t say no to cash, but you want boxed gifts, too. Yay! Registering for presents is fun. Here are your options:
Go to a physical store. Set up a gift registry. Like that scene from 27 Dresses, in most cases you’ll be handed a scanning device and given free reign of the store. You walk around and pick out pretty things that you want in your home. You scan them. The scanner compiles a list for you. It is awesome. Some of our favorite bricks-and-mortar store spots to register are: Bed Bath & BeyondMacy’sCrate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn. But we also like supporting local businesses! Do any boutiques in your town offer wedding registries, or at least sell gift cards? It never hurts to ask!
Go online. If you’re anything like us, Amazon runs your life. (Note: we’re Amazon Associates, but Amazon ran our life well before we got that title. Subscribe & Save is life.) Amazon provides several options for online registries, including wedding registries, and you can even include links to items that aren’t sold by Amazon. Another great option is Zola, a new registry service that is rapidly gaining in popularity.
Get creative. Want to register for something other than gifts? There are all sorts of options out there! You can register for a honeymoon with Honeyfund, or for a down payment on a home. You could even create a 529 savings plan for yourself or someone else and register for that!
Pay it forward. Another option for the bride who has it all, or doesn’t want any more than she already has, is to ask for charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts. Pick your favorite cause (or a few of them), and link to their donation site on your wedding website. Engaged couple Poonam and Nishkaam set a “Million Meals” goal as part of their ideal wedding, and we are cheering them on!
There you have it, readers! Which option do you prefer, or do you have another idea we missed? Send us a note on our contact form or via Twitter and let us know!

Fashion Flash: Go Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, H+G readers! We’re feeling inspired by these gorgeous green looks from Kalki Fashion and Shyamal & Bhumika:

In the spirit of all things emerald, we picked some green gifts and accessories that we think would be perfect gifts for your wedding party. What do you think?

Bridesmaids will love these enchanting emerald chandelier earrings!

How cool (and practical!) would these green mirror aviators be for an outdoor wedding?

Want your groomsmen to wear matching ties to the reception? Done.

Picture a sea of bridesmaids in green floral silk robes getting ready for your big day!

No one would say “no” to standing in green Converse shoes during the ceremony.

Kalichari

Gift-giving is a common custom in Hindu weddings. The wedding is a celebration, and we give gifts as part of that celebration. Gifts are given to the guests, members of your own family, members of your new in-laws’ family, the priest, and maybe even the vendors. Guests may be small, like wedding favors, or more significant, like saris and jewelry.

  

Kalichari are an example of one of the gifts you might expect to give or receive at a Hindu wedding. The term “kalichari” commonly refers to gold, silver, or cash given by the groom to his female relatives or to his bride’s female relatives. Small silver rings are a nice gift for younger female relatives, but it is now common to see grooms giving out cash and jewelry as kalichari. Yet another reason we love going to Indian weddings!