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The Bar Guide

posted Mar 24, 2017, 12:47 AM by Noor Roseline

The Bar at the cocktail party is one of the most important elements of the event. It can also be a pain to manage. Here are some helpful tips to help yo get it right every time. 

DO'S

BAR CONTROL - Before the event starts we procure a liquor list from the hotel and cross check it with the list from the client. This list usually consists of the name of the liquor as well as how many bottles are being kept aside for the event. Once the event starts, the bar control team makes sure that a new bottle is only opened when the previous bottle is over and not before. This way you do not pay for bottle just because it was opened.

KNOW YOUR CROWD - Don't fill your bar with every spirit known to mankind. Know the taste of the crowd attending. For example: put Gin in the bar only if you know a few people drink and prefer gin. Its not usually a popular drink and buying it make no sense if no one is going to drink it. 

BAR EQUIPMENT - Consult your bartender when setting the bar menu to understand what are his/her specialties and what works best with your crowd. Make sure to order the right glasses for each cocktail. When dealing with a bartender remember to get a detailed list of all the things he/she is to bring with them and what they need from you so there is no confusion on the day of.

DON'TS

DON'T USE EXPENSIVE LIQUOR FOR COCKTAILS - Cocktails are fun drinks that if made well fly off the bar. Do not use expensive liquor for cocktails as they will be mixed with other ingredients. For example: Do not use a single malt for whiskey based cocktails. 

DON'T FORGET PLAN YOUR ALCOHOL - Make sure you take into account how many heavy drinkers you have when making a alcohol plan. If the majority of the heavy drinkers like whiskey, make sure to have enough and more whiskey to go around. Make your you take into account the women drinkers and their preferences as well.

DON'T FORGET THE NON DRINKERS - Do not forget the non drinkers at a cocktail party. Make sure their are fun "mocktails" for them in really fun looking glasses. This will make them fell included in the bar experience. 

India and the Wedding Registry

posted Sep 15, 2015, 11:37 PM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 12:08 AM ]


For too long, we as a society have played passing the parcel with that ugly tea set gifted to somebody’s great grandmother at her wedding. It is still unopened, just wrapped and re-wrapped for generations and passed on in the hopes that
​someday ​someone​ ​will use it.

This is why we need a Wedding Registry. Wedding Tales is a strong advocator of the Wedding ​Registry concept. Gone are the days of tea sets, cuckoo clocks and casseroles. We have our coffee/tea on the go in disposable cups, we have our phones for the time and casseroles belong ​to the 1950’s.

A wedding registry is a list of things that the couple want, where they are available and how much they cost. Ideally a couple would tie up with one or more stores and place things on hold under their name. Then this list is either sent out to friends and family or put up on their wedding website. After that you just have to pick and choose what you want to gift them or what falls in your budget. A group of people can pool in to buy a gift from this list too.

We live in a time where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to decorating our homes and newly married couples enjoy this process the most. ​It’s a beautiful thing to be ​a ​part of someone’s home knowing​ that they love the gift you got them.

The store​​ a couple ties up ​with, ​can be anything from a furniture & home décor store to an appliance store​, f​rom a cookware store to a hardware store. There is NO limit to what you can put on this list. One of our clients had put their honeymoon on the list. All of their parents friends pooled in and bought it for them. See this can be fun !!

Here’s how a wedding registry helps both the gifter as well as the giftee:
  • Makes the gifter​'s​ life easier. This is the answer to the age old question “What should I get them?”
  • The giftee need n​o​t worry about “How do we get rid of this gift that we have NO use for?”
  • A group of friends can pool in to buy that bar unit that’s on the list. ​Or the big ticket items can be bought by a group of people. It’s a win-win for everyone.
There are two ways of going about a registry. Either you can approach a website that will have a few stores on board and you can choose from their inventory or you can approach some boutique stores that will be happy to keep pieces on hold for you.

Our favorite boutique home décor store that we are currently lusting after is ​'​Mulberry Home​ ​Décor​'​. They have the cutest, chicest and prettiest home accessories, furniture and furnishings. They have two stores: one in Hyderabad and one here in our very own Bangalore.

Check out their stuff at Mulberry Home Decor

Wedding Tales~ Budget Consultation

posted Aug 5, 2015, 4:19 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 12:08 AM ]

It’s that time of the year again when Wedding Tales helps you understand wedding budgets and how to plan your finances for the wedding. We will be holding one-on-one sessions with soon-to-be-married 
couples (families that have a wedding coming up) every Friday & Saturday all throughout FEBRUARY & MARCH 2017. 

Things covered in these sessions:

Price ranges of each service
Top 5 things to spend on during a wedding
Benefits of a wedding planner
Understanding taxes at hotels 
Your rights as a consumer
Right allocation of your funds

For further details and/or to book a slot, please mail us at info@weddingtales.co
or call us on 080-41753849

These Sessions are free !!

Wedding Tips~ The great Indian talent show !!

posted Jul 16, 2015, 4:29 AM by Noor Roseline

As wedding planners we are often asked to help plan out the performance schedules of a sangeet function. We have seen it all – skits, dance performances, sing-songs, karaoke, parodies, etc… And they all have been cute, funny and entertaining in their own way. Today we are going to give you a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to planning your sangeet. Let’s go:
  • Have a theme for the performances – If you don’t then it will just be people dancing to the latest Bollywood songs and be a bit monotonous. 
    Some fun ways to keep people interested are:
    ~ Telling a story (maybe of how you met), 
    ~ A rapid fire round that results in a dance performance after each question
    ~ The age old antakshari but with dance performances instead of people singing (this way you can play older song and more age appropriate songs for the people dancing).
  • Keep it short and sweet – The biggest complaint that we hear from guests is that the performances went on too long. The ideal time frame is 30 mins for all the performances. 
  • It’s NOT a talent show – All the kids of the family do not need to do a solo performance. You can make them do a cute group performance to up the “awwww” level. 
  • MC – Though having a professional MC is useful but we feel its best to have someone from the family or one of your close friend to MC the show. That way it is more personal and heartfelt. 
  • Music – Make sure all the performance music is brought on two pen-drives to ensure that there isn’t any last minutes issues. 
  • Element of surprise – It’s fun to always have an element of surprise that no one knows anything about. It will up the fun quotient. 
  • Order, order, order – This is probably the most important tip for a great sangeet function. Make sure that all the people performing know what the order is and know when to be ready. This will ensure smooth sailing of events and a fun show to watch.
  • Professional Dancers – If you have a shy family who aren't too fond of performing then a fun way to get the party started is to have an interactive dance troupe that will break the ice and pull people on to the dance floor. 

Hope that these tips will help you plan your sangeet better. For a great list of songs to dance to, click on the following link Fun Sangeet Songs

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We're Hiring !!

posted Jul 2, 2015, 5:02 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated May 8, 2017, 12:34 AM ]

Wedding Tales is hiring !!


We are finally hiring permanent people to our team. So if you are a fresher and are interested in becoming a wedding planner then shoot us a mail at jobs@weddingtales.co . We are looking for an Assistant Wedding Planner.

We are not interested in your resume, so instead send us a short write up about yourself and why you want to be a wedding planner. The best 10 write ups will get an interview slot. Experience here is not important as the selected applicant will be trained by us for three months and will be part of actual weddings that we will be doing.

Preferred Requirements:
  • English speaking
  • Some knowledge of Kannada (enough to converse with local vendors)
  • Flexible with timings [typical wedding day usually starts at 4 am and ends at 2 am]
  • Either has a vehicle of their own or is okay with using public transports (autos, cabs, buses, metro)
  • Most of all, willing to learn the trade. 
Last date for sending in the write-up is Friday the 14th of May 2017. 

Spread the word !!

Wedding Tips ~ Bar Bar Dekho

posted Jun 26, 2015, 9:16 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 12:22 AM ]

The two things that make a sangeet rocking are good music and great Liquor. Good music is subjective and changes from time to time. But good liquor is timeless.


The ideal combination is a few bottles of great single malts for the men who understand good whisky, some bottles of good blended whisky for a good time, a bottle or two of rum (dark and light), a crate or two of beer, a few bottles of light coloured spirits (vodka & gin) & to top it off some good wine and a bottle or so of any great liquor that can add an element of crazy (read: tequila, Jager, etc).

Having such an awesome selection of liquor also requires a hawk eye to make sure that the bar staff don’t dig into it. So make sure your wedding planner has a person/team at the bar doing a stellar job at bar control.

What is bar control?

Well, hotels charge a per bottle rate (the better the liquor the more expensive it is) – this is where the bar control team works best. Before the event starts we procure a liquor list from the hotel and cross check it with the list from the client. This list usually consists of the name of the liquor as well as how many bottles are being kept aside for the event. Once the event starts, the bar control team makes sure that a new bottle is only opened when the previous bottle is over and not before. This way you do not pay for bottle just because it was opened.

The bar can also be a great place to incorporate your theme. Some ideas:

v  HIS & HER Signature cocktails – 

A great element at the bar can be “His” & “Her” cocktails. HIS cocktails is usually the groom’s favourite cocktail and HER cocktail is the Bride’s favourite cocktail. Put up a fun bar board with the “Specials” to up the cuteness quotient.

v  Champagne Tower – 

If you plan to pop champagne, then we suggest ask your planner to organise a Champagne tower for you. It’s basically a tower made of champagne flutes/saucers and once you pop the champagne you pour it into the top most glass and it trickles down the tower filling each glass. It super fun to do and photographs amazingly.

This can also be done with non alcoholic champagne for an event that doesn't have liquor.


v     A personalized Bar– 

You can personalize you bar by putting your monogram on your bar, napkins, stirrers, etc... Personalized cocktails and signature shots add a great touch to the bar experience as well. 

v The Bar Experience

You can have fun mixologists for all the funky cocktails you desire. 
Or a fire Juggler to add oomph to the bar. 
Have uniquely different glasses for each drink to add an element of fun. 

v Bar Signage- 

Cute and funny bar signage are a great conversation starter. Chalkboard signs are all the rage these days.


These are just a few ideas for making the bar a fun place to hang out during the Sangeet. Ask your wedding planner for more creative & personalized ideas.

Wedding Tips ~ Wedding Themes

posted Jun 16, 2015, 1:30 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 12:34 AM ]

A wedding theme can be as simple as a colour scheme to something as elaborate as the place you met or where the proposal happened. But most of all, a theme for a wedding needs to mean something to the bride & groom and be a part of them and their relationship. A theme helps a great deal in all aspects of a wedding and its planning. Here’s some way a theme can make your life easier:

Invites – Invitation cards are usually the birth place of any theme. The invites set the tone of the wedding. Be careful not to choose colours that are difficult to replicate in flowers or fabric as they will be key in your in various aspect of your wedding.

Decor - You have something to fall back on when you are in doubt about décor. Something as simple as a colour palette can help you build your décor as opposed to not knowing where to start from. Remember, shades of a particular colour are still within theme. Do not stress out if you cannot find an exact match.


Flowers – The flowers you use during a wedding can reflect the theme in terms of colours & feel. In nature we find all sorts of colours in a variety of shades. Once you have a theme in mind, finding similar coloured flowers to match is easier. Some flowers are seasonal so keep that in mind while choosing a theme or color palette.

Food – An elaborate theme can also help set the menu at your wedding. For example, if your theme is ‘Royalty’ then your food can have dishes made for the royals of a particular era/place. Or if your theme is Moroccan then your food would rely on a lot of kababs, shawarmas, etc…


Wrap me up – Gifts, welcome baskets, wedding stationery all can have the theme running through them and hence tying the whole wedding together in terms of aesthetics.


Bridesmaids/Groomsmen – Yes, a lot of couples tend to have bridesmaids & groomsmen during their wedding now. And to identify them, they are given outfits in a particular colour (or a combination) which is usually derived from the overall theme of the wedding. 

A theme really helps put things in perspective. But a theme can be overdone and that is something that should avoided as it looks like you are trying too hard. A theme needs to flow and be simple. 

Tell us what are your favorite themes when it comes to weddings in the comment section below. 

Wedding Tip ~ Makeup Vs. Made-up.

posted Jun 7, 2015, 10:00 PM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Jun 26, 2015, 9:19 AM ]

Weddings are a special day in the lives of both the bride and the groom. And we all want to look our best on our special day. To do so we begin our diets, our exercises, our treatments for glowing skin, etc. way in advance. In this effort for perfection, brides (and sometime grooms) turn to makeup artists to help bring out that bridal glow on their big day. We are here to help you choose the right makeup artist for you and what are the questions you should be asking. Let’s go:


v  Trials, trials, trials – There is nothing more important than doing a trial(s) with a makeup artist. Even if the makeup artist has done your makeup before, always do a trial. Bridal makeup is very different from everyday makeup or “party” makeup.

And if you don’t have a makeup artist and/or are going to be using a makeup artist for the first time – then all the more do a trial. With a trial, you get an understanding of what kind of makeup the artist does and if you like their style.

v  The product talk – During your trial, remember to ask the artist what products she plans on using. This is very important as cheap drugstore makeup can have a reaction to your skin. If you are uncomfortable with the products they plan to use, bring this to their attention and voice your concern. If you are prone to allergies then make sure your artist is aware of this.

v  It’s not white, it’s grey – Girls, listen up – whether you are “fair”, “wheatish” or “dusky” be proud. No one can waltz in on your wedding day and make you a different “shade”. You are not a wall, you are a beautiful being intended to be perfect in your own way. No one can make you “fair”. And asking your makeup artist to use a lighter foundation is not the solution. This will just make you look grey in photographs. And grey is not a flattering shade.

v  Loud is not always a good thing – When it comes to bridal makeup, remember, you need to look like the best version of you with a little oomph and not a different person altogether. So calm down on the contouring and the “red eye shadow to match the red lehenga”.

v  Money does not equal better makeup – Just because a makeup artist charges an obscene amount to do makeup doesn’t automatically mean that they will do better makeup. Similarly, a celebrity makeup artist doesn’t necessarily mean better makeup artist either. You need to pick someone who you can afford and who does makeup that is good for you and your features.

v  Rapport is key – Your wedding day is going to be an emotional roller coaster for you and your family. Make sure that you have a good rapport with your artist so that they can be a calming influence on you. Someone who relaxes you and helps you chill out.

Hope this helps you find the perfect makeup artist and you look amazing on your big day.
Remember - when you are happy, you look gorgeous!!

 Our favorite makeup artists: Bhavya Arora & Tejal Rao 


[All Pictures are copyright of the photographers and Wedding Tales~]

Wedding Tip ~ The Right Shoe!

posted Jun 1, 2015, 2:25 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Jun 26, 2015, 9:20 AM ]

No, we aren’t going to do a generic article on what kind of shoes looks good with what outfit and what height of heel you should wear for your height. That is something that you know best. You don’t need a twenty-something girl sitting in Starbucks to tell you that.



But what we can help you with is how to go about choosing shoes that will make the day perfect as opposed to an uncomfortable nightmare.  Comfort is key at a wedding. Yes they need to look perfect too, but you must remember that you will be standing/dancing for hours on end during your wedding – the last thing you need is to burst into blisters that bubble up and hurt.
So here are some helpful tips on choosing comfortable footwear for your big day:
v Buy your shoes at least two months before the wedding – The Most important thing to do is to break them in. All shoes at some point give you blisters. So buy your shoes in advance and break them in by wearing them around the house when you are home. This will help mould the shoe to your foot structure and in turn reduce the chances of blistering on your big day. This goes for the boys too. Buy those mojris/joothis beforehand and break them in to avoid the awkward blister walk.


v Girls, avoid shoes that are sky high – No we aren’t trying to ruin your outfit or vision. Heels that are too high (read 4-6inch) tend to strain your ankles, calves, knees and back more than say a 2-3inch heel. Trust us when we say that, after every event you will have swollen feet that ache more than you can imagine (we speak from experience).


v  If you are having an outdoor wedding, avoid stilettoes as they will sink into the grass every 5-10 mins and there is a decent chance you may hurt your ankle in this process. Having said this, if you want to wear stilettoes or have already bought them, no fear! You can buy Heel Protectors. Heel protectors are small plastic plugs that go on the heel that prevent them from sinking in. They are available in black, silver, gold and clear. Unfortunately, no Indian site has them but they are available for international delivery on https://www.thesolemates.com/shop
What’s better is, if you have family/friends coming in from the US or UK you can ask them to pick up a set for you. J


v  If you aren’t used to wearing heels, but plan to wear heels on your wedding – Please, please, please practice walking in them. Heels are a bit tricky if you aren’t used to them.

Hope these tips help you have a pretty yet comfortable ‘wedding shoes’ experience. Do let us know what tricks you would use when it comes to your wedding shoes in the comment section below.
[Photographs by Ankit Singh - Studio ANK]

Wedding Tips - ALWAYS do a food tasting !!

posted May 25, 2015, 12:06 AM by Noor Roseline   [ updated Jun 26, 2015, 9:21 AM ]

If we could give one advice to anyone planning a wedding - ALWAYS do a food tasting !!

Food is the most important part of a wedding. Second only to the bride and groom, that is. 

In our experience, no one remembers who wore what or how much jewellery the bride wore or what flowers where used in a mandap or how long the ceremony was. If people remember anything then - its the food. Sometimes the food is remembered for decades to come. This is usually either with fond memories or with utter disgust. 

All picture are for representational purposes only. Source: Google.com.
[All pictures are for representational purposes only. Source: google.com]

Food doesn't need to be elaborate and exhaustive to be good. Simple food can work wonders. Your menu needs to reflect who you are. So if you don't like Dal Makhani then you do not need to have it on the menu just because it was served at every wedding you attended this season. 

The importance of food tasting cannot be stressed enough. Whether a 5 star hotel or a Maharaj from your home town - always taste the food before finalizing the menu. Work on the chef's strengths. If the chef hasn't made a particular dish then stay away from it. No one needs experiments at their wedding, especially with the food. 

Make sure to taste all your star dishes beforehand and have a detailed discussion with the chef regarding each dish. Only when you are satisfied should you be done. 

This rule applies to cakes as well. Do a cake tasting before hand and make sure you love it. And if you are going for an egg-less cake then a tasting is a must to make sure that the flavor is not compromised. 

Bottom line is that ALWAYS taste the food !! If you are happy then your guests will be happy. ;)

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