Top Posts of August

August was a lot of fun with interesting discussion on a number of posts. This community is best when it's talking, so I love to see people engaging and wondering and explaining from their own perspectives.1) Happy Birthday, Krishna. I posted a short guide to the Hindu holiday of Krishna Janmashtami and it seems like everyone really enjoyed that one. It's gotten more hits than any other post on my blog ever and it's only been up since the end of August! I guess that means that a lot of … [Read more...]


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Hindu/Scottish: Ambaa’s Epic Wedding Post

My wedding weekend kicked off on Thursday August 15th with a dinner with my parents, brother, and mother-in-law. Friday my parents had lunch with my father-in-law and my brother joined Brad's 12 hour bachelor party (it started noon on Friday and went until a bit past midnight!) Meanwhile my parents and I went to pick up relatives at the airport and have dinner with them.Back at my apartment, my cousin Emily, a talented makeup artist from Los Angeles (check out her page Emily Does Makeup), p … [Read more...]


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Flowers for A Hindu Wedding

For my wedding I'm not looking for the usual. I don't want bouquets or boutonnieres. What flowers do Hindu weddings have?1) Jai Mala garlands (also called Var mala)When a Hindu bride and groom come together, they usually exchange flower garlands that are like giant leis.     This blog has a tutorial on how you can make your own strands of carnations: VeccoStudio.com (They recommend 20 carnations per foot of garland)If creating … [Read more...]


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Hindu Woman on Bravo’s Show The First Year

Bravo has a new TV show that is exactly the sort of thing I love to watch! It's a reality show where four couples are followed through their first year of marriage.Not only is that exactly the sort of thing I watch, but there's even an Indian woman in one of the couples.Her name is Tina and she's a pop singer.You can watch the first episode here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/486883It's great to see the clips from their wedding. She's marrying a white man and though her father isn't … [Read more...]


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The Truth About Wedding Planning

Actually, the truth is, the experience is different for everyone. We all have different ideas about what we want our wedding day to be like and different relationships with the key players who will make it happen.So here is my real experience of wedding planning:Stress? No, not really.All you ever hear about is how stressful it is to plan a wedding. Perhaps it's because I'm not detail oriented and I really focus on big picture in almost every aspect of my life, but I haven't found it … [Read more...]


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Wedding Jewelry!

It's strange for me to be so excited about the jewelry. I almost never wear any jewelry in my day to day life. I don't even put in earrings except on rare occasions. So you'd never know it to look at my geeky self, but I LOVE over the top, ridiculous costume jewelry. Gaudy? Yes, please. That's what I'm going for. I want to feel like a queen, nay, a goddess!The only piece of jewelry here that is "real" is my engagement ring and even that is very cheap compared to the usual cost of such … [Read more...]


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Honoring Lost Loved Ones During Your Wedding

Many of you know that I lost my best friend to a car accident three years ago. I'm still in a bit of shock over it. One of the things that we did together was talk about weddings. We both loved them. We watched TLC's A Wedding Story in our dorm common room every chance we got. She had an opinion on every dress. We promised each other that we would be bridesmaids at each other's weddings.That was a promise that I was able to fulfill when she got married a few years after we graduated. I took … [Read more...]


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Your Choice: Christian or Jewish

I love that we've picked an all in one caterer/venue/planner for our wedding. It makes the whole thing a lot simpler to plan. I can just rely on them to fill in a lot of the details!Of course they are used to producing standard, cookie-cutter, western weddings and ours is anything but! You get a choice of the color of your table cloths, but they aren't really prepared for changes bigger than that.Our site has a lovely online planning portal to help you organize the details of your day. … [Read more...]


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The Wedding Dress

The dress may just be the best part of the wedding. Okay, that and the being married to the sweetest, kindest man in the world once it's done.I knew that there were a couple different directions I could go with the dress. As part of the east/west blend, I could do an Indian style dress in white. But I don't really have any desire to wear white and red looks excellent on me. I can envision my wedding pictures with me in a deep red dress.So, choice one was settled:Choice two was … [Read more...]


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