Typical Indian Bridal Wear at a Wedding Ceremony

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Carefully choosing what is worn to a traditional Indian wedding is extremely important whether you are the bride or a part of the wedding party. Indian weddings are known for their grandeur and festive bringings, but they are also known for their style and their glamour.

A wedding is usually accommodated with days of celebrations and rituals. Dressing accordingly will make the wedding ceremony much more enjoyable for all as well as the rituals more glorifying. Take a look at the traditional Indian bridal wear and you can be certain that you are wearing the proper attire to a traditional Indian wedding.

Wedding Color

The Indian bride typically wears a dress made of a bright red fabric. Unlike in the US where white gowns are worn, the red dress means happiness to her new family and life ahead and white is a color used to mourn at funerals. Black is never worn by the bride to a wedding ceremony, and no one in the wedding party or in attendance of the event should wear black either.

Traditionally the bride will wear a red bridal lehengas that are embroidered with silver or gold as well as stones, crystals and sequins around the neck and on the arms and other areas of the garment. The skirt is ankle length and paired with a choli. The choli top shows the midriff and features tight sleeves. Most Indian brides will wear a dupatta or a chunni as well. This is a long stole that wraps around the neck and over the shoulders.

There is another option for the bride, which is a salwar kameez. Many brides choose to wear this in weddings today, but this is all a personal decision. This is a tunic-like dress combined with salwar and a dupatta. All of the pieces are heavily embellished, and available in red satin and other expensive materials.

The bride always wears red in India weddings, and her wedding party will accommodate her bright colors with the dressing they choose. The wedding party will not wear red, however, they will look for colors on the same hue level. All of the wedding party’s garments will also feature embellishments.

The Groom

The groom’s dress for a wedding ceremony depends largely on the family’s location in India and his personal preferences.  Some grooms wear traditional long jackets. Known as Achkans, these long jackets reach the knees and sometimes lower. They are worn with churidars, or tight trousers that bunch at the bottom of the leg on each side. Other options include kurta pajamas with matching shirts and trousers adorned with embroidery and others wear Jodhpuri suits.

As you can see, the selection for the groom is large.

Both bride and groom, as well as all in attendance of the wedding party, are required to dress appropriately and with clothing that accommodates Indian religions. Some ceremonies will require that you cover your head as you enter a place of worship.

To dress according to Indian religion, the clothing worn to the ceremony should cover the shoulders and cover your legs, even if sitting in the floor. You should not show any more skin than what is required and always honor the temple or church that you are entering.

The Traditional Indian Wedding

By accommodating the traditional Indian wedding colors you can greatly honor your heritage and carry on the tradition of your family and your history. It is always possible to add a bit of modern touch to the wedding, however this should be done modestly so not to take away from the traditions you are trying to behold.

5 Tips For Writing Quality Product Reviews

writingproductreview1. Gather the Pros and Cons of the Product

First of all, before writing the review, make a list with all the benefits of the particular product you’re reviewing, and as you write the review, make sure you don’t leave out any of them. The same goes for the drawbacks of that particular product or service. However, try not to put an accent on the drawbacks of a product. Your review must point out that the benefits related to a product exceed the drawbacks by far.

2. Write the Review in a Friendly Manner

Many people would say that they have no idea how to write a review for a product or service. That’s a load of rubbish! Almost everyone of us does reviews on a daily basis, without even being aware of it. Have you just seen a movie and you’re giving your friend a few reasons to see that movie? That’s a review. Are you recommending a new chocolate chip cookies recipe to your friend? That’s also more or less of a review. Therefore, when you’re writing a review for a product, imagine that you’re recommending that product to your friend.

3. Let the Reader Think You Have Actually Used the Product

Of course, in some cases, this doesn’t work. For example, if you have 4 products that cure genital warts reviewed on your front page, it would be a bit stupid to say that you have used all of them. It might lead the reader to think that none of those products works too well. But in general, letting the reader think that you’ve put a certain product to the test, helps a lot. And this trick works best if you have a single review on a page or blog post in your site.

4. Get Your Intel From Real Reviewers

In many cases it’s difficult to get the truth behind a certain product, because the first 50-60 (or even more) Google results are the pages of your competition, reviews that lie, or simply don’t tell you everything about that particular product. The real reviewers of a product can be found on forums. Therefore, see what people say about a product on forums to make a better image about the product that you’re going to review.

5. Write Well But Keep it Simple

Your review must be condensed. Do not write a 8-900 words review, it will bore your reader to death. 250-300 words is enough, but those 250-300 words should comprise the essence of the product, what’s best about it, reasons to buy the product etc. Also, try not to get too technical, unless you really have to. Make your review easy to read, but try not to be puerile.

What is Branding?

Have you ever thought why is milk still advertised?

Or any other product that’s been known and consumed by humanity since the beginning? As you can see, milk is pretty much the same anywhere in the world. Well, it’s not the product that’s advertised, it’s actually its brand.

A brand by definition, is a name, design, logo, symbol or feature, or all of them combined, which makes the product of a seller distinct from the similar products of other sellers. A brand is a unique set of values which guarantees a good source and an elevated standard of quality for a certain product or service.

Almost anything can be branded, not just products or services. People, places, states of mind, ideas, religions etc., can also circulate under a brand.

Typically, the more recognition a brand benefits from, the more the products sold under that particular brand will sell.

Anyway, here’s an inspiring video I found, regarding branding:

A Thing or Two About Dishonesty

It is said that a truly honest person is very difficult to find. That’s because lying and cheating is within our nature. Almost everyone of us, even though we consider ourselver as honest people, cheat at least a little bit, and not just rarely, but on a daily basis, without us even noticing it.

Here’s a rather funny little story I found, on honesty/dishonesty:

To test his people, a general manager gave one seed to all the people present at one of his seminars. He told them that each one should put their seed in a pot, with good soil, care for it, and at next year’s seminar, the people with the better plants will be consistently rewarded.

At the next year’s seminar, the hall almost turned into a green house. There were all kinds of pots and plants, well-grown and fruitful, except one pot, which only had soil in it, but no sign of plant. The owner of the pot seemed quite ashamed, however, the general manager invited him on stage and awarded him with the best prize.

The crowd exclaimed in disagreement, but manager explained: “Ladies and gentlemen, last year each and every one of you was given one useless, BOILED seed. All of you have planted them, but once you’ve noticed nothing happened, you have replaced them with other seeds. This man was the only honest man!”

In business, in social life, in marriage, almost everyone cheats more or less. Each and everyone of us has the potential to become really bad, and some of us even do become bad, and even feel good about themselves. Anyway, the truth about dishonesty can be seen and heard in the following RSA video:

Getting the Most Fun Out of River-Rafting or Tubing

Some of the best activities that can keep your family whooping and laughing involve being on or near the water. Rafting and tubing excursions are available in many levels and can become one of the best vacations your family has experienced.

There’s likely to be a river near you where you can take your family for a one-of-a-kind midsummer time trip. Whether tubing or stepping up a notch with white water rafting, there are tips you should consider before taking the plunge.

Here are just a few:

Be sure all family members know how to swim and are comfortable in the water

Even though you’ll be wearing a life jacket on rafting trips, it’s imperative that you know how to maneuver in the water and take care of yourself should you be hurled out of the raft. Rafting isn’t for very young children. Stick to calm water tubing until the child becomes more comfortable.

Prepare for your adventure

Be sure to prepare ahead of time by bringing sun block, water and food (some rafting expeditions include food and drink). Also, wear durable clothing, shoes, a helmet and life vest.

White water raft with a guide or outfitter

Don’t take it on yourself to raft in waters you may not fully comprehend. A commercial outfitter will usually come with references and if you do your research you can find one that will suit your family’s safety and other needs.

Choose rest areas ahead of time

Unless you’re with an experienced guide, you should scope out the river before you begin the raft or tubing experience. It’s important that you get out of the water together and rest, snack or have lunch during the trip. Taking a few breaks will help you enjoy the journey more.

Take a rafting class

The entire family can benefit from a class in white water rafting. Even if you’re planning to be tubing rather than rafting, there are invaluable points that you can learn from the class. You’ll usually find a class near or with a commercial white water rafting group.

Combine the water fun with other activities

Planning a campout or hiking expedition can only increase the fun of the water sports. It’s a good way for your family to bond after the exciting adventure of rafting or tubing down the river.

Choose family-friendly rivers

You may encounter some overly-exuberant college students on family tubing or rafting expeditions, but many states prevent alcohol and other “vices” on the river. Check with nearby outfitters or on websites to get the real scoop on river fun.

Timing is everything

When choosing times for your family tubing or rafting vacation, remember that week days are far less crowded. If you can manage to take your family on vacation during the week, you’ll experience a much less rowdy time.

Tubing or rafting down a river is one way that your family can escape the summer heat and make memories that they’ll cherish all their lives.