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Sunshine Wedding – a summery tale!

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Summer WeddingCome summer, and one phrase that describes it is `Phew – the heat is on’. However, it is not completely fair to berate the season. April is actually a good month for weddings, since it is just right with the summer beginning neither too hot nor too cold. In recent times with global warming and heat going up, this has proved otherwise and many are apprehensive of having a summer wedding.

Technically speaking April heralds the onset of the New Year and also harvest in many states. It is Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh, Vishu in Kerala, Varsha Purappu in Tamil Nadu and Baisakhi in Punjab. It signifies prosperity and bounty everywhere - a symbol of continuity of life.

Summer is definitely a vibrant season with lots of sun and warmth. Even Nature is at it colourful best. With the right setting summer wedding can be made fun and memorable.

Go for bright summery colours like orange, golden, yellow and green contrasted with soft pastel shades in the background to give a colourful picture. Besides looking bewitchingly contrasted, it also looks good to the eye – resplendent.

Flowers are integral to any wedding. More so, for a summer wedding when the foliage is at its blooming best.  Jasmine, sunflower, lilies and chrysanthemum as well as roses look bright and sprightly when used for decorations. Not to forget the inclusion of basil (thulasi), this will exude a pleasant, herby fragrance. Fill the hall with fragrant flowers and nothing to make a room more cheerful than one filled with flowers. The pleasant fragrance will leave the room sweet smelling and give a fresh look.

As to the bride’s trousseau – go for light silks during the day and brocades for the evening. There are many light weight silk sarees with intricate designs, elaborate motifs and zari work to choose from. The advantage of this kind of saree is that it will not be heavy on wearing and thereby you don’t sweat much.

For the day time indulge in hues of orange with green contrast; while for the evening reception you can get a little adventurous. Go for hues of blue or pink or damask /teal to make you look cool!

Wear minimum make-up and jewelry since you will sweat more. Go for a light foundation and top it with a compact powder finish that will help absorb sweat and not make you feel hot and flustered. Keep facial tissues nearby to blot out excessive sweat. A tip would be to rub ice on your skin before applying the foundation. This would help your make-up stay longer without smudging. Use bronze or cappuccino hues of lipstick. Avoid reds and maroons. They are evening colours.  Even your blush-on can be bronze hue. A golden look would look good during the day than in the night. Contrarily, go for pastel colours like pink/pale blue for the evening make-up.

As far as make-up is concerned – the less the better; go in for the natural, dewy look.

As for the food – menu – include a lot of ‘cool’ foods. Serve guest chilled fresh juices during the day to prevent them feeling parched during the wedding ceremony. Of course most Indian feasts have the raitha –cucumber raitha can cool the body and be tasty at the same time. Incorporate ‘fresh fruits’ like water-melon, musk-melon, papaya, grapes for dessert, like a fruit salad. ‘Badam kheer’ served chilled will also be a hit with the guests.

Finally the return gifts or ‘wedding favors’ as one calls them – give a basket of fresh fruits or ’a box of dry fruits’ or even a small bunch of roses like a clasp to remind the guests about the uniqueness of your wedding. This could be in addition to the usual ‘mementos’ given as return gifts.

Lastly, it is your wedding - once in a lifetime occasion. Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter – just enjoy yourself and make a blast of it.

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