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Hot Wedding Trends of 2013

Hot Wedding Trends of 2013

 The wedding industry is driven by changing fashion and style. Every year newer trends are added to the list of wedding fashion to make your d-day the most special one. These trends will help you to do something different, which will make you the talk of the town.

The reception “lounge” – Towards the middle of 2012, a new trend started to rise in the wedding industry. People started to book reception “lounge” to organize their wedding. This will be favoured by more number of people in 2013. The most lured part of a lounge is that the venue offers a dining and drinking area away from the dance floor making it an absolutely relaxed setting for your guests. You can as well, customize the drinking and food tables based on your wedding theme. Want to place some table games or add a photo booth to your wedding? Well nothing could be better than the lounge for you.

Patterns will be hot – Patterns will be hot, very hot in 2013 wedding seasons. This year the most sought after patterns will be chevron and stripes. From bowties to table runners, everything will have a set pattern. You can set your creative cells free to even choose for various patterns like polka dots, gingham and paisley to be used on different areas of your wedding venue like the dining area, dancing area, drinking area and so on. Patterns will add a whole lot of fun with a touch of creativity to your wedding.

Virtual Guests – In today’s technologically enhanced world, technology will certainly play a vital role in the wedding industry. From booking and ordering to delivery and updates, everywhere the usage of technology will grow. Many couple have already started opting for the use of technology to share their special day at real-time with friends and family who stay far away. Live streaming tools will surely remain in great demand. For those who miss to attend the wedding will be able to be a part of it through live broadcast.

Extended Wedding Receptions – 2012 observed a sharp rise in “After Party”. These are parties organized after the reception and it came with new menu, music, decoration and sometimes even a new venue. 2013 will see a newer trend in After Parties. This year, more people will opt for an extended wedding reception in order to avoid the taxation of organizing a completely different second party. You can have fun unlimited with spending or taxing yourself more. Many couples have already started to divide their receptions in three sections: the cocktail hour, the dinner hour and the extended reception hour. The main traditions can be completed first two parties. The extended wedding reception can be ideal for the young ones to have an extra fun.

The Flower of the Year – Can you imagine a wedding without flowers? Flowers are the most vital ingredient of any wedding ceremony. As per reports, the flower most in demand for the past two years have been peony. I believe it is due to the soft and romantic feel that peonies offer that many people find it apt for a wedding. This year garden rose will be in high demand along with peony.

Eye-Popping Cakes – Like flowers, cakes too are must for wedding. The trend will change sharply in 2013 from 2012. Last year simple and modern looking cakes dominated the wedding ceremonies. This year it will be bright, colourful, lacy and absolutely eye-popping that reflect the old traditional look of cakes. Look for all over appliqués to add an extra glamour to your wedding.

Themed bars – In early days wedding was only a bride’s idea. These days, grooms are taking equal amount of interest in planning out the wedding day. This has given rise to more and more groom centric ideas. And when it’s a boy’s mind, how can they do without bars? Themed bars have evolved with creative looks in the past few months. Martini bars, Whisky bars, champagne bar, bloody mary bar, a fancypants beer bar and mojito making station will be in high demand in 2013. For the kids attending your wedding, you can place a hot chocolate or an ice cream bar for them.

Meaningful Menus – If the food is great your guests will remember your wedding for a long time. To add an extra character to the wedding day and to reflect the characteristics of the bride and groom, the chefs have taken a different stance. Most of the chefs are no more offering pdfs or simple menu charts for the bride and grooms to choose the menu from. They are offering menu to even match the theme of your wedding that adds an extra flavour to your special day.

Neutral palettes and texture – From riots of colors it’s neutral colors that would dominate wedding in 2013. The shades like soft taupe, pink and blue blush, champagne, greys and nude green will be the hot wedding colors of 2013. This will be the year of elegance and glamour. And what better can reflect your personality than colors? If you think neutral colors will made your wedding decor look dull, you can use a combination of metallic colors to add vibrancy to the venue. Textures will be in. Usage of fabrics such as denim or seduce, woollen and twine ties, embroidery hoops with lace frames and paisley table spreads will add an interesting look to your wedding.

Greens are in – Go green with a lot of emerald and leaf shades this wedding season. Pinks and oranges have dominated the weddings in the past two years. 2013 is your turn to make your wedding look a contrast of cool and bold. Winter weddings can also reflect shades of greys and blues.

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How to Roast a Turkey (Christmas Dinner)

How to Roast a Turkey ( Christmas Dinner)

Roasted Turkey is one of the favorite food items on Christmas Eve, and is preferred by many families as centerpiece on Christmas Dinner Table. So, while serving a roasted Turkey it is important to get it correctly roasted, since the taste of it lies on the process in which it is being roasted.

Roasting a Turkey:

First: on getting the Turkey you should first remove its giblets, in the body cavity, and then place it on a plate. Put the Turkey containing dish on the coolest part of the refrigerator. The weight of the Turkey should be well known, since this helps in calculating the cooking time.

The night before take it out of the fridge so that it is adjusted with it room temperature, before being roasted. It is good if you can get a fresh Turkey, if not then allow the frozen Turkey to be completely defrosted before it is cooked.

Second: the next important step is the stuffing of Turkey. You can stuff the Turkey with a stuffing of your choice. The quantity required for stuffing will the same as that of the Turkey. Two-third of the stuffing must be place between the flesh and the skin in the neck end. And then the rest of the stuffing must be placed inside the body cavity. An important thing to be noted, the Turkey must be properly deforested before being stuffed. It is so required because if the deforestation does not takes place properly then the heat will not reach evenly to every part of the Turkey, making it remain uncooked. Only if the Turkey and the stuffing are in room temperature, the preparation will perfect. It is also necessary to spread butter all over the bird.

Third: put bacon rashers on the breast of the Turkey, then apply freshly milled black pepper and salt to taste.

Forth: two large foil sheets are required to place the Turkey and wrap it loosely. The Turkey parcel must be firmly tied, and put inside a pre-heated oven in 220 degree C, for 40 minutes. This blast is required to allow the heat to go into the Turkey and its stuffing. Then you must reduce the temperature to 170 degree C for 3 and a half hour.

Fifth: after this you must remove the Turkey from the oven and uncover it. The uncovered Turkey must then be cooked for 40 minutes at 200 degree C. The browning of the beacon on the bird’s breast is an indication to allow the final browning of the breast.

Sixth: the final cooking for 40 minutes is suppose to give you a completely roasted Turkey. Thrust a thick part of the leg with a skewer, on pressing the skewer check if the juice is clear without any pink trace in it. If there is no such trace then your Turkey is completely prepared, but if there are pink traces the dish requires a little more cooking. Before you can serve the Turkey you need to keep it wrapped up loosely in a foil for about 40 minutes, the normal room temperature would be perfect.

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Christmas Breakfast – The Food for the Yuletide Man

Christmas Breakfast – The Food for the Yuletide Man

“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells. Jingle all the way.”

Once again it is that time of the year, when our hearts start fluttering gaily to the little snow flakes. It is the Christmas season. The Yuletide spirit has gloriously set amongst us all. Christmas, perhaps, is just a one day festival. But the festivities start way before. And continue even longer.

The word Christmas brings a lot of images to our minds. The shiny papers wrapped around tempting gifts, the lush green Christmas tree with all the glittering decors, the merry parties and of course, the food. While the Christmas dinner is unparallel to any delicacy, it is the specialChristmas breakfast that sets in the mood.

Since Christmas Day is a much awaited holiday and a break from the daily monotonous routine, most of the times what we celebrate is a Christmas brunch.

The drowsy tone of the wintry morning can be interrupted with a delicious cup of chocolate-y café au lait. The chocolates and the cream can be generously added to the cuppa. After all, is it not sinful to feel guilty about the extra calories on Christmas Day?

Cakes. How can a Christmas breakfast ever be complete without cakes? Let your imagination run wild with this dish. Mix up the flavors. Let the strawberry flavor run wild with the chocolate. And vanilla does complement the flavor of coffee a lot. You can also try out apple with honey.

In the main course of the Christmas breakfast, you can treat yourself to a plethora of pancakes. They are easy to make and they take your taste buds for a joyride. You can try out a parmesan mashed potato pan cake or a simple parmesan potato pancake. Or you can even have a sweet potato pancake. Make the pancakes laden with dollops of cheese for that yummy creamy taste. Or you can replace the pancake in the main course with some delicious frittata.

Eggs are a healthy addition to a delightful Christmas breakfast. But the boring boiled egg can afford to stay away. A plate of Huevos ‘Ranch’ eros or a Western Skillet Eggs or maybe a sweet omelet or the classic poached eggs, can be good choices. Another dish that can add the oomph needed to your breakfast table is scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.

Take in a light easy to digest food item, to end your delicious Christmas breakfast. For example, a broiled brown sugar grapefruit. Or perhaps, some brown sugar shortbread. Wheat scones are not a bad idea either. Holiday cookies in different cute shapes and sizes not only add a festive spirit to the breakfast table, it also makes the taste buds want a little bit more.

The important motive for the Christmas breakfast is to enjoy the liveliness of the season in an unbridled fashion. Hence, the more sinful the platter, the better. For an added zing, the table can be decorated with colorful napkins, miniature Santa Clauses and little shiny bells. Let the merry makings begin!

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Sit Down Dinner v/s Casual Canapés for Wedding Reception

 Sit Down Dinner v/s Casual Canapés for Wedding Reception

What is a wedding without great food? One thing that guests look forward to, more than an eye appealing décor and foot tapping music, is the food that is served at the occasion. People forget just everything about a wedding, but one thing that stays in their memory for years to come is great food that was served. Planning a great menu for your wedding reception can be quite taxing and adding to it is the way the lip-smacking food should be served.

 

 

Now, should you opt for casual canapés or narrow down on a sit down dinner? If you are also trapped in this dilemma, then read ahead to erase the confusions that you are surrounded with.

Sit Down Dinner for a Wedding Reception

Pros: A sit down dinner not only looks elegant and classy, but will blend perfectly with a formal wedding reception. Each of your guests will be assigned tables for a sit down dinner and the waiting staff will serve food to everyone. This will kill the time spent while waiting uneasily in a line to get food, which can annoy guests. But, it gives more control in terms of timing of your reception for various events.

Cons: It is comparatively more expensive as a larger number of servers are required to make sure that every table gets served relatively at the same time. In this case, the guests get a limited food choice.

Casual Canapés for a Wedding Reception

Pros: Casual Canapés will be a hit in case your wedding reception is not-so-formal and is more like a fun event. A variety of canapés can be served which if prepared well can be both decorative and delicious along with cocktails. It will undoubtedly be a modern and causal affair, with fun flowing from everywhere.

Cons: It will be a stand-up affair, which will be loved by youngsters, but maybe the old brigade doesn’t like it much.

You should always discuss every detail in length with your wedding reception caterer to ensure everything falls in your set budget. But, at the end, your prime focus should be on hi quality and mouth watering food.

 

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Your Fabulous Small Budget Wedding

 Your Fabulous Small Budget Wedding

Thinking of a fairy tale wedding automatically makes people imagine thousands of dollars slipping out of their bank accounts. For most, a small budget wedding means nothing close to a lavish affair. But, if you have a limited budget and still want the most special day of your life to be filled with sumptuousness, then a little planning is all you need to make your D-day memorable.

1.     Stick to your budget – One mantra is to set a budget and stick to it at any cost.

2.     Involve friends and family – Friends and family members always feel special when they are assigned tasks for a special day. So, why not rope them for various tasks! Ask someone to click pictures, while a few others can help with decorations/food preparations. Make small teams to make sure that everything comes out as planned.

3.     Consider an off season wedding – An off season wedding will automatically cut down your wedding costs. This is the time when most of things are offered at a discounted rate. If you wish to cut costs further, then a wedding scheduled before lunch will be a perfect idea.

4.     Prepare wedding invitations and favors at home – Why not get creative and make wedding invitations and wedding favors at home rather than spending a huge amount on them? There are endless ideas available on the internet, which will help you come up with a customized invitation and eye-appealing favors.

5.     Invite limited people – A long list of guests means a heavy budget. Come up with a list and send invitations to only close friends and family members.

6.      Cut down on that designer wedding gown – Buying a designer wedding dress can be any bride’s dream, but is definitely an unnecessary wedding cost. Instead of designer houses, exploit sources like eBay where you can find hundreds of stylish yet cheaper options. Renting a wedding dress is another option, which won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

7.     Cut out on alcohol – Serve sparkling wine or non-alcoholic drinks, instead of expensive liquor or wine.

A small budget wedding can be equally special, mesmerizing and impressive. After all, money is not the only thing that can buy happiness!

 

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Fun Food for Wedding

Fun Food for Wedding

 One of the major highlights of any wedding is the reception menu. If you serve great food, all your guests will remember your wedding for years to come. And an easy way to get complements is by going a little creative when it comes to working on the menu. From appetizers to full-course meals and mid-night snacks, each item on the menu must be unique so that your guests enjoy their food even more.

The wedding menu must add some extra spices so that your guests to have a range of choices of their favorite delicacies. Fun food is certainly the latest choice of 2013 wedding. Here is a list of items you can choose from:

Finger Foods: Finger foods are favorite of people of all age group from kids to adults. Even your pickiest guests will enjoy munching food like tea sandwiches, trail mix and crackers. These foods might be common, yet they never become cliché. You can also go for other snacks as suggested to you by your wedding planner or the person in charge for catering. Finger foods will allow you to serve drinks with the starters. Make sure you keep enough disposable plates and napkins on the table while serving finger foods.

Food Stations: If you are not happy with food stations, call them food corners or food hubs but you must have them at your wedding. Most of the weddings serve one lavish meal to the guests. A food station can serve this in a better managed way if you have a buffet style dinner. This will allow your guests to pick and choose their favorite delicacies and enjoy the meal more. You can have multiple food stations for salads, desserts, cheese, starters, frozen yogurt and ice creams. The kids are fond of such food. Hence, this will make them happier and make it less messy for you.

Cultural Foods: Guests attending your wedding will keep talking about the food you serve. But don’t expect each and every guest to have a full course meal. There would be people who might not be very hungry and might only want to have some dessert like a small piece of cake. Some night be fond of non vegetarian items and would only gorge on fish and chicken. Keep arrays of delicacies keeping in mind the fact that taste buds of your guests will differ from one another. Asian and Mediterranean food items are loved by many guests during a wedding. Their spicy delicacies would keep lingering in the mouth longer after the food is consumed.

Mini Meal: Have you thought of serving a mini meal before serving the main meal. Stuffs like dumplings, cupcakes and sliders are popular among guests of all age group starting from kids to adults. A small bite before the meal is served would be loved by all. A recent study has shown that more and more wedding planners are getting orders for caterers who can serve hors d’oeuvres instead of large meals.

 

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The Top 10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding

The Top 10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding

Everyone can make mistakes when trying to plan the perfect wedding. Follow these foolproof tips to avoid unnecessary fumbles during the wedding planning process.

1. The first impression you make on your guests will set the tone for the entire wedding. That’s why it’s so important to perfect your wedding invitations! As quick and convenient email may be, do you really want to send your wedding invitations by email? Dedicate some time to creating beautiful wedding invitations to announce the magical day that awaits your guests. Plus, a lot of people save invitations as a reminder with all of the event details, and an email can easily get lost in an overflowing inbox by the time the big day arrives.

2. As you can imagine, no one wants to be rushing around during the last hour leading up to the wedding. The last thing you want to be doing when guests start to arrive is finishing up the wedding installation. Leave yourself extra time to ensure sufficient time to complete the installation. Some guests are bound to arrive early, and you wouldn’t want to be seen rushing and cleaning up as guests filter in.

3. The wedding ceremony should begin on time. What will your guests think when they have gone to the trouble of arriving on time, and the ceremony begins significantly later than the time you had listed on the invitation?

4. Of course wedding flowers are an important aspect of the wedding decor, but it is also important to keep in mind that they should be in full bloom on the day of the big event. This can easily be overlooked, so be sure to take the time and make the effort to ensure your flowers are nurtured properly and are ready to be in the spotlight.

5. It’s one thing if your flowers aren’t quite in full bloom yet, but it’s a completely different story if the flowers are already beginning to wilt or turn brown. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario and order some additional fresh flowers for back up. Remember, your guests will be sitting around the centerpiece at their table all night. What would you think if you were staring at a wilting, brown centerpiece? Don’t think of this tip as obsessive compulsive, but it wouldn’t hurt to check each centerpiece and arrangement for flowers that need to be replaced before the event gets started. Replace any sad looking flowers with the fresh back up flowers you remembered to order.

6. You want your guests to enjoy the food and catering at any event. You already know you’ll need to do your homework and serve the best food possible. However, another thing you should keep in mind is the actual serving of each dish. Never serve plated food before guests are seated. They’ll be wondering how long it’s been sitting out. You should always have food servced once guests are seated, and try to have everyone served in a timely manner so everyone can dig in sooner. If you’re going for the buffet approach, try to do what you can to prevent long lines.

7. You may have managed to get your favourite band/DJ to play at your event, but be sure to continue to manage the music during the event. If the music is too loud, your guests won’t be able to enjoy the music or hear eachother speak. Be concious of the volume, otherwise you may lose a few guests as the evening of unbearably loud music progresses.

8. Event lighting shouldn’t be too bright. It should be intimate and romantic. You don’t want to find out that a spotlight was blinding half of your guests the entire evening. On the other hand, some people opt to use candles instead of bright lights, but beware: the heat may become overwhelming.

9. Timing is everything. Every step of the wedding should be timed in order to maintain organization and an appropriate flow of events. Things may not always fall exactly into place, but having a realistic plan going in will make a big difference. If something changes last minute, don’t sweat it! You’ll need to stay calm and make sure things get back on schedule and go smoothly moving forward.

10. Be sure to check in with your clients throughout the evening. It is up to you to diffuse feelings of anxiety and nervousness and remind them to enjoy their party. If they’re too preoccupied with worry, they’ll forget to enjoy themselves.

Remember, there’s no such thing as perfection, but if you follow these 10 tips to ensure an optimal event experience for everyone involved, the rest will be a piece of cake!

 

20 Top Love Songs for Your Wedding

Top 20 Love Songs  for Your Wedding

Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. If you have no clue what to pick for the first dance, here are the top 10 love songs that are appropriate for weddings. Hope you Like it.

 

–          “If This Isn’t Love”

             Jennifer Hudson

–           “ Be that Easy”

              Sade

–          “ Bleeding Love”

              Leona Lewis

–          “Come On Get Higher”

              Matt Nathanson

–          “Everything”

              Micheal Buble

–          “Ain’t No Other Man”

             Christina Aguilera

–          “Halo”

             Beyonce

–          “Home”

             Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

–          “I Do”

             Colbie Caillat

–           “I’m Yours”

               Jason Mraz

–           “Lovesong”

               Adele

–          “Love Story”

              Taylor Swift

–          “No One”

              Alicia Keys

–          “Umbrella”  

             Rihanna

–          “Marry Me”

              Train

–          “You Are The Best Thing”

              Ray LaMontagne

–          “Sea Breeze”

             Tyrone Wells

–          “Teenage Dream”

             Cast of Glee

–          “Just the Way You Are”

             Bruno Mars

–          “The Way I Am”

              Ingrid Michaelson 

 

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After The Party Is THE AFTER PARTY

After The Party Is THE AFTER PARTY

The concept of an After Party is gaining more and more popularity in Canada this year. It actually has become a great way to thank all your guests and involve them into a complete fun and crazy party. People have started considering that most weddings go incomplete without an After Party. If your guests had ample of fun on your wedding reception wouldn’t they love the After Party more?

You would always find a group of friends and family, who would want to stay a little longer, enjoy the throbbing music and dance until they drop. After party is meant for such group of people for who fun never ends. A reception after party with such group of fun loving people can add more excitement to your wedding. You can extend your wedding celebration a little longer and impress your guests with special arrangements to remember your wedding for their life.

An after party must be planned parallel to your wedding plans. If you are calling your guests to a bar or to a restaurant rooftop you must make booking at least a couple of weeks ahead. Make sure you have the lists of guests attending beforehand. This would help you choose the venue to comfortably accommodate every guest. It is better to reserve the place for a private party and make arrangements for champagne and other drinks, appetizers and food. If you are planning to call large number of guests to the after party then it’s better to book the entire bar. Although this could turn out to be a little expensive yet it would take the hassle of organizing the party at your wedding reception venue from your shoulder.

If you have a tight budget, you can always consider organizing the After Party at your reception site with the help of your wedding planner. This would not only minimize the cost but would also give you a lot of freedom to decorate the venue according to your taste and style, play music that your guests would enjoy and serve drinks and food according to your choice.

You would not want to call each and every guest who attended your wedding to the after party. An after party is usually celebrated with the close ones. But it’s better to call everyone who attended your wedding and make some extra arrangements. To save extra cost on invitation cards, you can mention about the wedding party on the wedding cards itself.

The after party should ideally be held either at your reception site or at a private place close by. Since the after party is celebrated right after the wedding reception, it would be easier for the guests to join if the venue is same or at an adjacent place. An after party is the best option for you to thank all your guests and shower them with surprises. You can start with a different decoration, menu, lights, and drinks. The theme for your after party could be completely different from your wedding.

Break Your Own Rules


Break Your Own Rules

As a wedding decorator the most important thing to do is keeping the customer happy. This can be done through several ways, such as coming up with unique and creative ideas, offering a low cost plan, and building an excellent relationship with the customers. Every customer will be different. They will have different demand and choices when it comes to their wedding. As a wedding decorator one has to constantly upgrade himself/herself to know about the latest trends of the market and come up with very creative ideas which the customers will love.

A wedding decorator must reveal through his/her work the true reflection and personality of the wedding couple. There are countless ideas, but the biggest challenge is to come up with something that will make every guest attending the wedding remember it for a long time. Don’t forget that you might get your potential prospects to do business with during a wedding reception. Often family and friends take a whole of interest in organizing a wedding. You have to be a part of them in order to understand their needs and choices. You have to act not just like a wedding decorator, but also like a designer, floral decorator, jockey, and chef.

Breaking your own rules for every wedding certainly would help the wedding decorator to make each celebration look different from each other in the most perfect and sophisticated way. Your customers are always looking for unique solutions in the most cost effective way. Even if you are working with a millionaire, your client would never want to spend extra cash for unnecessary reasons.

Moreover, coming up with newer ideas will allow you to go absolutely creative. It can be a big or small change. But any change will add a new element to the wedding venue. There is another very important reason to keep changing your past rules. Your customers will always be looking for something new, something which no one has experienced before in a wedding. So, you can give them an extra satisfaction and earn their trust on you.

By breaking your own rules you can also be a trend setter for other wedding decorators. Other players in the market will not only start following you but also may hire you as a consultant. In this constant changing market, people are always looking for newer things. When it comes to wedding your customers will want you to play with colors and decorative. They might want an old combination of pink and green theme for their wedding, but that certainly has to be used in complete different fashion to give a venue a standalone look. Likewise you might be using carnations, roses, tulips or gerberas for floral decoration. But adding a few laces or streamers to it or combining the fresh flowers with artificial ones may add a new element to the wedding.

The biggest appreciation for a wedding decorator is when people start stating at the venue with surprise and tell exciting stories of the wedding they attended. So, keep breaking your own rules.

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How to choose Perfect Menu for Indian Wedding Reception.

Menu for an Indian Wedding Reception

Nothing can be more fancy and extravagant than an Indian wedding followed by a   reception. Choosing the menu for an Indian wedding reception is not an easy task. You have to keep in mind the favorites and preferences of your guests. Not only that, you also need to remember that there should not be a dearth of the food that you provide. Everyone should get enough and food should be there in plentiful. Not only food but there should also be options of drinks made available.

To begin with, the organizers of the reception should take special care in selecting what they will be serving as appetizers. This is a thumb rule because what you offer as appetizers will serve as the first impression on your guests and you would inevitably want this first impression to be the best one.

If you plan to serve your guests in a cocktail manner, then finger food or canapé would probably be the best option. You could serve them a wide range of dishes starting from Samosas, Aloo Tikki, Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kebab, Spring rolls, Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Shrimp with a dip and a lot more. Now, if you plan to go in for a buffet style since that seems to be more of the trend nowadays, you could have a number of options like the Malai Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Reshmi Kebab, and Haryali Tikka. You could also serve up some savory vegetarian dishes like aloo tikki chaat, paapdi chaat, fish pakora, cheese pakora, chicken pakora, lamb and shrimp cutlets. Since, Indians love a whole lot of variety when it comes to food; it is no harm to serve as many appetizers as you want. The more there is the better it gets and the merrier the wedding reception turns out to be.

It is important to remember that Indians can fill their stomachs and relish their palates only with the help of appetizers. So to serve a scrumptious meal of delicacies is the foremost thing a wedding planner must remember while sketching the menu for appetizers.

If dinner is going to be served late, then you must be able to offer a wide range of appetizers to your guests and they should be filling because you surely would not want your guests to go hungry on such a celebrative occasion. The best and most viable option will be to serve a buffet style dinner than the traditional way where all guests are made to sit and then the waiters come serving the different dishes one by one.

If you do go in for the buffet style, try out something a little different. Maybe if you spread an assortment of salads- chicken Hawaiian, Russian, green, fruit, crab and asparagus, Caesar salad, Greek salad, Macaroni, Panzanella etc. a salad bar could also serve your purpose as there may be many diabetic, health conscious or plain salad lovers who will be attending the wedding.

For the main course, you should definitely have a mix of sweet and sour, meat and vegetables. If you want more meat in your menu, you could opt for something like a Fish curry, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Goat Curry, Lamb curry, Mutton Rogan josh, Kadai Chicken and Chicken Lababdar. If you want to include vegetarian dishes in your main course, you could choose from preparations like Palak Paneer, Kadai Paneer, or some Paneer tikka masala. You could also include sweet dishes like the Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta and savory dishes like Daal Makhani, Tawa vegetables, Channa Masala, Aloo Jeera and Baigan Patiala.

Whatever be the case, the menu should be well planned and appropriately served so that your guests can have a wonderful time during the reception and always cherish the moment and the food for years to come.

Butter Chicken Must have item in …..

Butter Chicken

After my first post recently, I thought it would be nice to share a butter chicken recipe with you. Because Butter Chicken is the one of the must have items in Indian Weddings. The delectable taste of butter chicken is sure to bowl you over. The fresh yoghurt or whipped cream and the aroma of butter make it a dish worth relishing.

I can’t tell you the number of times I have gone to an Indian restaurants & Parties where my other half ordered a butter chicken and begged,”Can you make this at home?’ I had no choice but to learn how to make this. So I turned to the best chef I know when it comes to Indian cooking- Mr.Sabbi from Dreams Convention Centre. I slightly modified his recipe by adding a few more spices…

I once read somewhere that butter chicken was created when a hungry man walked into an Indian restaurant and they had no curry left. The chef decided to whip up a quick meal by throwing a chicken Tikka into simple gravy of butter, tomatoes and a few spices. And thus, butter chicken was born. Originating from Mughlai cuisine, it has lashings of butter (duh!) and cream to give it that dreamy, creamy texture. The gravy is mild but strong in flavours and uses rich ingredients such as cashew nuts and lots of butter, thereby the name ‘Butter Chicken’. What I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t contain any food coloring to give it that gleaming red color.

Recipe-

To prepare the gravy, heat and melt the butter in a deep pan.  Add to it the cardamoms, cinnamon sticks and Fennel Seeds, stirring frequently and gently till they become darkened slightly. Stir in butter, ginger-garlic paste, kasuri methi, 1 teaspoon garam masala, cook for 2-3 mins. Add salt & pepper to taste. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add fresh tomato sauce (you can use canned tomato sauce too), and cook for few minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in whipped cream and yogurt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add chicken Tikka (white Meat) to sauce. Stir chicken into sauce. Stir in a few spoons of honey, and simmer until liquid has reduced, and make sure to cook the chicken until it becomes tender and the gravy is reduced to about its half of the original amount. Garnish with butter or kasuri methi.

Ingredients:

500 grams of  Chicken Tikka ( Cooked Separately)
1 cup yogurt
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp garlic
1 garam masala
3 tbs butter
2 cardamoms
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbs fennel seeds
4 medium ripe tomatoes, blended
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbs honey
1 tbs kasuri methi
250 ml whipped cream
extra butter to garnish