The Indian Wedding Podcast show aims to introduce brides, grooms and their families to exceptional people in the Indian Wedding industry.
You will hear leading experts in the Indian Wedding industry who can help you design and execute a dream wedding. You will be inspired by how you to make your wedding unique and meaningful. You'll receive insider tips on photography, wedding planning, catering, jewelry, wardrobe, and much more. No promotions - just value. All our guests are handpicked based on their contributions to the Indian Wedding Industry.
Understanding Diamond Quality and Gemstone Certification with Tom Shane
This episode is a special one. It’s a flashback from our efforts trying to set-up a podcast in 2016.
Back then, Jinal and I met the famous Tom Shane from Shane.co at a jewelry conference in Las Vegas.
You may have hear Tom’s ads on radio with the tagline “Now you have a friend in the jewelry business”
Tom’s speech at one of the conference events was phenomenal. I then reached out to Tom for an interview.
This is my original interview with Tom.
Although a few questions are not directly related to the Indian wedding industry, many topics are.
For example, Tom shares with us his thoughts on gemstone certification, synthetic diamonds, and his life values and philosophy.
An Indian wedding is incomplete without jewelry. This interview will give you an unique perspective on diamonds and gemstones.
I hope you enjoy one of my favorite interviews of all time with Mr. Tom Shane.
Small Intimate Indian Wedding with Nimi Mehta and Prabs Uppal
Planning a Big Fat Indian wedding is one thing.
Planning a small intimate wedding with people you love and care about is another.
Yes, you can attempt to have the best of both worlds but it’s harder to execute a meaningful wedding with a large guest list.
In this episode, we feature a couple who planned and experienced a small, intimate, cross-cultural wedding on the Greek island, Myconos.
The couple went out of their way to create a magical experience for their wedding guests.
They held family meetings and collaborated with their parents to make this a fun, non-stressful wedding for everyone involved.
They made budget-conscious decisions even if their family was paying for many of the wedding costs.
The list goes on and on.
Please join me in welcoming Nimi Mehta and Prab Uppal on the Indian Wedding Podcast and find out their secrets in planning an intimate Indian wedding.
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Vibrant Floral Jewelry with Leesha Arora
Jewelry can take many forms.
There is fine jewelry made with real diamonds and gold.
Then there is costume jewelry made from synthetic gemstones and mixed metal.
And then there is floral jewelry made from beautiful flowers.
In this episode, we invited Leesha Arora from Prune India to share with us everything families planning for an Indian wedding need to know about floral jewelry.
Leesha is an expert at creating vibrant floral jewelry pieces.
She is a master of her craft and you’ll immediately fall in love with her work the minute you see her Instagram portfolio.
We had a rich conversation with Leesha about how a bride can go about finalizing floral jewelry for her wedding, Leesha’s process for creating floral jewelry, and why you should think twice before purchasing counterfeit jewelry.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Leesha Arora.
Luxury Honeymoon Travel with Hao Tang
Planning an Indian wedding is not for the faint heart.
Even if you have all the financial resources at your disposal, your wedding partners can elevate your wedding experience.
One lesser-known wedding partner is your honeymoon travel advisor.
Honeymoon travel planning can be stressful, even if you know how to book flights and hotels with a click of a button.
To help you plan for your luxury honeymoon, we invited Hao Tang at Besvisor on the show.
Hao is passionate about serving his clients and helping them plan an epic honeymoon.
In this interview, Hao shares how a luxury travel advisor can help you plan your honeymoon travels.
There is a lot that goes on with researching and planning a great honeymoon such as getting access to the finest resort amenities and planning meaningful experiences for you and your partner.
What we loved the most about Hao is that he himself has experienced many (if not all) resort properties he recommends to his clients.
I hope you enjoy this special conversation with Hao Tang on the Indian Wedding Podcast.
Pre-Wedding Engagement Photoshoot with Peter Nguyen
In this episode, LA-based photographer, Peter Nguyen shares with us great insights on pre-wedding photoshoots (also known as engagement photoshoots).
You’ll hear Peter talk about his process for choosing a beautiful location and deciding outfits the couple will wear for the photoshoot.
We also discuss how storytelling is done for pre-wedding video shoots and how a videographer can guide you through this process.
Through his work, Peter is capturing memorable moments in photos and videos for couples cherish during their lifetime.
Please join me in welcoming Peter on the Indian Wedding Podcat.
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What is a pre-wedding (engagement) photoshoot? Planning a surprise photoshoot, sometimes with a blindfold A pre-planned photoshoot usually takes place after the proposal Finalizing location for the engagement photoshoot Certain places require a fee to be paid for the photoshoot Outfits for the photoshoot and how a photographer can help you Matching couple’s interest with the location for the photoshoot Bringing out the couples quirkiness and personality Planning a pre-wedding photoshoot: Concept → Location → Outfit Understanding a couple’s interest in arts, music, food, hiking, etc. Putting together the couple’s story in a beautiful video format Adapting to the couple’s comfort level with speaking (recording their voice) in real-time or off-camera Mapping out stories using storyboard or mood board Importance of outfit selection Pre-wedding (engagement) photo shoot sets the tones for the wedding. It helps you get to know your photographer months before the wedding Using pictures from the pre-wedding photoshoot for wedding invites, the wedding website, and more. People mentioned:
5 Tips for Choosing A Perfect Mangalsutra
5 Tips On Choosing The Perfect Mangalsutra
In this episode, Jinal Sampat, lead designer at Sampat Jewellers shares with us her top 5 tips on how to choose a perfect mangalsutra.
Sampat Jewellers specializes in designing versatile diamond managlsutras for a modern bride.
One of the most important pieces of jewelry in a Hindu wedding is the mangalsutra. This episode will cover:
What is a mangalsutra? Why should you wear a mangalsutra? How can you buy a perfect mangalsutra? Now what you need to do next that includes an actionable checklist What is a Mangalsutra?
Mangalsutra is a necklace ornament that symbolizes marriage and is an Indian wedding chain.
Mangalsutra is an Indian wedding chain made of black beads and a gold pendant. In some cultures, the chain consists of simple fine cotton threads twisted together and dyed yellow in saffron or turmeric.
The black beads are made of onyx and composite material. The pendant is made of plain gold and precious stones such as diamonds.
During the wedding ceremony, the priest recites mantras (chants) when the groom ties the mangalsutra around the bride’s neck.
Mangalsutra is usually purchased by the groom’s side of the family. A Hindu wedding is considered to be incomplete without the mangalsutra.
Mangalsutra or “mangalsutram” evolved from a Sanskrit term ‘mangal’ which means prosperous, blessed, happy, successful, and ‘sutram’ meaning cord.
Spiritual Importance of Wearing a Mangalsutra
There are four primary reasons for wearing a mangalsutra:
The mangalsutra is the symbol of the bond of union between Lord Shiva Hindu deity and his wife Parvati (wife). It represents an inseparable bond between the husband and the wife. Married women are expected to wear the mangalsutra throughout their lifetime. It is believed to enhance the well-being of her husband and family. Three-knot ties represent important aspects of marriage. The first knot represents her obedience to her husband, the second knot signifies her commitment to the husband’s parents and the third knot represents the respect for God. Mangalsutra is usually a black beaded chain in the thin wire of gold. The gold wire and black beads destroy any negative vibrations. The black beads absorb the negative energy before they reach the bride and her family. Simply stated, the mangalsutra acts as a protective sheath around a woman’s body. It protects her marriage from any evil. One of the most overlooked and uncoordinated aspects of an Indian wedding is choosing a mangalsutra.
Because the groom’s side of the family chooses the mangalsutra. The bride is not consulted.
And now the bride is stuck with an important piece of wedding jewelry for the rest of her life.
I’ll walk you, step by step on how to choose a perfect mangalsutra. This post is for anyone responsible for choosing a mangalsutra – fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, groom, aunties or the bride herself.
How To Buy a Perfect Mangalsutra?
Consider a versatile mangalsutra design Choose the perfect mangalsutra chain length Pick your mangalsutra pendant style Know where to buy a mangalsutra from Pay attention to the details Now let’s choose YOUR perfect mangalsutra
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If you are looking to buy a mangalsutra I would love for you to give us an opportunity to help you with this purchase.
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