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What to Pack for Your Honeymoon?

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In the commotion of the wedding, we often overlook the need to be prepared for the first trip together. We may be completely absorbed in planning for our wedding, going through various matrimonial sites or related content. As a result, planning for a honeymoon might go on the backburner. And the result may be a haphazardly packed suitcase for your honeymoon. Yes, wedding needs and deserves all your time and effort, but the importance of a honeymoon is something that you must not overlook. It will be your first trip together, as a married couple, and you will be able to spend time together. It will also give you a much-needed break right after your wedding. For the Indian bride and groom, who hardly get a moment together alone, it will be the perfect time for you to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

And, we do not want you to miss the opportunity to make it special or to leave anything important behind. The following is a quick look at all that you need to carry along (or leave back).

Know What Is Suitable

One size does not fit all. What may be preferable for one destination may not work for another. So, do thorough research on your destination and then choose what you may want to carry along. Look for information on the expected temperature range, chances of rainfall, local sensitivities, and the likes. In case you have not yet prepared an itinerary, you should at least know the kinds of activities you might want to be a part of. And if you do, check for any specific clothing requirement. For example, for parasailing, you may want to keep a pair of shorts, or if you are the adventure type, then a hiking outfit should go in along with the other clothes as well.

Keep A Formal – Just in Case

Even if you love the idea of being casual in flip flops and walk-in quaint little towns, consider keeping a formal outfit, just in case. You never know when a chance for a formal dinner or a lunch might show up, and you would not want to be dressed in casuals. So, do keep at least one for that special meal!

For Your Feet

Leave some of your attention to the selection of your footwear too. Often, our clothes get all the attention while our feet get none. So, depending upon the kind of honeymoon destination you pick, select your shoes. No matter what you choose, your bag must always include one comfortable walking shoes and one formal pair of shoes (to go with that formal outfit).

Don’t Forget SOS

We do hope that all goes well and you never have the need to use medicines, but, it makes complete sense to keep some medicines for common ailments like fever, stomach infections, or anything that you may be prone to. You would not want to run around in a new place looking for medicines! So, include a just-in-case, medicines kit with your belongings as well.

Honeymoon can be the start of the memories of a lifetime that you will cherish all your life. So, spend a little time on planning for it and enjoy!

Making marriage work for two professionals

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In today’s competitive world, we often find both the partners in a marriage, working. This may be either out of choice or a necessity to live a comfortable life. In either case, sometimes couples may find it increasingly difficult to make things work. With both constantly juggling careers and relationship to make time for projects, travelling, long working hours and at the same time, for each other, there may hardly any time left for each other. So much so, that sometimes we may start to feel matrimony being a hindrance to our career growth and then, things may start to change for the worse.
At the same time, having a partner alongside should only prove to be a blessing, both in the professional space, as well as personal. If you follow our guide, balancing career and marriage should no longer seem to be difficult.

Don’t take work home
This may sound obvious, but in practice, it may be hard to follow. Most of the times, it is not the long hours spent in the office, but lack of attention at home that causes friction between husband and wife. Often, when we leave from office, we carry home our frustrations, our unfinished work and sometimes, even grudges. This may tantamount to venting these feelings on to our partner. Agreed, we must communicate with our partners, but it must not become a practice to dump our negative feelings on the other person.

Another golden rule could be to keep the phone away. Yes, try to keep the evening slot for the both of you. This means no work-related phone calls and no emails, as much as possible.

Keep one day for you both

Allocating and reserving one day for you both is a great idea to adopt and follow. Try doing what you love doing – together, as a team! Whether this is shopping or dining or watching movies together. Do things that you both enjoy doing and it may surprise you how you may start looking forward to that one day!

Divide your chores
Times are changing and so are the traditional roles. We may know this, yes, but it may often become a necessity to remind ourselves once a while. Remember, when both are working, by the end of the day a long day at work is enough to drain you both physically and emotionally. Always be aware of this and try to be as accommodating as possible. Putting food on the plate, for example, should no longer be a task reserved for the typical Indian bride or the bahu of the house. If it must be, then perhaps tasks like clearing the table or doing the grocery etc., can be shared by the other partner. This will hold true even later, when the family grows and when the tasks for bringing up of children must be shared.

Having the comfort that you always have someone to take over, in case you have longer hours for few days is a great feeling. And if you are able to manage your relationship by following these simple rules, you will be thankful for being married.

Want to make your marriage a happy one? Become best friends with your partner

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A matrimony is much more than the uttering of a few vows or putting a ring on your fingers or tying a Mangalsutra around the bride’s neck. All those are just rituals, and just because you perform the rituals in the right manner does not mean that you are going to have a happy marriage. Indian Brides and Grooms go through the process of an arranged marriage, and in such a marriage, often there is little or no time at all to get to know your partner before you are already married to them, and getting to know your partner is vital to any successful marriage. Not only getting to know your partner but becoming friends with friends with is also important. The question is, why?

Well, mostly because you are going to spend the rest of your life with this one person, they are going to be there for all the big happy events in your life and most importantly, the smaller ones too. Life is what it is, and therefore you are bound to go through a lot of not so happy moments as well, so basically your partner is going to be there for it all.

Now, think about this would you rather spend all these moments of your life with your best friend or a person about whom you don’t know much at all? Obviously, you would love it if it was your friend that was by your side, anyone would. And that is why it is so essential for you to get to know your partner better, and build a relationship with them. When you try to build a friendship, there is a good chance that eventually the person you are married to and your best friend will turn out to be the same person, it does sound amazing does it not?

So, how to go from being acquaintances to best friends? It is not simply going to be easy since you are also married, right? Well, not exactly. The key to forming a great friendship with your spouse is treating your relationship with them like you would treat any budding friendship. Try getting to know their interests, their likes and dislikes, their dreams and everything else there is to know about them. Although, you have to be prepared to know things that you may not necessarily like about them or things that you wish were different. And when you encounter such things, do what you would do if it was any other friendship – let it go. Embrace them for who they are, and in turn, you would see your spouse doing the same.

By becoming best friends with your spouse, you will be in a marriage where you know everything about each other, all the good things and the bad, and most importantly, you would both be enjoying each other’s company. If that is the case, how can it not be a happy marriage? So, get on with browsing through matrimonial sites now, you never know, you may find a new best friend while searching for a life partner.

5 ways to overcome your marriage fear before you tie the knot

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A weird feeling of fear that surrounds couples before marriage is aptly justified. After all they are about to enter an entirely new and different phase of life, good enough a reason to pass chills down the spine. Just a few steps can help diminish you fear to the minimum.

Identify the reason for your fear

There could be a numerous reasons for this fear, but you are the only one who can identify the real reason for your fear. It is utmost important to deal with this before entering the institution of marriage and take any decision pertaining to the same. If it merely a fear of failing in something new, it can be completely overcome by simply focusing on the positives and drifting away from the negative thoughts. Be candid with your feelings and your partner. Speak up and try to find a solution together.

Discuss with those whose relationship you admire

Let other happy couples you admire be your role model. Let them give you enough reasons to start your journey fearlessly. Talk to them, let them tell you their tales and learn from their experiences. Listen to how they communicate with each other, how they love & respect each other amidst all ups and downs of life. Converse with them about your fear of marriage and take the advice they offer you. Know the lighter aspects marriage and the difficult ones too. A candid opinion form such a couple will help you sail through your emotional journey. Their insight in most probability will act like your strength and base for a happy marriage.

Understand that marriage is a roll-a-coaster

Unlike any other relationship, marriage is a roll-a-coaster that only the two are riding and no two roll-a-coasters are same. But what is common in all marriages is agreements, disagreements, arguments and make-ups. No relationship is perfect and marriage is no different. It is bound to have its own complications, imperfections and ups and downs. There will be tough times and it is all the more important to stand by each other in such times, further strengthening the relationship. Giving up on tough times is the deadly blunder some couples do end up with, spoiling their relationship and setting dreadful example for others too.

Recognize your exact expectations out of the relationship

Be clear on all your expectations and your desires from your relationship. Contemplate all matters from career, education, place of stay, children, and future prospects. Envisaging the expectations you have of your marriage will make you to feel in control of the idea of marriage and your life after marriage. Discuss all such things openly with your partner before committing for marriage. Listing your fears and expectations before committing to a relationship will help avoid surprises post marriage.

Final decision to marry should come with conviction to spend the rest of your life with same person

Don’t let anyone force you into marriage, not even your prospective partner. Listen to your own conscious and only if you are convinced about marrying him/her and spending your entire life together, is when you should actually go ahead with tying the knot.

Beautiful Rituals Of Marathi Wedding Making It A Full Family Affair

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Wedding rituals of different states have different customs which makes them mesmerizing. The Maharashtrian wedding is full of different rituals making it more vibrant and lively. In Marathi wedding, most of the wedding rituals and ceremonies are conducted during the day. The wedding is generally fixed by the both the families after matching the horoscope of would be bride and groom. After perfectly matching the horoscope, they fixed an auspicious date for wedding and other ceremonies.

Shakar Puda rituals: This is the first ritual among all wedding ceremonies. This is very much similar to the engagement ceremony of the North Indian states. The family of the groom offers gifts such as sari and packet of sugar or sweets to the Marathi bride as a ceremony ritual. After this ritual, the Marathi Bride and Groom exchange the rings.

Kelvan Ritual: In this ceremony a special prayer is performed at both, the Maharashtrian bride and groom’s family. During this ceremony both the families offer their prayers to their Kuldevta (family deity). Generally, this prayer ceremony is followed by a family lunch.

Ganapati Puja: In Maharashtrain wedding, all the ceremonies begin after the Ganesh puja on the wedding day. The puja is conducted to seek the blessings of the Lord Ganesha. The bride’s maternal uncle escorts her to the lagna mandap, where the holy verses are being recited by the pujari. After this, the bride and groom are expected to wear the mundavalya on their heads, which is basically a string of flowers or pearls.

Seemaan puja: This is a very special ceremony conducted when the Marathi groom reaches the wedding venue with the wedding procession. The bride’s parents wash his feet and shower him with different gifts like clothes, sweets, jewelry, dry fruits and other things with their special blessings for his new journey with their daughter.

Antarpat ritual: As all marriage ceremonies begins once the bride and groom completes this ceremony, the Marathi bride and groom are not supposed to see each other before this special ritual. They are generally separated with a silk shawl, which is placed between the two of them to create a kind of wall.

Sankalap Ritual: After the holy verses are recited, the couple sees each-other for the first time on the wedding day. All the relatives and guests shower akshata on the couple. After this ceremony, the couple exchange garlands.

Kanyadan ceremony: In this sacred ceremony, the bride’s father gives his daughter’s hand in the hand of the groom. After this, the groom ties a mangalsutra around the neck of the bride and applies sindoor in the centre of her hair parting. Once he applies the sindoor, the bride applies a sandalwood tikka on the groom’s forehead as ritual.

Satapadhi & Karmasampati ceremony: In satapadhi ritual, the couple takes seven rounds around the sacred fire and takes the seven holy wedding vows. In this ceremony, the bride is expected to touch the seven small heaps of rice with her right foot. After completing this ceremony the next ceremony is karmasampati, where the bride’s father along with the newly wedded couple prays to lord for his blessings for their happy and successful married life. All this is followed by a grand lunch to mark the completion of the wedding ceremonies.