Thursday, September 28, 2006

Wedding Interiors - Viya Magazine

We've just appeared in a niche wedding magazine. One of our clients from earlier this year was interviewed about her wedding for which we provided a small marquee:

Viya Magazine describes itself as the style bible for Asian Brides.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Wedding Planner Directory

Our branch in the South West now advertise in the Wedding Planner guide – a directory for wedding suppliers in the West Midlands and West of England.

The Wedding Organizer & Planner are a series of books for every bride and groom arranging their wedding. They contain information, tips, and checklists covering every aspect of your wedding, as well as an invaluable guide to local wedding suppliers - you can see more online at weddingplanner.co.uk

Friday, September 08, 2006

Henna / Mehendi Parties - furniture, decor, tents and marquees

This year Oasis Specialist Tent Hire has done about 75% more Henna / Mehendi / Mehndi parties than last year. This is a Muslim and Hindu celebration that is especially common in India, and the Middle East.

When and Why is it Used?

The Mehndi party is held before the wedding. Traditionally, it is held in the home of the bride and only includes women from the bride's side. It is a fun and relaxing evening for the bride to spend with her closest friends and relatives. The evening is spent applying mehndi (henna) designs to the bride. Friends and family may also have some mehndi. While applications are being done their may be music, dance and other entertainment for the guests.

Mehndi is the Indian word describing the process of painting patterns on the body with henna paste and the resulting stains left on the skin.

Its main use is the adornment of the bride’s hands and feet before the marriage ceremony in Hindu and Muslim cultures.

Traditional wedding mehndi can be incredibly dense, resembling lace gloves. It often covers the tops and palms of the hands extending up the arms, and the soles and tops of the feet extending up the legs. Bridal mehndi is a sign of status and celebration and is one of the first gifts from husband to wife. Often symbols of fertility and love such as peacocks, hearts, and mangoes will be incorporated into the design. The new couple’s initials are sometimes hidden among the patterns to initiate intimacy on the wedding night. A game is played whereby the groom searches the bride’s body for their initials.

Certain customs hold that when the new bride moves into her husband’s home she will do no housework while her mehndi is visible. This allows the woman to familiarize herself with her new family and to find her place within it.

Traditionally, only married women practice this art. Mehndi and its accompanying rituals and uses become the single outlet for personal expression and autonomy for many women in the East.

Who Uses Mehndi?

People all over the world and of different religious beliefs and ethnicities use henna. Though henna and mehndi are used in some religious practices and customs it is not sacred or religious in nature. Mehndi is celebratory and often used strictly for the beautification of one’s body. Any celebration or party may include mehndi. Often, it is the reason for a gathering.

More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehndi