My cousin’s Roka is just a few days away! And I’m so excited! Literally, controlling myself from adding an exclamation point after every sentence. I know, I did a post recently about it. But, I feel like sharing a bit more about the personal touches we added. Since it’s a comparatively small function, we didn’t plan an elaborate theme. Instead, we decided to focus on 2 colors – Pink & Orange. Let’s see what we came up with.
Note: Just to clarify, this isn’t a tutorial, because it would have made this article super-long. I just felt like talking about it, since it makes me happy 🙂 But, if you would like to place an order for any of the items, you can let us know here or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you would like to see a tutorial about any of them, let me know.
If there is one thing common to all Indian functions, it’s gifts. So, we started with making gift bags & matching cash envelopes. We choose basic color bags, and decorated them with golden ribbons, pearls and coloured stones. To coordinate the designs, we used the same materials on all the bag sizes and envelopes.
Though the bags were ready, the gifts weren’t! Specially, for the ladies attending. For them, we went on the hunt for these beautiful potlis, which could later be used as accessories. We went for decorated ones, which don’t really need to be gift wrapped.
Did you notice: there were custom labels attached to the bags? We made customised stickers and labels with a simple border and the couples’ initials. Then, we printed it out in many sizes, to match the gifts, and for add ons in the decor. If you’re interested in getting such personalised labels made, let us know!
Now, that one aspect of the decor was decided. We started working on small items that could be little touches of colors. First, were these cute flower stirrers and skewers, for the food. We took readymade flowers, which could be put on top of sticks, and decorated with paint & pearls. These when added to coloured drinks, will make the flowers stand out, quite nicely.
We also used the same flowers, to make these napkin rings. Basically, we bought pink, orange and white napkins, which were rolled up and tied with thin wires, flowers and pearls. Like a mini bouquet.
Speaking of details, we made floral candle holders and they look absolutely stunning. To give it a more festive look, we added gold candles instead of the white ones, shown here. If you’re interested, you can learn how to make them here.
The last handmade item, is all about flowers. This was a tricky decision. Because, when you think of orange flowers, the typical Indian design is garlands of Genda. To change that, we used white and pink roses & carnations. Also, flowers in Britain can be pricey, so we worked out a combination of fresh & artificial flowers. For the artificial ones, we bought vines and flowers, which can be assembled in minutes. I think they look great. What do you think?
Which item is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.