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Hi everyone Happy Friday.

First of all THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH for the response to my last blogpost. It hit 2000 reads within the first few hours. Thank you so much guys, without you readers, I wouldn't be able to be motivated to write the blogpost every week. I am not blogger, but after 2 months and the great response I get from you guys, it motivates me to continue. I know a lot of you prefer to read the blogpost in German, and tadaaa, good news guys, from next week the blog post will be in German...... Don't worry, it won't be me writing in German (I am from Denmark and German is my 4th language, and I only studied it for 3 years) There is this really sweet girl who is going to translate the blog into German, so this will hopefully be my last English post. I hope to reach some more readers with the German translation. 

Anyway, last week post was about Sharu and Kajana, and how Sharu proposed to Kajana in the cinema theater. If you guys haven't read the post yet, please go and have a read, it's absolutely fabulous (at least the video). I think with the development, that our society is facing and going through, is amazing. We are not fully westernized but we start to lean over to that side. We still keep our traditions within our 4 walls at home, and I would say that's a really good balance for us Tamil living outside our home country. I am not sure whether the development will continue like this, or if we will be even more westernized........ When I grew up in my teenage years, I actually had a hard time blending in among the "white" people, because I come from a very traditional family. When that is said, I had all the freedom I asked for, but the question of whether I was a Tamil or a white, was popping up in my mind too much. I can see from my younger cousins and niece and nephew that their childhood and teenage years are COMPLETLY different. I kind of like the balance we live in now, but let's see how it's going to continue........ Anyway....... This is totally off topic, because I actually wanted to continue with the same theme as last week...... The reason why I started talking about culture and mixing and bla bla is that I am not used to see my friends or family propose. I am soon 31, and that was not a part of the tradition when my friends got married. Nowadays I see more and more Tamil people propose to their partner........ So guys, for those of you who has a girlfriend/boyfriend (who said its only boys who propose?!?!???!!?) and is planning to do a nice proposal, here are my 10 favorite ideas:

1. Give your partner a good massage, but wait with the left hand to the very end. When you start massage the left hand, simply place a ring on the finger, and thereafter ask you partner to marry you.

2. Write "will you marry me?" With glow in the dark stars on the ceiling of your room. When the light turns off, wait for your partner to read the message. 

3. Hire a photographer to do "couple shoot", during the shoot, sit down on one knee and ask the question. You will both be dressed up nice and have some amazing pictures from the proposal. 

4. Go to a place or monument that means something to you, and ask a random guy to take a picture, when the person is going to take the picture, go down on 1 knee and ask the question. Then you have the moment on a picture as well. 

5. Plan a board game night with some friends or families. The game has to involve asking questions, and just casually in the middle of the game, when its your turn to ask your partner a question, pop the question: Will you marry me? {adselite}

6. Buy a box of chocolate and replace one of the chocolate with the ring

7. When you go on holiday, and you will be flying. Tell you partner you need to use the restroom. Then go and talk to the flight attendant and take over the speaker and propose up in the air. 

8. Fill a room with decorations, lots of balloons and photo memories all over the wall, and invite your partner into the room, because there is something he/she needs to see. And then go down on 1 knee.

9. Take your partner to a very special place. It could be first kiss, first date, some place very special. And simply ask your partner to marry you, classy, simple yet amazing. 

My absolute favorite idea is the treasure hunt. It's fun, unique and very private. Find some places that are special to you, and make sure to hide a treasure in each step. Have the first treasure and hint at home (when you are not there of cause) and make your partner go to the different places that you have chosen. It could be amazing if you could have someone secretly photographing every spot. At the final spot, let the ring be the treasure. This idea actually came to my mind from my favorite movie 180, where Priya Anand has birthday, but Siddarth pretend to have forgotten. In stead he send Priya on a treasure hunt. Overall there are soooooooo many good ideas to propose. Google it and there will be hundreds of hundreds of ideas. Find the one that you think your partner will like and go ahead. GOOD LUCK with your proposal.

Until next week

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Hi guys, Happy Friday. I don’t attend that many Tamil functions anymore. This is duo to my job, and duo to my frequency of travelling, which means that when I am finally home for a weekend, I would rather want to be in my bed for 2 days and watch Netflix. When I do attend weddings, I have seen it’s been quite common to have a guestbook. Either the guestbook will be at a fixed place and friends and family tells everyone “Don’t forget to write in the guestbook” or the guestbook will travel around the different tables.

I personally will only write in people’s guestbook if they mean something to me, if I have any memories with them, or if they are very special. I do not write in everyone’s guestbook. You as well as I, know that at Tamil weddings, often there is more than 500 people, and some might even not have a personal relationship to the couple, but you show up of respect, which is completely fine. But there is a difference from showing up at a wedding, to write a personal heart touching message in a book that they will keep for the rest of their lives.

Anyway, I have seen some pretty nice and interesting ideas of alternative guestbook (this is just going to be a list, so bear with me).

Traditional guestbook spiced up – At my cousins wedding in Canada I saw this guestbook and I loved it. It was simply a “photo album” which means only half of each page would be filled up with pictures of the couple, and the rest would remain white and the guest could write their message on the blank pages.{adselite}

Vintage atlas or old dictionary – Pick up a old atlas and make the guest write something interesting or funny with a map from the world. It can be either recommendations to visit, memories from around the world, or just a page with a map on. A dictionairy, make the guest find a good word and look it up in the dictionary and just write away.

Write it on a globe – Pick up 2 globes, paint them black, and have your guest write on the globe. A nice decoration that you can have placed in your living room, or bed room as a memory of your special day.

Scrapbook – leave a Polaroid camera, some colorful pens, tape, glue, other decoration paper and an empty scrapbook. Have your guest take a funny picture or a selfie and let them be creative. You will end up with a very creative and funny result when you return after your honeymoon.

Holiday decoration – Is your wedding close to Christmas and do you want to have some memories that you take up every year? Then do this: Buy a lot of Christmas decoration and have your guest write messages on your decoration. It’s a cute idea and you will be reminded every holiday season of your wedding day.

There are so many amazing, different and creative ideas on Instagram and Pinterest. So go have a look and be inspired. A guestbook is not only an idea for weddings, but can also be used for samathiyaveedu, birthdays or even housewarmings.

Until next time

 

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Hello guys, Happy Friday. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Friday in the beautiful weather. Today I am gonna share a website I stopped by lately. So basically what this website is about is a space where you can create a digital invitation for your wedding (I have been looking around and it’s only for weddings guys, sorry). You may ask me “Why is this so special, when you can create a Facebook event, and that’s all?”

Well, here comes the part that I like.

First you create your invitation and provide the website with names, date, time, address. And the basic invitation is created. Afterwards you add your pictures and design it, so it looks nice. There are so many extras in this invite that you create, and it sooooo makes sense for me. Let me explain why :)

RSPV – When your guest have received your invite, they can simply respond whether they are attending, how many are attending, what their name is etc. By that you have an idea of how many will attend your wedding. You can add the event to your google calendar, so you don’t have to do that manually.

Song Selection – as a guest you can add your wish for the playlist for the party :) I LOVE IT !! There is nothing I hate more than people going to the DJ and wishing this song and that song and blab la – by using this tool, you have your guests wish for their song.

Live Directions – guest can on the day, simple and easy get live directions to the venue, through google maps.{adselite}

Wedding gifts – You can create your personal wedding gift list, which can be provided with websites for the products, so you know that you will get exactly what you wished for. No more stupid wedding gifts that you will never use.

Guest Greetings – You all know that when attending a wedding, there is the guestbook, and you always say that you will write in it later, and later and later. At the end of the day, you actually never managed to write in it. An online guestbook make people write their greetings online as well :)

Shared wedding album – Everyone can add the pictures that they have been taking to the online shared wedding album. Of cause the album is only available for the people who have an invite. This is also a really cool feature that I like.

There are other planning tools on the website as well, but I really like the idea with the online wedding invitation/website. Even though we live in a digital world, I see this as a great tool for the digital user, and young people on our own age. The older generation might still want a paper card physically in their hands. And yes the printed cards are charming and beautiful. But digital is a good way to save some money guys.

Anyway, consider it for your next event, it’s easy to use, very exciting to create an play around with for the guest and it’s completely FREE :)

Website: http://www.wedivite.com/

Demo: http://invite.wedivite.com/demo

Until next time

 

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Hi guys. I hope my first 2 blog posts were interesting for you to read.

The plan is that we will upload minimum 1 blogpost per week, but could be more than that, so stop by now and then, to be updated. 

I am currently sitting on the backseat of a 9 seater and driving through the amazing Switzerland. Guys I have been living in Europe for the last 30 years, and I spent more than 150 days outside the country. I been to Switzerland now and then, but damn ...... No words can describe how amazingly beautiful this country is.... If you haven't tried driving through the mountains in CH, that is definitely something you should write down on your list, for #PlacesINeedToVisit. We started out in Germany, and was driving through to get into Belgium. From there to Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Lichtenstein. I am traveling with my brother and my cousins. We had a tight but structured plan, and have been able to see so much in a very short time. Amazing week, so many nice locations around this area, definitely something I can recommend :) during this trip, snapchat has been frequently used by all of us, which is related to the subject I wanna talk about in this blogpost.

There are several ways to personalize your event on different social media channels. The most common one I have seen being used is hashtag. The hosts will request everyone who uploads pictures on Facebook, Instagram to hashtag their picture e.g. #XXwedsYY. By doing this it's easier for the hosts to see what has been uploaded. It's a really funny and easy way to collect memories.

Working with marketing, gives me the knowledge on trends and ideas that can be used. One of the recent ideas I have seen, and find very cool and interesting is snapchat.

Snapchat is all over, everyone uses snapchat to share what they are doing with their friends and family. Others use it as a marketing tool, for vlogging etc. I have recently discovered that snapchat allows you to buy a personal filter for your event. It will be temporary and restricted by a geofilter. It is very easy to create and a really exciting idea :) {adselite}

  • users can choose areas that are minimum of 20.000 square feet and maximum 5.000.000 square feet. Roughly that would be a few city blocks. The custom filters can be used from 1 hour to thirty days.
  • the filters starts at $5, which is the approximate Price for a 8 hour event. This money will place the filter on snapchat. The price will change according to the time and amount of space the filter covers.
  • users needs to design their filter and submit it through Snapchats online portal. Once the image is uploaded, the user can define the area that the filter has to cover. And then finally choose the time and date that they want the filter to be available.

When all these informations have been submitted, Snapchat has announced they will come back within 1 business day. Currently the custom filters are only available in UK, USA and Canada, but will be available in the rest of the world very soon.

I personally think this is amazing, it's cheap, fun and different from what everyone else does. When I as a host am done with the event, I will receive all snaps that has been uploaded with my filter. Definitely an idea I see people will use in the future.

If you guys have any question regarding this service, comment below, and I will answer you.

 

Until next time

 

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Planning an event, a party, a function is not easy. When we decide we want to do an event, we have a goal. We have an idea of how the event has to turn out. We make a function to celebrate. To celebrate something we are proud of, happy about, and basically we want to share this happiness with the people around us. This can be a wedding, a puberty ceremony, a birthday, a good party…. Whatever….. You name it.

In order to have a successful event, both for the guests and the host yourself, planning is super important. If you start early with your planning, it will be less stressful and easy for yourself, so as soon as you have decided to have a function, get started on the planning. With my project management skills, I can write pages about good planning, about overview, about tools etc. etc. etc. It will take me forever to write everything, because there is so many tools that can be used. Some tools work for some people, some others for others. I will touch upon the different once that I find helpful, in the blogs in the future. This post is just very basic and very general about planning an event.

It is important to have a high level overview over the event in your mind, in order to be able to create a success. Some of the headlines that I find important are the followings:

  1. Develop event goal and objectives. Why are we doing this? How do we want this to be received from the guest? What is our goal with this event?
  2. Organize a team. Depending on the size of the event (we Tamils never have small events !!:) ) organize other people to be responsible. You are still the “project manager” but give out the different tasks to others, in that way you will be able to still have the overview, take the most important decisions, but you will have other people to help you fulfil the task before the event, but also at the event itself. What I personally like about giving responsibility to other people, is to get other people’s opinion on the different things. Others might have a different view on the subject that you, yourself might not have thought about. So organize a team!!
  3. Set a date. When you know when the event is gonna take place, please tell people. We Tamils have so many functions, all the time. Every weekend we get ready, take on a 6 meter long saree on, spent hours fixing make up, hair, jewelries, matching bangles….. You name it. We have events all the time. In order to help your guests, to be prepared for the event, go out and tell them as soon as u know when the event is gonna take place. Make them reserve the date.{adselite}
  4. Brand your event. Make an invitation. This can be done in several ways. I will write another blogpost about this later. But make an official invitation and share with your guests, so they feel welcomed, invited and can start to look even more forward to your event.
  5. Create a masterplan. Again, a big topic I can write pages about. But creating a masterplan with your team, is important. Brainstorm on this as early as possible, both for you to get an overview of how this is actually going to look like when its gonna happen, but also for your team to get started, and start to get going.
  6. Have deadlines. Create milestone deadlines. Deadlines for you, and for your team. Don’t forget buffers, is something unwanted turns up. Without deadlines it will never be easy to create an event.
  7. Establish a budget Budget is super important. I have not known anyone in my surroundings that have kept their initial budget. I have a very good tool for budgeting, that I will share another time, but create an overall budget, in order to avoid unwanted surprises.

Guys, again I can write pages about planning, and I will in small bits and pieces and introduce some relevant tools for you as well. But for now, my message is just, if you have a goal with your party or event, you need to plan it well. Start as early as possible. This is both to create a great event for you and for your guest.

Until next time

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