Two sisters. While one decides to get married, the other quits her job for her sister's wedding. Sounds just like a Bollywood movie plot, right? Well, this isn't reel. It's for REAL! Meet the super sister, Simran Monga, a visual artist and graphic designer, who quit her job for planning the wedding.
When Simran got to know that her sister (Mansha) is getting married, she knew that the time had come to make up for all the lost moments because Mansha had already moved abroad for her work about a decade ago. And as Simran is a sucker for visual stories and illustrations, she decided to design Mansha’s wedding invitation card all by her own. Yes, on her own! The family didn’t want a regular invitation card; they wanted something that would tell a story they would cherish for life and here's what she made:
The bright pink envelope (left) and wedding cards (right)
The Story Behind... Parrots, Marigolds & Ludo
The family wanted something that relatives and friends could use as a souvenir and not just throw away after the mithai inside was gone. Simran was already quite busy searching the Internet for designs and soon realised that hardly any Indian invites were for keepsake and none were that interactive. That’s when the idea of a Ludo box struck her mind to be gifted with the invitation cards.
And instead of the regular mithai inside the box, Simran designed the Ludo game on the cover of the box and added:
Jars inside the Ludo box
→ Three hexagon shaped mason jars with cinnamon cashews, pepper almonds and pistachio clusters
→ A quick guide on 'How To Play Ludo'. And a note that says, "Kindly empty the box, lay it flat and turn it upside down to form a square"
Inside the box - Instructions of the game
The reason behind incorporating Ludo in the wedding invite was that while growing up, the game was considered as the family's favourite pastime! On most of the Sundays, while the bride-to-be's mother used to prepare breakfast for the family, the siblings would patiently sit with their father on the dining table and play a round of Ludo which would eventually turn into lots of cheating, shouting and turning the Ludo board upside down before someone actually declared themselves a winner!
The Ludo box after turning upside down
Parrots and marigolds on the wedding card also have quite an interesting story! During the childhood days, the father of the bride used to bring home parrots and the siblings would keep them for a day and then set them free the very next day. And if there is one flower that the family associates most with, it is without a doubt, marigolds. Even for decorating the house or coming back from the temple/Gurudwara during childhood days, there were always plenty of marigolds involved for them!
The other half of the box
Our Tip: Don’t just go with what’s trending on the Internet. What’s in trend today may not be in trend tomorrow! Instead, focus on what you like the most, use personal experiences to tell your story and incorporate them in various elements of your wedding!
Wedding invite designed by: Simran Monga
This invite definitely has an aww-dorable story and also serves as a pretty souvenir! What do you think?