Friday, January 23, 2009

Upanayanam Invitation

A while ago I'd written about C's* Upanayanam ceremony. Not sure if it's the words in the comments section, but quite a few people come to the blog looking for Upanayanam invitation samples. I dug up the one we had used. Here's a photograph of it.

I fell in love with the image on the cover the minute I saw it. I thought it looked especially good in gold layered over an off-white background. We used the same motif on small red bags for the "thindis" (snacks) that you give guests before they leave and on large bags for gifts of saris, dhotis, etc. for the elders.

On the inside, there's text on both sides. The left side has logistical information: Date, the time for the "Akshata" (or muhurtham), Lagna, Venue and RSVP information. The right side has an image of the family deity and the text of the formal invitation: the names of both sets of grandparents "seek your presence at and blessings for the Upanayanam of their grandson [name] (son of [parents' names]). At the bottom, it says "With the best compliments of" and we listed the name of every single one of our siblings, sibling spouse and child.

* Then called N. See here for reason for name change.


Choxbox said...

i do remember that post!
lovely invit btw.

Anonymous said...

wow! the image is so symbolic, deep...Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how to get these invites? My son's is on April 19, 2009 and I am looking for a company to print them here in Michigan. any ideas? Is it cheaper to do in india and then shipped over? i only need about 60-75.
Mrs. Murthy

Sujatha Bagal said...

Mrs. Murthy, first of all congratulations! I hope you have a lovely ceremony!

We got our invitations made at Govardhan's in Bangalore ((080) 4121 0341).

If you have relatives in Bangalore who'll get the job done, then it might be easier. I am not sure how to get invitations done here in the US and I have a feeling they will be more expensive than the India option. But the problem with having it done in India is to make sure the work is done properly (design, spelling, proofing, fonts, color, etc.), the follow up necessary to get the work done on time and such. All of which becomes way more difficult if you don't have someone there.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

thank you for your response. i know it is easier to get it done in bangalore. i did my older son's upanayanam there. however since my younger son's is here i was hoping to find a u. s. based reliable printer.
but i appreciate your kind words.

Sujatha Bagal said...

Mrs. Murthy, since this is such a DIY country, perhaps Kinko's is the answer. Don't know why it didn't occur to me yesterday. Since it's only 70 odd you need, Kinko's might actually work.