Big Fat Indian Wedding Survival Tips

Big fat Indian weddings are wonderful. They are huge jubilant celebrations, full of colourful clothes and decor, brilliant food and tons of dancing. They are however also long and hectic, so you need to be well prepared to ensure you get through the multiple ceremonies in perfect fashion. Below are some key tips to make sure you’re well prepared!

  1. Make sure you test out your shoes thoroughly beforehand and keep a spare pair easily to hand. It is also a good idea to have a stock of gel pads and blister plasters to prevent rubbing.
  2. Keep a spare lipstick handy. This may seem like a slightly strange one, but if you’re the bride or part of the main wedding party, you’re likely to be greeting a lot of people, so your lipstick is in danger of rubbing off. If you keep a compact lipstick in your bag you can easily reapply when necessary.
  3. Weddings can be long and stressful on occasion, so it is a good idea to keep some painkillers nearby just in case.
  4. Deodorant or perfume can be a godsend when you’ve been dancing for ages. Be sure to have some with you so you can feel nice and refreshed.
  5. A wedding is a huge, emotion-filled occasion. Be prepared for tears either from yourself or your loved ones. Take some tissues so your makeup doesn’t smudge.
  6. Just in case your makeup does smudge, get some makeup remover and q-tips to fix it.
  7. As with your lipstick, your hair is also likely to become messed up due to all that dancing, so remember a comb and some hairspray so you can touch it up. After all, you don’t want a hair out of place for your photos!
  8. If you wear contact lenses, take some solution with you and maybe even a spare pair. If your eyes dry out they may become uncomfortable.
  9. Take some snacks. This may seem odd given the vast amount of food that can be found at an Indian Wedding, but as the bride in particular you will constantly be rushed off your feet and have people vying for your attention. Having something small and easy to eat can be a godsend during the non-stop madness.
  10. Stay hydrated! Among the dancing and talking, it can be easy to forget to drink plenty of water. It will not only make you feel more alert, but will also significantly decrease the chances of headache.

The main thing however that you need to do to survive a big fat Indian wedding, is to enjoy it. Trust that everything will go to plan and if something doesn’t don’t let it bother you. Enjoy your special day and make sure you take a few moments during each ceremony to really take it all in, because it goes by in a flash!

Strand of Silk’s Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

I was recently contacted by Strand of Silk who wanted to tell me about their Indian wedding outfit generator.  I must admit that I was dubious at first. However once I spent some time playing around with it I quickly changed my tune.

Putting it simply, the outfit generator is great and makes the task of figuring out what to wear for each of the many wedding ceremonies SO much easier.

I have so far attended three Indian weddings, so am still a relative newbie. Preparing for an Indian wedding as a guest can be very overwhelming and stressful. It has always amazed me that more attention hasn’t been paid helping guests choose their outfits.

I was personally very lucky when it came to my first Indian wedding because I had some incredibly helpful and patient friends – all with a great fashion sense – to help me along the way. However, even if you have someone who can talk you through each of the ceremonies and take you shopping, you still have accessories to think about. This is what is so great about this outfit generator – it explains what happens at each of the ceremonies, gives practical styling tips and makes sure you know what items of clothing are not appropriate to wear!

Pick an Occasion | Strand of Silk's Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

The Indian wedding outfit generator covers the Engagement ceremony, Haldi ceremony, Mehendi ceremony, Sangeet ceremony, Baarat ceremony, Wedding ceremony and Reception. What’s more it isn’t just aimed at female guests, but also has male guest, family of the couple and bridesmaids covered too.

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Along with styling tips, the page also contains several lookbooks which serve as great inspiration and a series of related blog posts in-case you feel you need even more information.

What To Wear | Strand of Silk's Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

The Indian wedding outfit generator is incredibly easy to use.  All you have to do is select who you are and which ceremony you are going to and the styling tips, lookbooks and blog posts will appear. If you like the products you see, you can purchase them straight away with a simple click that takes you straight to the product page.

For anyone attending an Indian wedding for the first time, this page is invaluable. I do however also think that this page is very useful for the most seasoned Indian wedding goer, because the lookbooks (outfit suggestions) and blog posts are a great source of inspiration.

If you do try out the Indian wedding outfit generator, I’d love to hear what you think of it!

Beautiful Wedding Photography by Neil Walker

Neil Walker has been a professional photographer for the last 20 years. He got his start shoot advertising photography and portraits both in the UK & internationally. He has had an incredibly varied career to date, which has enabled him to photograph people from all walks of life, from the jungles of Columbia to the streets of Putney.
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It was wedding photography though that made the greatest impact on Neil. He decided to move into wedding photography because he loved the idea of being able to be part of a couples’ special day, knowing that his photographs of their special day give the couple wonderful memories for years to come.
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Neil aims to capture the most intimate, emotional and funny moments from a couples wedding, which he does by working in the background at weddings so that the end result is a documentary or reportage style. He of course finds time to snap the obligatory group shots and photos of the bride & groom together, but other than that, everything else is shot candidly with little posing.
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Neil says he loves photographing Asian weddings because they “allow me to blend in with guests and really get stuck into the action. This is particularly true during the baraat, the ceremony & of course during the dancing!”
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How Neil deals with rain:
Weddings that are affected by rain or other bad weather can be some of the best for wedding photos. I believe the best way to deal with rain is to embrace it & use it, not try to fight it. Going out under a white umbrella and getting some beautiful shots can make for wonderful wedding photos. However, I’ve found that having a back up plan means I very rarely need to fall back on that plan!
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One of Neil’s most memorable wedding experiences:
It has to be my first baraat! I was in the thick of it photographing the groom climbing on to a huge white horse when the dhol drummers struck up and the whole wedding erupted into dance. I love the photographs from that first baraat, I can still remember the excitement as everyone moved towards the bride’s family.
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If you would like to see more of Neil’s photographs or contact him about photographing your own wedding, you can find him at: