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Inspiring Bridal Mehndi Designs for Hands and Feet

I love the elegance and the beauty of Mehendi – right from the intricate designs to the fact that it stays on for so many days and is still temporary. Even the smell of mehendi excites me (mehendi is also an aphrodisiac, did you know?), so I take every change to admire beautiful mehendi. This post is all about Mehendi and some inspiring designs that I absolutely love.

Mehendi is normally applied on the hands, whether it is for festive events or for weddings. But to make weddings all that extra special, mehendi is also applied on the feet. In fact, in most communities in India, even the groom gets mehendi applied on his hands. In this post I have some beautiful bridal designs for mehendi that have caught my eye recently.

Bridal Mehendi for the Hands

Almost all bridal mehendi on the hands tends to be very intricate patterns, but the length can sometimes vary. Some brides get their entire hand done up, right until the elbows while others might finish just after the wrists. The choice of the length is a matter of personal preference, but does have an impact on the visual appeal.

I personally like the longer version that usually extends until the elbows because I think it looks very classy and gives importance to the wedding ceremony. Until the wrists almost seems like “every-day” mehendi to me.

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Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the elbows
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists
Bridal Mehendi for the Hands until the wrists

One more interesting fact about the mehendi on bride’s hands is that often the initials of the groom or even the entire name is written in code in the mehendi. And in some cases a blessing in the form of a mantra or a verse can be part of the mehendi like in this bride’s mehendi.

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Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Just like the hands, there are length variations for the feet as well. Unlike the hands where I like the more elaborate and longer version, I prefer the feet to be covered until the ankles. This is just a personal preference and nothing to do with the event.

Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns
Bridal Mehendi for the feet with spread out patterns

Variations for the feet pattern are in the form of a completely filled out pair of feet or lightly spread out patterns. Patterns tend to be geometric and nature inspired in most cases with a lot of prominence given to floral shapes, arches and curves – I suspect because it looks pretty and pleasing to the eyes.

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Bridal Mehendi until the ankles of the bride

I have also noticed in a lot of the pictures and weddings that I have attended that sometimes nails tend to be painted but at other times not. This seems to be a personal preference to me – or if there are any mehendi experts out there, please comment – but I personally like the clean look of no paint on the nails. But in some cases, at least for a picture, some paint that matches the dress looks very stylish!

Mehendi for the hands and the feet
Mehendi for the hands and feet
Bridal Mehendi for the Feet
Bridal Mehendi for the Feet

Pictures are from Mehndikalogie (http://mehndikalogie.com/).

 

Have you seen some inspiring designs that you can share? Please do share your thoughts and maybe send me the pictures, I’d love to see them!

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Choosing Your Asian Wedding Decor Theme

One part of planning a big fat Asian wedding, which is always super fun, is being able to choose your wedding theme. This is really where you and your groom’s (or bride’s) personality can shine and you can set your wedding a part from the hundreds of others also taking place that year, in the very same venue.

Something that can influence your theme is the wedding venue you choose. For example if you settle on a venue by the beach you may decide that you want your theme to be something summery or if you choose an indoor venue you may want to transform it with plethora of colour or go for something cosy and fantastical, like a woodlands theme.

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Alternatively, it could be the shape, size or colour scheme or the venue that proves to be the ultimate director of your Asian wedding theme. At other times, your wedding venue may instead act as a blank canvas for you to fill as you wish.

One such venue is Hilton Inn at the Penn where they have recently revamped their Woodland Ballroom. The spacious, airy feel of the room, together with the name may make you inclined to go for a romantic Woodland theme, but on the other hand the fairy plain and standard layout and look of the big ballroom makes it the perfect place to put your own unique stamp on for your big fat Asian wedding.

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While the Woodlands Ballroom does feature some quirky light fittings, we bet they could be easily used as a centrepiece in whatever Asian wedding decor theme you choose.

For more information on Hilton Inn at the Penn and their Woodlands Ballroom: www.theinnatpenn.com I facebook.com/HiltonInnAtPenn I twitter.com/HiltonInnAtPenn

Bollywood Bridal by Hollywood Makeup Studio

One of the big problems with choosing a makeup artist for your wedding nowadays is that accessibility to a professional camera, Photoshop or other photo editors which offer a plethora of filters is much more commonplace. While this may not sound like a bad thing when you think that you of course what to have your own set of glossy professional wedding photos, you can quickly realise when browsing through the thousands of wedding photos on Instagram and Pinterest, that you start to question the validity of what you are seeing.

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In other words, can you trust what you’re seeing? Has flawless bride in this photo been tampered with in post? This issue is beginning to get more traction especially since some makeup artists are now to tackle the issue head-on by publishing tips for how to spot whether a wedding vendor has overly edited their photos to give a misleading image. Some tweaks here and there are fine, but is they go beyond that so you get a distorted image, it is not.

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One makeup artist and hairstylist that you can have utter confidence in is Hollywood Makeup Studio, because their portfolio is full of before and after photos. By being able to see a side by side before and after image, you are able to grasp an idea of what to expect. You are to decipher which bits of the final look are down to the brides skin tone, natural beauty or the work of the makeup artist.

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Hollywood Makeup Studio’s elite team has over 12 years of experience and make it their mission to make their clients feel happy and confident so they can be the best versions of themselves on their special day. They offer a personalised service at a reasonable price and are based in Los Angeles, making them perfect for a destination wedding too.

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If you’ve always dreamed of looking like a Bollywood beauty on your wedding day, Hollywood Makeup Studio are surely the choice for you.

Find out more about Hollywood Makeup Studio: http://www.hollywoodmakeupstudio.net/

Indian Wedding Catering

Now we all know that one of the most important (and definitely the tastiest part) of a big fat Indian wedding is the food. Once the pre-wedding events and the wedding ceremony is over and done with, attention quite rightly turns to the food. After all, it wouldn’t be much of an Indian event without a seriously mouth-watering spread of food.

Three things you will always find a lot of at a Hindu Indian wedding are fried food, butter, and sugar. The exact dishes however tend to vary depending on the part of India that the bride, groom and their families are from.

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South Indian Hindu weddings are generally vegetarian, but will serve a plethora of different treats on typically – a banana leaf! You’ll find rice dishes accompanied by daal, dosa and adlis that seem to be never ending, which I promise you, you will be thankful for because South Indian wedding food is delicious!

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North Indian wedding food by contrast features tons of meat dishes involving chicken, lamb and spices. If you are attending a coastal wedding, don’t be surprised if you find fish dishes on the menu too!

Now for the best part of the meal – dessert! No matter which customs and traditions are being practiced, you can always expect to find halva. Types of halva you’re likely to come across are Moong Daal Halva and carrot and almond halva. You are also guaranteed to find some Barfi since it is a household favourite across India and comes in many different flavours and is nice and easy to make.

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If you are wondering whom you can possibly find to provide these heavenly dishes for your own big fat Indian wedding, check out A&T Indian Catering, which consists of Aashirwad, Tamarind Indian Cuisine and Bombay Café. A&T Catering is a premier caterer that has been delighting stateside customers for over 13 years.

See more of A&T Catering’s delicious dishes: http://aashirwadrestaurant.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pg/AashirwadTamarind/

Asian Wedding Decor – R&R Event Rentals

Once you have found your perfect Asian wedding venue(s), you can then start to plan how to make it your own. How you separate your wedding from the 100s of other weddings being held at that venue over the year is through your Asian wedding decor, so it is important to think carefully about what you want.

If you have been dreaming about your wedding since you were little, then it is safe to assume that you have a pretty good idea of what you want. Of course though, when it comes to an Asian wedding, you don’t just have the wedding ceremony and reception to think about, you also have the sangeet, mehendi and haldi. Therefore, as with so many parts of organising a big fat Asian wedding, it can be extremely useful to look through photos to give you an idea of the sort of thing you like and feel you would like to create at each of your wedding events. Additionally, being able to speak to event planners and decor specialists can make the world of difference, and can help transform your dream wedding into reality.

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As the saying goes, the devil is in the details and no detail is too big or small when it comes to your big fat Asian wedding. Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or have absolutely no idea, don’t panic – being able to choose your Asian wedding venue decor, either with the help of a specialist company like Raman and Raveen or by sitting down with your spouse and browsing through hundreds of photos – is one of the best parts of planning a wedding.

R&R Event Rentals, Decor and Design: www.RamanAndRaveen.com

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Mehndi Designs by Maliha

The mehndi ceremony is one of the major events leading up to an Asian bride’s wedding. It is a fun jovial event which often involves music, dancing and hopefully, the best of company.

The mehndi ceremony does however involve some important decisions because the mehndi design you choose will be in all your wedding photos. This makes the prospect of having to choose it quite daunting.  You need to think about whether you want a dark or light mehndi design, whether you want the pattern to match the embroidery on your wedding outfit or contrast it and whether you want an intricate lacy design or a simple design? And these are just some of the main things to consider.

Obviously reading up on the pros and cons of different designs can be very useful, as can talking to people who have had their own mehndi ceremony before. But, what I think is the best way to decide on the right type of mehndi design for you, is by scrolling through as many as you can and see what styles, shades and patterns take your fancy.

So, with that in mind, here are some stunning mehndi designs by Maliha.

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You can find Mehndi by Maliha at: www.mehndibymaliha.com | Facebook

Scott’s Restaurant as an Asian Wedding Venue

So we all know that planning an Asian wedding takes a lot of time and effort. We know this because we have been told by people, have been to plenty of Indian weddings and have seen them depicted in many a Bollywood film. However, you can never really know how much planning is required until you embark on the journey yourself.

One key aspect of an Asian wedding that needs to be got right is the choice of venue. Asian wedding venues are always in high demand and are likely to get booked up far in advance. Therefore it is imperative that you choose your venue early, perhaps before choosing anything else.

There are a plethora of types of wedding venues to choose from, such as a hall, a temporary structure in an outdoor setting, a hotel or a restaurant.

If you happen to live in San Francisco or are planning on having a destination wedding, then you might want to consider Scott’s.

Scott’s is located in colourful Oakland Harbor at Jack London Waterfront and in the heart of beautiful downtown Walnut Creek. Scott’s can be turned into a fabulous Asian wedding venue, with its beautiful view, airy space, and pretty garden.

Not convinced? Take a look at a couple of snaps from their previous weddings:

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Scott’s Restaurant: http://scottswc.com/

Indian Wedding Photography By Bilal

A wedding day is the most crucial day of one’s life. And why not, we imagine getting hitched to our right life partner all our lives. When the D-day arrives, we want everything to be picture-perfect from bridal wear to jewellery, food to decor, venue to weather, so we can have the memories of a lifetime. We want THE Indian wedding photography!

Thankfully to capture these beautiful moments of our lives, we can resort to Indian wedding photography. Photos serve as a great memory and reminder of this once-in-a-lifetime event.  A wedding photo album is something you can treasure long after it is over and pass onto your children so together, you can take a stroll down memory lane.

Keeping this in mind, ‘Photography by Bilal’ swears to deliver just that. The aim is to get a series of natural and emotive photos that illustrate your unique wedding story every time you look back at them. A good photo can bring back all the emotions and excitement you had at that moment, which is why wedding photography is such an important part of your wedding.

Nowadays, wedding photography is not just about the wedding day but includes a complete range of pictures that carries all your pre and post-wedding functions. The trend of getting a pre-wedding couple photoshoot done is very popular among modern Indian couples, who seem to be relishing getting their candid and artistic photoshoot done.

These types of photoshoots do not include simple portraits but instead tell a story and capture the atmosphere and emotion of the day.  So, without further ado, let’s look at some of the stunning bridal photoshoots, taken by wedding photographer Bilal.

Art at its best

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This picture is a sure-shot winner when it comes to depicting the mehendi design in an unusual and striking way. The way the mehendi-laden hand of an Indian wedding bride is viewed through a sheer curtain of a dupatta portrays the intricate design in all its beauty.

Not just ordinary

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Anyone can click a simple picture but it takes passion and talent to get a picture like this. This picture illustrates the epitome of grace and elegance of an Indian wedding bride. It captures the myriad of emotions that a bride is going through on her wedding day. The shot is especially poignant because the bride is viewed through the sheer veil of her dupatta in the midst of a seemingly private moment.

It’s all about details

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Moving away from the expected life-size portraits, we are treated here to a view of the more minute details that make up the flawless bridal look. This photo focuses on the beautiful maang tikka worn by an Indian wedding bride.

Let eyes do all the talking

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At the time of her wedding, a bride experiences a cocktail of emotions ranging from being happy to start a new life to the sadness of leaving her parent’s home. This mixture of conflicting emotions can be seen in this intimate photograph of the bride on her wedding day.

In all her glory

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A bride looks like a million bucks on her wedding day just like this particular bride who is oozing glamour in her stunning outfit and jewellery.  She is looking like a diva in the true sense of the word. Just as the bride has made an effort to look her best, the cameraman has done his best to capture her .

Look of love

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Love is mesmerising as effectively demonstrated by this photo of the much-in-love couple as they appear completely besotted by each other. They don’t need words to express their feelings as the look of love captured by the photographer beautifully gets their emotions across.

A smile is contagious

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This smiling Indian wedding bride all dolled up in her traditional wedding attire is a delight to look at. Her infectious smile captured with panache is something I love to revel on. Her orange coloured outfit makes a great contrast with the background, but it is her million dollar smile which is the USP of this click.

Bride & the bridesmaids

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A bride’s friends and sisters play a quintessential role in a wedding. Their importance can be seen from this picture where a beautiful Indian wedding bride takes centre stage and her gorgeous colour-coordinated bridesmaids pose together by her side. This image wonderfully depicts their sisterhood and bond.

If you love the above images and want to create a beautiful pictorial story for your wedding, visit http://www.photographybybilal.com/