Category: Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are joyous celebrations and for a bride is the most important ceremony of her life. Everything must be perfect, so here there are some tips for brides, grooms and guests to enjoy it in the best way! Read about Indian Wedding ceremonies here – http://strandofsilk.com/special/indian-wedding/style-tips-for-indian-wedding-ceremonies

Review of UK Bridal Stores (Sponsored by Strand of Silk)

In my previous posts, Part 1 and Part 2 of ‘Find Your Wedding Dress in UK’ I tried to convince Asian brides in the UK that they can find their perfect Asian wedding lehenga or saree without having to travel to India or Pakistan! As promised, here is a review of the most popular UK bridal stores for Asians.

Strand of Silk is an online retailer offering the latest indian wedding wear collections for women and men, from some of the best Indian designers, such as Anita Dongre, Raakesh Agarvwal and Siddartha Tytler.

Strand of Silk offers such stunning collections (Indian bridal sarees and lehengas) and special services which are definitely worth checking out. Their special services include a custom made service ‘Made for You’, where brides have the option to personalise their dresses to suit their requirements. With this special service they provide you with very detailed measurement instructions (pictures and video) to ensure perfect fitting. Additionally, if you are looking for just a size alteration, they offer one free alteration service for Bridal orders!

Other Strand of Silk bridal services include ‘Experience The Dress’ with which you can have your outfit ordered to your home to see the embroidery and style, try it on and show family members and friends. They also offer expert styling assistance, such as different combinations of an Indian bridal lehenga, saree and accessories, what styles can be worn at different ceremonies, as well as styling tips for guests!

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Onitaa – When I walked into this store I felt like I was entering a princess walk-in-wardrobe as it gives such a luxurious feel, and filled with  stunning Asian Bridal sarees and lehengas. The first half of the shop offers stunning collections by Pakistani designers (for women and men) such as Deepak Perwani and Zainab Chottani, whilst the far end displays Indian fashion by designers such as Mansi Malhotra and Arnab Sengupta.

However, I was more impressed with the Pakistani collection than Indian – the Indian bridal dresses were either too gaudy or too simple! On the other hand, I loved some of their in-house creations which are definitely worth checking out! They also offer some pretty contemporary clutches and jewellery by Amishi.

Phulkari London – Phulkari’s store is located on Ilford Lane (East London), conveniently situated for Indian wedding shopping. They offer a great range of Asian fashion designers from India and Pakistan, including Sabyasachi and Satya Paul. They also offer their own in-house collections Phulkari Bespoke which are eye-catching with starting prices from £700.

RDC London – Another store located on Ilford Lane, the heart of Asian fashion shopping, offers gorgeous Indian and Pakistani inspired fashion and bridalwear. This is a great store if you are not interested in a designers name but rather a pretty and affordable wedding dress. Their special bridal service offer includes creating a wedding dress from scratch to fulfil your requirements!

Aashni + Co – This gorgeous store definitely lives up to its high-end location Notting Hill, offering Indian wedding outfits from some popular Indian bridal designers such as Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra. If you have a high budget and want to be seen in specific designer’s creation, then this could be the place for you.

Personally, Strand of Silk is my favourite of the UK bridal stores for Asians since they offer such a beautiful bridal collection suitable for a range of budgets. They are also extremely helpful, by giving the option to have the garment ordered home to try on and show others before committing yourself. You can simply sit back, relax, order your dream dress at home and let them do the rest for you.  They will advise you and handle the garment with so much care – they truly understand the importance of a wedding dress for a bride!

Homemade Face Mask For A Wedding Glow

Looking beautiful for your big day is a top priority, but with all the stress of preparing for a wedding it is easy to forget about your skin. Finding time to book and go in for a professional treatment is a pain and expensive! So why not opt for a quick and easy-to-make homemade face mask? Face masks are a great way to feed your skin with healthy antioxidants and give you the desired radiant skin for your special day.

Homemade Face Masks

Here are 3 easy homemade face masks which will undoubtedly brighten and leave your skin glowing:

[color-box]1. Almond Homemade Face Mask

This will lighten your skin and as almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, it will help soften and nourish your skin

  • 4 teaspoons of almonds soaked & ground
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric paste
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of cucumber juice

Mix all the ingredients into a paste. Apply all over the face and neck and keep it on for about 5 minutes. Then rinse with water.[/color-box]

[color-box]2. Avocado and Oatmeal Homemade Face Mask (taken from Make it and Mend it)

To provide moisture, soften and  keep skin looking healthy

  • 2 teaspoons of finely ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of avocado
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Blend ingredients in a bowl forming a thick paste. Massage the mask onto damp face in a circular motion, and then rinse with warm water[/color-box]

[color-box] 3. Strawberry Homemade Face Mask (taken from Bollywood Shaadis)

This multi-beneficial homemade facial reduces puffiness and dark circle under the eye. The high concentration of salicylic acid removes dead cells from skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

  • 6-7 Ripe strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Mash ripe strawberries completely to get smooth paste. The add the olive oil, honey and lemon. Apply it on a clean face with clean hands and wash it off once it is dry.[/color-box]

What are you waiting for? Go make a simple homemade face mask and wake up with softer and brighter skin!

Beautiful Bridal Mehendi

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Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani Recipe

With all the ceremonies and rituals Indian weddings have, catering for guests is extremely stressful for the bride and groom’s family. Who’s going to cook and what are they going to cook? This decision for Indian wedding food is not taken lightly for Indians as there is so much at stake if it goes wrong. Any Indian celebration is incomplete without a grand feast- it is part of the culture to share an abundance of food with friends and family.

At Indian wedding functions, guests hope to find an array of mouth-watering dishes and one that is sure to please is Biryani – an exquisite rice dish filled with spiced flair. Biriyani was once considered to be a royal dish, fit for kings.

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani

So if you want to add royalty to the grand wedding feast try out our delicious Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani recipe, inspired by Khana Khazana’s Sanjeev Kapoor:

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani

[color-box color=blue]Ingredients

 

For the lamb:

500g of lamb cut into small pieces
1 cup (Greek) yogurt
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, torn
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, torn
One large onion thinly sliced
Salt

For the rice:

280g Basmati rice
4 tablespoon ghee/butter oil + 1 tablespoon oil
2 bay leaves
10 green cardamoms + 2 black carmamoms
25 black peppercorns
3 cinnamon sticks
2 large onions thinly sliced
½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
10 cloves
Few saffron (kesar) strands soaked in ¼ cup milk

Method

1. Heat five to six cups of water in a deep pan. Add drained rice, salt, bay leaves, five green cardamoms, seven to eight black peppercorns, one cinnamon stick and cook till three fourth done. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat sufficient butter oil in a medium-sized saucepan and deep-fry half the onion slices till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Grind caraway seeds, one cinnamon stick, remaining black peppercorns, cloves and remaining green cardamoms to a fine powder and set aside.

3. Marinating the lamb: Place the pieces in a bowl and then add ginger, garlic and salt. Mix well in order to coat the lamb pieces properly. Add the garam masala, red chilli powder, half the fried onions crushed, yogurt, coriander leaves, half of the mint leaves and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix well again. Leave it to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

4. Heat two tablespoons ghee/butter oil in a pan, remaining cinnamon and black cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add remaining onions and sauté till light golden. Add marinated lamb, stir and cook on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Cover, reduce heat and cook till almost done.

5. Heat the remaining ghee/butter oil in a thick pan. Spread half the rice in a layer and spread the lamb over the rice. Then thrown in the remaining torn mint leaves and spread the remaining rice on top.

6. Sprinkle the saffron on the top and then cover the pan and cook until done. Serve hot. Recommended to add raita on the side.[/color-box]

Voila, you can now cook a scrumptious royal Hyderbadi Lamb Biryani dish that will surely impress your hungry guests.

 

 

Indian Wedding Style Tips for Guest

We all know that an Indian wedding isn’t like most, but that is what makes them so beautiful and a celebration that everyone wants to experience. But why do they last so long?! Well, this long lasting affair is down to the many rituals carried out, all having their own significance and importance.

These festivities will surely be extravagant and lavish as Indians love to splash out on celebrations. I can confidently say that you have not truly celebrated until you have experienced it the Indian way.

So what ceremonies are there in an Indian wedding and what does one wear to these? Each Indian community has their own unique ceremonies, but here are those shared by most:

Sangeet

The wedding celebrations usually start with this event where family and friends gather together and close members perform dances for the happy couple. This is followed by dinner, more music and dancing. It is a fun event which is enjoyed by all.

Indian Wedding Sangeet

Style tips: Taking part in the dances? Then you should wear something vibrant and pretty but easy to wear, such as a light anarkali. But if you are a close friend or relative and want to wear something heavier you can easily change after the dances into an anarkali, lehenga or saree. If you aren’t close to the couple then a simple and colourful anarkali will be perfect . You will be dancing a lot, so wear something flowy!

Mehendi

This pre-wedding ritual is organised by the bride’s family, attended by women who are friends and family. It is an event where the bride has a change to spend quality time with the girls.  Everyone celebrates by dancing, laughing and getting mehendi, also known as henna, applied on their hands and/or feet. Mehendi is beautiful, as it signifies love and affection.

Indian Mehendi Wedding Ceremony

Style tips: You should wear something bright and colourful, but light since you will be sitting uncomfortably when getting mehendi applied  – an anarkali or salwar would be appropriate.  Be warned that you might get mehendi on your outfit since it takes a while to dry, so perhaps you shouldn’t wear your favourite attire!

Haldi

This is another messy but fun ceremony which is a cleansing and purifying ceremony performed before the wedding day. A detoxifying (mostly turmeric based) paste is applied on the face, hands and feet of the bride and groom. This will bring a glow to the skin which is supposed to create more attraction between the couple.

Indian Wedding Haldi Ritual

Style tips: Similarly to the mehendi ceremony, wear something bright and light, but not precious to you – as you will be applying this paste on the bride and if they’re feeling mischevious, they may put some back on you too! A simple anarkali or salwar will be a good choice.

Wedding

The big day has finally arrived and consists of many symbolic rituals performed throughout the day, starting with the bride’s family welcoming the groom and his family and eventually ending with the performance of the marriage ceremony.

Indian Wedding Ceremony

Style tips: A rich and heavy saree or lehenga is the most common outfit to wear at an Indian Wedding and apart from black, any colour can be worn. Just make sure you dress to impress and accessorize as there will be hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people attending and lots of photos being taken!

Reception

This is a celebration which like most other cultures involves lots of eating, drinking and dancing. It is usually organized by the groom’s family to celebrate the arrival of the beautiful bride into their family.

Indian Wedding Reception

Style tips: A long ravishing gown, stunning saree or chic anarkali will be the right choice for this occasion and you can finally wear elegant black!

The beauty and romance of an Indian wedding is like no other. Embrace these grand festivities by dressing extravagantly and most importantly enjoying!

Indian Wedding Photos: Nish Weds Nancy in India

The wedding day is one of the most special days in a woman’s life. Indian weddings consist of a colourful medley of Indian wedding ceremonies, resulting in memories that last a lifetime. Brides share some of their special moments with us and these beautiful pictures have been sent to us under the pseudonym of Nancy. These beautiful photos depict the different stages of the wedding and we hope you enjoy this colourful journey!

I have picked out my favourites and put them here!

Indian Wedding Photos | Mehendi

Indian Wedding Photos | Beautiful Decoration

Indian Wedding Photos | Love the hanging detailing

Indian Wedding Photos | Traditional Puja Thali

Indian Wedding Photos | Beautiful Jewellery

Indian Wedding Photos | This is from the Pandal - see the hanging figures?

Indian Wedding Photos | So Elegant

Indian Wedding Photos | Stage for the musical evening

Indian Wedding Photos | Love the Jewellery

Indian Wedding Photos | Traditional Puja Ceremony

 

I hope these photos have given you an insight into the various ceremonies of Indian weddings, and inspired you to plan your own wedding. Think outside the box whilst planning your wedding and make sure your photos are infused with plenty of creativity and vibrancy! Whether it is intricate mehendi or Indian wedding decorations, your Indian photos should aptly capture the spirit and energy of the wedding.

If you would like us to write about your wedding or someone else that you may know, please do let us know and we will be happy to publish your images!

Beauty Tips For Wedding Glow

A girl’s wedding day is supposed to be the most important day of her life; therefore it is vital to look your ultimate best on this special day. From achieving flawless skin, to fitting into your wedding attire and looking fabulous, you will need to start your beauty regime ASAP. Here are some valuable beauty tips:

– Pamper yourself with monthly facials and skin treatments

– Get your beauty sleep (at least 7-8 hours)

– Use natural remedies like turmeric, sandalwood and honey to make a face pack. Or try this home-made Face Glow Oil

– Maintain a healthy diet as this plays an important role in giving your skin that beautiful shine, keep you looking slim and increase energy levels.

Fruits and vegetables should be incorporated into your daily diet plan.

– Go for monthly hair spa treatments to get soft silky hair

– Drink 4-5 cups of green tea daily for flawless skin and to increase metabolism rate

– Daily exercise: Read an article by Vogue India ‘Be the fittest bride’ for great tips on keeping fit

Bollywood Beauty Tips:

Bollywood Beauty Tips

Aishwarya Rai: Drinks a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily to maintain her radiant skin

Katrina Kaif: She believes that food plays an important role– she avoids carbohydrates and eats food rich in iron, vitamins and proteins. “You need to see that the products that you use are of the best quality”.

She also believes that beauty comes from within. If you feel good from inside you will look good as well.

Deepika Padukone: “My daily skincare regime includes moisturiser with SPF during the day. At night, I remove whatever little makeup I wear and then apply hydrating cream. Also, plenty of water, balanced meals, regular workouts and adequate sleep figure on my must have list”

Most importantly, do not stress out about the above, because at the end of the day stress will only take you back to square one. Keep calm and be fabulous!