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

Robles Video – Capturing Beautiful Moments

I have always been a big fan of Indian wedding videos. I think we are lucky to be living in a time when we have so many different mediums of documentation available to us and that being able to have something that can compliment and expand on what Indian wedding photos gives you is so great and often underrated.

People’s hesitance to go down the Indian wedding video route in addition to hiring a photographer is understandable. Indian weddings are big, go one for much longer than other weddings and so can ultimately be pretty expensive. Therefore when it comes time to seeing what can be cut to save money, Indian wedding videos are thought to be unnecessary when you have photographs of the events.

I myself couldn’t disagree more. I think the wonderful thing about Indian wedding videos is that they immerse you back into the events and they let you relive those special moments in a way that photos can’t. It is easy and perfectly normal to forget many things about your wedding – many of the events blur into one because they happen in such a short space of time and it is all so overwhelming and hard to take in. Therefore it is so nice to have something to site back and digest in the quiet and comfort of your home weeks later. A video of your wedding events can conjure up the atmosphere and can also allow you to hear those hilarious (and probably embarrassing) speeches in their entirety or remind yourself of the music you chose.

Indian wedding videos however are not just necessarily a straightforward start to finish documentation of your Indian wedding events – if you high a professional videographer, they can also be a stunning short film, with all the highlights for you to enjoy with your loved ones. Not to mention the fact that you can have incredible cinematic videos that show the true splendour of your wedding or beautifully romantic ones that include a poem or favourite song!

If you what a stunning memory that you can treasure for years to come that is cinematic and focuses on the most beautiful moments then take a look at the work of Robles Video Productions below!

Jennifer & Ambar

Rinal & Anish

Ayesha & Rajdeep

If you are as in-love with those videos as us, you can find out more information about Robles Video Productions: http://roblesvideo.com/

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/

Have Your Dream Wedding With One Atlantic Events

Many of us dream about our fairytale weddings long before we find mister right and agree to tie the knot. But imagining what we want our wedding to be like and then actually having to plan our real life Indian weddings are two very different things. For one thing there are lots of things to consider that never even enter our imaginings as little girls. For example, logistics and finances become a huge dictator of what your Indian wedding will look like.

Plan Your Dream Wedding With One Atlantic Events

Perhaps one of the most difficult things to plan for is your wedding venue. This is because you have the challenge of finding a venue that can accommodate your catering needs, have the right amount and kind of space to fit all your guests, for it to be beautiful and fit in your budget. This is of course before you consider that your Indian wedding venue hunt needs to start a long-time before your actual wedding because weddings get booked up so early. So you also need to have some idea of guest numbers.

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You can sometimes have to visit dozens of wedding venues before you find one that fits your requirements and fulfils your vision of your dream wedding.

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One wedding venue that we think is just gorgeous and would be totally magical for an Indian wedding is One Atlantic Events. Based in Atlantic City, you can have that beautiful by the water wedding that everyone dreams of when they think of a picture perfect wedding. The expert planners at One Atlantic Events will work closely with you to help turn your dream wedding into a reality. They will ensure that every detail is tailored to your vision to give you a truly spectacular day to remember.

Plan Your Dream Wedding With One Atlantic Events

In addition, One Atlantic can cater for whatever wedding you want whether it is one seeped in Indian traditions, an intimate wedding with a few close family and friends or a typical big fat Indian wedding, they will make sure your childhood vision is adhered to.

Plan Your Dream Wedding With One Atlantic Events

Find out more about One Atlantic Events: http://oneatlanticevents.com/

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/

Get Wedding Ready With Asian Divas

If you are looking for a qualified and experienced bridal makeup artist, Sanam Mahtani of Asian Divas definitely fits the bill. She is a bridal makeup specialist who is licensed in cosmetology and has been trained by famous Bollywood makeup artists. She has also gained valuable experience with MAC, Bobbi Brown, YSL, Armani, Chanel and last but certainly not least Inglot.

Get Wedding Ready With Asian Divas

For those who choose the services of Asian Divas they don’t just get the benefit of a professional makeup artist, but of an all round stylist. Sanam Mahtani is experienced in makeup artistry including but not limited to airbrush makeup, the application of false eyelashes, hair extensions, threading and nail art. Sure can also ensure that your saree is draped as best as it possibly can be and that your hair is on point.

Get Wedding Ready With Asian Divas

If you are unsure they can cater to your skin tone you can rest assured. Asian Divas are used to working with a variety of skin tones and conditions. No matter whether you have blemishes, scars, redness and white, dark or olive skin they use professional makeup brands and techniques to make sure you look radiant. You also do not need to be concerned about have an over the top of fake makeup look because Asian Divas are skilled at matching your skin tone to the right foundation – so you will not come out look orange or cakey!

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Asian Divas also caters for sweet sixteen’s, engagements, baby showers, parties, proms, special events and photo shoots at a location of your choosing.

Get Wedding Ready With Asian Divas

Find out more about Asian Divas:

Website: http://asndivas.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanamasiandivas
Twitter: @sanamasiandivas

Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

What makes Nik Thakar Photography stand out is their slick photo-journalistic style, which ensures that the raw emotions on display at a wedding are artfully captured. For it isn’t possible to truly capture the spirit of a wedding without capturing candid shots that take people unaware.

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It is of course a must to have those all important portrait shots and it is also lovely to be able to have some staged photos setup against a beautiful backdrop. However if this is all your wedding album consists of it would represent a fairly superficial look at your wedding.

Luckily, Nik Thakar is adept at capturing both kinds of photos and their specialty is to capture amazing moments and beautiful couple portraits.

Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

Thakar is a professional Indian wedding photographer who specialises in Asian, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and English wedding photography. With a wealth of professional photography experience behind him, Nik is able to illustrate every couples unique wedding story, by seeking to capture those natural moments as they unfold and clicking shutter as tear begin to fall, embraces are shared and people are unaware they are being photographed. This results in a rich tapestry of composition and emotion.

Nik Thakar’s Photo-Journalistic Asian Wedding Photography

Nik understand that your wedding day is an incredibly special time in your life and that capturing the little moments such as the bride getting ready for the day is just as interesting as the wedding ceremony itself because each image can be a key into knowing how each person is feeling throughout the day.

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Nik will tailor his photography to his guests and document the fun and humour present during the pre-wedding ceremonies as well as the wedding ceremony.

Find out more about Nik Thakar Photography: http://www.nikthakar.com/

Huqa Live is Using Virtual Reality to Disrupt the Asian Wedding Industry

While we may not overtly realise, technology has been gradually changing the wedding industry for decades. Whether this has been due to innovations in fashion, transport or photography, Asian weddings are now bigger and better than ever.

Now there is another piece of technology, which is making waves in the Asian wedding industry, all thanks to virtual reality. Virtual reality is essentially a type of film that when watched through a viewer creates a 360 view of an image, film or video game which immerses you in the environment, making you feel like you are there.

Virtual reality is still in the fairly early stages of innovation and people are still experimenting with it and pushing boundaries. One such example of this is Huqa Live, a wedding photography and video company which is now offering their clients the chance to have their wedding dance filmed with virtual reality technology.

How does it work?

A camera is set up in the middle of the dancefloor and the bride and groom and wedding guests dance around or near the camera. The footage is then edited down and the team rig a number of virtual reality cameras around the dancefloor area, which all swivel round to simulate human movement.

The end result

Once the finished product is ready, the couple are actually able to relive that part of their wedding through the help of a headset, a virtual reality compatible device such as an Android phone or Samsung Galaxy and a good pair of headphones.

This will transport you back onto the dancefloor as you are able to walk round your room and see yourself surrounded by all you wedding guest, with your DJ set playing in the background.

Until now, couples have relived their wedding through videos and photo albums and while these are both wonderful capsules from what is a very special time in your life, with the help of virtual reality you are able to feel fully transported back to that night and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

As virtual reality develops further and becomes more widely used and accessible, I am sure the possibilities of what can be done with it will keep expanding and eventually who knows, you may be able to relieve the entirety of your sangeet! Until then, this is an incredibly special memento from your wedding day – after all the dancing is the most fun part, so doesn’t want to be able to do that again and again?!

While I am unable to share a 360 Dancefloor video with you, take a look at the below videos to get a sense of the cinematic journey you can expect from Huqa Films.

In order to tell the story of RaeRay in beautiful and cinematic way, Huqa Live included a poetic element and remixed the orchestra from the barat section to create a lively vibe.

To tell the Grand Story of Mohammad & Mashal they also mixed in music and peom to create a romantic and lively tone, but also added in colour depth to result in a more rich and cinematic feel.

V.R compatible device and a “Google Cardboard” to experience it. For those of you who have a V.R compatible device and a “Google Cardboard” you can view a sample of their 360 Dance floor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Piq1caRO9-U / https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1109213595836185&id=727313620692853

Watch this space for more fantastic Videos from Huqa Live and find out more information about them: http://www.huqalive.com/videos.html