India International Jewellery Week 2014 – Bollywood Stars

I love Bollywood movies, the stars and all the glamour. There I said it for the world to read. Shiny jewellery and dazzling flashes of diamond make me quite a happy bunny. Put the two together, and I am in heaven !

Indian Jewellery looks great on the ramp and more so for brides. The Polki (un-cut diamonds) and the Polished massives stones set with coloured stones are stunning. And the best of indian jewellery and jewellers was on display at the India International Jewellery Week held recently in New Delhi in India.

Bollywood and Indian Designers (or everything in India) have a very close relationship. And of course for fashion, they are uber important – a lot of the inspiration for local fashion and dressing up is taken from what the stars wear on screen. No surprise then that for all the important events like a Fashion show, the turn-out and attention on Bollywood stars is immense.

Here are some of my favourites from the show, more pics to come later!

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Sonam Kapoor at India International Jewellery Week 2014 – Indian Jewellery
Beautiful Bipasha Basu at the India International Jewellery Week 2014
Beautiful Bipasha Basu at the India International Jewellery Week 2014
Sunny Leone at the India International Jewellery Week 2014
Sunny Leone at the India International Jewellery Week 2014

 

Online Wedding Jewellery Stores!

Online designer shopping has taken the world by storm and changed the lives of all us compulsive shoppers. Is it any surprise then that for jewellery is not far behind? Making their presence felt with earrings, necklaces and cummerbands and now in wedding jewellery almost every nooks and corners are these websites that we have followed, stalked and adored!

Amrapali - bigfatasianwedding.comAmrapali Jewels(http://www.amrapalijewels.com/) – Founded by Rajiv Arora and Rajesh Ajmera, Amrapali has stayed true to its muse over the years. Inspired from the timeless grace and beauty of Amrapali the courtesan, the brand focuses on bringing India’s rich craftsmanship and design history into the modern age, and to overseas customers. A luxury brand, it uses semi precious and precious stones and gems in modern settings with a touch of Indian heritage.voylla.com - bigfatasianwedding

 Voylla( http://www.voylla.com/ ) – a one stop shop for all our online designer shopping needs for jewellery, whether you are a bride, groom or even the family. They have a huge collection of jewellery ranging from traditional Indian to modern chunky. What we most loved about them was the neat classification of their products. Apart from the usual necklaces-earrings-bracelet deal, they also have nose pins, toe rings and armlets. Not just that they have clutches, handbags, pouches and wallets for women and kadas, rings, cufflinks and buttons for men too!

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Vasundhara Mantri (http://vasundhara.in/) – Well cut, well defined and full of elegance. Vasundhara Mantri, a young and inspiring jewellery designer from Kolkata established this fireball of a brand only 10 years ago. But the beauty that it has spun is breathtaking. Perfectly proportioned and with resplendent colours, this jewellery is powerfully feminine.

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Agastya(http://www.agastya.asia/) – has a decided aesthetic in which it houses products with distinct influences on them. Here you will find jhumkis, chaand baalis and peacock earrings, tribal necklaces and maharani necklaces, crystal-diamonte studded cuffs and products housing semi-precious stones – perfect for an asian bride. The vividity of colour will charm you, and the limited edition, exclusive collection will make you hurry!

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Isharya (http://www.isharya.com/) – Launched in 2004 by sisters-in-law Gauri and Radhika Tandon, Isharya is all about pleasing the modern bride. This online designer shopping destination for wedding jewellery is for brides on the go, and has chandelier earrings, intricate cuffs and cocktail rings. With a huge collection, from ‘Modern Maharani’ to ‘Bollywood Glam’ to ‘Snakes & Serpents’, they create rampant desire quite effectively. They also have exclusive sections for materials such as Black Onyx, Jasper, Coral and trends such as Blush, Bridal and Flora!

Want to see other Indian wedding jewellery to match perfectly with different wedding sarees?

Top 5 Inspiring Bollywood Movies !

Aisha : Fairy Tale Love Story

This movie has it all drama , love , youth, comedy , fashion , romance. The movie is inspired by the novel written by Jane Austen called ‘Emma’. If you have seen the hollywood movie ‘Clueless‘ is almost the 21st century remake of the same movie. The bollywood movie also emphasizes on how two people who are most unlikely to fall in love land up getting married ; drama and misunderstanding between loved ones and how friendship in the High society is just a unestablished relationship! But , the adorable love and understanding between Aisha(Sonam Kapoor) and Arjun(Abhay Deol) definitely will make you fall in love and value it equally! ♥♥

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Bride and Prejudice aka ballah ballah Amritsar to LA : Cross over Romance

Another movie which was inspired by the novel called Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen . The movie is directed in a more Desi-version featuring the gorgeous bollywood movie actress Aishwarya Rai and the Hollywood actor handsome Martin Henderson. Its a very beautiful portrayed story about how two different cultural background individual fall in love after going though alot of drama , disappointment , distrust ,etc.

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Monsoon Wedding : Desi Love story

Monsoon wedding is a very fun and jolly movie , It has all the double meaning and the adult comedy which is super hilarious and how dis-functionally Punjabi- hindu wedding is celebrated.The songs , actors , actress and the monsoon is the perfect reason this Bollywood movie , will totally inspire you to get married! 🙂

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Band Baaja Baaraat : Typical Love story

Its a very simple yet beautiful filmed love story . Its about how a girl and a guy are friends start a business and the girl falls in love with the guy. When the guy gets to know the girl has fallen in love with him. He acts like a jerk and the girl eventually starts hating him. But , as their business is connected to each other , they start talking and finally both fall in love with each other. How Typical isn’t it. But Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh both have done a magnificent work in this Bollywood movie as a typical Delhites

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Hum Saat Saat Hai : Family Drama

Its one of the best movies that portrays the functioning of a joint Indian family. All the drama , love hate , emotions , understanding , marriage everything is so brilliantly directed. It definitely touched all the Indian hearts and looking at such a happy and close netted family , It definitely inspired to have such a Big fat asian wedding !!

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Browse here for Bollywood-inspired Indian wedding dresses and other Indian wedding jewellery!

Congratulations! Aftab Shivdasani and Nin Dusanj

Aftab Shivdasani, Bollywood actor who was seen as a young lad in the 1987 movie ‘Mrs.Indian‘. After starting his career as a child artist , he was seen starring in ‘Mast’- movie directed by Ram Gopal Verma. He received an award of ‘Best male Debut’ that year at Zee Cine Awards. Ever since Aftab has been reaching new peaks in his acting career. Over the year Aftab has given many hit films like Hungama, Awara Paagal Deewana and Masti,etc.

Aftab  Shivdasani as a child actor and when he first debuted in mast

In 2009, Aftab Shivdasani started his own production company called Rising Sun Entertainment. The first movie produced under his production was ‘Aao Wish Karein‘. 

In 2012, Aftab Shivdasani got engaged to a Punjabi girl from London ‘Nin Dusanj’. She was working as a consultant for a luxury brand in Hong Kong for almost 6 years. And recently shifted her base to Mumbai.

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Their love story started at a common friends party and fell in love at the same time! After Aftab got engaged at every red carpet awards night , movie previews and parties , he was accompanied by her beautiful fiancee ‘Nin Dusanj’.

Aftab Shivdasani with his fiancee Nin Dusanj

Finally, after two years of courtship on June 11th , 2014 : Aftab Shivdasani and Nin Duganj tied knots in a private ceremony in the presents of close family and friends. Congratulations to the new beginning to both Aftab and Nin 🙂

The wedding news was leaked out by a few close friends of Aftab and Nin through social media.When Genelia D’Souza tweeted giving out best wish to the newly married couple.Kabir Bedi who is dating Nin Dusanj’s older sister Preeti Dusanj tweeted “Congratulations to Aftab and Nin , wishing them a very happy married life.”

Stylish Wedding Tips for Asian Groom

How many times have you heard the mantra, ‘A bride is a bride is a bride’? Actually, the groom’s position of power has been discounted enough without us rubbing salt on their wounds. So, let’s join hands for this worthy cause as we try to turn 2014 into the year of the groom.Here are some simple yet effective wedding tips for Asian grooms:

Colors , Cuts and Styles :

Slim Cuts seem to be terribly in vogue, as they flatter many body types. And with that we mean lapels, ties, turban trains, and anything else that could be slender-ed down. For this, tailor-made suits and made to order traditional Indian attires are your best bet. Although more expensive than the pret-a-porter collections, they promise to make you look like the dreamy knight that you and your bride deserve.

While suits, blazers, tuxedos and jackets for contemporary receptions and sherwanis and kurta-pajamas for traditional events are the most popular apparels, do not be afraid to experiment.

You could delve into options such as a fitted double breasted jacket, a drape jacket, waistcoats and more. For options on the inside you could try an Oxford button down shirt, cutaway collars and wingtip shirts. In traditional forms too you can go bolder with jodhpuri pants, bandhgalas and Rajputani waistcoats.

As far as the color of your apparel is concerned, be sure that it complements the theme and location of your wedding. But more importantly is be sure that it complements the color of what the bride is planning to wear. This goes for all the events out there.


Stylish tip for an asian groom- be color co-ordinated with the brides outfit

We know you will be eyeing the black, navy or slate grey ones on your shopping and fitting sprees, but believe us, the beige, browns and stone colors are making a comeback. They spell relaxed and outdoorsy and definitely deserve a chance! Light grey and tan also go well with most bridal gowns and dresses. Also, if you are more hipsterish than we think you are, then turquoise and lemon are some sure-fire winners!


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Apply the same experimental techniques on traditional garbs and you have wine red Kurtas, white embroidered pathanis and an array of cream, ivory, coral and pistachio color palettes.

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Accessories

Asian men have some interesting picks where accessories are concerned. Free to make western, out and out traditional choices, they can also pick, choose and fuse options.

While cummerbunds, slender neck-ties are obvious options, I think we have come a litte ways ahead of them. Pocket squares are making a huge comeback and bow-ties are in a league of their own. But what has caught our attention are the adorable dimpled neckties that look crispy and well-scrunched.

The heavily traditional accessories seem to be here to stay such as big turbans, pearl strings on your embroidered kurtas, kundan brooches on your turbans. You can also make things interesting by fusing the two. Try adding pocket squares on your waistcoats over kurtas or pin a flower to your top pocket. These will make you look utterly suave and give you the unique groom-like stature!

traditional turban with kundan brooch for the groom : styling wedding tip

While what you wear is of prime importance, it cannot do to ignore the other bits. Asian weddings are known to be long and tiring and involving rituals with fire in an already heated weather. Hence, some hairspray or hair gel should have you looking your presentable best. Apply it in your breaks if need be. While you may face some tough times in the shower later on, having your hair stick to your scalp in wedding photographs would be nothing but a nightmare.

If you cannot do without a watch, then wear one. It also might be a bad idea to wear lenses what with all the fiery rituals, so stick to your spectacles if that makes you comfortable. Trim your nails and make it a point to smell good all the time. While everybody will advertise how you need to rid yourself of your facial fuzz, chances are you look good with some sort of beard design/shape.

Belts, Socks, Shoes

While it is a given that you will not wear a belt on suits and or even just suit trousers, a basic rule to follow is to match your leathers. Black belts go with black shoes and brown belts go with brown shoes. And if you do need to wear a belt with your formal attire and smarter trousers than it will have the be the most basic, the slimmest, plainest one on the store shelf.

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White socks are an absolute no-no and should be reserved for the gym, but should match with your pants and shoes, and preferably be a lighter shade.

 

While, all these tips will come extremely handy on your wedding day, there’s nothing that will beat good posture and a smile on your face. So stand tall and enjoy the one of the most important days of your life.

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Finally! Vijay weds Amala Paul!

director Vijay and Actress Amala Paul

 

Actress Amala Paul, who is set to marry Tamil filmmaker Vijayon June 12, has roped in two of the country’s well known designers Anita Dongre and Sabyasachi Mukherjee to design her wedding outfits.

While Indian’s famous Fashion designer Anita Dongre will design Amala Paul’s engagement gown, the bride’s wedding reception outfit will be a creation by Mukherjee.

“For the ring engagement ceremony on June 7 in Kochi, Amala Paul will be seen in Anita Dongre’s white gown. It has been specially ordered for the occasion. On the same evening, she will be seen in a traditional lehenga,” a close friend of the family said.

“For the wedding, which is on June 12, Amala Paul will be draped in a Kanchivaram sari and later in the evening during the reception party, she will slip into Sabyasachi’s creation and wear a specially ordered diamond necklace to go with it,” the friend added.

The engagement ceremony is expected to be attended only by the couple’s close knit family, whereas the wedding and reception will be graced by special guests from the southern film industry.

In 2011, Amala Paul and Vijay fell in love on the sets of Tamil drama Deiva Thirumagal, directed by the latter. Since then they have been dating each other.

Finally, after such a long love story takes a new turn . Vijay weds Amala Paul.

Post wedding, Amala is likely to stop acting as she wants to settle down and have a family.She is currently wrapping up shooting for Malayalam film Mili, while Vijay is awaiting the release of his latest Tamil directorial Saivam.

– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/tabloid/sabyasachi-anita-dongre-to-design-amala-paul-s-wedding-outfits/article1-1220779.aspx#sthash.aXCjRvLP.dpuf

Congratulations : Rani and Aditya !

Congratulations to the Indian film director, producer and screenwriter Aditya Chopra finally tied the knot with Bollywood actress Rani Mukherji this year in April. After many family members, friends and fans were eagerly waiting for these two love birds, Rani and Aditya to get married, they finally announced to the world that they had a private ceremony. This was not a surprise as these two are known to keep their relationship away from the public. But the couple had been dating for two years and it was about time they exchanged vows.

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Official statements revealed, “We are happy to announce that Mr. Aditya Chopra and Ms. Rani Mukerji got married last night on April 21,2014 in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family and friends.”

They had a formal church wedding followed by a romantic traditional wedding in Italy, with a pundit flown down especially for it. Aditya wore traditional dhoti-kurta, whilst Rani donned a traditional red Banarasi saree.

A close friend to the family said, “Aditya knew that Rani and her family wanted a traditional Bengali wedding, so all rituals were completely Bengali.” How sweet!

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The newly wed Mrs.Chopra announces, “I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years.”

“It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us. I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God’s grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life – the fairy-tale continues,” she added.

Even Kajol on Koffee with Karan was asked in the rapid fire round, “If you were to ask the following people one thing what would you ask?” For Rani (her cousin) she answered, “When are you getting married, even I would like to know.” Well, finally we all have the answer.

We wish Rani and Aditya all the best in their new married life and a happily ever after 🙂

Grand Indian Weddings : ‘More Than 100 Crore’

Indians are famous for throwing ‘big fat weddings’ but there are some affluent families out there who have truly lived up to the title.  In particular, there have been massive industrialists who have crossed the 1000 crore mark. Insane right?!

Mallika Reddy weds Siddarth Reddy(over 1000 Crore)

Although not as big as the Mittal weddings, Hyderabad-based industrialist G.V. Krishna Reddy, also gave his daughter a fairytale wedding. Mallika married Siddharth Reddy, son of the Indu Group, in 2011. It was like nothing Hyderabad city has ever seen, with famous faces of Bollywood, business, fashion and politics attending including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the reception in New Delhi.

The special guests received solitaire rings and sarees designed by renowned fashion designers with their wedding invite. Additionally, they got the super talented designers Abu Jai and Sandeep  Khosla to design their mandap which was covered with red velvet and zardosi work.

What’s more is the venue had chandeliers which were decorated with hundreds of real jasmine.

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Sushanto Roy Weds Richa Roy & Seemanto Roy Weds Chandni Toor (Over 500 Crore)

Sahara Owner Subrato Roys’s son and Daughter got married on the same day and the same city : 10th February 2004 , Lucknow. The entire city of Lucknow was lit up and decorated like it was a festival going on. More than 50,000 poor people as well as beggars were severed food in the joy and happiness of Sushanto Roy- Richa Roy & Seemanto Roy-Chandni Toor’s grand Indian wedding.

There were about 11,000 guests that attended the wedding ; they were served more than 110 dishes on the grand wedding day that included Bengali , Italian , Chinese , Lebanese,Korean , American , English,etc. The food and catering for the big event was handled by Chef Hemant Oberoi and his trustworthy team from the Taj Groups of Hotels. Famous Indian choreographer Shamak Davar’s group,Famenco dancers , tap dancers and classical ballet dancers performed and entertained the guest along with live music played by the British Symphony Orchestra.

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Shristi Mittal Weds Gulraj Behl (Over 500 crores)

Just when you thought Lakshmi Mittal threw the lushest wedding, the younger Mittal went and gave his daughter an even bigger ,fatter and grand wedding in December 2013.

Shristi Mittal married Gulraj Behl in Barcelona, Spain after a three day wedding ceremony. Helicopters surrounded the venue to take aerial pictures of the special occasion. Water jets and lights danced to ‘Chariots of Fire’ and Michelin star chef, Sergi Arola was in charge of the feasts accompanied by two hundreds chefs from India, Thailand and Spain. Of course they also had a six tiered 60 kg cake and dazzling fireworks to conclude the celebrations.

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Vanisha Mittal weds Amit Bhatia (Over 200 crores)

Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal spent over Rs. 220 crores for his daughter’s wedding to banker, Amit Bhatia in 2004.The engagement was at the Palace of Versailles and the wedding ceremony was held in Chateau Vaux le Victome in France, with the guests and best Indian chefs flown down in private jets.The wedding celebrations went on for 6 days!

Grand fireworks took place on the Eiffel tower for the reception, Kylie Minogue performed as well as B-town stars like Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar. The lavish celebration also had Javed Akhtar write a special play based on the couple’s love story, performed by the Mittal family.

Vanisha was seen looking stunning in a red and gold lehenga designed by Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani

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