Category: Bridal Inspirations

Jared and Harpreet’s Classic American Wedding

Jared Triplett and Harpreet Singh-Gill got married in September last year in Wisconsin, USA. Of the numerous weddings that I have featured on my blog, this one has to be one of the most unique ones.

The rural setting for most of the events (the wedding events started on all days at their family farm!) make this an absolutely charming wedding.

The henna night was followed by fireworks in the evening and loads of celebrations. I love the style of the henna, a beautiful mix of contemporary and modern patterns on the hands and beautiful traditional style patterns on the feet.

Don’t you also absolutely love the colours and the simple setting for the mehendi. A refreshing change from some weddings which glorify and make the mehendi into a massive and grand affair. Back to simpler times with smaller gatherings, I am loving it. 🙂

The religious ceremony was held as per the Sikh faith. The outfits were absolutely stunning and the couple seemed to have selected colours that complement each other nicely.

Colour co-ordination between couples is an interesting topic in itself, and the outfits do not always need to be the same colour or have elements in the same colour. Tonal matching like Jared and Harpreet have done is a beautiful way to think about couple outfits.

Indian ceremony: Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin in Brookfield, WI

The reception looked absolutely lovely with a beautiful decor and theme. I especially love the outdoor pictures of the couple – beautifully executed and the end result is stunning.

Reception: Hilton in downtown Milwaukee

Photographs courtesy Brian Slawson Photography

Mehendi / Henna courtesy Mehndi by Maliha

Rachna and Gopal’s Dubai Wedding

Rachna and Gopal’s outdoor Dubai wedding makes me want to take the next flight to the city and get away from all the cold and greyness of London 🙂

Outdoor weddings are always a tricky affair because there can be so much that could go wrong. But in Dubai, where temperatures and weather are far more predictable, it is perhaps the best thing to do.

The couple are both from Chicago, so a lot of the planning was done online. They certainly did a good job if the pictures are any indication. The locations look picturesque and just the right backdrop for a wedding shoot.

If you had not previously considered Dubai as a destination for a wedding, these pictures will make you re-think your decision!

Photographs – Candid Wedding Stories

Wedding venue:  The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, Dubai

Special shout out for the bride Rachna’s dress – I just absolutely LOVE the colour and the detailing on her lehenga. One does not see a lot of velvet fabric lehengas in recent times, so this nod to the traditional was so refreshing to see. Rachna also got the accessories and jewellery spot on I would say – heavy enough, and not too overwhelming at the same time.

Rachna wore a very stylish outfit for the reception. Slightly un-conventional in that it was a Lehenga and a Jacket combination. But she pulled it off beautifully!

Indian Wedding Invitations for 2019

Wedding invites are special and little memories that we can treasure long after the event. The invite is a first glimpse at what the wedding theme will look like and what the style of the wedding is likely to be – an opulent affair, a fun and quirky style or a destination theme and so on.

Because an invite says so much about you as a couple and about the wedding, it is important to give it proper thought and consideration. Selecting an invite which is quirky and fun, when you are a serious couple who wants a serious wedding would certainly confuse a lot of the guests. Staying true to the overall feel of your wedding is my top tip when thinking about the perfect wedding invite.

I would suggest the following process to come up with your ideal invite options,

  • Decide on the overall theme of the wedding. You do not need to know things right down to the last detail, but a general theme and style would help
  • Think about a colour scheme and theme for the overall wedding decor. If you can decide this theme already and use it for the wedding invite, I think it is fantastic and creates a sense of continuity with the wedding
  • Get inputs for the most important elements from important decision makers for the wedding. I am thinking of couple, parents, elder relatives in the case of Indian weddings
  • Shortlist the most important elements that are important for you. These could be the colour, style, layout and the language of the invite
  • Write the final details down before you start your research for the wedding invite. It is very easy to get carried away and inspired by so many amazing styles out there

Writing down the final details really helps to maintain focus and get everyone to agree on the basics. This avoids so many issues after the designs have been finalised.

Back in the “old days”, one would visit specialist vendors of invitation cards who stocked samples, and you selected a style from that and that was it. Things are so much better now, and the possibilities are virtually limited by your own imagination!

I do suggest that if possible see an actual example of the wedding invite before you make a final decision. Sometimes pictures can be quite different from the real thing!

Before I share some of the inspirations that I think could be interesting themes for 2019, I do suggest thinking about an online only invite. This is a super environmental friendly option and while it may not have a wow factor, it is perhaps what wedding invites of the future will look like.

Indian wedding invites with small gifts

These wedding invites are on the luxurious side and involve a wedding invitation card and some small gift that is neatly packaged in the same box. The options for colour and gifts are endless and there are numerous specialist stores online that you can turn to to help you create a box that is very personalised.

Traditional Indian wedding invitations

Sometimes the classics are just the right choice. They offer a familiar style that everyone is so used to (at least the ones above 50 years) and have a sense of nostalgia about them. When in doubt, I would suggest that you opt for this style as it might be the safest option. You will also find plenty of vendors for these styles, so logistics might be easier.

Fun Indian wedding invitations

I like these rather off-beat and interesting styles because they can be quite cool and really bring out the couple’s personality. These are not styles for everyone, but if you like this style then I think you can get very creative with the layout and content. My suggestion would be to find some budget friendly printing services like Vistaprint where you can customise the designs and the layouts.

Extravagant Indian wedding invitations

If you have the budget and the inclination to create an invite that is unique and memorable, then this is the section for you. While some might argue that these invites are completely OTT, I say that if you can get something like this made, you should. A wedding is a memorable life event, and if you can make it that much more special for your guests by splurging on your invite then go for it!

Discussing your requirements with a specialists is the way to go for extravagant wedding invites. Specialists will first understand more about you, the event, the theme and then present you with ideas for the invite. These could range from how you first met to something that is very personal and unique about you like your family background or profession.

Invites for the utterly romantic at heart

Nothing quite matches a beautifully composed poem that is unique and very specific for your wedding. While you might be able to spend a ton of cash on making a materially extravagant invite, for the truly inspiring and intellectual invite, I would be inclined to get a poem composed.

Check out a beautiful poem written by Rachel Hill for us. It’ll be so cool to have a poem like this on a card that is personalised for the bride and groom! You can contact her (via email on rachel [at] startur [nospace] ntuition [dot] co [dot] uk) to ask for a poem written specially for you.

The dress code is colour, anything but white,
And you’re going to have to party long into the night.
Watch out for the glitter, confetti and rice,
A day full of joyfulness, you’ll be wanting a slice …!

– Rachel Hill

I really enjoyed this post because there was so much to inspire me! I have to admit that I kept getting distracted by all the varieties of invites and the styles that are possible and it took me forever to finish this post. If you have details to share about your wedding invite or of an invite that you find particularly interesting then please do leave a comment!

Make sure you check out my previous post about Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations for other styles I liked!

Pictures: Puneet Gupta invitations, Pinterest

Top 5 beauty products that are missing from your make up bag

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The holidays are the perfect time to bring some fresh sparkle and cheer to your makeup. Chances are there are some products you already have your eye on. Even the most outfitted makeup expert might have some essentials missing from her makeup bag. Whether you’re looking to gift a friend or just treat yourself, here are five products that will up your makeup game. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll wonder how you ever did without. From cult-status eyeshadow palettes to the perfect eyeliner, discover the makeup that will rock your world. 

1. Lime Crime Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette 

The Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette is a gold mine for makeup goddesses obsessed with color. A whopping eighteen shimmery shades lay down rich, buttery color with maximum staying power. The collection includes shades like “Celestial,” a deep mauve with flecks of sparkle, and “Inspire,” a warm berry with rich metallic shine. The Lime Crime palette’s neutral color, “Blank Canvas,” provides the ideal foundation for building any eye look. This is the perfect eyeshadow palette for when you want to mix it up and do something a little more unexpected with your makeup. 

2. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette 

The OG neutrals palette, Urban Decay’s Naked had 12 colors that reinvent what it means to go nude. I had a friend who gave away her unused palette and it was gone in less than twenty minutes. Naked has a cult status for a reason. Naked was unfortunately discontinued in August 2018, but Naked2, one of several spinoff collections, packs just as powerful a punch. Naked2’s shades have unforgettable, edgy names: “Busted” is a deep brown shimmer, while “Bootycall” makes beige anything but boring. Naked2 looks good on every skin tone and can be used for neutral makeup looks or crafting the perfect smoky eye. This palette is a must-have for anyone looking to cover their bases. 

3. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 

Stila’s liquid eyeliner ends your search for the perfect eyeliner pen. Just swipe it on in the morning, wait a few seconds for it to dry, and it won’t wear or crease through your work day. This eyeliner works even on the oiliest lids. Trust me, it’s magic. The thin pen tip lets you control how thickly you want to lay down lines of color. The Stila eyeliner pen comes in 11 amazing colors from classic jet black to a rich, intense purple. If you only buy one eyeliner, make it this one. 

4. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation 

Many women struggle with finding foundation that matches their skin tone. Rihanna sought to change this and created a foundation with 40 shades to choose from. Pro Filt’r Foundation won the AllureBest of Beauty Award in 2018. It works on even the most dry and sensitive skin and lasts all day. If you are looking for a foundation with even coverage and high performance, this is your pick. 

5. Nars Blush in Orgasm 

It may have a provocative name, but the Orgasm blush flatters every skin tone with natural, healthy-looking color. The Orgasm blush has a subtle pink undertone and is good for both blush beginners and blush experts. Most Nars blushes are very pigmented, but it’s virtually impossible to put too much of this shade on since it’s so sheer. The Orgasm shade has won the AllureBest of Beauty Award multiple years in a row.

The Ultimate Inspiration Gallery for Indian Bridal HathPhool

Hathphools are an amazing accessory and one that has until recently been under-utilised as a bridal accessory. The sheer variety and styles that one can select from are mind boggling, with enough colours and styles to match with almost any look. Pair them with a lehenga or an anarkali, they are going to add that wow factor to both outfits.

Think of haathphools as the marriage between a bracelet and rings. The traditional style of haathphools are usually made from metal or metal and encrusted with uncut diamonds. The newer age styles feature not just floral patterns, but actual flowers and I think that is very cool!

I particularly like the floral styles because they are so pretty and full of colours. I do worry about them being too delicate and literally falling apart, but the use of faux flowers puts my mind at ease. Using bright coloured flowers adds a beautiful touch to an already vibrant outfit.

The inspiration gallery is a collection of the styles that I really liked and thought you would like as well. If you have other specific styles you’d like to see more of, then just let me know in the comments. I plan to have this post as a living one that keeps evolving as I come across new inspiration and styles!

   

  

    

    

Pictures: Wed me good, Instagram, Pinterest, Wedding Sutra

Insta Worthy Indian Bridal Hairstyle

Bridal hairstyles have come a long way over the years and there are just so many options now that it can often get confusing which one to go for. I decided to make life easier for my dear readers by showing some of the best options out there that are absolutely fab and totally insta worthy!

I have noticed that Indian make up artists tend to go slightly heavy on the hairspray and the styling, so if you’re one for the simpler looks then you might need to set expectations straight right from the start.

It is important to select a hairstyle that you are comfortable – this is the starting point. No matter how good a style looks, if you’re not comfortable and feeling good wearing it, then don’t do it. It’ll be on your mind through the day and won’t let you enjoy your big day as much as you should. A balance between what looks nice and what is most comfortable for you is the best tip i would give – a tough rope to walk, but give it some thought and it’ll be totally worth the time.

Another tip is to try to get the hair done up in the same style that you select for the big day in advance, so you can get a feel for how it would suit your face. This should be done well in advance so that you have enough time to change the style as required and discuss it with your stylist. Not important to have the same stylist as your wedding day, and even someone else who can merely create that look for you should be sufficient.

Lets get started with the inspiration!

Side Sweep Curls

Braided Bun with Gajra Flowers

Gajra Braid

Centre Parted Curls

Floral Updo

Simple Bun with Flowers

Simple Bun

Dramatic Side Curls

Centre Parted Bun

Centre Parted Curls

Side Bun with Flowers

Centre Parted Curled up Sides

Traditional Centre Parted Curls

Bun with Flowers

Flower Bouquet Bun

Dramatic Floral Bun

Traditional  Braids with Gajra Flowers

Criss cross Bun

Elegant Bun with Rose

Floral Braid

Jewel Detailed Traditional Braid

Dutch Braids Bun

Fish Tale Braid

Braid with Jewels

Elegant Gajra Detail Bun

I have gathered the styles I like the best, and the photos are sourced from various places online and I do not claim to have the copyright for the photos. If you like a specific style or have tried it in the past and hated it, leave a comment – I would love to hear from you!

Need more inspiration? Check out one of our older posts about Indian bridal hairstyles

Style Tips from Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s 2017 Wedding

Lets face it, true style never goes out of fashion. And if you’re looking for Indian wedding style tips, then look no further than THE wedding from last year – Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s wedding in Italy. Some may say that this is dated, but I think that the tips from the wedding are timeless and will serve us well in 2018 and 2019.

Style Tip 1: Pastels are here to stay

We have seen a lot of pastels both on real life brides as well as on celebrities over the last few seasons, but Virushka emphatically stated that pastels are here to stay. And may I say, the matching pastels are just to die to. I love the co-ordinated colour tones of the bride and groom.

Style Tip 2: Bold colours and traditional weaves rule the reception

To own your reception look, you cannot go wrong with a vibrant coloured saree made from traditional Indian weaves. Anushka wore a beautiful banarsi silk saree for her Delhi reception. She looks stunning of course not just because she is, but also because she absolutely owned the banarsi saree.

Style Tip 3: Traditional jewellery is perfect for weddings

Almost goes without saying, but traditional rules the roost when it comes to weddings. We have recently seen brides opting for contemporary styles that are delicate and demure. These are great, but for a complete WOW factor like the one Anushka manages, you need to stick to the basics and go for traditional styles. Take it a notch higher with a maang tikka and a haath phool like the one Anushka is seen sporting.

Anushka wears a chunky choker necklace made from un-cut diamonds, and i like this style because it works with so many different looks and clothing types. The wedding styles do get chunky and quite full on, so perhaps get your necklace made into a smaller size after the wedding, so that you can wear even with your contemporary clothes.

Style Tip 4: Contrasting colours for the perfect Insta friendly pics

See what they did here? Beautiful colours and perfect contrast to each other’s outfits makes for the perfect Insta pic. I like this picture especially because Anushka keeps her make-up very natural, keeps her outfit colours bold and has perfectly contrasted it to Virat’s jacket. Love the colours as well – they complement the skin tones perfectly.

Picking the right colours can be tricky, especially for couples. Take the time to think about the colours that complement your skin tone the best and then think about how best to match the colours that both of you will wear – instant insta fame awaits, not to mention loads of compliments from friends and family!

Jigna and Romi escape to Brighton for a Fun Day

Everyone loves a fun day out and what better way to spend it than with your significant other to be. A gorgeous sunny day is an opportunity to escape and Brighton is one of those places which is accessible from London and yet so unique and fun!

This video from our advertiser Hari-Om productions and it looks absolutely stunning! The video captures the couple enjoying the day at Brighton Pier and doing fun things. A lot of couples get these type of videos created for memories obviously but also as a fun thing to have playing at weddings. I have attended weddings where the couples have played the video in the background when no wedding related ceremonies are taking place. Okay it gets super boring after the 10th loop, but it proves a welcome distraction sometimes!

For the couple, the emotions and memories of the day stay with them and they are able to reminisce about the day in the years to come as they see the video. For someone external like us seeing the video, it is a chance to get to know the couple just a little better.

The camera work and the editing are of course absolutely the key – which scenes and emotions are to be captured and included in the final cut to convey the story. It is a difficult balance to get right sometimes, but I think that this video hits the nail on the head and I feel like I am able to connect to the couple and have had a chance to peek into their day on the pier.

Such videos have been popular for sometime already and I am even hearing of family back in India using such videos during weddings. It is a trend that is not going anywhere.

I shall be posting a couple of videos from Hari-Om – each of which are absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend that you consider their services. You can see examples of their work directly on their website here.