Category: Bridal Inspirations

10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Many women across the globe suffer from a serious illness called shoe-fetish. And why not, after all shoe shopping gives you immense pleasure.  Having a great pair of shoes is a wise investment as it can enhance the beauty and impact of your outfit. Buying the right pair of shoes is crucial; it becomes all the more important when it is your bridal shoes. Yes, your wedding shoes need as much attention as your bridal dress does. For a simple reason, that it must make you feel both comfortable and stylish on the most significant day of your life. So, let’s have a look at some drool-worthy must-have Indian wedding shoes you can’t ignore.

Delicate satin flat ballerinas

Ballerinas | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

If you are someone who isn’t a big fan of heels or have good height already, you can choose a pair of delicate satin flat ballerinas. These aren’t just comfortable to wear but will also do complete justice for your bridal attire because they are elegant and pretty. With the fine tuning between satin and suede, this pair will surely emerge as a winner on your D-day. Adorned with different textures and buckles, satin ballerinas look good with both a lehenga and an evening gown.

Studded Indian Chappals

Brocade Chappals | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

If you are frowning at the thought of wearing a pair of chappals beneath your stunning lehenga, allow me to burst your bubble. Here we are not talking about an ordinary pair of chappals but a pair of studded Indian style chappals. These flat chappals with textured brocade at the base and studs and pearls on the straps are a great choice as a bridal shoe. Designed similar to flip-flops, these chappals are fancy in the true sense of the word, all thanks to its stone-studded straps!

Punjabi Juti or Indian Mojri

Punjabi Juti | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Commonly known as Punjabi Juti, these flat Indian wedding shoes are one of the most popular and widely accepted wedding footwear. These are very traditional in nature and have roots dating back to the golden history of India. Also known as Mojris, these Indian bridal shoes made of leather are apt for both men and women. The best part about these shoes is that they are available in vibrant colours and are adorned with beautiful embroidery and embellishments. You can match them with any sort of bridal wear, so they are an easy choice for your wedding day because they don’t impart any restrictions.

Medium Heels

Medium Heels | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

If you want to look tall on your wedding day but not taller than your groom, opt for a pair of medium heels. Medium-sized heels like kitten heels or wedges can give you the right amount of elevation and will amp-up your bridal attire too. Most importantly, they will be more comfortable for dancing in! You could go with heels in either cross-pattern style straps or sandal style ones. Embellished with sparkly dangler style studs, stones in white or colours, this pair is a must-have.

Sandals

Sandals | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Sandals are indeed a bride’s best friend. Surely there aren’t any brides who aren’t besotted by the grace and comfort a pair of sandals provides. Sandals come in a variety of styles and designs, from being highly gaudy to having simple straps, there are a numerous options. One can choose as per one’s need and desire. Also, their versatile nature allows you to mix and match them with both your Indian as well as western dresses. Some sandals have designer buckles at the top, while others have fastening buckles at the back for a perfect grip. Also, choices of sparkles be it elegant pearls or shiny stones means they can be perfectly customised for the wearer.

High Heels

High Heels | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Heels give you the confidence of being tall and elegant. And if you love heels be it pencil heels or slightly thicker ones, don’t shy away from grabbing a pair for your wedding day. Get your hands on an elaborated version of golden pumps and stand tall in these beauties. Make sure you have habit of wearing high heels or at least practice walking in heels before your wedding day; else they may give you problems on your special day!

Peep-toes

Peep-toes |10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Gold and silver are great neutral colours that go well with any sort of Indian bridal wear. You can’t go wrong by grabbing a pair of pretty peep-toes in either colour for your wedding day. Peep-toes are not just classy but they also allow you to flaunt your mehendi design and let air pass round your feet to avoid sweating.

Ankle Strap Heels

Ankle Straps | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Indian brides love to wear anklets in gold or silver on their wedding day. Anklets are one of the accessories Indian brides just can’t do without. That being said, if you opt for ankle strap heels, you can give anklets a miss, if that is preferable for you. Beautifully adorned ankle straps with stones, beads and pearls look graceful and yet minimal so that it does not take away attention from your wedding dress.

Stilettos

Stilettos | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Stilettos are underrated but one of the must-have bridal shoes. They arguably have a more westernised appeal, but also look great with some of the Indian dresses like Indo-western lehengas or fusion gowns. You can get a pair of sparkly stilettoes to go with a sangeet, cocktail or reception dress.  This pointed footwear will never let you down!

Platform Heels

Platform Heels | 10 Stylish Must-Have Indian Wedding Shoes

Since your wedding day is all about the rush and excitement, you can at least give your feet some comfort by choosing a pair of platform heels. These are different from other heels as they have a wider base for comfort and required elevation. You’re able to choose from a variety of platform heels to go with your wedding outfit.

I’m sure you must have got enough shoe-inspiration for now. So, go out and get the ideal wedding pair for yourself! Happy shopping ladies!

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How to Choose Your Indian Bridal Jewelry

Indian bridal jewelry plays a crucial role in any wedding and choosing one’s wedding jewellery is indeed an uphill task for any bride-to-be. There are so many factors that are to be kept in mind while selecting Indian bridal jewellery. Factors like budget, style, color, current trends and personal taste matters a lot. Apart from these one’s face shape and skin tone are other factors that can’t be ignored. So keeping all these things in mind, we have jotted down a list of pointers that will help you finalise the perfect wedding jewellery for your D-day.

Indian Bridal Jewellery

Analyse your face shape

Before randomly picking a piece of jewellery, it’s very important that you understand the shape of your face. This will help you choose the right jewellery that will accentuate your facial features and make you look great. Let’s see different jewellery types for different face shapes.

Round-shaped face

If you happen to have a round-shaped face, your safest bet in jewellery selection would be a long necklace that goes beyond the point of your neckline along with the chandelier earrings. This combination will help you offset the roundness of your face to some extent. You can experiment with the shape of earrings be it oval or square or you can certainly pick a pair with teardrops at the end. Also, when it comes to choosing a necklace, both with a pendant or without a pendant will look amazing on a round-shaped face. Just remember you don’t fall prey to the round-shaped earrings or round-cut diamonds, it will make you look like a ball!

Oval-shaped face

Oval-shaped faces are a little round and a little elongated. This shape of face is considered the best as it calls for versatility and gives you the option to explore and experiment with different styles of jewellery. You can flaunt both long and short necklace styles with equal panache without worrying whether it suits you or not. Also, your earring options also increase as you can opt for both hoops and danglers without giving it a second thought.  Just make sure you pick the angular danglers and avoid the extra-long style of danglers. So, if you have oval-shaped face, you can enjoy the variety.

Rectangular-shaped face

Generally people with a rectangular-shaped face have more length than others. So, the best way to deal with this shape is by choosing contrast jewellery. Go for choker style necklaces with small or round pair of earrings. You can also choose button earrings as it will give the required softness to your long face. Avoid long earrings on long faces as it will just lead to a fashion faux pas.

Heart-shaped face

Needless to say, the heart-shaped face has narrow chin area and wide jawline. This calls for short necklaces or even choker style ones to add a little amount of roundness. When choosing earrings, simply go for triangular or cylindrical shaped danglers. It will enhance the shape of your face. Small earrings or studs are a big no no for the heart-shaped face.

Analyse your skin-tone

Once you have understood the shape of your face, the next thing that you need to pay heed to is your skin-tone. The color of skin also plays a crucial role in selecting the right kind of wedding jewellery. So without further ado, let’s contemplate what style will suit you the best.

Cool-tone

Cool-tone does not only refer to a fair person but also includes a thorough analysis of complexion. If you happen to have bluish veins that are prominent along with a rosy undertone, you fall in the category of cool-tone complexion. For such people, diamonds work the best. Also, silver, platinum, zircons or white gold will make you look classy and sophisticated. And if you are a big fan of gemstones, you have got ample choices. You can choose from deep emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls. These will make you look stunning.

Warm-tone

This is an earthy tone where your veins have greenish color and you flaunt a perfect golden sheen on your skin. People with warm-tone skin complexion looks great in yellow gold, cooper and kundan jewellery. On the subject of gemstones, golden pearls are your best friend. Apart from that, colors like olive, yellow, brown, orangeand turquoise will also suit your skin-tone.

Sparkling Diamante Maang Tikka by Shillpa Purii  | How to Choose Your Indian Bridal Jewelry

Selecting a maang tikka

No Indian bridal jewellery is complete without a maang tikka. So, one has to carefully pick the right tikka in order to complete and compliment the entire bridal look. The simple thumb rule that applies while finding the right maang tikka for yourself is the size of your forehead.  If you believe that your forehead is broad and wide, simply go for a big and heavy maang tikka with mathapatti. It will give your forehead a great coverage. And if you are someone with small forehead, just pick a small maang tikka to complete the look.

I’m sure if you keep these points in mind while selecting your bridal jewelry, you will end up with stunning Indian bridal jewellery that will transform your look from ordinary to extraordinary!

Image sources: Pinterest, Strand of Silk

RR Photographic: Putting the personalisation in wedding photography

Russ and Ruth Chornolutskyy of RR Photographic are a young husband and wife wedding photography team based in Bournemouth. They cater for traditional English style weddings, Russian weddings and Asian weddings. Their photography style is a mix of traditional wedding photography (i.e. formal couple and group shots) and candid reportage photography to capture spontaneous, honest moments and create a narrative of the day.

Bride and groom taking part in ceremony traditions and rituals | RR Photographic

The Process

When couples make an inquiry or booking, they like to setup an initial, informal meeting as this gives them a chance to show the couple some of their previous work, answer any questions they may have, discuss the type of photography and approach they prefer and find out about any special requirements.  This also gives the couple a chance to get to know RR Photographic, which is fantastic since no matter how many photos you may sample, it is vital that you have a rapport with your chosen wedding photographer as you will have them by your side for the majority of one of the most important days of your life!

Bride giving the groom a hug | RR Photographic

RR Photographic offer all their clients a free engagement shoot which allows them to work with the couple before the wedding. They practice some poses for the classic album shots, and they show the couple the results on camera to help them feel more comfortable and explore their creative ideas to see what works and doesn’t work for them. This means that when it comes to the wedding day, the couple doesn’t need to worry about anything except enjoying their big day with their friends and family. This personal touch ensures that everyone is on the same page on the wedding day and the couple knows what to expect. As a result the beautiful formal photos are able to be captured quickly and easily by the photographers and the couple does not need to spend long away from the action.

As a bonus, RR Photographic gives their clients a second set of fully edited, high resolution photographs from the engagement shoot in addition to their wedding photos!

Personalisation

Adapting to each client is very important. RR Photographic understands that each person is unique and each behaves in front of the camera in a different way. Some people feel very comfortable, but others are initially tense and self-conscious; some people show their emotions easily and others need the photographer to draw it out of them. RR Photographic impress on couples that the photographer is their “friend” and is there to help them and give advice. They work with the bride and groom as a team, to achieve their shared goals of creating beautiful photos and vivid memories.

Bride and groom showing some impressive moves on the dance floor | RR Photographic

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Indian Wedding Makeup – My Favourite Looks

Ever think back fondly at those times when as a little girl you flipped through your parents’ wedding album and innocently told your mom how beautiful she looked and how you want to look just like mommy on your own special day? Obviously all our moms looked absolutely stunning on their wedding days. There is no denying or debating that fact because we all look at those pictures with the loving eyes of daughters strolling through memory lane while trying to image what we ourselves might feel when it’s our turn.

Few decades later and it really is your turn to take the plunge and what you might or might not feel on the fateful day is as distant a question as the memory of you as a tiny tot playing dress up with mom’s clothes and makeup. Suddenly you look back at those same pictures and shudder at the pancake faced white washed pictures staring back at you and begin to have nightmares of your own Indian wedding makeup becoming a repeat performance. Worse still, you fear that you might not even look like yourself but like some strange Indian bride character straight out of one of those horrendous Indian soap operas that never end. Adding further fuel to your hellish makeup hallucinations will be encounters with ‘pro makeup artists’ who are either too traditional with their Indian bridal makeup or are completely inexperienced with Indian wedding makeup as they mostly work with western brides.

If you’re wondering how someone can describe the trials and tribulations of getting Indian wedding makeup just as you want and like it while also narrating the horrors of actually going through the process so accurately then it’s because yours truly was an Indian bride not so long ago. My own fondness (read: obsession) with makeup had become an incurable curse when it was time to take the plunge. Having been engaged for a year, I had amassed a rather large collection of bridal magazines, bookmarked a few thousand blog posts, watched countless YouTube makeup gurus and followed way too many Pinterest boards, all in the name of research for the best Indian wedding makeup.

It wasn’t until I had wasted what felt like a million years that the realization dawned on me that most western media catered to brides in white dresses walking down the aisle in rose hued make up looks. Their makeup tended to be understated and elegant to compliment their ivory wedding gowns. Indian brides in stark contrast wear flaming red lehengas or saris, short and fitted choli blouses, sparkling gold or diamond jewellery and headpieces like maang tikkas and large hair pins. The subtle and pretty makeup looks of western brides would just not suffice with the grandeur of Indian bridal finery.

Suki's Makeup 2 | My Favourite Indian Wedding Makeup

My Indian bridal makeup needed to be statement making and enhance that luscious wedding lehenga hanging in the closet. It also had to compliment the dazzle of the wedding jewellery rather than take away from it. And as if the makeup gods had finally smiled upon me or maybe my over-stimulated and sleep deprived brain just blew a fuse, it came to me as a Eureka moment! All that research would not be for nothing because the key to the best Indian wedding makeup was combining the conventional with the trendy.

A fusion of trends is not an easy path to tread but when done backed-up by your own references of the trends that you love and executed by a skilled and patient makeup artist, it is nothing short of makeup artistry magic. I decided to incorporate everything I cherished from those old photos of my mom like the kohl lined jet black eyes and gold toned eye shadow with the updated and chic twist of punchy lip colours and smokey eyes. I even side stepped the very dated matching your outfit to your Indian wedding makeup bit and picked lip and eye colours that were in the same colour family but various hues of the same colour for an added freshness and fashion forward oomph. In the end I realised that current makeup trends could be beautifully merged with traditional ideas with the right balance of both to ensure your Indian wedding makeup is a reflection of your own personal style and personality.

I hope the following photos will give you some much needed inspiration!

Makeupbymeee | My Favourite Indian Wedding Makeup

Suki's Makeup | My Favourite Indian Wedding Makeup

This beautiful engagement photo of Mandeep was taken at Hilton Eailing. Hair and makeup was done by Suky Aulakh who used geek foiled eye-shadow, 101 double lashes and Anastasia dip-brow for the eyes. Supercover foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit and NYX Copenhagen lip cream combined with ‘diva’ lipstick by Mac Cosmetics completes the facial makeup.
Image sources: Makeupbymee, Suky Aulakh

Indian wedding photography: The Art of Capturing the Moment with Kiran & Ajay’s Wedding

Indian wedding photography that was pretty much a point and shoot game with every couple in the same 10 cliché poses and horrendous pictures of the wedding party stuffing their faces with food has mercifully undergone a much needed makeover. Gone are the days when every SLR totting cousin or friend who called himself a ‘pro’ photographer was enlisted to take pictures at the wedding. Now couples consult and hire proper professionals who understand their style and expectations from the pictures of the momentous day.

Kiran & Ajay's Wedding | The Art of Capturing the Moment

In an age of pictures speaking not only a 1000 words but 100,000 likes, comments and shares, is it really that surprising that even camera shy couples are doling out big bucks for creative Indian wedding photography? Even those who are averse to sharing their private photos on social media are beginning to realize the significance of stunning photography that can capture magical memories to last a lifetime. The main aim of unique Indian wedding photography is not just taking some pretty pictures but to be able to take those viewing the pictures on a beautiful journey of sentiments transporting them back to the vivid memories of the joyous occasion.

Kiran & Ajay Embrace | The Art of Capturing the Moment

In their quest for wedding photo perfection Kiran and Ajay sought out the utterly talented team from Lin & Jirsa Photography that believes in creating unique and expressive imagery. From their initial consultation with the couple they are completely aware of the style of photography desired and make every effort to ensure that the final result is a seamless blend of gorgeous photos. They produce beautiful Indian wedding photography through their style of photojournalism that fuses fine art and fashion photography. Each image they capture tells a story, portrays a mood or freezes an emotion on film forever. The photographers are attuned to their surroundings at all times and wait patiently with their perfect set up of lights and props for that one smile, laugh, tear or hug that will melt your heart and take you back to that very moment every time you glance at that image.

Kiran & Ajay Share a Moment | The Art of Capturing the Moment

Lin & Jirsa offer everything from soft and romantic style photography for the mushy types to advanced camera work in the form of epic style and editorial photography for couples that want some seriously glamorous Indian wedding photography. They even use some unbelievably cool filters and post-production techniques for night photography or HDR wedding and engagement photography. Let’s just say that if you and your significant other ever harboured secret desires of super stardom in rom-coms, chick-flicks, sci-fi or hi-fashion magazine covers then these guys got you covered.

Kiran & Ajay Illuminated in the Dark | The Art of Capturing the Moment

Kiran and Ajay’s creative Indian wedding photography in the hands of these talented artists seizes every moment with such a beautifully delicate balance of form, light and angles that is result is nothing short of breath taking.

Kiran & Ajay Hold Hands | The Art of Capturing the Moment

The images tell a story of a roller-coaster of emotions felt by the bride, groom and their families as they adorn themselves in their finery before pledging themselves to each other as man and wife. Priceless loving moments between the couple filled with tender kisses and warm touches.

Image source: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

This one is for all the stressed out, sleep deprived and one step closer to ‘lets-call-this-whole-thing-off-and-elope’ brides and grooms. Wedding planning is hard enough without having to deal with the constant barrage of dated and utterly done to death ideas being thrown at you by family members, married friends, well-wishers and worse of all wedding vendors. While the others might be trying to be helpful in a mildly annoying sort of way, it’s the wedding vendors who are more than happy to stick you with their one-size-fits-all solutions that will have you screaming into pillows at the end of the day. Not to say that all wedding vendors are unimaginative copy pasters of ideas but there are a fair few of them out there and chances are that you have encountered at least one such specimen in your wedding planning adventures.

Colourful Wedding Decoration | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

If you happen to be stuck with someone who just doesn’t get your need for personalisation or are just looking for inspiration to infuse some uber fun and cool elements into your Indian wedding decorations then the fabulously talented duo at Big Fat Wedding Posters have the perfect solution for all your Indian wedding décor woes.

Big Fat Wedding Posters was ideated when the owners with their 30 plus years of experience in the web and graphic design as well as illustrating industries received special requests from couples who wanted the true Bollywood touch to their wedding with posters inspired by movies like DilwaleDulhaniya Le Jayenge, Jab We Met etc. While the idea of creating Bollywood posters for Indian weddings isn’t exactly new, it’s the novel approach taken by these Indian wedding poster makers that sets them apart. Each poster created by them features the bride and groom in their actual wedding finery from the clothes down to the jewellery, it also includes their wedding colours, wedding dates and involves family and friends as directors, producers, cinematographers etc. However if you thought that these posters would only work as wedding invites or as a small element to add to a much larger décor then here are some truly inspired ideas to incorporate the Indian wedding posters theme throughout your wedding or for one specific venue.

1. Let your venue be your blank canvas to show off your wedding posters

It’s very very easy to get sucked into the more is more philosophy for wedding décor especially when everything is expected to be bigger, brighter and bolder at Indian weddings. However take stock of the fact that if you fell in love with your wedding venue or destination wedding location when you saw it for the first time in all its natural glory then it doesn’t need much dressing up save the bare minimum.

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Venue | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Keep it simple to allow your guests to experience the beauty of your wedding venue without any flashy distractions. Contrast the soft minimalist pink décor with dreamy blue Saawariya theme posters peppered here and there to add a fairy-tale like ambiance to your nuptials.

Saawariya Poster | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

2. Colourful doesn’t have to be gaudy

If you’ve been through a few thousand decorator albums filled with red, green, yellow and gold monstrosities leaping out from every page then it’s completely understandable if you have started having nightmares about hideously colourful Indian wedding décor coming at you with a fiery vengeance. The trick with using colour is to get your combinations just right and keeping in mind that the venue being used is a fairly open space so as not to cause bouts of bright colour induced claustrophobia among your wedding guests.

Colourful Wedding Venue | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Convert a barren open ground into an Indian mela with lots of pop-arty elements like the Monsoon Wedding posters in a similar colour palette for a seriously cool and kitschy Indian wedding decoration idea.

Monsoon Wedding | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

3. Don’t forget to make your guests smile

It’s often so easy to get completely bewildered with every little detail of wedding planning that the fun is literally sucked out of the festivities for the sake of perfect execution. At times when it all seems way too much and you think the world will spontaneously combust if that cue music for your entry song is late by two seconds, take a deep breath and think about your countless family vacations. The best memories from back then will almost always be about the missed flights, bad hotels, and horrendous food that had everyone burst out laughing at yet another mess up.

Chennai Express | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Inject some frivolity and humour into the proceedings through your wedding venue decorations like the Chennai Express Indian wedding poster that encourages everyone to get on board with the blissfully happy couple on their onward journey of life.

Our Love Story | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

While other thoughtful gestures like flat chappals so the ladies can light up the dance floor in comfort, chalkboards summarising your love story, reminders to keep calm and giant blinking lights that spell love will ensure that your wedding is filled with happy memories for all who graced the occasion.

Love in Lights | Unique Wedding Venue Decoration

Sources: bigfatweddingposters.com, myweddingplanning.in, wedmegood.com, kateaspen.com, bollywoodshaadis.com, onewed.com.

Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, been stranded at sea or are a hermit, you must be fully aware that beautiful locations for weddings are the flavour du jour as Asian wedding venues for the glam loving, hash tagging, social media obsessed generation that is tying the knot these days.

Gone are the days of having a simple wedding with close family and friends in your parent’s back garden. Now its all about getting that Instagram worthy selfie with your crew at a truly outstanding and unique destination.

Cool quotients aside with so many romantic destination wedding locations on offer and fantastic deals on travel thanks to a variety of budget airlines, there is absolutely no reason why the world truly can’t be your oyster when it comes to picking a wedding location.

Beautiful Destination Wedding Locations in India

Chances are that you and your to-be are equally matched up socially and we don’t mean that boring list of criteria your parents made you run through before giving you their blessings. We mean that you both probably belong to the same jet setting, fun loving and excited clan of people who are a key ingredient to the recipe for a mind-blowing destination wedding. While that is nothing short of brilliant it also means that if you found your match a little later than your friends, they have probably already ticked the most likely destination wedding locations off the list for you.

If you happen to have already read a few million Asian wedding venue articles that feature the same destinations over and over then you will thank your Google stars that this little article popped open on your browser. What follows is a list of beautiful wedding locations that are likely to impress those with a flair for wanting to do something bold and unexpected.

1. Shimla

The WildFlower Resort in Shimla | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

Set amidst pine clad hills, lush greenery and jaw dropping landscapes, Shimla is a fairly new gem on the map of locations for destination weddings in India. It provides an idyllic escape from the sweltering heat of the metros during those unforgiving Indian summers and the added advantage of having your wedding and forthcoming anniversaries outside of the crazy ‘wedding season’ from November to February. The fact that your guests will love you for giving them the perfect holiday during summer break will be the cherry on top of the serene Himalayan cake. There are a plethora of properties that are adept at handling Asian weddings in Shimla but for a spectacular extravaganza dripping with luxury from start to end nothing beats the fairy tale gorgeousness of The Wildflower Resort.

The Wildflower Resort in Shimla | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 1)

2. Hyderadabad

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Move over Udaipur and Jaipur, there is a new royal wedding destination in the running for the top spot and this one hails from the Nizams. Hyderabad has all the trappings of a modern Indian city but the completely ancient Falaknuma Palace Hotel cements its place on this list. If you want the exuberance and lavishness of a royal palace with every modern amenity then it doesn’t get better than the Falaknuma Palace. Your wedding will give your guests a glimpse of history and a taste of Nizam life plus every contemporary luxury at their disposal. And for those who break into cold sweats at the thought of standing and greeting an endless line of people at their reception, the world’s largest dining table at the 101 Dining Hall can quickly take care of that little hassle.

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Psst….Bollywood fans – This palace also happens to be the wedding venue for Salman Khan’s baby sister Arpita Khan’s lavish star studded affair.

Falaknuma Palace Hotel in Hyderabad | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

3. Havelock Islands, Andaman & Nicobar

Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

Dreaming of a beach wedding with pristine waters and soft white sand that isn’t in Goa? Consider Havelock Islands in Andaman and Nicobar instead.
Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

There is no dearth of indulgent resorts and spas with their own private beaches that can whip up some marital bliss inducing magic for your big day right by the water. Adventure sports junkies will revel in the opportunity to go scuba diving and snorkelling in the calm blue waters – now THAT’S something you can’t do in Goa! If you want something completely out of the box then jump in with your wedding finery and take those underwater photos that you always wanted but didn’t know when and how. Your clothes might be ruined but you were never going to wear those again anyway (no matter what you told yourself before buying them) and there is every guarantee of total Facebook and Instagram domination when you upload them.

Havelock Island | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

4. Aamby Valley City, Lonavala

Completely cut off from anywhere else Aamby Valley City with its plush surroundings and moderate to cool temperatures is only a stones throw away from Mumbai. Its isolation from neighbouring Lonavala and Pavna are by design because there really is no reason for guests to leave this city within a city.

Aamby Valley City | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding Aamby Valley city offers its own artificial lake, jungle safari, Swiss chalets and a number of other indoor and outdoor wedding venues that allow you to customize the feel and vibe of each wedding festivity.

Aamby Valley City, Lonavala | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

5. Chikamanglur

No, we aren’t just making up places at this point because we are out of ideas. Chikamanglur may sound like something you would name your pet puppy at 4 but it is in fact the birthplace of coffee. It is about 250 km from Bangalore and reachable by car.

Chikamanglur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

This unconventional and exotic Asian wedding location boasts several massive estates that can accommodate upto 2000 people for that larger than life celebration of your dreams. Throw in some fun activities like coffee picking for the caffeine addicts and a visit to UNESCO sites Belur and Halebidu for the history buffs and you have yourself a big fat Asian wedding for one and all.

The Serai in Chikamanglur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding

The Serai in Chikamanglur is a luxury resort built on a coffee estate that offers lots of different splendid accommodation options and a breathtaking backdrop for the ceremony.

Keep your eyes peeled for part 2!

Image sources: Oberoihotels.com, Coloursofpunjab.wordpress.com, Wedmegood.com, Thehindu.com, Ramitbatra.com, Holidify.com, Olivetree.in.

Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Wedding shopping! The words illicit responses from utter delight to sheer dread amongst women. The ones who relish the idea of spending hours upon hours browsing stores, online websites and meeting with various designers for their dream outfits are in shopping heaven while the ones who think shopping is a complete waste of time are filled with an impending sense of doom regarding the whole exercise. However the one common thread binding both extremes of women is confusion! How to choose your Indian Wedding Attire?

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A wedding outfit must reflect your personal style, which isn’t so difficult if you happen to be the decisive sort and know exactly what will make you look on point. But the waters get a little bit murky when it comes to Indian wedding attire mostly because Indian fashion is evolving at a tremendously fast pace. The age old traditional wedding clothing were worn over many years and passed on to future generations. These types of wedding outfits are still very popular, but as immensely talented designers churn out fresher, newer and reinvented collections each season the choice between going traditional or contemporary has never been harder. Leading to total chaos due to a plethora of luscious choices.

It also doesn’t help that nearly every female within a 20 mile radius of you will suddenly feel the incredible urge to dole out advice regarding what she thinks is the latest trend in Indian wedding dressing and what she would do if it was her time to shine. You might get adept at treating unsolicited advice as white noise after a few hundred times and imagine clubbing them over the head with a heavy object as you nod and smile aimlessly but sometimes a piece of that annoying advice will get stuck in your head and mess with your decisions.

In an effort to simplify things and make life a little bit easier during this hectic and stressful time we break down traditional and contemporary Indian wedding attire down to its bare bones with examples for (hopefully) quicker conclusions.

Salwar Kameez

Starting with the most versatile and confusion inducing choice – the Indian version of the pantsuit – Salwar Kameez.

To make it simple let silhouettes and embroideries be your distinction between traditional and contemporary. Traditional silhouettes have straightforward cuts and shapes. The embroideries on traditional Salwar Kameez styles are simple with Indian motifs and colours. These styles tend to be more wearable regardless of current trends making them classic and investment worthy.

Traditional Salwar Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Salwar Kameez styles tend to have more stylised silhouettes and abstract or western embroidery motifs. As with anything trendy the contemporary styles run the risk of becoming dated very quickly as each new season brings with it a different version of the contemporary Salwar Kameez.

Contemporary Salwar Kameez Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Lehengas

Moving on to the Salwar Kameez’s super dressy cousin – the Lehenga. Lehengas can be divided up into traditional and contemporary based on styling, fabrics and the amount of embellishments.

Traditional Indian lehengas have short cholis with sleeves in varying lengths, flared skirts and feature a long dupatta that can be draped in different styles. These lehengas tend to be heavier on embroidery and made in luxurious silks or brocades. Both these elements tend to make traditional Indian lehengas very heavy to wear but the weight is a small price to pay for their unmatched grandeur and opulence.

Traditional Lehenga Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Indian lehengas break the mould with their silhouettes, minimal embroideries and sometimes do away with the dupatta. Women who want to be able to move around without being bogged down by their heavy outfits will love the contemporary styles. The availability of a variety of silhouettes that feature the lehenga and cholis in different cuts and shapes and the subdued embellishments make these ideal for those who want their clothes to be an extension of their personality.

Contemporary Lehenga Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Sarees

The most quintessentially Indian piece of clothing is undoubtedly the saree. It is also a necessity in every Indian woman’s closet irrespective of her age. In the past sarees have always been more traditional and have been considered family heirlooms. The custom of daughters wearing their mother’s wedding saree at their own wedding is still prevalent even today. However the creative geniuses of Indian fashion have given the humble saree a modern day facelift and created a myriad of styles. Sarees can be distinguished as traditional or contemporary by the way they are draped, the fabric and the kind of embellishments.

Local craftsmen who have honed their skills over many generations make traditional sarees from indigenous Indian fabrics. Each state in India has its own distinctive style of saree that is worn by the women who reside there. Traditional Indian sarees are always in style and add a certain vintage charm to any look.

Traditional Saree Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Indian sarees are the new age evolution of the traditional saree. They are made in lighter fabrics like net and georgette that are easy to drape and hug the shape of the body creating the illusion of curves. Contemporary sarees can be simply or heavily embellished with different types of materials. Some sarees are also pre-stitched and pre-draped for women who can’t be bothered with the hassle of draping and pinning down the pleats. Contemporary sarees may not have the old world charm of traditional sarees but there is no denying their endless possibilities of creative styling.

Contemporary Saree Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

This post is provided by Strand of Silk, an online retailer of contemporary Indian fashion and bridal wear.