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

Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you’ve ever opened a truly elegant and exquisite Indian wedding invitation admired its impeccable finishing before reading the contents, promptly putting down the details on your schedule and then proceeded to put the card away in a drawer only to be forgotten and then eventually trashed, then that stunning invitation has met the same fate as every other invitation in history.

While an extravagant Indian wedding invite will look impressive and wow your guests, it is also a huge expense for most couples. And although some are happy to stick to convention and spend handsomely on luscious Indian wedding invitations there are just as many who would rather use the money on other things such as the food, alcohol, venue or honeymoon.

Alternative Wedding Invitations

In an age of smart phones when everyone has every detail of every social engagement on their fingertips for easy accessibility, some might consider opulent wedding invites on paper an unnecessary practice. Not to mention that Indian wedding invitations seem to follow a certain pattern of colours, damask prints and calligraphy lettering that makes anyone no different from another.

For those who want to part with the cumbersome ritual of expensive Indian wedding invitations with something a little bit more creative and practical that won’t burn a hole in their pockets, listed below are some unique Indian wedding invitation ideas, which will make fantastic alternatives.

1. Perfect Match

Create your invitations in the form of matchboxes with several different small inserts for each wedding function. Leave out lengthy text and stick to the relevant details only to save on printing and paper costs. Ensure the box is small enough to fit in pockets or small clutch bags and add some actual matchsticks into the box with instructions to your guests to bring them along to light some fun colourful candles and diyas when they arrive. Not only will it give your unique Indian wedding invitation a memorable touch but take some work off yours or your decorator’s hands to create mood lighting.

Perfect Match | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

2. Creative and Functional

Bottle Opener Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

If you can’t fathom spending your hard earned bucks on something that will eventually end up in the bin then put your Indian wedding invite on useful everyday items instead. Coffee mugs, handkerchiefs and bottle openers are just a few reasonably priced and practical items that can be printed easily and double up as sweet mementos after the wedding. You can also use these as unique Indian wedding ‘Save The Date’ cards so your guests think of the upcoming event every time they use them.

Creative and Functional | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

3. Ballooning with pride

Announce your wedding date on a balloon for a unique Indian wedding invitation that will instantly catapult your coolness quotient up by several notches. This also makes the sweetest alternative for a ‘Save the Date’ card or if you happen to have only one function for the wedding.

Balloon Wedding Invitation | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

4. Get Onboard

This Indian wedding invitation idea is perfect for DIY junkies who love getting crafty and can also help you save some pennies in the process. Print boarding pass wedding invitations using your own stock paper and home printer. Many websites offer the boarding pass invitation template that is also easily customisable. If you’re not too happy with printing quality of your regular at-home printer then take the design to a professional who will do the job using your own paper.

Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

5. Say Cheese

Photo Booth Wedding Invites | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

Get retro with some photo booth pictures as the main element of your unique Indian wedding invitation. Take some natural shots or add some funky props for some really memorable photos that will make everyone smile and go awwww in unison. Attach some printed content on unprocessed or recycled paper for a cost effective yet utterly adorable wedding invite.

Say Cheese | Alternatives to Extravagant Indian Wedding Invitations

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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

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Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

An Indian grandma passing on her infinite wisdom to her granddaughters most possibly coined the phrase ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. There is no doubt that Indians love their food but just like the Italians and Greeks it’s because food ties families together. Indian wives, mothers, grandmothers and even some husbands and fathers in nearly every home in India still lovingly cook delicious food that doesn’t just satiate hunger but also exudes warmth and affection.

Indian food’s soul nourishing properties aside, it is a veritable feast for all the senses with its eye-catching colours, unique aromas, interesting textures and distinctive flavours. Even though Indian food prepared anywhere from small household kitchens to fancy Michelin star restaurants is utterly lip smacking, Indian wedding food is just spectacular!

Spread of Indian Food | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

The decadence of Indian wedding food begins with the mind-boggling spread of delicacies laid out for the guests to enjoy at every function. The menus are curated to correspond to the caste, community and religion of the families of the couple and include traditional dishes as well as modern cuisines to suit everyone’s palate. It is extremely common to have all vegetarian food throughout the wedding festivities and while that may seem completely ridiculous to those who love their meat, the delectable vegetarian fare served up at Indian weddings is sure to have them licking their fingers in no time.

North Indian wedding spreads usually feature heavily Mughlai influenced dishes that include a lot preparations of paneer, creamy curries, tandoori meats and buttery naans. Coastal Hindu weddings like Goan and Konkan have mainly crab and fish based curries while South Indian wedding food menus are big on rice dishes like lemon rice and curd rice with a variety of vegetables, lentils and even dosas. Traditional South Indian weddings are often served on long banana leaves without plates and cutlery as guests are expected to eat with their hands.

Irrespective of the kind of Indian wedding or even the scale and grandeur of the celebrations, the wedding food is the highlight of every Indian wedding and there is every chance that wedding guests will leave the affair with their taste buds completely satisfied and their bellies significantly larger after gorging on everything on offer. If you happen to be invited to your first Indian wedding, are in the midst of planning one or are an incorrigible food fiend then read on for a list of some totally scrumptious Indian wedding food that cannot be missed.

1. Chaat Counters

Chaat Counters | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

Chaats are the ideal mid-day hunger pang solutions and starters for those long Indian wedding ceremonies that go on for hours. After the initial excitement of the baraat dancing and the first glimpse of the bride in her finery, chances are you will be ravenous from all the excitement. These deep fried concoctions in different shapes and sizes are served with a combination of sweet and savoury sauces and mixed up in live counters to suit each person’s taste preference of sweet, spicy or tangy. From light and airy Bhel Puris, Sev Puris and Paani Puris to the slightly more filling Dahi Bhalla Chaats and Papdi Chaats there is something for every kind of hunger. These yummy Indian specialties are often the busiest of all the live counters and with very good reason.

2. Butter Chicken / Paneer Butter Masala

Butter Chicken | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

Indian curry fanatics who are not Indian maybe shocked to find out that their beloved Chicken Tikka Masala isn’t really an Indian curry but an anglicized version of the mouth-watering Butter Chicken that is a North Indian wedding food staple. Soft chicken pieces that melt in the mouth are marinated with yogurt and spices then added to a fiery red curry chock full of flavour and Indian herbs.

Paneer Butter Masala | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

This rich and creamy gravy based dish accompanied with naan or rice has put Indian food on the world food map. Vegetarians can devour Paneer Butter Masala that is an equally tasty and not at all inferior substitute for the famous Butter Chicken.

3. Biryani

Biryani | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

Another world renowned Indian dish and Indian wedding food menu favourite is the Biryani. The rice dish is prepared in a variety of ways in different parts of India. Biryanis can be made with a combination of meats, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and spices. Some also include raisins for some sweetness that cuts through the rich and spicy taste.

 

4. Jalebi and Rabdi

Although these can be had at any time of the year from any sweet shop, the lovely thing about serving Jalebi and Rabdi at an Indian wedding is the ability to have them made freshly and watch the process.

Jalebi Being Made | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

A sweet-maker pours the sweet jalebi mixture in boiling hot oil in circular shapes through a piping bag and as the batter takes on a lovely golden yellow colour it is then injected or mixed with sugar syrup. Perfectly cooked warm jalebis that are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside served with cold rabdi top the list of every Indian wedding food menu wish list. Plus the sweet maker churning out those gorgeous jalebis doubles up as entertainment for the guests while they wait patiently for their sweet treats.

Jalebi | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

5. Gola

Colourful Gola | Mouth-Watering Indian Wedding Food

The Indian ice-lolly or snow cone dunked in numerous flavoured syrups and served in cups or on stickswould make a charming addition to any Indian wedding food menu for destination weddings by the beach or in hot weather. Not to mention the oh-so-colourful display of all the different coloured and flavoured syrups that will add a whimsical touch to the décor.

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Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

Following on from my last ‘Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding’ post, here are five more destinations that I think are wonderfully romantic and offer a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. As with the last post, I have tried to include some places that are less well known and more on the quirky side. Enjoy – hope this gives you some inspiration!

6. Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon

This is literally Disneyland for Bollywood lovers. Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon near Delhi is renowned for its Bollywood musicals and would make a unique destination wedding location.

Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

Although the venue is still to host a full-fledged Asian wedding they already organise Bollywood Dandiya nights. If you happen to be an ardent first-day-first-show watching Bollywood fan and have the moolah to book the place out for an entire day then the Kingdom of Dreams with its posse of talented performers could liven up any wedding day.

Kingdom Of Dreams | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

 

7. Neemrana Fort, Jaipur

Ofcourse any list of beautiful wedding destinations in India will be incomplete without a mention of Jaipur. The blue city is replete with spectacular wedding locations in terms of palaces but we are more interested in the Neemrana Fort that could easily be the best destination wedding location in India.

Neemrana Fort, Jaipur | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

This astoundingly rustic fort would make the perfect rugged blank canvas on which to paint your wedding story. The fort itself is completely devoid of colour unlike the palaces, which means that every colour will pop and your pictures will be nothing short of breathtaking.

Neemrana | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

8. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Known for its ancient Wats or temples and life-like wax statues of Buddhist monks, Chiang Mai is has a certain vintage charm that is sorely missing from the more popular choices for Asian weddings like Bangkok and KohSamui.

Chiang Mai | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

The DharaDhevi Hotel is a truly mystical property that resembles an ancient city of temples much like Chiang Mai. It provides the perfect amalgamation of Asian cultures for a destination wedding location that everyone will remember for years to come.

9. Hrishkesh

For the deeply spiritual there is something cathartic about start their new lives as man and wife along the banks of the River Ganges. Revered by Hindus as the holiest of rivers, the water from the Ganges or Gangajal is used is every important ritual because it is believed to cleanse the soul and ward off bad energies around oneself.

Hrishikesh | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

The holy city of Rishikesh with the flowing Ganges and snow capped mountains all around form the ideal picturesque destination for an Asian wedding that is distinctly sombre and religious.

Hrishikesh | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

10. Mahabalipuram

If you want some fun in the sun but also want the traditional Asian wedding at a religious shrine then head to Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

This place offers the best of both worlds with combination of beaches and temples. Have your pre-wedding parties by the beach with not just cocktails and dancing but also some exploratory boat rides to check out some underwater temples followed by the wedding ceremony at one of the numerous ancient, detailed and immaculately preserved temples.

Sunset at Mahabalipuram | Beautiful Locations for a Big Fat Asian Wedding (Part 2)

If you’re still undecided then pop in a DVD of the movie “Two States” that ends with a romantic wedding shot at one of the many temples of Mahabalipuram. The charming lead pair beaming at each other lovingly in the serene landscape will have your heart melting and mind racing to get geared up for an Asian wedding to remember.

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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!

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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.

Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles – Mane Game

Half the fun or dread of getting to attend weddings is taking the time to really get dressed to the nines. Be it your own wedding, your bestie’s dream day or someone in your family taking the plunge into holy matrimony there is every chance that you will want to or be forced to meticulously plan everything about your wedding look from the dress to the make up to the shoes and the hair. And if this wedding happens to be an Indian wedding then you’re in for an absolute treat or a hellish nightmare depending on your willingness and interest in getting prepped and primed not just on one day but everyday for 4-5 days.

Even if you happen to be the kind of girl who hates getting dolled up and cannot fathom spending hours in front of a mirror doing so, there is no escaping some amount of getting gussied up at a wedding regardless of its size, religion and culture. You would not want to scare the children or worse unleash the wrath of your parents by showing up in your failsafe kurta and leggings combo without a stitch of makeup and unkempt unruly hair at an Indian wedding. The rebel in you might want to pull a stunt like that just to get a rise out of your old school and uptight family members but believe us, the months in the doghouse with your mom and that stern and disapproving glare from your dad are not worth watching that nosy old aunt you hate and her even nosier gossip mongering friends in jaw dropped amazement at your choice of wardrobe. Moreover every wedding, even if it happens to be the wedding of someone you don’t particularly care for, creates a certain kind of magic in the air and makes everything and everyone want to be more beautiful.

Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding HairstylesOn the other hand if you happen to be a fashion-loving fanatic, it’s more than likely that you have nosy aunt problems of an altogether different variety. The kind that makes them snigger at that totally edgy and on point dhoti saree with a killer updo or when you pair your favourite crop top with a voluminous lehenga without a dupatta cause you couldn’t be bothered with one and decide instead to clip in those ultra long extensions to channel your inner mermaid.

Whether you fall on either extreme of the fashion spectrum or somewhere in the middle, chances are you will need some help in getting your 4-5 looks at a standard Indian wedding just right, so read on for some hairs-piration for those big days.

Braids

There is nothing more Indian than intricate henna, gold jewellery, rich silks, woven brocades and braids. Braids – India’s latest style import to the west – have been tremendously popular with Hollywood celebrities in the past year and thanks to the Disney princess Elsa and the Hunger Games movies it seems very unlikely that braided hairstyles are going away anytime soon. Braids are ideal to show off that statement neckpiece or those lovely jhumki earrings. Choose from a side braid with a messy and voluminous crown, a French braided crown or textured fringed crown with a fish tail braid or plait some embellishments into your regular braid for a little bit of oomph.

Wedding Hairstyle 1 - Braids | Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles

Updos

If you’ve spent hours sweating it out at the gym lifting weights and running on the dreaded treadmill to flaunt that sexy and toned back in a low back anarkali or strappy blouse, don’t let your hair down – literally! Bring out the teasing brushes, hair sprays and curling tongs to create some utterly stylish updos that go from grungy cool to simply sweet. Brides can wear a high bun with embellished hair accessories and drape a net dupatta on top to cover their head but allow the pretty baubles to show through. As an added bonus updos work just as well with ethnic as well as western ensembles so throw that hair up with your lehenga in the day for the religious ceremony and forget about re-doing it at night when you swap your lehenga for a gown at the after party or reception.

Wedding Hairstyle 2 - updos | Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles

Twists and Curls

If braids and updos are too ‘done up’ for your style then go simple and chic with some loose waves and curls topped off with twisted sections around the sides of your head. Take your pick from middle parted curls with side twists or a one-sided twist like Sonam Kapoor, go vintage with old Hollywood style side swept curls like Katrina Kaif or amp up basic curls with a half up half down do with lots of volume. And just because you’re picking hairstyles for an Indian wedding doesn’t mean that Bollywood should be your only style reference. Game of Thrones fans can just as easily pair the relaxed boho curls of Cersei and Margaery with their traditional outfits to give your look a bit of international flavour.

Wedding Hairstyle 3 - Twists and Curls | Mane Game - Beautiful Indian Wedding Hairstyles

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