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

Indian Wedding Ceremonies and Fashion Tips

We all know that Indian weddings aren’t like most, but that is what makes them so beautiful and a celebration that everyone wants to experience.  But why do they last so long?! Well, this long lasting affair is down to the many rituals carried out, all having their own significance and importance.

These festivities will surely be extravagant and lavish as Indians love to splash out on celebrations. I can confidently say that you have not truly celebrated until you have experienced it the Indian way.

So what ceremonies are there and what does one wear to these? Each Indian community has their own unique ceremonies, but here are those shared by most of the communities. Indian Wedding Ceremonies are loud, colourful and a LOT of fun though.

Sangeet

The wedding celebrations usually start with this event where family and friends gather together and close members perform dances for the happy couple. This is followed by dinner, more music and dancing. It is a fun event which is enjoyed by all.

Indian Wedding Sangeet

Styling tips: Taking part in the dances? Then you should wear something vibrant and pretty but easy to wear, such as a light anarkali. But if you are a close friend or relative and want to wear something heavier you can easily change, following the dances, into an anarkali, lehenga or saree. If you aren’t close to the couple then a simple and colourful anarkali is a safe bet. You will be dancing a lot, so something flowy will be perfect!

Mehendi

This pre-wedding ritual is organised by the bride’s family, attended by women who are friends and family. It is an event where the bride has a change to spend quality time with the girls.  Everyone celebrates by dancing, laughing and getting mehendi, also known as henna, applied on their hands and/or feet. Applying Mehendi is beautiful, as it signifies love and affection.

Indian Mehendi Wedding Ceremony

Styling tips: You should wear something bright  and colourful, but light since you will be sitting uncomfortably for a while when getting Mehendi applied  – an anarkali or salwar would be appropriate.  Be warned that you might get mehendi on your outfit since it takes a while to dry, so perhaps you shouldn’t wear your favourite attire!

Haldi

This is another messy but fun ceremony which is a cleansing and purifying ceremony performed before the wedding day. A detoxifying (mostly turmeric based) paste is applied on the face, hands and feet of the bride and groom. This is supposed to bring a glow to the skin which will create more attraction between the couple.

Indian Wedding Haldi Ritual

Styling tips: Similarly to the mehendi ceremony, wear something bright and light, but not precious to you – as you will be applying this paste on the bride and if they’re feeling mischevious, they may put some back on you too! A simple anarkali or salwar will be a good choice.

Wedding

The big day has finally arrived and consists of many symbolic rituals performed throughout the day, starting with the bride’s family welcoming the groom and his family and eventually ending with the performance of the marriage ceremony.

Indian Wedding Ceremony

Styling tips: A rich and heavy saree or lehenga is the most common outfit to wear on this day and apart from black, any colour can be worn. Just make sure you dress to impress and accessoriz    e as there will be hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people attending and lots of photos being taken!

Reception

This is a celebration which like most other cultures involves lots of eating, drinking and dancing. It is usually organized by the groom’s family to celebrate the arrival of the beautiful bride into their family.

Indian Wedding Reception

Styling tips: A long elegant gown, stunning saree or chic anarkali will be the right choice for this occasion and you can finally wear black!

The beauty and romance of an Indian wedding is like no other. Embrace these grand festivities, dress extravagantly and most importantly enjoy! Indian Wedding Ceremonies are part and parcel of the experience, so enjoy these as much as you can!

Congratulations! Aftab Shivdasani and Nin Dusanj

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

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

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

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

Nin Dusanj

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

Aftab Shivdasani with his fiancee Nin Dusanj

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

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

Stylish Wedding Tips for Asian Groom

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

Colors , Cuts and Styles :

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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Accessories

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belts, Socks, Shoes

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

shoes style for groom at the wedding

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

 

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

happy wedding

Finally! Vijay weds Amala Paul!

director Vijay and Actress Amala Paul

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations : Rani and Aditya !

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

aditya chopra and rani mukerji - wedding bells

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

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

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

RANI-ADITYA-love story - turn - marriage

 

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

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

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

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

Grand Indian Weddings : ‘More Than 100 Crore’

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

Mallika Reddy weds Siddarth Reddy(over 1000 Crore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shristi Mittal Weds Gulraj Behl (Over 500 crores)

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

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

gulraj behl and shristi mittal

Vanisha Mittal weds Amit Bhatia (Over 200 crores)

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

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

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

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Indian Wedding Playlist

Like I’ve said before, there is nothing like an Indian wedding. We Indians like to go all out with multiple celebrations, lots of food and most importantly never-ending music and dance!

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There is so much pressure to satisfy the big crowd at weddings, especially when it comes to music. This is why choosing your indian wedding playlist carefully should be a top priority! But there are too many songs worthy of being played…. where to begin?! If you are looking for some help with your indian wedding playlist or just simply love Bollywood music, here are popular (old and recent) songs from 8tracks which will surely get people on the dancefloor, enjoy!