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

Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh (DeepVeer) Wedding Deets

I am going through a bit of a celeb phase. I am totally lapping in the details from my favourite wedding of the year so far, Deepika and Ranveer.

The traditional wedding ceremony was held in Italy with only a limited number of guests. The ceremony was limited to close family and friends, with even prominent bollywood stars not invited to the celebration. Since the couple are from different communities, they had 2 traditional style wedding ceremonies – Konkani and Sindhi. Each community has it’s own ways of celebrating weddings, and the lucky couple had the chance to partake in both.

As has become customary in recent weddings, the couple also had an elaborate mehendi ceremony. At this ceremony, the bride had mehendi applied to her hands. From the looks of the pictures – there was also dancing and generally a good vibe.

Mehendi Ceremony Pictures

The Konkani wedding ceremony looked very traditional and both the bride and groom seem to be having a great time. Some media reports claimed that the red saree that Deepika wore was a Sabyasachi, but it was later clarified that it was not from the designer’s collection. The spree was in fact a Kanjivaram saree in which Deepika looked stunning.

Konkani Wedding Pictures

The Sindhi wedding style is something I have seen a lot more of, with the bride making an entrance and the like. The couple wore matching colours and looked absolutely adorable. I did have concerns that Ranveer would outshine the bride with his choice of colourful outfits, but thankfully that did not happen 🙂

Sindhi Wedding Pictures


As the couple got back to Mumbai, on the airport they were seen in relatively muted colours. The style was elegant and a refreshing change from the bold colours at the wedding. I find it absolutely refreshing that Deepika did not opt for heavy neck jewellery and kept her look very simple with the traditional Jhumka earrings.

Ranveer not to be outdone on the florals, also opted for a simple look (by his standards anyway). The timeless pairing of a waistcoat with the white kurta set was perfect and complemented his new wife’s look. I did expect Ranveer to be a little more bold with his choice for the airport, but this look works just fine on him.

Airport Looks

The couple arrived in Mumbai recently and were looking absolutely perfect. They wore matching colours and I have to say, Deepika looked absolutely radiant. I think deepika’s traditional style game is right on point, and I love the use of traditional fabrics and textiles in the couple’s wedding. From quirky motifs like Ranveer’s elephant motif jacket to the nature inspired motifs on Deepika’s dupatta – the small details were a nod to the traditional.

Reception in Bengaluru

Having multiple wedding ceremonies might have been enough for mere mortals, but for the gods of style and bollywood, multiple events are a must have. Since the number of people attending the couple’s wedding in Italy were limited, they are hosted a reception in Bengaluru. The couple as before look absolutely stunning

Pictures from strandofsilk.com

Insta Worthy Indian Bridal Hairstyle

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

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

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

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

Lets get started with the inspiration!

Side Sweep Curls

Braided Bun with Gajra Flowers

Gajra Braid

Centre Parted Curls

Floral Updo

Simple Bun with Flowers

Simple Bun

Dramatic Side Curls

Centre Parted Bun

Centre Parted Curls

Side Bun with Flowers

Centre Parted Curled up Sides

Traditional Centre Parted Curls

Bun with Flowers

Flower Bouquet Bun

Dramatic Floral Bun

Traditional  Braids with Gajra Flowers

Criss cross Bun

Elegant Bun with Rose

Floral Braid

Jewel Detailed Traditional Braid

Dutch Braids Bun

Fish Tale Braid

Braid with Jewels

Elegant Gajra Detail Bun

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

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

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

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

Style Tip 1: Pastels are here to stay

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

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

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

Style Tip 3: Traditional jewellery is perfect for weddings

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

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

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

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

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

Jigna and Romi escape to Brighton for a Fun Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indian Weddings – Capturing Emotions Through Pictures

Weddings are full of all kinds of emotion from everyone attending. The bride and groom are obviously going through a lot since it is one of the biggest days of their lives, but equally the family, friends and other attendees – in the case of Indian weddings, also the neighbours, cousin’s neighbours, etc. to make the multitude of guests that usually attend the wedding.

I have always found it fascinating that the emotions that are expressed by different people during the ceremonies vary so dramatically. Does it qualify truly as an emotional roller coaster jam packed into some days of ceremonies? Sometimes the emotions captured through the lens are truly magical. They have so much expression and so many stories to tell. Of course the ones in the pictures might remember the instance vividly, but also for someone from the outside seeing the pictures, they convey so much.

I love these pictures from Nik Thakar capturing so much emotion from the bride, groom and the guests. The emotions range from absolute joy from the groom’s party in the first picture, to the brides in the pictures who have eyes full of hope, fear and anticipation, to the absolute joy in the faces of the family members around the couple.

The last picture is one of my favourites because if captures an essential moment in the life of the couple. I often wonder what goes through the couple’s minds during the entire ceremony – are they thinking of the times they spent together, how they met, how they got to that moment, of their family and friends around, about the future arrangements, about the next phase of their lives? or are they simply going through the motions and getting it done? Brides certainly with the weight of their lehengas cannot wait for the ceremony to finish I am sure, if for nothing else, but to get into something more comfortable! 🙂

Anyone have thoughts to share around this – I’d love to hear!

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Capturing Emotions through the Lens for an Indian Wedding

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Gorgeous and Clean Bridal Makeup – Just the Way I Love It

It is easy to get carried away and over-do bridal make up. It is oh so easy to do that. But I love it when brides and their make-up artists keep things under check and control their emotions !

I loathe, like really loathe, the heavy layered make-up that most Asian and Indian brides normally end up with on their most important day. It is sometimes horrifying and really beautiful girls end up looking just ‘Meh’ (remember that word from 2016).

The trick to getting the look right is to balance the shape of your face and really highlight your best features without overwhelming your entire look. This is easier said than done, but a good makeup artist is your ally in this quest. Find one who can do this for you and you needn’t worry any more. About the make-up of course. Still need to make sure that the napkins match the candles.

I came across the work of Erica Bogart and loved the simple looks that she creates. She was kind enough to let me feature some of her work here. A little about Erica from her own website :

“Erica Bogart is the quintessential working makeup artist. Since starting her career with MAC cosmetics in 2002, Erica has split her time between sets; print and film, weddings and high-end freelance projects.Outside of Atlanta she has worked internationally as a contract makeup artist for private clients and established agencies alike. Recognized for her range of style from clean to edgy with all ethnicities, her unique creations translate effortlessly on-screen, in-print and onto the red carpet.”

You are sure to fall in love with her style, especially the simplicity of the look. It looks special but is not at all over-whelming. I asked her to give some Indian bridal make-up tips and these are her top tips,

Makeup should last all day through the crying, hugging, kissing eating and dancing A few tips and tricks for any bride are….

  1. Exfoliate and maintain a proper skincare routine leading up to your big day!
  2. Use a peach color corrector under eyes before concealer to brighten and cover dark circles
  3. Play up one feature, either go smokey on the eyes or play up your lips, never go too intense on both
  4. Be careful with cream blushes they can make you appear shiny, if you have acne or texture to your skin do not use frosted or shimmering face products it emphasizes the skin imperfections
  5. WATERPROOF MASCARA!

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Saying I Do in Cancun – Nikita and Shashi’s Wedding

Is there ever a more picturesque location to get married than a beach? And if that beach happens to be in Cancun, you need not ask the question.

I have featured some weddings shot by Jonathan Cossu in the past because they looked absolutely gorgeous, and this one is no exception. I love the fact that the beautiful details around the bride and groom, and the ceremonies are captured so nicely. The pictures are of course stunning to boot.

This wedding saw the coming together of Nikita and Shashi at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. The wedding took place over 3 days and looks likes an absolute blast! I love some of the quirkier elements from the wedding like the friends putting cut-outs of the bride and groom over their faces at the sangeet. This is a cool idea and I’d love to see a wedding where masks were made from the faces and everyone wore them. Slightly creepy if everyone wore them, but also quite quirky.

For those of us who have attended numerous ethnic weddings, it is often easy to overlook the beauty of the ceremonies with so many representative elements like the fire, the prayer offerings, etc. But when you see pictures of these elements, you are reminded of the significance and of course the inherent beauty of the elements. Take the thread that is tied to both the bride and groom, such a beautiful statement of togetherness. Anyone know the significance of the thread?

The head-band worn by the bride also looks so nice! The un-cut diamonds and the three chains bring together the look beautifully. It complements the style of the lehenga very nicely. I have worn such styles at music festivals – but that’s more a boho vibe – but I haven’t seen too many girls wearing these for other ceremonies (other than the bride). I think it’s a beautiful feminine piece of jewellery that is often under-utilised.

 

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Vandana and Atit’s Outdoor Indian Wedding

Outdoor weddings are going to be a thing for some of my blog posts like I promised, and I received some stunning pictures from an outdoor Indian wedding from Sachi Anand that I just HAD to blog about.

These are some pictures from Vandana and Atit’s wedding last year and the location (Garden Falls in Monroe Township, NJ) looks absolutely stunning. Shayosa Events handled the planning for the event and the Hair and Make-up was from Flawless Beauty by Pauline. I really liked the H&M – simple, elegant and not over-done at all in my opinion. Decor which I thought was absolutely gorgeous was done by Elegant Affars and the music was provided by DJ Suhel. Photography by Sachi Anand and the Video by Lucid Lens Films.

I love the water body in the venue and how it has been so nicely used by the photographer. The picture on the bridge is one of my favourites because it captures elements of nature in so many different forms – the trees, plants and the water body. The decor on the stage is very elegant in my opinion and complements the entire look and feel very nicely.

And how gorgeous is the bride’s Lehenga? I love the colours and the details. It looks like it has been custom made and is not from one of the normal designers. The Red and White combination are very tastefully executed. And what about the net sleeves? So awesome! If anyone can help me ID the shop / designer, then I’d be grateful.

I have also put some pictures of some of the details that I found interesting – and of course the photographer has captured these brilliantly. Fun fact: the brass “pot” or Lota in hindi, with the coconut on top is very traditional and used as a representation of one of the hindu gods I believe!

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