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

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

A major part of any Indian wedding are mehendi tattoos, otherwise known as a henna tattoos. A henna tattoo is created from the dye found in a henna tree. On the day before or day of the wedding, it is customary for the bride to get a henna tattoo on her hands and feet.

Mehendi and henna designs are a fun and beautiful way of complimenting and enhancing the overall bridal look, as well as representing the love between the bride and groom. It is believed that the mehendi ceremony will awaken the bride’s inner light and so the sun is an important symbol and is traditionally included at the centre of the mehendi design. Some also believe that the degree of darkness of the final mehendi design, represents how much the groom will love his bride. So the darker the mehendi, the more love shared between the bride and groom.

Asian henna designs are extremely intricate and can take hours to design and apply.  Sonia C creates unique henna tattoos for bridal parties, and offers a variety of designs and sizes ranging from the traditional hand and feet designs to back and head designs. Sonia C, works freehand and draws inspiration for each design from nature, the visual arts and South Asian history.

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

Beautiful Henna Tattoos by Sonia C

In addition to providing bridal henna services, Sonia C and her team also cater to henna parties and corporate events.

As a bridal stylist, Sonia C will ensure that the final look is the one that you as the bride has always dreamed of. This is achieved by making sure the bridal outfit, makeup, hair and henna look flawless and are perfectly coordinated.

See some more of Sonia Collection’s henna tattoos here: http://www.soniacollection.com/henna/ and find out about her other bridal services, which include hair and makeup.

 

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Columbus Wedding Makeup provides exemplary Indian bridal makeup and hair services on location throughout Columbus and Ohio. They use airbrush makeup to create a beautiful long lasting finish. Columbus Wedding Makeup is set up so that both individuals and large parties can be accommodated.

In recent years Columbus Wedding Makeup has started to provide Indian bridal makeup and hair services to Indian & Fusion Weddings. Below are a selection of photos from some of those weddings. I’m sure you’ll agree that each of the brides look absolutely stunning!

Nirali & Bhavesh’s Wedding

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Caitlin & Sri’s Wedding

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Indian Bridal Makeup by Columbus Wedding Makeup

Columbus Wedding Makeup do their utmost to make sure that the end result matches what the bride had bridal party had envisioned. 2-4 weeks before the wedding, a preview session is arranged which involves makeup artists and hairstylists, along with the bride (and sometimes their family) so that they can get to know the bride’s skin and hair. Around an hour is spent with the bride to create a preview of the wedding day look or looks. Columbus Wedding Makeup are aware of the need to adhere to certain traditions, and as the photos show, create a beautiful, glam look.

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Caitlin & Sri
Fusion Wedding at the Hilton Downtown Columbus 
Photographer – Style & Story Creative 
Event Planner – Joie de Vivre Events
Nirali & Bhavesh 
Photographer – The Brauns
Event Planner – Joie de Vivre Events 

Big Fat Indian Wedding Survival Tips

Big fat Indian weddings are wonderful. They are huge jubilant celebrations, full of colourful clothes and decor, brilliant food and tons of dancing. They are however also long and hectic, so you need to be well prepared to ensure you get through the multiple ceremonies in perfect fashion. Below are some key tips to make sure you’re well prepared!

  1. Make sure you test out your shoes thoroughly beforehand and keep a spare pair easily to hand. It is also a good idea to have a stock of gel pads and blister plasters to prevent rubbing.
  2. Keep a spare lipstick handy. This may seem like a slightly strange one, but if you’re the bride or part of the main wedding party, you’re likely to be greeting a lot of people, so your lipstick is in danger of rubbing off. If you keep a compact lipstick in your bag you can easily reapply when necessary.
  3. Weddings can be long and stressful on occasion, so it is a good idea to keep some painkillers nearby just in case.
  4. Deodorant or perfume can be a godsend when you’ve been dancing for ages. Be sure to have some with you so you can feel nice and refreshed.
  5. A wedding is a huge, emotion-filled occasion. Be prepared for tears either from yourself or your loved ones. Take some tissues so your makeup doesn’t smudge.
  6. Just in case your makeup does smudge, get some makeup remover and q-tips to fix it.
  7. As with your lipstick, your hair is also likely to become messed up due to all that dancing, so remember a comb and some hairspray so you can touch it up. After all, you don’t want a hair out of place for your photos!
  8. If you wear contact lenses, take some solution with you and maybe even a spare pair. If your eyes dry out they may become uncomfortable.
  9. Take some snacks. This may seem odd given the vast amount of food that can be found at an Indian Wedding, but as the bride in particular you will constantly be rushed off your feet and have people vying for your attention. Having something small and easy to eat can be a godsend during the non-stop madness.
  10. Stay hydrated! Among the dancing and talking, it can be easy to forget to drink plenty of water. It will not only make you feel more alert, but will also significantly decrease the chances of headache.

The main thing however that you need to do to survive a big fat Indian wedding, is to enjoy it. Trust that everything will go to plan and if something doesn’t don’t let it bother you. Enjoy your special day and make sure you take a few moments during each ceremony to really take it all in, because it goes by in a flash!

How to Plan Your Indian Wedding on a Budget

Are you in the midst of planning your Indian wedding and finding that it is far too expensive? The numerous wedding ceremonies that one has to plan for means that there are unfortunately a ton of things to pay for, from food and decoration, to your wedding outfits and makeup. Obviously you want to have the wedding of your dreams, but that doesn’t mean you need to fork out a fortune. Your wedding can definitely be planned on a budget just as long as you’re able to use some forward planning and are prepared to bargain hunt.

 

Here are my 10 tips to help you plan your Indian wedding on a budget.

1. Work out your budget

This one is without a doubt the most important. Know exactly how much you have available to spend on your wedding so that you don’t have any nasty surprises at the end.

2. Spread your budget

Once you have identified your overall budget it is important to work out what you need to pay for e.g. Venue, food, wedding invitations etc and do some research so that you know roughly how much each of these things cost. This way you can make sure you use your money accordingly and don’t massively overspend on one thing which would mean you have to forgo or skimp on something else.

3. Know your priorities

If you are able to order things by their importance then you can tick off the most important things first. This should make everything more manageable and less stressful.

4. Hit the sales

Wedding outfits can be expensive, so one trick is to start looking for your dream outfit way ahead of time. This will give you plenty of time to visit plenty of sales to find a bargain or to browse last year’s catalogues so that you don’t necessarily get the newest bridal outfit on offer, but so you can still be sure it will be super trendy. Alternatively, if you’re able to get all your outfits for each ceremony or your bridesmaid dresses from the same shop you should be able to pick up a great discount!

5. Shop around

When it comes to finding the perfect venue, food or decorations don’t just go for the first one you see. Take your time and make sure you explore plenty of options. When you go on holiday you would always use a comparison website to get the best flights, right? Well, so buying things for your wedding should be no different. Do a lot of research online, talk to vendors and get as many quotes as you can. Try making a handy comparison chart for yourself so you can keep track of everything. And remember, each vendor wants your business, so I’m sure they’ll be willing to accommodate you if you’re honest from the get-go.

6. Go veggie

Wedding food can be very costly and if you have a big guest list it becomes even more so. It is all very well to think about cutting the guest list, but this is not always possible or at least very difficult to do without upsetting a few people. Therefore one option is to go veggie for your wedding since vegetarian dishes are much cheaper than meat dishes

7. Go easy on the alcohol

If you want to have alcohol at your wedding but are worried at the cost of having to pay the bar you can always limit the drink options available to guests. For example, you could stick to wine and beer and do away with spirits or you could just supply cocktails. Either way, your guests are bound to be happy and will barely notice.

8. Have an off-season wedding

One sure way to lower your costs is to have your wedding slightly off-season. This means that they’ll be less demand for your venue so you won’t have to pay as much as you would in say June.

9. Use substitutes

If there is something you have your eye on but know it is too expensive, you can either try and find a similar but cheaper alternative or you can try and do some DIY and make it yourself.

10. Contingency plan

Things can often go wrong when planning a wedding, so make sure you have some extra funds in case something major happens just before your big day. Remember, if you aren’t able to provide a load of fancy things at your wedding, don’t worry your guests won’t bat an eyelid. After all, it is all about you anyway, not the venue or decorations. However, if something does go wrong as your big day approaches, don’t be afraid to ask others to chip in.

Up to a point, planning a wedding can be expensive, but it is definitely completely viable to host your dream wedding while saving some money here and there. If you know your limits, book things in advance and strategise well, you can definitely plan your Indian wedding on a budget!

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Strand of Silk’s Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

I was recently contacted by Strand of Silk who wanted to tell me about their Indian wedding outfit generator.  I must admit that I was dubious at first. However once I spent some time playing around with it I quickly changed my tune.

Putting it simply, the outfit generator is great and makes the task of figuring out what to wear for each of the many wedding ceremonies SO much easier.

I have so far attended three Indian weddings, so am still a relative newbie. Preparing for an Indian wedding as a guest can be very overwhelming and stressful. It has always amazed me that more attention hasn’t been paid helping guests choose their outfits.

I was personally very lucky when it came to my first Indian wedding because I had some incredibly helpful and patient friends – all with a great fashion sense – to help me along the way. However, even if you have someone who can talk you through each of the ceremonies and take you shopping, you still have accessories to think about. This is what is so great about this outfit generator – it explains what happens at each of the ceremonies, gives practical styling tips and makes sure you know what items of clothing are not appropriate to wear!

Pick an Occasion | Strand of Silk's Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

The Indian wedding outfit generator covers the Engagement ceremony, Haldi ceremony, Mehendi ceremony, Sangeet ceremony, Baarat ceremony, Wedding ceremony and Reception. What’s more it isn’t just aimed at female guests, but also has male guest, family of the couple and bridesmaids covered too.

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Along with styling tips, the page also contains several lookbooks which serve as great inspiration and a series of related blog posts in-case you feel you need even more information.

What To Wear | Strand of Silk's Indian Wedding Outfit Generator

The Indian wedding outfit generator is incredibly easy to use.  All you have to do is select who you are and which ceremony you are going to and the styling tips, lookbooks and blog posts will appear. If you like the products you see, you can purchase them straight away with a simple click that takes you straight to the product page.

For anyone attending an Indian wedding for the first time, this page is invaluable. I do however also think that this page is very useful for the most seasoned Indian wedding goer, because the lookbooks (outfit suggestions) and blog posts are a great source of inspiration.

If you do try out the Indian wedding outfit generator, I’d love to hear what you think of it!

Beautiful Wedding Photography by Neil Walker

Neil Walker has been a professional photographer for the last 20 years. He got his start shoot advertising photography and portraits both in the UK & internationally. He has had an incredibly varied career to date, which has enabled him to photograph people from all walks of life, from the jungles of Columbia to the streets of Putney.
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It was wedding photography though that made the greatest impact on Neil. He decided to move into wedding photography because he loved the idea of being able to be part of a couples’ special day, knowing that his photographs of their special day give the couple wonderful memories for years to come.
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Neil aims to capture the most intimate, emotional and funny moments from a couples wedding, which he does by working in the background at weddings so that the end result is a documentary or reportage style. He of course finds time to snap the obligatory group shots and photos of the bride & groom together, but other than that, everything else is shot candidly with little posing.
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Neil says he loves photographing Asian weddings because they “allow me to blend in with guests and really get stuck into the action. This is particularly true during the baraat, the ceremony & of course during the dancing!”
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How Neil deals with rain:
Weddings that are affected by rain or other bad weather can be some of the best for wedding photos. I believe the best way to deal with rain is to embrace it & use it, not try to fight it. Going out under a white umbrella and getting some beautiful shots can make for wonderful wedding photos. However, I’ve found that having a back up plan means I very rarely need to fall back on that plan!
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One of Neil’s most memorable wedding experiences:
It has to be my first baraat! I was in the thick of it photographing the groom climbing on to a huge white horse when the dhol drummers struck up and the whole wedding erupted into dance. I love the photographs from that first baraat, I can still remember the excitement as everyone moved towards the bride’s family.
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If you would like to see more of Neil’s photographs or contact him about photographing your own wedding, you can find him at:

Indian Wedding Photography By Bilal

A wedding day is the most crucial day of one’s life. And why not, we imagine getting hitched to our right life partner all our lives. When the D-day arrives, we want everything to be picture-perfect from bridal wear to jewellery, food to decor, venue to weather, so we can have the memories of a lifetime. We want THE Indian wedding photography!

Thankfully to capture these beautiful moments of our lives, we can resort to Indian wedding photography. Photos serve as a great memory and reminder of this once-in-a-lifetime event.  A wedding photo album is something you can treasure long after it is over and pass onto your children so together, you can take a stroll down memory lane.

Keeping this in mind, ‘Photography by Bilal’ swears to deliver just that. The aim is to get a series of natural and emotive photos that illustrate your unique wedding story every time you look back at them. A good photo can bring back all the emotions and excitement you had at that moment, which is why wedding photography is such an important part of your wedding.

Nowadays, wedding photography is not just about the wedding day but includes a complete range of pictures that carries all your pre and post-wedding functions. The trend of getting a pre-wedding couple photoshoot done is very popular among modern Indian couples, who seem to be relishing getting their candid and artistic photoshoot done.

These types of photoshoots do not include simple portraits but instead tell a story and capture the atmosphere and emotion of the day.  So, without further ado, let’s look at some of the stunning bridal photoshoots, taken by wedding photographer Bilal.

Art at its best

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This picture is a sure-shot winner when it comes to depicting the mehendi design in an unusual and striking way. The way the mehendi-laden hand of an Indian wedding bride is viewed through a sheer curtain of a dupatta portrays the intricate design in all its beauty.

Not just ordinary

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Anyone can click a simple picture but it takes passion and talent to get a picture like this. This picture illustrates the epitome of grace and elegance of an Indian wedding bride. It captures the myriad of emotions that a bride is going through on her wedding day. The shot is especially poignant because the bride is viewed through the sheer veil of her dupatta in the midst of a seemingly private moment.

It’s all about details

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Moving away from the expected life-size portraits, we are treated here to a view of the more minute details that make up the flawless bridal look. This photo focuses on the beautiful maang tikka worn by an Indian wedding bride.

Let eyes do all the talking

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At the time of her wedding, a bride experiences a cocktail of emotions ranging from being happy to start a new life to the sadness of leaving her parent’s home. This mixture of conflicting emotions can be seen in this intimate photograph of the bride on her wedding day.

In all her glory

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A bride looks like a million bucks on her wedding day just like this particular bride who is oozing glamour in her stunning outfit and jewellery.  She is looking like a diva in the true sense of the word. Just as the bride has made an effort to look her best, the cameraman has done his best to capture her .

Look of love

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Love is mesmerising as effectively demonstrated by this photo of the much-in-love couple as they appear completely besotted by each other. They don’t need words to express their feelings as the look of love captured by the photographer beautifully gets their emotions across.

A smile is contagious

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This smiling Indian wedding bride all dolled up in her traditional wedding attire is a delight to look at. Her infectious smile captured with panache is something I love to revel on. Her orange coloured outfit makes a great contrast with the background, but it is her million dollar smile which is the USP of this click.

Bride & the bridesmaids

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A bride’s friends and sisters play a quintessential role in a wedding. Their importance can be seen from this picture where a beautiful Indian wedding bride takes centre stage and her gorgeous colour-coordinated bridesmaids pose together by her side. This image wonderfully depicts their sisterhood and bond.

If you love the above images and want to create a beautiful pictorial story for your wedding, visit http://www.photographybybilal.com/

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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