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A look at Umaid Bhawan – Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’es Wedding Venue

Everyone’s talking about just one wedding right now, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s. The couple look absolutely amazing together and their wedding was no exception – beautiful clothes, celeb guests and a palace as the venue. While everyone will be writing about the wedding and focusing on all the details related to the couple, i thought i would write about the venue.

A few of my favourite pics from the wedding first though. The couple have been very tight lipped about the wedding and there have been very few official pictures released. But the ones that have been released look absolutely gorgeous, with the couple looking so in love!

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra dressed up for their traditional Indian wedding
Priyanka Chopra looking stunning in a beautifully coloured lehenga
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas for their Christian wedding

Now, lets turn our attention to the gorgeous venue. The venue is probably out of reach for most average folks thinking about a wedding, but it does no harm to dream and get some inspiration from the venue anyway. As per the Wikipedia description,

Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh. The palace has 347 rooms and is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace is a museum.

Ground for the foundations of the building was broken on 18 November 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943. The Palace was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.

History of Umaid Bhawan

Again, turning to our trusted Wikipedia,

History of building the Umaid Bhawan Palace is linked to a curse by a saint who had said that a period of drought will follow the good rule of the Rathore Dynasty. Thus, after the end of about 50-year reign of Pratap Singh, Jodhpur faced a severe drought and famine conditions in the 1920s for a period of three consecutive years. The farmers of the area faced with famine conditions sought the help of the then king Umaid Singh, who was the 37th Rathore ruler of Marwar at Jodhpur, to provide them with some employment so that they could survive the famine conditions. The king, in order to help the farmers, decided to build a lavish palace.

The foundation stone was laid in 1929. About 2,000 to 3,000 people were employed in its construction. Occupation of the palace by the Maharaja came after its completion in 1943, and close to the period of Indian Independence. The estimated cost of building the palace was Rs 11 million. When it opened in 1943 it was considered as one of the largest royal residences in the world.

The palace was built with “dun-coloured” (golden – yellow) sandstone with two wings. Makrana marble has also been used, and Burmese teak wood has been used for the interior wood work. When completed the palace had 347 rooms, several courtyards, and a large banquet hall which could accommodate 300 people.

The Palace is divided into three functional parts – the residence of the royal family, a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, and a Museum focusing on the 20th-century history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.

Imagine having your wedding in the same place as where the royal family lives. Windsor castle is not available for wedding receptions now is it? So if you’re looking for lavish and royal, head to India and do it in proper royal style!

Weddings at Umaid Bhawan Palace

To give you a sense of the scale of weddings at Umaid Bhawan palace, I collected some pictures of previous weddings at the palace. The decor ranges from average to blow your socks off, so I am putting this down to individual tastes and preferences of the couples getting married. I personally dont like the colourful lighting used and that usually is an instantly put off for me.


So my lovelies, if any of you decide to get married at this palace or any other for that matter, please do share photos. I’d love to see what it looked like and I will pretend that I was part of it as a guest!

 

Sources: Instagram, Wikipedia, Taj Group Website

Iconic Bollywood Sarees

A splash of vibrant colour, tall dark men of valour,

A song for every emotion, fans with die-hard cinema devotion,

Where the hero reigns supreme, and dance numbers always work their way into the theme,

Where melodrama is the major component, but never ever a dull moment,

That’s BOLLYWOOD for you folks!

The Indian film industry has been appreciated world over for its dynamicity, versatility and undying magnetism. Not only that, Bollywood has been known to be a creative platform that not only gives a boost to existing style trends, but also inspires innovative and fresh fashion ideas. The industry has been around for a long time now, and has seen numerous fashion fads come and go, but the one fashion statement, older than Bollywood itself, which has stood strong throughout the years and still reigns as every woman’s favourite attire, is hands down, the Bollywood saree. Be it on screen or off screen, Bollywood divas have been rocking the garment for years now and have no intention of ceasing to do so for years to come.

Let’s have a look at some of the most talked about Bollywood sarees that have left an indelible mark on the minds of all fashion enthusiasts.

Sri Devi’s Saree in Mr. India.

Sridevi's saree in Mr.India - Bollywood sarees
Sridevi’s blue chiffon saree in Mr.India

The gorgeous Sridevi became a fashion icon overnight owing to her electric blue chiffon saree in the song ‘I Love You’. Bollywood sarees such as these are simple, yet have an undeniable impact on screen. While the song had the lead actors confessing their love to each other, the audience was busy falling in love with this divine piece of clothing!

Madhuri Dixit’s Saree in Hum Aapke Hain Koun.

Madhuri Dixit’s Saree in Hum Aapke Hain Koun - Bollywood Sarees
Madhuri Dixit’s purple and golden saree in Hum Aapke Hain Koun

Madhuri wasn’t the only one who stole hearts with this movie. The purple and golden ensemble that she donned for the song ‘Didi Tera Dewar Deewana’ made women all over the nation go gaga. The modern-day trend of the popular ‘Dori Blouse’ can also be traced back to this iconic Bollywood saree. Certainly, Bollywood sarees like this one are both contemporary and traditional and make a significant on-screen impact!

Aishwarya Rai’s Saree in Devdas

Aishwarya Rai’s Saree in Devdas - Bollywood Sarees
Aishwarya Rai’s rich saree in Devdas

At a time when the Indian saree was being subjected to immense miscellany in regard to its styling, the film Devdas brought back the traditional vogue with this Blue Benarasi number. The modest silhouette of this Bollywood saree was more than compensated by elaborate embroidery work and conventional heavy jewellery. Bollywood sarees such as these truly reflect the unacknowledged glamour quotient of ancient India.

Sushmita Sen’s Saree in Main Hoon Na

Sushmita Sen’s Saree in Main Hoon Na - Bollywood Sarees
Sushmita Sen’s glamorous saarees in Main Hoon Na

Who says teachers can’t look sexy? Sushmita sure made teaching look like the most glamorous profession in the country, with her ultra-glam yet super casual saree clad look in the movie Main Hoon Na. So, for all those who think Bollywood sarees are only fit for evening wear, with the right choice of colours and subtle accessories, a saree could make you look like a million bucks even at your workplace, without looking out of place! I don’t know about you, but these stunning Bollywood sarees definitely stole my heart and I wanted to possess every design!

Priyanka Chopra’s Saree in Dostana

Priyanka Chopra’s Saree in Dostana - Bollywood Sarees
Priyanka Chopra’s shimmering cream saree in Dostana

Truly representing the evolution of the Bollywood saree, Priyanka Chopra’s dazzling cream coloured sari in the movie Dostana, proved beyond doubt that the hottest girl in the world, surely is a ‘Desi Gal’. This was another ensemble I dreamt of adding to my Bollywood sarees collection, with its sheer aura of glam.

Bollywood meets Hollywood

The Bollywood saree is not only loved nationally, but has also received immense acclaim abroad, with many foreign damsels donning Bollywood sarees at various events.

Victoria Beckham in a Tarun Tahiliani ensemble - Bollywood Sarees
Victoria Beckham in a Tarun Tahiliani ensemble
Paris Hilton in a pink saree - Bollywood Sarees
Paris Hilton poses in a pink saree at an event in Mumbai
Liz Hurkey in a dual tone pink saree - Bollywood Weddings
Liz Hurley looks amazing in this dual tone pink saree
Eva Mendes looks exquisite in a pink saree - Bollywood Sarees
Eva Mendes looks exquisite in a pink saree over a strapless blouse for an American commercial
Nicole Scherzinger in a black and gold saree - Bollywood Sarees
Nicole Scherzinger looks gives us a glimpse of her classy and elegant side in a sophisticated black and golden saree

 Bringing Bollywood to your Wardrobe

So if you’re going for a party and want to be the centre of attention, nothing spells elegance and grace better than a Bollywood saree. What makes it such a favoured choice of outfit for any event, is the plethora of choices that it has to offer, right from the material of fabrication, to the style of draping. You can choose from a wide range of fabrics for Bollywood sarees, which include crepe, georgette, net, cotton and velvet to name a few. As for the styles, whether you go in for a Bollywood saree inspired by the 90’s or decide to sport a more contemporary saree look, with the right makeup and the right accessories, a Bollywood saree can make you look elegant, graceful, sophisticated and even hot all at once!

The real secret behind the saree being the most preferred choice of all Indian women, is that regardless of a woman’s physique, this outfit can look good on just about anyone. So, even if you’re a little over-weight or a bit too skinny, really short or way too tall, Bollywood sarees can make anyone look red-carpet ready.

Thanks to the renowned Indian fashion designers such as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Rocky S, Tarun Tahiliani and countless others, the Indian saree has not only been revived, but has also become a stunning fashion statement in the Indian fashion scenario. Be it a wedding reception, a religious get-together or even a work event, now you can forget your outfit related concern, and let your Bollywood saree make heads turn!

 

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