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Share Wedding Photos For A Chance To Win A £50 Voucher

Looking to share wedding photos for others to see one the happiest days/weeks of your life? You can show the world how a wedding should be done and inspire brides-to-be for their wedding at the same time. Think about how many wedding photos you must have looked at whilst planning your big day, or if you didn’t, how much do you wish you had or that someone was there to help you?! Unless of course you already had your dream wedding all planned out since you were in primary school….but most of us are clueless!

So if you are looking to help brides or simply share your ‘big fat asian wedding’ photos with others, Strand of Silk is offering you a chance to win a *£50 voucher to use on their website (*For every bride who submits their wedding they will be entered into a weekly draw with a chance to win a £50 voucher – winner announced on Twitter and voucher emailed directly).

Share Wedding Photos Strand of Silk Voucher

Strand of Silk is one of Big Fat Asian Wedding’s favourite online retailers for contemporary Indian fashion. They offer the latest collections from some of the best Indian fashion designers who have sensibilities that appeal to a wide range of audiences.

If you are feeling extra helpful, you could always give some wedding advice by providing a list of your wedding suppliers as well as top tips for brides. There’s no doubt that you have gained a lot of knowledge in the area of wedding planning, so why not take out a few minutes to guide other brides in need!

Review of UK Bridal Stores (Sponsored by Strand of Silk)

In my previous posts, Part 1 and Part 2 of ‘Find Your Wedding Dress in UK’ I tried to convince Asian brides in the UK that they can find their perfect Asian wedding lehenga or saree without having to travel to India or Pakistan! As promised, here is a review of the most popular UK bridal stores for Asians.

Strand of Silk is an online retailer offering the latest indian wedding wear collections for women and men, from some of the best Indian designers, such as Anita Dongre, Raakesh Agarvwal and Siddartha Tytler.

Strand of Silk offers such stunning collections (Indian bridal sarees and lehengas) and special services which are definitely worth checking out. Their special services include a custom made service ‘Made for You’, where brides have the option to personalise their dresses to suit their requirements. With this special service they provide you with very detailed measurement instructions (pictures and video) to ensure perfect fitting. Additionally, if you are looking for just a size alteration, they offer one free alteration service for Bridal orders!

Other Strand of Silk bridal services include ‘Experience The Dress’ with which you can have your outfit ordered to your home to see the embroidery and style, try it on and show family members and friends. They also offer expert styling assistance, such as different combinations of an Indian bridal lehenga, saree and accessories, what styles can be worn at different ceremonies, as well as styling tips for guests!

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Onitaa – When I walked into this store I felt like I was entering a princess walk-in-wardrobe as it gives such a luxurious feel, and filled with  stunning Asian Bridal sarees and lehengas. The first half of the shop offers stunning collections by Pakistani designers (for women and men) such as Deepak Perwani and Zainab Chottani, whilst the far end displays Indian fashion by designers such as Mansi Malhotra and Arnab Sengupta.

However, I was more impressed with the Pakistani collection than Indian – the Indian bridal dresses were either too gaudy or too simple! On the other hand, I loved some of their in-house creations which are definitely worth checking out! They also offer some pretty contemporary clutches and jewellery by Amishi.

Phulkari London – Phulkari’s store is located on Ilford Lane (East London), conveniently situated for Indian wedding shopping. They offer a great range of Asian fashion designers from India and Pakistan, including Sabyasachi and Satya Paul. They also offer their own in-house collections Phulkari Bespoke which are eye-catching with starting prices from £700.

RDC London – Another store located on Ilford Lane, the heart of Asian fashion shopping, offers gorgeous Indian and Pakistani inspired fashion and bridalwear. This is a great store if you are not interested in a designers name but rather a pretty and affordable wedding dress. Their special bridal service offer includes creating a wedding dress from scratch to fulfil your requirements!

Aashni + Co – This gorgeous store definitely lives up to its high-end location Notting Hill, offering Indian wedding outfits from some popular Indian bridal designers such as Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra. If you have a high budget and want to be seen in specific designer’s creation, then this could be the place for you.

Personally, Strand of Silk is my favourite of the UK bridal stores for Asians since they offer such a beautiful bridal collection suitable for a range of budgets. They are also extremely helpful, by giving the option to have the garment ordered home to try on and show others before committing yourself. You can simply sit back, relax, order your dream dress at home and let them do the rest for you.  They will advise you and handle the garment with so much care – they truly understand the importance of a wedding dress for a bride!

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress in UK (Part 2)

In part 1 I started explaining why it doesn’t make sense to travel across the world to buy your wedding dress. I will now continue…

I have heard enough stories of people flying back to India because their customised outfit fitted horribly or was completely the wrong style. Getting the perfect fit is vital and if you have already spent a lot you will do anything to make sure it is faultless, even if it means flying back and forth.

What’s worse is if you can’t take time off work to fix the problem because you used up all your leave days the first time around! This leads me onto my next point…

Is it worth taking time off work to search for something you might not even find? Don’t forget you also need time off during wedding week (or month for some!)

So unless you plan to visit for a long period of time (to travel or see family) I don’t think it’s worth it, especially because you could end up finding nothing – you would have wasted precious time and most importantly money!

But where to find your fairy tale wedding dress in UK?! There are numerous Indian fashion retailers offering beautiful bridalwear (and accessories) in the UK- it all depends on your taste and budget!

Indian Wedding Dress and JewelleryPopular choices with brides in the UK are:

a. Strand of Silk – Offers latest fashion and bridalwear collections from some of the best Indian designers (personal favourite – beautiful choices for all tastes and budgets!)

b. RDC London – Asian fashion and bridal wear boutique in East London

c. Onitaa – Specialises in Indian and Pakistani Designer Clothing

d. Aashni + Co – Offers exclusive couture bridal dresses

e. Phulkari London – Offers collections of Asian fashion designers from India and Pakistan

These retailers sell stunning wedding outfits with various styles, colours and special services.

Watch out for the next post which will give you more details on what each of these bridal stores have to offer!

Ear Cuffs: Hot Fashion Trend

Ear Cuffs have become the hottest new trend with many celebrities seen sporting this gorgeous accessory. In fact, Bollywood fashion icon Sonam Kapoor has been spotted numerous times wearing this statement ear piece and is not the only celebrity (Hollywood and Bollywood) to have caught onto this rapidly growing trend.

There are numerous styles out there, from simple studded, to fabulous flowers to extravagant diamonds. Here are some of the celebrity looks:

Sonam Kapoor Wearing Ear Cuffs

Deepika Padukone Vidya Balan Ear Cuffs

Emma Watson Jennifer Lawrence Ear Cuffs

If you want to look chic at the next wedding function, follow the trend. A hair updo, bare neckline and fresh face will ensure your ear pieces are in the spotlight!

If you are looking for somewhere to buy these fashionable ear cuffs, then check out online fashion retailer Strand of Silk as they have a stunning ear cuffs collection which will surely turn heads. You can find also Indian Wedding Accessories!