Credits: Sasha La’Brooy
Whether you’re the bride, the maid-of-honour or even the mother of the bride, there is a braided style to suit you. Braids have been around since time immemorial and have always been a hot favourite with brides, both Western and Indian alike. It started out as a simple three strand twist; today, the braid has evolved into (for the better, I might add) more complicated and intricate styles. If the look you are going for is elegant yet stylish, the braid is definitely for you! Here are a few styles you could consider!
The Braided Chignon
Inspired by Grace Kelly, the braided chignon is subtle yet elegant. Although the name seems complicated, the braided chignon is a simple braid wrapped into a bun at the nape of the neck. Top it off with a sleek tiara, a bejeweled comb or flowers to add a touch of contemporariness to the look.
The Braided Bun
A little less princess and a little more queen, the braided bun is for the bride who wants to look absolutely regal on her BIG day. This slicked back style is a braid coiled in epic proportions with the help of a more than a few extensions. We definitely recommend it for the traditional Indian bride!
The Fishtail Braid
This one is a hot favourite among the PYTs of both Hollywood and Bollywood. Perfect for the contemporary, new age bride (western or Indian), the fishtail is a combination of classy yet current. You can spice it up with a reverse French braid around the head to give the style some volume. Add a tiny dose of sexy by making it purposefully messy. The style suits both a simple tiara and flowers, whichever you prefer.
The Sideswept Braid
If simple is what you have in mind, try the side swept braid. Absolutely easy to do and maintain, it is a low key yet interesting take on the normal pinned back braid. Perfect for the Indian bride.
The Waterfall Braid
Having an outdoor wedding? The waterfall braid is perfect for you! A little complex but totally stunning, the waterfall braid will definitely give your down do that outdoorsy look. Forego the accessories and pretty it up with a few pretty wild flowers. If you must have a veil, opt for a back veil.
The French Braid
Big in the 90s and an all time favourite, the French braid is classy, elegant and stylish. If you are going the traditional route, pretty it up with flowers and beads. It you are inclined to be slightly more experimental, you can always do a side swept French braid. And for the completely contemporary, yet regal look, try a French braid bun – we recommend a hair trial for this one!
The Briad-y Bunch
As cheesy as the name sounds, if you are looking for an interesting, regal hair-do – this is it! The not-so-simple style is in essence a bunch of braids (the number can vary depending on how intricate you want it) pinned up over each other just above the nape of the neck. A style that suits both Indian and western brides alike, you can dress it up with flowers or a veil or even a jeweled clip.
Very popular with western brides and flower girls, the halo involves two or three braids wrapped across the head similar to a hair band. Accessorized with delicate flowers or a simple tiara, the halo is ideal for brides with wavy hair. To add a little interest to the style, combine it with a loose chignon.
There are many things you can do with braids. The key is to choose a style that suits your features. In the run up to your big day, we definitely recommend discussing your favorite styles with your hair dresser, trying out a few, and if you have an exceptional hair dresser (lucky you!), maybe even playing around with the styles to find one that suits you best. And of course, the cardinal rule for everything you do with regard to your wedding attire applies here too – take someone who will give you an honest opinion along!
Credits: Vijay Isaac
Profound in their contexts and heartwarming in their audible presence, rock songs about love can be amongst the best things to happen at your wedding. We’ve taken the pains to find for you five of the best rock ballads that can be played at your wedding – keep on ‘marrying’ in the free world:
1.Firehouse – You Are My Religion
For a song from a band that’s mostly known for their rock numbers devoted to love, ‘You Are My Religion’ comes as no surprise. On this wedding rock favorite, Firehouse takes their guitar + mush-quotient to a very adorable level. How else can you explain lyrics as charming as this; “You’ve come and saved me, For all eternity, In the name of the Father and the Son, You are my religion….”
2. Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
A radio-regular and a rock classic, no wedding can be complete without this heartfelt ballad from Aerosmith’s tuneful cellars. What makes this song so special is that you don’t necessarily need to be a fan of rock music to fall in love with it. Universal in its appeal and strong in its composition, ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ is arguably one of Aerosmith’s most memorable hits – don’t not play it at your wedding.
3. Bread – Baby I’m A Want You
Not too many people may have heard this Bread hit, nonetheless, it’s a still a great song. Musically, it’s pleasing to the ears and lyrically it’s as honest as it gets. Slightly ambient and excessively enjoyable, ‘Baby I’m A Want You’ is a sweet-sounding delight all the way.
4. Eagles – Love Will Keep Us Alive
Most people only know the Eagles as a synonym for ‘Hotel California’, but for a true fan of the iconic band, there’s so much more to their music. In this case, ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’, serves as a prime example. Crisp in its sounding and melodic in its maneuvers, this song is really a glass of cooled wine on a hot summer afternoon – give in to its thrills on the day of your nuptials.
5. Mr. Big – Nothing But Love
Known for their hard-hitting riffs and musical dexterity, Mr. Big’s ‘Nothing But Love’ is a toned-down surprise for fans of the band and rock music in general. Released when the band was in its prime and taken from their hit album ‘Bump Ahead’, this song is everything you’d look for in a rock number. Soft at parts and loveably loud when required – don’t give this one a miss.
Credits: Sasha La’Brooy
If there was ever an outfit that pays the ultimate tribute to the female form, and never goes out of style, it is the saree. Dating back to as far as 1800 BC, sarees have been the traditional attire of the Indian woman, whatever the occasion may be. The one aspect that has changed over the decades, however, is the design of the blouse. Today’s bride has a wide gamut of options to choose from – an interesting yet daunting task. The trick is to choose a design that will flatter you.
To get you started, here are a few options.
The round and square neck
Probably the first neckline to be used for saree blouses, the round and square neck suits just about everyone and looks good on both tall and short women alike.
Rectangular and oval neck
The rectangular and oval neckline is best suited to shorter women. However, if the saree is heavy, opt for a designer back instead.
Made famous by actress Rekha, the Chinese collar is perfect for women with longer necks. It accentuates the neck and makes the saree look all the more appealing.
Again, ideal for women with long necks, the high neck emphasizes their best feature. If you are looking into wearing a high necked blouse, try adding in heavy embellishments around the neckline for that oomph factor, especially if it is a light saree.
Nothing says class like the 3/4th sleeve. Flattering on women of all shapes and sizes, the 3/4th sleeve is fashionable and suits every kind of saree. You can go traditional with a simple square neck or spice it up a bit with a plunging neckline at the back!
Knots and ties
A favourite with most women, back ties add an element of interest to the back neckline especially with low necks. Another interesting design is the back knot. If you are looking to add some character to your blouse, the knot is definitely a good way to go.
Mirror work and stones are a good option, especially if the saree is on the plainer side. A heavily blinged up blouse will definitely give your outfit a richer look.
A style for the truly contemporary bride, cut work is the perfect combination of classy and radical and designed to emphasize your favourite feature, be it your neck, your back or your hands.
A few more thoughts on the subject!
Contemporary styles suit slim women best. You can try sleeveless or puffed blouses or even high necked and collared blouses.
The most versatile shape, the athletic/mid range woman, can pull off just about any design. Short sleeves will work best to your advantage, although the long, net sleeves are a good option. For you we say go wild and choose what you like!
If you are on the chubbier side, avoid puffed sleeves and sleeveless blouses. Opt for 3/4th sleeves to best accentuate your figure. You can also play around with boat necks and v-necks or even a choli styled blouse.
In the end, whatever you choose, make sure you are comfortable with what you are wearing. Discomfort shows and you will have a long night ahead. So choose a design that you feel good in!
Credits: Crystal D’sa
Most couples would feel that a wedding is not a wedding without a cake. Brides as we know it mostly invest a lot of time finding the perfect one for the special day. But let’s just take a trip down memory lane and figure out where it all began.
How it all started?
Roman times- Well cakes were not yet invented at the time, so mostly they used a loaf of freshly baked bread to do the tradition. So why was this done? They believed it would benefit and provide good fortune.
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Medieval Period- The custom was to stack sweet buns in a pile end and the couple would try to kiss over the pile. If they succeeded, they would be blessed with children.
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17th to 19th century-The brides pie was introduced. It was either made of minced pie, filled with sweet buns or mutton. The bride would hide her ring inside the pie and then distribute sliced pie to her female guests. The lucky lady would be next in line to marry!
Even before stacking of cakes represented fertility and modern tradition leads us to believe that the bottom layer is cut to symbolize continuity of their relationship.
So does it matter what the ideal cake should be made of?
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You could pretty much fancy it any way if you’re not big cake fan. We’ll show you how!
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For those brides and grooms that wish to creative, this is a small means to do it. If couples today get a baraat for the sangeet and not the wedding day, a truffle cake can most definitely substitute a sponge plum cake. A creative cake can create quite the statement and well you just very much be the trendsetter!
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Red roses, blue violets, purple daisies. Not in a garden, vase or pot; instead, women everywhere are adoring new and fresh ways to place and show flowers wearing them on their head for a maang tikka, on their hand for a bracelet and beautiful rings for their fingers.
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Kim Kardashian hosted her baby shower, giving all her guests floral crowns one to wear; the Lumineers set a trend with their hit “Flowers in Your Hair”, and there’s Lana Del Rey who’s obsessed with hair flair!
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They’re all vouching for it and so do we..Let’s keep it simple this summer of 2014, after all it’s all about flower power!
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Credits to Crystal D’sa
Candid Photography…We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!
Photo Credits: Sunitha Nadig Photography
When you’ve paid anything from many thousands or over a lakh, why would you want your guests ruining it for you?
A valuable takeaway from this article is the ‘unplugged’ wedding concept which basically implies that the bride and groom asks the guests not to take any kind of shots during the actual ceremony itself. After the ceremony is entirely over, it’s the couples choice to grant permission! Let’s just let the photographers do the job they were hired to do and guests can just enjoy… well … being guests.
Do you see that? Now you may ask me WHY??? How I dread questions that start with ‘W’, but I will tell you exactly why so!
When your photos come back from your photographer, all your guest shots include your favorite people staring at their hi-fi devices. every guest is tweeting or posting the whole wedding on facebook. I thought they were present to be with you.
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Flash from the camera- the photographers biggest enemy!
Really you might have just killed that moment- the first kiss, the first hug, or that tear drop falling from the brides eye.
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The smaller enemy- The red dot!
Photo bombing pictures might be fun during the after party but you might just be uninvited to the couples future events!
All the beep, beep, click, flash…the noise pollution during your most intimate moment. It was supposed to be an intimate wedding that’s now just paparazzi.
I’m not the only one who vouches for this concept, the experts say so too. Stay tuned to know what’s their take on an Unplugged Wedding.
Credits to Crystal D’sa
Candid Photographer… Check!
Candid cinematography… Check!
Fiance… Oh yes! Check!
accessories for ME…Oh no… Can’t check!”
After haven taken care of the most important wedding decisions- choosing your wedding accessories should be the next thing on your wedding checklist. Indian women are beautiful and make gorgeous brides, but you can’t achieve this without the best Indian wedding accessories to accomplish your outfit.
Indian bridal accessories:
Shoes- One of the most overlooked accessories! What you need to remember while buying these, ‘COMFORT!’
These will support you for the entire day, so opt for comfort over style! MY advice- Wear them around the house for an house for a week. Let’s avoid those painful shoe bites now!
Jewelry- The most displayed accessory on you. Your mother, his mother, the photographer and everyone at your wedding will be out to look at what rests on your neck. COMFORT- a mantra you should bear in mind. Coordinate your buy with your outfit. If your outfit is heavy, stay simple and light on your jewelry.
Purse- I recommend that every bride should carry one. It’s an add-on to your outfit but also practical. What needs to go into it- your phone, compact, lipstick and tissues.Let it be of moderate size, elegant and practical for your use.
Bindi- North, South, East or West; every bride has a different look. Coordinate your bindi with other forehead decor and hairstyle.
Anklets- ‘The new bride announces her entry into her husbands house with the tinkling of her payal’, so I read. Tinkling or not, it’s auspicious to wear them at your wedding. It could be gold, silver, beaded wood, crystals or semi- precious stones. Ideally an anklet needs to be 2-3 inches larger than your ankle size so that the embellishments fall right under the ankle bone.
Armbands- There are varieties exquisitely hand crafted in gold, zircon stones and other precious stones. Armbands or Bajuband is given to the bride by her sister-in-law to protect the bride for the rest of her life.
Nose rings- Considered as one of the signs of getting married, a way of honoring Parvathi ( Hindu Goddess of marriage) or a style statement; when opting for one on your wedding day bear in mind that it should compliment your trousseau, face cut and other jewelry. Available in studs, rings and nath.
Earrings- Keep them simple and elegant. You don’t want your photographs showing your earlobes stretching due to the weight.
Rings- The engagement ring is one of many rings, but brides can opt to put more than one for a wholesome look. ‘Haathpool’, bracelet with rings is something brides can opt for a holistic, rich look.
Bangles- It could be glass or gold. It completes the married look.
Mehendi- This would essentially depend on which part of India you come from. Try it out and test it to ensure you’re not allergic to it.
Mang tika- Also called Shringar; a central piece attached to a string on one and a hook on the other.Your face is the most photographed, so try a sample shoot with your makeup and accessories to evaluate if they compliment each other.
Makeup- This is a ‘make or break’! Have skin treatments started a year prior to your wedding and have a makeup trial done to pick out a look for your wedding. You don’t want to be shocked with what you see in the mirror.
Nail polish- choose a dark colour because being an Indian bride you would have had haldi and mehendi ceremonies. This could have stained your finger nails. French manicure is out of the option for you; opt for maroon, red or gold.
Toe rings- Also called bichua, the toe ring is very important in many states in India. Think from a photography aspect- how would you want it to look. Also, ladies think – COMFORT!
Waistband- Also called kamarband, an accessory to accentuate your waistline. Keep pattern in mind, you don’t want it poking through your skin while you sit.
Every brides mantra- “Comfort, Smile, Happiness”
Credits to Crystal D’sa
Everyone loves birthdays, weddings, basically any function that involves receiving gifts. I’ve had the privilege of putting together my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary and it was oh so grand, 50 years after all! It was that moment when I was ready to rip all the wrapping paper apart and see what they received for such a prestigious occasion and I was horrified with the ridiculousness.
After 50 years, guests still thought my grandmother needed cooking items, trays and other sorts of kitchen appliances; as if after three succeeding generations she wouldn’t have the same stocked up with her. That’s when I told her, “You should have registered for gifts.”
Registering for a gift isn’t really asking for much, at least you won’t have to receive things that you don’t like, won’t use and give away. Engaged couples often set up wedding registries to help guests choose gifts that the couple will enjoy using. Setting up a wedding registry will help you and your guests avoid purchasing duplicate gifts or avoid unwanted gifts. This concept hasn’t caught on in India YET, but be the first to do it. It’s practical, hassle free and NO it isn’t rude as long as you follow a few DO’s and DONT’s.
The DO’s and DONT’s of Wedding Registries
Don’t go overboard
When registering, stick to two or three stores you love. Choose a national department store or chain that has lots of household basics. Think of your guests – select stores of low, medium and high end to that they have a variety to choose from.
Do Register Ahead of Time
Complete your registry four to six months before the wedding. This will give guests time to purchase gifts for the big day, but also for your engagement and Sangeet.
Don’t Tell Guests Where You’re Registered in Your Invitation
Once you have registered, give the information to immediate family and the wedding party, and let them spread the word. If you are asked where you have registered, go ahead and tell them, but it is not proper to include registry information in a wedding invitation. Registry information can be included on a wedding website- it gives them easier access to see what you have registered for.
Do Register for Enough Gifts
Register for more, so there will be plenty of items to choose from. Think about who your guests are, and register for gifts in a wide range of prices, or choose individual items rather than sets, as with pots and pans, for instance. Put a few expensive items on your registry, but balance them with equally with more affordable options.
Don’t Ask for Money
Now I know that this would just simplify it all, but it’s still taboo to ask for it. You could register for stocks via website or register for your honeymoon through a travel agency.
Do Review Your Registry
Your registry may not automatically notify you when a gift has been purchased, review your registry every few weeks, and more frequently as the wedding approaches. Use your updated registry to help you keep up with writing thank-you notes.
Don’t Limit Your Registry
Don’t just register for now, you’ve promised and settled to spend your entire life together, register for gifts that will be practical even in the long run. It just prolongs the excitement.
Do Write Thank-You Notes Right Away
Ideally, you should acknowledge every present immediately; writing a note the day you receive it is best, but sending it within two weeks is also acceptable. Obviously, the period surrounding your wedding is a busy time; if you fall short, just make every effort to send a thank you as soon as you can — but no later than three months!
Don’t Worry if You Don’t Get Everything on Your Registry
If you don’t receive everything you registered for, don’t worry. At least you got half of it!
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It’s one of those mindless moments and I’m wondering what’s disposed off into the thrash; egg shells from breakfast, floor sweepings, paper balls after all that scribbling, empty bottles, but a WEDDING DRESS- not so much. I’m not married but a wedding planner by profession, I’ve not seen it personally. Probably the trend hasn’t caught on in India.
Thrash the wedding dress, fearless bride, rock the frock; call it whatever you like but my question to you- ‘Is the photo shoot really worth thrashing your wedding dress?’
Source: Jeff Cooke Photography
The trend started with photographer John Michael Cooper in Las Vegas in 2001 but the idea originated from Meg Cummings of the show Sunset Beach. Remember the scene when she ran into the ocean in her wedding dress?
Source: Michael Moss Photography
Black wedding dresses, mullet marry me dresses, Tina Turner’s black and green Swarovski embroidered dress or Jessica Biel’s frothy pink dress- NOT your thing? Maybe thrashing your wedding is just it!
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How to thrash your wedding dress? Adventurous brides have jumped off cliffs, climbed trees, doused themselves with paint — even para sailing. There are plenty of ways to do this but one bride Natasha Samuel took it one step too far.
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Yes! They soaked the back in flammable liquid and set it on fire.
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Many brides have made it to national news. Are you next?
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Finnish brides keep a match to keep their love burning. Mexican brides sew three coloured ribbons to summon passion, bless food and bring financial luck. Bells are chimed at Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and Italian couples smash glass estimate how many happy married years they have.
So what do us as Indians have? Plenty, trust me.
The darkness of the mehendi colour on her hand shows the deep love and respect she will receive from her husband and mother-in-law!
It’s almost every brides dream to design her wedding trousseau. Think twice, it’s considered unlucky to design your wedding outfits.
The English began ‘something new, old, borrowed, and blue and six pence in her shoe’. Borrowing from a happy bride or couple will bring you good luck but lending it, not so much. Indian irony-Your generosity might be bad omen.
Wear earrings when you are married and you will always be happy.
A week before the wedding, the bride and seven married women of her family make small balls of “chana dal ” (lentil), which are later dried and sent to the groom’s house to ensure that the pantry is always full with plenty to eat.
Crossing black cats path-unlucky! But if you see a black cat or a rainbow on your wedding day then it is considered to be a good luck. Spotting an open grave, lizard or a pig is a bad fortune.
Cats and weddings seem to go hand in hand. A week before the wedding, it is considered good luck to have a cat eat out of your left shoe.
Our relationship with animals doesn’t end yet. In some places, the prospective groom sent members of his family to express his interests to the prospective bride; if, on their way, they saw a blind man, a monk, or a pregnant woman, it was thought the marriage would doomed. If, however, they saw nanny goats, pigeons, or wolves, good fortune would come to the marriage.
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In some Hindu families, the bride is given a knife or any other sharp metal object to carry with her at all times after she is engaged till the wedding, so that she can protect her virtue – even from her fiancé! Grooms, watch out.
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Don’t let your tea or coffee spill over-if boiling milk spills over it is considered to be a sign of pending misfortune.
It is good luck for the bride to take one look in the mirror once she is fully attired, but she should not look again. What a pity! Well, at least she’ll have photographs to look at.