From off-duty looks to stunning Red Carpet appearances and everything in between, Bollywood celebrities make headlines for their choice of outfits and statement styling. And, when it comes to the wedding saga of any actress, there is so much that inspires you. Right from the bachelorette party to sangeet ceremony and till the reception, her outfits are the most talked about thing. Well, recently, many Bollywood divas stunned the world and posed for shutterbugs with much elegance.
You don’t know the back story of a big fat Indian wedding until you become a part of the organizing committee. That designer bridal lehenga and the finger licking food is not enough to satisfy your guests and entice them to talk about your wedding in the years to come. After the look of your wedding invite and the goodies you send along with it, the destination of your wedding is the next big judging point for your guests. If you plan a local wedding in the nearest banquet, you might not receive all the ‘wows’ you’d be expecting. Destination weddings are the trend of these times and that’s what many couples would love to have. But if you believe in making a nice wedding and an even better marriage, you would rather save finances for the future and not splurge them over a fancy destination. But there’s still a way to get that dream destination wedding without burning a hole in your pocket for the rest of your wedded life. Here are 5 ‘in the budget’ alternatives for a destination wedding:
That time of the year has arrived again, when the weddings would be happening all around you and you would be all excited to wear all those bling clothes and jewelry. We are sure that there would be many brides as well, who would be sitting at their homes wondering what lingerie should they buy to impress their husbands. From the sexy patterns to the bold colors, they need everything to be perfect and impressive. And of course they should be thinking about it. After all, your wedding lingerie is as essential as any other clothing piece in your closet. Looking at all of your concerns and needs, the bridal trousseau is now designed in the sexiest and the most stylish patterns that every bride must lay her hands on. Check out these 5 types of honeymoon lingerie that every bride must have.
A lacy bra and panty set
Wedding- the very word evokes a sensation that is best felt instead of being written about. Some girls imagine how their wedding could possibly be ever since that are little. From those scrapbooks and idea sketches that girls like Monica–courtesy F.R.I.E.N.D.S.—have, to the lesser concerned no-mess girls who barely think about getting hitched- there is something for every woman in a wedding. A roller coaster ride that a wedding is, wedding fashion also needs much precision and planning!
However, while planning my own wedding, one roadblock that I stumbled upon was what to pick for my wedding wear? Sure wedding fashion was hot and I wanted to be one of those wow brides who look like a diva on D-day but then came the wallet bit to consider and I took a step back. Is it worthwhile to invest many thousands or even lacs in wedding wear alone? Indian weddings are big and fat! Then again, forget that gush of impulse and every bride gets thinking about how practical is it to flaunt wedding fashion that breaks the bank?
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Bollywood’s simple yet stunning beauty, Asin & Rahul Sharma, co-founder of India’s homegrown smartphone manufacturer Micromax Mobiles are now man & wife. This reminds me of her debut “Ghajini”, especially the scene wherein she brags about her self-proclaimed relationship with the CEO of a telecom major. Rahul Sharma sounds so like Sanjay Singhania, doesn’t it? 😛 Well, nobody in the fraternity knew about this development until August last year.
And this is how it started:
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We know it is not easy to be a cool cucumber during the months, days and hours leading to your own wedding. We know there will be moments when you will feel deeply vulnerable thinking about how to approach the biggest life-changing day. So, to stay sane follow some simple tips and take it easy through the wedding planning process.
Health and Harmony
If you are healthy on the inside, you will shine on the outside. So, it is best to eat good food, drink lots of water, sleep at least 7 hours at night, take your prescribed medicines if you have any. Exercise daily to be active. Do something that you enjoy like a walk in the park, swimming or yoga. While it will keep you fit for the big day, you won’t believe how relaxed and calm you would feel by spending quality time with yourself. We recommend some stress-busting foods like fruits and green vegetables. Limit your coffee and tea intake to avoid feeling jittery. Fried foods is a strict no-no.
Practice your hobby
Whether it is reading, writing, painting or knitting…do not give up on your favourite past-time just because you are busy with the stressful wedding planning. Rather, find time to do what you love doing the most to stay creatively and emotionally satisfied. If you don’t, the act of missing your favourite thing to do would make you more irritable and stressed. Remember self-happiness is of prime importance during this time.
Don’t be a control freak or think you are the best person for everything. Learn to rely on family and friends to get things done. Pen down all your responsibilities – venues, menus, florists, decor options, gifts etc, and find suitable people to take care for each. Pick the stuff that needs your immediate attention and personal touch, everything else can be handled by others well. If you can afford to hire a wedding planner, then go ahead to that else don’t be nitpicky with details and ask others for help whenever you feel stuck.
Deep-Breathing and Meditation
You might be feeling that where is the time to incorporate this in your schedule, but trust us to practice it for 10 minutes daily and you will feel really good about yourself. Sit still for a few minutes, take deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing. It will make you feel calm. And, by meditation, we do not mean you need to master it like a yogi. But, just invent your own way of sitting alone behind closed doors, with your eyes closed picturing a lovely sunrise or a God figure or anything that helps you find your centre and sparks your happiness. Do this once a week amidst the hectic activities.
Count your blessings
At times when the to-do-list is getting longer and time is running short, anxiety pangs are bound to occur. Don’t let it overpower your mind or trigger negative emotions. Quickly think of all the things you could be grateful for like your soulmate you are going to be married to in a short span of time, a wonderful set of family and friends, supportive parents and a lot more. You will feel refreshed in a jiffy ready to take on the wedding planning tasks and handle them all.
Focus on yourself
No one is going to care if you served the exotic vegetables or what song did the DJ play, what the people really care for is about you and your spouse having a good time on that day, and a beautiful life ahead. So, honestly! while you do your best putting together all the arrangements, don’t forget to focus on your own likes and dislikes and having fun. And most importantly being happy and looking forward to the big day with excitement and not nervousness!
Hope these tips help you achieve the zen-like calm…apart from these pointers don’t forget to spend time with your favourite people as it is the best way to de-stress. Also, make sure you enjoy your pre-bridal spa rituals and beauty treatments for them to have their maximum effect on you. And, we are sure you are going to be a beautiful bride!
It is wedding season! And for every girl who is soon to be a bride, there are a million things to do. Sure, you have your family and friends helping with a lot of the arrangements. You may have a wedding planner to make sure that everything from flower to fork is in place. Stressing out over minute details is normal for a bride-to-be. But remember, you’ve got help. There is one thing that other people can’t help you with directly, though. Your skin! Staying up late to revise your wedding day plans and fretting over various things will contribute to unwanted dark circles and breakouts. Follow these five tips to ensure that you have flawless, glowing skin on D-day!
This means more veggies and fruit. Try to consume more salads in the months leading to your wedding. In general, the more colors on your plate, the better! From beetroot to broccoli, it’s all good! Adding nuts like pistachios adds texture, and flavor, while increasing the nutritional value of your meal. Eat fruits like watermelon.
Stay hydrated! This is a given on any day of the year, but be especially attentive and sincere about drinking plenty of water every day. Two to three liters a day should do it. If you’re not great at hydrating, then perhaps use an app to keep track.
Moisturizing it very important ladies. And this doesn’t only go for your face. Moisturize your entire body, including elbows, knees, and feet. You want your whole body glowing on your big day. Moisturizing is especially important if you’re a winter bride as dry patches of skin are a norm in the winter. Be sure to stick to a trusty, tried and tested moisturizer to minimize the risk of any nasty allergic reactions.
Follow a Skin Care Regimen
Besides moisturizing, it is important to exfoliate, use face masks, get facials, and wear sunscreen. You can easily prepare plenty of homemade face masks using everyday ingredients like gram flour, turmeric, yogurt, honey, lemon juice, oats, etc.
Do Not Stress and Get Adequate Sleep
Let it go! Let it go! Try NOT to think about your upcoming nuptials and ceremonies. Give yourself “me time”. Take a walk. Dance. Exercise. Breathe. Do whatever you need to relax. Oh yeah, sleep.
So, if you’re tying the knot soon (or just concerned about your skin), follow these crucial five steps for flawless skin.
Its raining weddings and festivities and we want you to look top notch with all the latest fads on your tips. Hence, here is a compilation of top trends inspired by our very own Fashionistas from Bollywood to help you sail through these crazy wedding blues in style and panache.
1. The Preppy Peplum
This number from the closet of Jacqueline Fernandes is a spectacular and offbeat choice to rock at any cocktail party. Its a thumbs up from my side and at least I shall be rocking this trend very soon!
2. The Jazzy Jacket & The Cheesy Cape
Both of these are undoubtedly the brainchild of our favourite trendsetter- Sonam Kapoor. Just look at the sheer monumentality of these pieces. They’re certainly a class apart.
3. The Mesh Body
Relatively new, this style has been seen on contemporaries like Malaika Arora Khan and Sonam Kapoor and is slowly catching up as one of the craziest trends on the season. Pair it with subtle sarees and stand out in a crown of many!
4. The Eccentric Patterns
Kangana Ranaut Knows her game pretty well and she definitely wins at this look! Doing the unconventional stuff is her thing and she does exactly that without missing the point here.
5. The Off Shoulder Drama
Off shoulders are something that have been on the fashion scene since long and these babies are not going anywhere!
6. The Bikini Blouse
Oh, you beauty, Lisa Haydon! How do you pull off such pieces so effortlessly! This tiny piece in all its glory is definitely a front runner for all those young girls this season. Steal this style and pair it with a net saree to bask in all the sexiness
7. The Choli Style
For all those afraid to flaunt the beautiful parts of your body, the choli style blouse is the perfect escape. Play around with the drapes and flaunt this style with oomph in the footsteps of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
8. Of Lace & Sheer
How could we miss out on Kajol and her iconic grey Manish Malhotra creation! This saree and its blouse were a delightful combination and I’m sure you’d love to experiment with this trend!
9. Plunging Necklines
This option is not for the faint hearted as it’s full of drama and the hotness quotient on this on soars high up in the sky. It’s a daring choice and must be done carefully to not end up looking obscene. Good luck with this one, ladies!
10. The Good Old Crop Top
Needless to say, this trend has been buzzing with life for a while now and there seems to be no love lost for this one. Deepika pulls off this style statement with utter flamboyance!
So what are you waiting for? Start experimenting with your blouses right away!
Family wedding, best friend ki Shaadi, the big fat Indian wedding or the royal destination wedding – your calendar this year is packed with so many weddings… Oye! How are you going to manage all of this? Back to back weddings can make you feel indifferent about your looks but it’s the photos that make feel so underdressed later and there’s nothing that can help you that time. Don’t worry; I’m here to help you ideate gorgeous wedding looks that’ll make you look nothing less than a Patakha for a series of events lined up for you this year, read on to find out more.
For Your Best Friend’s Wedding:
So everyone in your circuit is getting hitched lately eh! You’ve attended a couple such events in the past, but now you need something brilliant. Try this red tangerine georgette sequined saree. Team it up with chic danglers, metal clutch, and embellished heels.
Wondering what to wear for your long lost cousin’s destination wedding overseas? I know you want to look best as you’d be meeting many people after a very long time. This is why I’ve thought of something ultra urbane for you with lime green chiffon saree with delicate work. Wear this for metallic earrings and suede stilettos. Don’t forget to carry your eye gear for sunlit events.
Big Fat Indian Wedding:
I’m sure you wouldn’t want to get lost in the crowd of flamboyant women who don’t leave a single stone unturned to make fellow ladies look underdressed. This gold embroidered net masterpiece is going help you look your best beautiful. Just team it with chandbali danglers, a metal clutch, golden pumps & you’re good to go!
Your BFF is all set to get mingled on sunny beach wedding & you’re still wondering what to wear? Try this breezy turquoise gown for the champagne brunch. Choose Cinderella heels and cutwork box clutch to go the look.
Have a royal nawabi wedding to attend this month? Try this ultra-mod blue and gold embroidered jacketed anarkali dress with well fit pants. This dress is an epitome of sheer class and regal taste. Accessorize with embellished suede clutch and bling pumps.
Out of all the events, Mehendi is one such event that’s filled with utter pomp and gaiety both for the bride as well as the attendees. & if you happen to be the bridesmaid then you must try this candy pink embellished georgette saree. Carry a yellow clutch and accessorize with metallic jhumkas.
Cocktail parties are an integral part of wedding season. This elegant red dress is perfect for a classy cocktail eve. Just let your hair down and sport these gorgeous kundan inspired jhumkas and hit the dance floor in the best of your heels.
Keep some standard bridal accessories handy that’ll go with most of your outfits. I would suggest you to consider gold studded pearl jhumkas, embellished box clutch, and bridal stilettos as standbys for all your events.
Party After Hours:
You must keep a couple of variants for a series of parties. Here’s another look for a splendid cocktail eve, try this dazzling halter neck gown with a glittered metal clutch and suede pumps. Don’t forget to accessorize with Swarovski studded earrings.
Needless to say, every bride aspires to look her absolute gorgeous best on her wedding day. Her body, mind and soul are pampered to make her radiate on her big day. And of course, her trousseau is carefully curated to make her look like a princess. The Wedding lehenga is probably the most important selection for any bride on her wedding. You may select the best designer lehenga is town, but it will fall flat if the style does not suit your body shape.
It’s very important for the bride to pick up a lehenga style according to her body type. So whether you are an hourglass, rectangle, pear or an apple, choosing the right lehenga style that flatters your body type will add oodles of style miles to your personality!
So find out your body type and pick the right lehenga style accordingly-
1. The Hour Glass
Blessed are you to have the perfect body shape! A proportionate bust, waist and hip ratio ensures that almost everything will look perfect on you. However, a Lehenga with a flowy silhouette and a fitted short choli will accentuate your shape more.
2. The Rectangle
If you are those skinny athletic frame kinds then your clothing has to be such that it creates the much-needed curves on your frame. Pick up a wide, full skirt in a stiff fabric to add volume at the bottom. Something in Raw Silk is perhaps the perfect fabric for you and also Net. You can pair with a blouse that is low and plunging to create the illusion of curves.
3. The Pear
The most typical Indian body shape, a Pear is heavy at the bottom and slender up top. An A-line lehenga that fits at the waist and flared in an A shape to the hem will be the perfect choice for this body type. Top it up with puffy sleeves or heavy ornate choli to balance the look.
4. The Apple
Full flared lehengas are just right for you. The wide bottom will make your waist appear smaller in comparison and keep your body looking more proportional. Apples should avoid heavy embroidery around the waist, and ideally limit the embroidery to the hem of the lehenga. Drape your dupatta from the front as it covers your waist and ideally wear a long choli that ends slightly below the point where your lehenga begins.To shape your stomach you can use a tummy tucker too.
5. The Inverted triangle shape
A cone-shaped woman is exactly opposite of a pear-shaped one, with a broader top and a narrower bottom. So it becomes important to balance both the parts in the right way. Choose a flared or a circular lehenga which has a large circumference along with lots of pleats near the waist and keep the choli not too ornate with preferably a plunging neckline. It enhances your broad shoulders and defined bust while also driving the attention down. Use soft fabrics to layer at the top (jackets, capes etc.) That will also create a balanced look.