Wedding Dresses for the Contemporary Indian Bride

Wedding Dresses for the Contemporary Indian Bride

Saree is an essential Indian traditional attire; a must have during weddings and also on other occasions such as festivals, auspicious events and traditional family functions etc. Wedding sarees are specially designed for brides to make them look as beautiful and elegant as possible on their D-day. In recent times, designers have started experimenting with Indian traditional attires and introducing new styles showcasing their creativity in this domain. Keeping in mind modern-day styles, the contemporary bridal wear has undergone various changes that reflect a fine blend of the traditional and modern, offering something that is not only unique but also perfectly suited for your special day.

An Indian wedding is an elaborate affair and comes with various events, each of which is a part of the numerous ceremonies and rituals performed that spans over a few days. For each of these events other than the obvious wedding day, the bride has to wear traditional and fashionable attires that set her apart from the rest as a bride. Let us make a sneak-peak into the new styles and upcoming trends in wedding sarees that you could sport you with a unique and fashionable look on your D-day.

Wedding Outfits
Wedding Outfits

Lehenga Saree: Inspired from the South Indian styled half-sarees, lehenga sarees are very popular in the present day and come in a wide variety of styles and designs. Instead of the traditional 9 yard drape of a regular bridal saree, you could opt for a gorgeous embroidered lehenga saree that gives you the feel of a lehenga as well as a saree in a neatly combined look.

A beautiful net lehenga saree
A beautiful net lehenga saree

Lehenga sarees come in various fabrics and you have the freedom to choose from georgette, chiffon for a flowy look or something more rich and elegant such as brocade or velvet in combination with chiffon. Embroideries and embellishments add to the grandeur of these outfits. You could even sport a lehenga saree for any of the other wedding events as mentioned above while you reserve the traditional saree look for your main day.

Anarkali lehengas and gowns: This is another combined look of two elaborate and equally gorgeous outfits that include the lehenga and the Anarkali. Anarkali suits have been back in style for quite some time now and many designers continue to find new ways to implement their creativity onto this attire. The lehenga styled Anarkali has a lehenga replacing the churidaar traditionally worn with it. Both give a layered look.

The top consisting of the Anarkali is sometimes made using sheer fabric and a lehenga blouse worn underneath for further elaborate look. Delicate embroideries on these fabrics with beads and stones make them perfect contemporary bridal wear that would make you want to do away with traditional wedding sarees.

Wedding Dresses
Wedding Dresses

The gown style has the Anarkali reaching right till the ankles as with a gown and a dupatta is carried along with it. This style reflects a fine blend of the western styled gown and Indian traditional Anarkali suits and can be worn on any one of the wedding events such as sangeet or haldi ceremony.

Ready to wear sarees are also becoming increasingly popular with contemporary women, these days taking the place of the traditional wedding sarees.

 

How to Pick the Best Wedding Gifts for Your Friends

How to Pick the Best Wedding Gifts for Your Friends

When picking wedding gifts for your friends, what counts is not the money involved or the place you purchased it from. It’s the amount of thought you have put into it, or how much it speaks about your love and generosity towards the newlyweds that matters more.

If you are confused about picking up some truly memorable wedding gifts for your friends, here are few pointers to go by.

1. Art inspired gifts

Painting as a Wedding Gift
Painting as a Wedding Gift

 

If your friend is an art lover, a piece of art would be a precious gift for him.It might be a bit costly sometimes if you look for some unique or rare piece of art like a painting or sculpture that your friend. But there are many affordable options as well. Make a purchase relating to his/her personality; or if you know his/her preferences like traditional, contemporary or classy, it’s easy for you.

2. Homeware

Household Item as a Wedding Gift
Household Item as a Wedding Gift

 

This would really help them out, especially when the newlyweds would move into a new place of their own. Help them out by gifting them some classy crystal ware, silver ware or china that they can use. Even presenting them with some common yet functional household appliances would be a good idea.

3. Travel Utilities

Necessity Items for Travel
Necessity Items for Travel

Most people these days’ gift items that can be used on the go. Appliances like travel iron, branded travel bags, gadgets like iPod etc would be a great idea as these are functional as well.

4. Honeymoon Packs

Weekend Getaway
Weekend Getaway

If you don’t find any other, why don’t you think about gifting them voucher offering a one night stay at a nearby resort? Sounds awesome right? The besotted couples would cherish the gift and love you for the memorable time you gifted them. You can get gift vouchers or presentable packages online now.

5. Branded Attire

Designer Saree
Designer Saree for your best friend

Spend some money on a valued brand and get a juicy wedding dress that he/she can wear on special occasions. Don’t be frugal here and go for inexpensive fabric. She can use it during any pre or post wedding functions or even on occasions like a small post wedding get together or while visiting relatives.

6. Homemade Photo Collection

Picture Collage
Picture Collage

If you are searching for wedding gifts for your closest friend, then why not got for personalised items? Chances are that you have known your friend for quite some time, and if you had shared your childhood, then there’s nothing more personal and intimate than a custom made collage of both your photos. You can have all the goofy and classy photos, frame and gift them with a handwritten note. It should come straight from your heart and the memories would be cherished forever.

Unlike yesteryears, there are options galore today. With the advent of e-shopping you can simply browse for some interesting and unique wedding gifts, wedding dresses or any other from the comfort of your home or office and let it reach your friend as a surprise courier on a specific day.

 

 

 

Getting Candid in Indian Wedding Photography

Getting Candid in Indian Wedding Photography

The Indian wedding photography has taken a major turn to include candid shots along with the formal frames. The soon-to-be couples of today are investing time and money to finalise the best candid photographers and treating the effort as important as setting the date or buying wedding dresses.

Candid Photography
Candid Photography

Up until recent months, wedding photography was just another tick in the checklist, an arrangement to capture the events prime moments. More often than not, this was a detail that was left for the parents or close relatives to mull upon, but with the advent of candid photography, the couples have come to the fore with their own ideas of impromptu shots.

The DSLR explosion and the range of point-and-shoot cameras have allowed people to get a glimpse into the backstage events of a wedding. Besides, there’s nothing better to garner shares and likes on social media than candid photos.

Candid Wedding Photography
Candid Wedding Photography

For the budding photographer in you, here are a few tips on getting candid with your lens.

1. Carry your camera at all times

Spontaneity is the key to candid photography. Take your camera everywhere with you so that you don’t miss out on moments. Moreover, when people see you with your camera always around, they feel more at ease around you. A DSLR may sometimes be a bit bulky to have at all times, so keep a small, quality point-and-shoot camera handy.

2. Use quality zoom

Having a good zoom lens would provide you the ability to capture precious shots from a long way off without alerting the subjects. Additionally, shooting from a distance would enable your subjects to be relaxed and behave naturally. It allows you to keep their intimacy intact in the shots while you can click at them away from their personal space.

3. Don’t miss the bridal prep

This is an area that many don’t venture into in an Indian wedding photography. Most brides would even deny you the freedom at first, but this is one part of the wedding that you should most definitely snap pics off. The bridal preparation can get messy and strenuous for the people involved and the bride wouldn’t want to have herself on camera before getting ready and presentable. But no matter the excuses and whining they may throw at you, insist on being there and stay out of the way. You are guaranteed to get a commendation after the wedding.

A bride's candid photo
A bride’s candid photo

4. Be Sensitive

Weddings, especially Indian ones, are a very emotional and intimate affair. So while you storm around with your camera, be sensitive to the moment and try not to get in the way. The Indian wedding photography is also known for its sentimental pics. Restrict the use of flash to avoid distractions from light bursts and rely on natural lighting especially during the vows. Snap close shots if you can otherwise stay at a distance and use your zoom lens.

Candid Photography for Indian Weddings
Candid Photography for Indian Weddings

More importantly, know which moments have to be captured and cherished and which ones have to be left alone to be enjoyed.

 

Bridal Dresses for Theme Weddings

Bridal Dresses for Theme Weddings

Indian weddings are far from simple. They are grand, elaborate and a long drawn out affair where no stones are left unturned to make the wedding a successful and memorable event not just for the couple but the guests as well. Theme weddings having become a popular trend learn about how you can add your personal touch and make them even more memorable with themed bridal dresses.

Bridal wear
Bridal wear

Theme weddings and destination weddings have become a very popular trend in for Indian weddings. While traditional rituals and other aspects remain the same, themed weddings make use of concepts that are incorporated in the form of decorations and dress codes for the guests as well as for the bride and groom. For those who can afford a destination wedding amp it up by choosing locations that can go in theme with the wedding and then also go ahead choosing wedding dresses to go with the theme.

Colour themes: Colour themes have always been a popular trend even before destination and themed weddings started becoming popular. Sometimes Indian weddings use the colour theme to choose bridesmaids, which is usually a Christian tradition. Similar coloured wedding sarees or lehengas are chosen for the bride’s friends and cousins to give the look of bridesmaids. The groom and bride’s family could wear similar coloured outfits to give a distinguished appearance.

Destination themes: Destination theme weddings could have different kinds of bridal dresses. The kind of dress the bride chooses would depend on the kind of location that has been chosen as the venue for the wedding. For instance, in a beach wedding for Christian styled weddings – the bride could opt for a more casual look by opting for shorter length dresses instead of a long flowing gown which could have the chance of getting soiled on the beach. A combination of white and gold or beige and red for beach bridal dresses could be a great outfit idea. For destinations abroad, there are a wide range of themes and outfit styles to choose from.

Indian bride
Indian bride

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Historical Period themes: If you’re opting for period themed weddings choosing a particular historical era, you could have a lot of fun experimenting with looks and styles. India’s traditional outfits have been as diverse as its history and could add an elaborate and grand touch to any theme wedding. Bridal dresses for the Mughal era for instance could range from Anarkali suits, shararas and lehengas. Similarly for other themed weddings, bridal dresses and outfits for the close family could be chosen according to the theme.

Historical Indian bride
Historical Indian bride

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Keeping it simple: Sometimes, simplicity speaks elegance. One need not always go over the top with bridal dresses, especially when the wedding itself is a grand affair. This does not mean that attention be not given to the dress detailing but there are many women out there who do not like excessively decorative or gaudy outfits. For theme weddings, a simple bridal outfit too can do wonders.

 

Best Wedding Gowns for your Body Shape

Best Wedding Gowns for your Body Shape

We have always been advised to dress according to our body shapes in order to look good in whatever we year. So why not apply this fashion advice in choosing your wedding attire as well? Being your D-day, wedding dresses have to be planned and chosen to be the best to make you look special. Learn about the different styles in wedding gowns and how you can choose the best styles for your body shape.

Bridal Gowns
Bridal Gowns

Pear shaped women: Pear shaped women have a heavy bottom resembling a flair so they can choose skirt like gowns that are narrowest at the upper waist and flair out away from the hips and thighs in a flowing style. This will hide their heavy bottom and accentuate the relatively narrow waist. For the upper portion, spaghetti strap styles or V-neck can elongate and give the illusion of a slender upper torso. Choose fabrics such as duchesse satin or taffeta which are less clingy to the body for the wedding gowns. These styles are reminiscent of the earlier ball gowns that used to come with a fitted bodice and cinched at the upper waist.

Apple shaped women: They have a busty top and a relatively narrow lower torso. They should opt for styles with a scooped or sweetheart neckline. If you’re keen on wearing strapless, opt for ones that have a slight dip instead of styles that sit straight across as the latter might make you look bustier. Fabrics such as satin and silk or ruched styles on the upper torso should be avoided so as not to draw attention to it. For the lower torso you can opt for a flared out shape that has sufficient texture in the form of ruches or lace fabrics with designs on them.

Jatin Varma Gowns
Jatin Varma Gowns

Hourglass shaped women: Women with hourglass figures can opt for the mermaid style gowns if they are willing to show off their curves. Mermaid wedding gowns have an overall tapered slim fit look that flares out at the knee. Indian bridal outfits such as the lehenga too feature mermaid styles that give a similar shape. The disadvantage of this style is that it can feel constricting and some of you might not be comfortable moving around in them.

Rectangle shaped: These women should opt for wedding gowns in styles such as the empire waist, A-line or sheath style gowns to show off their slender figure.

For Plus sized women: Sometimes you are simply unable to categorise yourself into any of the above mentioned categories because of being plus sized. Most people give different kinds of advices and you are left confused as to what could suit you best. The best way to determine this is to try out certain styles and make a note of them so that you can rely on these for every occasion. One of the most popular styles of wedding dresses chosen for plus sized women is the empire waist style. The empire waist style however should not be tried out by busty women. Soft flowing fabrics will give the illusion of a slimmer body.

Jatin Varma Gowns
Jatin Varma Gowns

5 Must Know Trends in Indian Wedding Dresses

5 Must Know Trends in Indian Wedding Dresses

Modern day brides seek bridal wear styles that are unique, elegant and not over the top and yet something that sets them apart from the rest on their special day. Here’s a quick look at the 5 most must known trends in bridal wear.

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Lehengas: Lehengas have been part of traditional Indian wear during weddings, whether it is on the D-day or for the numerous events that form a part of the big fat Indian wedding. Wedding dresses with designer tags on them are all the rage. If your wedding is a grand affair, why not opt for a designer lehenga to suit the theme and style of your wedding.

Pink Lehenga
Pink Lehenga

Anarkali lehengas: The traditional Anarkali Suits can be traced back to the era of the Mughals. The lehenga styled Anarkalis come with a lehenga in place of churidaars and those that are made of sheer fabrics such as georgette and chiffon or net also have a blouse underneath.Indian designers try and introduce newer trends and styles in Indian wear which are now opted by many women as an unconventional yet grand form of bridal wear that can set them apart from the rest. Lehenga style Anarkalis are long and flowy and look very elegant. They reflect a fine combination of the best of both styles. Most Anarkali lehengas come with heavy embroideries and gotapatti work or zari work embellished on them making them ideal as wedding dresses. Anarkali gowns that end till the ankle and carried along with a dupatta are also among the latest styles and can be worn for any of the wedding events.

Anarkali Lehenga
Anarkali Lehenga

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Lehenga Sarees: These sarees have drawn inspiration from the South Indian style of half sarees worn by women. These sarees are not the conventional nine yard fabric but uses a lehenga and has a long dupatta stitched with them to give the effect of a pallu as one would find in a traditional saree. Lehenga sarees just like the Anarkali is a combination of two styles that gives you the best of both.

Lehenga Saree
Lehenga saree

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Different colours: Make a statement by opting for a colour other than the typical red for your wedding. A number of brides are choosing colours other than red for their wedding dresses. Shades of magenta, pink or entirely different tones such as blue or green are also being chosen by brides today for their wedding attires.

Colourful Bridal Wear
Colourful Bridal Wear

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Short dresses for Christian weddings: Ditch the full length wedding gown and go for a shorter knee length or t-length retro style dress for your wedding in colours like ivory. It gives a casual and informal look but also looks fun and beautiful on the bride. Most Christian weddings that are a formal affair require a train and veil to go along with their long and flowing gowns. You could do away with both or opt for a veil with the dress that can look unique. You could even choose a wreath instead of a typical veil. The headgear looks unconventional and attractive on the brides on this day and sets them apart.

Bridal gown
Bridal gown

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