What To Expect At Bridal Asia

25 Sep

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This week, Delhi is about to witness a flurry of exhibitions. I know of SEVEN events (which I’ve added to the Delhi page of Events on the blog), the first of which is Celebrating Vivaha, that begins today.

While you can always Google and find out a (very) long list of exhibitors for most events, I wanted to write a quick note on the best of what you’ll find at Bridal Asia. It’s a wedding exhibition that takes place only once a year, and brings together some big names, some small names – in the luxury wedding industry. Since the list of exhibitors is so long, I thought it might be helpful to tell you what to look out for, so you can navigate the massive Bridal Asia exhibition in a more informed way.

The Biggest Names

Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Vikram Phadnis, Varun Bahl, Manish Arora, Anita Dongre and Bhairavi Jaikishan – these are the names everyone knows, the ones that display all their bridal finery at the biggest fashion shows in India.

The Ones I Always Love

Designers I know and love season after season

  • Sabyasachi - To be honest, I’m a recent Sabyasachi convert. I always thought his designs were lovely, but was never in love with them. Till I went shopping with my best friend for her wedding this season, and since she is such a die hard Sabya fan, she has managed to convert me! Of course, those gorgeous vintage inspired designs at his India Couture Week show helped as well.
  • Tarun Tahiliani - I usually love a few outfits from his whole collection, but I LOVE those pieces. Like, I would give an arm and a leg to wear them kind of love. No jokes. Browse pictures of drool-worthy pieces from his latest collection in this fashion week post before you go to Bridal Asia, so you know what to look for.
  • Ekaya - exquisite silk saris in bright colours for the young bride. I LOVE their stuff.
  • Anita Dongre - ummm, hello! YOU KNOW I LOVE HER! If you love the Jaipur aesthetic or gota patti, her stall is a must-visit. Don’t forget to have a look at my favourite outfits from her brand new DLF Emporio store, so you know what you’re about to see!
  • Nidhi Tholia - speaking of gota patti, Nidhi is a designer I’ve been hearing a lot about recently. While her creations are almost as expensive as Anita Dongre’s, they’re a great pick for any bride who loves her gota!
  • Madsam Tinzin - one of my favourite stores in Delhi, albeit an expensive one, I shared some images from their latest collection with you here. Don’t forget to take a peek before you head to their stall!
  • Peppermint Diva - I’ve spotted their designs on Madhuri Dixit (in my post about the best outfits she wore on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa last season) and other celebrities, and seen their work first hand at AZA a few months back.
  • Ridhi Mehra - I love her trendy, contemporary take on Indian wear for young women. If you can afford it, one piece of RM goodyness is a must-have for your trousseau. And of course, here’s a look at my top picks from her latest Lakme Fashion Week show.

The Ones I Like But Haven’t Seen Enough Of Yet

Designers I’ve loved from a single season’s collection

  • Bhumika Grover - For some reason, a few simple and sober pieces by Bhumika always end up on my wishlist at IndianRoots
  • Niki Mahajan - I first heard of her just recently, and did a whole post on her fashion show. Not seen her latest offering, but worth a visit, I’m sure!
  • Swati Ubroi - every third lehenga I’ve seen recently that I’ve liked has turned out to be a Swati Ubroi creation!
  • Sonali Gupta - discovered her on Pernia’s Pop Up Shop, loved the designs, and ended up with a Sonali Gupta top in my wardrobe that I’ve been asked about a million times already! I guess that means the masses love her work?
  • Anjali Sharma by French Curve - Chanced upon her work through the world of the Internet! And fell in love immediately with the few pieces I saw online last year

The Ones That Have Intrigued Me

A general browsing of their work convinces me they’re interesting and probably worth a look

Trousseau wear by

  • Aashmaa Sharda Bhandari
  • Pooja Shroff
  • Jyoti Gill

Jewellery by

  • Raawat Jewels
  • Anmol Jewellers

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To Other Exhibitions

If you’ve seen the list of all 7 exhibitions taking place over the next few days, DON’T feel overwhelmed and confused. Here are some notes to help you figure out which ones you want to visit -

  • If you’re a bride to be, the most useful ones for you will be Celebrating Vivaha, Navyata and Bridal Asia – large variety of trousseau designers and other wedding vendors
  • If you go for Navyata (26 Sep – South Ex), my favourites are Amrita Thakur, Dolly J, Nikasha, Peppermint Diva and Papa Don’t Preach
  • If you go for Ikha Couture Show (26-27 Sep – Saket), don’t forget to read this post on WedMeGood BEFORE you visit for all the details and a special discount offer
  • If you stay near Najafgarh and like Chhabra 555, you can have a look at their Bride & Groom Festival (26-28 Sep)
  • If you just want to shop for pretty clothes and are not a bride to be, visit any except Chhabra 555
  • Shhh…there’s an 8th event as well. If you don’t care about Indian wear shopping this weekend, go for Little Black Book Delhi’s My Fair Delhi at Select City Walk, Saket. I’m only mentioning this totally non-wedding event here because I was very excited to visit, but won’t be able to because I’m travelling out of town! They’ve got some cool home decor stalls (The Wishing Chair and Elan), cute jootis (Needledust) and lots of yummy food! I can’t believe I’m missing it :(

Have you ever been to a wedding or lifestyle exhibition? Do you have a favourite? Tell me in the comments!

Beauty Review: New York Facial at Lumiere Dermatology

19 Sep

You’re a bride to be. Your wedding date is closing in. In the mad rush of completing your massive checklist, you forgot all about the multiple-facial-sessions you were supposed to “begin 6 months prior to your wedding.” NOW WHAT?!

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you’re willing to spill some serious dough (think, 20k plus), you can make your skin wedding-ready in under 1 hour. NO JOKES.

What is this thing that makes your skin look great in under 40 minutes?

A facial.

It’s no ordinary facial, mind you. It’s the New York Facial. Done under the care of Dr Kiran Lohia at Lumiere Dermatology.

Beauty Review New York Facial at Lumiere Dermatology Delhi

When the team at Lumiere contacted me offering a session of the NY Facial back in January, I was skeptical, to say the least. You know I’ve only ever gotten 2 facials in my life before this (both during the run up to my wedding in 2012), so I’m not one to experiment Continue reading

Giveaway: Win a Pass to The Wedding Filmer Workshop in Delhi!

17 Sep

***This contest is closed. Winner announced at the end of the post.***

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The Wedding Filmer needs no introduction on this blog. I love what they do, and hope that every bride gets a wedding film that’s as full of love and beautiful memories as the ones that TWF Team makes.

But I have always wondered – what’s the secret behind all that magic they create on-screen? Is there a secret sauce? Don’t deny it – you’ve wondered too. Hoped you’d be able to crack that formula, that makes each video created by The Wedding Filmer – special.

I’m here to tell you today – YOU CAN LEARN STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH.

What do I mean by that?

If you’re a photographer, videographer, or bride to be for whom a dazzling wedding video is top priority – YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE WEDDING FILMER TEAM!

They’re here in Delhi next Monday (22nd September), and are holding a workshop where they’ll teach you what it takes to create a wedding film, with a touch of TWF magic on it. 6 hours that will change your life.

Here are the workshop details (click to enlarge) -

How Do I Enter The Contest?

Just leave a comment below and tell us -

“Why do you want to attend The Wedding Filmer Workshop?”

The most worthy response will win a seat in their workshop, worth INR 4500!

Last date to enter is: 19th September, 2014 upto 11.59 PM

The lucky winner will be announced on 20th September!

***Please leave a comment below – on this blog post – to enter***

Edit: Thanks for the enthusiastic participation! I, along with a panel of trusted friends and family, narrowed it down to our top three picks. But since we have only 1 pass to give away, we had to pick one person!

And the winner is…

Pushpendra Gautam!

Congrats, Pushpendra! We will get in touch with you by email shortly!

Once again, thank you to all the people who entered the contest. You’re going to see a lot more giveaways on thedelhibride in the coming months. Hope to see you try your luck there again!

Trousseau Destination: Anita Dongre, Delhi

12 Sep

For more trousseau destination posts, go here.

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Trousseau heaven.

It’s been a 2 year love affair with Anita Dongre’s bridal wear, and I’m still repeating the same two words – trousseau heaven.

If you’ve been reading the blog long enough, you would’ve figured this out by now – I’m a huge fan. A kid in a candy store. Which is why you can understand why it’s been a very exciting August for me, to put it mildly Continue reading

Shopping Guide to Jalsa Exhibition 2014

5 Sep

Shopping Guide to Jalsa 2014

I spent a couple of hours at Jalsa yesterday, with a friend who is looking for her bridal trousseau. I made copious notes of which stalls we liked, and which outfits we were drawn to. So you can go in and head straight to our favourite names, instead of walking around aimlessly for hours and getting exhausted needlessly. For those of you planning on visiting Jalsa today, or in the coming months, here’s your guide to the must-visits in the chaos.  Continue reading

Trend Spotting: 6 Bridal Trends for Wedding Season 2014-15

4 Sep

Like I said in my last post, I’m currently compiling a Resource Guide to Fashion Weeks for 2014-15: Bridal Edition. This is one of the posts from the series.

So many fashion weeks, so many wedding exhibitions. You’re feeling lost, but I’m here to put it all together and wrap it up in a neat package with a bow on it for you :) In continuation with de-mystifying Fashion Week for brides, here’s the post I wrote on IndianRoots that covers THREE fashion weeks in a single page. Hard work, but someone’s gotta do it! Read an excerpt below:

Trend Spotting: 6 Bridal Trends for Wedding Season 2014-15 thedelhibride guest post

“Your wedding is just around the corner, and you’re drawing up a list of trousseau items you need to buy.

Sarees, anarkalis, lehengas – the usual. But should you buy that floral print saree? Is colour-blocking still in? Are pastels the right colour palette, or was that three seasons ago?

Lucky for you, three fashion weeks just wrapped up in India – Lakme Fashion Week, India Bridal Fashion Week and India Couture Week. This is where the top designers showcase their latest collections and determine what you will see at Indian weddings over the next 6 months (and what shops in Chandni Chowk will make replicas of). While there are plenty of places to find “hot trends” from any one fashion week, we scoured through every outfit from all THREE to bring to you the biggest trends for the upcoming wedding season. Say hello to the most comprehensive trend guide from LFW, IBFW and ICW 2014!”

Find out what the 6 trends you shouldn’t miss out on are – right here.

10 Best Shows from Lakme Fashion Week for Brides & Wedding Guests

2 Sep

Currently compiling a Resource Guide to Fashion Weeks for 2014-15: Bridal Edition. This is one of the posts from the series. More fashion-week posts coming up over the next few days.

10 Best Shows from Lakme Fashion Week for Brides and wedding guests

Lakme Fashion Week just wrapped up a few weeks back, and if you’re a bride to be, looking for your trousseau here can be pretty overwhelming. India Couture Week and India Bridal Fashion Week are simpler – just a few shows, that you can quickly click through pictures of online and figure out what you like. But Lakme Fashion Week?

With 40+ shows and almost 80 designers, where should you even begin looking?

Right here, of course!  Continue reading

A New York Summer: Part 1

1 Sep

A New York Summer Part 1

It was the best, and worst, 6 weeks of my life.

Let’s get the worst out of the way first.  Continue reading

Meera & Muzaffar Ali at India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

16 Aug

Meera & Muzaffar Ali India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

After a slew of fashion week posts, this is the last individual show I’m going to talk about from India Bridal Fashion Week 2014. There might be some trend or other posts where I will talk about the show as a whole, but as for individual designers – this is the last one. Continue reading

Jyotsna Tiwari at India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

13 Aug

Jyotsna Tiwari India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

My favourite show of India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 – Tarun Tahiliani. My second favourite? This one.

Jyostsna Tiwari took us for a romantic stroll under a night sky lit up with stars. Among cherry trees, we swayed to the music. Angels walked past in baby pinks and sky blues, tiny floral embroidery on nets and tulles. Dewy makeup, pink lips. French braids and messy buns. Continue reading

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