Varun Bahl at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

3 Aug Top Pick Ivory floral lehenga details 1

This was my favourite show at Couture Week – my absolute favourite. I’m obsessed with the images – zooming into the details feels like a visual treat. It was…delicious, if I may.

Firstly, Varun Bahl called this collection “Song of the Flower”. Flowers in couture? Consider us hooked.

And you cannot believe the beauty of the floral embroidery, the soft shades, the dreamy designs  – I really, really loved it. It feels like you walked into a secret garden, and rolled around in an endless land of flowers.

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Monisha Jaising at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

2 Aug Top Picks Gold & ivory striped Silk Lehenga with Embroidered Earthy Red Jacket 2 - Monisha Jaisingh - Amazon India Couture Week 2015jpg

I’m writing a Day 3 post on Day 5 of Couture Week. This is not how it usually works at the blog. We attend the show, live-tweet and update you on Instagram, all the while typing notes furiously into the phone. 12 hours later, pictures have been selected, edited & uploaded, opinions written, and a post is published. We like speed here, because we know you want to see the best bridal picks from each show the next morning. You expect it, and we love giving it to you.

So you can imagine – this time, when posts have not been published according to our usual schedule, I’ve been smacking myself on the head over and over again. While there are numerous reasons for the delayed posting schedule, there is one that finally lit the light bulb in my head. It’s been “the lack of inspiration”.

Sure, the clothes have been nice. But for some reason, they haven’t left me mesmerised, awe-struck, breathless. I haven’t felt magic unravel itself in front me. Of course, I’ve wondered – is this what happens when you’re attending your third year of fashion weeks? All the awe and wonder is unceremoniously rubbed off? The magic is gone? Or am I just tired, with all the extra work that came up right before fashion week began. But isn’t beautiful fashion supposed to leave you feeling high? Reignite a sleepy soul?

Have my expectations from fashion week become unrealistic?

Or, and really think about this one – is there a genuine lack of beauty this time around. Well, bridal beauty specifically.

While I lose sleep analysing why India Couture Week is failing to wake me up from my mental slumber, YOU still want to know what the best bridal picks were. Obviously. Trousseau shopping doesn’t stop just because one blogger didn’t fall head over heels in love at one fashion week.

And I still want to share the pieces I did like with you. So let’s share :)

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Rahul Mishra at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

31 Jul Models in Chintz Print Outfits - Rahul Mishra - Amazon India Couture Week 2015

Amazon India Couture Week 2015 kicked off on Wednesday. The first show was Sabyasachi’s, and you may have noticed no post was put up about his show. That’s because it wasn’t really for brides – the shock! the horror! :p And it was, well, not our taste. At all.

You can imagine, then, that I approached Day 2 of AICW with low expectations. Of course, Couture Week is not equal to Bridal Fashion Week, but considering this is India, Couture should equal Bridal!

20.Hand Embroidered Silk Sheer Silk Trench Jacket with Hand Embroidered Saree 1 - Rahul Mishra - Amazon India Couture Week 2015

I sat down for Rahul Mishra’s show, not expecting to find any bridal options. But considering he is known to be a master craftsman of embroidered marvels, I was still looking forward to a mesmerising show. As I read through the press kit, I realised this collection was meant for the new-age bride. I jumped, ever so slightly, on my seat – and a little glimmer of hope started to make its way into my heart. Maybe I’ll find a few outfits I can recommend to brides?

Have you guessed yet?

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Bridal Beauty Lessons from Namrata Soni’s Masterclass: Exclusively for TDB

29 Jul Bridal Beauty tips from Namrata Soni Masterclass at Vogue Wedding Show

Ask me to list out the best bridal makeup artists in India, and Namrata Soni is the first name that will come out of my mouth.

If you’re wondering “Namrata who?” then you, my dear friend, have been living under a rock. Namrata Soni is THE celebrity makeup artist, who is responsible for Sonam Kapoor looking fabulous at every major and minor event. She makes everyone from Nargis Fakhri to Twinkle Khanna look amazing and sophisticated, and it’s no wonder brides will kill to book her for their big day.

Naturally, when we had bridal makeup and beauty questions, we got Namrata Soni to answer them. Only the best for you, my brides!

THAT’S RIGHT. Step aside, Sonam. Namrata is ours this week.

*Security looks about ready to throw us out*

Ok ok, give us 30 freakin’ minutes with her, will you?

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5 Modern Mehendi Outfits Under 25k

28 Jul

Mogra - Pink Paisley Lehenga 2 - Mehendi Outfits - Buy online under 25K

One of the most frequently asked questions by brides since the beginning of time has been –

“What should I wear on my Mehendi?”

You know you’re wearing a lehenga on your wedding (or a sari, depending on your heritage) and you will either opt for a gown or lehenga for your Sangeet (comfortable & practical). The Mehendi, though, is a whole different ball game. Salwar kurta or Anarkali? Corset with ethnic skirt? Midi skirt, or a maxi? Sleeveless or with sleeves? Dupatta, or no dupatta?

As if these weren’t enough questions, you have more – can’t I wear something more modern? I’m already going traditional on my Sangeet and Wedding. I want to look different, I want to be in something fresh, and young. Not the same old, same old. Oh, and I want it to be reasonable. Somewhere in the 15-25k range. And since I’ve already spent so much time visiting over 50 shops for my other 2 outfits, I just want to place an order online. From a trust-worthy store, of course. Hey Shinjini, know where I can find something like this?

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Links Every Bride Needs To Bookmark TODAY | Destination Weddings & Bridal Beauty Edition

22 Jul What are the best places in India for destination weddings - detailed guide with pros & cons of each city

When you’re the bride, you want the best.

The best wedding venue, the best bridal beauty kit, the best wedding lehenga, and…the best groom! ;)

While we’re always trying to put together the best posts for you (see what I did there?), there are some other experts out there we want to point you to today – Vogue magazine and Ramit Batra (one of the best wedding photographers in India). Both have published exciting posts just this morning, and they’re too good to not share with brides!

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Best of Wedding Asia 2015: With Photos!

19 Jul 4 string Polki necklace - Bridal jewellery - Sanzany - Best of Wedding Asia Delhi 2015

I have visited a handful of wedding exhibitions in the past, but had always missed out on Wedding Asia for some reason or the other. Not this year, though. Wedding Asia was scheduled into my planner weeks in advance, and I really wanted to go see if there was anything worth visiting for.

And just like all the other wedding exhibitions, Wedding Asia is another great one-stop shop for discovering wedding designers and jewellery makers from all over the country. Heading in at 11 am is always preferable, because most exhibitions start to get really crowded and cramped for space after 2 pm.

This time around, my team and I were not able to go through every single stall, but we still picked out the best of what we did see. These were some of the note-worthy vendors we did come across –

Jewellery

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10 Bridal Designers Share Sneak Peeks | New Collections

15 Jul Anushree Reddy at Ensemble 4

What Sabyasachi, Anita Dongre and others have lined up for Bridal Wear this upcoming season

With all the major exhibitions and fashion weeks lined up to take place over the next 3 months, and sale season on in full-swing right now, it can only mean one thing – NEW COLLECTIONS are just around the corner! Over the last few weeks, designers have slowly been revealing sneak peeks of what’s coming out of their design houses this year, and based on the pictures – it’s going to be another season of fabulously dressed brides :)

If you’re trousseau shopping right now, you have to make a decision – buy outfits that are from the previous season but are on sale, or wait to see what the new collection looks like. Well, your answer lies in here. Have a look at the designs and colour palette coming your way over the next few months.  Continue reading

A Mumbai Bride Picks 11 Favourite Stalls | Best of Sutra exhibtion

14 Jul Betroot designer at Surta Wedding exhibition in Mumbai pink suit

Namrata is a December 2015 bride, who is tying the knot in Mumbai and having 2 receptions – one in Kolkata and the other in Dehradun! She has a 2 States story – she is from Orissa, and her groom is from Uttarakhand. She lives in Mumbai, he lives in Delhi. Wedding planning is alien territory to her, what with her mainly having spent her life inside the IIT Bombay campus where 90% weddings take place in the campus guest house. From negotiating with wedding vendors to attending exhibitions and exploring lehenga stores, she has taken up the task of planning her budget wedding all by herself and blogs about it at Frugal2Fab. In today’s post, she shares her notes on Sutra by Marriage Mantra, a wedding exhibition she visited yesterday in Mumbai.

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Inside Shahid Kapoor’s Wedding Reception in Mumbai

13 Jul Kriti Sanon selfie with Shahid & Mira

Have you been watching Jhalak Dikhla Ja Reloaded? I’m only watching it to watch Shahid Kapoor. But while gazing at that adorable smile, I also noticed how much the dancing has improved. Considering this was the very first show of the season, it’s unbelievable how amazing some of the choreography and dance already is! I cannot wait to catch the rest of it.

While I’ve just heard that Shahid might only judge the first 8 episodes, I can’t be sure if that will really happen. I sure hope not! I’ve been depending on Jhalak to keep me from falling into post-wedding blues now that Shahid’s wedding festivities have wrapped up. Yes, that’s right. It’s over, people. The show’s over. And it’s surprising how depressing it is. I will miss all the excitement – What will Mira wear? Which designer will create the outfit? How will Shahid look? Although that last one is a stupid question. Obviously, he will look good. He’s Shahid!

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