Beauty Review: A Relaxing Pre-Bridal Spa at Zehen

30 Nov Ayurvedic oils and relaxing ambience | Pre-Bridal Treatment at Zehen Spa Review | thedelhibride Indian wedding blog

…or as I like to call it “The Day I Achieved Inner Peace. Almost.”

If you’re looking for a great pre-bridal treatment in the city of Delhi that sucks out all the wedding planning stress from your body and leaves you relaxed, happy and healthier, I might have found THE ONE.

You’ll find it in a wellness centre in New Friends Colony, inside a hotel called The Manor.

Entering Zehen

As I walk through the archway leading to Zehen Wellness Centre, I realize no one would’ve imagined such a beautiful piece of zen-like heaven lies in the heart of dusty, noisy New Delhi.

Zehen looks like a world of its own. The reception lobby is serene, and I meet Meghna, the friendly manager, who begins chalking out my plan for the day. The pre-bridal package typically takes place over a course of 3 days, but they’re packing all of it into a single 5-hour-session for me.

I follow Meghna as she takes me on a walk around the property, and soon start to realize that this is anything but “just another spa”. Zehen takes a holistic approach to wellness, and the spa is just one piece of the puzzle. Continue reading

10 Celebrity Guest Outfits To Crush On From Masaba’s Wedding

25 Nov Candid shots - celebrity guests at Reception - Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Kangana Ranaut - Masaba Gupta and Madhu Mantena wedding 2015

Masaba Gupta got hitched this weekend (here’s the whole story), and a couple of her “slightly” famous friends were in attendance. Who? Oh, you know, just Shahid, Sonam, Alia, Kangana…no biggie, really.

Famous or not, some of the celebrity guests came very well-dressed, and gave us some major wedding fashion inspiration.

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15 Reasons Why We LOVED Masaba Gupta’s OffBeat Wedding (She Was One Chiller Bride!)

24 Nov Mehendi - Bridal portrait - Masaba Gupta and Madhu Mantena wedding 2015

UPDATED!!! The wedding photography team, Stories by Joseph Radhik, decided to share EVEN MORE pictures from Masaba Gupta’s Wedding! We’ve added our favourite pictures AND more reasons to love the wedding!

Masaba Gupta was the coolest bride. Ever.

Need proof?

She wore THIS to her Engagement.

Officially in Bahurani mode now.chalo lets go get engaged 💍👯

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YUP! Does it look like she gives two hoots about what you have to say about her Bridal Look?

That’s what made me fall in love with Masaba Gupta’s wedding.

She’s one of the hottest talents in the Indian fashion industry, yet her wedding wasn’t about to be another cliché big fat Indian wedding with a stressed out bridezilla driving everyone crazy.

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Quick Getaways for Couples In & Around Delhi | How I Celebrated My First 3 Anniversaries

18 Nov Cake from the hotel

I’ve been married for 3 years. THREE YEARS!

It’s been pretty amazing. Often, it’s been even more amazing than I imagined it would be. Obviously, everyone has their share of fights and differences, and I am glad to report that no life-shattering discrepancies and disagreements have shown up in 3 years of co-habitation. Phew! We both seem to have settled well into our unique Couple Rhythm (everyone has them) and while we are still figuring out “how to be good at marriage” one step at a time, we’re pretty calm and content most of the year. Which is the ultimate marriage aim, isn’t it? Calm & content, honey, let’s just focus on remaining calm & content.

While we have many-an-anniversary that passes every year (first time we met, the day he asked me out, our engagement), we choose to celebrate one with more than just a passing “Happy 5th January!”

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A New York Summer: Part 2 | What It Felt Like To Live Apart From My Husband For 6 Weeks

4 Nov

A New York Summer Part 2 - what it felt like to live apart from my husband for 6 weeks

It’s been well over a year since I returned from my summer course at New York University. I know I had promised you a mini-series about my trip, my course, what I did there and what I recommend. I covered a part of it in the first post of the series last year (A New York Summer: Part 1) and if you’ve read it, you know how terribly I missed my husband while I was away. Little did I know, how terribly he missed me.

This is something I wrote in my third week in New York City.

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thedelhibride asks…Husbands Fasting on Karva Chauth, and MORE!

30 Oct

Does your husband fast with you on Karva Chauth, or Teej, or whichever spouse-related fast you keep?

This is just one of the many questions I’ve been curious about.

I tried my hand at eye makeup for the first time ever! Can you see the pink eyeshadow?

Honestly, I wouldn’t care either way because I don’t actually believe in keeping fasts. I still keep both - Karva Chauth and Teej - but I treat them as festivals to be celebrated with the family. I think I would freak out if I started believing that the fast has any actual power on the health of my husband. Imagine if I get sick on a future Teej or KC! I wouldn’t care about my health, I’d just keep the fast anyway and, well…that would be stupid. I’d rather focus on making sure we eat clean, healthy food all year round and exercise regularly. And get plenty of sleep every night. And stay in a happy, positive state of mind on most days. Yup, definitely a way better and more assured way of making sure my husband stays well.

So, what’s the deal with your husband?

  1. Does he keep the fast with you?
    1. If he does, is he excused from giving you a gift on Karva Chauth?
    2. If he doesn’t, does he have to get you a gift?
  2. I’m also curious about how all the working girls manage the evening puja. Do all of you leave your offices early to rush back home for the puja? Are your managers really ok with it? What about those of you who are entrepreneurs?
  3. Do you get really dressed up on every KC? Or was it just the first?
  4. And finally, what gift have you given your mother-in-law on KC?

I’m just so curious what everyone else is upto! I barely know anyone who keeps these fasts, and would really love to know how you celebrate.

Waiting to hear from you!

How To Organize A Brij Holi At Your Wedding

28 Oct Shonan & Adesh Brij Holi shower of petals at wedding bride shot

Brij Holi. Have you heard of it? Attended one at a wedding?


Neither had I.

Which is why when I suddenly saw multiple weddings throwing Brij Holi events, my blogger ears perked up and I dove right in to sniff out all the details that have made this a hot event at Indian weddings.

Honestly, I only know about 3 large-scale Brij Holi ceremonies that have ever taken place at weddings - you were introduced to one at Shonan’s spectacular wedding in a series of posts I wrote earlier this year (you can find it here). What stuck out what the fact that all 3 of them were shot by Stories by Joseph Radhik, one of the top wedding photography teams in India. Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Shopping in South Ex

21 Oct Frontier Raas - a pink net dupatta I bought as part of a suit fabric set

Everything you needed to know about Wedding Shopping in Delhi’s famous South Ex market

Ask anyone in Delhi - which are the best markets in Delhi to do some bridal shopping - and South Extension is guaranteed to be in their top 3 list. But if you’re not familiar with the market, shopping at South Ex for the first time as a bride can be an overwhelming experience.

Aunties and relatives will give you their own version of “beta you must shop at this store” and suddenly you have a list of 20 stores to visit, and no clue about what the specialty of each store is. You will head into the market on Day 1 expecting to get everything done in a single visit, and realise after 7 visits that there are still a dozen more shops on your list and you’re nowhere near completing your trousseau shopping!

Well, calm down already. I have lost count of how many times I’ve been to South Ex for bridal shopping - either for myself or a friend or a cousin, and after years of “wedding research”, I’ve put together the most extensive list I could possibly put together in a single post.

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20 Favourite Outfits from Amazon India Fashion Week! Spring/Summer 2016

14 Oct Best of Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

I’ve cribbed a ton during this season of fashion weeks. “Uninspiring” “disappointing” - I’ve hurled all sorts of adjectives at them. Compared to the rest of them, Amazon India Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2016 line was not half-bad. I’m not calling it exciting for brides, because there was (as expected) a very limited offering for wedding wear. But I still want to keep you abreast with the best of what AIFW had to offer to kick off our 2016 wardrobe, and there are a few pointers in here for the fashion-conscious bride.

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10 Essential Tips on Planning your Destination Wedding - By A Groom!

7 Oct Wedding Venue - Wedding decor - Mehendi and garba night - Wedding planning tips for destination wedding in Thailand

I recently read about the incredible journey of a groom named Gopal, who planned his entire destination wedding in Thailand sitting 5,000 miles away in his London home. He had an interesting story to tell, and as I read through the paragraphs of crisp writing, I found myself scribbling down copious notes…on planning a destination wedding! His article had so many great tips, I knew I had to share them with my readers.

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