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Tarun Tahiliani, Vandana Mohan, Ojas Rajani unveil bridal trends at the WeddingSutra Masterclass, New Delhi

Interactive sessions on all things bridal and beautiful – under one roof – clicks with the capital’s brides-to-be

Delhi dulhans, thank you for your overwhelming response to the WeddingSutra MasterClass! We, along with our partner, Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, put our best foot forward to welcome our guests, who included over 60 brides-to-be and the who’s who from the wedding and fashion industries. The hotel provided impeccable hospitality, and the elegant decorations by top wedding decor companies such as Ferns N Petals, Tab Events, MB Events and Olive 9 Events added a further festive vibe to the atmosphere.

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Bride-to-be Sakshi Mittal who works in HR at Snapdeal won the ‘Early Bird’ prize by reaching the venue well before the registrations commenced at 9.30am. She got a chance to be styled by Tarun Tahiliani in a creation from his ready-to-wear summer collection, and enjoyed a makeover by make-up guru Ojas Rajani. Other ‘Early Bird’ brides won stylish accessories by Outhouse.

The event commenced with guests browsing a curated collection of WeddingSutra Favorites: Invitation cards by Ozel Design, photobooks by Canvera, jewellery by Aetee and Outhouse, gifts by Wrapstar and chocolates by Zeba Kohli of Fantasie.

Tarun Tahiliani encouraged brides to trust their own judgement when figuring out what will suit them best. “You are all mature, educated young women. Lots of ‘experts’ will tell you about the must-knows and must-avoids, and while it is good to hear the experts, always listen to your inner voice when you do the complete dress rehearsal with make-up applied, hair styled and wearing your bridal ensemble with all the jewellery and accessories. Then ask yourself if what you see in the mirror is something you love?”

Wedding planner extraordinaire Vandana Mohan, of The Wedding Design Company, helped brides to dream a little – by visualising what they want and what will make them and their loved ones truly happy. “You can have a dream wedding or theme celebration anywhere provided, of course, the theme blends with the venue you have chosen and represents how you want to celebrate,” explained Mohan. She gave the example of the gorgeous chandeliers in the Shangri-la Ballroom, the venue for the Masterclass. “When you work around your theme at such a venue, it will be a waste if the stunning chandeliers are not the highlight of the decor. Also wedding destinations are chosen for various reasons, but let your personalities as a couple rule the decision. If it is Goa you choose then let everything be about the Goa vibe. Colours and clothes should be chosen keeping the weather in mind. For example, if you want to don heavy, traditional ensembles for most functions, it is better to choose a venue that is more suited for a grand, traditional celebration.”

She further added, “Whether you hire a wedding planner or not, it’s always a great idea to involve your loved ones. For example, one bride I knew didn’t want to bother her aged grandparents with any responsibility. But at one point she just told her grandmother that she was responsible for her wedding jewellery. The grandmother was thrilled and touched that there was something she could do for her granddaughter on her big day.”

She concluded by sharing, “We as planners make dreams come true. But these are dreams that you must realize with your whole family, for it’s the intimate moments and togetherness that makes a wedding. The ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ maybe everything we all envisage, but ultimately, it’s all about love, family, friends and lots of bonhomie!”

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Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company and Parthip Thyagarajan. Vinayak Das and Snigdha Sheel of Photo Tantra.

Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi, of Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, treated guests to a pre-lunch session and shared interesting updates about what was trending in wedding cuisines. He also described the revamped Food & Beverage offerings at the hotel, and introduced his culinary team. “They are my core strength and manage every detail at the back end,” he declared proudly. He then extended an invitation to everyone to savour the elaborate spread put together by his team and showcase the food inspired by all five of his new outlets– Tamra (Multi-cuisine), Sorrento (Italian), Shang Palace (Chinese), Grappa (Bar) and Mister Chai (Indian Street Fusion).

The beauty and hair sessions got brides asking many questions. Celebrity hairstylist Rod Anker spoke about the peculiarity of Indian hair, and how to play around with what you naturally have. “Go ahead and experiment with different hairstyles for different seasons, just as you wear different clothes in summer and winter,” he quipped. “If you are building up to the big day, remember that too many products or treatments may not be the need of the hour. Instead, opt for a good diet and healthy regime alongside targeted treatments which give your hair that shine, body and bounce.”

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Clockwise from left: Dr Amee Daxini, Chef Neeraj Tyagi and Rod Anker of Rod Anker Salons 

Dr. Amee Daxini’s session focused on the importance of a good cleansing routine where she spoke extensively on the concept of a skin’s pH balance, harsh cleansers and how they harm your skin. She highlighted that Dove is mild because it is pH neutral, and invited the brides-to-be to put their favorite beauty bars through the Litmus Test. Dr Daxini also shared how some brides wanted to get more information on different skin treatments, while others were confused if certain advanced products would work for them or not. “What finally matters is not medicines and procedures, but discipline and belief in yourself and your doctor,” she remarked.

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A bride-to-be takes the litmus test with Dermatologist Dr Amee Daxini

Make-up whiz Ojas Rajani tapped into on-trend make-up ideas , specifically the ‘no-make-up’ look which is gaining popularity among Indian brides these days. “It’s amazing to see how much attention brides are giving to make-up and hairstyling, unlike a few years ago when the focus was mainly on clothes and jewellery,” she shared. Her tip for brides wanting to ‘go natural’? “Don’t convince your make-up artists to go too light. After all, it’s your big day and you need to shine and stand out in real life as well as in your wedding photos.”

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Brides-to-be listen to Makeup maestro Ojas Rajani with rapt attention

Vinayak Das and Snigdha Sheel of Photo Tantra showcased their Canvera photobooks and talked about what stays with couples much after the wedding celebrations are over – their memories in the form of handy photobook-style wedding albums. They also shared their experience about how they find today’s brides much more photo savvy. “They make an effort to find a good wedding photographer, and unlike earlier, there is more time allocated for bridal portraits, be it capturing the behind-the-scenes ‘getting ready’ moments to full-length fashion-editorial style shots.” Vinayak and Snigdha had a word of advice though for all for future brides. “Today, many style blogs and city portals attempt to come with lists such as of ‘The top 10 candid photographers in the city’ and the like. However, couples should not take these as the ultimate reference. Instead, they should opt for more credible wedding-specialist sources like WeddingSutra when it comes to deciding on their wedding photographer.”

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And they enjoy the Masterclass together!

The event wrapped up with guests demanding an encore… which we will announce soon. WeddingSutra thanks all our partners for making this MasterClass a hit – Alok Chakravarty, Director of Sales & Marketing, and his teams at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, brand partners Dove, Lakme Absolute and Canvera, and event partners Tarandeep of Master Sound, Raksha and Manoj Chawla of Mansa and Abhinav Bhagat of Abhinav Bhagat Events.

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From left to right: Parmeet Singh Nayyar, General Manager of Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel New Delhi, Tarun Tahiliani and Parthip Thyagarajan of WeddingSutra.com 

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15 lucky brides-to-be win gift hampers from Dove

Photos Courtesy- Photo Tantra

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Delhi Brides! Meet Tarun Tahiliani at the WeddingSutra MasterClass

Announcing the dates for the most popular bridal and wedding inspiration event in India! This month at the WeddingSutra MasterClass in New Delhi meet master couturier Tarun Tahiliani and interact with some highly influential people from the world of bridal fashion and weddings.

At the MasterClass on Saturday, 21st May (9.30 am to 3.00 pm), Team WeddingSutra and our carefully selected panel of experts will offer guidance and inspirations for all your wedding needs– from the finer details to those day-changing major decisions

Delhi brides, consider yourselves very lucky! Expect invaluable expertise, advice and demos on:
- shopping for your wedding outfits
- top beauty tips and tricks
- selecting the best make-up artist
- picking the right photographer and know how to pose for the best photos

Our panel includes
- Master couturier Tarun Tahiliani
- Wedding planner extraordinaire Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company
- Makeup maestro Ojas Rajani
- Celebrity hairstylist Rod Anker
- Top destination wedding photographers Vinayak and Snigdha of Photo Tantra

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Entry by Invitation only

Brides-to-be interested in participating can WhatsApp +91-9820300973 / 9820076986 the following details

a) Your name
b) Date of your wedding
c) Your contact nos

Limited seats also reserved for wedding industry professionals interested in ideas, inspiration and networking.

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Roshni and Rohan say ‘Si’ at their magical wedding in fairytale Florence

Documenting the most talked about wedding of the year (reported in the international media as a 14 million pound extravaganza) in captivating Florence is a daunting challenge. A challenge that destination-wedding favourites, DotDusk Studios from Delhi, were more than up to. With their inimitable skill of fusing a journalistic immediacy with a timeless, artistic aesthetic, Team DotDusk bring us a handpicked selection of perfectly captured moments from a superlative wedding.

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Dubai-based Indian magnate Yogesh Mehta’s son Rohan Mehta and London-born Roshni Khemlani, co-founder of luxury brand Izaak Azanei, wed at historic venues across Florence. The “magical RORO wedding” – as the groom’s father aptly coined the event on Twitter – was a five-event Bollywood-style celebration. Obviously, some of the most preferred wedding specialists of the rich and famous Indians were involved with the wedding- Mumbai’s Aditya Motwane (MEW- Motwane Entertainment and Weddings) and team managed the wedding while the decor & design was conceptualized and executed by Vandana Mohan’s The Wedding Design Company (WDC). The invitations were designed by Delhi’s Vivek Sahni Designs, while chef Ritu Dalmia of Diva, Delhi’s Indian Accent restaurant and Puneet Sikand of The Kitchen Art Co. catered to the lavish spread at some of the events.

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Welcome Lunch
Four hundred and fifty friends and relatives were flown to Florence from across the globe. The wedding party stayed at St Regis and The Westin Excelsior at the Piazza Ognissanti or the All Saints Square. The celebration commenced with a welcome lunch party hosted at the square between these two luxury hotels. A beautiful marquee was erected in the square to create a cozy, homely lounge space where guests were served food and drink round the clock. From a live Napoli pizza station that is known to serve the best pizza in Italy to a Panini bar, a gourmet popcorn stand and Indian street food stations, the menu featured a mouthwatering spread.

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Mehendi
The venue was done up in fresh vibrant color and ethnic flavor for the Indian Bazaar style mehendi. The dance floor had an ethnic painted mosaic with umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. The centerpiece of the ceremony was a hanging flower-bedecked wall as in an Indian flower market. The bride wore a peach and pink lehenga by Tarun Tahiliani. There was a live caricaturist, a tea leaf-reading fortune teller and live music by Indian-born American singer Vidya Vox. Sicily’s Michelin starred chef, Tony Lococo, created an Italian street food menu.

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Welcome Dinner
The wedding dinner was hosted at the Palazzo Gerini in Firenze – an aristocratic villa with high ceilings and huge chandeliers, and stunning décor that lent itself to the alta moda theme. Mime artistes painted as historic statues taking photos with the guests, and serving the bubbly were human tables and chandeliers! A dedicated party room had been created for the youngsters, where the couple’s favourite song lyrics were displayed on neon signs above the bar. The dining area had been set up in the garden, with two-Michelin starred chef Maurro Uliassi cooking at a live station, alongside Delhi’s Indian Accent.

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On the wedding day, the groom arrived in a white vintage convertible, an Excaliber, accompanied by historic Roman cavalry. His carnival-style baraat had several mobile bars and trucks with huge speakers as Sukhbir performed classic Punjabi wedding songs with his dhol team alongside the DJs. The couple tied the knot in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. The bride wore a traditional red Sabyasachi lehenga with a diamond and ruby set. Her bangles were inscribed with the groom’s name and her own.

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Reception
The wedding reception was hosted at the grand estate of Villa Le Corti in San Casciano, with its centuries-old cypress trees, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The 16th-century villa was transformed into ‘An Enchanting Winter Wonderland’ which was the theme. The driveway was lit up with candles. The main reception dinner set up was adorned with ivory flowers, crystal chandeliers and candelabras, white trees, more candles, and a magical water fountain cascading from the ceiling into various shapes. The couple danced their first to Michael Jackson’s Butterflies.

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Rohan and Roshni, very thoughtfully, had Italy’s most famous perfumeries create a unique fragrance that was packaged in a RORO monogrammed glass bottle as a wedding memoir for each guest.

Photography- DotDusk Studios

Dubai Billionnaire hosts a lavish Wedding in Florence

The much-in-the-news destination wedding this season is of Roshni and Rohan. Roshni is from London and Rohan’s father Yogesh Mehta is a Dubai-based business magnate. Here’s more about the RoRo wedding and the pics courtesy Daily Mail and dotdusk studios (New Delhi).

The three day celebrations took place across different hotels and venues including The St Regis and Villa Corti, a lavish renaissance villa set in a small town in the Tuscan countryside near Florence. Over 500 guests flew in from all over the world to attend the luxe affair.

The wedding was managed by Mumbai’s Aditya Motwane and his team at MEW (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings) while the décor & design was conceptualized by WDC (Wedding Design Company).

The bride & groom wore creations by designers Tarun TahilianiSabyasachi and Manish Malhotra. The invites were designed by Vivek Sahni Design.

Initially, the groom was to arrive on an elephant but the city’s council objected to the idea citing health and safety issues and animal welfare concerns. But that didn’t cause any hindrance to the festivities. The groom arrived atop his friends’ shoulders amid a sea of pink turbans while Popular Bollywood Singer Sukhbir belted classic shaadi songs. DJ Zubair and DJ Sameer from Dubai kept the energy levels high at all the celebrations.

The guests feasted on a lavish spread planned by Delhi’s Ritu Dalmia (Diva Restaurants) and Puneet Sikand (The Kitchen Art Co.), luxe restaurant Indian Accent and Italy based Federico Salza.

The groom’s father is one of the largest independent petrochemical distributors in the Middle East. He also owns the Raging Tiger events company, which stages a number of concerts and balls across UAE.

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Our Favorite Wedding Wear from Amazon India Fashion Week SS-2016

From luxurious banarasi weaves to quirky and dramatic, we spotted a range of lehengas, anarkalis, sarees and groomwear at the Amazon India Fashion Week SS-2016 that will interest grooms and brides-to-be’s. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Ensemble Sale is Back

It’s the End of Season Sale  at Ensemble. Stock up your wardrobe with the best fashion of the season at great prices!  Featuring the country’s most sought after designers including Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Rahul Khanna & Rohit Gandhi, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Pankaj & Nidhi, Gauri & Nainika, Varun Bahl and many more. It also includes a selection of Indian wear from their in-house label- The Ensemble Design Studio. Here are few interesting pieces that are going on sale.

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Creations by Ensemble Design Studio.

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Creations by Rohit Bal and Gaurav Gupta.

Mumbai: 24th – 29th June 2015
Delhi: 25th June – 8th July 2015

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Lion’s Gate |Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kemps Corner |Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Bandra |Time: 10:30 am -7:30 pm

Delhi
Emporio Mall |Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Santushti Shopping Arcade |Time: 10:00 am – 6:0pm

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Wedding Inspiration of the Week: Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu

Set amidst a nature reserve, on Pantai Dalit Beach the resort enchants endlessly with its natural magic, and is a picture perfect locale for those seeking a nature-inspired Destination Wedding. The 326 guestrooms of the Garden Wing encourage a sense of tranquility and the new Ocean Wing offers the choicest hospitality experience for discerning travelers who desire privacy and the finest in luxury living. Set amidst acres of tropical gardens, the new swimming pool and its surroundings are designed to evoke an exclusive retreat for guests to revel in.

Our editors have put together a Mood Board for a distinctively elegant wedding at the Shangri-La featuring gorgeous views of the hotel and the ballroom, Tarun Tahiliani ensemble, exquisite jewellery from Tanishq, and set-ups from real weddings at Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort.

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Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kotakinabalu/rasariaresort/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ShangriLaRasaRiaResort

Ensemble End of Season Sale in Mumbai

The much awaited Ensemble End-of-Season Sale is here. Stock up your wardrobe with the best fashion of the season at great prices. Featuring the country’s most sought after designers including Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani and many more.

Dates: 8th – 11th January 2015
Lion’s Gate | Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kemps Corner | Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Bandra | Time: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

The Ensemble sale includes a selection of western wear, accessories and Indian wear. We handpicked a few pieces from the sale to give you an idea of what to find there.

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Gaurav Gupta Couture- Before Sale Rs 73,050 After Sale Rs 44,900

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Tarun Tahiliani Saree- Before Sale Rs 42,900 After Sale Rs 25,700
and Ensemble Design Studio Lehenga- Before Sale Rs 149,000 After Sale Rs 79,990

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Anamika Khanna saree- Before Sale Rs 88,000 After Sale Rs 54,900
and Malini Ramani dress- Before Sale Rs 26,250 After Sale Rs 12,900

All that the NRI Brides want to know about Shopping in India

By Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan

All your bags are packed, and you’re ready to go, leaving on a jet plane. Hmmm…humming the tune with excitement and butterflies in your stomach? For girls, shopping for our wedding, well, let’s admit, is as exciting as the wedding itself. Probably more! For many of my clients and friends who live abroad, shopping in India means wanting to take back a piece of their homeland, to wear India and to celebrate it on one of the most important days of their life! Here’s my list of recommendations for NRI brides on shopping in India.

The Wedding Lehenga
It’s not just a three-piece Indian garment. It’s a romantic dream and a childhood fantasy. Your wedding lehenga is the garment that will define your bridal moment. You’ve saved more than a 100 photos from Pinterest and know the Lakmé, Wills and Couture Fashion Week collections at the back of your head- but in reality, finding the perfect lehenga that suits your idea will be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You’ll find yourself romancing age-old antique zardosi in fine silk, resham thread work over layers of romantic tulle will catch your fancy, gota and mirror work colorful borders will instantly attract and let’s not forget how those vivid Indian colours can be ‘Oh-so-found-only-in-India’.

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Hop by to the newest Bridal museum in the land of Bollywood– Mumbai at the new Sabyasachi flagship store. If you’re lucky you’ll get to meet your ‘hero’– Sabyasachi Mukherjee himself as he is hosting bridal trunk shows starting this August in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and few other cities. His heritage lehengas in reds and fuchsias are outstanding and will evoke that strong sense of emotion that a bride will experience– ‘OMG! I want to get married just for these clothes.’

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You cannot come to Mumbai and not visit the Badshah of Hindi movies the gentle manly genius– Manish Malhotra. He’s got a pulse on the glamour and colour that is unique to Indian wedding wear, and especially popular for the sangeet or the mehndi. The other must-visit for your reception or any other glamorous formal event is master couturier– Tarun Tahiliani. There is no designer in this country whose outfits are so uniquely draped and pre-stitched to flatter a woman’s body.

The Festive Anarkali
Remember Rekha dancing to ‘In Aankhon ki masti’ in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in the classic Umrao Jaan? Splendid, wasn’t it? She wore an ivory anarkali. It is a garment that has gone down as the most desirable piece of clothing of India. Now back in action, in a big way. The Anarkali, revived and reinvented, is like the new LBD, in the Indian context. Now imagine yourself in something similar, alta-smered fingers, donning jewellery by the Nizams, you will actually look and feel like Anarkali, a popular courtesan from the Mughal courts.

Rekha-in-Umrao-JaanRekha in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in Bollywood classic ‘Umrao Jaan’

If being so old-school isn’t your cup of tea, take cues from modern designs. Look for: Tarun Tahiliani’s collection. Chic and shortened to show cool dhoti pants and some are as short as a peplum top but has a cascading trail at the back. Or go back to history of Indian cinema’s favourite designers Meera & Muzzafar Ali of Kotwara designs. Muzaffar directed Umrao Jaan and also styled it. His muse and stylist Pernia Qureshi recently walked for the Kotwara show in a vintage kurta set at the recently held India Couture Week.

Explore price and design range in every category at India’s oldest but chicest multi-designer store– Ensemble Design Studio in Mumbai and Delhi.

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Jadau Jewellery
Traditional is the new ‘in-trend’. Although a must-have at weddings anywhere in the world, wearing your love for traditional on your sleeves is the new cool. When you have many elements of your bridal and trousseau taken care, the next big step is jewellery. You know how timeless and out-of-the-world Indian royalty look in pictures, posing in beautiful textiles and jaw dropping jewellery.  Almost all of Indian royalty wore fine jewels handcrafted in Jadau/ Polki diamonds in meenakari work. Jadau jewellery is a fine export from Bikaner and is now available not just in Rajasthan but also all over India. Jadau jewellery layered looks glamorous and makes you look like royalty when paired with Indian ensembles. It’s not just the traditional necklaces and earrings that work, brides now want to go all out and wear a mathapatti, hathphool, kamarbandh, nath, bajubandh and many more. Jaipur and Delhi are the best places to shop for Jadau jewellery. Don’t miss heritage pieces from trusted brands like Tanishq, a jewellery brand by the Tatas who have over 138 stores across 80 cities in India. They are the wedding jewellery specialists and always stock exquisite Jadau designs, also offering you value for money.  Another premium brand by the Tatas is Zoya. They have stores in Mumbai and Delhi and specialise in finely handcrafted designer jewellery.

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Indian Fusion Sari
Every young bride aspires to wear a sari, but with a modern twist. It is in the DNA of every Indian woman to embrace the sari. In India these days, the sari is seen as power dressing. While some of us take time to adapt to the phenomenon of draping, others are pro from the word go (even if they’ve learnt it over You Tube). You love the sari but wonder how to drape it back in your home country? Don’t worry. Indian designers are exploring various ways for the sari to adapt to the modern woman’s lifestyle. Pre-stitched, pre-draped, some even come looking like sleek, modern gowns. In Delhi, shop at Amit Agarwal for avant-garde styles, or from designer Gaurav Gupta at the DLF Emporio Mall. Even Manish Malhotra at his recent fashion week showed the lehenga saris.

saree collageFusion sarees by Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta and Amit Aggarwal

Traditional Weaves
Every girl can claim to be influenced by a whole lot of top fashion designers but the truth is that during the time of her wedding, she looks up to her mother and grandmother as true style icons. Turning pages of a family album, going down memory lane and one realises that the grace and sophistication that came so easily to them was a result of being ‘truly traditional’. They didn’t run after trends and fashion but celebrated being demure and traditional and thus looked elegant even years after it was time for their grandchildren to tie the knot. The basics, the fashion lessons always come from home. The one thing our mothers/grandmothers have always had in their wardrobe is an organically built collection of hand-woven traditional saris. Do not go back without buying ones to last you a lifetime, a collection of Banarasi, Chanderi, Uppadas, Kotas, Organzas & Kanjeevaram saris. You will realise the importance of it 20 years later after tying the knot.

Raw Mango, a label by Sanjay Garg has a wide range of modern-traditional saris in Chanderi and Banarasi silks perfect for all occasions and are available at Good Earth and Ensemble. Gaurang Shah is another designer to watch out for wedding wear weaves;he has stores in Hyderabad, Bangalore and now Mumbai. A treasure trove of the most beautifully curated weaves and handlooms, rare exquisite saris can be found at the Taj Khazana– a design and crafts boutique by the Taj Group of Hotels.

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Bridélan is a premium styling and personal shopping service for Brides & Grooms. To get in touch with them, visit www.bridelan.com

Ensemble to preview Bridal Fashion Fete in Mumbai

Ensemble presents ‘Bridal Fashion Fete 2014′ at their flagship store at Lion’s Gate on Monday, 25th August, 2014.

This season Ensemble brings you the latest from the country’s leading designers Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri Nainika, Pankaj & Nidhi, Studio Petticoat, Anand Kabra, Amrita Thakur and also Ensemble Design Studio. Ensemble’s in-house label, ‘The Ensemble Design Studio’  is made up of a group of talented designers who understand and project the unique Ensemble aesthetic with their contemporary designs.

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The highlights of the preview include

- Exploring traditional embroidery techniques with the ‘aari’ work sarees and ‘jhorokha’ lehengas.

- The jhorokha lehenga is inspired from Mughal era architecture. The lehenga has a special geometrical pattern created in organza, raw silk and net and the embroidery is embellished with sequins and zari.

- The aari saree collection is made by skilled aari workers using a traditional embroidery technique, highlighted with sequins and pearls. Created in the season’s trendiest colours, the fabrics include georgette and organza raw silk brocade.

- On display are long jackets with sharara pants and lehengas, outfits with floral motif embroideries, appliqués, gota patti and dori embroidery and concept sarees such as saree gowns and dhoti sarees.

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Creations by Varun Bahl

Widening their colour palette this season, Ensemble’s bridal pieces are available in rich blues, emerald and pastels, besides the traditional hues of reds, oranges and gold.

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Ethereal dreamy fabrics, delicate embroideries, beautiful hues, and floral motif detailing, the handwork on this season’s wedding collection is truly inspiring. Drop by Ensemble and make your bridal shopping experience special!

Monday, 25th August 2014, 11.00 am onward
Ensemble, Lion’s Gate: 022-2287 2882-130/ 132, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai -23