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How to Drape a Dupatta

How to Drape a Dupatta

Draping a dupatta on your wedding day can be a daunting and time-consuming task. The dupatta has to look fantastic because all eyes are on you, as well as stay in place. For this reason I always hire dresser to drape the bride so that she looks flawless and feels 100% confident walking down the aisle or entering a ballroom for her grand introduction.

 

I sometimes get push back from clients about this, but to me a good dresser is worth their weight in gold.

 

For my non-desi friends the definition of a dupatta: (du·pat·ta) a length of material worn as a scarf or head covering or draped over the body.

 

FAQ “Can’t my aunt or friend help with draping the dupatta?” The answer to this is yes, but why put yourself in a position for possible failure? The pressure is on!  My philosophy is “pay a professional to have peace of mind.”  Hiring a good dresser means no stress for the bride and everyone will be dressed on time. Your dupatta will stay in place and look amaze, which is particularly important during the ceremony as a bride will be standing, sitting, moving during that time.

 

For dupatta draping inspiration take a look at this handy guide on www.WedMeGood.com.

 

My favorite was #15: Simple drape with one dupatta.

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue

One of the first things on your to-do list should be to find the perfect Indian wedding venue. After all, the success of your big day will largely depend on the venue itself, as it sets the scene for one of the largest milestones in your life. Knowing what to look for and how to find an Indian wedding venue will help ensure that you find the perfect location.

 Determine Your Needs for the Venue

Because Indian weddings are generally large affairs, chances are that you will need a large venue to accommodate all your guests. Larger venues tend to be more challenging to book, so it’s important to begin your search far in advance. In fact, some couples begin searching as far as a year before the actual ceremony. Needs that you should consider include:

  • Size. How many guests are you anticipating? Remember, the cost of wedding venues can vary based on how many guests you expect. Plus, it’s crucial to ensure the venue is large enough for everyone.
  • Wedding budget. Your budget will determine whether or not a potential Indian wedding venue makes it to your shortlist. H cartier bresson . While the budget varies from wedding to wedding, most couples spend 48-50 percent of their total budget on the reception.
  • Decorations. Every Indian wedding needs decorations, and it’s important to know the venue’s policies on decorating the location. subdomains . Furthermore, your ability to decorate is affected by whether it’s an indoor or outdoor venue.

Always Visit an Indian Wedding Venue in Person

Many couples make the mistake of booking a venue without actually visiting it in person. Remember, glossy brochures and websites are designed to showcase the venue in the best light possible, so they’re not always reliable barometers of the venue’s condition.

As you tour a potential wedding venue in person, you’ll want to visualize the day of the event. Is there enough space for the dance floor? Does the venue’s overall “feel” complement what you want your wedding day to look like? These are some of the most important considerations to keep in mind as you view the venue.

Furthermore, be sure to ask the venue whether or not they allow outside catering.  If not, you’ll want to be sure that you taste the venue’s menu if they have an in-house team that must be used, as this can make or break the consideration. Finally, be sure to get all costs and fees in writing before booking a venue!

Indian Wedding Clothing: What Does Your Sari Say About You?

indian bridal dress 1Indian wedding traditions differ depending on region, religion, and culture. The dress will vary depending on where the bride is from. Indian wedding clothing is an integral part of the wedding process because of the religious significance of various articles of clothing.

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Au Natural

While we’re on the topic of celebrity weddings, we are over the moon for Anne Hathaway, who got married this past weekend in Big Sur, California to her long-time beau Adam Schulman. All the details from her Valentino gown to vegan menu can be easily duplicated for your special day!anne-hathaway-wedding

Nature Inspiration – Barn weddings have been an extremely popular trend lately, with barn venues popping up across the country simply to cater to weddings and special events. Even if your wedding is indoors, finding an outdoor setting for special photos is a great idea to capture some of the best lighting and most beautiful, natural moments. We decided to take the barn, natural, rustic feel and show ways to glam it up and make it your own!

Go Vegan. – Healthy for you, healthy for the environment. Capoucompswerin . H cartier bresson That’s precisely why vegan weddings have doubled in the last two years. When The National Restaurant Association surveyed chefs around the country for their “What’s Hot in 2011” questionnaire, more than half of the chefs responded veganism. site not working . While not all of your guests may be feeling the meatless vibe, there are plenty of ways to incorporate a few vegan items onto your menu or create a full vegan menu that’s hard for anyone to resist. Try out this recipe at home for a spicy lentil wrap with tahini sauce stolen from California specialty supermarket, Trader Joe’s!

Bridal Style – While Anne kept everything else about her wedding day simple, she went all out in a custom-made Valentino gown and a headpiece that goes great with her pixie cut. Whether you have longer locks or a short ‘do, headpieces are a great way to make a statement.

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Southern Comfort

We are so inspired by Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s recent September nuptials! The gorgeous duo wed earlier this month at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, just outside of Charleston in a white-tented reception. While official photos have not been released, we have taken ideas and created a look book of our own – a unique blend of charm and tradition with a modern twist!

Tent Weddings – We recently went to Los Angeles and got the opportunity to attend a pre-Emmy party fitted for the stars, using these to-die-for Raj Tents! Tents are a unique way to make an evening more intimate or offer some shade on a warm day.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other options for tenting styles – clear and lighted tents:

 

 

 

 

 

Mash-up Music – Blake & Ryan had a mix of live performances (from celebrity friends Florence + the Machine) and a DJ. Having a DJ mixed with live performances or classical musicians is a great way to surprise guests and liven up the night. Recently, we had a string quartet play traditional Indian music as the bride walked down the aisle, followed by a deejayed reception that had everyone dancing into the wee hours of the night!

 

 

 

 

 

The Ring!  – How can we not mention Blake’s Lorraine Schwartz stunner engagement ring? A trend to look out for – gold! We love the rose gold showcased here with an elegant oval cut diamond.

 

 

 

 

Continuing + ending with that theme, Gold is a color that never goes out of style and adds flare to any event. Here’s some small ways to incorporate this regal pop of color into your wedding.

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Happy Diwali!!!

For those of you that don’t know…Diwali is known as the “festival of lights” and is one of the most important festivals of the year for an Indian.  Diwali is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.

 

My fondest memories of Diwali are of when I lived in England. Each year my mom would give us a gigantic list of cleaning tasks. site not working We didn’t rest until the house was fit for a visit from the Queen. After all the dusting and polishing we would open the windows (no matter how cold) and place a little diya (votive candle) on the ledge in hopes to entice Lakshmi. Then all the fun stuff came, tons of delicious food, decadent Indian sweets, fireworks, family and friends coming together to celebrate.  Diwali brings out the best in everyone and it is customary to pull out all the stops with regards to food, clothing and decor.

 

Here are my favorite ideas for food, fashion and fun for modern Desis to celebrate Diwali 2011.  Who doesn’t love a good samosa? Go to Sailu’s Kitchen to get easy to follow step-by-step instructions www.sailusfood.com.  Splurge and buy a stunning suit by Payal Singhal from Exclusively In www.exclusively.in.  A suit by Payal will make a statement at any Diwali party. Instead of fireworks this year why not light a sky lantern?  Sky lanterns are a beautiful site, but can be dangerous so please follow the instructions carefully and don’t forget to make a wish. subdomains dns information . Adamova jaroslava H cartier bresson Capoucompswerin

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The Real Royal Wedding: Kate Moss & Jamie Hince

 

Check out this amazing blog I found through photographer Lauren Ross. I love the details of this wedding and the pictures are just fabulous! Everything looks so effortless and chic. site not working . Plus they rocked the champagne tower. I have wanted to bring that back forever! Enjoy.

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Whoopie-de-doo!

I am mad about whoopie pies and think this delicious little devilish dessert is a perfect compliment to any wedding menu. For those of you yet to try this sweet sensation here is a quickie description: A big, soft sandwich cookie made with two cupcake tops, sandwiched with a creamy filling – they’re like the best of both cupcake and cookie worlds. Yummy! For an Indian wedding I suggest serving chocolate coconut whoopie pies and mango whoopie pie s’mores. I found this great recipe at on a blog called Babble.com. Check it out http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/01/31/mango-whoopie-pie-smores/ domain list subdomains . site subdomains subdomains . dns information Adamova jaroslava . H cartier bresson . Capoucompswerin

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Chic Dulhan

So you’ve planned your perfect destination wedding at a gorgeous resort and now you have to plan your outfits for everyday! It is important to always look the part from the moment you arrive to the moment you check out of the hotel.Here are some great ideas for causal wear and evening wear to show that you are always a chic dulhan.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

The nice thing about hiring a planner to coordinate your wedding is that you have time to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends during your big event.Some brides like to be busy and surrounded by people, and some brides prefer to indulge in personal escapes such as a yoga class or massage. I recently attended the grand opening of the beautiful ELLE Spa at the Eden Roc in Miami, FL. It is the first ever ELLE spa and the moment I walked through the doors I was instantly in a Zen state of mind.If you’re a busy bride getting married at the Eden Roc you MUST fit in some well deserved pampering. website offline . site not working Whilst you’re there, don’t forget to check out the spa’s amazing store. It is petite, tres chic and is stocked with fabulous products.

My favorite find is Lollia Calm Body Powder. Seeing this perfect round box evoked feelings of nostalgia as it reminded me of sneaking into my grandmother’s room and exploring all the fun things she had laid out on her dressing table. This fantastic little gem is a wonderful treat for any bride looking for a soothing moment away from the camera’s, stylists and…ahem, sometimes overbearing family members. subdomains dns information Adamova jaroslava . H cartier bresson . Capoucompswerin .

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