Best Fashion Ideas for the Wedding Season

If you’re tired of wearing the same old saris, Anarkali and evening gowns to weddings, it’s time to explore styles and fashions that are not only refreshing but also look perfect in the festive setting. Shadi wear need not necessarily be formal, traditional and proper; a little experimentation never harmed anyone. A look at the latest trends in wedding wear that are fast becoming the rage:


Wear a cape

A cape is the latest trend to hit wedding fashion. For a shaadi, you can pair it with a lehenga, with a pair of dhoti pants, palazzos or a gown. Wear a longer cape with a churidar for the ultimate fashion statement. A cape can be sheer worn on top of a traditional choli or solid, long and flowy to be paired with a tighter lower garment. Choose festive colors to nail the wedding look.

Dhoti Pants

This garment has made quite a few comebacks and it is trending again. A comfortable pair of pants, the dhoti is a fresh take on the salwar but with a higher glam quotient. You can pair the dhoti with a mid-length kurta, a peplum and crop top, with a jacket or with a cape.

Dhoti sari and pant sari

The dhoti has lent style to the sari as well. The dhoti sari has become the hottest trend and is ruling the ramp these days. Another spin-off is the pant sari which looks equally alluring and fashionable. So go ahead sport this latest fashion and rock the wedding.

Pair crop top with skirt

This is the latest spin-off on the traditional lehenga choli. Replace the lehenga with a festive skirt and the choli with a crop top. What you have is a trend that is modern, stylish yet is rooted deep in wedding tradition.

Pair lehenga with long kurta

This is a beautiful comeback of our traditional classy Punjabi village costume. The only difference is that it’s not just a humble dress any more. Silks, brocades, chiffon, georgette kurtas paired with a swirly layered lehenga is just perfect to behold.

Pair a kurta with Palazzo pants

Your favorite kurta just found itself a new mate –palazzo pants. This is a chic yet classy look perfect for the shaadi atmosphere. For a more traditional approach, try pairing your kurta with a sharara. You can experiment with wearing palazzo pants with a long kurta, with a short kurta or one with an uneven hemline. Same goes for the sharara; wear it with a long kurta or a short one.


Another extremely popular garment that has caught the imagination of designers and fashionistas alike is the jacket. It is an extremely versatile style and can be worn long, sheer, open, short, buttoned up etc etc. Pair a jacket with a pair of cigarette pants, or a lehenga, with dhoti pants, with palazzo pants or with a sharara.

Kurta avatars

If you are not in the mood to spend, you can give a slight tweak to your ‘normal’ salwar-kameez and come up trumps. For example, pair a short kurta with brocade or printed pants, or a very short kurta with a salwar whose pleats you are proud to show off.

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Unique and Creative Ideas for your Wedding Invitations

It’s everyone’s dream to host a shadi that is unique in every way. Unique setting, unique flower arrangements, unique dresses, unique theme, unique food, basically unique everything. Well, what better way to start with than a unique wedding invite. A wedding invite is what sets the mood for the wedding guests and the more personal touch there is to the invite, the warmer the guests’ response. Here’s taking a look at some innovative ideas to help you customize your wedding invites:


Different strokes

This is the most personal touch you can add to your wedding invite. Mildly caricaturize your illustration as a couple and include quirky details such as things you are obsessed with. It will add a fun element to your invite and give it a warm informal touch. You could also add quirky one-liners.

Raise a toast

If you have the money get a custom box designed to fit a bottle of champagne and two printed glasses with an illustration of the couple. This invite will be for keeps and your guests will always remember you when they will raise a toast. For a budget alternative, skip the champagne and go for the customized printed glasses.

Pop-up cards

We’ve all been in love with pop-up birthday cards as children. Why not try it for your wedding invite. Think of a design that you want to pop up when the card is opened and your job is done. You can go quirky with a fun cutout of the both of you popping up out of nowhere to surprise the guest. Alternatively, you could go in for a more sophisticated design of a bride and groom walking hand in hand or any other romantic image that you can conjure.

Croon it

This is a novel idea. Instead of paper invites, opt for a digital one. You can communicate your wedding announcements by making up a song of your own or borrowing the tune from a hit number and keeping the words your own. Write it on a CD and deliver it to your guests in person or via email. This is going to be one memorable invite that your friends and family are sure to remember for years to come.

Message in a bottle

This one is for those who love old school casual. Put your wedding invite in a customized bottle (you can even think up ideas to beautify or design the bottle) and serve it to your guests. Fill up the bottle with some sand, tie a ribbon or a piece of twine around the neck of the bottle, and lo you have your nautical invite ready.


You can either make a poster of your own from scratch or customize a romantic movie poster to design your wedding invite. Put your own fun picture on the poster and if you want, a catchy headline in place of the movie name. Roll it up and deliver it to your guests.

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5 Post-wedding Fun Games for Newlyweds

Grand weddings are a worldwide phenomenon but the great Indian shadi is more special and memorable for the playfulness and the sincerity that go hand in hand through all the rituals and traditions. We may have graduated to evening gowns in place of saris and lehengas, shorter ceremonies, designer sets but fortunately have still managed to retain the charm of an Indian wedding. Post-wedding games are one such event that everyone looks forward to as a sort of ice-breaker between the newly-weds and their families.

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The groom and his boots

If you belong to the bride’s side the entire wedding day is spent in planning a strategy to steal and hide the groom’s shoes. On the other hand, if you are from the groom’s family, a lot of time is put into planning how to save the groom’s shoes from being stolen. It’s a fun game that goes along the entire evening passing secret messages and signals. Once the shoes are off for the pheras, the bride’s sisters spring into action to lay their hands on the coveted pair. If they do, the groom gets his shoes back only after he pays an amount specified by the bride’s friends and sisters.

The fellowship of the ring

The wedding ceremony over, it’s time for the bride to officially head for the groom’s house. She’s sad, apprehensive of what the future holds for her and feels odd entering the new household. After the groom’s family has welcomed her into the house, the bride and the groom sit down to play this traditional game. A ring is dropped into a basin full of milk and the task is to find it. Whoever does it first is the winner. This is a great ice-breaker as some family members cheer for the bride and some for the groom. The knowledge finally dawns on the bride that now this is her family too.

Untying the knots

The bride and the groom are given a rope which has been knotted several times over. Both the bride and the groom have to together untie the rope, the faster they do it the better. Knots signify marital problems and discord so to untie knots means to smoothen out these obstacles.

Without a clue

The bride and the groom are made to sit with their backs towards each other and a cushion is placed between them. Then they are asked silly and suggestive questions to which they have to reply not knowing what their partner’s response is. The game is full of innuendo and laughter and is a great ice-breaker.

Figure it out

It is customary for a bride to get her husband’s name written in henna on her palm. The name is hidden in the rest of the design and is difficult to spot. Now is the time to let that hard work reap the fruit. The groom has to find his name camouflaged by the mehndi design. If he succeeds it is believed he will be the dominating partner if he doesn’t then the wife will dominate the relationship.

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How To Arrange A Perfect Theme Wedding

The wedding has a lot of significance in the lives of the couple that is supposed to begin their life with new ideas and ambitions. No matter what it is, spending money for a wedding is the choice of many people but it is good to take the decisions wisely to consider the money well spent during the occasion. Planning for a wedding comes with lots of stress particularly if you have chosen a theme.  A majority of people have the intention to make their wedding day different than the rest of the crowd but you may not have to go over the board and spend money uselessly but it is effective planning that can lead to a perfectly themed wedding that does not create much stress.

  • Sticking to budget and time: A wedding can be made every expensive but you have to stick to a budget no matter what the theme of the wedding is and you have to add to the set of priorities that you have prepared from the beginning. Whether you have chosen a vintage theme or have decided to celebrate along the seaside, it is necessary to think before making a choice. Another aspect that you have to keep in mind for theme wedding is the timeline. Make sure that you have chosen a theme which fits into your schedule. It is important to choose a theme for which you have ample time to make plans.
  • Choosing quality designs: Although you have chosen a perfectly romantic setting for the wedding ceremony but it is not just for the sake of celebrations but the quality that matters the most. For instance, careful selection of flowers will complement the theme particularly one which is studded with a romantic theme.
  • Service of event planners: Most people prefer choosing event planners on the occasion of Shadi as it can allow you get respite from the laborious planning work. Make sure that the planner that you have chosen create an opportunity for you to plan a wedding that follows a particular theme. When you choose an event planner with a good customer service, you will not have the trouble to run around whether it is for invitations, favors or getting the goodies from different places.
  • Taking the challenges: Whether you have chosen an event planner or planning the theme of the Shadi on your own, nothing comes without challenges. However, the trick is to take the challenge with the best approach to make the wedding a complete success.
  • Checking the tools: Depending on the theme that you have chosen, the tools for events must be organized accordingly. During the recent times, the planners prefer to keep every data on the computer rather than in the manual system that was prevalent in the past.
  • Paying attention to details: Even though you may have hired the best planners in town, it is necessary to pay attention to every detail to avoid missing out things that are genuinely important for executing the theme that you have chosen.

Along with the planning procedures, you must soak in the enjoyment which is a part of every wedding occasion. However, you must never go on to an overwhelming situation which can destroy the actual spirit of the plan. The best thing is to add fervor to the wedding occasion with different ideas and a combination of themes.

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Tips On Choosing The Perfect Mangalsutra For Your Bride To Be

Mangalsutra is a collection of black and golden beads that are tied together to form a chain and along with a pendant, it is one of the most important symbols that is to be tied around the neck. Usually the groom puts it around the neck of the bride during the rituals of the wedding. In fact, this ornament is considered as one of the most precious for married women and it is something that she must wear for the lifetime. It also symbolizes the union of two souls and auspicious in more ways than one. Nowadays, you will come across different designs of mangal sutra and there are a lot of factors that can determine your choice. Keeping in mind that the colors of the beads must be similar, you have to make the right choice.

  • Knowing the budget: The price of the mangal sutra which is worn by the bride during Shadi depends on the design that you choose. Moreover, the price of the pendant is another thing that you have to keep in mind. The amount of gold that you want to include in the mangal sutra can also decide the price to a great extent.
  • Suited for requirements: You may not have to get swayed by the designs and styles that are prevalent nowadays even if it does not suit your requirements. Keeping in mind that you will have to wear this piece of ornament every day, it is good to buy something which is lightweight. In other words, comfort is one of the major factors that you must keep in mind while buying mangal sutra for the wedding. However, you can choose a pendant which has an intricate design and keeps the basic design as simple as possible.
  • Design and length of the chain: It is not only the design of the pendant but the length of the chain that lends the beauty to it. However, the longer is the chain, the pricier it will be and you have to buy according to the requirements.
  • Choosing the style of pendant: The pendant of the mangal sutra may have different designs but you can choose to design a heavy or a lightweight ornament. Try to prepare a checklist of designs before choosing the final one.
  • Deciding the metal: Gold is one of the most precious metals and it has been traditionally used in mangal sutras. Ideally, women must wear gold mangal sutra during the occasions of Shadi but other metals are available nowadays. The best option is to explore all the possibilities before you arrive at a decision that suits your budget.
  • Authenticity and matching earrings: No matter you have chosen the mangal sutra well after exploring the possibilities, the quality of the gold must be authentic. In addition to this, you can always try to buy matching earrings to have a complete set of ornament that can be worn on different occasions after the marriage.

Buying mangal sutra is not difficult when you take these tips into consideration. The idea is to buy the thing that suits your choice and the budget. You need not overdo whether it is the style or the design that you want to choose although it is good to keep all the points in mind.

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How To Choose The Perfect Choora

Punjabi wedding is special for many reasons and choora is one of them and the ceremony that takes place is equally important. The red and white bangles that adorn the hands of the newly-wed Punjabi bride during the wedding which she has to wear for forty days in a row makes choora ceremony one of the most beautiful occasions during a Punjabi wedding.  In fact, no woman feels complete without these set of bangles during the wedding ceremony although it often creates trouble to flaunt them and manage them properly after the wedding. A lot of changes in the quality of the bangles have been noticed lately but following some of these tips can help you take better decisions while choosing the set of choora.

  • The material of choora: As choora is identified as the sign of prosperity in the newly-wed bride, it is necessary to inspect the quality of the bangles while buying them. You will have the opportunity to explore a lot of them in the local market and the most important thing is to judge the quality.
  • Know the colors: Choora comes in red and white colors but the shade of the white is different than the original. In fact, yellowish white is the color along with red creates the perfect combination during the occasion of Shadi which makes the choice more special. You have to choose the colors carefully.
  • Stone-studded choora: Some of the bangles in the set of choora have stones studded in them. You must check whether the stones are in place and none of the set is different than the other. The chances are that you will come across a variety of choora and make a choice can be daunting unless you have explored the qualities that are available in the market.
  • A place to buy: The place from where to buy the choora is one of the toughest decisions as the quality differs from one place to another. In a bid to lower the prices of choora, you must never go for cheap materials that might appear attractive initially but the color and the shine might just go off too early. Careful selection is the key when you have to buy choora for the wedding. Prior experience of buying choora for your cousins or other members can help you make a choice faster than otherwise.
  • Recommendations and referrals: Considering the recommendations of the other brides that have got married recently is the best way to begin shopping for choora during the Shadi which make the bride looks happy and is considered a symbol of prosperity. Fortunately, the best piece of advice can come from the least expected person but catching up with other married women can help you make the best choice.
  • Attracting the attention: Make sure that all eyes are on you during the wedding and the choora must have a red and white color no matter what the color of the saree or lehenga is and the choice that you have made.

Choosing choora for the wedding can be easy and difficult depending on the choice that you have made. It is necessary to keep in mind that choora is an important aspect of Indian wedding which makes it necessary that you choose the right quality of bangles to make your day special.

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