It’s goodbye cake and hello doughnuts (or donuts)! These super sweet treats are all the rage right now in wedding world. Couples are embracing this trend and serving them in the most delightful ways. Whether it’s on your dessert table, or as a bespoke wedding favour, there are plenty of ways to include these scrumptious […]
The ‘sagai’ or engagement is not just an important ritual in Indian culture, but it’s also the first of many steps toward marital bliss!
Engagement ceremonies, or parties vary depending on how traditional, intimate or elaborate you are planning it to be. In India, it is a formal occasion which marks the bringing together of two families to exchange gifts, greetings, announcement of the couple’s wedding date and in some families, exchanging of rings.
Like any celebration, the engagement is never complete without dance, singing and the streaming of full blown Bollywood classics and that’s why we’re kicking off the first of our four part series with a list of our favourite sagai songs. Whether you’re after smooth, soulful and romantic background songs or you’re ready to bust a move and get the dance squad all rehearsed and prepped with the choreographed routines, there’s a Bollywood classic for everyone.
We have compiled a list of golden oldies, some of the best of the nineties, noughties and a few of our faves from today. There’s no surprise as to why our playlist features a few Shahrukh hits, but this guy is the undisputed king of romance and we couldn’t help ourselves. The ever popular Salman Khan features is also amongst the list as are the gorgeous Aishwarya and Priyanka.
There are way too many songs to list, so we have our top 10 below and you can find the rest on our YouTube channel. Yes, that’s right maharanis, we now have a YouTube channel! Our full playlist is available via the following link and don’t forget to subscribe for further updates each time we update the playlists (at this rate, it could be daily given that it is wedding season!). -> http://bit.ly/2sr1zwx
Wow, we can hardly contain our excitement. Without further a do, let’s officially start the wedding season with The Maharani Diaries, Bollywood Engagement song list!
Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
What is a wedding playlist without this classic love song? If you haven’t watched ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,’ perhaps you’ve been hiding under a rock, but this is the ultimate love song and as cheesy as some may think it is, wouldn’t it be lovely to have this track streaming in the background at your engagement party. Beautifully sung by Kumar Sanu and Lata, ‘Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam’ is right up there with some of the best love songs of all time.
Wah Wah Ramji – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
This Rajshri Productions number is a family entertainer and if you pay attention to the lyrics, well then you might be surprised that it is an actual engagement song! “Sab rasmon se badi hai jag mein dil se dil ki sagaayi – Of all the traditions in this world, the greatest is the engagement of two hearts.” The lyrics are super cute and it’s a fun, peppy tune to get the entire family to dance along to.
Ishq Bina – Taal
AR Rahman’s melodious love songs are smooth as silk and timeless. A song such as ‘Ishq Bina’ will literally make you fall in love over and over again. It’s a slow paced song, but has an upbeat tempo in between. Perfect for a dance routine with your maharanis or perhaps to use as a celebration song before the ring exchange.
Aaj Hai Sagaai – Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
A popular engagement party song, we love the playful lyrics of this tune and it’s pictured so well on Kajol and Ajay. We think the choreography wouldn’t at all be difficult to replicate. Make your occasion a memorable affair by gathering all your ladka’s and ladki’s to swing along to this gorgeous tune.
Pehli Nazar Mein – Race
The movie ‘Race’ was quite forgettable, but this soulful tune was most definitely not. ‘Pehli Nazar Mein’ is quite possibly one of the most played love songs at weddings. The lyrics are so aptly suited to the grandness of the occasion and while it’s often used on the wedding day, to be honest here’s a song that can be repeated at any function. It’s a memorable song and if you’re feeling the moment, have it playing during the ring exchange.
Le Jayenge Le Jayenge – Chor Machaye Shor
A super hit, this light hearted wedding song is a cute number for the whole family to dance along to. If you recall, this tune was used quite cleverly in a medley in the smash hit movie, ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge,’ While the match has been made, this is a song that you dance along to with your loved one at the sangeet, wedding reception or any pre-wedding party.
Sajanji Ghar Aaye – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
One of our all time pre-wedding party songs, we love everything about it. Salman’s entry, Kajol’s expressions, the melody and the choreography is brilliant. A true engagement song, ‘Sajanji Ghar Aaye’ is the playful and heartfelt exchange between the bride and groom-to-be. It sums up everything beautiful about engagements and Indian weddings in general.
Khuda Jaane – Bachna Ae Haseeno
For all the lovebirds out there, ‘Khuda Jaane’ is another one of those soulful tunes you can play over and over again and never tire of it. With great lyrics and melodious score, this romantic song will touch any bride or groom’s heartstrings.
Raat Ko Aaunga Main – Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge
Salman has a lot of wedding hits to his name hey! This is such a fun song and will no doubt get anyone of your family members dancing like crazy on the dance floor. With cheesy and super cute lyrics such as “duniyaa ki yeh jodi to number one hai – this match is number one in the world” we can guarantee that your families will be tearing it up on the dance floor like there’s no tomorrow!
Bolna – Kapoor & Sons
Oh no! We only have room for only one more on our featured engagement song list. We couldn’t leave without listing a an Arijit Singh love song. The most happening singer of Bollywood right now, Arijit churns out hit after hit and his voice is so smooth that it makes you want to fall in love all over again. ‘Bolna’ is one of best love songs to have released in the past year and we think that it would make a beautiful addition to your Bollywood engagement playlist.
What are your all time favourite Bollywood engagement songs? Let us know your thoughts and don’t forget to check out our exclusive YouTube playlist here:
As brides, our main sources of inspiration these days are Instagram and Pinterest. This entails spending endless hours, scrolling through pages of gorgeous lehenga designs and yet you’re still just as confused as you were at the beginning!
In today’s digital age, the announcement of an engagement or wedding is typically celebrated via social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram. The importance of social media has influenced all of us in some way or another, but for the wedding industry in particular there is no limit. Brides and grooms are documenting everything from their pre-wedding festivities right through to the honeymoon. Whilst this is all fair and well, let us spare a moment to ponder about those couples who don’t wish to share their private lives on Facebook or would rather opt for an “unplugged” wedding.
Love is in the air!
Today we’re celebrating the month of love. Yes, it’s Valentines week and if you’re a romantic at heart you will love the story behind our Valentines wedding inspiration mood board.
Infused with rustic elements, these eastern inspired images conjure up sweet and romantic emotions, perfect for the February bride.
There’s nothing more romantic than the colour red, but the thought of a red wedding theme honestly frightens me. Perhaps it may have worked in the nineties, but a modern Valentines wedding should be more than just your traditional reds and golds. Subtle undertones combined with pops of pinks, white shades and greenery provides the ideal backdrop. The rustic/industrial aesthetics can add oodles of charm. Greenery is Pantone’s colour of the year, a shade that is symbolic of new beginnings. This trans-seasonal shade can be paired with almost any colour and it goes to show that you can bring the outdoors in without undermining the elegance.
Red, gold and pink isn’t just the colour palette of our forthcoming website, but we believe that this colour palette is oh so glamorous and creates a visual impact.
2017 is going to be huge for whimsical floral installations, organic table decor, minimalist wedding invitation designs, signature cocktails with festive touches and semi-naked cakes adorned with fresh flowers. The richness of the florals layered against industrial like textures adds to the chicness. Say goodbye to white tablecloths and experiment with fabrics in muted tones. Bring out the modern Maharani in you by embracing Indo-Western dress designs. Try a Boho lehenga with floral appliqué work and complement your look with delicate jewels and a pair of statement red heels. Carnations or roses combined with luscious foliage works so well for this styled wedding. Pay keen attention to the flowers and textures and play it simple with the other details.
Do we hear Spring/Summer calling Maharanis?
Moodboard Design: Poonam at The Maharani Diaries // Tablescape image: Anna Delores via A Coastal Bride // Lehenga image: Sapana Amin // Shoes image: Rachel Marie Photography // Frame image: Jenna Henderson via Ruffled // Henna image: Plum & Oak Photo via Green Wedding Shoes // Cake image: via BRIDES // Cocktails image: via The Cookie Rookie // Stationery image: Plum & Oak Photo via Green Wedding Shoes
Having downtime over the holiday season gave my husband and I a chance to review and re-focus. It was not all sun-drenched beaches and parties for us over summer. In between travelling across South Africa, we were working on a special little project. After one and a half years of blogging, travelling back and forth to London for wedding and fashion shows and networking with some of the best minds in the industry, we are expanding the business to bring you a fresh new website. Don’t worry we’re not changing the name.
For those of you who don’t know, my journey into blogging was driven by my passion for weddings. I created my first blog with the help of a good old YouTube tutorial and I honestly thought it was the best website ever! As you can see, I’ve moved on.. Anyway, in between working and moving half way across the other end of the globe though, life has thrown me a few curveballs. However, it has been a learning experience and one that I am grateful for.
Over the past few years I have met some incredibly talented and inspiring individuals in the wedding industry and this has made the journey all the more enjoyable. I have loads more confidence and belief in myself. My calling has arrived. This is what I had set out to do and with the support of my loving husband of 5 years, we are ready for the next chapter in our lives. Our baby, ‘The Maharani Diaries.’
Whilst working on the new site, it got me thinking about something a friend told me recently about setting new year’s resolutions. Now I’m not really one for resolutions and well I guess it is a little too late in the new year to even start. One of my good friends recently gave me a really good piece of advice to follow. Choose 3 words that you will live by this year, 100%. Try and incorporate these words into your everyday life in some form or another and follow up to see if you’re being true to yourself. I thought this was genius! I took time to reflect over this and came up with my 3 words: action, honesty and winning. With that, I will take action on a daily basis, be honest in business and in life and win in all areas of my life!
So with these 3 words, I now have the strength and courage to fulfil my ambitions. I know exactly what I want to achieve this year.
As cheesy as it sounds, we are here because we love what we do. Our goal is to produce authentic and meaningful content to our readers. More than just another wedding blog, The Maharani Diaries is an experience and a place where brides and wedding industry professionals can come together to share their love for all things wedding related. We want brides to celebrate the most important day of their lives by embracing their ‘inner Maharani.’ To have fun, embrace colour and be beautiful.
Believe that you can have the time of your life during your wedding planning. Create the wedding of your dreams with us and celebrate the most important day of your life. Share your story with us. Whether it’s in the form of a wedding feature, or perhaps you’d like to share something in our forthcoming Facebook group.
So, here it is.. The big announcement has finally arrived. Our new logo! We feel that it truly speaks us and reflects our values through and through. It’s a project that is very dear to our hearts and we’d love for you to let us know what you think!
*The Maharani Diaries Facebook group will officially launch next month and new website in April. In the mean time, if you have any questions or would just like to say hello, send us an email to email@example.com!
It is somewhat refreshing every now and again to attend a wedding showcase that is minus the pomp and show.
Earlier in the year I was fortunate to be invited to a beautiful and intimate showcase presented by the team behind Sundar Weddings and Mint Leaf Lounge Restaurant in London.
Set in the heart of the central business district, Mint Leaf Lounge provided the perfect backdrop for couples who are looking to break tradition and opt for an intimate wedding. A touch of romance in the city! Let’s face it; an Indian wedding is incomplete without a serving of sumptuous delicacies. What a better way to highlight this than host your wedding at a stylish and sophisticated Indian restaurant.
After the success of organizing a wedding reception at Mint Leaf last year, Ajay and LaToya Patel of Sundar Weddings decided to demonstrate how the classy restaurant can be transformed into a luxury setting. Whether it’s a mehndi function, engagement or even your legal wedding, Mint Leaf Lounge has a range of event spaces and can tailor a package suitable for your special occasion.
Sundar Weddings partnered with a host of talented wedding vendors on the day to highlight their beautiful work.
Vaishali Shah of Ananya created all the stationery for the Romance In The City showcase, including the logo, invitations, supplier name cards, order of service booklet, mehndi stationery, place cards and menus. She spoke of how she created the stationery and the experience of working with the other suppliers on the day.
“Our stationery designs were created to reflect the opulence of the occasion as well as the prestigious venue of Mint Leaf restaurant. Printed on a luxurious pearlescent cardstock, its sheen added a glow to the overall effect of the stationery. The gold lettering and design on the placecards and menus echoed the gold of the table linen and gold rimmed glassware. The RA monogram placed within the diamond shaped design, outlined with swirls and scrolls, emphasised the unique identity and personality of the couple. The same outline of swirls and scrolls was repeated on all the stationery to create harmony and cohesion of theme through the items of stationery. We hand finished the stationery with crystal embellishments to add that extra wow factor.
For the mehendi stationery, we used brighter colours of orange and green, to reflect the more vibrant, fun celebration. We also created cute monogrammed coasters for the drinks as well as ‘advice for the newlyweds’ cards. These advice cards are a great way to add a little fun to a wedding and were left on the tables for guests to help themselves. The cards allow guests to write a few lines to the bride and groom with their advice on how to make a happy and lasting marriage, and they also double up as a keepsake for the couple.
At Ananya we love working with different vendors and suppliers; each brings a fresh vision and a new dimension to an event – all of which help to create an overall effect with stunning results.” – Vaishali Shah, Ananya
To add to the grandeur of the occasion, models were dressed and styled accordingly for three “wedding events;” civil wedding, mehndi/sangeet and wedding reception. The team behind the styled shoot did an incredible job, setting the mood and tone for a fabulous wedding party.
Bonnie of Dress Day was a key force in the styling of the model shoot. Here’s what she had to say about pulling off each look.
“Ajay and LaToya explained to me in great detail what they wanted to achieve on the day. The concept was shared – they wanted to show how a restaurant, Mint Leaf Lounge, could be completely transformed for a wedding venue, and that they were looking at three settings – the mehndi, wedding reception and civil wedding.
I used the colour scheme to pull all three looks together through each supplier. Based on the brief by Sundar Weddings, I discussed what look I had envisaged, so that their contributions were in harmony with the overall showcase. After some liaising, I coordinated with them to bring this vision to life.
In the end I was thoroughly pleased with the styling and how well everybody worked so seamlessly together to create each unique look.” – Bonnie Marshall, Dress Day
The reception table was without a doubt the highlight with Ananya, Niru Venkat Floral Design and Jones Hire adding an element of opulence to the venue space. Specialty wedding cake decorator, GC Couture supplied a range of bespoke tiered wedding cakes that tasted just as amazing as they looked.
Amid the luxurious and beautiful setting, the show wasn’t complete without some mouthwatering food and drink and foot tapping music. Mint Leaf showed off some innovative Indian cuisine over the course of the afternoon. Guests couldn’t help themselves each time a new tray of canapés rolled out and after all this was over, 7-piece band Salut and DJ VNV Live got the party started.
The afternoon’s events were captured brilliantly by photographer, Kabilan Raviraj.
Mint Leaf offers exclusive wedding packages for Sundar Weddings clients. If you are interested in hiring the venue for your special occasion, get in touch with Ajay or LaToya.
Event Planners: Sundar Weddings | Venue/Co-Host/Caterers: Mint Leaf Lounge | Photography: Kabilan Raviraj | Stationery: Ananya | Cake: GC Couture | Florals: Niru Venkat Floral Design | Model Styling: Dress Day | Hair & Makeup: Roshni Hair & Makeup | Indian Wear (Asian wedding shoot): Kajal’s Couture | Bridal Wear (civil wedding shoot): Sheila Harding Collections | Shoes: Freya Rose | Traditional Jewellery (Asian wedding shoot): Deeya Jewellery | Pearl Jewellery (civil wedding shoot): Chahat Mon Désir | Hair Accessories: Donna Crain Couture | Mehndi for models (styled shoot): H Beauty | Mehndi: Preeti Jeshani | Band: Salut | DJ: VNV Live
Singapore’s award winning historical reception venue, Chijmes annual wedding showcase was a dream come true for couples who believe in fairytale weddings. The event held earlier this year, was hosted in collaboration with Z Wedding Design and Chris Ling Photographers.
Situated in the heart of Singapore’s cultural heritage centre, this neo-gothic, architectural landmark is difficult to miss. Originally a chapel, it was converted into a multi-purpose hall and today is a dream destination for weddings in Singapore. Its unique old world charm and ambience makes for the perfect venue to create the most memorable wedding.
With its striking pointed arches, high ceilings, magnificent stain glass windows, ornate chandeliers and beautiful, intricately carved bird and floral motifs lined along the columns, Chijmes is the ideal venue for couples who are after a unique venue with all the extra trimmings.
The hall has a seating capacity for 300 people and is fully air conditioned, with a stage positioned at the back of the hall. It is fully equipped with state of the art audio-visual equipment, including a projector screen and as an added bonus, wifi access.
Chijmes is managed by the popular wedding planning group, Watabe Wedding. You have the choice between long or round tables with world-class food and beverage options. As for the wedding ceremony itself, why not opt for a tranquil outdoor courtyard setting or perhaps you might want to steer clear of the Singapore heat, Chijmes have a number of packages to suit your budget and tastes. In addition, the Watabe group offers exclusive packages on top of the Chijmes venue services.
A number of well-known wedding suppliers were present on the day to offer their knowledge and expertise to future brides and grooms.
Established in 2003, Z Wedding Design boasts of a celebrity clientele. On the day, the contemporary bridal boutique house presented gorgeous 19th century inspired gowns paying tribute to the prestigious venue. Wedding gown consultants provided professional fitting and styling advice as well as planning tips. The boutique is located on Tanjong Pagar Road and the designers/stylists are available for personalized bookings throughout the year.
Whether it’s pre-wedding, destination wedding or even a studio shoot, international photographer/videographer, Chris Ling and his talented team design wedding packages suitable for all budgets. Chris is currently based in Singapore and Hong Kong with plans to extend his services to the wider Asian market and Australia.
Wedding planners, Amperian’s elegantly styled dessert table was without doubt one of the highlights of the showcase. The team of talented decorators, designers and stylists can formulate a package to cater for all your wedding day needs. From stationery to hair and makeup and dessert table, Amperian pride themselves on great service.
Style & Me is an image consultancy service providing fashion and style knowledge for men and women who want to shine on the biggest day of their lives. Situated in Duxton Hill, Fumi Lee and her team manages your overall appearance by matching according to your body shape and the sort of colors that will complement your skin tone and personality.
How many of us have struggled with DIY calligraphy? Famous for imparting skills in arts, crafts and the aesthetics, The Workroom were there to save the day conducting a calligraphy master class. The team host creative workshops and master classes, including monthly calligraphy classes.
For the busy bride, The Workroom also create bespoke invitations and stationery, but for the bride-to-be with a more creative spirit, then enroll in a class ASAP. With a clientele boasting of Chanel, Dior and Gardens By The Bay, we are sold!
Wedding entertainment is a key element of any Asian wedding and certainly something that you shouldn’t compromise on for your wedding. Sparkle Live Music are a team of versatile music professionals who cater to local and international audiences and their detailed wedding packages covers a wide repertoire ranging from pop, jazz, rock and evergreens in various languages. The performers also accommodate special requests.
Other vendors present on the day included Elite Flora, rentals supplier, XOXO & Co. and Insagram photo printing specialists, Instaprint. Beauty experts from the industry were also in presence to impart their knowledge about looking your best on the wedding day.
If you’re after luxury coupled with mouth-watering food amid stunning historical surroundings, then Chijmes is no doubt the venue of choice.
Chijmes is located at 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996.
Watabe Wedding can be contacted on +65 6336 5320 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note – this is not a sponsored post.
Win White Hot Tickets to the Wedding Show of the Season!
26 – 28 February 2016 London Olympia | 4 – 6 March 2016 Birmingham NEC
This spring sees the return of the UK’s biggest wedding show, where you can experience every element of your dream day unfolding before your very eyes. From discovering your perfect venue and trying on the dress of your dreams to sampling delectable delights, eyeing up fabulous floral creations and seeking out your idyllic honeymoon hideaway; The National Wedding Show is the ultimate one-stop-shop to discover the wedding experts in every field. Endless inspiration and countless shopping opportunities to try, buy, book and hire everything you can imagine for your big day, all under one roof.
Kickstart the day by taking a seat at the renowned Catwalk Show to see the latest trends for all the bridal party brought to life on the runway. A showcase of the hottest collections of the season from the nation’s finest designers, boutiques and retailers, provides invaluable inspiration for not only the bride, but also mothers and fathers, beautiful bridesmaids, dashing best men and ushers and not forgetting the man of the moment, the groom. The must-see line-up includes designs from the likes of Jenny Packham, David’s Bridal, Qiana Bridal, Alfred Angelo, Allure Bridals, Beyond Burlesque, Nigel Rayment, Debenhams, Moss Bros and Young’s Hire, to name just a few.
Get up close and personal with the all-important wedding dresses by hitting the designated Bridal Boutique and Designer Boutique to browse and try on an unrivalled selection of dresses under one roof. From high street to couture, short and sassy styles to long, glamorous, show-stopping numbers, there is something to suit every style, shape and budget.
Head to the Wedding Theatre to discover all you need to know about big day beauty, hair and style. The National Wedding Show’s glam squad will share their Top 10 Tips for achieving your perfect wedding day look through demonstrations and revealing trade secrets for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom. During each session, one lucky bride will be selected for a makeover live on stage and presented to the audience in a breath-taking ‘big reveal.’
Hear first-hand from plus size model and TV Presenter Nina Blakemore, who will return to The National Wedding Show this season with her popular body confidence workshops which include essential advice on everything from how to hold your bridal bouquet and achieve the perfect pose for the camera to ‘how to work your wedding dress’, as well as offering advice for bridesmaids, mother of the bride and even the groom!
You’ve nailed the look for you and your bridal party, now it’s time to turn your attention to the all-important venue. Transform your wedding destination into a spectacular backdrop for your dream day by seeking inspiration from The National Wedding Show’s host of wedding planners and stylists. Create the perfect ambience through clever lighting schemes, stylish tableware and signage then get the party started by discovering the ultimate DJ or live band and top it off by ordering a must-have dazzling dance floor or perhaps ensure the night goes off with a bang with some top-class fireworks.
Floral fantasies become a reality at the Designer Flower Market, where you will find inspiration-a-plenty from the show-stopping displays together with expert advice from a line-up of top florists. Whether you are dreaming of a big, traditional fairytale wedding or planning an intimate summer garden affair, there are stylish solutions for all themes and colour schemes.
If you’re looking for something a little more alternative for your big day, head to The Rock n Roll Bride Collection. Brand new for 2016, the Rock n Roll Bride Collection will feature everything from bridal-wear and accessories to flowers, cakes and stationery, to make your big day truly unique in every way.
The Rock n Roll Bride Collection will also play host to the The Rock n Roll Café, the perfect place to unwind during an action-packed day of shopping, wedding planning and inspiration.
Round off the day by registering for your gift list and perhaps even booking the honeymoon of your dreams. Your high-street favourites will be on hand to help, including John Lewis, Debenhams, Sandals, Thomas Cook and Turquoise Holidays.
After an action-packed day of shopping and planning, make a beeline for the Champagne Bar to enjoy a well-deserved glass of bubbly and raise a toast to your exciting big day ahead! If you appreciate the finer things in life then get ahead of the crowds and enjoy the show in style with VIP tickets. The exclusive package includes fast track entrance to the show, reserved seating at the Catwalk Show, unlimited access to the VIP Lounge, a complimentary glass of fizz and a goody box containing beauty products to pamper yourself in the build up to your big day.
The Maharani Diaries has teamed up with The National Wedding Show to offer 1 lucky reader and their ‘plus one’ the chance to attend the year’s most prestigious wedding event in London or Birmingham, absolutely free! Tickets are valid any day and are limited to one pair per winner. Head on over to our Instagram account for further details on how you can win! –> https://www.instagram.com/themaharanidiaries/
Entries for the London show close Thursday 25th February 2016 at 6pm and Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at 9pm for the Birmingham show. So hurry!
Don’t worry, if you are not a lucky winner, you can still book in advance and save up to £5 off the door price**. To book, visit www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 874 0486.
**Advance ticket prices revert to the on the door price of £20 (London and Birmingham) at midnight the day before opening.
For more information visit The National Wedding Show website at www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk, Facebook – www.facebook.com/nationalweddingshow or Twitter – @nationalwedding / #TNWS and Instagram – @thenationalweddingshow