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Fairytale Amsterdam Wedding: Ankita + Manmeet

Amsterdam couple, Ankita and Manmeet discovered soul mates in each other after months of long distance communication and weekend dates. Very soon after the pair embarked on an epic wedding adventure comprising a multitude of functions involving loads of family, food, dancing and all the beautiful things that tag along with big fat Indian weddings.

From the engagement to the colourful sangeet cruise party, bride Ankita credits her parents who had the painstaking task of planning the entire wedding.

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A Guide To Planning A Modern Wedding – Part 2 – Wedding Styles

 

A little while back we shared our tips on basic rules for planning and budgeting for you impending marriage. Today we’re moving onto wedding styles. An obvious topic which is often ignored during the initial stages of wedding planning.

So, what’s your wedding style? Are you a traditionalist or perhaps you’re the fuss-free type?

For many, trying to determine the answer to these puzzling questions could mean turning to websites such as Pinterest. The truth is though you could spend hours pouring over thousands of pretty images that don’t even reflect who you are. Step away and take time out to find out what it is that you truly want in your wedding. Of course as we’ve mentioned in the past, there isn’t anything wrong with sourcing your inspiration from Pinterest, but just try and set realistic wedding goals. Trends come and go and you don’t necessarily need to stick to them.

There aren’t any hard and fast rules to follow when designing your wedding. The most important thing though is to keep it tasteful and timeless. Incorporate personal elements that both you and your partner will love. You need to feel comfortable.

To steer you in the right direction, we’ve made it simple for you by breaking down the most popular styles of weddings.

TRADITIONAL WEDDING

 

Photography courtesy of Edmund Leong Motion & Stills for The Maharani Diaries 

Typically, traditional or religious wedding ceremonies are held in a courthouse or a place of worship such as a temple, conforming to age old traditions. However, this doesn’t mean that you are restricted or can’t be creative. For instance if you’re having a mixed marriage, you could blend the traditions and add your own personal touches to the wedding. After the wedding ceremony you have free reign to do what you like with your reception party. You could stick with the traditional theme and mix up your décor. Think about using fresh colour palettes. After all, South Asian weddings are all about embracing colour.

Before your traditional wedding it is important to understand the rituals, blessings and cultural aspects. Customs play an important part in Indian weddings and there are many facets to each tradition.

If however you decide to choose a civil wedding, well you’re lucky because there’s very little paper work involved.

For couples who like to honour traditions, then a religious wedding is highly appropriate.

CLASSIC WEDDING

Cake by Cakes by Krishanthi // Tablescape by Joy Proctor for Burnetts Boards // Champagne glasses image courtesy of Pinterest 

 

Much like a religious wedding, classic weddings follow traditional formats with a large guest list, standard rituals, vows and declarations. Décor is elaborate for both the ceremony and the reception. Think clean lines and unassuming details with classic and fitted linens and chair covers, roses, black, white, or gold, candelabras, elegant centerpieces and ornate dinnerware.

Classic weddings are beautiful, timeless and understated and sophisticated to the core.

If this is the style of wedding you have been dreaming about since you were a little girl or boy, then this is the wedding for you. Keep it classy, elegant and refined. Your guests will thank you in the end.

INFORMAL WEDDING 

Lantern and floral styling by Pearl Events Austin // Wedding Favours and Tablescape by Love Lou Collective for Green Wedding Shoes 

 

Informal weddings give you an opportunity to express yourself in whichever way you choose to do so. Couples who choose this style of wedding tend to have a carefree aesthetic.

Your festivities are likely to be free spirited but still manage to impress without compromising on style. Refined rustic, beach, barn or vineyard, the choice is yours. Be adventurous, but don’t let it feel contrived. Every little detail should reflect the theme, from the décor to the invitations right through to the menu. The table settings could include mix and matched jars with whimsical florals and lighting can be au natural.

Rediscover casual elegance with an informal wedding.

DESTINATION WEDDING

Photographs courtesy of Kismis Ink Photography for Strictly Weddings 

 

A destination wedding offers you a range of flexibility. Ask yourselves if it will be just you attending or close family or friends or more. These types of weddings are relatively stress free as most venues around the world offer a tailored package accustomed to your taste or liking. The package usually takes care of all your wedding requirements including the coordinator, the mandap, priest or celebrant, entertainment, cake and even accommodation. Just ensure that the location and backdrop reflects your personality.

Often a destination wedding can be more cost effective. Couples can also choose to have an all-inclusive honeymoon meaning that you receive more bang for your buck!

Turn it into a weeklong celebration with your closest family and friends. Remember that this isn’t your typical wedding, but if you want to feel relaxed and have a team organizing everything, then this is for you. It’s like one big long vacation for you, your family and friends. All the functions are held on site and you have free reign to choose whether you’d like to keep it intimate or OTT (over the top). 

ELOPEMENT

 

Engagement rings image courtesy of Pinterest // Couple captured by Chris Spira Photography // Beach image courtesy of Pinterest

 

Are you just completely overwhelmed with the whole idea of planning a wedding? Then perhaps eloping is your best bet.

Eloping takes the pressure off planning a wedding you’re able to enjoy your ceremony more. Less planning and more time to focus on yourselves. Not to forgetting the fact that you have a lot more money to spend on the honeymoon.

The beauty of eloping is that you can avoid any family drama by calling all the shots. You have the freedom to choose the location and you can dress up or dress down for the occasion.

Also, just because you elope doesn’t mean you can’t have a reception party afterwards. Plan in advance and more importantly check that you have organised all the relevant paperwork. If you’re eloping abroad, contact the embassies and check the rules and regulations in that country.

Style is about who you are. Take this style and translate it into your wedding. Don’t try too hard and remember that you can’t incorporate every single design element into your wedding. Discover who you are as a person and take time to envisage what your wedding will look like and then commit. Best of luck!

What’s your wedding style? Let us know in the comments below. Keep posted to part 3 of our planning series where we look at roles and responsibilities during wedding planning.

Amazon India Couture Week – ‘BATER’ by Sabyasachi

Sabyasachi for AICW15 (via The National AE) | The Maharani Diaries

Fashion aficionados rejoice!

Day 1 of Amazon India Couture Week opened in a spectacular manner with one of the most anticipated runway events in recent years.

In a world first, one of India’s most acclaimed fashion designer’s and a favourite of ours here at The Maharani Diaries, Sabyasachi Mukherjee joined forces with red-soled shoe powerhouse, Christian Louboutin to produce one exquisite and unforgettable collection.

Social media was abuzz with bloggers, the press and audience posting regular updates throughout the stellar show. “Breathtaking,” “mesmerizing” and “decadent” were just some of the words being uttered.

Drawing inspiration from the Indian hunting bird, the bater, Sabyasachi and Louboutin conjured up glamorous gothic vibes with a vintage, primitive like backdrop. The setting was an abandoned crumbling mansion of some sort with soiled windows, distressed fabrics hanging from the ceiling, mood lighting, smoke and creaky floorboards. If that wasn’t enough, the show began with the loud chirping sound of crickets. The stage was set for one mind-blowing theatrical production. 

With references to India’s imperial royal hunts, ‘Bater,’ takes a dramatic shift from Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s previous work.

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Sabyasachi and Louboutin took the audience to the dark side and this theme was reflected in the beautiful silhouettes and motifs in colours such as muted golds, blacks, gunmetal, ivories and hints of greens and blues. Of course, last but not least, in true form and rather characteristic of the two couturiers, they closed out the show in style with classic reds. And how about those iconic red-soled heels? Delicately hand embroidered Parisian footwear complementing Indian baroque, striking a perfect balance.

“Words that come into my mind to describe the collection are – dark, dangerous, and predatory. It is sexual. The historical references came from the royal hunts, which were channelised into shredded, burnt and layered textures.” – Sabyasachi

‘Bater’ was sensuous, ethereal yet edgy. Sabyasachi’s modern and contemporary line included oversized capes and jackets, bralettes, classic sherwani suits and lehenga-cholis, high neck sari blouses, figure hugging salwar suits and opulent 1920s style gowns with trains. The ensembles were beautifully complemented with fierce shoe wear and spiky clutch bags.

Sabyasachi - AICW15 | The Maharani Diaries

One may call ‘Bater’ too bold, too daring, too risqué and over the top, but in signature Sabyasachi style, he has managed to retain the old-world charm, luxury and opulence that he is so well renowned for. Understated and timeless elegance highlighted by impeccable craftsmanship and professional design elements. From the heavy and elaborate sequin embellishments to the gold and silver zari and resham embroidery, this was a carefully crafted collection that is bound to lure the fashion conscious bride or groom who dare to be different and are ready to make a statement.

In keeping with the dramatic theme, hair and makeup looks were also spot on with female models sporting intense makeup looks featuring slick low hair buns, hazel coloured lenses, voluminous lash extensions and marsala/deep red lips.

Sabyasachi Makeup looks AICW 2015 | The Maharani Diaries

It was difficult to choose a favourite from the night. We certainly could not go past the radiant red lehenga-choli. This regal and sensuous ensemble could certainly become a favourite amongst Indian brides. Some what unconventional and bold, this classic and intricately embroidered red ensemble is perfect for the quintessential modern maharani who doesn’t wish to compromise her style.

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This was one runway show that certainly lived up to its expectations. Both Sabyasachi and Louboutin are forces to be reckoned with in the fashion world. Their dream pairing is one that we’re sure lovers of couture will be talking about for years. The ‘Bater’ collection is a perfect amalgamation of traditional, Sabyasachi, old-world charm combined with new-age aesthetics and one that has added a new dimension to the more conventional South Asian bridal wear.

Exclusive highlights from the show can be viewed here –> http://bit.ly/1SoJ8Rd

More images from the event courtesy of Vogue India, FDCIMs Coco Queen and Instagram.  –> 

Coming up on The Maharani Diaries, a full wrap up of DAY 2 of Amazon India Couture Week featuring more sensuous and modern designs from talented young designers, Rahul Mishra and Gaurav Gupta.

What were your favourite outfits from the Sabyasachi/Louboutin show? Let us know in the comments below. 

*Content and images courtesy of Vogue India, FDCI and Indian Express and Sabyasachi Mukherjee