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  • Top tips for a trendy wedding 2017

    Whether one is tying the knot with their long term sweetheart, or met their soulmate through mutual friends or family members, there is no doubt that every single modern love story is unique. And this is why, each wedding has its own set of specialties.

    For starters, weddings are now an elaborate series of events that reunites families and friends. Bengalis love a good feast, and this is why the modern wedding consists of a pre-engagement shoot, engagement, holud, mehendi, “rong khela”, bridal shower, bachelor's party, and finally the wedding reception.

    The modern wedding has its own superman or event planners as they are called. Thanks to their services, your dream wedding is now a reality without you having to turn into a bridezilla.

    Preparations for weddings can take years. Your extensive research will include spending hours scouring the cyberspace for ideas. And then there are venue bookings which need to be finalised a year ahead.

    The idea of the pre-engagement shoot is to allow couples to have exquisite shots to look back upon. Ideally, one picks a theme around which the photographer works.

    Each and every event is now themed. From Mughal inspired to modern contemporary vibes, the options are endless.

    Enter the bridal showers, mehendi parties, bachelor parties, and colour fests where you can let loose and have fun with your buddies or gal pals (or both!) one last time. These will be the perfect breather to appreciate just how lucky you are to have so many loved ones celebrating your special moments!Read more at:plus size wedding dresses | princess wedding dresses

  • The True Story of Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Dress

    When Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip married in November of 1947, the wedding served as an escape from post-WWII austerity in the UK.

    Two years after the war was over, the British government was still recovering from the Blitz and rationing was in effect for everyone, even the royal family; the future Queen saved up clothing coupons to purchase her wedding dress.

    She was granted 200 extra ration coupons for the celebration, but admirers of the young royal thought that wasn't enough, and quickly sent her theirs through the mail. Each one was returned with a note, as it was illegal to transfer them, and the princess made her post-War budget work.

    Elizabeth was something of a last-minute bride by modern standards. The design of her dress, a stunning gown made from ivory silk and decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, was approved only three months before the wedding. Couturier Norman Hartnell wanted it to be “the most beautiful dress I had so far made."

    And it was beautiful. The dress was made silk from China (as opposed to Japan or Italy, given it was still so soon after the war) and its 15-foot train was inspired by Bottielli's painting of Primavera from 1482, and covered in delicate floral designs including"jasmine, smilax, seringa, and rose-like blossoms."

    According to the Royal Collection Trust, it was meant to symbolize "rebirth and growth" in Britain after the war.

    In total, the gown took 350 women seven weeks to make. "I had forgotten how beautiful it was, with that exquisite train—and how small the Princess was," Betty Foster, who worked on the dress told the Telegraph after looking at the gown on display at Buckingham Palace ins 2007.

    "On my way home from the wedding celebration, I remember everyone on the train was talking about the dress and I felt so proud to have worked on it."

    On the big day, the queen paired the dress with embellished satin heels made by Edward Rayne. Her crown, which held in place a silk tulle veil, had broken as she was getting ready for the ceremony; a royal jeweler was brought in straight away to make the repairs.

    "With her bridal dress and tiara on her wedding day, she was a knockout," her bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks, told People.

    “And, of course, Philip was every girl’s dream Viking prince.”Read more at:wedding dresses melbourne | SheinDressAU

  • All About Aftab Shivdasani And Nin Dusanj's Dreamy Sri Lankan Wedding

    At a time when relationships around us are constantly crumbling, Aftab Shivdasani and wife Nin make you want to believe in love again. The actor, who has been happily married since 2014 recently decided to celebrate his relationship in a unique way – by tying the knot again!

    “We had registered our marriage three years ago but could never have a proper wedding,” laughs Nin, on the phone from Sri Lanka where the couple was enjoying their break. “We wanted to have a destination wedding but couldn’t zero in on a property despite visiting Thailand, Philippines, UK and other countries. Finally, on a trip to Sri Lanka on our anniversary, walking along the beach at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, we felt there was no better place than this for a wedding!” Thus began the efforts to organise a beautiful albeit intimate ceremony replete with band, baaja and baarat.

    THE LOVE STORY

    The Aftab-Nin story began a few years ago when Nin, a Hong Kong resident on a visit to Mumbai (her sister Parveen is married to Kabir Bedi), met Aftab at a book-signing event. “It was love at first sight,” says Aftab, “I didn’t know who she was but had this urge to meet her. A common friend introduced us and we went out for lunch. Soon we started meeting more frequently. The more I saw her, the more I realised the feeling was real. We started dating within a week!” (Note to cynics: If you thought love at first sight existed only in books and movies, this story should change your opinion!). “Yes even I started believing in it after experiencing it myself,” laughs Aftab.

    Within weeks, the actor was ready to pop the question. Once again, there was no filmy drama or grand proposal; he simply asked her to marry him and she said yes. Nin decided to move in with Aftab, leaving behind her life in Hong Kong. Undoubtedly, a difficult task but worth every moment. “The decision (to shift to India) wasn’t difficult, the process was. The lifestyle in India is very different. But I adapt easily."

    The couple lived in for a bit before deciding to make it legal and get their marriage registered though the thought of having a proper ceremony with rituals and traditions was always there at the back of their mind.

    THE WEDDING

    That dream finally came true in 2017, three years after their court marriage. Aftab and Nin took care of every detail to make it as special as possible and the two-day wedding rituals couldn’t have been more perfect!

    Breaking away from tradition, the free-spirited couple decided to incorporate local elements into their celebrations. Thus, from fire dancers at the mehendi to local drummers at the sangeet, a little bit of Sri Lanka made its way into an Indian wedding. They entered in a boat for the mehendi and were led to the beach. Another twist was having Aftab, who wore Troy Costa outfits for the big day, arrive with the baarat on an elephant while Nin – looking resplendent in a Yoshita Couture ensemble - demurely took the doli!

    Both Aftab and Nin were clear that they didn’t want a big, fat wedding. “The focus was on having a sophisticated event with like-minded friends and family,” they chorus. Incidentally, it didn’t even feel like a ‘remarriage’ says Nin. “Usually the bride and groom, when they get married without knowing each other well, feel nervous about their big day. But we were very chilled out. And that made it more sacred. The idea was purely to celebrate our love.” Post the wedding, the couple continued the honeymoon period and stayed back to bring in Nin’s birthday.

    KEEPING THE SPARK ALIVE

    We asked Aftab what it takes to sustain a relationship given the stresses that people go through. The actor has some simple, but very useful tips:

    * Keep ego out of the relationship.

    * Misunderstandings may happen, but look at the larger picture. Don’t get stuck in petty issues.

    * Respect your partner. “Nin didn’t know who I was when we met so that helped,” he says. “She fell in love with the person I was.”Read more at:black bridesmaid dresses | bridesmaid dresses melbourne