Mar 6, 2014 Destination Weddings
Couples who host a Wedding at over 200 Participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Asia Pacific will enjoy a free Honeymoon– anywhere in the world
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the award-winning loyalty program of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, has announced an exciting campaign that will allow wedding couples and honeymooners to treat themselves to the trip of a lifetime. For every wedding booked at participating Starwood hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific, SPG will reward couples with Starpoints redeemable for their honeymoons at any Starwood property in the world. The offer is valid for weddings booked from 10 March to 1 July 2014. Weddings are required to be hosted by 1 March 2015.
Throughout the eligible 4-month booking period, couples who reserve wedding venues at participating Starwood hotels and resorts are eligible to earn three Starpoints for every USD1 spent. A maximum of 150,000 Starpoints can be earned per wedding. There is no minimum spending requirement. Starpoints can then be used to redeem free accommodation at any Starwood hotel or resort globally.
Additionally, SPG will award 20,000 Starpoints to referring entities or wedding planners who successfully recommend wedding couples that host their big day at Starwood hotels or resorts.
With 150,000 Starpoints, newlyweds can treat themselves to honeymoon at their dream destinations, including a romantic 18-night getaway at a SPG Category 4 hotel such as the Sheraton Fiji Resort in Nadi, Fiji; bask in the beauty of The Royal Begonia, a Luxury Collection Resort, Sanya, China, or another hotel under SPG category 5, for 11 nights; or live it up in luxury for 7 nights at a Category 6 hotel, such as The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand.
With over 200 participating properties in the region, Starwood offers a range of settings to cater to unforgettable weddings of all flavors.
Ocean Oasis- W Retreat & Spa, Maldives
For an ultimate wedding, abandon the expected and experience the new W underwater wedding at W Retreat & Spa-Maldives.
Ocean Haven Pool- W Retreat & Spa, Maldives
For luxe romance, celebrate the extraordinary day at the Cloud Nine Chapel of The St. Regis Bali, where sparkling crystal chandeliers and magnificent ocean views create a magical and unmatched moment.
The Oceanfront Cloud Nine Chapel- St. Regis Bali Resort
For a large wedding, host a grand party at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central or an exclusive hotel buyout at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa.
Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
Mar 5, 2014 Precious Platinum
From the statement necklace as seen on Jennifer Lawrence, to Sandra Bullock’s ear cuff and Anne Hathaway’s stud earrings, leading actresses and actors chose to showcase their jewels in naturally white platinum settings that truly enhance the brilliance of diamonds and colored gemstones. Platinum is the precious metal that never changes color nor fades. It’s the ideal choice for life’s most unforgettable moments.
Jennifer Lawrence in Platinum by Neil Lane
- Platinum necklace with carved rock crystal, and 100 carats of diamonds ($2 million dollars)
- Platinum and 10 carat diamond stud earrings
- Platinum and diamond ring set with 3 fancy colored diamonds ($1 million dollars)
Sandra Bullock in Platinum by Lorraine Schwartz
- Platinum and diamond cluster earrings ($1.8 million dollars)
- Platinum and diamond bracelet
Kate Hudson in Platinum by Neil Lane
- Platinum and 10 carat diamond drop earrings
- Platinum and faceted crystal ring
- Platinum bracelet with sapphire and diamonds
Anne Hathaway in Platinum by Neil Lane
- Platinum and 100 carat diamond bracelets ($1 million dollars)
- Platinum and square cut emerald and diamond ring ($250,000)
- Platinum and diamond stud earrings
Jessica Biel in Platinum by Tiffany & Co.
- Platinum jewelry by Tiffany & Co.
Mar 4, 2014 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Here’s a chance for you to receive a Style Makeover from Raymond and WeddingSutra.com. We will be at The Raymond Shop, JK House, Breach Candy, Mumbai on Saturday, 8th March 2014
Three lucky grooms-to-be will get a Complimentary Wardrobe Consultation, Hairstyling Session and Photoshoot with our expert team. To say ‘I Do’ to this exclusive opportunity write to us* at email@example.com with the following:
a) Your Name (Brides-to-be are welcome to nominate their Grooms!)
b) Wedding Date
c) Link to your FB profile
d) Contact Nos.
*All entries will receive a Raymond Made to Measure Experience Voucher worth Rs 1,500. Terms and Conditions apply.
Click here to see photos and read about the experiences of Grooms-to-be at our last shoot at The Raymond Shop
Mar 4, 2014 Wedding People & Planners
When Mumbai’s ace Event Stylist Gurleen informed us about the Wedding Studio at the lobby level of JW Marriott, Juhu, we were happy to hear about what might be one of the first of its kind studios in India. The Wedding Studio, conceptualized and executed by Gurleen is a wedding inspiration place. She says: “Its interiors reflect the vibrant wedding experience. And at a practical level– its the space where the Marriott teams, our teams or other wedding planners & decorators on the Marriott panel conduct their meetings with clients. So we can interact with them not always at a ‘restaurant’ or ‘office’ but at a ‘studio’ to personalize their dream wedding.”
Many assume that Gurleen of Mumbai-based Gurleen M Puri Associates is a Wedding Planner. However, Gurleen is not a Wedding Planner but an Events & Wedding Stylist. “Its a conscious decision to stick to the creative elements of a wedding– we of course do have our affiliations with companies who take care of wedding logistics & management but ‘Gurleen M Puri’ focuses on the style story- after all, every one of our clients look for a unique theme, chic designs, and the most ‘wow’ décor for the big day.”
Says Pavithran Nambiar, General Manager of JW Marriott: “Our hotel has successfully set a benchmark for the other hotels in the city and is one of the most preferred wedding destinations for HNIs, Corporate and Bollywood celebrities in Mumbai. And while the Wedding Stylist/ Decorator and the Wedding Planners may have their hands-full with new demands we always get requests for novel menus and innovative set-ups. Or how each of the functions can be held at very different set-ups which can be transformed for the Mehendi, Sangeet, Pheras or Reception. Our Grand Sangam ballroom is best suited for large receptions or cocktail parties whereas the alfresco salt water pool section is ideal for weddings and smaller functions. Whatever be the scale of the event or the number of events taking place here, clients know we can help them execute their elaborate or complex events with ease. And that we are here to offer them the personalized service to make their dream wedding come true.”
The Wedding Studio, Lobby level, JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai.
Photos courtesy- Dev Purbiya
Feb 28, 2014 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Stylist Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan conceptualised this bridal shoot and ace candid wedding photographer Sharik Verma captured the great Indian wedding picture, and when we saw their labor of love, we knew we had to share the beautiful story- the subtlety of Indian colors, the richness of its traditional textures, shimmering jewels and the warm glow of the tropical sun. Nisha writes about the inspiration for this shoot, and the styling that is steered towards the effortless rather than laboured.
“It’s a people shoot; featuring individuals straight out of a classic Indian family who value culture and modernity in equal measure. The pictures tell a sunshine story: on a pleasant afternoon, the bride poses for a nuptial photo shoot. These would soon become the most memorable memories of her life.
She is dressed traditionally and yet, has a nonchalant air about herself.
Simplicity, beauty and elegance are at the heart of this. Ditto for the photography style. This is a new age modern family but they understand the value of ‘family portraits’ as opposed to ‘selfies’. As Sharik Verma explains, ‘Wedding pictures go down generations. But it is only elegance that stands the test of time.’
There’s one valuable styling lesson that comes as hands-me-down from our mothers and grandmothers and that is ‘to look elegant’. This visual story spells the same core values:
Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the bride and groom:
For Bride: The lehenga is subtly traditional and the colours – peach with ivory and teal makes it look modern and glamorous
For Groom: Bengal’s most respected craft – Kanthawith khadi in a beige colour. A pink pocket square adds the little dash of colour.
Tarun Tahiliani and Kotwara by Meera & Muzzaffar Ali for the girlfriends:
The young 20-something best friends of the bride are wearing chikankari and lace by Tarun Tahiliani and artist designer duo – Meera and Muzzafar Ali.
Raw Mango & Ekaya for three generations:
Raw Mango’s graceful pastel colour chanderi sari worn by the cute pixie bride’s sister
Grandmother in a heirloom ivory Raw Mango sari
Bhabhi in traditional Banarsi beige sari by Ekaya Silks
Rajesh Pratap Singh & Varun Bahl for the men:
Grandfather in Rajesh Pratap Singh’s pin tucks light blue kurta with a silk quilted Nehru jacket
Well-tailored short bandhgala with Jodhpurs by Varun Bahl in linen worn by groom’s brother
Styling- Nisha Kundnani for Bridelan. Bridelan is a wedding wardrobe styling service for Indian brides and grooms getting married in India or overseas. For more visit www.bridelan.com
Wedding Planner- Roma Kundnani
Jewellery- Anmol Jewellers, Mahesh Notandas Fine Jewellery, Gehna Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Aquamarine, Suhani Pittie.
Hair and Makeup- Ambereen Yusuf
Photography- Sharik Verma
Feb 28, 2014 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Smita from London got married to New York based Abhishek and the celebrations were held at Zeebop by the Sea and The Leela, Goa. Here, Smita writes about her search for the perfect Wedding Lehenga.
Soon after our engagement in Feb 2013, we started our search for the ideal wedding venue. We decided it had to be somewhere in India so our family elders could attend. We also wanted it to be a holiday cum getaway for everyone including us. Goa therefore was the unanimous choice!
Since I live in London, I only had a few days to shop for my entire wedding trousseau during a trip to India in May (wedding in Nov). It was highly unlikely I would make another trip before the wedding. After facing disappointment at India’s top designers as their ready-made Lehengas were not ‘long’ enough (I am 5’10”) and any alteration would spoil the original look, I visited famous shops in Delhi like Frontier, Ushnak Mal but I didn’t like what I saw there. I then turned to a shop in Chandni Chowk on a friend’s recommendation. While they had a few sample pieces to show, none was anything like I had in mind. I wanted a traditional red with intricate gold work. So I ended up designing my own Lehenga. I picked the perfect ‘red’ colour. A green and mango border in velvet with gold work all over. And a green velvet blouse to break the monotony of red. I also had little gold round beads put all over.
The Lehenga arrived a few months later, I saw photos of it. It was not perfect so I asked my mother and local tailor to improvise and add a bit. I tried it on a few days before my wedding and voila it was lovely.
Our search for a venue and vendors was influenced by logistics and costs as it usually is but most of all by the attitude and response of the people. We were managing this process remotely so it was that much more important we could trust the vendors to deliver, most of whom we had never met and would not meet until the wedding. It is for this reason that we picked The Leela over many other hotels even though it was not the most economical. Ankit Bhargava of Regal Weddings was our Wedding Planner. And photographer Payal Kumar captured the special moments, her passion and willingness stood out sharply compared to other photographers we spoke to. Looking back, we are so glad we made these choices.
Having had a wonderful wedding, I think clothes and make-up can only do so much. The best thing a bride can wear is her smile.
Photos Courtesy- Payal Kumar (All Things Nice)
Feb 26, 2014 Marriage & Wedding Trends, Wedding Photographers & Cinematographers
Priyanka and Tarun live and work in New York. Priyanka works at Catchafire, an organization dedicated to matching professionals looking to volunteer their skills pro bono to non-profit organizations. Tarun works at American Express in their corporate pricing group. When he’s not at work, you may find him flexing his creative muscles playing his guitar, sketching, or finding any reason to spend time in nature. In their downtime, the couple enjoy going for long endless walks while stopping at book stores and cafes.
Priyanka and Tarun tell us about their Shaadi at the Prince of Wales Lawns of Taj West End, Bangalore and how they took a decision on the Wedding Planner just eight days before the wedding.
The wedding date was set early on, and we came to Bangalore six months before the wedding to scout for the venue and vendors. However, at that time, we felt that we could plan the wedding on our own with some help from family and friends. We were just too hopeful perhaps, while sitting in New York. Upon arriving in Bangalore three weeks before the wedding, we hit the ground running, and were soon exhausted. And after struggling for almost a week, we decided to hire the services of a Wedding Planner.
We got in touch with Bangalore based Wedding Planners Noor and Roseline (Wedding Tales) and after speaking to them, we knew they could understand our needs and work around our demands. Finally, everything went smoothly and thanks to the tremendous work they did, the day was truly the way we wanted it to be.
We picked Taj West End, because it truly is an oasis within the city. We first visited the venue in December and were sold on the idea– every other venue paled in comparison. It was intimate, elegant, graceful, and yet so grand. The lush green garden and the aesthetic architecture was mesmerizing. We knew our friends and family would feel the same.
Our ‘Arabian’ theme Mehendi and Sangeet took place at another city hotel so the outstation guests got an experience of a celebration at two landmark city hotels.
Wedding Planners Speak
“We at Wedding Tales love working with the Taj Group and Taj West End (TWE) in particular. It is by far the most beautiful outdoor wedding venue within the city. Priyanka and Tarun’s wedding was a whirlwind for us as we were brought in only 8 days before the actual wedding. Once we heard that the wedding & reception will be happening at TWE we were relaxed. The Prince of Wales Lawns (POWL) at TWE is an easy venue to decorate, and makes for an amazing setting and all colors go with the scenic surroundings. Since it was a day wedding ceremony we used a lot of marigolds as well as bright red roses. White china canopies for shade and white chair covers with bandhini fabric. Priyanka wanted to walk down an aisle and since it was the hot month of June, we covered the aisle with rows of marigold. We also made hand-made paper cones filled with flower petals for guests to shower the couple.
For the reception, Priyanka wanted a spectacular entrance and a subtle decor inside. The reception was at the ballroom at TWE. Since the ballroom walls are purple we used the ballroom colour as our theme, with orchid, mogra and white roses for the decor.
Priyank and Tarun state: “If you have lived in Bangalore even for a day you will know that commuting long distance is the single most harrowing experience thanks to all the traffic. But with TWE and their amazing POWL life is sure easier. And it helps that it is one of Bangalore’s oldest and most trusted hotel.”
For our new blog post series, ‘Long Distance Wedding’ we’re featuring couples living abroad who planned a wedding in their hometown in India. We want to hear your story, how you shortlisted venues and your experience with the wedding planner (if you hired one). Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your wedding photo and details (below), and we’ll get in touch if you’re selected to be featured.
Name of Bride and Groom
Where you’re based or where you were based when planning the Wedding
Where (venue + city) you got married and when (date)
Wedding Planners- Wedding Tales
Photo courtesy- Ankit Singh
Feb 26, 2014 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Most brides-to-be want to learn more about skin care and makeup in the run up to the big day. Keeping this in mind, Clinique has introduced a new ‘Bridal Trousseau Service’.
Clinique’s Bridal Trousseau Service is a 120 minute interactive, one-on-one, appointment-based consultation with a specially trained Clinique Colour Specialist. Be it pre and post-wedding skincare, makeup tips or latest bridal beauty trends, brides can learn more about skincare and get the complete wedding looks mapped on a face chart, so she can recreate the looks on her own.
This personalized service is available at select Clinique stores in Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Bangalore and is priced at Rs 15,000. Brides can redeem this consultation fee by purchasing Clinique products that she needs, and take home the same in a stunning Bridal Trousseau Box.
Feb 25, 2014 Fashion & Bridal Wear
As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four grooms-to-be for a unique experience at The Raymond Shop in Breach Candy, Mumbai. The four grooms-to-be, Karan Motto, a businessman, Harsh Munshaw, co-founder of Customizing Creativity, Harsh Parekh, co-founder of Dial Health, and Aniket Indulkar of Matchbox Ventures talk about their experience.
From left to right- Grooms-to-be Harsh Munshaw, Harsh Parekh, Aniket Indulkar and Karan Motto
“Shopping was never my forte, but being at the Raymond flagship store, I found myself being spoiled by the ever helpful and patient staff, so were the three soon to be married men”, says Karan Motto about his experience there. From a range of options to select from, including blazers, waistcoats, bandh galas and full suits, the grooms made most of the opportunity and tried on the different options.
“In fact, seeing the number of options we had, I was quite confused as to what would look better, is it a Black, Brown or no I think Grey is better, well it wasn’t easy”, says Harsh Munshaw, and Aniket Indulkar agreed.
After all the trials, Harsh Munshaw and Karan eventually chose sleek-looking bandh galas. Says Karan, “When I found the Bandhgala, the elegant Indian suit of the erstwhile royalty, it was perfection personified. The colour, the fit was just right. I was recommended a beige trouser to go with it and after I tried it on, I was a happy man!”
Aniket Indulkar and Harsh Parekh decided on a formal suit that would be apt for a Wedding Reception.
After they were dressed, Hairstylist Laksh Singh gave them that final touch of perfection with a classy and smart hairstyle.With their hair set, it was time for the photo shoot with Fashion & Wedding photographer Dev Purbiya. Dev broke the ice between the grooms and shared some tips to help them relax as he captured his candid shots. Aniket admits, “His smile and encouraging words made us feel comfortable and we never realised that posing for the camera could be so much fun.”
Now that the grooms were at ease, they began to share some good laughs discussing their wedding plans. Harsh Parekh says: “while Dev worked his magic, we the soon-to-be married men chuckled that we’re lucky to get a practice session before our big day.”
If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (email@example.com) with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Wardrobe Consultation’ on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial styling and photo shoot in the stylised look. Location and Date- To be decided (City- Mumbai).
Location- The Raymond Shop, Breach Candy, Mumbai
Hairstyling- Laksh Singh
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani, Tejal Karlekar
and Niddhi Gala (The Neeta Lulla School of Fashion)
Photographs by- Dev Purbiya