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5 Bespoke Offerings for Grooms-to-be

With a wedding in question, Vogue experts understand that the groom- to-be is as much the focus as a bride-to-be is. Towards this effect, the Vogue Wedding Show 2014, offers a mix of elements for the menfolk; traditional Indian wear, luxury watches, bespoke suits and much more. The participating designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and JJ Valaya are showcasing their collection for grooms and there is also a mini luxury watch pavilion with brands like Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger Lecoultre- clearly a category that men love. Apart from this there will be a showcase of made-to-measure men’s suits, styling tips for the groom from Vogue experts and a very exclusive Malts appreciation session with an International Mixologist.

From the biggest fashion trends to follow to exclusive styling tips; there is much that awaits you, in the STYLING TIPS FOR THE GROOM master-class session with Vogue Expert- Anaita Adajania Shroff. According to Anaita, one can see a return to old -world-charm sensibility, especially when it comes to men’s fashion for wedding wear; use of a lot of rich fabric, jewelled tones, and uncut stones for embellishments to give that look of regal splendour.  Because, the wedding functions are so spread out, today, you have the choice to experiment with various styles and fabrics; well-tailored suits for cocktails, linens for mehendi etc. The safas are no longer the simple orange or red, but use beautiful brocade work. The mojaris are also increasingly becoming a popular choice of accessory with a lot of them getting customized.   There are three strong trends: the use of gold, but in the sense of a more old world and therefore dull gold.  Ivory, is always in trend and Velvet, but used in highlights. Using tone on tone and self-motifs in the design is also in style, currently. Embroidered Jodhpurs, jewelled tone ajkan with white jodhpurs are some of the popular looks.

1. Grooms  wear by Tarun Tahiliani
According to couturier, Tarun Tahiliani, grooms should wear whatever they are comfortable in and also select pieces that reflect their personal style and not follow trends blindly. What has been a great hit is that because of structured draping in menswear, it has enabled men to wear silhouettes like never before. “The last time I wore a dhoti was about 15-18 years back which came off and now I am wearing it again because thanks to the draping expertise, one can wear pre-draped pants and dhotis and keep the elegance of another time but again in a contemporary way”.

Creations by Tarun Tahiliani

Details about his collection for Grooms at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014
The Menswear collection uses a plentiful of gold, unconventional pistachio, deep oranges and an even wilder punk palette for luxurious linings, Mughal motifs depicted detailed procession in print being one of the more indulgent ones. The collection includes sherwanis with cummerbunds, bundis and jodhpuris.

2. Grooms wear by JJ Valaya
According to couturier, JJ Valaya, Indian men are becoming open to experimentation far more than they were a few years ago. Owing to the wonderful heritage of royalty and craft, they are no longer afraid to embrace both with equal zest! What’s trendy for grooms this season is luxurious fabrics, unusual colours and exquisite detailing, along with attention to detail in terms of accessories such as the safa, shoes, jewels etc.

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Details about his collection for Grooms at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014
The new collection, The Nautch of Fez will be previewed first at the Vogue Wedding Show, and then showcased in the Finale of the BMW India Bridal Week. Several pieces including newer cuts and treatments for grooms are on the cards. Lots of layering and subdued texturing overlaid with exquisite embroideries and surface embellishments.

3. Luxury Watches
When it comes to accessories, the watch remains the prime statement of fashion. At display are LUXURY WATCHES:
- Jaeger-Lecoultre – Crafted with passion, these luxury watchmakers present rare timepieces, each with legacy of 180 years of expertise and design.
- Vacheron Constantin – Treasured timepieces made with luxurious Swiss precision and art.


4. The Art of Malt Mixology
Designed for the discerning gentleman who appreciates rare and exclusive malts– Zippy Zapert, Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador and Master Mixologist will unravel the mystique, heritage and trends behind the spirit.


5. Exclusively for men
The latest collection in men’s fashion wear by TAILORMADE

Register now to get invited to the year’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza- The Vogue Wedding Show 2014

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Royal and Elegant Silk Saris from Pothys

When it comes to dressing up, a lady is truly spoilt for choice. Cocktail dresses, elegant gowns, colorful sarees, embroidered lehengas and dressy anarkalis, the options are many! But among all these there is something that is truly special- the Kanjeevaram pattu (pure silk) which is considered one of India’s finest fabrics. The sheen, the texture, the grandeur, the motifs and the vibrant colors– we love almost everything about it.

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South Indian women in particular have a special connect with Kanjeevaram or Kanchipuram sarees, that are woven by the weavers of Kanchipuram district in Tamil Nadu. Most ladies from South India, would have at least one Kanjeevaram saree in their wardrobe. It is the garment that is worn for all auspicious occasions and functions, and most brides from Tamil Nadu wear a heavily woven silk on their wedding day. If you are new to the world of Kanjeevarams, and are keen to possess them all you have to do is seek the expert advice of managers and store assistants at Pothys– the ultimate destination to shop for traditional silk sarees in Tamil Nadu.

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Pothys was established over 90 years back by K.V. Pothy Moopanar, under the name Pothy Moopanar to sell cotton sarees, dhotis and towels woven in his own loom, and their first showroom was at Srivilliputtur. Cut to the present date and they have multiple showrooms which boast of the largest silk sarees’ collection all over Tamil Nadu. Pothys reputation stems from its unflinching dedication in providing exclusive, high quality, diverse clothing options and unmatched customer service. Once their executives tell you more about the elaborate process and other facts behind the making of each saree you will feel proud to own a Kanjeevaram saree, and wear it with pride and joy for the special celebrations in your life.

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Pothys Samudrika
Not one to rest on its laurels of having an undisputed reputation in the traditional silk sarees segment, Pothys went one step ahead and launched its own unique brand of silk sarees namely Samudrika, Parampara and Vastrakala. What makes these silk brands unique is its richness in silk, exclusivity in design and luxury, genuine zari work and weaving artistry for that special look and feel. Their branded silks make for stunning heirloom pieces in their own right and are designed to last for generations. The sarees in the Samudrika segment have been designed to appeal to the tastes of all women- young and old. Sarees in a special range of colors, floral and geometric patterns make up for a good part of the dazzling collection, so be prepared to be floored!

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Shopping simplified: Pothys is now Online!
Rich Indian sarees are in huge demand, not just in India but all over the world! The fact that Pothys noticed an increasing volume in International and NRI clientele motivated them to launch their online store, Pothys.com, to cater to this extremely important audience. The online store has an unbeatable range of products to offer– including a wide variety of wedding sarees, daily wear sarees, dressy salwars, office wear kurtis, kutti sarees for girls, dhotis for the boys and silk shirts and dhotis for men.

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Online innovation: Shop through Skype
Attempting to take conventional online shopping a notch higher, Pothys has also launched a unique and innovative experience called Skype Shoppe, for its online shoppers. All one has to do is make an appointment, login to Skype and they can avail the help of a virtual shopping assistant to browse and view designs of their choice before making their decision to buy it online.

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Payment and deliveries
Keeping in mind its customers concerns, Pothys.com has a safe purchase policy for its online shoppers as they have teamed up with CC Avenue, India’s leading e-banking network and PAYPAL, a highly reputed and trusted overseas payment gateway. Together they provide a secure and flexible Internet payment platform for seamless, error free online payment solutions.

Pothys.com also takes pride in having an efficient and quick delivery process for its esteemed clientele. They have tied up with some of the best domestic and international courier companies to ensure a speedy delivery. Once you make your final choice, Pothys will process and ship the same in 2-5 days.

It only keeps getting better, doesn’t it!

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Sherestha and Raj’s Long Distance Wedding- held in Delhi

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Sherestha and Raj were proceeding to the US to pursue their higher studies at the same University. Before their departure, the University had organized a meetup for students from India which is when Sherestha and Raj first met. She tells us more: “We both reluctantly showed up for the meetup on a Sunday afternoon, only four students had turned up, so all of us chatted there. I didn’t expect to see him again, but we bumped into each other on campus two months later. That is when we really hit it off and got to know each other better while exploring the beautiful New York city! After spending quality time with each other, we realized we share so many common interests- reading, travel, food and the outdoors. He was my rock during my seven year long intensive PhD program, and I knew I had found my companion for life! Raj proposed at the top of the Cape May Lighthouse in New Jersey, and the rest as they say is history!”


Wedding Planning
At first, Sherestha and Raj decided that they would have a small wedding with just 10 people at Sunset Cliffs in sunny San Diego. However, “as we pondered upon this ridiculously non-traditional Indian wedding idea, the look on the faces of our very traditional Indian parents flashed before our eyes and we realized this is not a great idea. Also, the thought of our friends and family in India and the Middle East not being able attend our wedding was not fun! So, we decided to have the big fat Indian wedding, which both our parents had always visualized!” says Sherestha.


Raj’s parents are from Andhra Pradesh but they’ve lived in Delhi for a very long time, and Sherestha’s parents are from Uttar Pradesh but have lived in Oman for close to 30 years.  After discussions with both families they felt the most convenient location for the wedding is Delhi. Says Sherestha, “Our wedding was held at a small farmhouse near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. We initially planned on choosing a hotel for the wedding ceremony but not being able to have any flexibility with choosing our own decorators, caterers, and entertainment company was a big no-no. We also loved the idea of having the wedding outdoors! Raj and his family arrived in a beautiful 1935 Chevrolet Phaeton; I arrived in a beautiful carriage adorned with flowers (my mothers idea!) along with my bridesmaids and family.”




Wedding Vendors
Sherestha luckily got the chance to go on a month’s business trip to India six months before the wedding. She says, “During my time off, I was able to shop for clothes and meet with some vendors. Here are more details on them.

Makeup Artist- Simran Kalra was my makeup artist for all the functions. I think she is a thorough professional and an amazing bridal makeup artist! I felt her work is flawless and she knows how to apply just the right amount of makeup to enhance one’s natural beauty! And she will not leave until you’re absolutely happy with your look!


Wedding Photographer- We spent a lot of time online searching for candid wedding photographers in Delhi and finally we chose Mahima Bhatia.  She has an uncanny knack for capturing the little details that may not seem important at first, but after you see the captures you realize how beautifully they tell the story! The pre-wedding shoot experience was great fun too; me and my husband are not used to getting ‘attention’ but she put us at ease and we enjoyed ourselves while she clicked away.”


My advice for to-be-weds
Family and friends network-  Make a list of family and friends who have organised or helped organize a wedding recently. Reach out to them whenever you need practical advise or suggestions. If you are living abroad it helps a lot if your parents live in India so they can do the follow-ups. Delegate several tasks to your best friends and siblings/cousins. In most cases, brides and grooms don’t get more than 2-3 weeks off for their wedding/honeymoon, so planning in advance is key to ensure most things go on as per schedule.

- Keep an open mind. From the very beginning I swore to myself that I would not wear a red lehenga. Within the first 15 minutes of entering Frontier Raas in Delhi, I found my wedding lehenga- red and blue in color. You might spend all the time obsessing over something that looks perfect in your mind during the planning stage, but if you see something unique and different and you like- go with your gut and buy it!


- Be prepared, some things might go wrong. We wanted all the men (including Raj) from both families to wear grey suits with a light blue shirt, dark blue tie and a red boutonniere on the left lapel of the suit. The tailor did a very bad job and all the suits ended up being ill-fitting or too tight. Two days before the wedding, Raj and I frantically looked for outfits for him to wear at the wedding! We found the PERFECT outfit at Study by Janak and literally begged the store associates to alter the outfit and have it ready in a day. When it was ready, it was as if the outfit was made just for him!

 - Be organized. Input everything in excel sheets. That’s all it takes. Create a ‘day of the wedding’ timeline too so you know what needs to be struck off the list at different times. One of the biggest mistakes we made was to assume that our driver knew the route to the wedding location in a farmhouse in Southwest Delhi. He had no clue! After a million panic attacks, we finally made it through Delhi’s overcrowded streets but the baraat had already arrived. I ended up hiding in the car in the parking lot with my bridesmaids until the wedding planner gave us the green signal to enter the venue. Until then no one in my family had seen me in my bridal attire. After entering the venue and seeing the happy look on my parents faces, I breathed easy and was ready to enjoy the big day!


-  Think of it this way- You’re probably going to head back abroad after the wedding, and you might never have all your friends and loved ones sharing memories, good food, laughter, tears and joy in the same place again. So it’s important to take in as much happiness as you can during this time and not sweat the small stuff. My grandfather passed away a few weeks after the wedding and I always remember the huge smile on his face during the different ceremonies, the blue jacket I bought for him for the wedding reception which he absolutely loved and the happiness he felt in being around his whole family. It makes me so happy to know that he was there to bless us on our big day.

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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) and other vendors. Write to us at editor@weddingsutra.com with your wedding photo and required 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)

Photos Courtesy- Mahima Bhatia
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With WeddingSutra on Location- Teena Rajpurohit

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the third of the four-part series, bride-to-be Teena Rajpurohit tells us about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ritu Kumar.

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“I’ve been a big fan of WeddingSutra since long and after I got engaged, I have been logging on to www.weddingsutra.com almost every day. Real Brides, Real Style is my favorite section on the website and on www.weddingsutra.com/blog I always enjoy reading about the experiences of brides-to-be with WeddingSutra on Location. So one day, I wrote to WeddingSutra expressing my interest in on Location, and I was delighted when I received an invite for their next one at the Ritu Kumar store.

On Location was an amazing experience from the word go. When I entered Ritu Kumar’s store I was warmly greeted by Anshu and Tejal from the WeddingSutra team, and they introduced me to Makeup Artist Ojas Rajani and Photographer duo Ashwin and Jhalak (Shades Photography). The team then took me around the store to show me the different lehengas. The bridal collection at Ritu Kumar’s store included a mix of royal, classic and traditional ensembles. I have always loved bright statement colors, so I was looking for something in red, orange or pink. I was immediately attracted to a royal pink lehenga with delicate borders and embroidered with traditional intricate zardosi work. It was teamed with two dupattas- a pink dupatta to be draped on the body and a net pink dupatta with golden butis to be placed on the head. Once I tried it on, I loved it more so I decided to wear it. The team then showed me the jewellery by Azva. We chose a gold rani haar and jhumkas set, complete with a maang tikka & a matha patti for a traditional look.

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Next, it was time to get dressed up by Ojas. She decided to give me a ‘Phera’ look to compliment my outfit and jewellery. While she was doing my makeup, we got chatting on wedding preparations, and she shared some useful skin care tips, which are now part of my daily regimen. I loved how she enhanced my features by giving me golden shimmery eyes, a fleshy pink lip color and a chic updo (more details below).

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Finally it was time for the photo shoot. Ashwin and Jhalak made me feel super comfortable and it was a session full of smiles and laughter. Later when we interacted they shared some good advice on what I should keep in mind while deciding on my wedding photographer.

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Overall, my experience with WeddingSutra on Location was phenomenal! I had a great time, and I will always cherish these beautiful moments. Thank you WeddingSutra!”

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Teena’s Look
Teena’s traditional Indian features inspired Ojas to give her a traditional phera look. She began with the Lakmé Absolute Concealer and blended on the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation in Honey Beige. She mentioned that a corrector is essential for an even skin tone and to create a smooth base with the foundation.

She brushed on the Lakmé Absolute Colour Illusion Eye Shadow in champagne gold with shimmer pigment and enhanced it with glitter. She then used the Lakmé Absolute Shine Eyeliner to accentuate Teena’s deep-set eyes in the winged eyeliner style to give her a doe-eyed look. She added on the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate to the upper and lower lids, smoking it out in an upward, outward fashion, and blending it further with the eye shadow.

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She brushed on coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eye Mascara onto Teena’s curled lashes. Ojas feels that curled lashes made a big difference to the look. She then highlighted the cheeks and contoured Teena’s face with the Lakmé Absolute Moonlit Highlighter and Sun Kissed Bronzer. For the lips, she used Lakmé Gloss Stylist in Pink Pout and a light touch of blush pink lip stain to finish the look. She chose bright pink on the lips and flowers in her hair to soften Teena’s face and to complement the mathapatti and the hair-do.

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If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look. Location and Date- To be decided (City- Mumbai).

Teena@WeddingSutra on Location
Outfit– Ritu Kumar
Jewellery- Azva
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

5 reasons you must be at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

The Vogue Wedding Show is a three-day bridal extravaganza, curated by Vogue showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. Many WeddingSutra readers are looking forward to attending this show, and for many others who want to know what makes this show truly special, here’s more

- Personally meet and interact with the country’s leading bridal wear designers. All your favorites, from Sabyasachi Mukherjee to Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and JJ Valaya, Monisha Jaising all under one roof.

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Tarun TahilianiBrides-to-be in creations by Tarun Tahiliani. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

Manish MalhotraA bride-to-be in a creation by Manish Malhotra. Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya

- A private and exclusive viewing of India’s most exquisite jewellery. Look out for the coveted collections of Begani, Rose, Nirav Modi, Amrapali, Anmol, Raj Mahtani and many more.

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- Access to master classes with industry experts sharing insights and tips on décor, makeup, skincare and wellness. Meet and consult with leading names like Vandana Mohan, Malavika Kohli, Rod Anker, Namrata Soni, and many more.

- Grooms can browse through the latest menswear collections from leading designers and indulge in special master classes on lifestyle trends, malts and more.

- From unique gifting ideas to luxury watch brands, the country’s best wedding makers to bespoke menswear, all this and more at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

We asked ace Wedding Designer Vandana Mohan who is closely associated with the show to share a wedding planning tip she’d like to share with WeddingSutra readers. “Before I share a tip I typically ask 100 hundred questions”, quips Vandana. “The first question I am often asked by most brides-to-be is- ‘how can you make my wedding truly different’. And my answer is, its not me or any other wedding specialist who can make your wedding different. Its upon you, your fiancé and your families to make it different. It is natural for every bride to be confused– initially she may not know what she wants, or many choices may leave her bewildered. But my one tip to every bride-to-be is- you must have a dream for your wedding. Dream big and then figure out what you like and love, and then go ahead and enjoy the journey.”

The Vogue Wedding Show is being held for the second time at a destination that has been the perfect venue for glittering wedding celebrations since many many years- Taj Palace, New Delhi. So if you’re there make sure you meet the Taj Hotel teams who work with you to give unique experiences- unique menus designed for each ceremony, gorgeous choices for indoor and outdoor banquet rooms, beautiful accommodations and the expert catering team that thrives on making every detail of the event extravagant, elegant and lively.

With a week left to go, register now, to be invited for the country’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza.  Guests are requested to call on 9920274470 or visit www.vogueweddingshow.in for more information.

Date: August 1-3, 2014
Destination: Taj Palace, New Delhi

StyleSpotting with Tanishq and Mumbai designer Mehvish Majithia

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Introducing STYLESPOTTING WITH TANISHQ, a new feature on WeddingSutra where our Editorial team goes in search of stylish bridal looks with Tanishq, and some of the most exciting new bridal designers in the city.

For the first StyleSpotting feature, we found inspiration in Mumbai based bridal designer Mehvish Majithia’s Mughal Indian couture where the designer’s contemporary silhouettes and embroidery were a beautiful match to Tanishq’s exquisite jewellery pieces.

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Mehendi Inspiration
This beautifully handcrafted traditional bridal lehenga is perfect for the Mehendi. The colors bring out the much needed fun for the occasion.



To add glamour to the look, get this beautiful Tanishq kundan polki neckwear set crafted in 22 kt gold with mehendi pattern, and make it the focal point of your ensemble.



A pair of gold stilettos, a messy hair up, a little pop of color on the lips and a Potli hand bag would make for a flawless bridal look.

Reception Sophistication
This floor length anarkali is an ideal pick for a wedding reception or any other occasion that needs less bling and more style. The teal color works beautifully with most skin tones.


Accessorize this look with a stunning choker from Tanishq crafted in 22 kt gold using white and tourmaline stones in kundan setting with dark blue chatai enamel.


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A subtle pair of nude stilettos, a small clutch and fresh make up is all you need to carry off this creation.

Photographs by- The Photo Diary

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Ace makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi takes Bride-to-be Kshipra Beauty Shopping with Lakmé

Many brides-to-be want to know what regime they should follow so they glow naturally and look stunning in the days leading up to their wedding. Bride-to-be Kshipra Jain from Mumbai asked us the same question when we interacted with her on email. So WeddingSutra and Lakmé decided to take her shopping for beauty products with a little help from ace makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi.


Kshipra’s top Skin Concerns
Kshipra was concerned about her oily T-zone, dry skin and very dry lips. Amrita advised her that moisturizing the skin is essential. Oily skin doesn’t imply hydrated skin. So she needs to moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer before she starts makeup.


Amrita showed her how to prep her skin with the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Gel Crème and then create a base with Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse foundation. “Dry lips are a sign that the body is not adequately hydrated. So drinking ample water and including juices and coconut water in your diet will really help,” advised Amrita. “In her choice of makeup, I felt she should avoid pro-long wear lipsticks as they can dry her lips further. Instead she should moisturize her lips and use the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist. The glossy finish will reflect light and hide the cracked lips.”

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Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist

Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse in Golden Medium
Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse foundation 

Amrita’s Top Makeup Picks for Kshipra
“Kshipra needs to add three essentials to her makeup kit – a lip and cheek tint, an eyebrow-filler and an eyelash curler, which will work wonders.


Cheek and lip tints stain the skin and look natural, so they are ideal for hot and humid weather. They stain the skin and there is no fear of having them run down the face on rainy days. Eyebrows frame your face, so always ensure that they are shaped well, and use waterproof mascara and liners this monsoon.”


Inside Amrita’s Beauty Bag
“I love the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict long-stay lip colours for the fresh, sheer gloss look, which instantly brightens up the face.

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Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict

I would also definitely recommend the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner in blue, green, grey and black. The shades are intense and complement Indian skin tones. The liner is easy to use, glides on smoothly and doesn’t smudge easily.

Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner

Of course, if you want to create a smokey look, smudge it upwards and outwards and blend well to get a nice shadow effect.”


Kshipra’s Beauty Shopping Experience
“I was excited that WeddingSutra had invited me for this beauty shopping experience, especially since it was an opportunity to learn from makeup artist Amrita Sanghavi, who I had heard a lot about. I was informed by WeddingSutra that Amrita will help me pick products from the Lakmé Absolute range, a brand I love and regularly use. I walked into the Lakmé Absolute Salon in Bandra, I loved its ambience and their friendly staff showed me around the salon. Amrita and I then discussed makeup looks and tips to help with my makeup regime. We talked about eye makeup ideas, what lip colours would suit my skin tone, and how to go from day to night looks, among other things.


It was an amazing one-on-one session and Amrita was very helpful in guiding me about the right kind of makeup for my skin.

What I Learnt about my Beauty Regimen
“Amrita gave me some easy-to-remember and easy-to-follow skin care tips. Regarding makeup, Amrita explained the difference between makeup that is ideal for a day look and that which is apt for a night look. For instance, intense and elaborate eye makeup is perfect for the night and would look overdone in the day. Also, if you focus on the eyes, then try not to wear a very bright lipstick. Ideally, only one part of the face should be highlighted.


Many brides-to-be are unaware of the makeup that suits them and what look they can carry off. An experience like this has made me very clear about my approach to makeup. Amrita made me feel really confident about my skin and also showed me how I could actually look on my wedding day, which was really exciting for me.

I would like to thank WeddingSutra for this brilliant concept and giving me an opportunity to be a part of it.”

If you would like to go Beauty Shopping with Lakmé in Mumbai please write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the following details. Selected lucky winners will be notified via email:

Your name, contact number, link to your FB profile, wedding date and a one para write-up (4 to 10 lines) on why you are looking forward to this experience

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Manish Malhotra showcases ‘Portraits’ at India Couture Week 2014

Here is yet another stunning bridal collection from Manish Malhotra with exquisitely crafted lehengas featuring elaborate vintage motifs, delicate Kashmiri embroidery and old-world mirror-work. While the fabrics and silhouettes appeal to contemporary sartorial sensibilities, the detailed embroidery is reminiscent of Indian craftsmanship of yore. The collection is crafted in velvet and silks with the color palette ranging from soft shades of beige and gold, salmon pink to hues of rust orange and red. We can’t stop raving about the  beautiful red Lehenga that Alia Kapoor walked the runway in.

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Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor walked the runway in a beautiful red Lehenga and an elegant beige and gold sherwani jacket respectively.

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Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra

The collection also showcased ensembles for men, which in keeping with the inspiration included a confluence of old-world and modern elements.

Manish Malhotra’s ‘Portraits’ derives its inspiration from the innate desire to capture moments of beauty and make them timeless. Speaking about his inspiration Manish said, “Portraits’ as the name suggests is an endeavour to translate the magic of a bride’s most special moments and weave them into a tactile expression. The collection is reminiscent of past eras and hallowed traditions but is conveyed in the language of today. I was inspired by the Indian neo-bride whilst creating this collection. She is a woman of today – individualistic and inspired, yet elegant. And these are the very qualities that she seeks in her trousseau. In keeping with this, Portraits integrates vintage embroidery in gold dust with jewel-toned colours to recreate a play between then and now. I have always been fascinated by the ethereal touch of Kashmiri Zari work and this collection sees intricate embroidery by some of the region’s master craftsmen. Some of this detailing has taken over four months to develop…bringing to life different expressions of ‘Gold’, from antique vintage gold to old-world yellow gold and more. The Zari coupled with elaborate ivory thread-work are set against a back-drop of luscious beige and grape-wine silks to emerald and ruby red velvet and tulle. For indeed, what is a portrait without attention to detail!”

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Krittika Gangwani

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ritu Kumar’s flagship store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the second of our four-part series, bride-to-be Krittika Gangwani writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ritu Kumar.

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“I live in Dubai and I’m getting married next month. A few weeks before my trip to Mumbai for my wedding shopping, I was spending a lot of time on WeddingSutra’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/weddingsutra) to shortlist stores to visit, and Makeup Artists and Photographers to meet. WeddingSutra on Location sounded fascinating but I wasn’t sure if it was scheduled around the time when I was in Mumbai. Coincidentally, when I was in Mumbai a few weeks after, my cousin and I happened to talk about WeddingSutra on Location and she motivated me to try my luck. I wrote in to them, and I luckily received an invitation to their next On Location shoot which was scheduled a week before my return to Dubai!

When I entered Ritu Kumar’s store I was a little nervous albeit quite excited too. I had spent two weeks in Mumbai searching for lehengas, and now I had to go through this mind-boggling (yet fun) task again. However, here, it was all very quick, and in a matter of minutes one lehenga caught my attention- it was a lovely red lehenga fully embroidered with zardozi work. I spent a a little more time looking at the ensemble, and I loved it. And after I tried it on, I knew this is it. The team then helped me accessorize the outfit with jewellery by Azva- a gold set teamed with jhumki earrings.

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Next, it was time for the Lakmé Absolute makeover by Ojas Rajani. She first chatted with me and made me feel very comfortable and then I sat quietly while she dramatized my eyes and gave me a voluminous hairstyle with soft curls (more details below).

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After Ojas completed her magic, it was time to face the camera. I am not a camera-shy person, but with so much enthusiastic attention on me, I felt a little uncomfortable with facing the camera. But photographers Ashwin & Jhalak gently told me to feel less conscious and soon I was at ease while they clicked away.

All in all, everything was fun– searching for the perfect Ritu Kumar lehenga, getting dressed by Ojas Rajani, and the photo shoot with Ashwin & Jhalak. Soon, it was all over, and I kept smiling thinking about what a wonderful preclude it was to my big day! Thank you for this experience WeddingSutra.”

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Ojas softened Krittika’s face by focusing on the lip and eye makeup, and giving her hair extensions. She started with the dewy Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation, also applying it on the eyelids. She dusted on the Lakmé Absolute Eye Chromatic Baked Shadow in Day Shimmer and contoured the eyes with Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate and the Lakmé Absolute Forever Silk Eyeliner, mixing shades of black and brown. Krittika wore dark brown lenses. Ojas added on false eyelashes to make her eyes look fuller, used an eyelash curler and then applied coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Mascara. She then brushed on a lot of Lakmé Absolute Moonlit Highlighter and Sun-Kissed Bronzer to contour her cheekbones and jawline, deftly blending in the Lakmé Absolute Cheek Baked Chromatic Blush to give the cheeks a flushed peaches-and-rose look. She outlined the lip in nude pink, filling in with shades of burnt orange and coral pink from the Lakmé Absolute Lip Sync: 6-in-1 day and night palette to match the color of Krittika’s lehenga. She finished it with a hint of transparent gloss in the center of the lips to further plump them up.

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If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality, and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look.Location and Date- To be decided (City- Mumbai).

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Outfit– Ritu Kumar
Jewellery- Azva
Hair & Makeup- Ojas Rajani for Lakmé Absolute
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by- Shades Photography

Love Actually- Honey Uttamchandani and Dhiraj Nagpal’s Platinum Day of Love

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Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring engaged couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates the beautiful people in love as they start their lives together. Because real love can only begin, never end. Over coffee, a makeover and a photo shoot we get to-be-weds to tell us how they met, show us their platinum love bands and talk about their day of love.

Honey Uttamchandani and Dhiraj Nagpal both live in Mumbai; She is born and brought up in Pune and now works in her family business in Mumbai, Dhiraj too works in his family business. They both met at her cousin’s birthday party at the club Escobar in Mumbai, “after which we met a couple of times with my cousin playing cupid,” says Honey.


From the moment Honey met him, she felt a spark and knew she wanted to meet him again. She explains: “Right from the beginning, we had the kind of understanding that comes with time spent in a long relationship. He never really asked me out, but we both knew this was going to be something special. I guess it was just meant to be.” They dated for ten months before they were sure they wanted to be together. Recalling the proposal, Honey says, “Dhiraj took me out for dinner to Gadda Da Vida Lounge at Novotel, the same place where we went on our first date. I had no clue that he would go down on his knee and put a ring on my finger that night! He popped the question and I obviously said yes!”


As soon as they told their parents, preparations started and their relationship was officially announced in twenty days. Says Dhiraj, “Our families got together and we had a formal roka ceremony at the JW Marriott, Pune, after which we got the blessings of our Guruji Dada Vaswani at his ashram.”




The couple is tying the knot in December, and the venue for their grand and fun-filled destination wedding is Aamby Valley City, Lonavala. Says Honey, “Both of us love partying and are quite passionate about figuring out what makes a celebration ‘wow’, so we’re really enjoying the process of discussing ideas for each of the functions, and making our to-do lists. Albeit when you are passionate about events, it gets stressful at times, but we end up spending so much more time together and that is the best part. Our Wedding Planners, Yamini Shah and Rishi Rochlani of The Wedding Designers are now more like good friends, and we’re so glad we have them on board– like us they are always brimming with new ideas, and more than anything, they are great fun to be with.” Adds Dhiraj, “Initially we thought we’d demarcate responsibilities among each of us– with Honey being responsible for the decor and themes bit, and me taking charge of the entertainment. But we end up consulting each other on everything, so you can say both of us are pitching in for everything.”



Amidst planning their wedding, the couple has been busy planning their honeymoon and redecorating their house. Says Honey, “It’s getting more hectic and I’m sure it will peak in December, but we can’t wait for the celebrations in Aamby Valley and the travels thereafter– we haven’t done our honeymoon bookings yet, but after spending weeks researching online, we are most excited about visiting South America. As far as shopping and wedding buys is concerned, we’ve visited a few designer stores in Bandra, Khar and Juhu and multi-designer stores like Aza to check their new collections. WeddingSutra of course serves as the best online reference guide. And since Yamini is quite clued-in to all things fashion, she keeps sharing useful links featuring Bridal Looks. We are hoping to start shopping after we visit the Vogue Wedding Show in Delhi where I’m looking forward to meeting Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra.” Adds Dhiraj: “And I’m learning to enjoy a lot of new things, like being around when she is looking up stuff at different stores, and being a part of fun photo shoots like ‘Love Actually’. Initially, when Honey shared the idea, my immediate response was ‘No’ but after checking all the links I was like ‘Why Not’ and then it was ‘Of Course’. After all, this is a new phase in your life, when you are discovering new things about each other, so this photo shoot was one amazing experience- it started with me telling her ‘I’m doing this for you’ and finally it was ‘I really enjoyed experiencing this with you!”


If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (weddingsutra@gmail.com) with the link to your FB profiles, wedding date and ‘how you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

Platinum Jewellery (Love Bands, Bangle and Earring) by Popley and Sons
Honey’s outfit- Ritika Bhasin (AZA, Altamount Road, Mumbai)
Makeup & Hair- Dessange Salon & Spa, Bandra
Location- ITC Grand Central, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Photographs by- Dhruvin Shah and Vivek Kumar



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