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Let your skin Dazzle this festive season

This is the season of family get-togethers, parties, festivities and weddings. While you spruce up your home and shop till you drop in these hectic days before Diwali and after, do not forget to spend some time on yourself.

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Don’t let the endless shopping lists and late night work schedules stop you from getting a glowing and radiant skin.  A diligent skin regime works for long term benefits, so let the Lakmé skin expert guide you through the perfect skin routine this season.

The 4 step ritual to sparkling skin:

Step 1 :  Cleanse your skin from all dust and grime, by washing it with plain cold water at least thrice a day.

Step 2 : Exfoliate once a week to rid your skin of all dead skin cells.


Step 3 : Try the Lakmé CC cream, which is an ideal combination of goodness of a daily skincare cream with just the right touch of make-up. The cream can be used as a base for your make-up to give your skin an even tone and style you at your best to help you look picture perfect for all your candid Diwali moments.

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Step 4 : Remove your make up before hitting the sack and allow your skin to breathe.

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And don’t forget the basics:

a) Healthy is the right diet: With the season for festivities, diet vows go for a toss. It’s time to bring juicy fruits back to your table and cut down on your oil intake. Invest in fresh leafy vegetables and fiber rich fruits for a clear and healthy skin.

b) Water is the ultimate elixir: Water not only helps detox your body, but also assists in transporting those essential nutrients to your skin which finally results in healthy and blemish free skin. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, keeps the skin demons away!

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This Diwali, let your skin do all the dazzling!

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Love Actually- Ashika D’souza and Arijeet Das Diengdoh’s Platinum Day of Love

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.


The first time Ashika and Arijeet met was when they took the same elevator to a meeting. Says Ashika, “During the meeting, I found him rather annoying, he was surprisingly over-enthusiastic for a Monday morning, and he thought I was arrogant. I did not like him over the next few months either, and he claims to have felt the same! We got to know each other much better a year after we first met. We started hanging out and soon realized that we were cut of the same cloth and share a lot of common interests like travelling and music. It wasn’t until two years later that he took me to an elegant dinner when cupid struck, after he saw me bartending and doing a rather fabulous job. That was the first time I experienced the Das Diengdoh ‘charm’.”




And soon, they started spending more time getting to know each other. Says Arijeet: “Starting off as friends worked well for us as we got to know the good and not-always-good sides of each other. At a certain point in our lives, we understood that it more important to be with someone who supports and loves the other and who is not  ‘perfect’ always. We’ve seen and been with each other through worst times, but all this possibly made our love stronger. Some people say love is blind, but I’d say it opened our eyes, if anything. Three years, one bad accident, two jobs and umpteen arguments later, we decided to tie the knot.”



Ashika and Arijeet tell us they never felt the need for a formal proposal to seal the relationship. Says Ashika, “It was a little different in our case. Neither of us remembers the day or date we decided to make it official, it just happened. It might have been over a cup of coffee or while watching a movie that he asked me if I’d like to spend the rest of my life with him. And my answer probably was ‘don’t ask stupid questions’.” She laughs and adds: “I don’t miss a chance though to bring up the fact that he didn’t go down on a knee. And when I tell him that, he usually pretends he can’t hear!”




The Bangalore based couple are getting married on 18 April, 2015 in her home town Mangalore. Says Ashika,”I wanted to get married in the same Church where my parents got married. My sister got married in the same Church. And I hope the wedding is conducted by the same priest who conducted my parents’ marriage. Arijeet’s family in Shillong are very excited to be attending a wedding in Mangalore. We don’t want something too big- an intimate affair which our families and friends can enjoy. Now all that is left is convincing our parents to keep it small!”


About wedding planning and preparations Ashika says it seems to be a continuous exercise– the more you read or learn, the more you want to know. “I’ve been thinking of my ‘dream wedding’ for years, but now that it’s almost here, I realise there is still so much to plan. Luckily there is WeddingSutra, the one-stop information resource and every to-be-bride’s bible. I’ve started my pre-bridal beauty routine at Lakme Salon. For jewellery, we’ve visited Joy Alukkas, Abaran, Tanishq and Orra. For the outfits, Arijeet has picked some wear from Anita Dongre, Van Heusen and Louis Philippe. But we’re nowhere close to completing even half the to-do’s! I haven’t gotten to shopping for myself yet, but have prepared a list of must-visit boutiques and stores. The biggest challenge now is converting the wedding gown of my dreams into reality!”


Talking about their ‘Love Actually’ photo shoot with WeddingSutra at JW Marriott, Bengaluru, Ashika says, “I sent WeddingSutra an email with our ‘how we met’ story and I was obviously thrilled to be selected for Love Actually. Shooting at JW Marriot was a treat. We had Manjeet who came in for makeup and I really liked her work. Getting photographed by the very talented Lucky Malhotra was an amazing experience too. And the special treat was wearing platinum love bands and jewellery. To me, platinum conveys timeless love. Exactly how we want our relationship to be.”


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, Earrings and Necklace) by Abaran Timeless Jewellery
Location- Spice Terrace, the poolside Indian restaurant at the JW Marriott Bengaluru
Makeup & Hair– Manjeet Khehra
Photographs by– Lucky Malhotra

Dia Mirza weds longtime beau Sahil Sangha

Actress Dia Mirza wed Sahil Sangha at an intimate function in New Delhi. The wedding cum reception venue was Rosha Farms, a private farmhouse in Ghitorni, South Delhi. Security was strict at the venue and after the couple tied the knot, they stepped out to pose for waiting news persons, before proceeding to change for the reception.


Present at the the three day celebrations were the couple’s close friends, families and relatives. Many of Sahil’s parents friends and his classmates from school (Springdales) and college attended the post wedding reception. Guests from the B-town fraternity included Lara Dutta, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan and Cyrus Sahukar. Overall, the wedding was a quiet and private affair. One of the guests, a neighbour of the Sanghas in Greater Kailash quipped: “The couple are celebrities but they chose a fairly simple wedding by Delhi high society standards.” There were around 100 to 150 guests at the mehendi, around 300 guests at the sangeet and close to 400 guests at the reception.

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Dia wore a beige and green Ritu Kumar sharara for the wedding and a Shantanu & Nikhil gown for the reception. Sahil wore a cream silk achkan and emerald green kurta by Raghuvendra Rathore.  Dia’s wedding sharara was inspired by Ritu Kumar’s Falaknuma collection, which highlights the heritage of craftsmanship that the city of royal Hyderabad is renowned for. Dia, who is from Hyderabad briefed Ritu Kumar about wanting a Hyderabadi touch for her Delhi wedding and keeping this in mind Ritu Kumar designed the rich, traditional ensemble (incidentally after Dia Mirza announced her engagement, we were quite sure the Hyderabad girl would get married at Taj Falaknuma Palace).

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The newly-married couple have no honeymoon plans as of now and are planning to get back to work soon. “We will celebrate Diwali with family in Delhi and then head back to work. We plan to go for our honeymoon by the end of the year”, Sahil stated in a newspaper interview. Dia and Sahil are business partners- they co-own a production house, ‘Born Free Entertainment’ and their first film Love Breakups Zindagi made its debut in October 2011.

Wedding Details

Venues- Private Farmhouses in Westend Greens (Youngster’s Party), Chattarpur (Mehendi, Cocktail and Sangeet) and Ghitorni (Wedding and Reception)

Youngster’s Party- The Feeding Concepts
Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding and Reception- Varun Tuli (Food, Inc, Catering by Yum Yum Tree)

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Dia’s- Ritu Kumar, Anita Dongre, Shantanu & Nikhil
Sahil’s- Shantanu & Nikhil, Raghuvendra Rathore

Decor & Design- Gautam Vedi

Wedding Planners- Amrita, Erina and Natasha (Divinity Weddings, Mumbai)

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha’s Sangeet Ceremony

For her Sangeet ceremony at a farm house in Chattarpur, New Delhi Dia Mirza wore an Anita Dongre lehenga and polki jewelry. Sahil Sangha looked sharp in a black bandhgala and white churidaar.

Dia and Sahil’s wedding celebrations are an intimate affair. A small Mehendi function was held on 16th October and the Sangeet took place last night. The couple will exchange vows this evening after which there is a formal Dinner. The three day celebrations are managed by Mumbai based Natasha Katgara Gocal and Erina DeAbreu of Divinity Weddings who were the Wedding Planners for bollywood actress Vidya Balan too.


Dia has been sharing updates with her fans on Twitter. “I realized today that despite all the preparedness nothing can prepare you from how overwhelming it can feel as a bride-to-be #breathe. Mehendi hain rachne waali” Earlier she tweeted. “For the first time will be missing out on my opportunity to #vote in Mumbai… If not for my wedding I’d never miss out on this.”

Dia Mirza wears a Ritu Kumar outfit for her Mehendi

Actress Dia Mirza is tying the knot with her long-time boyfriend Sahil Sangha in New Delhi, where his parents live.

Yesterday, was an intimate Mehendi function for which Dia wore a marigold yellow anarkali suit in chanderi fabric designed by Ritu Kumar. It was teamed with a fuschia color odhni. Sahil wore a maroon red kurta.

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The Sangeet is tonight and the Wedding takes place tomorrow. Both these main functions are at farmhouses in Chattarpur, New Delhi. For the sangeet, Dia is expected to wear an Anita Dongre creation, for the wedding a Ritu Kumar ensemble, and for the post-wedding dinner, a Shantanu Nikhil gown. According to Dia’s friends, actor Boman Irani is likely to do the ‘Kanyadaan’ for Dia as she considers him a father figure. During the making of ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, they shared a very special bond and hence, he will perform all the rituals of a father.

Watch this space for more!

With WeddingSutra On Location- Malika Tejura

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra On Location, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Satya Paul in Juhu, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants were given an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the second of the four-part series, bride-to-be Malika Tejura writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Satya Paul.


“I would like to call myself a super-enthusiastic bride. In fact, I started planning the little details of my wedding from the day my boyfriend proposed to me. I love planning, working on the little details around my vision, and for me wedding planning is a super-fun and not too stressful exercise. So WeddingSutra on location was ideal for a bride like me, and I was thrilled when I was invited to be a part of it.

On location, the charming Satya Paul store, Juhu had a beautiful selection of wedding lehengas. After meeting the WeddingSutra team and the experts I began to carefully sift through the outfit options there. With the team’s help I picked a red and gold bridal lehenga in soft net, embellished with gold patchwork and hand embroidery. It was teamed with a lovely jacquard blouse and a shimmer net dupatta. The moment I tried it on, the feeling of being a bride sunk in!

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Next to discuss my makeup I was introduced to Makeup Artist Recinda Martis, who I think has a knack for understanding personalities and their preferences. She instantly got what I was looking for and gave me a make up look that I was comfortable with and yet something which I felt looked glamorous.

With my make up complete, I was entrusted in the hands of Ishita and Sangeeta Khanna who creatively gave me the perfect hairstyle. The voluminous waves added a touch of romance to the gold rani haar jewellery set by Azva, which the WeddingSutra team carefully picked out for me, to compliment the overall look.

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Finally all ready, I couldn’t wait to be photographed looking every bit a bride. The photographers Amit and Priyanka Barot were extremely patient; we talked about different angles, and approaches and they explained how I could get a perfect picture. This made feel me less conscious and better equipped to pose, and soon I was enjoying myself.

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Through this entire On Location experience, I have gathered a lot of valuable tips and ideas. Thank you team WeddingSutra.”

Malika’s Look
Recinda felt that Malika could carry off any look and decided to give her a phera makeover. As the bride-to-be asked for a bronze look, Recinda began with the Lakmé Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse, and brushed on some Lakmé Absolute Colour Illusion Eye Shadow in Bronze. She then used the Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate on the upper and lower eyelids, and smoked them out. She then added on a few coats of the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes mascara to brighten up her face. Recinda finished the look with the Lakmé Absolute Gloss Stylist in coral sunset.


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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 at 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 

Malika@WeddingSutra On Location
Outfit – Satya Paul
Jewellery – Azva (available at Waman Hari Pehte)
Makeup – Recinda Martis for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling – Sangeeta & Ishita Khanna
Shoot Management – Anshu Kalwani & Tejal Karlekar
Photographs by – Amit Barot Photography

5 City/Weekend Getaways that are great Wedding Hot-spots too

If you’re looking to tie the knot away from the city’s hustle and bustle, here are some interesting options for you.

1. Vivanta by Taj Surajkund, New Delhi
A few green miles away from the capital city of Delhi and nestled in the lap of forested and tranquil acres, near the ancient Aravallis, Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund – NCR offers sanctum from the bustle of a megapolis. With a 18500 sq ft., much lauded Jiva Grande Spa centered around a Baoli, sun kissed courtyards and aqua bodies, provincial cuisine, 287 plush rooms & terraced suites, an epic 22000 sq feet conferencing & banqueting space and a chic folk studio, Vivanta Surajkund promises the next oasis.


Vivanta in keeping with its philosophy of providing guests imaginative experiences has worked on several new and creative experiences. Commence your romantic escapade by lighting the Tree of Life lamp for a future filled with happiness and prosperity. Specially booked for you is the Nuptial Suite with its own private terrace and bespoke amenities complete with a fruit platter, a bottle of wine and a wedding cake. With unique rituals like the Jiva Nidra, the Jiva Shringaar experience, the barefoot dining by the pool or the Mashaal dinner experience and the usual bursts of Vivanta twists and surprises- weddings and renewals could not have found a more preferred address. To let you relish the memories of this day forever, you can take home the special gift planned for you; a bridal album of thirty-six handpicked images of the ritual. For a session on curious discoveries get your hands dirty with clay at the hotel’s Folk Studio and create earthy mementos for each other with a little help from national award winning craftsmen.

2. Taj Gateway Resort Damdama Lake, Gurgaon
Located just 45 km from IGI Airport Delhi, across a sprawling 20 acres in the bosom of the Aravalli hills, near Damdama Lake; this Taj resort offers an escape from the crowded Delhi yet close enough for guests to make it in a jiffy. The resort offers five banqueting spaces (indoor & outdoor) that can comfortably accommodate 6 to 600 guests. Besides two small rooms for very intimate functions, on offer are a large 500 sq mt Ballroom and the outdoor banquet lawns, which together make an ideal venue for an indoor cum outdoor celebration. The Ballroom can comfortably accommodate 500 guests for a wedding or reception.


3. The Gateway Hotel Ambad, Nashik
Located within driving distance from Mumbai, approximately 3 hours via the picturesque Mumbai-Nashik Highway NH-3, Nashik is the wine capital of India where table grapes are grown with the highest grape productivity in the world, and where India’s nascent wine industry is growing. The Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik is situated where stirring legend meets modern industry. Surrounded by 11 acres of lush landscaped gardens, religious landmarks and bustling city life, it is an oasis of a quiet and perfect wedding destination.

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The hotel offers 70 aesthetically designed rooms and suites all of which are well equipped and offer utmost comfort for relatives and friends attending the wedding. The 3600 sq.ft elegantly designed Residency Ballroom can easily accommodate upto 200 in casual seating. The soothing calm of the Poolside Lawn spread over 7000 sq.ft accommodates 300 guests in casual seating. The lush green manicured Front Lawn, the biggest outdoor space in the city, spread over 40,000 sq.ft can accommodate over 2000 guests. Sightseeing and shopping trips can be organized for outstation guests who wish to explore the city in their free time with specially curated visits to the nearby vineyards of Nashik where guests would join a wine ambassador for a very special in-depth look at Nashik’s most prestigious wines featuring a behind-the scenes tour of the winery and a tasting of the prestige wines.

4. Vivanta by Taj- Malabar, Cochin
Historians will tell you that Kochi is a modified form of the word ‘Cochazhi’ which in Malayalam means ‘small sea’. Some will insist that ‘Kochi’ was named so by traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan. Others will have you believe that Kochi is derived from the word ‘Kaci’ meaning ‘harbour’. There is however a new name which adds a fresh vibrancy to this historical location.

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Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj- Malabar is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. Drive in from the airport delighting in backseat surprises (we’re not revealing here). Get set to be delighted with small surprises from the moment you enter. The lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. This arrival zone sets the tone for guestrooms and banquet facilities that deliver the ultimate in urban relaxation. The heritage wing, built in 1935, has graceful Victorian interiors that aptly reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary.

Discover the most happening restaurants which offer the finest in local and world cuisine. And enjoy the celebrations at the venue, considered to be one of best business and conferencing destinations in South India.

5. Vivanta by Taj- Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai
Built on the ramparts of an Old Dutch Fort, Vivanta by Taj– Fisherman’s Cove in Mamallapuram offers 5-star luxury by Chennai’s coast. And the best part is that its just an hour’s drive from Chennai’s airport- so perfect for those who don’t want to travel far and celebrate the holi nuptials in temple town Mamallapuram.

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Sun. Leisure. Adventure. You decide in what order. The paradise of choice for sun worshipers and water babies, the Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove marks the spot where the Bay of Bengal is at its serene and undisturbed best. Sitting pretty on pristine white sands and built on the ramparts of an old Dutch Fort, the resort is home to European and Scandinavian styled architecture and puts on a plate the finest fare from the region and beyond.

What’s more, a host of unique Vivanta Motifs also await to surprise you. For spirited mariners, champagne on deck a leisurely Catamaran Cruise, a day out fishing at high seas or a peek into the Olive Ridley Turtle conservation project on premises. For the romantics, a moonlit dinner by the beach or alternative dining experiences at spectacular locales like the Watch Tower, the Upper Deck and the Bay View Point. And if all that activity invites a bit of fatigue, there’s no better remedy than a day of rejuvenation at the Jiva Spa.

Get Model-like Radiant Skin

They spend their days playing dress up in the designer’s most beautiful creations. Arctic-like temperatures, countless makeup changes and long exhausting days, Models put their skin through a lot. But despite these havoc-wreaking factors, they still manage to look fresh-faced and radiant on the runway. Wondering what the secret is? Lakmé experts list out five sure-shot ways to get model-like skin:


1. Start using Rose Water: We all know about the benefits of rose water, but little did we know that the models swear by it. Rose water is an excellent natural toner since it closes your pores while locking in the moisture. With the benefits showing in less than a week, Lakmé experts suggest you incorporate it in your beauty routine today.


2. It’s all about moisturizing: No matter how much moisturizer you use in the morning, the heat and humidity through the day will invariably wreak havoc on your skin’s pH balance. Use Lakmé Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening™ Light Crème that works towards replenishing the skin’s moisture and gives you brighter & even toned skin.



3. Drink lots of water:  Moisturizing does wonders for making parched skin look healthy, but it’s just as important to make sure that your entire body is hydrated. Models drink plenty of water to keep their skin hydrated from the inside out.


4. Give your skin the radiance: That model like radiant skin won’t be elusive anymore. The new Lakmé Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening™ Serum consists of Luminizing Vitamins that make your skin more even and radiant; while the Light Reflecting Pearls highlights your skin’s texture.


5. Exfoliate: Exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells. This helps to make way for new, vibrant cells to come through.


TheBeachCompany.in- Our favorite place to Shop for Swimwear

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Worried about what to carry to your honeymoon at an exotic beach or can’t think of what to take to your best friend’s destination wedding? Fret not, we recommend TheBeachCompany.in which offers a vast variety of swim and beachwear for different occasions and sizes. Brides-to-be and bridesmaids can shop here for the trendiest swimwear and beach accessories that make a statement anywhere in the world!

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Featuring some of the most coveted swimwear labels, TheBeachCompany.in has flattering styles to suit every figure. The website offers monokinis, bikinis and tankinis for every shape and size, in an array of styles and brands. Also a selection of cover-ups including sarongs, kaftans, beach shorts and maxi dresses will take you effortlessly from beach to bar. You can also customize sarongs and kaftans as per your choice and occasion, be it beach themed wedding or a pool cocktail party or gift it to your brides maids.

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Their new range for men includes swim shorts, board shorts, and trunks for the pool & beach, featuring brands like Body Glove, Arena, Sporti, Speedo and Decathlon.

As the wedding season beckons, TheBeachCompany.in is the perfect online store to get you ready for the resort. Let your luxe wardrobe turn heads when you are on the beach or by the pool and make this your most glamorous vacation ever!

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10 Memorable Wedding Designs

In Conversation with Vikaas Gutgutia of Ferns N Petals

Vikaas Gutgutia entered the floral business in 1994 with an aim to offer the highest quality domestic and exotic flowers to Indian consumers. With his persistent efforts and desire to create an exceptional brand, he brought a new edge to the flower gifting culture in India. He is the mastermind behind Ferns N Petals Group encompassing FNP Retail, FNP E-commerce, FNP Weddings & Events, Floral Touch, BAQAA FNP, FNP Gardens, FNP Floral Design School, FNP Select and WDH (Wedding Design Hub).

To celebrate 20 years of being in the business, Vikaas Gutgutia and Ferns N Petals released a coffee table book featuring some of their works to inspire the wedding community. On this special occasion Vikaas Gutgutia shared with the WeddingSutra team, his company’s most memorable design assignments, some of which will remain his personal favorites.

Zen Theme

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Designed by Shikha Thareja, this combination of structures and florals created an ideal setting for cocktails. The idea was to showcase a jewellery theme. Carved wooden boxes, lit from within, had chain designs draped across them, and were dotted with many glittering Swarovski crystals. A modern living room layout was also designed with different armchairs and sofas, off-set with golden conical lamps, crystals and other jewel-like accessories.

The opulent carved dome, florals and cascading curtains were specially designed by Shikha Thareja for Arti Singhal of Bhushan Steel. The idea was to have an event with a palatial and grand feel.

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The wooden dome was 18 feet in diameter, and used mirror mosaic along with hand-carved paisley designs in painted Styrofoam with detailed carving which looked as though it was made of wood or stone. Flowering drapes made of net were interspersed with floral strings. The ornately carved couch was accentuated with kundan, polka and flowers. One of the most impressive elements of this event was the gargantuan scale at which everything was created– both in size and in the level of detail. Pillars were carved, the couch was specially created along with lamps and other details. The carvings were highly intricate and time consuming to fabricate and the walls included velvet panels embroidered with pearls and zardozi.

Turkish Delight
For a Turkish theme event designed by ace designer JJ Valaya for Subhadra Jindal- jaali arches were created just two days before the function. To avoid a heavy and clumsy finish, every layer was a different size and proportion.

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All the decor elements worked in perfect synchronicity. Each aspect was a special style statement, be it the Turkish inspired rope chandelier suspended from the driveway, to the life-size whirling dervish puppets, specifically created by expert craftsmen for the occasion.

The ceiling of the lobby, on which fairy lights were strung under fabric to add a bit of magic, were festooned with Turkish  lamps, tying this theme together beautifully at every level.

The elegance of the event was further enhanced by the fine dining restaurant feel of the dining area and the minimalist, luxurious use of only tulips in the floral arrangements. The fusion of classic and modern furniture lent a unique touch to this sophisticated event which also saw the use of fairy light pots, creating a contemporary feel to the lighting.

The Live Wall
A live wall replicating the ripple effect of waves was specially crafted for a showtime events function.

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Several mock ups of this wall were created before finalizing the different kinds of leaves as well as the quantities of leaves which were eventually used. The idea was to create layers of gradations from dark to light to dark again, much like the movement of water. It took two days for our finest floral kaarigars to make this 100 ft x 20 feet wall, using a variety of leaves in different shades of green, working against time with the added challenge of maintaining the freshness of the leaves. Inside, the finest imported flowers were used to create spectacular arrangements and props for the function.

Bling! Bling!

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For these celebrations we showcased the use of crystal in different ways. The entrance at one event had an equal mix of crystals and LED embedded sheets. In another function crystal balls of varying size hung from floral chandeliers.

For this function, a huge central abstract form of an amoeba was made with thousands of ball crystals, assembled manually in just two hours, with Swarovski crystals embedded in the wall painting as well.

The stunning Rajnigandha flower chandelier suspended from fabric lambs created by JJ Valaya were the highlight of the dining area. Brightly colored floral arrangements contrasted beautifully against these delicate fabric chandeliers.


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For this event zafri marigolds were used in different ways– to create frames, and wraps around a tree; the use of reflective surfaces and mirrors was also a key element to this event, including the glittering gold for surfaces coating the archways, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. The ceiling of the dinning area, made of canvas, was entirely hand painted.

The Lotus

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Designed by JJ Valaya enormous carved panels were erected in the party area, visibly dividing the space into lounges and dining sections with dramatic table layouts and arrangements.


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Passageways can transport guests to a different time and place. A passage with light emitting from every wooden log gave the effect of being in a club in Las Vegas. Another passage created out of the large, illuminated cubes stacked on top of each other gave the experience of walking through Times Square in New York.


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In a theme named Melange created by JJ Valaya different shapes, colors, flowers and fabrics were used to create a unique atmosphere. With the hanging lamps, every layer was a different size.  Marigolds were used in a very contemporary format, including a massive chandelier at the entry of the venue. Subtle background colors were used to highlight the bright pops of color. The huge carved backdrop wall was inspired by the historic Al Hambra Palace in Spain.

The Drawing Room

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This drawing room was created using different elements- Victorian inspired furniture along with Roman pillars and a balcony of cascading flowers offset beautifully against the delicately patterned wallpaper. The coffee table and the wall had similar carvings and the draping style used for the doorway was Victorian as well.

This theme was designed by Shikha Thareja keeping in mind the regal and dreamy ambiance the client wanted to recreate, using a delicate Princess with Veil as the inspiration, elements such as dainty crystal chandeliers, heavenly candles and fragrances, high carved columns and a pastel palette was created. The opulence of  Swarovski was also showcased in many elements at this set up.

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