Is it just us or are you as disappointed with the way these leading ladies wore their sarees at the 2010 Filmfare Awards? Whoever said you can’t go wrong with a saree couldn’t be more wrong. From bad blouses to bad draping, who in your opinion was a bigger disaster with her saree?
(Left to Right) Mugdha, Udita, Sophie, Kalki
Feb 24, 2010 Marriage & Wedding Trends
For many years an Airhostess career was most aspirational for beautiful, confident young women in India; a glamorous profession that gave them the opportunity to travel around the world and meet their future life partners. In the 60s, Air hostesses’ Parmeshwar Godrej, Maureen Wadia and Sunita Garware married leading industrialists; Later, biscuit baron Rajan Pillai married Taj receptionist turned Airhostess Nina. Vijay Mallya met his first wife Sameera, an Airhostess on-board an Air India flight. Well-travelled, exposed to life in foreign shores, stylish and articulate, air hostesses fit into the “rich wife” role perfectly. And many young women aspired to work as an Air hostess with Air India. Fast forward to 2000 and later; the emergence of several airlines, affordable air travel and mushrooming of Air Hostess academies, has meant many more women are opting for a lucrative flying career to serve the increasing number of air travellers; except that it’s no more an aspirational choice. Writer Vir Sanghvi commented in one of his columns: “I can’t really see any of today’s hostesses marrying into a Wadia or Godrej family. Let’s put it this way: It isn’t that we look down on Airhostesses. It’s more that we’ve stopped looking up to them.”
Feb 21, 2010 Marriage & Wedding Trends
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Feb 19, 2010 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Neha Seth and Jitin Prasada’s (Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas) wedding at 14 Akbar Road was attended by the who’s who from the world of politics, business and media. Neha, who is a journalist by profession and hails from Lucknow, opted for a grand, yet traditional look— a red brocade saree with the pallu covering both shoulders. A big maangtika in contrast green dotted her forehead. The good-looking groom Jitin Prasada, wore a well-cut sherwani with red buttons. He looked very happy and cheerful quite unlike other Grooms who sport a stern face at their Power Wedding.
The city of luxury holidays, played host to two big weddings this week; and both the brides were named Neha. Neha Hiranandani, daughter of construction magnate Surendra Hiranandani married Mumbai’s Varun Jalan, and Ahmedabad’s Neha Kataria wed Kolkata based Ankit Patni.
The Ahmedabad based Katarias hired the most-in-demand exclusive Wedding Planner– Ahmedabad based Saurabh Agarwal of Red Events. The Hiranandani wedding at the Leelas was planned and managed with the help of their office staff.
Guests tell us Neha’s makeup was done by Cory Walia and she wore the most hatke jewellery and bridal lehengas created by Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi and JJ Valaya. On the wedding experience, one guest states: “The wedding was a most classy affair at the most luxurious locale- The Leela”. For Mumbai’s heavy-heights who couldn’t attend the wedding at Udaipur, the Hiranandanis host the wedding reception at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai today.
Friends of the Hiranandanis are also talking in hushed tones about the absence of Priti Hiranandani, the bride’s mother at the wedding. Priti and Surendra Hiranandani divorced last year— Surendra is now seeing Alka Kapoor (actor Akshay Kumar’s sister), while Priti remarried recently. What apparently angered the Hiranandani family (including daughter Neha) is that Priti didn’t wait for her daughter Neha to marry, and decided to tie the knot earlier. So Priti Hiranandani was not even invited to her daughter’s wedding!
For the pheras, Neha Kataria wore an ornate, bling-bling outfit which some say was created by Delhi’s Anjalee and Arjun Kapur. And guests guess, that this ‘out of the world’ outfit, could have cost anywhere between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 6 lakh!
Feb 17, 2010 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Business tycoons and India’s super-rich were busy with Radhika Singal’s and Saurabh Dhoot’s wedding functions in Delhi and Mumbai. For the different functions, Radhika Singhal wore stunning creations by Ankur Batra, Tarun Tahiliani and Abu-Sandeep. But the one creation everyone loved was the extraordinary pink lehenga choli designed by Tahiliani. Says one of the guests: “The outfit I liked most was the Tahiliani pink lehenga choli with pink threadwork; and Ojas did a brilliant job with her makeup and hairstyling.”
Feb 16, 2010 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
TV actress Ashita Dhawan who married Shailesh Gulabani on January 20th last month is back from her honeymoon in Dubai and Mauritius. She shares with WeddingSutra.com some of her wedding and honeymoon pictures.
Seen here—pictures from the wedding where she wore a maroon anarkali suit. For the reception she picked a lavender corset and skirt. Says Ashita: “Both the creations were designed by my friend. And my makeup was done by Nilesh, who was recommended to me by my friend Malaika Arora.”
Ashita and Shailesh at the Cavali Club, Dubai, and in Mauritius.
Feb 16, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
15th May and 16th May will the busiest wedding days in Mumbai this year. Many couples are tying the knot on these two auspicious dates. Varun Saraf, son of construction magnate Arun Saraf is marrying Natasha Mittal, daughter of business tycoon Vinod Mittal (Laxmi Mittal’s brother). The crème-de-la-crème of Mumbai and London is looking forward to attending the wedding which many state will be ‘the wedding of the year’.
Natasha studied at Wharton, then worked at Morgan Stanley and is now working with her father in the Ispat group. Varun studied at Tufts and is now working with his father who also happens to be the owner of the Grand Hyatt hotel. Sources inform us that the Sarafs and the Mittals have been busy scouting for the best wedding vendors—for stuff from trousseau packing, wedding décor and innovative give-aways to the guests. Two of the wedding functions will be at Grand Hyatt itself while the other pre and post wedding functions will be held elsewhere—we too are curious to know the ‘what will be held where’ details so watch this space for more!
Feb 14, 2010 Wedding People & Planners
Samudra Mahal @ Worli whose residents include the crème de la crème of Mumbai- and Regal Room, The Trident played host to the wedding of Gaurav Sethi, grandson of eminent cardiologist Dr B K Goyal and son of Rajiv Sethi of Omega Builders; Gaurav Sethi wed Neha Arya. And the Sethi family chose the AKA (A Klass Apart run by Divya Chadha and Neha Chadha) team to coordinate and plan the wedding functions hosted by their side. The celebrations started with a red carpet paparrazi Filmy Fare Youngsters party at Dragon Fly restaurant where guests were welcomed on a red carpet and checked off on the guestlist. The guests were in for a surprise to find their favourite couple splashed across life size posters of some of the best Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
The mehendi lunch was tailor made to recreate a mela village theme with bright reds and yellows across the Samudra Mahal lawns; with a specially created canopy for the Mehendi to take place. Live chaat counters; tarot card readers and kite flyers dotted the lawns alongside a very authentic bullock cart !
The sangeet, held at Regal Room, was the highlight and designed as Classy and Contemporary– something AKA stands for. DJ Whosane and percussionist Jonqui had the crowd on the dance floor till the early hours of the morning!
Feb 14, 2010 Wedding People & Planners
Neha Seth Arora who earlier worked as Director (Events) at Grand Hyatt, has joined hands with 7ty7 entertainment to form ‘Var Vadhu’ where she will be the CEO and Managing Partner. Says Neha who has close to 10 years experience in different roles in the hotel industry: “At Var Vadhu we will provide clients a complete one-stop shop wedding experience. We will be their concierge and provide a unique and customized experience. Besides offering the regular wedding management services some of our unique offerings will include Legal Assistance (like name changes on the passport/ pan card), Event/ Wedding Insurance, Setting up the Gift Registry and a customized Wedding Website.”
We wish Neha and Var Vadhu all luck in their new, unique endeavor!