Thursday, 10 August 2017

Wedding Season Is On Its Way, Be Prepared With The Wedding Checklist For Buddies


Since it is your best friend's wedding, their big day is a big day for you, as well. As a best friend, there are certain spoken and silent duties you need to discharge, apart from being the support system, you also have to make sure that you look exceptionally good among the crowd. But the wedding is soon and you have no clue where to begin? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Keep scrolling for the wedding checklist for buddies you need to kickstart your groundwork for the wedding.
 1. The Bachelorette Party
Many people say that this is the last time the bride and the groom get to loosen up a bit, and as their close acquaintances, it is kind of your responsibility to plan the whole thing out. The wedding checklist for buddies needs to start with you and your other friends throwing the bride and the groom a party to remember. Now it is extremely important to keep in mind what they like or want. Ask them if they want it loud or subtle, somewhere in the city itself or a weekend getaway and arrange everything accordingly. Set the date in compliance with everyone you might expect in the event.
wedding checklist for buddies
 2. Be a Helping Hand
One of the most important points in your "wedding checklist for buddies" has to be your duty as a friend. Before the wedding adventure kicks off, insist on helping them. Assist them in dress shopping, fitting sessions, deciding on the invitations etc. You could also maintain a diary with the entire timeline of the wedding and important phone numbers. You can simply help being a second contact that the wedding planner has access to, this can really make a difference. Serve as the groom/ bride's personal aide and adviser before and during the wedding.
wedding checklist for buddies
wedding checklist for buddies

3. The Dress

For the bridesmaids, if you’re being given a dress, make sure you accept it gracefully. And if not, the bride or the groom, in this case, may want a specific colour or style, so do go in accordance with them. After all, it’s their wedding and most importantly, they’re your friend. And that starts with what you’re going to wear. Don’t keep the attire until the last minute. So look for options online or get it tailor made weeks before the wedding if you have something in your mind. Plan it way in advance in case alterations have to be made.
wedding checklist for buddies
wedding checklist for buddies

4. Hair and Skin Care

Now it’s time to think about yourself! We all can accept the fact that we don’t really take care of ourselves. We don’t get time from our busy schedules to pamper ourselves but when it’s your best friend’s wedding, you just have to look your absolute best. The next thing on this "wedding checklist for buddies" is your hair and skin. If you really want to look in your top form, it's recommended that you start a smart skin care and a healthy hair care routine in advance. Spruce up a bit and get that manicure and a perfect trim.
wedding checklist for buddies
wedding checklist for buddies

 5. Essentials!

To make sure your friend's wedding and your day as a bridesmaid/ best man goes off without a hitch, pack a small bag with everything you might need on the day of the wedding. As you will be reaching early, you can always keep it in a safe place where other family belonging might be kept. This may include an extra change of clothes, extra pair of shoes(comfy ones of course) if you want to groove a bit on the dance floor, some necessities like pins, tissues, your makeup, a deodorant etc. 


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Choosing the Colour of Your Wedding Lehenga


Planning every little detail of the wedding, the flowers, cards, sweets and what not, make sure you have your outfit covered too. It is only way important, probably featuring right next to the event itself. And no, it is not a last-minute job. There is a reason that shopping takes time, now isn’t there. Although any kind of lehengas work, it is not about working but looking your best on the wedding day.
While buying your lehenga there are a number of things you have to keep in mind: your body type, the shape that suits your body type, the embroidery. And of course, the colour of your wedding lehenga itself. Colour is one of the essential factors right alongside fitting. If it does not compliment your skin colour then it can really go wrong. Before choosing the colour of your lehenga for the wedding, make sure you know your skin tone. Is it cool and on the fairer side or is it warm, dusky, olive toned or more chocolate in tone? Once you have that figured out choosing a colour should not be difficult. Also, one has been shopping for a long time and usually knows what colour compliments them the best. So keep that in mind when shopping this time around as well.

Cool or Paler Skin Tone

For the ones who have a cool or a paler skin tone, you could always go for brighter shades of pink. Shades like raspberry or sorbet, a lime green or brighter shades of blue. 
Colour of Your Wedding Lehenga
Colour of Your Wedding Lehenga
If monotone is not really your style then you could always mix these shades too. A royal blue lehenga with a pink blouse and a touch of pink in the embroidery.
Colour of Your Wedding Lehenga
Or a lime green with a contrasting blouse, a deep shade of blue usually has a way of bringing out the green yet not making it too harsh on the eyes.  
Colour of Your Wedding Lehenga
Both these combinations will make you stand out. While choosing the colour of your lehenga also keep the embroidery in mind. And you want to go for the lime green, then go for gold or a duller shade, a bright shade will just make one’s eye hurt.
If you like darker shades then you could also opt for wine or an emerald green or a midnight blue.
Maybe that a light shade is more suited to your style, then go for peach, mint green or light pink. While choosing these, however, make sure they do not have the effect of being lost in the background. A light shade on a light skin is a tricky combination but with the right embroidery and jewellery. It could really make your look.
Colours to definitely stay away from are bright shades of red, pastel hues and beige and neon hues.

Warm Skin Tone

If your skin tone is warm and dusky turn to shades of fire. Shades of yellow, orange, red or even a hot pink would be your go to colour for lehenga on your wedding.  You could try coral shades, orange, a saffron yellow, rust or peach. The aim is to look bright. The more the colour contrasts with your skin the more vibrant you look.
Colour of Your Wedding Lehenga
You could even try duller or dustier shades of pink, they are not that bright and with a dull gold for embroidery. It would make a perfect blend. Also, try for smaller embroidery instead of big ones, the colour of the lehnga is complimented well.
Colour of Your Wedding Lehenga
Try to avoid neutral colours like a beige or gold. They will not contrast well and may create a washed-out look. Even extremely dark colours like a deep purple or a midnight blue will not be a gorgeous option. So, the aim is to go bright and vibrant. While toned down colours go well with smaller embroidery, you could also go for a slightly more gorgeous look. It can happen with a bright shade of orange-red decorated with larger prints.

Olive Skin Tone

Ladies who have an olive skin tone, choose the warm pastel shades. The warm gold, emerald green or dusty pinks as the colour of your lehenga. Emerald green is really an easy colour to pair.  You could choose a muted red, pink or a rich shade of purple for the blouse. It even goes well with a dull shade of gold. And if you are fond of silver than gold then you can definitely go for the silver embroidery mixed with a tinge of colour.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Why Demand For US-based NRIs Has Fallen In The Indian Wedding Market

The demand for US-based NRIs in the Indian wedding market has fallen drastically over the past few years. Even NRI grooms and brides are now looking for their better halves based in India rather than abroad. There are quite a few reasons that this change has come about:
  • Recession

Around 2008, a recession hit the world and hit it hard. The US was one of the countries affected by the recession and that showed in their progress as a nation. Thus, the same was also reflected in the decrease in demand for Indian grooms based in the USA.  Over these years, there was a noticeable change even in the online wedding portals. Most people started opting for the ‘No NRIs’option.
  • NRIs moving back to India

In 2011, the US was stripped off of its AAA rating and downgraded to an AA+ rating. This caused NRIs to leave the US and head back home. If this wasn’t enough, job cuts and decreased salaries also became common and only gave the NRIs more incentives to take a flight to India. Naturally, this resulted in a lesser demand for US-based NRIs in the Indian wedding market too.
demand for US based NRIs
Image source: http://www.mccpoman.com/web/nri-returning-to-india-experience-sharing-tips-for-financial-planning/
  • Hey, we are smart too

Over time, the Indian public realised that the Indian economy was booming, in comparison to the rather unstable economy of the US. Indians working in India had equally good job profiles and were definitely as smart. The US began to give no advantage over India and so, the demand for US-based NRIs in the Indian wedding market decreased further. Read more at Hindustan Times.
  • Terror attacks

Yes, the 9/11. It was not the attack that affected NRIs as such, but it was more to do with the way NRIs in the US were treated after that. Indian parents became reluctant after these happenings to let their children go to the US. They, instead, started looking for good matches within India itself.
demand for US based NRIs


Image source: http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/big-list-of-muslim-terror-attacks-in-u-s-since-911/
  • The Trump Effect

The present US President Donald Trump’s strict immigration policies have worried Indian parents and citizens and online wedding portals have statistically proved the same. The number of Indians looking for US based NRIs has decreased due to the political developments that have taken place ever since Donald Trump has taken over.
demand for US based NRIs
Image source: http://swaysuniverse.com/political-news-a-complete-breakdown-of-donald-trumps-travel-ban/
  • Hate crimes

Over the past few months, the frequency and number of hate crimes in the US have increased drastically. With these occurrences taking place way too often, it brings about a lot of doubt in Indians’ mind about settling in the US. Hence, they have shifted to looking for matches within the country.

Trending Safas for Indian Grooms in 2017

How do you spot the groom in a typical Indian wedding? The perfect attributes of an immaculately turned out Indian groom are a richly embroidered sherwani, a stole worn around the neck, mojdis (traditional Indian footwear) and, a stylish safa or turban with a jewelled brooch or kalgi pinned in the front or a feather perched on the top.So here we are to ride you towards the Trending safas for Indian grooms.
I groom, but it doesn't take me a long time to get to what people see.
Of the entire look, the safa or the turban is what grabs the attention instantly. It is an important part of not only the groom’s attire but also that of his father, uncles, cousins, best man and other immediate male relatives. However, the groom’s turban is naturally far more special than the rest.
We at Wedamor love seeing a well-styled groom who’s not afraid to take a risk!
So here are some tips for a trending safas that could make you an ever stylish Indian groom in 2017.
The importance attached to turbans is on account of the fact that Indian kings and princes considered their crown and turban as a symbol of their pride. It has always been considered a symbol of self-esteem for Indian men. In many rural parts of India, a turban is part of the everyday attire of men even today. However, in the rest of the country turbans are now worn only at weddings, making it all the more necessary to make it special.
The tradition is pan-Indian, as grooms from all Hindu, Sikh, Muslim or Jain communities don a safa on their wedding day. The style and design of the headgear for the groom can differ from one community to another though. But the safa is always important therefore it is always to go with the trend. Hence wedamor provides ideas for a trending safa for Indian grooms in 2017.
Traditionally, a safa is a simple red or pink coloured cloth in cotton, either plain or of tie-and-dye pattern, tied around the head. But with the changing times and increasing lavishness of Indian weddings, this symbol of pride has gone through some major transformations thereby making it not only the symbol of ‘shaan’ but is also seen as for whether it is trending or not.

Trending safas for Indian grooms in 2017 need to be synchronised with the entire attire. The best way to make your safa look great is to balance it with your outfit. You can easily do this with the choice of fabrics. Team the traditional, simple monochrome safa in cotton or raw silk with an elaborate or heavily embroidered outfit, and go for a richly embellished safa in opulent fabrics like silk, brocade or satin for a relatively simpler outfit.


With a heavy safa, you can go all out and add as many accessories or embellishments as you want. Intricate embroidery on the front, beads, crystals, and much more! This adorned with a dangling chain of pearls, and a delicate yet proud feather, makes your safa look regal.
Trending safas for Indian grooms

 

Brooch or kalgi

The kalgi or jewelled brooch can be pinned in the front to add to the royal look. These brooches are usually studded with colourful stones or semi-precious gems, pearls, kundan and crystals.     
Trending safas for Indian Grooms
The concept of “one size fits all” is passé. There are designers who specially design and create special safas for grooms according to their sizes and preferences. When it fits snug on the forehead, without leaving any loose gaps, it adds to the entire look. That is why more and more Indian grooms are opting for customised safas.
In many communities, it is still considered ominous for the bride and the groom to see each other before the wedding. This is why safas have strings of flowers hanging at the front, covering the groom’s face during the ceremonies. You can also choose pearl strings instead of flowers if you wish to go that extra mile to look ultra stylish. Quite a useful tip among our trending safas for Indian grooms know?
Trending safas for Indian grooms
There has been way too much said already about the trending safas for Indian Groom in 2017 but here is another important guideline the groom needs to consider. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Increasing Demand For Coloured Diamonds in Indian Weddings

Indian weddings are known for the richness of colours in them.Hues of reds, yellows and greens make a splash, creating a perfect ambience.While Indian weddings have a fair amount of gold accessories but people of late, have developed a major interest in a related section – diamonds. In India, most diamond jewellery is purchased for 'love occasions' such as weddings or engagements.And what's better than coloured diamonds in Indian weddings; which have become quite popular over the last few years or so.
Traditionally, Indian jewellery was set with uncut and rose cut diamonds, but the charm of coloured diamonds in Indian weddings was not widely spread.Today, coloured diamond jewellery is making good progress in the Indian market. It is marketed at the top of the chain as a luxury item.Because jewellery plays an important role in Indian wedding traditions and as a status symbol, when a trend picks up it is just a matter of time before everybody wants to have that same look. Coloured diamonds are becoming more prevalent as they offer flexibility in terms of design and colour.It also adds a more contemporary look to an outfit.
Colored Diamonds in Indian Weddings
In Indian weddings nowadays, there's a common trend that is followed where the parents of the bride give custom-designed jewellery as a ceremonial gift. So, people now prefer diamonds more over the traditional Gold Jewellery. Coloured diamonds have become a fashion statement.From bride's engagement ring to the wedding's jewellery set, everything has diamonds in it.
When asked about diamonds you may initially imagine a sparkling clear stone, but fancy coloured diamonds are too beautiful to neglect. These are very rare gems which are why it is adored by both celebrities and royalty, they are often seen and are true symbols of status. In addition to their beauty, purchasing a coloured diamond is considered as a long term investment as it's valued increases by  10-15% every year.
The most popular cuts for fancy coloured diamonds are Radiant, Cushion, Pear and Oval. These cuts amplify the diamond’s colour and bring maximum light. Emerald and Round shaped coloured diamonds are considered as the most valuable and costly diamonds. Yellow, Pink and Green are most preferred coloured diamonds in Indian weddings.
Coloured Diamonds in Indian Weddings
Brides looking for really unusual and trendy engagement ring, but who still crave the traditional touch of a diamonds can go for a lighter shades of pink or yellow.Like any other coloured gem, the more attractive the colour of the diamond is the greater is it's worth. As the availability of vibrant coloured diamonds is so rare, the demand for these is extremely high, especially in Indian weddings. Of all colour varieties, yellow, brown and black diamonds are relatively inexpensive and are within an affordable price range. All of the other colours like pinkbluegreenorange are very rare and hence quite expensive.
Another reason behind increased demand for coloured diamonds is its affordability.Earlier, these diamonds were not purchased as they were regarded as a luxury only for the rich people.But now, coloured diamond jewellery is within the reach of lower economic groups as well. Though traditionally, solitaires set in a yellow gold band are preferred, the younger generation is becoming more adventurous and going in for with coloured diamonds in Indian weddings.Women nowadays generally go for coloured diamonds which would go with western as well as Indian clothes. And for occasions like engagements and weddings, they prefer trendy and quirky designs.
Coloured Diamonds in Indian Weddings

Different Kinds Of Indian Bridal Looks

A wedding day is a most awaited day in a girl’s entire existence. Every girl wishes to look her best on this day as it marks the beginning of her new life. So, be it a wedding, festival or some other event, everything has its uniqueness. Indian brides differ from culture to region to religion and it is because India is a diverse country which is rich in culture and beholds many religions with different values and customs. That is why there are so many Indian bridal looks in our country from Kashmir to South.
In India, wedding is not just about celebrating the union of two individuals, but rather it is a promise to be with that person not only in this life but for the next seven lives or for Saat Janam. In India, weddings are usually a large affair where you can see brides flaunting their best looks. So, here we present some Indian bridal looks for you that will leave you awestruck.

Indian bridal looks

1. Sikh Bride

A Sikh bride can wear either a lehenga or anarkali suit for Anand Karaj ceremony. No matter how many jewels and gems a Sikh bride wears, but her look is never complete without chooda and kalire. Her chooda comprises of white, red, pink bangles which are given to the bride by her maternal uncle and aunt. The kalire are bright golden or silver trinkets which are tied on bride’s chooda by her maternal uncle. The bride covers her head with a veil during the entire wedding ceremony.
Indian bridal look: sikh bride

2. Punjabi Bride

Well, who hasn’t heard about the big fat Punjabi weddings? I am sure everyone has because they are so grand and lavish. Similarly, the Punjabi bride's lehengas are grand and heavy with lots of glitters and embroidery. Usually, they are pink, red and maroon in colour; however, white and black are avoided. Punjabi brides lehengas are to die for. They are usually teamed with gold and diamond jewellery. Nose ring or nath forms an integral part of the jewellery.
Indian bridal looks: punjabi bride

3. Christian Bride

Indian Christians have certain cultures different from others depending on their region. Not all Christian brides wear a white dress on their wedding day, some prefer to wear sarees. However, those who opt for wearing a white dress have a net veil supported by a tiara, a white flower bouquet and a traditional practice of bride walking down the aisle in the church with her father.
Indian bridal looks: Christian bride

4. Muslim Bride 

The Muslim bride usually wears a bright red or yellow ghaagra, a heavily pleated skirt with a long blouse embroidered in gold. The dupatta is hung low, covering her bowed head. The most notable thing in brides attire is her jewellery especially the jhoomarA silk cloth is tied on her wrist wrapping the silver or gold coin given by groom’s mother before the wedding. A Muslim brides eye makeup is something to die for. The fineness of the kajal makes her look more and more beautiful.
Indian bridal looks: muslim bride

5. Assamese Bride

As per the Assamese culture and tradition, the bride has to wear the mekhela chadar, a traditional bridal outfit given by groom’s mother. It is a silk saree with gold work and is cream or off-white in colour. She wears traditional jewellery, andmaang tikka is considered as auspicious. Brides do not wear heavy makeup.
Indian bridal looks: Assamese bride

6. Tamilian Bride

The Tamilian bride wears a bright coloured kanjeevaram saree with zari border. Bride’s hair is tied in a braid which is then decorated with traditional gold jewellery. Their head is completely decorated with gold jewellery comprising of single stringmaang tikka and matha patti and long earrings.
Indian bridal looks: Tamilian bride

7. Bengali Bride

Bengali brides usually wear a white or off-white Benarasi silk sarees with zari work and red or maroon borders. Alta is a major part of her makeup. It is applied on her feet. She wears a maang tikka supported by a single matha patti. White and red dots of sandalwood paste are painted in the area above her eyebrows.
Indian bridal looks: bengali bride           

8. Telugu Bride

The Telugu bride changes into two bridal looks during her wedding ceremony. She wears a silk saree with all the jewellery and kamarbandh when she is brought in a tokri by her brother and maternal uncle, and for the jeelakarra bellam ceremony, she changes into white cotton saree with red border.

9. Marwari Bride

A Marwari bride wears a heavy lehenga or a saree with gold or silk work. Just like her outfit, her jewellery is also heavy.Borla- fingerlet; a kundan- a neckpiece and gold nath are the most important jewellery for a Marwari bride.

10. Maharashtrian Bride

A string of flowers or pearls called mundavalya differentiates Maharashtrian bridal look from other Indian bridal looks. Her saree is a double tone silk saree with golden border called paithaniwhich she wears in a dhoti style. She ties her hair in a bun with mogra flowers.
Indian bridal looks: Marathi bride                         

11. Gujarati Bride

Unlike other Indian bridal looks, Gujarati bridal look is very different. Gujarati bride wears her pallu facing the front. She wears two Sarees during her wedding ceremony a panetar and gharchola. Panetar is a white saree with red, golden, green dots. It is the last gift from her parents and relatives side. Gharchola is a bright red saree with a silk and zari work given by her in-laws symbolising their acceptance of her as their daughter-in-law.

12. Malayali Bride

For the wedding, Malayali brides are dressed up in white silk sarees with golden borders. They prefer flowers jewellery to compliment their outfit which includes gajra, jasmine and rajanigandha flowers.
Indian bridal looks: Malayali bride

13. Kashmiri Bride

Among the entire Indian bridal looks, Kashmiri bridal look is my favourite. The traditional outfit turns them into ethereal beauties. It involves a pheranwhich is a raffle outlined with an ari or snare embroidery at the neck, sleeve and edges; it can be in red, yellow and pink shading. The headwear includes kalpush alongside zoojh (a white shading fabric with brilliant golden paper), and large the whole thing is called Tarang. The bride either wears a saree or lehenga and dupatta is worn over the head.