Every bride wants to look fresh and flawless on her big day. However, it’s easier said than done! From a strict diet and regular workouts to nourishing hair & beauty treatments – a potential bride leaves no stone unturned before the biggest day of her life. Wedding Wishlist had a chance to chat to Divya Nichani, a yoga expert and raw food chef based in Bangalore, about her dos and don’ts for brides-to-be. Read on to know about her top bride workout ideas.
One of the most important aspects of your wedding is looking and feeling your best. After all, a happy bride is a beautiful one! So it’s no surprise that bridal makeup artists are much sought after – everyone wants to look fantastic on their big day. We had the chance to chat to makeup artist and bridal beauty expert, Sabrina Suhail. As someone who has catered to the whims of many brides, Sabrina is a fount of knowledge, and we’re thrilled that she has shared some of her cosmetic wisdom with us.
Here are her top wedding beauty hacks:
According to Sabrina, one of the first (and most important!) things that the bride has to set up are appointments with makeup artists. Their services are so in demand that bookings typically have to be made six to eight months before the wedding.
Give It A Try
Don’t select a makeup artist based on hearsay or reputation alone. Schedule appointments with a few beauty experts to compare services, rates, and aesthetics. Choose someone whose sensibilities gel with yours – you want to be as relaxed as possible on your big day.
Blame It On The Weatherman?
Sabrina says, “Considering summers are hotter, more humid and sometimes even very dry in the south of India, the best hairstyles would be up-dos.”
Cutting Edge Of Beauty
“From what I have recently discovered, more and more clients want to look like they have walked out of a magazine. Simple drapes, pale lips, high contoured cheeks, and bronzed highlighted cheek bones. Combed, groomed eyebrows and a deep smoky or a completely no-eyeshadow, lots of mascara look,” says Sabrina, explaining the latest in bridal beauty trends.
Look For All Seasons
Sometimes the simplest looks are the most effective ones. Sabrina says, “The easiest and quickest is to carry a mascara to open those eyes. Some blush, just enough on the apples of the cheek to look like you have been standing in the sun for just a little too long, and a tinted lip balm. This look will take you far!”
There is nothing quite like hydration to give your skin a healthy glow, and Sabrina is quick to point out the benefits, “What I suggest to all my clients is that they drink 2 litres of water a day. Keep in mind that too much water intake can lead to dehydration by washing out important minerals and vitamins.”
Work It Off
Exercise is usually a big part of the bridal preparation process, but Sabrina says it has a huge impact not only on your weight but on your skin. She says, “I’ve noticed that all my clients that have a regular workout routine have to do less for their skin before the wedding. Stick to a high protein, no or low sugar, no carb diet. Do this for 4 months before the wedding and you’ll have the best skin you have ever had.”
Building The Right Foundation
There’s more to makeup than covering up imperfections, and it’s important to observe the nuances of applying it. A makeup essential that every bride must have is the right shade of foundation. “The only important thing in makeup is getting the correct skin tone foundation. Anyone can do a smokey eye or slap on a colored lipstick. But to get the foundation right is the toughest!” says Sabrina.
From choosing the right products to finding a makeup artist to work with (who understands your needs) – there’s a lot of planning that goes into a wedding. Good makeup is hard to come by and expert makeup artists tougher still! That’s why we’re so glad that Sabrina chose to share her insider wisdom with us. We can’t wait to see what’s next for her and for our brides-to-be!
‘Practical Magic’ is a phrase that might seem like too much of a contradiction to apply to any couple. Well, Muthu and Rangashree have proved us wrong. This lighthearted and quirky couple are both pragmatic and fun – a great combination in our books!
Instead of opting for extravagant luxury items (though we love those too!), Muthu and Rangashree made some smart choices based on their circumstances. We’ve broken them down so that you can too:
Flowers are an important aspect of Indian weddings. From garlands to decor – learn about the significance of the different types of flowers used for Indian weddings.
Luther Burbank once said, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Keeping those immortal words in mind, it’s unsurprising that flowers are an integral part of any Indian ceremony. From weddings to funerals, these beautiful blooms are a treasured part of the decor and the rituals.
At desi weddings, flowers are utilised in at every turn. From the thick garlands the bride and groom exchange to the blooms that are used to decorate the mandap – there’s a distinctly floral theme to any Indian wedding, regardless of religion and community.
Here are some of the flowers that are most commonly used in Indian weddings and the significance behind each of them:
Affectionately referred to as ‘Mallipoo’, these tiny, fragrant blossoms are considered good luck, and wearing them denotes future success and prosperity. Economic and easy to obtain, brides often braid them into their hair for the ceremony.
If you’re planning to get hitched at the height of the wedding season, chances are that you may choose an outdoor venue. There are a lot of advantages to choosing to have your ceremony outside – more space, it’s less expensive, and most importantly – you have a ton of decor options! Here are a few of our top outdoor wedding decoration ideas
It’s that time already! You’ve picked out your trousseau, chosen your wedding party, and booked the venue – all that remains is to pick out the menu. From butter chicken to payasum – there’s a lot to taste (enjoy it while you can), but don’t forget the most important part – the wedding cake!
Wedding Planning Ideas to get you started. The wedding planner – the one woman (or man) army that is going to turn your wedding planning ideas upside down, in the best possible way! and here are few
If you’ve ever planned an event, you’ll know that it’s hard work. The big Indian wedding is the largest event of your life, and the pressure is definitely on. From jaw-dropping decor to making sure everything runs smoothly at the venue – there’s a lot that falls on your shoulders. This is why we think a wedding planner is a good idea. Of course, you’ll never be entirely stress-free until you have successfully ‘put a ring on it’ but at least this way you’ll have back up.
Planning your wedding, like any other big event in your life, requires hard work, patience, and a lot of organising! There are a few basic steps you need to take – sit down and plot out your ideas for the big day. Make a list – in fact, make multiple lists. That’s where we come in. At Wedding Wishlist, we believe in the power of the wedding planning checklist. Here are the different ways list-making can help you with planning your own wedding:
A is for Aathgath
After a Kashmiri wedding, it is traditional for the newlyweds to visit the bride’s home for dinner, which is known as ‘Satraat’. The couple is given garments by the bride’s family, and traditionally the groom will receive a pashmina shawl and the bride will be given ‘aathgath’, a gift of cash and salt.
B is for Bachelorette Party
A party hosted by the friends of the bride to celebrate the end of her unmarried days.
Credits – rakesh prakash photography
One of India’s most lovable and welcoming traits is our country’s ability to accept and assimilate aspects of various cultures- and this definitely applies to wedding traditions. From mehendi ceremonies to wearing white on your wedding day – we have desi-fied all kinds of customs from around the world. But, have you ever wondered where they came from? What inspired bridal showers? Why is a ‘best man’ so important? Why is the wedding cake so essential? All good questions. Here’s our attempt to unravel the significance behind some of our more beloved ‘new’ traditions