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Wedding Shopping: The Do’s and Don’ts

Wedding Shopping: The Do’s and Don’ts

Your wedding is the single most important day of your life and having everything to the T is important. As brides one of the most exciting part of this journey is shopping for your wedding gown. But, at the same time, it is equally stressful. With a little pre-planning and some help from family and friends, wedding shopping is going to be a cakewalk. 

Read on to find out more…

Start with a Vision Board:

Wedding shopping without a vision is big faux pas in the wedding industry. Many months before your wedding, start Pinterest boards or vision boards that will have all the details of your big day. It is advisable to keep one especially for your wedding outfit. It can have designers you like, the different wedding gown silhouettes, accessories, lace and beads samples etc. This kind of a board will give a idea of what you will look like on your big day and in turn helps with wedding shopping. 

Do a little R (research): 

It is important for bride to do a bit of research before heading out on a shopping spree. It is never wrong to check out multiple stores and boutiques cause after all it is the single most important thing that you will ever wear. Check out price ranges too as you don’t want to fall in love with a gown that is out of your budget. Watch out for discounted gowns as well….they may paint a pretty picture but it will be anything but pretty. 

Shop with an open mind:

As bride, you must have envisioned yourself walking down the aisle in a glittery princess ball gown. But in reality, a ball gown may not enhance your body type. While shopping for your wedding gown, it is important to come with an open mind. Try out different silhouettes and styles of gowns. You might end up liking the total opposite of what you have dreamed off. 

Limit your Bridal Entourage! 

Wedding shopping is a handful and when you a huge entourage, stress levels are sure to hit the roof. While shopping, it is advisable to take the help and advise of trusted friends and families. Having said this, limit the number to about 3 people. These three people should be able to give you honest opinions without any bias. 

Don’t wait for the last minute…

The process of putting together your wedding look is tedious and stressful. It is highly advisable that as brides, you don’t wait for the last minute to get your look in place. Start atleast 6 months in advance. But be sure to keep up with the changing trends. Select gowns that will work in any season or can be altered to fit the season you’re getting married in. Be sure to check out deadlines and time frames that bridal boutique take incase of alterations and customised gowns.

Alterations on a wedding gown are not only expensive but may end up changing the entire look. Before finalising on a gown, be sure to check with bridal consultants on the changes and alterations you will need. Don’t expect that your gown is going to have a factory like finish even after the alterations. 

Wedding Favours

Wedding Favours

Although the concept of wedding favors is long-standing, in the recent years brides have stepped up their game. From the good ol’ coconut and betel leaves, wedding favors have become more personal and chic. Brides are paying as much attention to favors as one would to their wedding gown. Be it a blingy wine glass or even a simple scented candle, wedding favors have never looked so good.

Read on to find out a few ways you can add zing to your own wedding favors.

Edibles and Snackables 

Something to munch on in between ceremonies is always a good thing. Get creative and opt for something out-of-the-box for your big day. You can choose from gourmet popcorn to macrons, mini cupcakes, cookies with couple initials to even mini chocolate truffles. Add some cute packaging, a satin ribbon and you’re good to go. 


Weddings are hectic not only for the bride and groom but also the bridal party and guests. Some downtime to relax is needed. You can create mini hampers with bath bombs, bath salts, scrubs, mini bottles of body butters, soaps and even a loofah. Take it one step further and get them customized to suit your taste and leave your guests with a lasting impression. 

Go Green!

This is a relatively new trend that is quickly catching on. Mini planters are most popular among brides these days. You can choose from a variety of potted succulents, seed packets, mini cactus plants and much more. You can however add a little hand written note to make it even more special. 

Destination Weddings

Be it a beach or a hill station or even a palace, destination weddings are trendy. Taking care of your guests is what will make your wedding memorable. Also, it gives you quite lot of scope when it comes to choosing your wedding favors. From personalized luggage tags to beach slides, sunglasses and beach bags to even a fluffy shawl for hill station wedding. You’re spoilt for choice.

Customised favors

If you really want to stand apart, customizing your wedding favors is sure to set a tone for weddings to come. You can customize anything from coffee, chocolates, perfume, honey, olive oil, cake to even you’re wedding playlist that can be given to your guests. A little handwritten thank you for each of your guests is needed and you’re good to go.

Wedding Day Must Haves

Wedding Day Must Haves

A wedding has to be filled with love, magic and happiness. But to achieve this feat it is quite task for any bride. In addition to planning out a great wedding, brides need to look, smell and feel good. While her family is there as constant support to help her through, there are various other things that you can do to make the day less stressful.

Read on find out tips on wedding day must haves.

  1. Your Bridal Trousseau: First and foremost, do not forget to pack your gown, tiara, jewelry, reception dress, veil and shoes.

    2. Emergency sewing kit: This sewing must contain a few needles, threads, scissors, safety pins for those last minute loose threads or even a small tear.

      3. Snackables: Hunger pangs come unexpectedly. So, keep a small stack of chocolates and energy bars to calm your rolling tummies.

      4. Toiletries: With all that will be going on D-day, a bride might forget to do the basics. Pack a dental kit, razor, tampons etc.

      5. Bridal Robe: A bride is not likely to stay in her wedding gown the entire time. Therefore, a robe is a must for when she is getting her hair and makeup done or when she wants to rest up.

      Find Your Perfect Fit!

      Find Your Perfect Fit!

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      Your wedding gown is the single most important thing that you will wear! But, choosing that perfect gown is not as easy as it seems. While selecting a gown, there are numerous factors to consider. A bride needs to look at her personality, her venue, theme and also a silhouette that will accentuate all the right curves. From A-lines to ball gowns, mermaids and trumpet style gowns, wedding gowns can come in all shapes and sizes. 

      Menorah Bridal got in touch with a city based designer who share her views on the silhouettes and the body types they suit.

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      An A-Line is Universal!

      One can never go wrong with this silhouette. A-line gowns are said to be one of the easiest gowns to pull off for any bride. Screaming comfort and elegance, A-lines can easily become your dream wedding gown. Designer Resham Kunhi sharing her expert opinion says, “A-line gowns suit all body types as it flairs down towards the bottom no matter your shape and size.” 

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      The classic Ball Gown…

      There is something about a ball gown for a wedding that is “oh so magical”. Walking down the aisle with a mystical ivory-coloured shimmery ball gown personifies classic charm and elegance. “A ball gown is perfect for anyone who wants to show-off their upper body. The fitted bodice and voluminous skirt is perfect to do just this. A ball gown is also great when you want to accentuate your natural waistline,” Reshma adds. 

      Insider’s knowledge – A ball gown can be quite heavy what with all the layers of net and tulle. So if you’re ready for the weight then go for it. You are definitely going to make heads turn. 

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      The Mermaid…

      We have always been fascinated with the concept of mermaids. So, to bring a little mermaid charm into our lives, some designer long long ago came up with mermaid gown. Kudos to the designer, as we are loving it. A mermaid gown is fitted, it snugs your hips and your waist before ending in a dramatic flare. So, if you have the curves in all the right place, then this is the gown for you. 

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      Trumpet Gown! 

      There has been a lot of debate on the difference between a mermaid and a trumpet gown. Yes! they are pretty similar but the difference lies in the flare. A mermaid has a dramatic flare whereas a trumped it more gradual and mellow. Reshma shares, “A trumpet gowns look good on curvier women as does not stick to your body as much as a mermaid.” 

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      Sheath Gowns: 

      When chic style and elegance is the vibe your are opting for your wedding, a sheath gown plays right into this vibe. Reshma adds, “Sheath gowns is perfect for petite women as it takes their natural body shape and has straight cut and a fitted form. But anyone with an hourglass shape can also play around with it.” 

      Floral Trends 2021

      Floral Trends 2021

      When it comes to weddings, things are ever-changing. Things that worked in past are no more relevant. As millennial, we have seen our mothers holding over-the-top white and red bouquets that touch the ground. Additionally, floral pieces that were placed across their venues had little to no experiment at all. This was a set standard that was followed by all. These days, florals pieces and bouquets play a huge role in weddings. Careful eye to detail is paid to every floral centre-piece, bouquets and decor. 
      Here is how trends have changed this year! 

      Petit Bouquets: 

      Gigantic and extravagant bouquets are a thing of the past. Brides these days have become quite specific with the type of floral pieces that they would want in their wedding. Their bouquets have to be modern, chic and in par with their theme. This year, petit bouquets are quite big. I would recommend personally choosing the right blooms and having them arranged to show your bridal personality. Try out exotic florals like cream ranunculus, peachy peonies, powder blue hydrangeas or even a crisp white gardenia.

      Bring in Texture: 

      The thing about modern day wedding is that anything works! You want a massive floral centre piece then go for it! You want petals adorning your aisle, why the hell not? The best part about planning a wedding now is that there are so many things to choose from. Instead of going for an all-flower bouquet, add in a bit of texture. Forest green foliage or even curly willow can be added to a bouquet to ooze rustic charm. If chic elegance is your vibe, try our baby’s breath or even Queen Anne’s lace for chic floral do. 

      Green and White!

      One can never go wrong with the green and white combination. Simple, crisp and classic, this combination has stood the test of time. This season, we will be seeing a lot of greens and whites in haute couture floral designs. Screaming classic elegance, any bride with this colour combination is sure to make a huge and loud statement. 

      Grounded Installations!

      The trend of having ceiling floral installations has been going on for years now but this year, things are more grounded. I would recommend keeping things simple! Choose an extravagant floral pieces for your aisle and your wedding venue while keeping other decor pieces to the bare minimum. Mix and match from a range of flowers like Lily of the Valley, Liropes and Alyssums. 

      Be Bold and Colourful –

      There is nothing stopping you from choosing bold, bright and beautiful colours for your wedding. So go right ahead and be bold while selecting the types of florals to adorn your wedding venue. Add in a bit of neutral shades and deep green foliage so that it gives break from the vibrant colours. From Pansy to Hyacinth and Lilac to Garden rose, the choice is endless. 

      It’s All About Your Theme!

      It’s All About Your Theme!

      In a bygone era, weddings were more traditional in terms of themes. But, over the years, we have learnt to embrace new and unique colours like dusty roses, blush pinks and pastel blues. Themes these days are extremely important while planning your dream wedding. The right theme sets the tone for the entire ceremony and leaves your guests with a lasting impression. This year, you can expect a lot of unusual colours palettes that are gonna make a splash on your big day. 

      Read on to find out more about the themes that are trending this year. 

      The Multiple Shades of Grey!

      Yes Grey! Despite the bad reputation that it has gained over the years, it is a stunning shade. The shade is versatile and is sure to add a touch of elegance to your big day. If you’re skeptical of using  all grey, try and pair it with other colours. With a grey background, add small touches of blush, forest green and even teal. This, you can do in the form of floral pieces, decor, table runners etc.

      Powder Blue or Pastel Blue:

      Any shade of pastel is a stunner. But, baby blue in particular is just dreamy. This shade of blue has been around for a long time and with weddings, it is a favourite! When using a shade like pastel blue, you can use it on its own or pair it up with colours like dusty rose, teal, white and minty green.  I would highly recommend using it on its own to keep the ceremony clean and crisp. In the form of bridesmaid dress, bow ties and even bouquets, there is a never ending list of ways in which you can use this colour. 

      Mustard Yellow and Green! 

      Summery colours are on trend this season. Adding shades of yellow, green, oranges and reds to your big day is surely going to make you stand out. This season, mustard yellow and green are going hand-in-hand. When the vibe that your are going for is bright, cheery and full of life, then this theme is a must have. I would suggest having your bridesmaids is mustard yellow dresses and bright green foliage as a hair accessory. Additionally, you can have marigold, yellow tulips and carnations bunches along your aisle. Be sure to give the colour a break with some forest green foliage. 


      This is an unusual colour that has been gaining prominence over the last couple of years. Dark and mysterious, terracotta as a wedding colour is quite new and brides are loving it. Going for a vibe that is not sparkly and girly, terracotta is sure to add depth to any wedding party. Oozing rustic charm, you can incorporate this shade in your cake, bridesmaid dresses, table runners, centre pieces etc. 

      Rose Gold and Rose Brown Pantone: 

      One can never go wrong with these colours. When you mix colours like glittery rose gold and a mysterious rose brown pantone, the result is a chic, luxurious and a well-curated wedding ceremony. Add a touch of elegance and panache in the form of rose gold and brown bridesmaid dress, glittery table cloths and even in the form of a sparkly manicure and pedicure.