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The Veil Story

The Veil Story

You have chosen the perfect gown that accentuates your silhouette and portrays your personality. Now, it is time to choose one major part that will complete your entire wedding day look —your veil. Your veil is the biggest factor that will add a mystical elegance to your big day. But with all the various factors that you may have to consider before deciding on a veil, it can be frustrating.These can include your dress, location, veil length, and much more.

However, you don’t have to worry, as we have got you covered. This blog will give you a few tips to consider while selecting your veil.

1. Your Dress

Your wedding gown plays a huge role in the type of veil you end up selecting. Examine your gown carefully, paying special attention to the lace, beading, or stone work. Be sure to include some small element that is part of your gown on the veil as well. As suggested by experts, if you have a gown that is heavy on lace, appliqué, or embellishments, your safest bet is to select a veil that is minimal to let your gown shine bright. On the other hand, if you have a gown that is minimalistic in nature, a pearl-studded veil or an embellished veil is the way to go. If you have special elements that you would like to show off in your gown, choose a veil that doesn’t interfere with these elements.

2. Location

While selecting a veil, you must be practical as well. Consider the location of your wedding. In the event you have an outdoor wedding, you will have to think about sand, dirt, and wind. Therefore, a long, cathedral-length veil is not advisable. Additionally, look at the weather too. If you live in a humid climate, you should consider purchasing a veil that does not stick to your skin and is made of a light material.

 

3. Veil Colour 

The colour of the veil you choose also plays a huge role. Usually, the most common colours for veils are ivory, champagne, and pure white. Be sure to choose a veil that complements your skin tone as well as your gown colour. Additionally, be sure to check the veil in different lights, i.e., natural sunlight as well as artificial lighting. This will give you an idea of how the veil will come across on the big day. 

4. Length of the Veil  

Veils are available in a variety of lengths these days. Some of the most popular are cathedral, chapel, elbow, knee, etc.-length veils. There are various factors that may influence your decision on the length of the veil. Firstly, if you have a train, you need to ensure that the length of your veil is longer than the train and doesn’t clash. If you have an elaborate train, you can also go for something that is at fingertip or elbow level. This will show off your show-stopper train. 

5. Your Hairstyle

Your hairstyle also plays a huge role when deciding on a veil. Depending on the hairstyle you choose with your hairstylist, you may want a veil that shows off your up-do. If you have a French twist or Chignon, you want to put it on display. For such a hairstyle, you need to choose a veil that can be placed under your bun. Additionally, look at the weight of the veil as well. You will need a hairstyle that will be able to bear the weight of the veil as well as the tiara if you’re wearing one. 

 

 

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Minimalist Wedding

Minimalist Wedding

For generations, we have played around with the idea that a big, fat wedding is the only way for a couple to enjoy their wedding day. But COVID has made us think differently. COVID has normalised small, intimate, downsized, and budget weddings. After years of trying to pull off an extravagant event, planning for something small and within a stipulated budget can get intimidating. A low-budget wedding does not have to mean foregoing wedding-related dreams.All it means is that you get to be creative and smart with all the minute details of your big day. But with a few tips from us, it is sure to be a walk in the park.
 
Read on to find out more.

1. Draft a Wedding Budget Plan  

One of the most important things to remember before planning your wedding is to prepare a budget and follow it religiously. With a well-allocated budget, you will be able to plan for every minute detail you want to include in your wedding. This will also ensure that you don’t overspend on the smaller aspects of the wedding. Making smart decisions at this stage of wedding planning will ensure a well-planned and enjoyable wedding.

2. Choose a Gown Package 

When you visit a boutique to look for gowns, inquire if they have package discounts. This essentially means that bridal boutiques may give you a discount when you buy your gown and accessories from them. It is hassle-free as you won’t have to go hunting for accessories like a veil, tiara, bouquets, etc. With all of them available under one roof, the amount of time spent bridal shopping is cut in half, and in return, you get to invest a little bit of your gown budget into other aspects of your wedding.

 

3. Cake from a Home Baker 

Your cake is one of the most important decisions you will make at your wedding. But it will also be the one factor that will burn a hole in your pocket. While it may be quite fancy to get a huge three-tiered, fondant-lined, and sugar-flower cake from a well-known place, it is not economical. Rather, choose a home baker that you know and have sampled cakes from. This will not only bring down the cost but also ensure quality for the money spent.

4. Say no to an Open Bar 

When planning an intimate and low-cost wedding, an open bar is a no-no.Avoid a full bar menu and restrict it to two cocktails and wine. A bit of research and some insight will help you choose wine brands that are good and inexpensive. A signature cocktail highlighting the couple’s characters is a great way to make the entire experience more intimate.
 

5. Ditch the DJ or band and have a personalised playlist

Choose a personalised playlist that includes top hits and favourite songs that the couple enjoys listening to.This ensures that you will have fun dancing to music that you enjoy while also being easy on your wedding budget. Additionally, you can also ask guests to send you their favourite songs that can be played at the reception.

Your Crowning Glory – Tiara and Hair Accessories

Your Crowning Glory – Tiara and Hair Accessories

You’ve selected your gown, shoes to go with it, and jewellery. The one aspect that really completes your bridal look is your headpiece, be it a tiara or a hair accessory. A tiara is timeless, unique, and has a sense of romance, which is just the kind of vibe you need on your big day. Brides these days are paying close attention to how they look, and when it comes to tiaras, there are many factors to keep in mind while selecting your crowning glory.
 
We spoke to a leading makeup artist in the city to get some insight on how to select a tiara for your wedding day. Read on to find out more.

1. Based on your Hair-do 

This has to be one of the deciding factors based on which you select a tiara or hair accessory. If you plan to leave your hair down in loose curls, having a huge, bulky tiara sitting on top without any support is not advisable. Rather, choose a light-weight and small tiara that can be easily secured either with bobby pins or an elastic that can be attached to the loops on your tiara. On the other hand, an up-do is perfect for a tiara to sit nestled on top.

2. Your Attire 

The gown that you wear also contributes to at least 50% of the vote when it comes to choosing a tiara. If you have trouble selecting a tiara, all you need to do is look at your gown and pay attention to the finer details. If your gown has pearls, you should wear a tiara with miniature pearls on it, as well as stones and crystals.

 

3. The Shape of Your Face

The proportions of your face also play a huge role. Makeup artist Lekha Neelakantappa shares, “People with oval faces are the luckiest as any tiara will work for them, like a halo or smaller band.” Meanwhile, people with square faces shouldn’t go with anything large or bulky and should try to keep it delicate. People with round face shapes need to add some height in the form of their tiara.”

4. Tiaras and Bridal Jewellery 

Jewellery and tiaras go hand in hand, but having said that, striking a balance between them is hard. When you use an elaborate tiara, avoid chunky necklaces and earrings. A small stud is all you need to complete your look. On the other hand, when your tiara is minimalistic, drop earrings and a thin bracelet for your hand is perfect.

5. No Tiara?

For anyone who cannot handle the pressure of wearing a tiara, a hair accessory is a must. Lekha adds, “The alternative to a tiara is hair combs, especially for people with long faces or round faces.” Additionally, hair vines with crystal stones, leaves, and flowers exude a very magical and whimsical feel, so be sure to try one on to see if it matches your personality.

Wedding Trends 2022

Wedding Trends 2022

Year after year, the wedding industry has just gotten bolder and brighter. But for the past 2 years, we have seen this industry do a complete 360 degree. We have gone through two years of micro and intimate weddings, a limited guest list and everything in between. Although some of them still stand strong this year as well, there are so many new and exciting trends that have captivated the minds of brides-to-be and grooms-to-be. 

 

Read on to find out more…

1. Digital Save-The-Date

Covid has really changed the way we think when it comes to weddings. Couples are not willing to spend on traditional wedding invites that have ruled till now. Save-the-dates create instant communication between the couple and guests they intent to invite. This also reduce the risk of late delivery of invites, getting lost in the mail etc. Save the money you spend on the expensive wedding invites for some other aspect of your wedding. 

2. Food that Weaves Stories 

While last year was all about individual portions of food that were dished out for guests, this year is all about trying to tell the couple’s story. This year calls for telling a story through the food you serve. It can be something that both the bride and groom enjoy indulging in or something that had tried on their first date etc. Incorporating something like this into your big day and adding personal touches really elevates the experience for all your guests. 

 

3. Hanging Florals  

Floral installation really elevate the venue and when done right using the right flowers and fillers, you can create perfection. This year floral installation have gotten bigger and much more evident. Create a sense of mystic and magic around your venue using hanging floral installation. This will give your guests a much needed escape into the illusion of a hidden-away magical garden. Colour co-ordinate using soft pastels coloured flowers and whites along with forest green fillers to keep on par with the colour trend of this season. 

4. Peachy Pink

This has to be one of the easiest colours to play around this season what with its endless options to choose from. There is linen to centre pieces, ceiling and floor florals installations, bridesmaid dresses etc. Any couple that choose this colour is really spoilt for choice. But it important to say no somewhere cause, it is quite easy to go overboard as well. Add a few splashes of white, green and even a few other shades of pink to break the monotony. 

5. All about Big Bows, High Necklines and Off Shoulder Necklines

Bridal fashion this year has ventured to another level with all the big bows, high necklines, off-shoulder necklines, etc. Falling totally in love with these trends this year is not hard. Oozing out big-time drama, each of these trends is something worth trying out this season. Ensure to keep the rest of the gown a bit understated to accommodate the drama that these trends bring. 

The Art of Customisation

The Art of Customisation

The gown you wear on the day when you marry the love of your life has to be single most important piece of clothing you will ever wear. Choosing the right gown that fits your personality to the T is important to shine bright on the big day. However, when you’re on a time crunch, choosing something off the rack is your best bet. This will avoid the stress of wondering if your gown will be ready or not! But if, you have time on your hands, a customised gown is what you need if you want to achieve perfection! 

 

Read on find out more if you think a custom made gown is something you want. 

1. Appointments  

This will have to be the single most important step while customizing a gown. Scheduling an appointment with a bridal boutique at least 6 or 7 months before the big day is recommended. This appointment is meant to scout out designs and fits that will look good on you. Trying on the various gown types available will give you a good idea of what suits your body type. Be sure to also inquire about their customization rates to check whether it fits into your budget. 

2. Placing Your Gown Order

Once you have decided that this is the route you want to go, schedule another appointment to confirm your order. Be sure to let the boutique know any changes you would like to gown that you have previously tried on. In case you want a completely new gown, share an ample amount of clear picture references so that it is replicated well.

 

3. Deciding on the Finer Details 

At this stage, you will get to decide on the smallest of details along with your bridal consultant. This is also the stage during which you can select lace patterns, fabrics, colours, beadwork, crystals, etc. It is recommended that you have your gown made slightly bigger than your actual size in case you have weight fluctuations. Additionally, you will get a detailed explanation of the entire customization process as well as the terms and conditions followed by the boutique. 

4. Trials and Alterations 

As you arrive at this stage, most of wedding prep would have finished. Sometimes, the anticipation of trying on your custom made gown for the first time can be daunting, having an open mind is necessary. Any minor alterations are done at this stage that includes correcting the size of your gown. To avoid visiting the boutique multiple times, ensure to finish the alteration in a day. 

5. Delivery

This is the final stage when you get to take your gown home. At this point, you can also select any accessory that you would like to pair with your gown (I.e tiara, hair accessory, bouquet boutonnières, etc). Be sure to ask your bridal consultant for any after-care tips and ways to store your gown to last an entire lifetime. 

The Wedding Timeline

The Wedding Timeline

While planning for one of the biggest days of your life, being meticulous with every detail is of utmost importance. It’s only when you start months ahead of your wedding date, you can make every aspect of this day special. Starting atleast 6 months before your wedding date will give you ample amount of time to research vendors, look for your gown, talk to caterers, sit for cake tastings and book the perfect entertainment for your big day. Using this wedding timeline, you can plan out every detail to the T.

 

Read on to find out more….

1. 6 Months 

This is one of the most crucial months of your wedding planning timeline. This is the phase where you decide on the gown you will wear for your big day. Research various bridal boutiques in your locality, make an appointment with them, and then it’s time for trial…trial…trial! At this stage, you have a decision to make as well. You can either go for an off-the-rack gown or make a one-of-a-kind custom-made gown. This gives both the bride and the boutique ample time to make your gown from scratch and work out all the fine details i.e choosing accessories like lace, material, beading,  veils, bouquets, jewelry, etc. 

2. 5 Months

With all the attention that is given to the bride, there is one person who gets left behind in all this confusion – The Groom! 5 months into wedding planning is when grooms have zero in on a tux or suit for their big day. Although it may seem easy, in reality, there are a lot of fine details that one has to look into. Like the color and whether it suits the bride’s dress, the wedding theme, the material if you’re getting married in a particular season like summer where you would require a breathable fabric, etc. Additionally, this also is the time for the groom to choose his groomsmen’s outfit. 

 

3. 4 Months

Your wedding will be remembered for many things but the most important is – CAKE! The cake you choose will set the tone for weddings to come. While deciding on the cake you want to keep a few things in mind. With flavor being the most important, you also need the inspiration of epic proportions. Make sure that the cake you choose tell your story. Also, choose a trusted baker who is available for your date and time. 

4. 3 Months

In the 3rd month leading up to your big day, it is time to get your favors in place. This is something that you will have to sit and plan with your groom-to-be and also your wedding planner. The market is laden with unique gift ideas that will really set you apart as a couple. This is one area where you can let your imagination run wild and think of something unique and personalized to give your guests. 

5. 2 Months

This month, make sure you get together with your wedding planner to discuss – flowers that will adorn your arches, aisles, stand-alone pieces, table set-up, etc. Ensure to let your wedding planner know the kind of flowers you want, allergies, fillers, colors, etc. Talk about the various setups you would like around the venue, ground, or ceiling installation. If you plan on getting fresh flowers for your bouquet, do a mock so that you will have an idea of how it will look on the big day. 

6. 1 Month  

This month, it is finally time to get your entire wedding attire sorted. Stay in touch with the bridal gown boutique and get your final trials and alterations out of the way. Don’t wait until the last minute as this will not give the boutique enough time to sort out any minor issues you might have with the fit and details of the gown. Additionally, you could also break in your wedding shoes so as to not get blisters on the big day.  

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