Guest baskets have become an integral part of Indian weddings. Whether you are hosting out-station guests in a guest-house, having a resort wedding or organizing a five star hotel wedding – there is a basket idea for each style and price range.
There are 2 steps to making a great guest basket – the items included and the presentation. I wish people wouldn’t just throw in all their items into a cane basket, instead think a little more about the theme and presentation. In weddings planned by professional wedding companies this is usually taken care of, but if you are going the DIY route following are 3 guest basket options with personalized touches.
THE CASUAL BASKET (Under Rs.200)
The first step is to plan your budget per guest basket. For this under Rs.200 basket I have used a paper basket (Rs.15 including glue), 2 bottles of 500ml water (Rs.10 each = Rs.20), A5 size itinerary print (Rs.4), blue paper strip (Rs.2) nuts (Rs.15), toothbrush (Rs.15), toothpaste (Rs.17), cookies (Rs.40), giveaway present key-ring (Rs.35), stickers (Rs.24) and plastic pouches (Rs.10) – giving a total material cost of Rs.197 only.
I realize most people around me have the notion that DIY means recycling/ upcycling, whereas there is so much more to it. DIY is also about making products from scratch, re-purposing an item apart form it’s set use or customizing a store bought article! I am presenting a half-hour session on DIY clutches this weekend and since the time frame is short I will only be showing surface ornamentation for store bought clutches. So, I though of expanding the session into a tutorial on making an ethnic clutch from ground up.
I chose the same color palette as the A-line Cape, you could select fabrics and embroideries based on your Indian wear wardrobe. There are umpteen options to personalize this clutch, but the steps will remain similar. If you are not familiar with a sewing machine, you could also read up the tutorial and entail the help of a local tailor. Let’s get started.
Today’s Indian ethnic wear styling article slightly overlaps with my Lehenga Mix-Match Trend post, but with a lot more options for you. The pairing of shirts and tops with traditional Indian wear garments has been observed on the ramp in recent fashion weeks and on celebrities too. The choices are innumerable, be it your choice of shirt and top, or drape of the saree, or the choice of skirt underneath. I am sharing some fantastic visual references along with detailson how to achieve the look. Keep reading!
I have often cited my love for multi-tasking garments in previous posts and it is one of the favorable feature of this Indian wear styling too. As seen in the picture above you can easily wear the same Ka-Sha empire line top with both a-line trousers and a saree. All you need is some imagination and a will to experiment. The saree has been draped in the basic ulta-palla style with a lower side fall, thereby accentuating the top’s pleated design. You can also drape the saree in thin seedha-palla pleats or do a neck wrap with the aanchal.
In continuation with my post on Multi Designer Stores, today I am listing the top 7 bridal lehenga designers in the city. Even though Kolkata misses the presence of bridal collections by big names like Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal, we have our own set of national level designers. Today’s list is of individual designers who have made a mark with their bridal collections in the city.
Name: Sabyasachi Mukherjee
USP: Sabyasachi does opulence like no other Kolkata designer! You will find designs from Rs.1 lakh to anything above Rs.7 lakh. Even if you don’t get an appointment with the designer, his bridal team is well versed with the designs and customization options available. You will be able to find monochrome designs to multi-color paneled lehengas in his vintage styled bridal boutique. You can also choose among various embroidery styles and colour combinations.
The wedding season is soon approaching! While we plan our outfits days in advance, the hair and makeup is often left till the last minute. I am personally not fond of spending thousands on professional makeup and hair for a friend or distant cousin’s wedding. My mantra is do-it-yourself. Few posts back I had listed makeup tutorials for the main wedding functions- mehendi, sangeet and wedding day, and today we will be talking about hairstyle using hair accessories.
There are five Indian wedding hairstyles using accessories listed below, along with product recommendation and a inspiration picture there are video tutorials for each. The inspiration and video tutorial are of different hairstyles thereby giving you more options to style each accessory.
HAIRSTYLES with MAANG-TIKA
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First up is the most common Indian hair accessory- the maang-tika. You could choose between traditional polki encrusted maang-tikas to modern clear stone maang-tikas. As for styling you could choose between simple side part open hair style to loose waves middle part hair style as shown in the picture above. Kaushal teaches us a half up- half down hairdo with the maang-tika (watch the video from 6:36 for the hair tutorial).
I wanted to try something new this year for Diwali (Indian festival of lights) and thought of trying my hands at Indian sweets. You might have guessed from my ‘No-Bake Desserts’ post that I love quick and easy recipes. Today’s post has recipes for three classic Indian sweets- kheer, gajar halwa and gulab jamun- that have been treated with a modern twist. Hope you enjoy cooking them as much as I did!
I would like start by saying mine and Gopi’s dishes look quiet different because I used Hershey’s syrup instead of drinking chocolate as mentioned in the recipe. The chocolate kheer was the only dessert among the following three where I had to use help in understanding the preparation. Even though easy to follow you will have to keep a check at each step. The end result though is a yummy kheer, very different form the usual!