Over the past few months I have often mentioned ‘a friend who is getting married‘ and today’s DIY was my gift to her- a surprise bachelorette party! We have a small group of 4-5 school friends who wanted to surprise the bride-to-be and what better way than a fun filled night. I prepared a bachelorette bash on a tray- consisting of themed articles to make the evening even more delightful. This is a perfect DIY a bridesmaid can prepare to make the bride feel even more special. These could be customized for any bachelorette party style- a cozy dinner, a few drinks over chatter, a home cooked meal or a night around town!
The tray consisted of the following: a crown for the bride-to-be, 6 sparkle rings for the bridal party, a set of 6 bachelorette bash coasters, a set of 10 party straws, 10 cupcake toppers along with cupcakes, 6 matching tissues, 5 party props for photography, 2 bridal games and a wooden tray with doilies. Along with being creative this is also an inexpensive bachelorette party idea.
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.
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.
Over the past few months, since my first post on dupatta draping styles, I found a few more interesting lehenga dupatta drapes that I wanted to share. Some are slight variations of the styles already discussed in part-1 and others are completely new drape styles.
The first style today is a variation of the ‘pleated dupatta on one shoulder that is draped across back and onto the opposite forearm’ style. For the variation as seen in Vineet Rahul’s show, keeping half the dupatta length in front pin it on one shoulder then take is across back and drape the rest in front on the same forearm as the pinned shoulder. Second style is self-explanatory and you could variate the sides. Take half the dupatta in front and drape rest across back and wrap over the opposite arm, then flick the front half over the opposite shoulder in a shawl like wrap. Third style is a variation of the basic saree like seedha pallu dupatta drape that is best suited for narrower width dupattas.Tuck one corner of the dupatta at the lehenga waist, taking the rest of the dupatta from the back drape it on the opposite shoulder keeping the dupatta towards the front.
The next style of dupatta drape is a variation of style.7 from my last post. To achieve this style open the dupatta and placing it at the nape of the neck drape it across the back and over the shoulder on the front. Make sure to pin the dupatta on both shoulders for hands-free movement. This is a great style to show off heavily embroidered dupattas or to achieve a cape like look with your dupatta. This drape style was seen at Divya Reddy, Vineet Rahul and Manish Malhotra’s shows.
August was the month of fashion weeks in India! We got to see a whole lot of bridal and pret designs. One style that really stood out was ‘layering‘. Layering is described as a way of dressing using multiple garments worn on top of each other, either to provide warmth or to create a fashionable ensemble.The concept of layering is not new to Indian fashion but never have we seen such variety in styling and it’s presence in over 25 designer collections in the same season. Even though layering could be as simple as throwing on a shrug over a kurta, to add an oomph to the outfit play with lengths and textures. Keep it classy.
Let’s start with a look at layering with lehengas. The concept of a basic lehenga skirt and blouse has anyways been redundant for the past two seasons and this year we also saw top-layers replacing the dupattas. You could pick anything from short heavily embroidered jackets like Sabyasachi’s, a lapel blazer in soft fabric like Rahul Mishra’s or a slit cape like Neeta Lulla’s to wear over a blouse. It has been noticed that most designers kept the layering pieces either in the lehenga’s colour family or in the neutral colour family.