Do you look forward to Lakme fashion week and its glitz, glamor and innovations every season? I do. Because it gives me immense pleasure to watch models sashaying down the runway, new fashion trends as showcased by both renowned and emerging designers. As a student of fashion designing, I can also know what is 'in' for the season and which trends to follow. This year designers and make-up artists in Lakme Fashion Week presented some elegant and stunning work that wowed the audience.
Purnima lamba, Head of Innovation at Lakme said, “The show was brilliant, and we were thrilled to have creative and futuristic designers like Kallol Datta and Pankaj-Nidhi to interpret Lakme Monochrome on the ramp”. Her comment was justified by the various creations exhibited in the show; from the sensational looks created by Clint Fernandes to the gorgeous monochrome creations by Kallol Datta, the Lakme Fashion Week held in August simply ruled the mind of the fashion visionaries. As such it is really difficult for me to decide upon the best look from this fashion week.
Many celebrities including renowned Bollywood actresses and TV actresses walked the ramp with elan. According to me, the creations of the two young designers husband-wife duo Pankaj and Nidhi and Kallol Datta were the eye-catchers. Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor set the ramp on fire with Kallol Datta's white and black jacket dress over a black bustier and leggings. She also went for an edgy look with a jet black signature basket woven top with fringe detailing for designers duo Pankaj and Nidhi. Popular T.V. host Mini Mathur wore magneta gold zardozi lehenga with intricately-designed blouse and dupatta for Payal Kapoor. Besides these, Anita Dongre's 'Urban Princes' collection and Komal Sood's 'The Twilight Seduction' also add oomph to the show.
Watching all these fashion on the T.V. really gives you some of the bestideas for makeup that suits you.
Wedding is a splendid event that leaves many sweet memories which couples cherish for all their lives. These tender romantic moments that two lovers experience when they get tied in the eternal bond of love is mystical and priceless. So to make your wedding day more special we have mentioned some beautiful wedding themes that will mesmerize your very special day.
Romantic Wedding Theme
Romantic wedding theme is very popular and easy to implement. It will involve tons of flowers, pink and red, mini fountains, large floral centerpieces and soft romantic music playing at the background. Choose a garden as the wedding venue, the wedding canopy (mandap) must be built at the center of the garden and the canopy should be unmistakably decorated with red and pink roses. Roll the pillars of the canopy with marigold garland and mini light bulbs to add that special effect. Let the entire ground be scattered with flower petals and place some fountains near the entrance and canopy. Bring in some more romanticism by playing soft music from a corner.
Royal wedding theme
Royal wedding theme will display rich colors and fabrics with tons of marigold flowers used everywhere. Choose a grand wedding hall as the venue. Use thick velvet fabric with heavy embroidery for the table covers and cushions. Each table must be decorated with marigold and must have wine goblets and bejeweled miniat boxes as centerpieces. The wedding canopy must be richly decorated with bright turquoise, red &gold color cloth and tons of marigold flowers. The theme will be incomplete without the groom coming on an elephant and the bride dressed like a princess.
Color wedding theme
Select two-three colors and set the entire wedding theme on these colors. Colors like velvet red, royal blue, bright pink, gold and silver will go very well with an Indian wedding theme. The tables and chairs covers can be in velvety red with fine golden embroidery. Place a large glass centerpiece filled with red and pink roses on each table. Hang a grand golden chandelier at the center of the hall; maintain the color theme for every single wedding décor.
The theme of a wedding reception offers an expression and focus for the celebration. Selection of a specific theme may appear overwhelming. However, it would certainly assist in making all further decisions related to the reception. The theme that one chooses is a reflection of the personality of the chooser and what the chooser enjoys. The theme is something that the chooser desires to share with the family members and friends.
While selecting a theme for the wedding reception, the chooser must think about his/her vacations, seasons, favorite memories or hobbies. A theme is a mode of his/her personal expression. Some individuals desire to be completely original in this respect. These people should not feel any restrictions regarding what these people are expected to do.
Examples of Wedding Reception Theme Ideas
A. ld Hollywood Glamour
In Hollywood, during the 1940s and 1950s, style and class were of supreme importance. Some of the features of this era can be made a part of the wedding reception.
1. For the table linens and settings, use white and black colors 2. The centerpieces must be of red roses 3. The table decorations must include crystals and feathers 4. The table names must be classic movie titles 5. The escort cards must be identical to old movie ticket stubs 6. The photographer must take some photographs in black and white 7. During the cocktail hour, a swing band must display its talent
This is usually advisable if the number of guests is limited.
1.The backyard of a residence can be used as the reception venue 2. A simple floral arrangement can be used as a centerpiece 3. In the reception space, family photographs, keepsakes and heirlooms must be placed at several positions 4. The rooms where the guests would mix with one another and the paths in the yard must be filled with candles 5. The kitchen in the residence should incorporate a mini bar 6.The wedding favor must be something that has a handmade and personal touch like a flowerpot or an ornament
1. The reception venue must include some wine inspired objects like bottles, barrels, vines and grapes 2. The escort cards must be connected to wine corks. These must be placed on giant wooden barrels 3. Instead of vases, use vintage wine bottles kept in baskets. This is an ideal centerpiece idea 4. Along with each course, a different wine must be served 5. The wedding favor must be a bottle of wine 6. This theme can be best performed at a venue that has an old world feel or is outdoors
The advantage of themed wedding reception ideas is that the ceremony appears cohesive. All the details of the reception are held together by a common idea. The theme enables to individualize the ceremony. This is true irrespective of whether the theme is poetic or humorous and unconventional or traditional.
There are plenty of winter wedding locations in the US. Winter wedding are especially romantic because of the weather. However, outdoor weddings are not possible in cold places. In that case, look out for warmer places in and out of US.
You need to choose the kind of wedding location you want. For instance, if you want the snow capped mountains, it is easy to find them during winters in the US. However, if you have a winter wedding and you want green mountains or humid seashore you would have to search an appropriate location across the globe.
There are many places where there is no snowfall in winters. However the climate is cool and pleasant and the overall environment is quite green. Such places could be ideal for a winter wedding. The advantage here is that you neither sweat nor shiver. The weather is just right for you to enjoy your wedding. You do not have a difficulty to wear heavy wedding dresses and jewelry. Also you do not shiver if you wear a strapless or sleeveless wedding gown.
In fact, if you book a wedding location in places like Hawaii or the Bahamas in winters, you would get wonderful deals on booking in luxurious resorts along with the other wedding services. Apart from this you would get warmer weather.
There are some exotic places and luxurious resorts in South America, South Africa, Caribbean islands, Italy, Umbria, India, Singapore, Malaysia and many other countries across the globe. Most of the Asian and south American countries are also quite cost effective and are extremely beautiful and scenic.
There are places like Costa Rica, Umbria and many others that provide a complete wedding package with an extended holiday. You need to send them your budget and they come out with wonderful ideas regarding wedding planning as per your budget. This includes wedding preparations, stay, catering and tour planning.
However, there are certain restrictions on marrying abroad or for that matter in another state within the US. The marriage registration laws are different for each state and in each country. You need to make sure you register your marriage in your state of residence and complete all the legal formalities to avoid any issue later. You can even opt for a court marriage and then celebrate your marriage in any of these places.
There are advantages to get married in cold places during winters. Wedding in shivery winters has its own charm. Snow capped mountains look beautiful and add to the romantic environment. The only issue is you cannot have an outdoor venue. However, you can click your pictures with the backdrop of the magnificent snow capped mountains.
Nowadays there are plenty of wedding locations and wedding planners in various other European, South American and Asian countries. Most of these are not only cost effective but these locations have some excellent wedding planning facilities. Tourism industry is developing in a big way in some of these countries which is one of the favorable factors.
Best wedding planning ideas can come from you and your partner, as both of you know your priorities and requirements better than anyone else. Basic wedding planning ideas include the theme of the wedding, gifts, costumes of the bride, groom, their mothers, groomsmen and bridesmaids.
Planning ideas include everything from booking a venue, wedding registry, buying wedding rings, wedding jewelry, ordering for food and drinks, flowers and decorations, candles, invitation cards, setting up your new home, honeymoon package that includes travel, stay and food and many more details of a complete wedding ceremony and reception.
Wedding Registry If you are going for a wedding registry and need specific gifts from your guests, you can be frank enough to ask for it. This will avoid duplication of gifts and would save your time and money. If you do not need gift items and you want to buy a new home, you can register for help in mortgage amounts. Another idea is to get your honeymoon package as a gift as it can be pretty expensive at times. If you are sound enough and do not need anything, then ask the guests to donate something to a charitable organization you are associated with. This is a splendid idea to help someone in need.
Wedding Budget Plan your budget for attire, jewelry, rings, flowers, cake, gifts, candles, food, hall, cake tops, centerpieces, other décor items, photography and many more things you can think of. Once you are done with the budget, stick to it and start thinking creatively. That will not only give you innovative ideas for your wedding but also reduce your expenses. For instance, if you want tulips or any other flowers for your wedding and you have a year or so with you, you can actually plant them in your garden. Like this, you would save a lot on flowers. If that is not possible, at least you can make the bouquets at home and in a very creative manner. Look into details like crockery, cutlery and glassware in which you would serve food and drinks to the guests. You can get creative with that as well as the table décor. If you have decided a theme for your wedding, then do the décor according to the theme. Make sure the theme suits your personality. You can choose a theme according to your favorite color.
Other Important Details Apart from all these materialistic details, see to it that you and your partner gel well with each others' families and the guests are comfortable. See to it that all the bridesmaids get along well. This level of understanding and maturity would help throughout in your marriage. Make sure you communicate well with the caterers and the hall authorities regarding the food, timings, date and expenses. See to it they all come on time and there is no miscommunication. In such cases, it is fine to take help from others when you do not have the time to look into these things on your special day. It is fine to talk to your parents, close friends or relatives about looking into these matters. They would be always willing to help you.
Best wedding planning ideas can be implemented if you plan your budgets properly with a singled out budget for each item you want to purchase. Planning and budgeting would help even later in all walks of life. Start planning for your wedding day at least 3-6 months in advance to avoid any last moment chaos.