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Wearing a Neeta Lulla designer dress to your Wedding just got easier!

Fashion designer Neeta Lulla is popular among celebs, the celebrity fashion designer is now entering the cost effective wedding wear segment with a “budget friendly wedding” line.

Her new label ‘N Bride’, is a fine balance between haute couture and Prêt à porter for consumers who are focused on fashion aesthetics.

The USP of the brand is its ability to fuse western and ethnic silhouettes, prints and designs catering to varied tastes. This line is aimed at a budget-friendly wedding.

Lulla says it is important to cater to the big middle class, which is going to be the next big consumer of luxury.

Couture needs to be democratic and the vision is to make every garment a limited edition piece.

Priced between Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh, the collection will be available at fashion stores like Aza, Ensemble, Angasutra, Label24 Dubai, Vesimi Dubai, Bibi in London and Pernia’s Pop Up as well as the flagship The House Of Neeta Lulla store in Juhu, Mumbai.

Article Source: Fashion United

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Where should you go for your Honeymoon?

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If there’s one thing to really look forward to after your big day, it’s that first trip you take as a married couple. And over the years, some places have developed as the most sought after honeymoon destinations, based on how conventional honeymoons are expected to be. But what if you don’t just want a resort by the beach? What if you want to explore a completely different place, in a completely different way? We bring to you a list of honeymoon destinations based on your varied interests. Happy crazy travels!

The adventurous honeymooner | Gold Coast, Australia & New Zealand

Who said your honeymoon should be all about candle lit dinners and hand-in-hand strolls? Head down to Gold Coast Australia, and surf at the amazing beaches, hike through Hinterland, and experience the vibrant night life of Australia’s fun capital. The pristine beaches give way to more than 100,000 hectares of National Parks & Reserves with endless canyons, waterfalls and hiking trails all awaiting you!

Go even crazier in New Zealand by jumping off a plane, or bungee jump with your spouse instead! Experience the adrenaline rush by water safaris like never before, cycling across the country side, wild safaris and water skiing with a difference. New Zealand has all this to offer and so much more to appeal to your adventurous side.

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The Walking honeymooners | South Island, New Zealand

Experience the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand by Hiking through the vast wilderness. Walking or hiking is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing this country’s outstanding natural beauty. With thousands of trails, there are options for every level of hiker, novices and experienced, with day walks and multi-day hikes through their national parks, forests and coastal regions. If nature is what makes your heart beat faster, this is the place for you!

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Sunset Gazers | Santorini, Greece

Nothing beats romance and beauty than watching the sun go down on a breath-taking landscape. And Santorini, with it’s clear blue waters and pretty white and blue buildings gives you just that! A group of islands created by and resting on an active volcano, is a favourite as a romantic getaway. Don’t forget to take at least one photo at the famous Caldera, and exchange a kiss beneath the sunset to remember!

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Ride or Segway through the city | Europe & USA

Multiple cities offer beautiful cycling tours, or even the option of hiring a Segway to explore the city. Forget hop-on-hop-off buses or expensive cabs, have fun while you explore! You can even cycle all the way across Austria with your loved one, riding through the beautiful landscapes, stopping en-route at all the historic castles, and tasting their famous liqueurs as you go along!

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Disconnected from the World | Leh, Ladakh

While Leh has recently seen a huge rise in tourism, it is still by far one of the prettiest places on our planet! Surrounded by natural beauty at its rawest, it remains untouched by the hustle-bustle of city life. Nubra Valley and Pangong lake our some of the most beautiful spectacles you will ever see. With limited cellular connectivity, and difficult terrain, escape to Leh to get away from the world, and experience life the way it was meant to be!

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Theme Park Getaway | Orlando, Florida

If magical lands and adventurous rides are your thing, why not spend a few days in that land itself? You could say hi to Mickey Mouse, or run with Shrek & Donkey, or experience the beauty of Hogwarts. The options are endless, specially at Orlando! This city is home to more than a dozen theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios and Harry Potter World! What are you waiting for? Go book your magical honeymoon now!

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Surprise her! | Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is one city guaranteed to take your breath away! The landscape is right out of a fairy tale, with their geological oddities of thousands of honeycombed hills and otherworldly topography. Explore the open air museums made out of the rocks, the underground city, the beautiful valleys. And surprise her with a hot air balloon ride over this mystical landscape at sunrise, the views and colours of the landscape will make this an experience you’ll never forget!

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This list is nowhere near exhaustive of all the different ways a honeymoon can be spent! From romantic to backpacking, there are innumerable choices for you to decide how you want to start the adventure that is your married life.

Did you spend your honeymoon with a difference? Tell us in the comments below!

 

9 Dazzling Substitutes for Gold Jewelery

Do you love gold, but have been dying to look totally different and just can’t think of any possible alternatives? Try our list of gold substitutes and completely reinvent your style! These adornments don’t aim to compete with gold jewelry but they definitely spice up your bridal look, making it exclusive while adding a dash of panache.

Gorgeous Kundan jewelry

Kundan Jewelry with its exquisite stone artwork is a favourite for most brides as these pieces usually come in very heavy designs and one kundan necklace is enough to cover up for any other jewelry items. The artwork is mostly done on a gold base and the stone cuts are done in a manner as to dazzle from every angle, making you look all the more royal and exclusive.

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Pearl Jewelry with diamond, sapphire, ruby or emerald stone settings looks really elegant and classy. This type of jewelry blend perfectly with unconventional bridal attires like mauve or onion colored lehengas as they complement the entire appearance splendidly.

Semi precious stone work jewelry

The semi precious stone set jewelry items are great when coupled with platinum or diamond sets for bridal wear. These can also be used for mehendi and sangeet occasions by themselves, where you may not want to wear gold, diamond or platinum jewelry items. These are mostly made on a copper base with a silver or gold plating along with semi-precious stone work to make them look highly dazzling.

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Sterling silver jewelry with stone settings

Sterling silver jewelry with precious and semi precious stone embellishments is currently creating ripples and is in great demand. It is highly cost effective and durable, as shiny and genuine silver is used with a blend of copper alloy to make it stronger. The precious and semi precious stone work on sterling silver makes this kind of jewelry look as gorgeous as its platinum counterparts.

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Classy white gold jewelry

White gold jewelry with diamond, ruby and sapphire stone settings is another popular alternative to gold that looks just like platinum jewelry and renders the same exquisite feel along with a classy appeal to Indian brides. White gold pairs beautifully with ruby, sapphire and emerald stones, as the white finish allows the stone work to stand out and complements the bridal attire equally well.

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Colorful & dazzling costume jewelry

In the realm of bridal jewelry, costume jewelry is steadily gaining ground, especially if you are looking to wear something dazzling and gorgeous to go with a basic diamond, gold or platinum set. These items of costume jewelry are mostly created on a copper base with gold or silver plating along with semi precious stone work to make the jewelry pieces look very classic and traditional.

Stylish and chic gold plated jewelry

Gold plated jewelry is a comparatively cheaper option and when coupled with diamond or platinum jewelry, these adornments gain a different level of exclusivity. Most of these jewelry items are made of copper, brass or other alloys and a plating of gold is applied to make them look shinier.

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Diamond jewelry with stone settings

Diamond jewelry with precious and semi precious stone work is speedily grabbing attention and has come to rule the hearts of countless Indian brides. The stone settings are done in a manner to highlight both the diamonds along with the other stone types in equal measures. Diamond with Panna or sapphire settings simply looks priceless for all bridal collections.

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Designer platinum jewelry

Platinum jewelry with embedded diamonds adds a different class to the entire bridal look, especially with a red bridal attire. A platinum base with ruby stones looks equally sophisticated and is especially suited to light colored bridal wear, since the ruby setting catches the light and dazzles beautifully. Platinum Jewelry with a light blue sapphire stone work looks splendid to give a perfect cool blue and pure white effect.

With the growing varieties in the realm of jewelry, there’s no dearth of alternatives for gold jewelry items, all you have to do is choose wisely.

About the Author: This post has been written by Vidya Mahi for WeddingPlz

 

 

All you need to know about a Solitaire Diamond!

The engagement ring is a dream most women have had since they were little girls, and while they do come in all materials and styles, the most popular and desirable by far is the solitaire ring. That lone diamond that commands presence and beauty and symbolizes the love of a lifetime.

But as romantic as the notion of that ring may be, choosing one can be equally confusing! We recommend doing a bit of research before entering your jewellery store, to avoid last minute confusion or a purchase that you later regret. After all, this is one ring that will be worn for a lifetime!

And when it comes to solitaires, there’s no escaping the technical basics of the 4Cs. Here we list them out for you to make a more informed decision.

The Cut

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While the round diamond is by far the most popular, there are multiple other shapes in which a diamond can be bought, and more importantly, the price gets impacted by your choice as well. The round shape also happens to be the most expensive cut available in the market. You may want to try out something different, such as the Marquise, Princess cut, Pear, Heart or Emerald shape to see what suits the bride’s finger and looks the best.

Carat

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We keep hearing the term carat used loosely regarding your jewellery’s quality, but what does this really mean? While a lot of people believe it has to do with your diamond’s size, it’s actually a measure of the weight of the stone. Hence, a 1 carat diamond would not come in a standard size, but varies on the basis of the cut and shape as well. Based on the carat measure of your diamond, you could be shelling out anywhere between Rs. 50,000 to 2 lakhs for your precious stone!

One of the methods to bring the ring of your dreams a little closer to your budget is to shave off a tiny amount of cents (1 carat is made of a 100 cents) from your diamond. 10 cents reduced does not affect the size or look of your diamond significantly to the naked eye, but definitely impacts the price at which it is sold.

Colour

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Believe it or not, there are multiple colour ranges for your diamond, and not all are pure white and sparkly! The range starts from D, which is the rare absolutely colourless range, and heads all the way to Z, the latter of which have a slight yellow tinge. Not surprisingly, D-F are the most expensive range of diamonds and the price goes down as the colour changes. Makes sure you ask your jeweller exactly what colour range your diamond falls in!

Of course, this colour spectrum does not include the extremely rare pink and blue diamonds, which cost much more than a D diamond!

Clarity

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Last but not the least, the fourth C – Clarity, is something inherent to a diamond, and cannot be altered by human intervention. As with the colour chart, there is also grading of clarity starting from FL-IF, VVS1-VVS2, VS1-VS2, SI1-SI2, I1, I2 & I3. The clarity grade depends on, if the diamond is flawless without any inclusions (FL-IF), and the amount of imperfections visible under magnification of the naked eye, with I2-I3 standing for an imperfect diamond. Again, an FL diamond would by far be the most expensive, with your price range reducing with each grade. Rings can fit a little better into your budget by a small change from VVS to VS, which might not really show as much of a difference in quality to the naked eye, but makes a much bigger difference in price!

The Ring

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Some people prefer selecting their diamond separately, and then having it set into a ring of their choice. Either way, the band is also an important choice along with the diamond. While gold is beautifully classic, platinum is classy and new-age. Do think about what you prefer, in terms of your skin tone and the look of your ring. Moreover, the design of the band can completely define how your ring looks. Whether you want a plain band or a prong setting, do see different catalogues to get a better idea of your dream ring.

 

Certification

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We would also suggest looking for a certified diamond, to ensure quality of purchase. There are multiple agencies such as the IGI & GIA who offer certifications, so make sure you ask your jewellery store manager for this!

So put on your research hat, decide your budget and see what specifications you prefer, because the final price of your ring is going to be dependent on all the qualities mentioned above. Moreover, ensure you know what you’re buying, and don’t get duped into purchasing a lower quality product for a higher price!

5 Things you wont believe your wedding planner becomes!

“Chotu! Woh phool cross mein lagao, seedhe nai!”, an image of a sleep deprived person comes to mind, no make up, no jewelry, no heels, that is just your wedding planner being the one person you cant afford to be however with the same glee and excitement to see the big day taking shape.

A wedding planner is a fluid concept of a person who takes the form of anything you need them to be to make you feel like the princess you deserve! We do not only create your wedding sets and send out invitations, there is more to it than that!

Today we list down 5 things you wont believe we see ourselves as!

Your wedding Planner becomes your best friend.

“Salmon or Halibut, it dosen’t matter to me!” – Phoebe Buffay

“Well, it matters to me!” – Monica Geller, the wedding planner.

A wedding planner does just that, everything on your big day has to be perfect. Your wedding planner is the best friend you have and there is a high possibility that by the end of it, your wedding planner will realize what you need before you realize you need it.

Your wedding planner becomes your stylist.

Wedding planners come in with a host of experience planning soirees for the ocean of cultural diversity that is a part of India. We have a knack to put together parts of that experience to create a unique and personal style for you which we understand by being your best friend 🙂

Your wedding planner becomes your financial planner

Your money is important to you and us, we want to make sure every penny spent gives you double the happiness and joy, hence it is our responsibility to make sure you spend on the right things and get super cost-effective and luxury bargains through our network and contacts!

Your wedding planner becomes your shoulder to lean on.

All weddings are stressful, and more often than not, everyone in the family is stressed as well. Your wedding planner is your shoulder to lean on when times get too stressful, we are there to comfort you, to calm you down and make sure you are at your comfortable peak through the entire process.

Your wedding planner shares your vision.

“I don’t want to be a bride-zilla, but so far my attempts at getting people to respect my wishes aren’t working”

Your wedding planner works to become your genie, because we know it is YOUR day. Only difference with us is , there is no limit to the amount of wishes you have. We see your wedding the way you see it and work to move mountains and get that done.

At the end of it all we can say is…

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7 Breathtaking Maang Tikka Styles You Can Steal From These Gorgeous Indian Brides

This article has been written by Neelam Jain for BollywoodShaadis.com

Wedding jewellery has always been an essential part of every Indian bride’s entire look. Everything ranging from something as small as a toe ring to as big as a necklace, is equally important in making a bride look complete. Needless to say, all these pieces of the traditional Indian jewellery make a bride look stunningly beautiful and remarkably graceful on the big day of her life. And, among the various Indian bridal jewellery pieces, one of the inevitable parts of every Indian bride’s solah shringar, is the maang tikka. Falling on the forehead of the bride, the maang tikka simply adds elegance to her entire look. What’s more? With time, this beautiful jewellery has evolved into various designs and styles.

So, before you pick up a maang tikka for your wedding, let us tell you the significance of this magnificent piece of jewellery, while also telling you the large variety of designs that it comes in.

Significance of maang tikka

Apart from being a bridal adornment, maang tikka also denotes the union of two souls through the institution of marriage. The point, where the pendant of the maang tikka falls is believed to be the place for the ajna chakra. Represented by two petals, this chakra is symbolic of the sacred union of the male and the female in every aspect, including emotional, spiritual and physical level.

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Different types of maang tikkas

There are a lot of beautiful and intricate designs of maang tikkas, which have been the timeless classics in the world of traditional Indian bridal jewellery. So, here are some of the stunning designs of different styles of maang tikkas, which are worn by the Indian brides of different cultures.

#1. Over-sized maang tikkas

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A bold bride can prefer large statement pieces to have a distinct look on their special day. You can pick anything from floral or circular patterns in the large studded pieces, and stand out as the bride with most elegant taste.

However, those who are not too confident about being able to carry out the big piece on their face, should better take it easy and avoid it. The bride with long faces or broad foreheads can best carry this style with grace.

#2. Small pendant style

These statement pieces are a popular pick among all those brides, who believe in traditional yet classy look. Single-stranded tikkas might be quite a conservative design, but that is just enough for some brides to look exceptionally elegant and fashionable.

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And, there is a whole wide variety of designs in it as well for the brides and newlyweds to look dazzling. From fancy coloured stone tikkas to pearl hangings and ruby, there is a wide range available to pick from. The best part about this little bauble is that it suits all face shapes.

#3. Jhoomar or passa

jhoomar or passa is the traditional ornament of a Muslim bride. This piece of maang tikka hangs on the left side of the forehead. Nowadays, this is also worn in addition to the regular one that falls on the centre of the forehead. The collection comes in various designs, like fan shape, triangular design, round style, etc., and it adds a royal appeal to a bride’s look.

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So, if you want to do something different with your look than just going the traditional way, then this noticeably vibrant accessory is a must in your bridal jewellery collection.

#4. One-tier matha Pattis

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Another hot trend that rules the world of maang tikkas is the matha Patti. This style has extra layers to the sides, which completely adorns a bride’s forehead. However, you have to be conscious with this ornament to make it stay in its place. Being sleek in design, it goes well with the round-shaped face.

#5. Multi-tier matha Patti

This thick and heavy ‘nawabi style’ maang tikka is yet another hot favourite among the brides. It is almost same as a one-tier maang tikka with the only difference being in the number of chains to the sides. Embellished with a variety of stones, like crystals, rubies, diamonds, etc., the multi-tier matha Patti makes a bride look no less than a queen.

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However, this exquisite style does not suit everyone. Brides with wide forehead and cheek area can easily go for this style. It also looks extremely pretty on long faces as it exaggerates their features.

#6. Borla

Worn mostly by the women in the states of Rajasthan and Haryana in India, the borla-style maang tikkas simply make a bride look chic and glamorous. It derives its name from the jujube fruit (called ber or bor in Hindi), as its shape is similar to this fruit. The spherical shape of borla is usually crafted with pearls, stones, rubies, crystals, etc.

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The charming borla was even sported by Aishwarya Rai in the movie Jodha Akbar. It looks great on round cut faces, especially when the hair parting is done exactly from the centre of head.

#7. Side-swept style

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This is one of the hottest styles of maang tikkas that many brides love to wear these days. Also, called the ‘nawabi style’ half matha patti by many jewellery designers, this maang tikka falls on the side of the forehead, instead of being placed at the centre.

This style comes in yet another variation, where the maang tikka is placed on the centre of the forehead, just like the traditional ones. However, the side panel is only on one of the sides of the forehead. No matter what style does the bride pick, this artistic piece of jewellery simply gives her a majestic look.

Well, we are sure you will simply mesmerize everyone by sporting any of these beautiful styles of maang tikka on your wedding day. So, just pick the one that best suits your face shape and let the man of your dreams go crazy about you, yet again!

About the Author: This article has been written by Neelam Jain for BollywoodShaadis.com

 

 

Bridal Vanity Kit Checklist

This post has been extracted from weddingplz.com

We all love shopping but shopping specially for cosmetics and other make-up essentials is the most delightful experience for a bride. You are the best judge of your skin type, so make sure you yourself shop for your bridal vanity kit essentials. You are the star of this auspicious occasion, so don’t let your incomplete kit spoil your big day. Go through this savior checklist we have for you and you won’t miss anything at all.

 

Face:

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  • Primer: For that beautifully clear and radiant skin, go for a good quality primer which is rich in vitamins so that even after wearing layers of make-up, your skin can breathe properly.
  • Foundation: Look for a foundation that matches your skin color. Too much lighter shade can make you look disastrous on stage and in pictures.
  • Concealer: Mostly people don’t need a concealer after applying primer and foundation but you should always keep it in your kit to get away with those dark blemishes.
  • Face Powder: If the wedding is in summers then face powder is a must to save you from melting make-up. It will fix your make-up and help you get a shine free matte finish.
  • Blush: As per your skin tone, pick up pinkish or peachy shade of blush to add definition to your cheekbones. Go for matte blush if your skin is oily and shimmery for normal to dry skin type.
  • Moisturizer: To keep your skin hydrated.
  • Sunscreen: To save yourself from tanning.
  • Face Wipes: For staying fresh all the time.
  • Sindoor and Bindi: Since now you will be a newlywed, this is something you need to carry all the time.
  • Rose Water: For moisture and freshness.

Eyes:

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  • Eye-shadow: Its better you keep a palette of eyeshadow that has many colors from light to darker ones, so that you don’t have to panic even if the one you thought will go well with your dress actually did not create the same magic.
  • Kajal Pencil: Black is the evergreen color for eye make-up as it goes well with every eye color, but you can always have blue or green color for a chic look.
  • Eyeliner: Liner can be liquid based, gel based or like a sketch pen, go for the one which you are comfortable using.
  • Eyelash Curler: If you are not very comfortable using false eyelashes then you must keep an eyelash curler to perfectly spread them out and to make your eyes look bigger.
  • Mascara: Go for a good quality waterproof mascara to make your lashes look darker and thicker.

Lips:

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  • Lipstick: A right shade of lipstick can transform your look completely. Shades like cherry red, magenta and coral are must haves in your kit.
  • Lip Balm: For prepping up the lips.

Hair:

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  • Shampoo: Keep a mild shampoo to save yourself from bad hair day.
  • Conditioner: For adding moisture and lusture to hair.
  • Hair Brush & Rollers: To style your hair and add volume to it.
  • Bobby pins: To secure the frizzy flicks.
  • U-pins: For the perfect neat bun.
  • Clutcher: For a normal hairdo.

 

Nail :

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  • Nail Paint: You must keep at least two three nice colors like maroon, magenta or the one that matches the color of your dress.
  • Nail Paint Remover: To make it easy for you to change the nail color according to dress.

 

Miscellaneous :

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  • Small Mirror: Everything you keep in your vanity is of no use if you forget to keep this thing.
  • Hand Sanitizer: To clean your hands before using any product on face.
  • Perfume/ Deo: Because smelling fresh is as important as feeling fresh.
  • Make-Up Brushes: Keep a set of make-up brushes for face and lips both.
  • Kajal Sharpner: For perfectly defined eyes.
  • Safety Pins: Keep a bunch of it.
  • Make-Up Remover/Cleanser: It’s a must have.
  • Cotton Balls: It’s a strict no no to leave home without them.
  • Sanitary Napkins: You don’t always remember the date so it’s better to keep them all the time.

This list will surely save you from all the last minute hassles while getting ready and assure you of looking stunning as a bride.

About the Author: This post has been extracted from http://www.weddingplz.com