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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Elegant pearl jewelry with stone settings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
“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.
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 tikkasimply 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 amaang 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.
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
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.
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
A 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.
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
Another hot trend that rules the world of maang tikkasis 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.
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.
Worn mostly by the women in the states of Rajasthan and Haryana in India, the borla-stylemaang tikkas simply make a bride look chic and glamorous. It derives its name from the jujube fruit (called beror borin Hindi), as its shape is similar to this fruit. The spherical shape of borla is usually crafted with pearls, stones, rubies, crystals, etc.
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
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 pattiby 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 tikkaon 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This post has been written by Joy De for WeddingPlz.com
With all extravagance, the wedding carnival is at its peak. The much awaited bride is all set to steal the show. Amid the vision of wearing trendy necklaces and bangles, a piece of classic nose ring always sets the charm.
The significance of the nose ring lies beyond just ornamentation, the practice of wearing it dates back to the Vedic age and supposedly makes any pain related to pregnancy and periods bearable. Nose rings in India are worn either on the nostril, septum or the bridge of the nose.
With such massive cultural acceptance across different regions, the nose rings have seen a lot of variations and cultural influence in its design. Below are the top 13 nose ring designs as per the regions of India:
This nose ring is a type of plain metallic chain with decorative charms all over resembling a type of charm bracelet. The design is made as such the highlight is more on the metallic chain part rather than the nose ring itself. Another most common type of Latkan is called ‘Bullag’ which is a pendent suspended from the septum.
Very popular in Punjab, the design primarily has a medium or large hoop with little or no charms along the periphery that goes up along the metallic chain connecting the nose ring to the hair. One of the most popular bridal jewelry in India, Punjabi Nath is considered as a heavier version of the Nathni.
Inspiring many Bollywood lyricist, laung is a clove shaped nose stud popular in most parts of North India. Commonly made of gold or silver and studded with precious or semi-precious stones, laung can be worn not only on a wedding but also on other special occasions as well.
Fan shaped nose ring:
These are the most intricately designed nose ring which perhaps depicts the cultural significance. They are popular in parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Spoked nose ring:
Popular in parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the spoked nose ring is circular shaped with a series of continuous spokes running along the periphery. They are designed as such the nose ring falls on the lips, covering half the mouth.
Mukhuttis, as known in the regional language, is a light weight nose pin worn mostly by the brides of Konkan and Goa. However, they are worn in Kerala and Karnataka as well with a little extravagance — where the brides choose to wear it on both the nostrils.
Traditionally worn by most brides on both the nostrils, nose studs normally consists of either two or three diamonds intricately detailed to give a more authentic South Indian appeal. The practice of wearing a nose stud is age old and the design speaks more of the cultural significance.
This nose ring is usually worn on the septum or the lower part of the nostrils. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes without much of embellishments involved. They are mostly worn solo or clubbed with other nose pin.
Nathni is a popular hoop nose ring mostly worn by brides from Gujarat and Rajasthan. They are usually made of gold or silver and are sometimes decorated with little precious or semi-precious gem stone which is connected to the hair with a long delicate metallic chain.
Worn by the top notch Bollywood brides, Maharashtrian nath is popular across India for its unique cashew nut shape. They are mostly made of pearl, beads and other colourful stones to serve every pellete.
Konkani studs are quite abstract and are inspired by the elements of nature, the studs are made in motifs of fish, bird etc., and embellished with precious or semi-precious stones. Though gold and silver are the common metals used in design, yet every Konkan jewelry reflects simplicity and minimalism in it.
Designer Nose Ring:
Designed especially for the red carpet and popularized by Vidya Balan and Sonam Kapoor; the Cannes Film Festival saw some dramatic nose ring designs in diamonds and white gold that can also be a good alternative for any Indian bride.
Classic Nose Pin:
Classic nose pin has been the choice of bride all across the globe, light weight with a single studded stone always works for those who choose minimalism in their style.
Try these, you are sure to win the hearts of the on lookers.
This blog has been written by Shruti Sharma for WedMeGood.com
While we are often called a bride’s best friend, we thought it would be nice to hear from the other side for once. So we got some solid advice from a makeup artist who tells you what you should look for before booking your bridal makeup. Shruti Sharma, one of Delhi’s most popular artists ventures into some good old-fashioned advice on how to hire and get the best out of your makeup. In other words, the few ways in which you can make good use of them on your wedding day. Hear, hear!
Don’t Delay Bookings
Ideally one should start calling and enquiring with vendors right after your dates get fixed. Some vendors get booked months in advance sodon’t delayand start reviewing the work of various artists and calling them to check their availability and charges.
Meet one on one
Once you have shortlisted, its best to meet with them one on one. Many makeup artists offer trials (some charge for them while others offer them for free). Meeting them would give you a good sense of their personality, work style and even help you understand how comfortable you will be having them in close confines with you on your wedding day.
Questions to ask them
Ask them about
Their team:Who will be working on you, who does hair, does the MUA do all the makeup?
The productsthey use
The timethey will take to get you ready
Do they allow photographers to shoot while the makeup is going on?
Other bookingthey have on the same day
Services to Include
At whatever price that they quote, you should ideally be getting:
Maybe even a shampoo (if you are at their salon)
So that you don’t have to look for anyone else’s help to get completely ready. If you aren’t getting this, then get a quote which includes all of this.
Discounts vs Haggles
It’s one thing to ask for a discount or a package deal, but another to haggle. Please understand asking once is alright but it’s never a good idea to push too much. Trust me you don’t want them to cut costs in the quality of products or services they offer for that might just become a painful experience!
Like any other vendors, makeup artists too take an advance deposit which is not refundable. The balance needs to be paid by the date of your wedding! Makeup artists who are thorough professionals reach the location on time, deliver on the look that was decided and put a lot of physical effort in getting a bride ready and to make her look more beautiful than ever. You should also hold your end of the deal and make the payments on time. No negotiations on that!
If hiring a freelancer, find out if they have any other bookings on that date and make sure you get ample time from them for yourself. In such cases it is important that both you and the makeup artist stick to the pre-decided timelines.
Once you have booked them, please specify in advance if you have other members of your family and friendswho would like help in getting ready and exactly what services they need. The makeup artist will plan ahead and keep the products and resources available to meet your needs and in such a case please be ready to pay extra for the services at a pre-decided/discussed charges. Ever go to a restaurant and say my main order is butter chickenbut I would like thoda sa palak paneer or bas itna sa rajma? No you don’t! So why here? A makeup artist will do what they are commissioned to do. If you want to request them to handle some extra people on an ad-hoc basis, ask them first and be ready to pay for the services!
Delays have become synonymous with so many Indian weddings these days! It’s hard to keep everything in control and make sure its all going as per schedule. So be real with the vendors. Keep in touch with them on the day of your functions and tell them the status in advance. That’s better than having them wait half a day burning their time and energy at your venue! If visiting a salon, you might get a time slot from them when you can come in and get dedicated time with your makeup artist. Try and be there on time and if in case you can’t, be patient and wait a bit before the artist can start with you. At that time even though it might be getting very late for you, there is no time to rush and panic. Take a deep breath, inform the artist that you are short on time and let them do their best!
In case you cancel for absolutely any reason, be prepared to forgo the advance amount that you gave them to block their dates for you. In case the makeup artist cancels (which ideally they shouldn’t but since they are humans too, cancellations may happen due to sickness or any other emergencies). There is no harm in asking for a back up plan. If a makeup artist is cancelling for any reason, they should be able to provide you with someone else to fill in for them and save the day. The charges too that you pay in that case can be negotiated based on who the back up artist is.
Outstation Makeup Charges
11. Normally if you hire a makeup artist for a wedding outside of their city, chances are they will charge extra. They will be dedicating their entire time to you along with their team. It is also a norm to arrange for the travel and stay for the artist and the team. I understand that you may want to cut costs at times but please make sure the artist or anyone from the team is not having to share their room with any of your guests! Its NOT because the makeup artists aren’t flexible/don’t want to mix with your crowd/Don’t appreciate your hospitality and your ever-growing comfort level with them. It is because they are there to WORK and they need their rest!
While they are actually getting you ready, be free to tell them what you like and what you are not comfortable with. You should be happy with the way you look on the best day of your life!
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Lastly, and this is important!
We makeup artists have handpicked our teams from the hundreds out there to form one where each member is highly skilled at their job, extremely hard-working and highly motivated to give you their best. It is this team that makes us tick. They are the unsung heroes without whom all the beautiful pics you see on our profiles would be impossible. We come across such different types of people. Ones who show immense kindness and also the ones who are downright rude to our teams the minute we turn our backs.
Don’t forget, that person getting you water or painting your nails is a human too and can make mistakes. They work countless hours and through the toughest days to make your day amazing. If you aren’t happy with anything, there are plenty of ways to tell them politely without being rude or raising your voice. Let them know nicely and chances are they will go an extra mile and put in more than what’s expected to make your day extra special! They will not give up until you are satisfied with the results. Be rude to them and you will not only lose their respect but ours too.
“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money” – John Ruskin
Anita Dongre started her journey in high fashion in 1998, and her unique, sincere designs have made her a strong presence within the Indian fashion circuit, especially when it comes to wedding and bridal couture. Her signature style represents the modern Indian woman who is stylish, yet true to her roots. This shows in the contemporary-cum-traditional craftsmanship of her designs. Her lehengas and anarkalis are to die for, so let’s take a look at this craftsman’s creations from 2013-2014.
The year that was: 2013
Anita’s designs are strongly inspired by her native roots, and this was quite apparent in her exquisite collection for the Lakme Fashion Week 2013 Winter/Festive, titled ‘The Jaipur Bride’. It showcased the modern Indian bride in a chic, yet traditional avatar. The theme of the collection was the use of authentic, intricate Jaipuri ‘gotta patti’ embroidery, which adorned the regal anarkalis, exquisite lehengas, and even the chic cocktail gowns. There were ensembles in white and gold, pastel greens, neon pinks and oranges, vibrant blues, and they were all blended into this one collection symbolic of Anita’s interpretation of the modern Indian wedding, which is colourful, yet classy and tasteful. Palazzo pants, stylized lungi pants and loosely draped maxi dresses provided a fun element and are sure to be eye-catchers in the coming wedding seasons.
Another highlight of the show was the music by artist Sona Mahapatra. Her beautiful renditions of thumri, sufi and other folk music fused with a rock, contemporary edge complimented the theme of the show perfectly. This one truly was a crowd pleaser.
Looking ahead: 2014
Anita’s brand is expanding on a global level everyday, and she has surely kept busy this 2014 as well. Her Spring/Summer collection keeps true to what is normally relatable to the summer, such as pastels; whites; loose, flowy lines; and so forth.Celebrating the season, her ‘Sonnets of Spring’ collection is characterised by gorgeous digital and geometric prints in soft, pastel hues. You will also find kaftans, anarkalis, tunics, shift dresses, fitted trousers and elegant eveningwear in this collection, in summer-friendly fabrics such as mal, georgette, chiffon, linen and cotton. Along with this, she has also come up with a line of menswear, which includes classic linen shirts, shirts with digital prints, bandis, deconstructed and half-lined linen blazers, casual linen jodhpuris dipped in hues of aqua, coral, light pink, white and blue. So you can look forward to some clean cuts, patterns and colours for a truly spectacular summer/spring wedding.
Anita’s fashion brands, AND and Global Desi, are two of the most popular ones currently trending the nation. The brands aim at striking a balance between designer wear that is priced exorbitantly and mass market produce that is cheap and commonplace, and creating good-quality, high-fashion clothes that are affordable, yet stylish and unique. This concept has been so well received that expansion plans for her brands are already underway. She successfully launched Global Desi in Mauritius just last year. Well, we hope she launches many more stores this 2014 and wows the rest of the world with her designs as well!
Along with being an ace designer, Anita is also a conscious and responsible public figure. She has contributed to different areas of Indian society with her influence and reach. She is a vegan and an active member of PETA, where she has been in the forefront in the fight for animal rights.
Women empowerment is a cause she truly believes in and has done a great deal for. She is known for employing artisans in Rajasthan to create handcrafted materials for her creations, which is helping to revive and preserve several dying art forms in India. This is also helping to generate employment for a sector that has been fading out since the Industrial revolution. Mijwan is a village in UP that specializes in Chikankari; in association with actor Shabana Azmi, Anita supports the women of this village by commissioning Chikankari work from them, which she uses in her designs. She also contributes to a social organization run by Mana Shetty that provides livelihood to economically backward women with the help of the waste material provided by fashion designers.
While all these achievements are already medals on her chest, Anita was also presented with an award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’ by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization, Bombay Chapter in 2013. We could go on about the honors and recognitions that she has received, but what is remarkable is that in whichever contribution she has made to Indian society, be it through her designs, charity or philanthropy, it’s her heart and sincerity that really shine through. We applaud this maestro and look forward to her innovations in future as well.