Category Archives: Decor

The Aashni & Co Wedding Show

This time last week I was in the presence of Indian fashion royalty. Held at The Dorchester Ballroom, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Aashni & Co wedding show, featuring all of my favourite designers, possibly the most incredible floral displays I’ve seen to date and a bridal beauty demonstration. I was surrounded by the most gorgeous pieces and their creators! (To say I was excited would be a huge understatement)

The designers featured were: Anamika Khanna, Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta, Ashima-Leena, Elisha W, Jaipur Gems, Kotwara by Meera Muzaffar Ali, Manish Malhotra, Monisha Thahryamal, Nikasha, Pallavi Jaikishan, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Sabyasachi, Shehlaa, Sonali Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani and Varun Bahl. (I know…breathe..)

The day started fabulously with a much needed coffee en route to The Dorchester. As soon as I entered the ballroom, I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of elegance and glamour facing me. The whole show was decorated with absolutely stunning floral displays by Zita Elze, with an entrance display that was just magical.


You see what I mean…


I realised I was surrounded by some of the most incredible pieces I had literally ever seen!


Shehla Khan

Manish Malhotra


Tarun Tahiliani



Once this had all sunk in, I wandered into the exhibitors area and it was just so much more than I had ever imagined. The designers were in their own stalls, surrounded by their garments and freely talking to the public. It was endearing to see my idols humanised for a day!

Having found the ability to breathe again, I headed off to find and speak with the designers. Here are some quotes and pictures from the most amazing day.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy's work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.

I absolutely LOVE Anushree Reddy’s work, the florals and prettiness poured into all of her designs, is something that has inspired me since her first collection.




Anushree Reddy: It is great to be able to be here and visit a city and meet the brides who buy my work. We need to experiment with different markets and you only learn by going there.


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Sabyasachi: I love helping young people, so when Aashni came into my store and told me I had to make a collection for her store I couldn’t say no. I was young and starting up once too, I like the confidence in young people.


Photo credit – OneTimeFashionista

Manish Malhotra: My collection here today is basically bringing back the classic red. I like taking vintage and heritage culture and giving it a modernising nature, which is easy to wear and personality driven.

Another stunning banquet display

Tarun Tahiliani: My first show at the Dorchester was in 1995. It was the first show I ever did and it was one of the most beautiful, magical nights. When I heard the venue for this event was the Dorchester, I had to do it just to do something a little different. It is wonderful being here. I had no idea it would be such an incredible turnout. It has been wonderful speaking to brides and the audience here


Aashni with her royal fashion entourage

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration

Aamir Naveed and Ambreen hair and makeup demonstration


Tamara Al Gabbani; brand ambassador for Jaipur Gems mid interview


Needless to say…I was a very happy me by the end of the day!!

Shop the designers at Aashni & Co

Happy Sunday


Guestbook Alternatives

To quote Wikipedia,

 ‘A guestbook (also guest bookvisitor logvisitors’ bookvisitors’ album) is a paper or electronic means for a visitor to acknowledge a visit to a site, physical or web-based, and leave details such as their name, postal or electronic address, and any comments.’

A guestbook, in the context of a wedding, can be absolutely anything! No really… and the more unique it is, the better! I am always in favour of a good book so my vote would normally be there, however some of the following options could make me reconsider!

Most of these lovely creations can be found personalised on Etsy,

Happy Sunday


Puzzle credits Heart Box Quilted Padlocks  Corkscrew/ Jenga Calendar Guestbox/ polaroid book Guestbox Greenhouse

Metallic Weddings

Metallics, if done tastefully, can add a huge amount of luxe and glamour to any event.
As a bridalwear designer I get to experiment with every type of ground, however I always mute my designs with a touch of gold or silver. You reeeeally can’t have a wedding without them.
The idea of having metallics may seem scary at first…
But there are tricks to be able to use metallics for maximum impact.
Decor is one of the easiest and quickest ways to sneak in some glitter!

IMG_6792-0.JPGYou have so many options where you can use your golden touch.

Centrepieces and vases are available in the most gorgeous antique golds and silvers. Your table decor is the most forgiving part of your wedding, it doesn’t all have to match!

The key is to find a type of metallic you’re happy with and stay away from those that will plummet your wedding into the tacky area. Matte colours and antique colours add the most prestige, whereas yellow silvers and yellow golds turn your wedding into a 5 year old’s princess party. Although….



With table decor…go all out! You can never have too much!


A metallic dress. Not many brides’ idea of preferred bridalwear, but they look SO beautiful and glamorous that you should find a way to incorporate these into your big day.


IMG_6795.JPGThis is pretty full on, but actually for a reception or rehearsal dinner it’s AMAZING!

IMG_6796.JPGThis beautiful Oscar De La Renta shows just how you can add touches of sparkle.


IMG_6797.JPGIf you want to add metallics into your wedding but don’t want to go as far as metallic clothing, go for small touches like make-up or accessories. Huge impact…teeny tiny efforts…what’s not to like?!



These beautiful cakes are the perfect touch to your millennium wedding.


Make sure the teeniest parts have the metallic touch, such as your bouquet. There are fab sprayed bouquets available but if these are not your cup of tea, then improvise.


Embrace your inner Midas!