Category Archives: Indian wedding

Gorgeous Ways to Wear Headpieces

So you’ve heard of wearing a tikka and you are either completely for them (YES) or not a fan..

This post is solely dedicated to show you beautiful ways everyone can wear them..and make you a firm YES person!

Tikkas can very quickly turn an outfit from lovely to bridal and well, that’s really what we’re going for!

Traditional
The traditional way to wear a tikka is to align to the middle of your forehead and pin back through your hair, here are some very simple tikkas to try and tempt you into wearing one on your big day…
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See how pretty they are! They can be made in almost anything these days and can be custom made to match your bridal jewellery!

Recently there has been a trend in wearing 1920’s style headgear, but all ‘asianed’ up..not sure what I mean? Think of The Great Gatsby..minus the feathers and add some gorgeous Kundan rows..

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Ok so these aren’t exactly Kundan but therrreee you go! Mental image complete.

There are so many variations to how these can be worn..

There’s the single row

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Yes believe it or not that is actually a single row!

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No that is not a real person. yes it is very scary.

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The multiple row..

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actually a little scarier – but gorgeous double rowed tikka piece

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The side parting rows…

Praise The Lord!

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OR the even newer trend of having no rows and having a one piece at the centre of your forehead..

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Or for those with a side parting…the side piece!

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How can you resist the head bling!!

Happy forehead decorating!

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White Weddings

I am absolutely crazed about white weddings; the gorgeous ivory dress, the bouquet of flowers, the veil, the headpiece, the flower girls/boys…I could go on..(but I won’t)

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Since I was little I have been collecting images, fabrics, colours, prints and more to be able to create my dream wedding. As I grew up I was under the impression that, as a Hindu, we don’t really do the whole church/ castle thing. It is a simple signing of a book to register your marriage legally.

As I grew up a little more and studied fashion and got more into my bridal design and got a job in fashion buying.
At this point the only thing going through my mind was

screw tradition I am definitely having my fairytale wedding

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(too much?)

As a second generation Indian (born in the U.K. with Indian heritage) I realised how lucky we are to be able to have a huge mix of different cultures in our weddings!

Different types of Indian events available to us:
Sangeet night
Mehndi night
Raas and Garba evening
Vidhi
Indian ceremony

They’re the most popular Indian events, and the British cultured events available to us are:
Civil ceremony
Reception
Post wedding brunch
Rehearsal dinner

How freakin’ awesome! We can have about 10 different events just because we live in Britain!!! Of course not many people have a ten event wedding…

So going back to this white wedding, some of the recent collections have been phenomenal! I’ll leave you with a few inspirational images that I love, for your big day!

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Featuring
Rosa Clara Bridal

Various dresses from Wedding Inspirasi

Jenny Packham

More to come soon
Happy dressing!
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Different Types of Mehndi

A mehndi night is the day a bride gets decorated for her soon be husband, the day she traditionally wears no makeup or jewellery and only has the intricate swirls of henna to make her look likeĀ a bride……or as a bride today calls it…a pre wedding party! There are so many different mehndi designs and types out there it is difficult to know what type of mehndi to be asking for!

I want those flowers with the squiggles….is that Arabic or is that Indian? Pakistani maybe?

Well fear not! The Bride Loves is here to help you along your henna filled path.

Arabic Mehndi

Arabic mehndi is one of the most popular designs amongst most culture. It is easy to create, master and duplicate within a short space of time. Arabic designs use very thick lines, and consist mainly of flowers and veins…
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Indian Mehndi
Indian mehndi designs are a lot thinner and more detailed than Arabic. They can easily take a few hours to complete and are the most varied, ranging from a large circle in the palm of your hand..

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(Not sure we’d go for that over here..)

…to complex and intricate bridal mehndi designs.

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Pakistani Mehndi

These are a mix between complex Arabic and Indian designs

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I’ll leave with a few of my favourite mehndi patterns for a bit of inspiration…happy henna-ing! Feel free to ask me for recommendations on artists or if you’d like me to show your work!

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Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for more inspiration

Pinterest: thebrideloves by Shivani
Instagram: @thebrideloves

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All Things Wedding

That day has come….you have your ring…but now what? Now starts the sheer panic of all things wedding that overcomes every bride to be.

Since I was about 11 I have been obsessed with weddings…in the ‘stay away from me, I’m crazy’ kind of way. I am in the process of starting my own bridalwear company: Bespoke…by Shivani (but more on that in the future) and I decided the only way I can currently channel this obsession is through a blog!

This blog will be dedicated to all things wedding; from the big things like outfits through to the little things, that nobody really looks at or cares about but still just as important…like napkins or how many prongs the forks have.

I have been fascinated with Asian weddings so much so that I completed my thesis – all 80,000 words – on Asian weddings today…and this led me to The Bride Loves.

So ring or no ring (it’s no ring FYI) I will endeavour to share tips, tricks and give a little bit of inspiration for your big day.

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