Wed­ding diaries

CON­TEM­PO­RARY JEW­ELLERY. FAS­CI­NAT­ING THEMES. CRAZY DES­TI­NA­TIONS. AN ECO-FRIENDLY D-DAY. HERE’S YOUR GUIDE TO PLAN THE TRA­DI­TIONAL GU­JARATI WED­DING WITH AMOD­ERN PUNCH.

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI INSIDE - BY DE­VIKA CHATURVEDI PRAKASH TILOKANI

Your guide to the tra­di­tional Gu­jarati wed­ding with a mod­ern punch.

he mod­ern day Gu­jarati wed­ding is go­ing global. Lit­er­ally. Be it choos­ing the pho­tog­ra­pher or dé­cor, world cui­sine or live coun­ters over a tra­di­tional pa­tra and und­hiyu or go­ing be­yond pane­tars and band­ha­nis, Gu­jarati cou­ples are ex­per­i­ment­ing more. While theme wed­dings are all about recre­at­ing ev­ery­thing from the clas­sic Ara­bian Nights to ex­trav­a­gant Las Ve­gas, the lat­est trend is an eco-friendly setup.

TSHOP TILL YOU DROP

Al­though ev­ery Gu­jarati wed­ding to­day has a touch of mod­ernism, there are still many cou­ples who want to re­tain their tra­di­tional roots. For some, it has an emo­tional value, whereas for a few oth­ers (in­clud­ing NRIs), it is all about stick­ing to one’s cul­ture. This sea­son, visit the nar­row al­ley­ways of the Bangdi Bazaar, in the old part of Ra­jkot and you will be greeted by colour­ful riot of ban­gles in ev­ery shape and colour.

The Kutchi Band­hani, Gajji silk or Jam­na­gar’s Ghat Chola is still made in its purest form. In Band­hani, dif­fer­ent colours con­vey dif­fer­ent mean­ings and red stands for the bride. Pick up your tra­di­tional pa­tola sa­ree or add band­hej shawls and odh­nis in your trousseau. The odh­nis are also dec­o­rated with mir­rors, gota and tas­sels to give it a richer and more dec­o­ra­tive look. For fab­rics, one can head to the Ratan Pol mar­ket or Dhal­gar­wad in Ahmed­abad where you can find dress ma­te­ri­als, saris and suits. You can also find the best imi­ta­tion jew­ellery at very low prices here. Surti saris and dress ma­te­ri­als with cot­ton base are very pop­u­lar as well. For Is­lamic wed­dings or nikah, Sindhi mar­ket in Ahmed­abad or Su­rat’s whole­sale mar­ket are the best op­tions. Mus­lim com­mu­nity prefers bling in their clothes dur­ing their wed­dings and thus Manek­chowk in Ahmed­abad is the best op­tion for buy­ing se­quinned cloth or mukaish and dabka work shararas. Tra­di­tional jhoomars with pearl and kun­dan work can also be found here. Shops like Ch­habra 555 in Bhav­na­gar keep tra­di­tional bri­dal range, fea­tur­ing all vel­vets, bro­cades, silks and satins with a dab of heavy em­bel­lish­ments. Why look for haute cou­ture from Paris and Mi­lan when your roots have the sim­i­lar rich­ness to of­fer with lower price tags?

BE­YOND LEHEN­GAS

Gone are the days when wed­ding at­tire was all about the bride. The mod­ern-day groom does a lot to en­sure he dresses up ac­cord­ing to the lat­est trends. This sea­son, men

AP­PLY­ING ALTA ON THE

BRIDE’S FIN­GERS IS CON­SID­ERED AUS­PI­CIOUS should stick to the tried-and-tested high fash­ion with some well-crafted de­signer sher­wa­nis, jodh­puris, dho­tis, kur­tas and Indo-west­erns. JadeBlue, the ex­clu­sive men’s fash­ion store launched its Wed­ding Col­lec­tion 2013 re­cently. Ac­cord­ing to Sid­dhesh Chauhan, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor (de­sign), JadeBlue, “The colours that are in this year are bold and eclec­tic. You can choose from a pur­ple neo clas­sic sher­wani with min­i­mal bro­cade and hand­work de­tails or a beau­ti­fully crafted green sher­wani that re­vives the Mughal era”. You can choose from a tra­di­tional an­garkha style long coat with sharp cuts and smart styling, which can be paired with a black trouser for a sub­tle look. Then there are band­hgalas, which can be worn to re­cep­tions and din­ner par­ties. Make sure your wear them with pol­ished patent ox­fords. Also back in fash­ion are Nehru jack­ets—the iconic In­dian style that has achieved global recog­ni­tion. For women, Aish­warya De­sign stu­dio has come up with a new range that ex­hibits a line of or­nate lux­u­ri­ous sil­hou­ettes em­bel­lished

with in­tri­cate em­broi­dery in its con­tem­po­rary style. Aish­warya has a huge range of eth­nic anarkalis as well along with gota patti lehen­gas and heavy em­broi­dered out­fits. Pick up Kan­jee­varam silks for an eth­nic touch in your wardrobe as well. But al­ways re­mem­ber not to overdo it and that bal­anc­ing al­ways plays a key role. Where All Jade Blue Out­lets in Ahmed­abad, Su­rat, Vado­dara, Ra­jkot; Aish­warya De­sign Stu­dio, Iskcon Cir­cle, S.G.High­way, Ahmed­abad Tel 079 26468800, 07926861217

BEAUTY, SKIN DEEP

Ev­ery bride has a pic­ture per­fect im­age in her mind for her big day and make-up artists work hard to make that dream come true. “This year, bri­dal makeup trends have seen a shift from heavy eye makeup to darker lip colours,” says Neha Khanna, makeup artist, Avon In­dia. How­ever, shim­mer and heavy eye make-up will never com­pletely go out of vogue since wed­dings are all about bling. “We need to keep in mind her at­tire, jew­ellery and most im­por­tantly, the need to high­light her nat­u­ral fea­tures. This is how we cre­ate a look that suits her best,” adds Khanna. A bright red shade will suit a bride with fair com­plex­ion, a deep red would look nice on a medium/wheatish skin tone and a muted red or ma­roon would suit darker skin tones. HEAVY EYE MAKE-UP IS HOT THIS SEA­SON

Ex­perts sug­gest that brides should fol­low a beauty regime suit­able for their skin type be­fore their wed­ding.

THE MES­SEN­GER

The wed­ding in­vi­ta­tion has taken on a life of its own. It could even look like a large leather box like an an­tique-steamer trunk. Open it and you find an as­sort­ment of choco­lates, gifts and, of course, the wed­ding card it­self. To add to the re­gal touch on the in­side of the lid, there is a sepia-toned print of the cou­ple. That’s just one of the elab­o­rate in­vi­ta­tion cards in vogue this sea­son. Start­ing from pop-up books to chic mono­grammed diaries, comic books to Bol­ly­wood in­spired de­signs, all seem to be in vogue for the big fat Gu­jarati wed­dings. Pa­pers in dif­fer­ent tex­tures and fab­rics are now be­ing used in­stead of sim­ple ones. Many go for satin for sum­mer wed­ding cards; vel­vet and silk are re­served for win­ter wed­dings. But in­vi­ta­tions that blend tra­di­tion and the con­tem­po­rary are most in de­mand. Thus, tra­di­tional red and gold is still go­ing strong along with an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple ask­ing for cards in cream and gold. On the other hand, a pref­er­ence for turquoise blue, fuch­sia and deep pur­ple is also in rage. Asha Pod­dar of Gift of Ma­jai de­signs says “In Gu­jarat I have seen peo­ple go­ing more for em­bel­lish­ments on wed­ding cards. Peo­ple ea­ger to spend more on in­vites opt for Swarovskis, gold and sil­ver plat­ing. Flo­ral pat­terns, dig­i­tal prints are in as well as

PRAKASH TILOKANI

FLO­RAL AR­RANGE­MENTS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE

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