Kalire !

The sweet moments of wedding are not only unforgettable for the bride and the groom but also for the near and dear ones. One such moment is the chuda ceremony which is celebrated at bride’s place just a day before the wedding. Once the chuda has been worn, the bride’s friends and cousins tie Kalire to the chuda. Kaliras (or known as kalire) are ornaments worn on the hands of Punjabi brides. While this is traditionally a Punjabi wedding custom, most brides these days opt to wear them thanks to our bolly movies.
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They hang like beautiful chandeliers and come in a range of colors to match any outfit.These are pieces of umbrella shaped gold or silver ornaments. These signify good wishes for the bride’s new life ahead and are also meant to remind her of her friends and cousins. It is said that the number of leaves on kalire are as many as bride’s friends. Kalire’s are encrusted with dried coconut and dried beetle nuts.
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I absolutely love the way they look, needless to say the logo shows my love for kalira’s. There’s an interesting ritual associated with kalire. The bride shakes her hands over heads of all the unmarried girls in the family one by one and if a leaf or a part of kalira falls on anybody’s head, then it is believed that she will be the next one to get married.
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So what happens to these post the wedding? Usually the couple visits the temple/gurudwara the morning after the wedding to take blessing this is where the bride leaves one of her kalira’s and the other is stored with the bride a momento. My mom still has her kalira’s and I plan to use it for my wedding, incorporate it in my phoolon ki chaadar how kool right? Here’s another way of storing them and keeping those wedding memories fresh
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Where to buy these? while finding them in Dubai will be a task they are readily available in India. The best ones are offcourse from Amritsar, Gandhi Market in Mumbai is another great place to buy these from or infact buy anything typically Punjabi.
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Shraddha & Kunal

Their Story

We both live in Dubai and are born and brought up here. We first met when we were in elementary school, and got to know each other in college in the US. I work for The Nielsen Company and Kunal at Merill Lynch. Our wedding took place at Sheraton, Hua Hin.
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Wedding Events
Manish Malhotra for Sangeet
For the three main functions, I wanted very distinct looks. I wanted the feel of the Sangeet to be very Bollywood, so I wore a custom designed fuschia lehenga by Manish Malhotra. The lehenga had gold/silver and emerald work. My favorite part of this lehenga was the low back velvet blouse fastened with a brooch. To compliment this outfit I picked a diamond and emerald set from BC Sen Jewellers, Kolkata.
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Sabysachi for Pheras
For the pheras, I wanted a traditional look since I was entering on a Doli, but at the same time I wanted something unusual. So I wore a very interesting Sabyasachi lehenga. The skirt was yellow and was paired with a royal blue blouse. The dupatta was rust and the veil rose in color and I loved the combination of colors. I wanted to wear an uncut diamond set with this outfit, but I wanted something that was different to match the unique outfit. We combed through many jewelry stores in Kolkata and found the perfect set. It was a combination of uncut diamonds, filigeree gold balls, south sea pearls, and ruby lites. The ruby lites were a nice contrast against the blue blouse. My bangles and hair piece were designed by a very good friend Vasundhara, who owns a semi-precious jewellery store in Kolkata. I paired this outfit with gold strappy Jimmy Choos. Kunal wore a sherwani paired with a dhoti designed by Just Men in Mumbai.
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Reception Lehenga by all-time favorite designer Shantanu & Nikhil
The reception had a very European feel with white décor, orchids and roses. I considered wearing a gown, but because I had mehendi on, I picked a very contemporary lehenga by Shantanu & Nikhil. The skirt of this lehenga had a fun feel and was very voluminous. It was a sheer material printed with blue, silver and light lilac patterns, but the white underskirt gave it a white/silvery look. The blouse was a metallic silver blouse, with a white net dupatta which had a combination of antique silver and bright silver motifs. This outfit needed a very modern set. My friend, Anand Datwani, owner of Kyra Jewelers in Dubai designed this. We first picked the shape and the kind of diamonds we wanted (round, pears, marquise). Then a shell was made and we actually got to place the diamonds in different places to get the right look. This is my favorite set as I was involved in its creation. I paired this outfit with two diamond bangles and silver Manolo Blahnik Peep Toe Pumps.
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For the Welcome party and youngsters night, I wore an electric custom blue gown designed by Falguni & Shane Peacock. It had their trademark jewels and feather work at the waist. For my mehendi, I wore a light pink Sana Safinaz outfit with an off-white vine crown in my hair. For the Ghadi Pooja, I wore a self designed peach saree. For good luck, I wore my mother’s wedding set – a vintage gold necklace with jhumkas.
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Wedding Shopping
My style is simple but contemporary (and girlie). So for my trousseau shopping I wanted a mix of dresses, gowns, sarees. I shopped at Ayesha Depala and Monisha Jaisingh for gowns/dresses and Manish Malhotra, Shantanu & Nikhil, Anamika Khana, Sana Safinaz for sarees and suits. I also picked up a few Herve Leger, Alice+Olivia, DvF and Rebecca Taylor pieces from the US.
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Bhavna & Nicky !

Lights, Camera, Action !
Bhavna from Dubai and Nicky from Spain tied the nuptial knot at the dramatic Ramoji film city. The couple and their family sifted through many options in Mumbai, Alibaug, Goa, Jaipur, Udaipur and Bangkok to finally zero in on this uncommon venue. “We agreed on Ramoji Film City because of its remarkable set-up and breath-taking outdoor locations – Hawa Mahal and Mughal Gardens being our favourites.
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Wedding Events
The guests were greeted with a Mehendi Mela with a Rajasthani theme on the first day. The ring ceremony that night was a black tie affair with a starry night theme.
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The next morning, they held religious ceremonies on the bride and the groom’s sides. The main wedding ceremony was held at sunset. The pheras were held at the scenic Hawa Mahal, set up in an amber, white and gold colour theme.
This was followed by a Mehfil-e-Khaas with an arabic theme – a night of ghazal and old songs – for the adults, while the youngsters, in suits and masks, enjoyed a Masquerade Ball.
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On the third day, they hosted a Hawaiian themed pool party, titled Aloha. At night, there was a grand reception for the couple at the magnificent Mughal Gardens.
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Putting together the team that would make the wedding magical was the most time-consuming part of the process. Bhavna chose her hair and make-up artist, wedding card designer and event organizer with much care. She also recalls having her moments of stress during the long process of shopping for and deciding on the perfect wedding trousseau..
The Crew
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Hyderabad’s Minttu Sarna and his team of event managers took care of everything including decoration, sets, flowers, place settings, audiovisual equipment, catering set up, performers, entertainment and transport
The invitation card was designed by Niti Modi of Escapades, Dubai. The stills and video cinematography through the revelry was taken care of by Pooja Studio, Dubai. The bride’s make up and hair was done by Subhash Shinde of Mumbai.
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Apart from the in-house catering at Ramoji Film City, they had also hired three renowned caterers from Hyderabad: Fusion9, Sharma Chaatwala and Gaurav Caterers to assure the guests of a sumptuous treat.

Sonika & Sundeep

Their Story- Arranged!! We don’t have a romantic story as such, I had been talking to a lot of frogs till my parents found my Prince. Its funny how it happens, you think its going to be a fairy tale, the way its portrayed in movies, But its simple, like my mom always said you will just know that he’s the one. There is no better way to describe it then the truth….We might not have the most romantic story, we might not have seen each other across the room and fallen in love with each other at first sight, he might not have proclaimed his love to me in front of a million people. I may not be a princess stuck in a tower, and he may not have come on his white horse to rescue me…..Whatever it was, all I knew was that this was Right.
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Trousseau tales- Wedding shopping was the most fun element I got most of my outfits from Mumbai. I’ve always wanted a Manish Malhotra Lehenga for my wedding so that was decided from day 1. I did my fair share of research prior to visiting Mumbai so I was well aware of the latest trends in Bridal lehenga’s.
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I got my wedding lehenga from Sabyasachi and a champagne colour gown for the reception from Anjalee Arjun Kapoor. For my ring ceremony I had my heart set on Manish Malhotra’s designs and no questions asked I went and got myself one, it did require a few changes as it was collared and I didn’t want a collared dress as I wanted to wear jewellery. The only dress left was the one for Sangeet,so we headed to our local designer Private Collection (next to Cadbury’s House Malaxmi).The designer made a custom designed lehenga and there I had all my wedding shopping done in just 2 days.
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Fun times at the wedding? the most fun was the Rain Dance.. My husband did a surprise dance with his cousin’s for me, which was super cute, I changed and got in the foam and rain. Everyone had fun. Also the reception was fun, because we didn’t have to wake up super early to get ready so we went crazy danced till 7 in the morning, decided to grab some breakfast and got to our rooms by 10.
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Make up Artist- Bharat & Dorris

Wedding Photography- Pooja Studio Dubai & WedRed Mumbai.