India’s rich organizes mass wedding

An Indian diamond trader has thrown a mass wedding ceremony for 111 fatherless women and given each one gifts worth thousands of dollars, saying giving a bride away was “sacred”, AFP reported.

Mahesh Savani said the women, whose families were all too poor to finance their weddings, saw him as their foster father. The 44-year-old said he had given each one gifts of gold and other items worth 450,000 rupees (US$7,250) to start their married lives, as well as paying for the wedding.

“Material gifts are not important, but I have given my name to them and will fulfil all my responsibilities as a father of the bride for the rest of my life,” he told AFP before the ceremony was held at a school in Gujarat state on November 30.

Savani, who has now organised the weddings of 251 women, said he began his charitable campaign in 2008 when one of his own staff members died. “I was very shocked when one of my employees died just 12 days before he could marry off his two daughters. It was very difficult for the family to arrange for marriage,” he said.

“So I decided that I would become their foster father and marry them off. This is how it began,” Savani said.

New York Subway Wedding

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Here at Wedding and Travel we’re always a fan of fresh and fun wedding ideas, and that’s why we love what this couple did — they spontaneously held their wedding on the New York subway. (We also blogged about another similar wedding, where the couple held their nuptials midair on a Southwest Airlines flight. Read it here if you haven’t already.)

Hector Irakliotis, 26, and Tatyana Sandler, 25, decided to hold their wedding on the subway as they have spent a significant amount of time travelling on it over the course of their courtship. “Confessions of love, reconciliations, goofy, ridiculous conversations – the whole spectrum. In New York, you spend so much time on the train, we thought why not?”

Irakliotis was the one who thoughtfully planned the route such that they would exchange their vows as the train crosses the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn, giving the couple a spectacular view of the New York skyline. Sandler explained, “I’m originally from Ukraine, and each time we’d come back here, I’d say to Hector, ‘It doesn’t feel like home until I see the skyline as we’re crossing the bridge’. And he remembered that.”

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Irakliotis boarded the train at Kings Highway in Brooklyn on the day with his groomsmen, who promptly proceeded to decorate the car’s poles and seats with white ribbons. After which, Irakliotis greeted his fellow commuters and informed them that he will be getting married in 20 minutes, and invited them to be part of this special wedding ceremony. Sandler boarded the train at 36th Street 10 stations later and walked down the aisle to John Mayer’s City Love played from the best man’s iPhone. The couple got off the train at Canal Street in Manhattan for celebratory drinks at a nearby pub. (How convenient and efficient!)

Who says that all weddings have to be over the top and dramatic? We love this quirky and urban wedding which is oh-so-simple but romantic all the same. What about you?

Read the original article on Daily Mail.

Fashion: Carolina Herrera Fall 2015

For brides who are looking for a classic and timeless bridal look, Carolina Herrera would surely be high on your list of designers to look out for. Carolina Herrera is known for her romantic and feminine wedding dresses, and her Fall 2015 collection certainly delivers on this promise.

Launched in an intimate presentation, the designer explained that her Fall 2015 collection was all about “romance, femininity and fantasy” — certainly things that we have come to love from Carolina Herrera. Also noteworthy from this collection is the designer’s attention to detail, which saw the dresses accented with intricate designs such as laser-cut floral appliques, embroidery and beading.

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 ch4 ch5ch1Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2015 collection also gives a nod to illusion backs and sleeves, which is one of the hottest trends to hit next year’s runways. Especially breathtaking is the spectacular wedding dress in blush (psst, blush is also slated to be one of the most on-trend shades for next year!)

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Oh, and can we just take a minute to rave about how much we’re loving the hair styling in Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2015 collection? While the designer opted for a polished and elegant look with a low chignon or bow in the hair, we absolutely love the imaginative use of origami hair pieces as accessories. The sharp angular lines of the origami hair pieces provide a beautiful contrast against the softer and flowing lines in the dress silhouettes. (On an additional note, check out the gorgeous illusion backs in the picture above too!)

(All photos from Carolina Herrera)

Fashion: Truly Zac Posen Jewellery Line

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For those of you who can’t get enough of acclaimed designer and Project Runway judge Zac Posen, you can now get your hands on one of the beautiful pieces off his debut jewellery line, Truly Zac Posen.

This gorgeous collection of wedding and engagement rings are a collaboration between Posen and Blue Nile, and use only fair-trade diamonds. The collection broadly contains pieces of three styles: Glamour (classic Hollywood-inspired pieces), Deco (architectural and geometrical pieces) and Metropolitan (upscale and modern pieces). In conceiving the designs, Zac Posen wanted to create personal and timeless pieces that would appeal to different type of brides.

Speaking on the collection, Posen said, “Designing jewellery is like designing a gown. You’re dealing with an object on the human body, so you have to still consider function, form, and proportion.”

To make the news even sweeter, you will be delighted to know that you can get one of these designers pieces from a reasonable US$980 onwards. Apart from the design, the price tag was apparently another area that Posen put plenty of thought into.

“Beauty should be accessible,” Posen said. “It was very important that as we developed the Truly Zac Posen brand, the price points all make sense with each other. To me, these rings are a steal, even if you’re already married!”

You can check out the Truly Zac Posen Jewellery collection on the Blue Nile website. Read the original article at InStyle.

101 Uses for Man’s Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress

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In a piece of news that made our morning, Kevin Cotter was a man who found himself at a lost of what to do when his wife walked out on him one day 12 years into their marriage. When a heartbroken Cotter asked his wife what he should do with the wedding dress she left behind, she said “whatever you wanted [to do with it]”. And that was exactly what Cotter did.

Turning his grief into some well-channelled creative energy, Cotter set up the blog, My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress, which saw him conjure over a hundred different uses for the dress, including as a kite, oven mitt, snow shooting camouflage and so on.

Cotter’s project has been so hilariously successful that his creations have been published in a book 101 Uses For My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress.

For those who are wondering, Cotter has long walked out from this sad window of his romantic history, and now enjoy a blissful life with his new wife and children. Well, all we can say is, there’s nothing like a healthy dose of positivity and good humour to help you get through life!

We first read this article on People.

2015 Wedding Beauty Trends

2015 looks like a great year for brides who are into the ethereal and romantic vibe — we are absolutely digging these hot bridal beauty trends spotted fresh off next year’s runways! Wedding & Travel rounds up our favourite looks for you. Check them out!

Fresh Blooms in Hair

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It is safe to say that fresh blooms in hair will never really go out of fashion, but this season, the twist is to use small dainty florals instead of the usual large single cut of flowers. We are loving the look spotted off Marchesa’s runways, which features a gentle sprinkle of baby’s breath in soft braided curls. Absolutely magical.

Braids, Braids, Braids

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Braids continue to make a strong showing on 2015 runways, and rest assured there is a style for every type of bride. From the classic braided updo at Sareh Nouri, to a playful side braid at Delphine Manivet, to a bohemian fishbone braid at Theia, there are endless possibilities that would suit every kind of bridal look.

Bright Metallic Colours

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Brides who are adventurous with your beauty will have lots to rejoice over with the boom of bright metallic shades on eyes spotted on 2015 runways! These bold looks from Ines Di Santo and Claire Pettibone put a twist on traditional eye makeup contouring and can help your features pop with that dash of colour. Our advice is to use with good sense and discretion, though, as you wouldn’t want to go overboard with these dramatic hues!

Black and Burgundy

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On the other end of the spectrum, the popularity of dark colours such as black and burgundy continues on the 2015 runways with designers such as Galia Lahav and Johanna Johnson throwing up these gothic-inspired looks. While black lipstick might be a tad too severe for real-life brides, why not offer your own interpretation with a dark cherry lip and dark smoky eyes?

Here Comes the Queen

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Here’s another reason to feel like a queen on your wedding day — crowns are all the rage in the year ahead! Be it a beautifully crafted floral crown or an artistic updo teased from your very own crowning glory, this regal hairdo was spotted off the runways of Ivy & Aster, Reem Acra and more.

Which of the above was your favourite beauty trend from 2015? Let us know!

Steal the look of… Solange Knowles

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On our blog, we often share inspirations about how to make your big day closer to perfection. We also absolutely love sharing happy news about celebrities and/or famous personalities who have tied the knot and moved on to the next stage in life.

And on the list of famous newlyweds as of late, is American singer Solange Knowles. (If you missed our entry on that, click here!) Certainly a sight to behold at her wedding in New Orleans last week, we want to furnish you with some ideas on how you can make her look yours.

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The look: The 28-year-old singer first sported a stunning cream pantsuit, then later changing into a caped white Humberto Leon for Kenzo gown for the ceremony itself.

Make it yours: If chic is your cup of tea, here’s how we think you can make pantsuits work for your big day!

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Budget strategies for your wedding

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You don’t have to break your piggy bank to have a beautiful and meaningful wedding day. Here are some methods to help you save cash without looking cheap.

Remember: To have a successful wedding day, you only need three things: a bride, a groom, and people who you love. Everything else is optional.

1. Guest list
With the above in mind, the first thing to do is to slash your guest list. Your wedding is a celebration, but it is also a very intimate moment. Do you really need to invite primary/secondary/JC/Polytechnic/university acquaintances, relatives or business associates with whom you (or your parents) barely know or spent time with?

When budgeting is a concern, keep your guest list to immediate family and the closest of friends. Not only will this save cash, but you will enjoy spending this meaningful day with the people you value the most.

2. THE dress
Let’s be real: many of us spend a good chunk of our time dreaming of the beautiful frock we will wear on our wedding day. But gorgeous doesn’t necessarily mean exorbitant price tags.

Also, don’t buy an expensive veil. You would be spending upwards of $200 for fabric that really only costs a few dollars per yard. Buy the fabric and have one made — you’ll save hundreds of dollars. Or skip the veil and wear a beautiful jeweled comb or flowers in your hair.

3. The reception
Your reception will probably be the most expensive chunk of your day, barring your honeymoon. To cut costs, consider these tweaks.

a) Have your wedding on a week day. Hold anything but a dinner party — brunch, cocktails or even a lunch garden picnic will save you tons of cash over a full dinner.

b) For the music, opt for your iPod or iPhone. Playlist weddings are becoming increasingly popular, because couples can choose exactly the music they want to hear, no matter how obscure or alternative it may be. With live DJs asking upwards of a few hundred bucks for a few hours, and bands costing in the thousands, using an iPod can save you a pretty penny, and be completely personalized.

Really love the idea of live music? Hire musicians from a local music school to play at your ceremony. They are just as skilled and far less expensive.

c) Wedding flowers can easily run you in the thousands. To cut costs, make sure you order only blooms that are in-season. Order loose stems and make the arrangements yourself. This is not nearly as difficult as it sounds! You might also try ordering flowers without mentioning they’re for a wedding, because sometimes the simple mention of matrimony can bump the price up a couple notches. Just say you’re buying flowers for a party.

d) Most guests toss wedding favors anyway so cross it out of your to-buy list. If you really want to leave something, bake yummy treats yourself.

e) Do you really need a video? Who remembers the video we view in between dishes at the wedding reception anyway? Chances are you will only watch a wedding video once or twice, yet spend thousands on its production. Add this money into your still photography budget instead.

Lastly, here’s a real life documentation of a couple’s challenge to plan a wedding for US$1000. View it here!

Tracking the obsession with a ‘fairy-tale wedding’

What is it about a wedding that fascinates some women into thinking that perhaps that could be the most important day in their lives?

In this article titled “Chasing the fairy-tale wedding,” NYT writer Abby Ellin explored how traditions and popular culture have shaped generations into thinking that a woman has attained “real success” or “purpose in life” on their wedding day,

“In a Vogue magazine spread before Amal Alamuddin married George Clooney, the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta proclaimed that the wedding gown was “the most important dress in the life of a woman.” He probably wasn’t considering what a woman would wear, say, as she accepted a Nobel Peace Prize, or was being sworn in as the president of the United States.

It was an interesting comment, especially in 2014, but it signaled a larger point: that even though women may be leaning in, branching out, cracking glass ceilings and forging vibrant careers in multiple sectors, for many of them, it is their wedding day that heralds true success.

While it is a beautiful day that all of us would cherish, let’s not forget that women don’t morph into real life princesses on the wearing of a ring or wedding dress.

Read the full article: Chasing the Fairy-Tale Wedding

Exotic Animals at Your Wedding – Yay or Nay?

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So you’ve seen the use of white horses at a wedding. But have you come across say, a llama or elephant at a wedding? The idea is not as far-fetched as it seems — in fact, the use of exotic animals seem to be a rising trend for couples who are looking for that something to make their weddings a little more special.

To begin with, many animal-loving couples see the idea of working wildlife into their proposal or wedding as a way to embrace their interests. 30-year-old Kyle Guthro is one such example — knowing that his wife was crazy for adorable penguins, he paid US$349 for a “penguin proposal” package, which saw he getting down on one knee after the couple had completed an up close and personal experience with the penguins.

Other times, couples opt for the use of exotic animals in their weddings for good luck or pure romance. A favourite it seems would be the release of large quantities of butterflies into the air just as the couple finishes their vows. Elsewhere, some couples have favoured the use of elephants in their ceremonies as elephants are seen as a symbol of good luck (in the Indian culture). Activists have much to say about both practices — they believe that commercially reared animals held in captivity are often mistreated by animals, and the use of animals in such ways are more heartless than romantic.

Would you consider the use of exotic animals in your own wedding? Share your views with us!

Read the original article on Wall Street Journal.