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SPRING 2012 ISSUE 33 £4.50


SECRETS Look flawless on your special day


TREND FOCUS Bollywood couture you can afford!




ISSUE No33 • 2012


Crystal, nautical, princess, nature, ethnic & filmstar

Inspired Breathtaking

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Photography: Paul West | Makeup: Nina Ubhi | Styling:J Wimal, Rachael Elliott | Jewellery: Jazzy Bindi | Retouching: Kasam Shaffi | Shoot Assistant: Lauren Dodd | Location: Central Hall Westminster

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Contents SPRING 2012 | ISSUE 33

issue 33

P erfection




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Questions to ask Tell your MUA what you want

Budget beauty

Look your best for less

Cover up

Wrap up in style

Anarkali suits

The classic dress in all its glory

Hen & stag destinations

The best places to celebrate your last days of freedom

Inspiration 42 48 67

Bridal news What every bride should know


Bridal moodboards

Fine reception

Get the party started right

50 ways to cut costs Money saving ideas


For the bridesmaid, best man ...and mother-in-law!


Gift ideas

Guides 62 80 238

For goodness cake The best cakemakers around

Venue finder

How to find your dream setting

Picture perfect

Our favourite photographers

P lanning 56 38


Wise words How to be word perfect on your big day

Making your mandap Get covered in style


What’s the plan? Meet the wedding planner

Sweetest feeling

Treats your guests will love

Ladies who bunch

How to make your own bouquet

Strike a pose

Show yourself off in the best light

F eatures 103 105 110 113 113

For better or worse? Would you take out a pre-nup?


The rise of mixed marriages

Keeping the peace Learn to avoid pre-wedding conflicts

Real brides reveal

Advice from women who’ve lived the dream

No need to panic

Wedding disasters... and how to deal with them


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F ashion 44 112

Bollywood bride style Dress like a filmstar

Behind the seams

Meet the UK’s leading fashion designers

What’s making waves on the catwalk

Aristocractic glamour for your big day

129 148 160

Trend focus

Lady of the manor Hidden gems

Luxurious jilbabs for spring




Match your cake to your accessories

Jewellery trends

212 213

Find out what’s sparkling


Accessory moodboard

Beauty 171 173 174 176

185 206

Beauty notes Get the princess perfect look

Beauty Q&A

Helping you look your best

It’s a curl’s world

How do you tong yours?

Beauty countdown

Your journey towards a better you starts here

Bridal portfolio

Experts share their spring looks

Mehndi looks

The best henna party in town

Groom essentials For the man of the moment

It’s our day too!

Spare a thought for your other half...

D estinations 215 216

Honeymoon essentials Ideal ways to start married life

Strip tease

Go for gold in Las Vegas

Groom 218 219 220

First night magic Countryside romance by the city

Dream hideawy

Minimoon delights in Lake District

Eastern promise

the splendour of Dubai

Essentials 98 109 223 282 284 286 245 280

Ask Sanjay Your wedding woes answered

Bridesmaids club ...never a bride Real weddings Steal their ideas!

Essential questions Never be afraid to ask


Have you forgotten anything?

Wedding budget Keep it in check


The best suppliers in town


Where to get what you’re after


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Photography: Marcus Flemmings | Makeup: Nina Ubhi | Styling: J Wimal & Rachael Elliott | Shoot Assistant: Jabeen Waheed | Location: Barnett Hill | Dress: Gorgeous Couture

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Photography: Farrah Baig / FK Creatives | Outfits: Jasmanique / www.jasmanique | Styling: Purdip Mutti | Makeup: Kiran Chowdhry / FK Creatives & Usha / Mar-Ush | Hair: Mariam Ali / Mar-Ush | Creative Assistants: Zarqa Chowdhry, Natasha Weerasekera & Connor Louis | Location: Wrest Park Mansion

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF J Wimal EDITORIAL Features Editor: Kia Abdullah Features Writer: Sheeffah Shiraz Beauty Editor: Sami Rahman Fashion Co-ordinator: Rachael Elliott Intern: Jabeen Waheed PRODUCTION Designer: Sandra Tozeva ADVERTISING Commercial Manager: Trevor Jayakody Sales Team Leader: Ricky Chera Sales Executive: Sheetal Agheda Fashion Sales Executive: Cleo Davis Distribution Executive: Kiran Gohil CONTRIBUTORS Aisthmina Khirwills Cleo Davis Erfaan Ayub Erica Bellini Jeetesh Patel Lisa Sabin Liz Taylor Paloma Minter Rebecca Lee PHOTOGRAPHY Farrah Baig Hena Shaikh Kasam Shaffi Marcus Flemmings Paul West Ray Khan HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTS Jasmina Jazz Mua Kiran Chowdhry Mariam Ali Nina Ubhi Usha MODELS Aavni Pandya Aman Gill Aman Sandu Dee Brar Karishma Nadia Nauth Ojala Mehreen Pareena Patel Parveen Sandhu Purdip Mutti Radha Brambhatt Raj C Simie Bhamra Simran Bansal Simran Gill Sonika Maan Supriya Malhotra Suraj Unalkat RETOUCHING Kasam Shaffi Edgar Pereira

EDITOR’S LETTER The Asian Bride team and I are feeling inspired. Not least because at the time of going print we’re up to our faux furs in preparations for our epic bridal exhibition, The Asian Bride Show at Wembley Stadium, but even more so because of all the beautiful and creative weddingy things that we’ve come across in the past months to make your special day truly unique. So that’s why this issue is filled cover to cover with ideas to help you in those harrowing yet exciting planning stages. There’s never been a better time to get married with suppliers competing passionately for your attention with newer and better products and services to help you stage what promises to be one of the greatest and most unforgettable events of your life. As with any event, looking your best on the day is suitably close to the top of that evergrowing list you’ve been making. That’s why we’ve handpicked some of the finest bridalwear designers in the industry today to showcase their collections as well as offer you their expert tips on the latest bridal trends and wedding day style essentials (p122). We’re especially excited about the couture brands featured in this issue. Who knew being traditional could be so deliciously boundary-pushing? (Bollywood Bride p44, Trend Focus p129). Plus, this issue we’ve got more beauty features than you could shake a lipstick at; my favourite (being the compulsive planner that I am) is the Beauty Countdown (p176). Expert advice is the order of the day in this edition from pre-nups (p103) to post-nup getaways (p215), catering (p98) to conflict resolution in the build up to the big day (p110) to choosing the best longwear beauty products that’ll have you glowing with bridal perfection all day long (p33), a must for all those wedding pictures – for which, as it happens, we also have expert tips on posing (p241).

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It’s also worth casting an eye over our 50 money-saving ideas (p69) that is, before you dive veil-first into our recommendations of the latest cakes (p62), jewellery (p165), flowers (p65), mandaps (p58), venues (p81), wedding themes (p48) and more. With so much to do it’s easy to get incredibly stressed and forget how important it is to relax and enjoy what you’re doing. Pause, take a moment, put your feet up and read Asian Bride magazine and remember the best part of all of this… you’re getting married! From myself and the team – Congratulations!


ON THE COVER Photography: Paul West Styling: J Wimal, Rachael Elliott Hair & Makeup: Nina Ubhi Outfit: Hare by Rohit Verma @ Bibi London Jewellery: Jazzy Bindi Location: Central Hall Westminster Retouching: Kasam Shaffi

All opinions and comments expressed are that of the writers and not the publisher


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Keep your hair and makeup looking fresh all day with these long lasting products Bourjois 10 Day Nail Enamel £5.99 Keep your manicure looking groomed for over a week with Bourjois’ 10 Day Nail Enamel. It stays on for up to seven days with any chipping easily fixed for a further three days. The chip resistant formula means nails are twice as resistant and protected against chipping and breaking.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil £14 Creamy, long-lasting and waterproof, these pencils are made to last the distance. Use them as eyeshadow, eyeliner, or both to create an intense crease-proof look. They also come in a variety of vibrant and metallic shades so you can pick one most suited to your wedding outfit.

Illamasqua Lipsticks £15.50 Unless you’re planning to not eat or drink throughout your wedding day (which we strongly advise against!) there’s a chance that your lipstick will wear off as the day progresses. Go for a semi-matte texture so that it doesn’t dry your lips out. Illamasqua do a great range in bright colours.

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CID i-prime £27 There’s no point investing in a long lasting foundation if you don’t have a primer to go with it. The CID i-prime preps skin by creating a smooth, silky base for your foundation. It also helps to disguise imperfections on the skin, leaving it looking radiant and beautiful all day long.

Bare Escentuals Prime Time Eyelid Primer £11.90 Intensify your eye makeup by applying an eye primer like Bare Escentuals eyelid primer first. The silky, lightweight formula helps to prevent creasing and combat excess oil on your eyelids so that eyeshadows don’t slip off.

John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight £6.99 Combat curly or frizzy hair during the run up to your wedding with John Frieda’s 3 Day Straight spray which keeps hair glossy and frizz-free for up to three days. The blend of polymers with keratin protein wraps each strand of hair, sealing it straight. Simply spray on to damp or wet hair and dry and straighten as usual.

Maybelline 24h Superstay Foundation £7.99 The glare of bright lights and camera flashes on your wedding day can mean your foundation starts to slip off. Keep it looking flawless all day long with Maybelline’s 24 hour foundation which claims to resist heat, humidity and sweat. Simply apply over primer and set with translucent powder.

Lancome Blush Subtil Highlighter £26 Prevent your blusher from fading by layering a powder blush with a cream or gel-based formula. The Lancome blush gives cheeks a sheer wash of colour and doesn’t look too harsh when paired with a cream blush.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Gel Eyeliner £15.50 Avoid wedding day tears from ruining your eye makeup by using a gel eyeliner rather than pencil. The Estee Lauder Stay in Place Eyeliner claims to last for up to 12 hours and comes with a brush for precise application. Layer a matt black eye shadow over it for extra intensity.

MAC Fix + £7 As a finishing touch lightly apply a setting spray over your face. MAC’s Fix + remains a favourite for makeup artists as it contains vitamins and minerals to give skin a radiant glow. It’s also infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber.

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UK Venue Finder


ISSUE No33 • 2012

Crystal, nautical, princess, nature, ethnic & filmstar

Inspired Breathtaking

style ideas for spring


Perfect Tens




Deepak Perwani collars on Anarkali dresses will be another trend dominating this style

Nomi Ansari – bright colours work perfectly with Anarkali dresses


Zainab Sajid – these cross jacket styled dresses are another new fad


alluring ANARKA S

The classic dress in all its heavenly glory


Mehdi – keeps it simple and demure with this fitted silk Anarkali


HSY – shows how to make layered dresses look good, this style is perfect for long Anarkali suits

Mona Imran – takes the dress back to its original roots with this Mughal inspired, heavily embroidered Anarkali

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Sobia Nazir – shows how heavy necklines and simple motifs can make an Anarkali look amazing



Zainab Sajid – this is the current style making waves, with the Anarkali falling short at the front and draping a little longer at the back

Karma – go for that traditional look with all over embroidery and colour fading


Neelo Allawala – takes prints to a whole new level with her latest collection, perfect for those who want something a little different

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Mouth-watering creations guaranteed to leave your guests with the sweetest feeling


VERY VEGETARIAN CAKES If strict dietary or cultural requirements have made picking your cake hard then fear not, at Very Vegetarian Cakes they only make vegetarian cakes (lacto vegetarian), which means there are no animal fats or eggs in the ingredients. CAKE THAT: ‘With every creation, you as the client are the designer, and we the team will implement that design to create your special cake. A noobligation consultation service is available at the design studio, where you are able to look at hundreds of designs and ideas for inspiration. You design it, we make it!’ t: 0121 523 3784 w:

A fusion of western tiered wedding cakes and eastern motifs, patterns and themes makes Deelicious stand apart from the wedding cake market, offering unique, bespoke centrepieces each and every time. CAKE THAT! ‘As a trained patisserie chef from the renowned Le-Cordon Bleu Institute in London, I get my inspiration from sources as diverse as rich brocade eastern fabrics, to the bride’s jewellery and wedding dress.’ t: 07950 836 585/020 8127 4284 e: w:

SWEET CUPCAKES LONDON Specialising in bespoke cakes and cupcakes to suit each individual’s requirement, Sweet Cupcakes boast a variety of mouthwatering flavours (from traditional soft vanilla and smooth chocolate, to luxurious red velvet and something with a twist such as zesty lemon or tangy orange). CAKE THAT! ‘We offer a personalised one-to-one service where clients are treated like friends rather than paying customers. We can deliver your cupcakes 12-24 hours prior to the event to ensure that they remain fresh.’ t: 07890 304 252 e:


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LA BELLE CAKES Putting passion before profit, founder Bela Patel takes great pride in only making cakes (including eggless cakes) that are delicious on the inside and works of art on the outside. In every instance, La Belle’s wedding cakes are custom made and designed to reflect the bride and groom’s personal preferences and style. CAKE THAT! ‘Our most popular range this season is the luscious cupcakes in exotic flavours such as mango kulfi, chai latte and passionfruit cupcakes which go down a treat at both henna parties and weddings.’ t: 07932 673 313 e: w:

EXCLUSIVE CAKES4U Priding themselves on producing a cake that could only be created for you, Exclusive Cakes4u listen to your ideas, and strive to ensure that elements of your personality go into the final product. They are able to do this because every client that approaches them can expect a full pre-consultation by one of their master cake designers. CAKE THAT! ‘Most of our clients usually come into our cake workshop 3-4 times before finally deciding on the perfect design for their cake. Whether it’s the colour of the ribbon, the lettering on the cake, or whether you want a water feature to go alongside the cake or miniature statues of the bride and groom – there isn’t anything that Exclusive Cakes4u can’t do for you. We can even incorporate pyrotechnics (fireworks) into the final wedding cake – great for those who really want to go the extra mile.’ t: 07886 913 243 e: w:

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Is your venue easy to find? If you’re planning

Can I outsource a caterer? ‘If you have a

amongst brides who share their

on having a castle wedding in the countryside

caterer in mind it’s important to check that the

regrets with us. Because we

be sure to ask about access. ‘Include a small

venue allows outside catering,’ says Ajit.

don’t want it to happen to you,

map in your wedding invitations to make things

we’ve compiled a list of our

easier for your guests,’ says UK Venues’ Ajit.

What type of food do you offer? If you go

favourite venues of 2012, which

‘Alternatively, find a nearby hotel or ask the

with the venue’s in-house caterer, be sure to

venue if they can provide accommodation.’

ask for menu suggestions and ask for a tasting

means you’re only a page away from finding everything you could ever wish to find in the setting of your dreams.

session. Is parking available? Some venues charge

There’s more to it than simply falling in love

extra for parking or valet service. ‘Find out how


with the way it looks. Choosing the right venue

much parking space is available and if there is

Are there extra fees? ‘Admin fees cover staff

is probably one of the most important and

room for coaches’, urges Ajit.

costs so when you get a final price for your

expensive decisions that you’ll have to make

venue ask if this is included,’ says Ajit. ‘Also,

when planning your wedding, and with so

Do you allow candles to be lit? Some venues

enquire about tax fees as this can sometimes

many other things going on, it can be easy to

may operate with a strict health and safety

get left out until the final bill arrives.’ He adds:

forget about asking some crucial questions.

policy so find out in advance. This is especially

‘Set-up fees can be expensive if the venue is

important for Hindu ceremonies.

providing decor and staging, plus there’ll be an

‘When picking your wedding venue you should come prepared with a list of questions,’

additional fee for waiters and bar staff.’

advises Ajit Chug from UK Venues. ‘It’s

Will decor be supplied? ‘Some venues can

amazing what you forget to enquire about

provide all your decor as part of a greater


when booking a venue and it can lead to nasty

package,’ explains Ajit. However, if you have

Is this the right venue for me? You’ll know

surprises on the day and hidden costs that you

a specific company or look in mind it may be

when you find The One. Turn the page. It’s been

don’t remember agreeing to.’

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DUNS CASTLE WHAT: A beautiful private Scottish Castle which offers a unique combination of private home and exclusive-use luxury venue. WHY: Set amid the rolling hills, fields and forests of the beautiful Scottish Borders on the edge of the quaint little market town of Duns, the historic 14th century Duns Castle is a breathtaking venue that oozes romance from every nook and cranny. Owned by the family of Hay since 1696, it retains that welcoming charm only a family establishment can have, with team members that pride themselves on treating everyone who walks in through their doors as their own. HOW: Fully licensed as an exclusive-use wedding venue Duns Castle is the perfect choice for a fairytale wedding. Wedding parties take exclusive use of the castle, the gardens, tennis court, Billiard room and Croquet lawn. They offer a list of useful wedding contacts and an in-house administrator to help with the detailed planning of your wedding day. WHEN: Available year round. WHO: Parties of up to 60 can be seated to dine in The Great Hall. The castle sleeps up to 23 and cottages on the estate sleep up to a further 30 if available at reduced ‘wedding guest rates’. WHERE: Duns Castle Duns, Berwickshire TD11 3NW t: 01361 883 211 e: w:



WHAT: Perched on an extinct volcano, this fortress dripping olde worlde charm is one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks and home to the crown jewels of Scotland. Situated in the heart of the capital, with magnificent views over the city, it offers a choice of dramatic venues for weddings and receptions. WHY: Boasting Scotland’s largest and most spectacular Medieval Banqueting Hall, it’s the venue of choice for those planning a regal wedding in a lavish setting.

HOW: For lovers of banquet-style feasts, the wedding menu selector allows you to create a menu designed for splendour. WHEN: Not available on certain dates in July and August. WHO: Sit down dinner for up to 120 guests at the Jacobite Room. WHERE: Edinburgh Castle Castlehill Edinburgh, Midlothian EH12NG t: 0131 668 8686 | e: w:

venues WADHURST CASTLE WHAT: Wadhurst Castle has been a closely guarded secret for almost 200 years. A family home with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is now opening its doors for couples looking for a unique wedding venue. WHY: The castle commands magnificent panoramic views of the beautiful Sussex countryside, providing a backdrop for your wedding stunning enough to command wows throughout the ceremony. HOW: Weddings at Wadhurst entitle you to exclusive use of the Moncrieff Room, the Winter Garden, the Drawing Room during the peak season, and the Inner and Outer Halls, and the marquee in the main gardens with their extensive views. WHEN: Dates are currently available from mid September onwards. WHO: Up to 200 guests. WHERE: East Sussex Wadhurst, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 9BB t: 01892 784 262 e: w:

STIRLING CASTLE WHAT: One of Scotland’s grandest castles towering over the surrounding countryside in the heart of Braveheart country. Includes a stunning banqueting hall with beautiful Medieval decor. WHY: Formidable fortress, royal residence, and palace of pleasures, Stirling Castle has played many roles throughout its past. Follow in the footsteps of kings and queens of centuries past and celebrate your wedding in this magnificent venue. HOW: The Great Hall, Chapel Royal and Queen Anne Garden offer three distinct spaces for your ceremonies. With the venue’s in-house team co-ordinating the overall flow of your day, you can enjoy your wedding with complete peace of mind. WHEN: All year round. WHO: Up to 300 guests. WHERE: Scotland Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ t: 01786 431 312 e: w:



LORDS CRICKET GROUND WHAT: This historic cricket ground is one of the most breathtaking and unusual wedding venues in London. With the elegant old-world grandeur of the Grade-II* listed Pavilion and stunning vistas of the hallowed turf, Lord’s is an amazing setting for the most important days of your life. WHY: There are numerous beautiful and highly individual spaces, all redolent with the glamour of the Home of Cricket – guaranteed to bowl over every male guest in sight! HOW: Fully licensed to host truly large-scale weddings, the event management team are no strangers to catering for the head count and numerous requirements necessary for all types of Asian weddings. There are three packages to choose from, starting at just £110 per person. WHEN: Enquire with venue to check dates don’t collide with a sporting event. WHO: Between 20 to 900 guests for a standup reception, 600 for a sit-down dinner. WHERE: London Saint John’s Wood Road London, NW8 8QN t: 020 7616 8609 | e: w:


LAKESIDE COUNTRY CLUB WHAT: Renowned as the home of world darts and hailed as one of the UK’s top venues for international cabaret, the venue is more than accustommed to big crowds, but thanks to the lake, also offers a truly picturesque setting for your wedding. WHY: With one of the largest rooms available to host large-scale celebrations in the area, it specialises in hosting Asian weddings. HOW: They boast two suites licensed for civil weddings with two hotels in the same

grounds. Packages and co-ordinators are available, but you are free to run the show and use the space and facilities on offer as you please. WHEN: Enquire with venue. WHO: From up to 300 guests in Canal Suite to 1,100 guests in Main Cabaret Suite. WHERE: Surrey Frimley Green, Camberley, Surrey GU16 6PT t: 001252 836464 | e: w:



WHAT: The Point is an elevated suite with a stunning aspect, glass-fronted and with a balcony overlooking the famous Old Trafford pitch. WHY: Large, full of light, eco-friendly and modern, this versatile suite has been built to a high technical specification. Its many features include full blackout facility and amazing lighting. Not to mention the numbers of guests guaranteed to be Manchester United fans... HOW: Whether you host an intimate drinks reception at the Mezzanine Bar or hire a marquee in the grounds, the wedding co-ordinators are as flexible with your wishes as they are experts in their field. WHEN: 365 days a year. (366 this year!) WHO: Sit-down dinner capacity of up to 1,000 (850 with a dance floor). WHERE: Manchester Talbot Rd, Trafford M16 0PX t: 0161 282 4040 | e: | w:

CheltenhaM Racecourse WHAT: Set on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, only 50 minutes from Birmingham and 40 minutes from Swindon, Cheltenham Racecourse an ideal venue to take your wedding away from the hustle and bustle of city life. WHY: With the spectacular backdrop of Cleeve Hill and glorious views accross the racecourse, rooms which offer a true sense of occasion and mouth-watering dishes to tempt, there is no doubt your guests will be impressed by your chosen venue. HOW: Ideal for larger celebrations. With just a little imagination the Centaur can be transformed into a stunning wedding reception venue for when space is a key requirement. There are three Grandstand Wedding packages, and plenty of flexibility. WHEN: All non-race days, subject to availability. WHO: Over 650 guests. WHERE: Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4SH t: 01242 539 538 e: w:


WHAT: Set in the Hertfordshire countryside in the North West outskirts of London, it boasts spectacular views of lush green sports grounds and well manicured gardens, making it a picture perfect setting for your wedding. WHY: Features three spacious rooms designed for celebrations, the venue is easily accessible from the M1 and M25. HOW: In-house team at your disposal, and no set price structure means assurance of flexibility. WHEN: Throughout the year. WHO: Up to 300 guests for a buffet, up to 250 guests for a sit down dinner. WHERE: Hertfordshire Aldenham Road, Watford Hertfordshire WD23 2TR t: 01923 243 947 | e: w:


Stately homes OUR FAVOURITE

HAREWOOD HOUSE WHAT: Set in the heart of Yorkshire, this 18th century stately home is considered one of the treasure houses of England – it boasts art collections to rival the finest in the land, surrounded by 130 acres of landscaped gardens assuring the kind of scenic backgrops only found in paintings. WHY: Still the home of the Earl of Harewood, the venue has a long tradition of great service, playing host to Kings and Queens and Heads of State over the years, and now ready to extend that service to you. You can even arrive by helicopter… HOW: With three stunning venues to choose from, licensed ceremony rooms, in-house catering and events managers, Harewood Hospitality & Events have a special team dedicated exclusively to hosting Asian weddings, something many other country homes can be unprepared for. WHEN: Available year round. WHO: Parties of up to 650 guests can be catered for with ease. Accommodation facilities nearly. can be seated to dine in The Great Hall. WHERE: Yorkshire Harewood House, Leeds LS17 9LG t: 0113 218 1049 | e: w:

SCULPTURE GALLERY WHAT: From a small intimate gathering of close friends and family, right through to the most lavish of receptions, Woburn’s exceptional venues are sure to fulfil your expectations – elect from the spectacular Sculpture Gallery, the informal Safari Lodge or the estate’s hotel, and The Inn at Woburn. WHY: The terrace, rose garden and camelia lake provide the most stunning backdrop, especially in spring when the garden and the parkland beyond are awash with colour.

HOW: In-house co-ordination, latest facilities, recommended suppliers, two spectacular adjoining rooms and the most imaginative menus all tailored to suit your tastes. WHEN: Available throughout the year. WHO: Up to 350 for cocktail reception, 204 for dinner and dance. WHERE: Milton Keynes Woburn Park Bedfordshire MK17 9WA t: 001525 292 172 | e: w:


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WREST PARK MANSION WHAT: Think of a grand French chateau in miniature: fabulous grounds with fountains, lawns, wooded walks and flower gardens, dotted with statues and ornate follies. Then visualise your wedding day against the breathtaking backdrop of this magical early 19th century mansion and its magnificent 92 acres of manicured gardens. WHY: Recently revived by the English Heritage and newly licensed, this secret garden will not only wow, but also gives you the opportunity of hosting a wedding in a venue no-one in your circle has yet.

HOW: Ceremony, drinks and dinner start at £2,500. There’s a 30% off marquee hire for up to 800 in April & May 2012. WHEN: All year round, seven days a week. WHO: The Mansion House can hold up to 100, the Orangery can hold up to 170 and then up to 2,500 in a marquee; further 30 if available at reduced ‘wedding guest rates’. WHERE: Bedfordshire Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR t: 01525 863704 e: w:


and a dedicated wedding team who thrive on treating your day as their duty and pleasure. HOW: Your ceremony can take place within any of the function rooms within the Orsett Hall Hotel – The Gold Room, The Pavilion and the Whitmore Suite. Be the first to book the Wedding Lodge within the grounds of the Orsett Hall, opening this year. Can recommend suppliers who best suit your theme. WHEN: Enquire for availibility. WHO: The Pavlion seats between 125 and 350 for a sit down meal, up to 400 for the evening. You can also host a drinks reception and buffet for up to 100 at the Jaguar Bar. WHERE: Essex Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS t: 01375 891402 e: w:

WHAT: Situated in beautiful countryside within easy access of the M25, Orsett Hall in Essex is a stunning luxury hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens. WHY: Perfect for those wishing to provide their guests with accommodation, the newly licensed ceremony chapel comes complete with 35 luxurious bedrooms, including three bridal suites

HOLKHAM HALL WHAT: Owned by the descendants of the the first Earl of Leicester, the family take great pride in sharing the house and its treasures, the Deer Park and Holkham Beach with brides seeking a truly magical day. WHY: Holkham Hall is now licensed for civil ceremonies in four of the staterooms. The Marble Hall is perhaps the most dramatic entrance Hall in the UK and additional rooms can be taken to suit your numbers. HOW: Wedding co-ordinator, caterer and recommended specialists. WHEN: Please enquire for available dates. WHO: Up to 150 guests. The Victoria has ten beautiful, individual rooms to accommodate wedding parties. WHERE: Norfolk Bunkers Hill, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6AZ t: 01328 821821 | e: w:


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BRIGHTON DOME WHAT: This historic building renowned as the heart of Brighton’s thriving arts scene provides a unique space in the heart of Britain’s cosmopolitan city-by-the-sea. WHY: Stunning architecture commissioned in 1803 by the Prince Regent. Nestled in the beautiful gardens of the Royal Pavilion estate. A pebble’s throw from the beach, offering a fantastic backdrop for your wedding photos. Proximity to Gatwick makes it easy for guests to arrive and you to jet off on your honeymoon. HOW: A dedicated team of conference and event coordinators are on hand from start to finish ensuring a successful, well-planned event every time. WHEN: Please contact Brighton Dome to discuss availability. WHO: Up to 1,000 guest for a standing reception, 600 for a sit down dinner. There are numerous hotels for your guests to reside in nearby. WHERE: Sussex 2A Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE t: 01361 883 211 e: 01273 261 524 w:


AUBERGE DU LAC WHAT: A former hunting lodge turned Michelin starred restaurant, Auberge Du Lac and its accompanying venue, Brocket Hall, constitute a perfect venue for the intimate wedding. WHY: Set amid 543 acres of idyllic private parkland with stunning views, this exclusive venue is suited to small but sophisticated ceremonies. HOW: An in-house Event Co-ordinator and

Restaurant Manager work with you to create the perfect setting and an exquisite menu for your special day. WHEN: Until the end of March 2012. Contact team thereafter. WHO: Up to 62 guests. WHERE: Hertfordshire Brocket Park, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL8 7XG t: 0131 668 8686 | e: w:

venues SENATE HOUSE WHAT: A unique building situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, Senate House is a world-renowned seat of learning. Its precincts and gardens offer pockets of tranquillity amid a bustling city, perfect for any modern bride. WHY: Light, airy, classically proportioned internal spaces provide an inspiring backdrop for weddings while the nearby private gardens offer a beautiful setting for photos. A recent multimillion pound refurbishment means this art-deco building offers the perfect mixture of history and modernity. HOW: The venue offers seamless integration of all essential support services all under the watchful eye of their event coordinators and hospitality specialists. WHEN: Throughout the year. WHO: Approximately 600 guests for a standing reception, 320 guests for a sit down dinner. WHERE: London Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU t: 020 7862 8127 e: w:


HALL GREEN BANQUETING WHAT: Recently licensed, the spacious Hall Green Banqueting Centre proudly describe themselves as ‘Asian Wedding Specialists’. WHY: Branded as their hallmark of success, Hall Green take pride in presenting your event with passion and professionalism. HOW: Irrespective of the size of your event or budget, the team have the ability and experience to ensure you have a memorable tailor-made event. They also welcome outside caterers. WHEN: Please call to check availibility. WHO: Hall Green Banqueting can offer suites for 40 guests up to 500 guests, with a private bar and bridal room. WHERE: Birmingham Hall Green Stadium, York Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8LQ t: 08708 407 489 | w:

WHAT: A grand marquee set in 42 acres of beautiful lush greenery. WHY: Offers indoor and outdoor space, perfect for a summer wedding, including the opportunity to host a grand-scale ceremony in a stunning marquee in the grounds. Highly experienced with Asian weddings. HOW: Includes a fully fitted kitchen for your own choice of caterers,

fitted bathroom and car parking for approximately 500 cars. Also licensed for civil ceremonies. WHEN: April-October WHO: 1,000 guests for a standup reception, 800 for a sit down dinner. WHERE: Essex High Road, Chigwell IG7 6BD t: 020 8501 6795 e: w:



FELBRIDGE HOTEL & SPA WHAT: Set amidst the beautiful Sussex countryside, The Felbridge Hotel and Spa is the highest rated black 4-star hotel in the South of England. Its sophisticated design and breathtaking surroundings makes it a must-have setting for an elegant yet affordable ceremony. WHY: The Bay Tree Restaurant boasts a 2 AA Rosette Anise Fine Dining Restaurant award, while the sophisticated QUBE Bar exhudes glamour. Guests can also luxuriate in the Chakra Spa. Easy access off the M25 and close proximity to Gatwick makes this ideal for those expecting guests from afar. HOW: Experts at hosting Asian events, your dedicated wedding co-ordinator can ensure all your requirements can be met to cultural and religious specification. Wedding packages start at just £65 per person. WHEN: Please enquire for availibility. WHO: 350 guests for a Banqueting Style ceremony, 500 for the Theatre Style in the luxurious Ballroom. WHERE: Sussex London Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2BH t: 01342 337700 e: w:


BERMONDSEY SQUARE WHAT: A boutique hotel epitomising 60s chic in the hubbub of the city, distinctive for its homely charm despite its elite feel in appearance and service. WHY: You can have your photos taken on their exclusive terrace overlooking Bermondsey Square, hire an old open-top Routemaster bus to bring your guests there, enjoy your first night suite with the best hot tub view in London... HOW: With many tailor-made packages on

offer, the wedding co-ordinator is famed for injecting fun into every sophisticated event, assuring your celebrations will be ‘as unique as you are’. WHEN: Daytimes and evenings. WHO: Up to 150 guests. Please enquire about wedding party discounts. WHERE: London Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London SE1 3UN t: 020 7378 2462 | e: w:

venues MERCURE WADHURSTBLACKBURN CASTLE DUNKENHALGE WHAT: Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa is a 4-star hotel that blends grandeur of a 700-year-old manor building with modern facilities, including a choice of wedding and banqueting suites, each of which boasts its own unique features. WHY: The beautiful setting, first class service, global standard cuisine and world-class accommodation assures you and your guests will be looked after in style. HOW: There are numerous packages designed to suit any style and budget, but they appreciate the ‘one size does not fit all’ and are happy to customise and are flexible when it comes to bringing in your own suppliers. Your wedding co-ordinator will advise you on details. WHEN: Please call to check availability. WHO: From a small intimate wedding for 20 guests up to a maximum of 300 in the Pendle Suite. Packages can include attractive accommodation deals. WHERE: Lancashire Dunkenhalge Hotel and Spa Blackburn Rd, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 5JP t: 01254 303 400 e: w:


WHAT: Located just off the A20 and set in four acres of gardens, the 4-star Ramada Hotel Dover has one of the largest gazebos for a garden civil ceremony in Kent. WHY: Famed for hosting large-scale Asian weddings, it’s easy to get to you, parking for your guests is free, and special accommodation rates are available for

newlyweds and wedding guests. HOW: As well as the personal attention and service of their highly experienced Wedding Sales Team their team of Asian chefs can provide the perfect menu for your wedding celebration and special accommodation rates are available for wedding guests. WHEN: All year round.

WHO: Their Grand Marquee can cater for a reception banquet for up to 300 guests with smaller weddings accommodated in The Olive Tree Restaurant. WHERE: Kent Singledge Lane Whitfield, Dover, Kent CT16 3EL t: 01304 872841 | e: w:


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et in the heart of Westminster, this Grade II listed venue offers a stunning solution for all your celebratory needs. With breathtaking balcony views of the London skyline, Central Hall Westminster is the perfect place to create memories that will last forever. A number of stunning spaces means there is something to suit every bride, whether you are staging a grand function or an intimate affair. When it comes to weddings, first impressions count and what better impression than The Grand Staircase, a magnificent sweeping feature, inspired by the Paris Opera House. A dream in marble, the 55 steps lead to The Great Hall, a beautiful room that echoes with history. This space features the second largest unsupported dome ceiling in the world as well as a grand organ that is sure to be a talking point on your big day. Minutes away from the Thames, the Embankment, St. James’s Park and the Abbey, Central Hall Westminster offers a plethora of photo opportunities too. WHEN: Monday-Saturday, 8am-11pm (excluding Christmas & New Years day) WHO: Up to 1,000 guests. WHERE: London Storey’s Gate London SW1H 9NH t: 0207 654 3815 e: | w:


If The Great Hall with its 2,000 square feet of space isn’t enough, opt for the Library and Lecture Hall, which can be opened up to create a single space three times larger than The Great Hall – perfect for those infamous Asian celebrations



ELTHAM PALACE ith light streaming down from the glass dome above, couples can exchange vows in the ultra-chic setting of its circular wood-panelled hall. French doors lead directly out onto a terrace overlooking its moated gardens with lush greenery, flower borders, water and lawns where drinks may be served in fine weather. There is a series of linked art deco rooms, including a dramatic black, pink and silver dining room, which may also be used as part of the exclusive hire of Eltham Palace. The Great Hall, still with its original oak roof, can host larger weddings or receptions – and is especially atmospheric for dining and dancing. Eltham Palace and Gardens is available to hire on an exclusive basis for civil wedding and civil partnership ceremonies on Fridays and Saturdays, and for private evening events seven days a week until midnight. Bespoke packages can be tailored for couples to select a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces to create their perfect day. Clients have the services of a dedicated hospitality manager and a full list of top accredited suppliers to choose from. WHEN: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and for private events in the evening 7 days a week. WHO: Up to 420 guests. WHERE: London Court Yard London SE9 5QE t: 0208 294 2577 e: w:

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A catfight, flirting with the best man, and dirty dancing with uncles… just another wedding party for R n Desouza


t’s 7.30am on a Saturday morning and I’m in a taxi heading to a semi-detached in Neasden. I am a bridesmaid for a friend once again and I’m on my way to her house to be preened, polished and shoe-horned into my dress. The shrieks of laughter beyond her door signals the drink is already in full flow. Much like a conveyor belt on a factory production line, the bridal party dutifully assembles to take turns having their make-up and hair done and then their beautiful fuchsia dresses put on. Once primed and complete with bouquets in hand, we are ready to leave for the venue in a Mercedes dazzling enough to give the sun a complex. After a beautiful and moving marriage ceremony, it’s time to unwind and get the party started. The cars pull up at the obligatory plush London hotel and we enter the building feeling every bit the celebrities walking the red carpet at their latest film

premiere. Once I get my feet under the crisp white linen tables, it’s time to cut loose and start chugging on the endless supply of alcohol dotted around the vast ballroom. I offer everyone a lipstick tainting white wine smile: ‘I haven’t eaten much and that’s why the alcohol has made me tipsy’, is my way of explaining why I’m so rubbish at drinking. I start to reminisce about my youthful clubbing days and about boyfriends past, whilst the best man rambles on about drunken boys’ holidays in Prague and tells risqué stories about the groom’s exes (surely he knows not to anger a bride with a cake knife in her hand). As I sit through an endless stream of eye-watering speeches (both through sentimentality and boredom), I learn almost every minute detail of the bride and groom’s life. They once considered adopting a panda. Who knew? After a few glasses of bubbly, the dancefloor looks evermore appealing. I grab my fellow bridesmaids and we make a beeline for the large strobe-lit mass in the centre of the room just in time to hear the rousing lyrics of Laung Ka Lashkara. The music is like an audition call for Strictly Come Dancing: The Rejects as drunken, swaying guests take to the floor with hilarious results. I’m barricaded between two eager older gentlemen dirty dancing to Sex On Fire – wrong! Oh good, the mandatory bhangra dance. No, ‘uncle’, you’re meant to screw lightbulbs, not try to screw me... I find a safe place between a friend and her mother. I finally manage to squeeze my way out of the scrum that has occurred on the dancefloor to be greeted by the bride who tells me to gather all the single girls together for the bouquet catching (a concocted tradition to remind us singletons just

how desperate we are). I’m determined to catch it this time, this is finally my chance to live happily ever after and no one is going to get in my way dammit! I assume the position. Put my arms out and get ready. The bride, who never did have a good aim, throws like a five-year-old girl and I see the bouquet hurtle to my right. Like an SAS soldier protecting a dignitary, I dive in the direction of the bouquet and in doing so sprawl my arms out and whack the girl next to me squarely in the face. The horror. I apologise, my friend picks up the bouquet. Missed out again! Later, the girl I injured at Bouquet-Gate appears to be nursing a black eye. I try to convince myself maybe she just likes heavy mascara. I console myself with a big slice of wedding cake. It’s at this precise moment (my upper lip has a fine line of white icing sugar, not dissimilar to a certain illegal substance) the best man – the very married best man – decides to make small talk with me. Fuelled by alcohol and vanilla sponge cake, I decide to display my awesome flirting skills. As I mumble seductively, more J-No than J-Lo, and run my fingers along his arm, he has the look of a confused dad whose child has just told him they want to give up their banking career to be an acrobat. With my flirtation attempts failing miserably, the conversation descends to such alluring topics as hayfever and shoes for his toddler. Game over. Adding insult to injury, the powers-that-be figure I need some cheering up and decide to give me a consolation prize in the form of one of the uncles, think John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever meets Howard from the Halifax adverts, asking me out on a date. I try to be subtle and tell him that I have a busy schedule for the rest of my life, but he’s having none of it. I eventually give him my number. I should ring and tell Ming’s Chinese takeaway that they’ll be getting an odd call shortly. As the party winds down in the early hours, I manage to stumble to the cloakroom and literally crash into the bride’s Mum, wonder if she can tell I’m slightly drunk? I mumble something about ‘not eating much and so the alcohol has gone straight to my head’. She looks at me as if to say, ‘maybe if you showed some self control, you would be married by now’. Miserably, I find myself nodding in agreement… AB


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n the colourful bustle of Leicester’s Belgrave Road, the rules for Asian fashion is re-written everyday from the Arinder Bhullar store, the grown-up girl’s playroom of carefully created couture gowns.

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ne look that definitely

material on any part of your outfit can

is taking over the bridal

make an impact.

world is the long kameez

that traditional look with a modern

the core focus is on the kameez –

twist, then colour block your outfit;

usually heavily embroidered, more

keep it as subtle as you want or

predominantly so along the neckline

go for something bright like Mona

area. The lengha has very minimal

Imran’s choice of red, orange and

work; usually just plain or bordered.


The jacket styled straight cut tops


Be it a lengha or sari, cropped

were all the rage in recent catwalks –

tops have a traditional elegance to

falling elegantly just above the bottom

them when worn correctly. The colour

of the lengha.

combination of red and gold is also

Velvet is very much in at the

La Chantal by Saba

If you really want to encompass

styled over a lengha. With this style,

a timeless look in Asian bridal wear.

moment, as shown by Manish

Mehdi goes for a very traditional look,

Malhotra at Dubai Fashion Week.

using rusted gold embroidery with a

You can opt to go for velvet material

deep shade of red, while Shyamal &

all over, or mix velvet with other

Bhumika use a lighter shade of red

styles like a chiffon blouse and velvet

with darker bronze shade but mix it

lengha. Play around – you don’t

up with the use of motifs and patterns

always need to go for a standard

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The staple Asian groom’s outfit doesn’t have to be traditional in style or obvious in shape and colour, as you can see in these fabulous couture suits.. White diamonds For the traditional groom, this white sherwani with diamante detailing and matching pyjama trousers screams ‘your majesty’. The outfit is complemented with a ruby red scarf. It can be customised in a variety of colours and also comes in silk or brocade fabrics (£675). •

Red alert For the daring groom, this dark red flared pyj pyjamas mas are complemented with an ornate gold Kurta and matching red dupatta is as regal as they come (£1,085). • sfcollection. Black magic Make a statement th thatt oozes chic and sophistication in this classic black and gold fitted sherwani with intricate embroidery on the sleeves and coll collarr (£1,300) •

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This season’s hottest colour makes a return with this matching pink tie and cufflink set (£19.99). The ideal accessory with a black or charcoal grey suit. From


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Grooms are now spending just as much on their outfit as their bride-to-be. According to high-end British tailor Clements & Church, the average budget for a suit is £1,500, while on the Asian front, the average for a sherwani, according to couturist G Designers, is a more humble £800. Both report that the modern Asian groom is becoming more ambitious in his style choices with bright colours and unusual cuts proving hugely popular.


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SPRING 2012 ISSUE 33 £4.50


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Crystal, nautical, princess, nature, ethnic & filmstar

Inspired Breathtaking

style ideas for spring


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