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hat makes weddings claim the highest regard in our lives? Why is it that despite of our diversities, we bestow it with the highest stature? Apart from cultural and emotional norms, weddings have evolved tremendously on the fashion domain. The invasion obviously adjusts the beloved bride and groom to the latest in fashion, but also spellbinds the wedding regalia with contemporary moods. Our Cover highlights this essence through Anita Dongre’s vision as seen in her recent campaign, Wedding Diaries. A lauded fashion designer with roots in India, Dongre has elegantly scripted a majestic wedding tale and we are in absolute awe with her Wedding Diaries collection featuring bespoke bridal couture. The third annual edition of TRADITIONS is a haven of inspiration for the unconventional couple. Featured designers - Rohit Bal, Archana Kochhar, Karleo and Humayun Alamgir customize fashion goals of our classy brides and grooms who are craving for

that Wow! factor amidst the hustle and bustle. Humayun Alamgir, a renowned name in the Pakistani fashion designing industry brings men clothing at par with women. His statement pieces are a mix of nawabi culture and modern fashion and we are proud to have him extend these pieces in TRADITIONS. Karleo, a label that is taking great strides in India and abroad, is a brand for the liberated soul. Karan Berry and Leon Vaz, the young duo behind this exquisite brand, use rich textures, embroidery and detailing of various forms while juxtaposing opposing elements to craft your dream piece. Archana Kochhar, a name familiar amongst celebrities in India’s entertainment industry, is another featured name in our pool of designers. Kochhar glamourizes the modern day bride that is somewhat rooted in her tradition. Her work on luscious colour blocked palettes is something you cannot exclude from your trousseau. Rohit Bal, master couturier with impeccable designing, truly makes his

runway stints appear no less than a fantasy. His featured collection, Husne-Taa’iraat, meaning beauty of the bird captures this wondrous creature magnificently. Moving on from fashion inspiration, our style expert Joseph details the latest style trends. From cool accessories to bow ties and neck ties, find out what will work best for you to be a dashing groom. As for the brides, we understand the exhaustion wedding preparations may cause but trust us, we have made every effort to share your dose of stress. Keeping you in mind, we have editorial featuring a wedding checklist, surname change advice, how to break the monotony at wedding with fun wedding ideas, exciting recipes, and a lot more. With our 2016 TRADITIONS issue, we dwell into serious fashion inspiration for the South Asian wedding rooted within the traditional landscape. All we can say, don’t hold yourself back, be free, be fashionable!

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Destination Wedding Proposal


What’s in a Name


Desi Wedding Drama


It’s All in the DIY Details


A Toast to the Bride & Groom


Love Forecast


Wedding Checklist


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Pretty Invitations


Favours We Love


Gifts Ideas for the Newlywed


Recipes: Striking a Sweet Chord


Cake Décor


The Perfect Ride


Fabulous Décor


Gifts For Her


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Bollywood Weddings of the Decade


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Fiercely Romantic Gothic Bride


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“I have always said that one lifetime is less to take all these inspirations and convert them into design because the minute you start travelling in India, design hits at you.”

Anita Dongre

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he rich genealogy of India’s fashion evolution is a treasured heritage reflecting legacy of the royals and India’s widespread regional imprints. From the Mughal’s who came in through the plains of Afghanistan, to the British who

later influenced social values of this nation, fashion has been a loyal witness to the extensive journey. It’s no surprise that designers in India today are constantly turning back in time for inspiration and collaborating that voice with contemporary moods.

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Anita Dongre, one of India’s celebrated fashion designers, has spectacularly conjugated this essence. With design aesthetics inspired by Rajasthan’s vibrant heritage, Anita Dongre label continues to dominate fashion statements of personalities in Bollywood and beyond. And although she has expanded widely to accommodate other brands, Dongre’s handcrafted bridal goatapatti lehengas and handwoven heritage Banarasi creations remain a distinguished identity altogether. Initiated more than two decades ago, the label has germinated into distinct brands including - Global Desi, a vibrant line of boho-chic ensembles; AND, contemporary western wear; Anita Dongre, bespoke bridal couture; and, Grassroot, the most recent in line celebrating India’s craft and weaves while adhering to organic and eco-friendly processes. How does her design evolve through these brands? “The essence and soul remains, but one tries to do better and better with every collection. My style has always been very simplistic, very feminine, so it stays the same, but you work on your craft, you

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learn new techniques, your team gets bigger. You hone your skills I suppose.” Wedding Diaries is Dongre’s latest collection in her bridal edition. Inspired by the splendour of 1135 AD café sitting magnificently in Jaipur’s Amer fort, her colour palette integrates vintage tones of sparkling champagne, rich marsala, siege green and powder blue on raw silk, Banaras brocades and georgettes. Bride’s insignia flaunt deftlycurated Banarasi weaves, while the bespoke bridal couture embraces the unconventional bride in twirling lehengas, striking gowns, anarkalis and gorgeous bandgalas. Dongre’s newest collection Love Notes, narrates a beautiful story with Aditi Rao Hydari working her magic as the perfect muse. The flamboyant composition of handcrafted prints on cotton, georgette and Chanderi fabric showcase the essential stage of a bride-to-be’s life where she is ruminating on her emotions, independence and commitment. “Love Notes for me was a stage in the bride-to-be’s life where she is taking a break with herself. Nothing is so

My style has always been very simplistic, very feminine, so it stays the same, but you work on your craft, you learn new techniques, your team gets bigger. You hone your skills I suppose.

important today for an independent woman, [than] to take a holiday with herself and my muse is on a vacation in Rajasthan with herself, wandering over committing to a marriage that is going to happen soon,” explains Dongre. Shot within the majestic courtyard of Bikaner’s Junagarh Palace, Love Notes almost perfectly synchronizes with the regal theme that this palace forges. Bright prints resting on cotton, georgette and Chanderi silks speak magnificence in the royal backdrop constituting a beautiful composition. The thrust of Dongre’s versatile campaigns, which is the grandeur of Rajasthan, remains intact, though we see unexpected variations. She reflects on this inspiration saying “I just feel blessed that I am born in India, it’s a unique land and every state inspires you. I have always said that one lifetime is less to take all these inspirations and convert them into design because the minute you start travelling in India, design hits

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how you convert that into wearable fashion.” The brand signifies Dongre’s association with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign and she describes the launch as a milestone in her fashion designing career. In spirit of this milestone, Dongre had 22 artisans from the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) walk the runway in their traditional attire. In response, these weavers and handcrafters were applauded with a standing ovation, marking a memorable moment at Indian Textile Day at Lakme Fashion Week 2015. at you. I think what one does with every collection is that they try to make those dreams and designs that float in mind come alive.” Presently, the ace designer is focussed on her recently launched brand Grassroot, a tribute to the treasured handcrafted tradition surviving centuries of influence. The brand aims to provide wider exposure to the rural artisans while also extending livelihood opportunities by partnering with various NGOs. “We are working with crafts, especially crafts in rural areas, crafts that need sustaining, so that’s really taking up all my energy. It is challenging to work with remote villages, the distances and how you work with people who basically practice crafts from home [and]

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glamour & amour From closely-guarded weddings to lavish luxurious ceremonies, here is a look at the most popular celeb wedlocks of the past decade.


e adore them, stalk them and even worship them for their style quotient and star appeal. And when it comes to the glitzy alliance of our favourite celebs, there is literally nothing we want to miss.

Shahid Kapoor & Mira Rajput

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This Bollywood heartthrob raised many eyebrows when he decided to get hitched to the beautiful Mira Rajput in a private ceremony in July 2015. This adorable couple's families are followers of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a philosophical organization based on spiritual teachings of all religions. Shahid and Mira are believed to have met during

Siddharth Roy Kapur & Vidya Balan UTV giant's head honcho Siddhartha Roy Kapur and Vidya's Balan's marriage in December 2012 didn't come as a surprise due to their previously dating rumours which they constantly rubbished. Nevertheless, the actress who is described as Bollywood's female Khan was drenched with congratulatory messages on social media from fans and Bollywood stars on her big day. Like most Bollywood weddings, this too was a hush-hush affair except that it was an elegant display of Vidya's simplistic persona. Two wedding ceremonies, Tamil and Punjabi were held to respect and celebrate cultural values of both families.

one of its gatherings with their families and what conspired later was evidently an affair to remember. Since their wedding last year, Shahid has maintained strict privacy around this milestone, but occasionally on social media, fans get to cherish their romantic moments of togetherness.

Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as a globally acclaimed actress and

former Miss World, and Abhishek Bachchan as a noted actor with impeccable comic timing, have cemented their names in the Indian film fraternity individually and as an on-screen couple in movies such as Guru, Sarkar Raj, Dhoom 2, Yuva, Devdas and Taal. How and what conspired their romance remains obscure but we do know Abhishek proposed to Aishwarya in New York city and got married in a traditional ceremony inside the Bachchan's Mumbai residence, Prateeksha. In April 2016, the couple will mark their 10th anniversary with their four-year-old daughter Aaradhya Bachchan.

Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor Khan Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan officially came out as a couple following the release of Tashan in 2008. Though the movie failed to draw crowds into theatres, Saif and Kareena's on-screen and off-screen pairing successfully managed to

culminate buzz. With Saif's royal heritage and Kareena's celebratory lineage, the couple's wedding was bound to be an extravagant starstudded affair in 2012. Succumbing to the royal ritual, Kareena wore her mother-in-law, Sharmila Tagore's wedding ensemble and looked stunning with the Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra & Raj Kundra Shilpa Shetty's marriage to London-based businessman Raj Kundra was an over-the-top majestic ceremony marked with elements of extravagance (evidently obvious with her uncut diamond ring gifted by Raj). They got married in 2009 and definitely splurged on all ceremonies. Shilpa adorned spectacular jewellery with designer Tarun Tahiliani ensembles, whereas Raj entrusted designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil with his attire.

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o you’re ready to pop the big question, but getting anxious on making it extraordinary, romantic and memorable? Even the simplest of proposals can seem challenging for the passionate romantic so ease out a bit, this is not as pressurizing as it is made to feel, but yes, you definitely need to have some organization in place before the celebrations start rolling (if it’s a yes). Destination proposal – a recent trend amongst couples – might be your answer for an unforgettable

proposal. Whether it’s an adventurous spot in an other hemisphere or a quite getaway to a nearby village, destination proposals have unmatched perks. Here are some tips to make that upcoming destination proposal absolutely worth it!

When, Where and How Do you want to bring it early on or towards the end of your trip? Will it be indoors or outdoors? How would you bring it up? Write down answers to these questions and consider half of your planning done. Consider weather conditions before deciding indoor/ outdoor options and have a backup plan, just in case. Depending on your partner’s style decide the mood you would create before the proposal. What may be utterly romantic to one person, might seem cheesy to another.

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Whether your up for a destination proposal or not, a photographer is a must. If you are planning to pop the question at the resort, the staff might give you great suggestions on the spot, food, and also photographer.

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A guest service agent or a concierge can be of tremendous help. There might be a local festival or he/she might suggest a not-so-known romantic spot. If there is a special local festival happening around this time, it might just make your proposal effortlessly unforgettable. Several resorts and hotels have an engagement concierge who specialize in this field.

Whether your up for a destination proposal or not, a photographer is a must. If you are planning to pop the question at the resort, the staff might give you great suggestions on the spot, food, and also photographer. A lot of resorts offer this as a complimentary service. Make sure to research and notify the resort/hotel about the proposal in advance, or right when you reach there.

The Ring As exciting it as it may sound, a destination proposal can be slightly tricky for various reasons. One of the most important factors in this regard will be carrying the ring through security and customs without your partner getting a wind of it. Keep the ring packed inside the box it originally came in, this will keep it safe and secure. It is advisable to stick a note on the box, “Proposal ring inside, kindly be discreet.� This will hopefully prevent any obvious confrontations from security, in case any issues arise. Once transported safely to the destination, keep it secure (maybe inside a sock or an ugly sweater).

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Melwyn & Stephenie We will always be with, for and by each other at all times, because that's what keeps us going and will always be the driving force for our marriage. How Our Paths Crossed Stephenie: We met online through Facebook. We chatted with each other online for a few months and then Melwyn suggested that we meet in person. Melwyn: The first meet was absolutely out of the box. I was doing night shift at my work place and had just got done from work. I asked one of my friends to drop me at her place so that I could meet her and talk to her

first thing in the morning. He drove me there, and there I was in front of her door at 7:30 a.m., while she was still in her sleep. Words cannot express the look she had on her face and I was stunned to having finally met her that morning.

The Proposal Stephenie: Like every couple we had our share of ups and downs, breakups and makeups which went on for a long time. During our dating period, we realised

that no matter how far we go we always come back to each other. With the passing years, we have seen each other grow in the relation, and with three years of dating, we mutually decided to tie the knot. Melywn: We knew that we were destined to be together one day.

The Wedding Melwyn: Wedding day as everyone calls it "D-Day" was something we both had treasured

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Spending time together alone is our top most priority as a couple. within our hearts for a very long time as every individual does in his/her lifetime. The day was in our opinion one of the weddings of the season. We don’t say this because it’s our wedding but if I go by experience at other weddings, we never thought we would dance so much until we dropped. We enjoyed it so much that we would want to marry again and again. Favourite moment from the wedding day would be when I held her in my arms and sang

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the song, ‘This I Promise You’. Stephenie: My favourite too was when he sang the song. I remembered our first meeting as he had sung the same song to me on the day we first met.

The Reception Stephenie: It was a fun wedding. Our theme was yellow and white, so the decorator did an amazing job with regards to the


backdrop, entrance, centerpiece and the entire venue. We also had a bubble machine on the dance floor. Our first dance was on the song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Melwyn and I waltzed to it. We did not leave the dance floor at all until the end. It was amazing to see so much crowd on the dance floor having a great time. Melwyn: It was amazing, breath-taking, hitched in memory forever.

The Honeymoon Melwyn: We had our honeymoon at one of the world's favourite destinations - Thailand. We enjoyed it so much that spending time together alone in an exotic location is our top most priority as a couple.

What I Love About You Melwyn: I love her smile and her beauty. These two attributes were, are and will always be treasured by me till I breathe my last. We will always be with, for and by each other at all times, because that's what keeps us going and will always be the driving force for our marriage. Stephenie: Out first meeting wasn’t so impressive, but getting to know him slowly made me fall in love with him. The thing I love most about him is the respect he gives me.

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Hars & Aman The most important goal would be to have a long lasting and healthy marriage to look back upon when we are older and cherish those memories. How Our Paths Crossed Hars: We met a year and half ago through Aman's brother Karm who thought I would be a good match for his sister. Karm was a good friend of mine from many years ago and once Aman and I exchanged numbers we would talk for hours. We met for coffee a few times and instantly connected, we both knew from that moment it was meant to be and we were soulmates.

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The Wedding Hars: Our wedding day was truly a fairytale, it was a dream come true for both of us. Everything that we had planned from outfits, to vehicles and decorations went according to plan. Not only was it special to share this day with family and friends but their support and help made each moment meaningful and unforgettable. Also we lucked out with our photographer and videographer, had an amazing experience with Nav Images Photography and Studio 101.

One of the many favourite moments of the wedding was when both of us walked around the Guru Granth Sahib during the laavan ceremony as we took blessings to start a new chapter in our life. The laavan was a special moment and we felt a very deep spiritual and emotional connection because we were going to be spending the rest of our lives together.

The Reception Hars: Our reception was

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Our wedding day was truly a fairytale, it was a dream come true for both of us. Everything that we had planned from outfits, to vehicles and decorations went according to plan. Not only was it special to share this day with family and friends but their support and help made each moment meaningful and unforgettable. spectacular, we went with a winter wonderland theme and each detail was exactly how we planned. We wanted to make our guests feel and experience something unique right when they walked. We had a special mocktail menu which was named after us: The Amazing Aman, Harstellar and lastly The Happily Ever After, the dessert menu was specially made with cookies and milk shots which were a huge hit with the guests as they wanted more.

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The entertainment was off the hook, our DJs made our night with their upbeat mixes, great genres of music and having both new and old school tunes. The highlight of the night was the dance off, our DJ had both of us do a dance off and let the crowd decide the winner.

The Honeymoon Hars: We went to Mexico for our honeymoon to a private all inclusive

resort. It was such a nice trip as we both got to get away from this weather and enjoy some sunshine. It also allowed us to try out new adventures such as ziplining, kayaking, and snorkeling.

Our Goals Hars: To help one another be the best we can and always support each other through both the ups and downs. To enjoy life by traveling the world and experiencing new things. The most important goal would be to have a long lasting and healthy marriage to look back upon when we are older and cherish those memories. Ultimately to follow the blueprints our parents laid out for us on how to create a long term relationship.

What I Love About You Aman: What we love the most about each other is that we push each other to be better every single day. I love Hars for his great personality, his sense of humour and how he's caring and responsible. Hars: What I love about Aman is that she helps me become more patient, guides me to a more spiritual path, and is always there when I need her advice.

Words of Advice Hars: The best advice we can give is try to be organized and plan your details ahead of time. More importantly enjoy the process and try to make the best of the situation, but checking in with each other and communicating will make things easier. As the wedding time gets stressful and hectic the couples should take time out to relax before the big day and enjoy every moment because it goes by really fast. Also we would highly recommend they get a wedding planner; with our busy schedules it was difficult to get everything planned out and know which vendor to use therefore luckily for us we had someone that helped us through the way.

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Ankit & Deepika We chartered a helicopter and saw Cape Town from it. On the way back to the ground a massive banner lay asking the question “Dee will you marry me?” All she did after that was cry! I still have not gotten a yes from her! How Our Paths Crossed Deepika: We first met each other in our GMAT class in 2010. We hardly spoke to each other but found each other cute. That was the beginning. After a year through a common friend we connected again and things started rolling from there. We started chatting with each other on blackberry messenger and soon could not stop talking to each other all day! Chats turned into meetings and we continued to get closer and rest is history. Fast forward five years, both of us are doing our MBA and happily married.

The Proposal Deepika: We were scheduled to get engaged so I was sure that I was not going to have any fairytale-like proposal that I had always wished for. So me and my family went on a vacation to South Africa to see my fiancé in April and that’s where he surprised and vowed me Bollywood-style. Horse riding on white sandy beach followed by a helicopter ride and as we landed a huge banner saying ‘Dee will you marry me?” I kept crying for the next half an hour. Ankit: Since I knew Deepika always wanted a grand proposal I

planned a surprise for her. After asking her parents permission I took her horse riding on a secluded beach in Cape Town, South Africa. It was stunning and serene. Post the horse riding we sat on the mountain side over looking the Pacific Ocean on Chapman’s Peak (one of the most beautiful drives in the world). We popped a champagne here and then I took her out for an aerial tour of Cape Town. We chartered a helicopter and saw Cape Town from it. On the way back to the ground a massive banner lay asking the question “Dee will you marry me?” All she did after that was cry! I still have not gotten a yes from her!

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as well as a massive storm hit Jaipur and everything was ruined. All the beautiful decoration and set up was gone in seconds. Luckily no one was injured and we skipped getting clicked with people!

Our wedding day was as epic as our relationship is! We had a destination wedding at Taj Jai Mahal, Jaipur. The wedding arrangement was done beautifully with every The Reception intricate detailing looked by my parents. Deepika: The décor was elegant The Wedding

Deepika: Our wedding day was as epic as our relationship is! We had a destination wedding at Taj Jai Mahal, Jaipur. The wedding arrangement was done beautifully with every intricate detailing looked by my parents. Ten minutes after the pheras were over, we sat on the stage and suddenly we were hit by a huge sandstorm with thunderstorm which blew everything away. Well

it’s said that rain on the wedding day is considered auspicious! Ankit: Wedding day was totally crazy. First my friends would not let the baraat move forward! Having a slip disc problem, I was willing to jump of the horse and walk to the wedding. Somehow I made it to the wedding. The pheras were beautiful and the setting was just magical. It felt like the wedding was right out of the movies. It was timed to perfection

and beautifully done. We were so exhausted by the reception! This was the soberest out of all the functions. What we thankfully missed at the wedding (pictures clicked with ABCD…...XYZ people because of the storm) we had to get it done here. Ankit: I was just happy to wear a suit after all the Indian wear! On a serious note it was amazing. Introducing Deepika as Mrs. Dhawan was special. Despite the tiredness it was sad that it was the last function because on each function Deepika and I also had a great time. We were sad that we had to fly out after the reception.

The Honeymoon Deepika: Ankit could not miss many days of his MBA school so we came to Ithaca (A little village where he studies) in New York post marriage! But we later went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for a week.

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We want to live happily ever after and explore the world! We love travelling and that’s what we want to do. With each other we want to be understanding, compromising and respectful!

Deepika: We want to live happily ever after and explore the world! We love travelling and that’s what we want to do. With each other we want to be understanding, compromising and respectful! Ankit: One day Deepika agreeing that she is wrong! (personal goal). Rest whatever she said.

sensitive, loving side. We both are complete opposites so in different situations we think and act differently Ankit: Having somewhat an eccentric nature I feel Deepika is the centre of my world. She keeps me grounded and humble. She is an amazing person who just is so loving and caring about people!

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Ramneet & Mandeep To never stop dating each other while keeping the spark and passion that we have for our love to grow every step of the way. How Our Paths Crossed Ramneet: Growing up and thinking about the man of my dreams, never did I imagine that a social media website would be the path that would lead me to the happiest moments of my life. Facebook united our ways and soon after we began messaging each other on MSN messenger. I still remember the butterflies that I would get in my stomach as I saw the notifications of him signing online. Eventually after his several tries of asking me out for lunch or coffee, I finally decided to agree. It was the first

time we were meeting each other in person, yet it felt like I had known him forever. One thing led to another and soon within the month we were meeting each other’s parents. To look back and realize how everything ran so smoothly truly makes me feel blessed.

The Proposal Ramneet: We had our roka, a.k.a pre-engagement, done with our families in December 2013 and at that moment we finalized the wedding date for August 08, 2015. As I was just starting my Dental Hygiene program, we

thought that it would be perfect to have the wedding during the summer after my graduation. Exactly one year before our wedding on August 08, 2014, we decided to celebrate with what I thought was just a dinner. Little did I know what he had planned for me. He officially proposed to me at a beautiful scenic park in North Vancouver with a picnic area set up right by the water. The view and ambiance was amazing, and everything felt so peaceful and perfect. I also had no idea that he had asked our close friends to hide and take pictures to capture the moment forever.

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Ramneet: I remember waking up in the morning with this feeling that words cannot explain, realizing that today is the big day. We were expecting rain the full day during our August wedding, however we were lucky to have sunshine shining through the windows as we were getting ready. The entire day felt like a true blessing, surrounded by our family and friends as we swore to be together through thick and thin. Throughout every single wedding planning, event, or discussion there was always something that felt incomplete, and that was my dad’s presence. For every daughter having her father by her side during her wedding is a blessing, and it always hurt that I could not have my dad give me away or walk me down the aisle. However, during the morning of my wedding my bouquet arrived at home and right when I saw his picture in my bouquet I felt a strong sense of his presence

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around me, and that is a moment that I will never forget. Also, one of my favourite moments during the wedding ceremony was when we were officially married and he turned towards his left looking at me in the eyes with this huge smile saying, “We’re married”. Mandeep: My favourite moment was looking back as she was walking down the aisle in the Gurdwara, and I remember telling myself, “it’s finally that time, the moment we both have been waiting for.”

The Reception Ramneet: Our reception turned out to be bigger than we expected with close to 900 people present. For decorations of the venue we were lucky to have the girls from Universal Décor, who set our stage and walkway with beautiful flowers, chandeliers and candles. I had messages from my friends before we had entered the venue saying how elegant the décor looked. As huge Bollywood fans, we decided to enter our reception on a rickshaw with the remixed Hindi song “Banno Tera Swagger” playing in the background. Our guests were cheering us on as Mandeep rode the rickshaw in and I danced sitting on the backseat. It was the perfect way to start the night and let our guests know that we are ready to party.


The Honeymoon Ramneet: The week after our wedding we had a quick trip to Vernon and stayed at Sparkling Hill Resort. It was the best place to go right after the wedding to just relax and sit in saunas, or by the pools. But for our official honeymoon we decided to be touristy and went to Paris, Rome and Naples. It was an amazing experience in a country with a foreign language, and definitely brought out our adventurous side.

What I Love About You Ramneet: I love that he brings out the best in me. He always motivates me to do more in life, and when I’m feeling down he lifts me up. I still remember the crazy breakdown I had during the first week of dental hygiene school due to all the overwhelming pressure of dates and deadlines, however after talking to him he made me feel like I

could achieve anything. Mandeep: I love that from day one I could be myself around her. Also, I love the fact that I can call her my best friend, sharing anything and everything with her while knowing that she will hold no judgments against me.

Words of Advice Do not stress over the small details because in the end everything always works out. Have open communication about everything. Remember it is not just about the wedding, but the lifetime commitment of marriage.

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Vriti & Kapil Though (as usual) the baraat got late but it was the most perfect setting aside the river, amidst the mountains and our loved ones around us as we exchanged vows under the gorgeous moonlight. How Our Paths Crossed Vriti: Kapil and I met at our respective childhood best friend’s engagement in July 2013. We were formally introduced after that, became friends during their wedding in November 2013, during all the dance practices and wedding madness, and that’s where cupid struck.

The Proposal Vriti: The proposal was simple and special at the most sacred and pure place - Gurudwara Bangla

Sahib where we had gone to seek blessings. Little did I know he would pop the question while we were taking the round of the sarovar. The words were pure, honest and perfect and I did not even take a second to say, “Yes of course!”

The Wedding Vriti: The wedding took place at Riverview Retreat Resort at Jim Corbett Park. Kapil always wanted a destination wedding before he even met me. He wanted to get married at a beautiful offbeat place, and he made me realise how perfect this would be. We both did

not want a full blown commercial Delhi wedding. Instead we wanted to get married at a beautiful location outside of Delhi, with a limited guest list of close family and friends. Kapil and I had been involved at every step of planning the wedding so it was quite a journey to the D-Day. Though (as usual) the baraat got late but it was the most perfect setting aside the river, amidst the mountains and our loved ones around us as we exchanged vows under the gorgeous moonlight. There was not too much hustle bustle, no drama, just a sweet and pretty

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affair, a Punjabi wedding with all its flair yet calmer to enjoy the beauty of the setting that we were in. We did not want a stage and stand there like puppets, instead we enjoyed and mingled with the crowd and let the festivities soak in. Kapil: Some of my favourite moments from the wedding - the baraat time with the elephant ride which felt like royalty, the impromptu song I sang when the host asked me to propose to Vriti, and pheras by the river.

The Reception Vriti: We just totally let our hair down at the wedding reception that followed and it was pure madness in terms of fun, dance and laughter. A fabulous celebration where one and all danced the night away!

The Honeymoon

Vriti: Our honeymoon was a month long trip to two places - US and UK. We both love to travel to new places and explore new things. We started off with a cruise from Miami to Bahamas, followed by Miami, Las Vegas, LA, New York and last stop was London.

What I Love About You Vriti: I love his honest, pure and big heart. He's the perfect gentleman who has admirable morals and values. He is very intelligent, logical, caring, understanding and fun loving. A very responsible, patient and strong headed person whom one can always learn from. He believes in living life king size and makes sure I get to live like his queen.


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Kapil: What I love most about her is that she’s intelligent, creative, has strong business sense, is empathetic, has a gorgeous singing voice, cares about being good to other people, and is beautiful. A cherry on top is her laugh. It is the most genuine laugh that I have ever heard. It's straight from the heart, unfiltered, and one that always makes me laugh myself. It's contagious, heartfelt, unique and raw.

Our Goals Vriti: To build and maintain a relationship that grows and blossoms with every passing day and let this be the bond which makes you a better person, through thick and thin. To

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complete each other’s strengths and weaknesses in the perfect compatible way. To enjoy and live up every bit of the relationship, and look forward to living each day of our entire life with love, compassion, honesty, fun and loyalty.

Words of Advice Vriti: Enjoy every bit of this magical time, do what makes you both happy, live it up and just don't do anything because the societal norms say so. When you personally get involved in the process, the end result is perfection. And its something you create and build from scratch, just like your relationship. It's the birth of a new bond, a new life all together

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verything about weddings is unique, but with so many weddings making way into our post box and email, it is hard to create that Wow! factor without overstressing ourselves.

To make it easy for you, we have scoured through some popular ideas to make your big-day a little more extraordinary.

Just Not Your Usual ‘Photobooth’ Ditch the quintessential photo booth with these personalised and creative chalkboards! From quirky and witty pieces of advice to heart-melting romantic messages, you are guaranteed to build a unique stock of memories while treasuring some smart marriage advice. Plus, this spot will get also give guests an opportunity to interact with each other.

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You Have Got to be ‘#Hashtagging’ Me You cannot ignore social media, and Instagram is the one with the crown these days. Create a fun hashtag for your wedding and have a screen with live feed. There is so much fun you can have with this segment. How about having the pictures printed

All eyes on the ‘Food Truck’

immediately, or requesting the guests to pose in a Michael Jackson move!

a casual outdoor celebration! Have a food truck

For the Sake of a ‘Kiss’

reflecting your taste, theme or style such as retro

Before dinner have it announced that anyone who wants to

or Bollywood. But be prepared to do a little recce

see the bride and groom kiss must head to the microphone in

round the city, this will include trying various

a group and perform a song. Make it creative by conditioning

menus, looking out for trucks that gel with your

the performance to a certain singer, era, word (Love!) or mood.

theme, analyzing budget, examining adequate

Other ideas - have the guests enact a funny moment of the bride

spacing for guests and truck.

and groom, hula hoop for 40 seconds, finish a specially created

Great if you want to add a whimsical element to

(extremely) sweet dessert in 30 secs, the options are endless.

The Classic ‘Shoe Game’

Fill in the ‘Booklet’

This one is most popular and interactive amongst receptions.

This is not exactly a game but perfect if you want to keep things

The bride and groom swap a shoe and sit opposite each other.

simple yet exciting. Place a booklet on each table and have your

The host asks fun questions and the bride and groom raise

guests compose a message for the bride and groom. How you

the correct shoe that answers the question. You can have the

can make this exciting? Here are some ideas - How should we

audience involved by distributing may be a moustache and lip

celebrate our 5th anniversary, what should we name our first

sign or bride’s and groom’s face cut-outs. Have your host shoot

child, how can I surprise my wife/husband on our honeymoon,

a series of questions such as who said I Love You first, which

your advice to us on our 10th anniversary, etc.

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Either spouse can choose to adopt their partner's surname. According to the Province of British Columbia's Marriage Act, “After marriage, you can choose to continue using your own surname (last name), or you can start using your spouse's surname. Assuming your spouse's surname does not constitute or require a legal change of name under the Name Act.” Surnames cannot be hyphenated or combined without a legal name change but you can return to your previous name at any point.


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Name Taking your surname from maiden to married


ecoming a Mr. And Mrs. comes with many exciting changes, one of which may be a new last name. What historically began as a way to ease the legalities of matrimony, adopting a married name is now a very personal but highly popular decision joining couples by a shared family name. Either spouse can choose to adopt their partner's surname. According to the Province of British Columbia's Marriage Act, “After marriage, you can choose to continue using your own surname (last name), or you can start using your spouse's surname. Assuming your spouse's

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surname does not constitute or require a legal change of name under the Name Act.” Surnames cannot be hyphenated or combined without a legal name change but you can return to your previous name at any point. While not legally required according to BC laws, you'll likely want to update several methods of identification if you choose to take on the surname of your spouse so the name you use matches the name on your ID. The list of documents to change is quite long: driver's license, car insurance, health card, passport, social insurance number, bank accounts,

and credit cards along with any other accounts or memberships linked to your ID or credit cards. You will also need to inform Revenue Canada as well as your employer. Updating your passport will require a new passport application, not just a renewal. If your honeymoon is yet to happen, you may want to hold off changing your passport until any previously booked travel has been completed. Changes to most forms of identification will require your marriage license so don't forget to bring it with you to any in-person appointments or send it along with any applications. Making several copies as soon as you receive it can save you from scrambling as you complete your checklist. Another form of identification will also be required so updating your driver's license first may ease the process for all other updates. Once all the important documents have been updated, you'll want to advise certain people and places you only visit on occasion about your new name. This may include your doctor, dentist and hairdresser as well as updating your library, gym and online memberships. And don't forget about your online presence – your Facebook friends will be anxious to see your new name! The process for each change will vary in time but be prepared for at least several months of transitioning between names. Don't despair if your maiden name pops up from time to time for a year or more after you've tied the knot – there's always an old friend or unsolicited mail that may have missed your exciting news. While the process may seem tedious, the excitement and sentiment of being called by your new name for the first time will make it all worth the work. Don't let some additional planning deter your decision; with a detailed checklist, some organized files and a little bit of patience you'll move from Miss to Mrs. long before your first anniversary




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Drama The Desi Wedding

Surviving Your Wedding in the Midst of Drama As the cliché goes, desi weddings bring two families together. But the fact of the matter is, whenever a large number of people are involved in anything, conflicts are bound to arise.

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rama is the first word that comes to mind when you think of desi weddings. From the news of the matter getting finalized up until the two are well settled into their new home, some form of drama always makes its way into the lives of these couples. It’s never easy though. A lot of people console the girl and give her advice but the reality is that the groom cannot escape it either. This drama is here to stay in his life too and the onus of maintaining a good balance will more often than not fall on him. As the cliché goes, desi weddings bring two families together. But the fact of the matter is, whenever a large number of people are involved in anything, conflicts are bound to arise. A lot of stakeholders have to be kept satisfied and amidst this it’s also important to remember the two people who brought everyone together in the first place. It can start from something as trivial as clothes. Since we are walking along the blurred lines between tradition and modernity, things can nowadays be more confusing than they were in the past. So for instance back in the day it was set in stone - who would buy the dress and for which day.

But today as matters of economy have changed too, some traditions are not always followed in such a stringent manner. The best way out is to communicate as politely as possible. If it’s a new family, you as a bride or groom are probably not sure of their ways. Go ahead and ask politely. You can never go wrong there. Assuming things and planning them accordingly could be the recipe for a disaster. So even if you’re shy and anxious, try breaking the ice and taking the plunge, after all that’s what marriage is and what better point to start at? Temperatures start rising when the relatives start pouring in. The showdown is near and everyone is over to be a part of the festivity. However, this means more and more decision making. Managing accommodation, food, transport etc. takes a lot of planning and work. Some families or friends may be flying in from another city or country and it is imperative to make them feel welcome and comfortable. As the bride and her family become a pair of nerves and as the big day gets closer, chances are some of the relatives can feel neglected. It could be the tiniest thing, like they don’t eat vegetables and there’s only one meat dish for dinner (Yes! The food situation can make or break your life). Make sure to always sound polite in response. It’s not possible for you to make everything perfect and people can very well be unreasonable but remember this is your wedding and you want everything to go smoothly so put that extra effort in there and be sure to say that you will make it up to them, even if you know it’s not humanly possible. Words and body language are more important than you think (Bring out that smile). Once the wedding is over, you may assume that life is back to normal once again, but sadly it is not over just yet. If you’re the bride, you are going to be living at a new place with a bunch of new people; if you’re lucky, with just one new person. For most couples nowadays, the journey to understand each other begins quite earlier than the actual wedding. But even if it doesn’t, don’t waste more time. Get on to asking him or her what they like and what they do not. It will give you a sense of the bigger picture - such as understanding the family. So even if your in-laws live across the country, let’s face it, families are important to both of you and your happiness depends on them as much as it depends on you as a couple. Finally, for the ladies, the MIL (No that’s not an intelligence agency, it’s the Mother-in-Law). For many girls, this word brings anxiety before and sometimes after marriage. But let’s admit it, a lot of it is due to pop culture and antiquated traditional ideas about an overpowering figure who wants you to be a doormat. Don’t get me wrong, conflicts can and will arise. Your job is to avoid confrontation and angst. So make sure to put yourself in the other’s shoes and try to understand their point of view and then explain yours. If it’s hard, try to reach a compromise, a middle point. Always remember politeness and patience go a long way in determining happiness not just as a married person but also as a single person!


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{DIY} Details Do-it-yourself inspiration to personalize your special day


aying ‘I do’ is an essential part of your wedding day but three other letters are just as necessary when it comes to making the details of your day all about you: DIY. From dessert buffets to blooming bouquets, you can do it yourself when it comes to just about any wedding detail. With an eye for design or a knack for calligraphy, it's easy to take care of all your own stationery needs. Make your own magnets or send your guests stickers for their calendar so they’re sure not to miss your big day.

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Invitations may seem like a daunting task for the inexperienced but with hundreds of downloads available and endless paper options, you’ll find a style that suits your taste and skill level. Escort cards are an especially fun way for the bride and groom to get creative with their day. From personalized macarons to painted rocks and small succulents to vintage keys, let your wedding theme or shared interests guide your guests to their seats. Similarly, guest books are growing

in popularity as a fun DIY project that shows off a couple’s style. Have your friends leave their well wishes on a painted globe or a canvas of your own artwork. Create a puzzle with your favourite photo and give each guest a piece to sign on the back. You and your guy may be the centre of attention but your tables need some love, too. Personalize some prominent décor by getting creative with your centrepieces. Consider painting candle holders and vases in different colours and various styles for a visually stunning table scape.

Make it more personal by using your own photographs transferred on to large wooden numbers so guests can spot their seat. Easily create a photo booth backdrop by draping different fabrics or various lengths of ribbon from the ceiling. Include some fun props by cutting out shapes like hearts, lips and silly glasses, tape them to wooden dowels and watch your guests show off their smiles. Send your guests home happy with a wedding favour you had a hand in creating, like a candle or a small potted plant. Maybe you're famous for making jam or have a family cookie recipe you know your guests would love. You don’t have to be too creative to make your mark – stick a pre-designed printable onto a minibottle of wine or attach a hand-written note to a cellophane baggie filled with candy. If some projects seem too big to tackle or above your skill level, start small with simple details that won’t necessarily take centre stage. Prepare a bridesmaid proposal box with a few accessories and a crafty note or add some sparkle to the bottom of your shoes for a easy DIY upgrade. Don’t let an overwhelming amount of options stop you from seeing your dream day come to life or settling for something you’re not smitten with. Make your day special by making it yourself.



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A Toast To The

Bride & Groom How to pen the perfect prose for the happy couple


rom awkward to awesome, loved and loathed, the wedding speech is an oft anticipated part of a couple's special day. Whether it's warm words from a dad to his daughter, the groom serenading his new wife or a childhood friend with tales of trouble, writing a memorable wedding speech can be daunting but it's an incredible gift to give to a new bride and groom. If you've been asked to speak at a wedding, you likely have a close relationship to the couple you're celebrating. This means you can bring up personal details, like cute stories about their courtship or how you met each other, that provide guests with intimate insight they might not know otherwise. Begin with an introduction so guests know why you've been chosen to speak and then highlight something sweet or funny about the couple that only you may know. Getting personal creates a connection that will bring people closer to the bride and groom, making the celebration of their love that much more special. The day is ultimately about celebrating the love

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between the newly married couple – so make your speech about the same thing. Speaking from the heart will undoubtedly mean the most. Being sincere in your sentiment (without boring guests with an overabundance of sappy words!) will show just how much you care about the couple and their commitment to each other. If you're not afraid to tell a joke, including some humour in your speech is a good way to keep your audience engaged. Speeches that include clever and witty content are often the most memorable but don't go overboard thinking it's amateur hour at a comedy club. Keep the meaning of the day in mind while bringing up a funny story with a cheeky end line to have your guests hoping to hear more. Keep any inappropriate comments for the bachelor party. The guest list is often varied and not all guests will appreciate a drunken tale or off-side humour. Similarly, it's important to respect the wishes of the newlyweds. If they've asked you not to tell a certain story or to keep it within a limited timeframe, chances are they're asking for a reason. It may be your speech but it's

their special day. A speech is your chance to show your gratitude to all those who made the day possible as well as supported and contributed to the couple's happiness. Depending on your role in the wedding, your time in front of the mic should include words of thanks to parents, the bridal party, wedding coordinators or friends and family who have travelled great distances or always lent a helping hand. No need to run down a list but instead stick to heartfelt words that show just how appreciative you or the newlyweds truly are. While you obviously won't be writing any 'ums' and 'uhs' into your speech, keeping them to a minimum when it comes time to speaking will allow your words and their sweet sentiments to shine through. It's easy to let your nerves get the best of you if you're not used to public speaking but it's important to prepare for and practice your delivery. The length of your speech will greatly impact how well it's received. A brief speech will be more memorable than one that is long, drawn out and has people hoping the end is near. Chances are there will be several speeches – the newlyweds, their parents, the maid of honour and best man – so a short speech will allow for everyone's words to be enjoyed and appreciated by all those in attendance. Closing comments, just like your opening, will need to pack a punch to have the most impact. Propose a toast to the couple or offer your best wishes for a happy marriage when wrapping up your speech. Consider signing off with a funny joke, quote about love or traditional blessing. You want your speech to be memorable for all the right reasons. Speak from the heart, hope for a few laughs and always keep the couple at the centre of your speech.

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Aries Archetypes: The Pioneer, The Maverick, The Warrior Element: Fire Quality: Cardinal Ruling Planet: Mars Symbol: The Ram Opposite Sign: Libra Compatible Signs: Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Aquarius Erogenous Zones: The Scalp, Forehead, Brow-bone


Archetypes: The Farmer, The Builder, The Sensualist Element: Earth Quality: Fixed Ruling Planet: Venus Symbol: The Bull

Archetypes: The Communicator, The Journalist, The Connector, The Storyteller Element: Air Quality: Mutable Ruling Planet: Mercury Symbol: The Twins Opposite Sign: Sagittarius Compatible Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Aries, Leo Erogenous Zones: Shoulders, Forearms, Hands

Opposite Sign: Scorpio Compatible Signs: Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer, Pisces Erogenous Zones: Throat, Jaw


and you enjoy being where the action is!


important to you – you like good food, good


Often willing to take risks in your quest for

wine, and of course, good sex! When in love,

adventure, you need a mate who can keep up

hold your attention, offer a wide range of interests,

it's all or nothing for you. Rarely do you play

with you. You enjoy the chase and your sex

and most of all, keep up with you! (Romance is

hard to get or send wishy-washy signals. You're

drive is explosive! You will climb mountains

anything but routine for a true Gemini.) You are a

dedicated to your mate and more than willing

and cross-oceans to be with the one you love.

playful and stimulating lover who brings excitement

to invest in the future of your relationship.

Relationships are intense and transforming

into the bedroom. Relationships tend to be a bit

Family time is blessed this year, Taurus.

throughout 2016, Aries. Sexual and spiritual

more serious this year, and many Gemini’s will tie

Married Bulls are proud of their partner,

connections with your lover are exhilarating,

the knot in 2016! Themes around responsibility,

and celebrate joint achievements together.

pushing you to new heights. There is the

career, family, and of course, commitment are

Purchases such as land or improvements to the

spontaneity to your love language, allowing

major. You're thinking of your partner and the

marital home are favored. Many Taureans will

you and your lover to share your deepest

common goals you share. Single Gemini's are

be welcoming a new member to the family!

desires. Early autumn is a wonderful time

attracting serious contenders. (FWB need not

Single Taureans may meet their future spouse

for romantic getaways. Single Aries, buckle

apply!) You need a copilot you can really trust

through friends or at smaller gatherings.

your seatbelt, things are about to get very

who enjoys building a playful and dynamic future

Intimate settings where you can get to know

interesting. This is a hot summer for romance!

with you!

someone slowly are ideal.

s the first sign in the zodiac, you are the initiator, Aries. You like competition, physical activity,



orn under the sign of the Bull, you need security and stability in your life, Taurus. Creature comforts are

ou're curious, restless, and spontaneous, Gemini. You can be daring and impulsive when in love! Above all, you desire a

meeting of the minds. You need a lover who can





Archetypes: The Nurturer, The Caregiver, The Healer Element: Water Quality: Cardinal Ruling Planet: The Moon Symbol: The Crab

Archetypes: The King/Queen, The Rock Star, The Artist Element: Fire Quality: Fixed Ruling Planet: The Sun Symbol: The Lion

Archetypes: The Analyst, The Craftsperson, The Helper Element: Earth Quality: Mutable Ruling Planet: Mercury Symbol: The Virgin Goddess

Opposite Sign: Capricorn Compatible Signs: Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Virgo Erogenous Zones: Breasts, Tummy

Opposite Sign: Aquarius Compatible Signs: Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra Erogenous Zones: Upper Back, Chest


home in which to look after their loved ones.


You can be very picky about choosing your

burst forth making you the most passionate

mate, but once you find the right one you will

and expressive sign in the zodiac. You are

never let them go! The emotional connection

generous and enjoy showering those you love

with your lover is paramount. Talking on the

with gifts and goodies, and you appreciate the

phone daily or better yet, cooking together

same in return. You enjoy candlelit dinners,

and simply sharing space is important to you.

champagne at sunset, and fresh cut flowers (on

Cancers are considering taking a relationship

any occasion). A lover who adores and adorns

to the next level this year. Married Cancers

you will not be disappointed! Relationships

might be traveling with a mate or making

shift into a solid gear this year, Leo. Married

new friends together. Dinner parties, backyard

Leos enjoy increased stability and might invest

barbeques, and friendly community events

in their home through renovations or joint

put a smile on your face. Single Cancers might

purchases. (Maybe it’s time to buy that sports

well find a lifelong mate this year! Get ready

car!) Single Leo’s are drawn to lovers with

to come out of your shell. You’re feeling more

strong family values, and may well meet Mr./

bold and courageous!

Ms. Right this year!

ou are a nurturing, and protective sign,




oriented, most Cancers want a secure

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uled by the Sun you cannot help but shine, Leo! You have a magnetic personality and you attract others

like moths to a flame. Your powerful emotions

Opposite Sign: Pisces Compatible Signs: Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio Erogenous Zones: Waist, Small of Back


uled by the planet Mercury you have a rational and intellectual approach to life, Virgo. You have

a soft spot for those in need and you're not afraid to pitch in to get a job done. You are discerning and cautious when it comes to love, requiring potential suitors to prove themselves as trustworthy and reliable. Once you give your heart over to a lover you’re in for the long haul! Your confidence in yourself and faith in the world is growing this year, Virgo. You’re feeling more expressive and generous, allowing you to ask your partner for what you really need. Emotional bonds deepen, creating more security for you and a mate. Opportunities to broaden your world and meet interesting potential lovers abound! An attraction to someone older or more experienced is a turn on.

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Archetypes: The Peacemaker, The Sophisticate, The Spokesperson

Archetypes: The Doctor, The Detective, The Magician

Element: Air

Element: Water

Quality: Cardinal

Quality: Fixed

Ruling Planet: Venus

Ruling Planet: Pluto

Symbol: The Scales

Symbol: The Scorpion, The Eagle, The Lizard

Opposite Sign: Aries Compatible Signs: Gemini, Aquarius, Leo, Sagittarius


Erogenous Zones: Hips, Lower Back armony is your keyword, Libra. You need balance and ease in your relationships. (You

might even compromise your own needs to please a partner.) When in love you are deeply romantic and at times old-fashioned in your approach. You enjoy dates in stylish restaurants and tasteful events such as music or the theater. Born under the sign of marriage you're at home in a long-term companionship and usually aren’t single for long. You are in for a pleasurable year ahead! The artistic side of your nature is more pronounced. You're feeling more empathetic and spiritually curious. Naturally your mate benefits from this phase and the two of you can grow closer because of it. Single Librans attract a kindred soul, someone with whom they can share their philosophical values. Bookstores, museums, and art galleries are excellent places to meet someone.

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Opposite Sign: Taurus Compatible Signs: Cancer, Pisces, Virgo, Scorpio Erogenous Zones: Buttocks, Inner Thighs


Sagittarius Archetypes: The Traveler, The Truth Seeker, The Teacher Element: Fire Quality: Mutable Ruling Planet: Jupiter Symbol: The Centaur Opposite Sign: Gemini Compatible Signs: Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius Erogenous Zones: Thighs, Legs

cold, there's rarely a wishy-washy in between.


You have an uncanny way of interpreting

walk of life! In love, as in life, you are drawn

ou are a mysterious, charismatic, and hypnotic sign, Scorpio. Your love life tends to be either hot or

a partner’s desires, and you can tell right away if someone isn't being straightforward. (Your BS detector is tops!) Underneath that powerful exterior your soul is raw and ready to merge with your lover. Scorpios are healing old wounds and getting stronger in early 2016. Married Scorpios can enjoy increased emotional intimacy with their partners. Single Scorpios get ready for a passionate and expressive year ahead! You might attract a powerful personality into your life. Classes, workshops and events are excellent places to meet potential lovers. Prepare to explore your emotional, sexual, and spiritual nature within the sacred bond of a romantic union.

ou’re a playful, fun loving sign with a taste for adventure, Sagittarius. Your optimism is infectious and

you can get along with anyone, from any to people you can learn from. Travel with a partner is a must. You need to explore the world and having someone by your side makes it that much more fun! Many Sagittarians are committing to a marriage or a lifelong relationship this year -- and they're getting ready for one of their greatest adventures yet! Married Sagittarians are in for a spicy summer! Outdoorsy getaways and playful vacations are calling. (So is the bedroom, wink, wink!) Single Sagittarians dazzle their dates with stories of their adventures. Your confidence is high and you’re ready to play!

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Archetypes: The Architect, The CEO, The Wise One

Archetypes: The Genius, The Revolutionary, The Humanitarian

Archetypes: The Mystic, The Empath, The Poet

Element: Earth Quality: Cardinal Ruling Planet: Saturn Symbol: The Sea Goat Opposite Sign: Cancer Compatible Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces Erogenous Zones: Back of the Knees, Spine


ou are ambitious and you want a lot out of life, Capricorn. You like to play by the rules (heck, you made

‘em). When it comes to love, you want a

Element: Air Quality: Fixed Ruling Planet: Uranus Symbol: The Water Carrier Opposite Sign: Leo Compatible Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aries, Sagittarius Erogenous Zones: Calves, Ankles


at times eccentric Aquarius. You need freedom to express yourself

and your individuality. Traditional rules don't

mate you can depend upon. Stability matters

apply when it comes to love. You're attracted

to you and you’re loyal till the end. Once a

to avant-garde, unusual, and interesting souls

partnership feels secure, the lusty sexual side

- an electric connection is where it’s at for

in you comes out to play! Family matters and

you! If friendship is at the core of your union,

career advancements keep you hopping this

your relationship can ebb and flow through

year! Married Capricorns are considering their

the tides of life. 2013 to 2015 were critical

investments carefully (thinking of buying

years for relationship development. Many

a new home?). Single Capricorns can meet

Aquarians made a serious decision about

someone who broadens their perspective of

commitment regarding marriage and family.

the world. You might well attract a mate who

2016 shifts into a lighter gear. Learning with

nourishes your soul and encourages you to

a lover through shared experiences is bonding

achieve. Travel for work or pleasure can result

and deeply pleasurable. Single Aquarians are

in some interesting encounters! (Look sharp at

feeling free to explore and ready to attract love

all times.) A friendship might take a romantic

into their lives. Spontaneous outings get you

turn this year. Interesting!

inspired. Romance pops up when you least expect it!


ou are innovative, inspirational, and

Element: Water Quality: Mutable Ruling Planet: Neptune Symbol: The Fish Opposite Sign: Virgo Compatible Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Taurus, Capricorn Erogenous Zones: Feet, Toes


ou are an intuitive, dreamy, and poetic sign, Pisces. You are visionary and exceptionally creative. When it

comes to romance you are sensitive and deeply impressionable. You long for enchantment, easily getting lost in the magic of the moment. More than any other sign you are capable of giving the gift of unconditional love (just don't lose yourself in the process). 2016 is an auspicious year for you, Pisces. Romantic relationships are blessed all around! This is a wonderful time to travel with your mate or take a class together. Single Pisceans might meet someone from a foreign country or from a background different than their own. Don’t be shy, get out there and mingle! Music and cultural events are calling your name! You're excited to get to know someone and see the world through his or her eyes.

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14-12 Months

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Spare yourself the drama and stress surrounding wedding planning and get in-charge.

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Inspiration: Make sure you scour through websites and social media for inspiration. Take print outs of whatever appeals to you and use it as reference. Budget: Sit down with your partner and determine how much you will spend on each feature, where you will splurge and cut down. Guest list: Create an excel sheet complete with RSVP columns, contact info, gifts, and whatever you deem necessary. Wedding planner: Now is probably

the right time to hire a wedding planner (if you are planning to). He/she will already have local vendor contacts. If your budget does not permit a wedding planner, consider hiring a day-of-coordinator.

Hire venue: The sooner you do it, the

more you will save. Also consider where a majority of your guests are coming from, accessibility, outdoor/indoor etc. Make sure you have a backup plan for an outdoor wedding or reception in case of a rainy day.




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4-2 Months Hair stylist and makeup artist: Reserve trials for each ceremony.

Order cake: Head out for tasting

sessions and book your favourite baker.

Hire host for the evening:

Send notes in advance. Also, sit down to explain various elements of all ceremonies.

10-8 Months Hire photographer & videographer:

Prep them about what you would be looking for. If you are getting an engagement photoshoot done, then including one of those photos on Save the Date cards might be an interesting idea.

Hire caterer: If your venue does not provide catering service, now would be the right time to hire one.

Hotel reservations: For any guests

flying out of town.

Entertainment: Attend a few gigs around the city and reserve your favourite.

7-6 Months

Hire the DJ:


Let him know your music

Order or create party favours

2 Months Discuss details of the menu with your caterer Purchase rings Send out invitations! Enjoy that Bachelorette party!

1 Month Guest List: Fill in RSVP’s in your guest list database and work on the sitting arrangement Dress Fitting: Don’t leave out the shoes

Wedding dress: Finalize

and shop for a dress, shoes and accessories. Make sure to bring the shoes at your fitting session so your tailor can decide on the appropriate length.

Invitations: Finalize invitations. Honeymoon: The earlier you

book; the better deal you get. Make sure you and your partner get the recommended vaccines as well.

Transportation: Arrange for


Rentals: Reserve any rentals required on the day of the wedding and reception.

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and accessories. If you require adjustments, schedule another fitting session for the following week

Get your marriage licence

1 Week Book a spa treatment Inventory Check: Ensure all items scheduled for delivery at venue have arrived

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Artful Beginnings An elegant take on the traditional black and white invitation, these custom handmade invitation scrolls on paper are customizable with your choice of wording and colours. These gorgeous scrolls have hand painted wooden finials and come with a lovely ribbon. Coordinate these extraordinary invitations with a presentation box and invitation inserts. Visit to order.

This rustic wedding invitation suite is the designer’s favourite! It is perfect for couples wanting a rustic barn wedding and gives guests the opportunity to have a taste of the celebration to come. It features a rustic wood background with string lights as well as fun bold fonts. The design looks great printed on the brand’s signature paper. To order, visit Cleary Lane on

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Samvadiya Cards Traditions come alive with 'The Palace of Love and Eternal Happiness' from Samvadiya Cards. This invite created by the artist brings out the quintessential opulent presentations of Rajput and Mughal era. The ‘Twin Peacock and Lotus' from Samvadiya Cards is not your regular peacock invitation. An ensemble of original renderings of peacocks, lotuses with unique handmade papers sets this stationery apart. Visit


A wedding invitation is a window to the couple’s personality and their wedding celebrations. Whether you are going out-of-the-box or playing safe with a traditional ceremony, there is no reason you shouldn’t be creative while announcing the big day of your life. Here are some designs you should look into:

Laura M Sail and Swan This invitation features a rustic design printed onto real wood (Yes, real wood!). Each invitation carries a unique wooden grain pattern making the design exclusive to each guest. Besides, these invitations are thin and lightweight so you don’t have to worry about postage and weighty prices. Visit to order.

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Bespoke custom laser cut wedding invitations are beautifully created to leave an impression on your guests. These invitations can be personalised to include all your particulars, and come with 155mm square envelopes included. The invites themselves are cut from sturdy mount board, which minimises fragility yet still allows for beautiful intricacy within the design. Order at




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Bollywood Matryoshka Inspired by the refreshing colours of India, this Matryoshka doll can set the perfect impression for a Bollywood themed wedding. Use them as a table top dĂŠcor or wedding favour with candies inside. They are simple to construct - cut one out from the continuous piece, fold as instructed and glue all tabs to piece together this cute Matryoshka doll. Look for Amy Perrotti on Etsy to order.

What is fun and exciting? A mini champagne bottle as a wedding favour! You can personalise them with a photo, message, wedding date or keep it simple. You can even opt for a mini martini or vodka if that is more your style. Search online for companies offering these in your city.

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Think out-of-the-box! The Reluctant Trading Experiment's Tellicherry Peppercorns packed in a science flask will definitely make your wedding the talk of the town. This personally sourced spice from Kerala, India, is refreshingly aromatic with citrus accents. Couple this flask with all-organic five peppercorn blend featuring organic green, white, Pink and Jamaican Allspice. Order on Etsy or directly online at Reluctant Trading.

Handmade soap

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Wine stopper

This personalized soap bar will make for an

For a sweet and cost-effective adieu to the wedding

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celebrations, opt for honey. Pack this fragrant and

wood top cork custom engraved with the couple’s

Soapworks offers these in various sizes and has a

gorgeously golden treat in mini mason jars and

name and wedding date. Perfect as a wedding

variety of fragrances and designs to choose from.

stick these free printable favour tags, customisable

favour or an individual gift. Choose from natural

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to include names and dates. Presently, these tags

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George Foreman Removable Plate Grill The ideal countertop companion, George Foreman GRP1060B 4-serving removable plate grill ($53.07) provides 60 square inches of cooking space that can hold food for four or multiple courses for the same meal. The removable grill plates are dishwasher-safe with George Tough nonstick coating, which protects the plates through cooking and cleaning. No more cooking hassles for the bride and groom. Available at

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Swiss watchmaker Rado’s “his and hers” duo of timepieces from the Rado DiaMaster family is a beautiful gift to present newlyweds. The Rado DiaMaster Grande Seconde ($3,470) makes for a handsome timepiece for the groom. A classic gentleman’s watch, it displays two sub-dials, one for hours and minutes, the other for seconds. For the bride, it’s the Rado DiaMaster Diamonds ($7,980) comprising of 18 carat gold embracing 72 sparkling diamonds. Available at


Newlywed, With Love...

Finding a wedding present for the bridal couple can be a difficult task. With so many great items and deals available in the market, one is bound to get confused. Here are some gift ideas you might want to consider.

Escents Love Kit A perfect bridal gift for the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. to enjoy together. The His and Hers Natural Love Kit ($39.99) includes Escents’ Love Massage & Bath Oil, Love Body Butter containing Organic Shea Butter and Avocado Oil, Love Roll-On and Berry Tint Shimmer Lip Balm in Raspberry. Escents also offers some other amazing gift sets. Find it on

Bridal Dress and Shoes Give your bride-to-be friend a stylish gift in the form of a Victoria Beckham dress ($2,700) and Jimmy Choo pumps ($1,150). The bridal red of the outfit and shoes will make your gal pal look like an elegant and beautiful newlywed. Available at Holt Renfrew.

101 EuroCeramica Dinner Set The beauty of the Zanzibar 16 Piece Dinner Set will make you buy a set for yourself as well. This attractive earthenware by EuroCeramica includes dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, mugs and cups. It is microwave and dishwasher-safe. Wouldn’t it be a refreshing addition at the newlyweds’ home? Available at for $74.99

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Le Vieux Pin Wine If the married couple enjoy wine, the ideal wedding gift for them would be the Le Vieux Pin Three Bottle Wooden Gift Package ($135). This beautiful gift set includes three of Le Vieux Pin’s best wines - Syrah Cuvée Classique, Syrah Cuvée Violette and Ava. The locally-crafted wooden gift boxes can also be customized to display names or custom insignia. Find more information at

This wall-mounted pot/pan hanger comes with a decorative scrollwork design. The six removable metal hooks can be hung from the two metal bars at the bottom of this pot holder and used to hang pots, skillets, saucepans, and cooking utensils, while the metal shelf on the top is perfect for kitchen storage and features a scrollwork railing to prevent falls. Available at for $24.99

A fun and long-lasting gift for the couple will be Wallverbs Live, Love, Laugh 7-Piece Frames and Plaque Set. Wallverbs allows you to personalize your wall the way you want. The couple can put the frames and plaque on one wall or spread out throughout a room. Set with photo frames and “Love” plaque, the Mr. and Mrs. will cherish this gift forever with beautiful images displaying their love and togetherness. Available at for $69.99

The Uncommon Green Map-designed Glassware Give the happy couple a memento of where they met, first kissed, and other special occasions in the form of a glass. Each intricately designed map wraps entirely around the glass and extends from top to bottom, achieving a striking effect that makes any beverage more fun to prepare, serve and drink. Available in several glass styles from rocks glasses to pints, wine glasses, mason jars and more, each glass will tell a story. You can also customize it with a special message. Price range starts at $12.50 and is available at

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About Chef Alfred Prasad


lfred Prasad’s passion for cooking has been profoundly celebrated across the industry. With his vast cross-border experience in cooking, Prasad brings a pleasant amalgamation of India’s eclectic heritage with distinct modern impressions. His creative synopsis of spices has earned him appreciation from the experts and in fact a major highpoint in his extensive career was becoming the youngest Indian to receive a Michelin Star at the age of 29. Over the past years, Prasad has been advocating for food waste and food poverty by associating himself with organizations - Food Cycle and Actions Against Hunger. In 2014, he participated in the India Cycle Challenge along with other chefs, journalists and activists to raise funds for the intended beneficiaries. Presently, Prasad is working on his own restaurant project in London and is also writing his first book!

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Stewed Pear with Winter Berry Coulis, Fennel & Ginger Ice Cream This delicious stewed pear recipe packs a serious punch, both in terms of flavour and visual appeal. Make sure you leave plenty of time to allow the ice cream to freeze.

Ingredients -

2 tbsp of fennel seeds 500ml of double cream 50g of caster sugar 1 tbsp of candied stem ginger 3 egg yolks 200g of pear purée 4 cinnamon sticks 2 tbsp of rose syrup 4 pears 250g of frozen mixed berries 50g of caster sugar 10 sprigs of mint

Method 1. For the fennel and ginger ice cream, toast the fennel seeds in a dry frying pan. Bring the double cream, toasted fennel and sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat and leave aside for 10 minutes. 2. Whisk the egg yolks until smooth, then add to the warm double cream, whisking constantly. Pass through a fine sieve, transfer to a freezer container and freeze overnight. 3. Sprinkle half the chopped candied ginger on top of the frozen ice

cream. Reserve the rest as garnish. 4. For the stewed pears, put the peeled pears, pear purée, rose syrup and cinnamon in a pan and bring to a simmer. 5. Poach the pears for 20 minutes or until soft. Remove the pears from the liquid and add the frozen mixed berries and sugar. 6. Bring back to a simmer and reduce the cooking liquid until slightly thickened. Cut the bottom off the pears to allow them to stand upright. 7. To plate, place a pear on the plate, spoon the berry coulis over the pear and serve warm with a scoop of fennel and ginger ice cream, a sprinkling of chopped candied ginger and a sprig of mint.

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Tandoori Ananas Grilled pineapple with ground spices and honey served with rose ice cream is the perfect way to end a meal. This recipe is perfect for a summertime dinner party. Star anise and fennel seeds are widely available, while chaat masala can be bought from Indian grocery stores and online. This dessert requires overnight freezing so make sure you start it in plenty of time.

Ingredients -

500ml of double cream 50g of caster sugar 3 egg yolks 1 tbsp of rose syrup ½ pineapple, cut into 2 inch chunks 1 star anise, broken into smaller pieces ¼ tsp fennel seeds 1 tbsp of honey 1 pinch of chilli powder ¼ tsp chaat masala

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Method 1. To make the rose ice cream, put the double cream and sugar into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the flame and set aside for 10 minutes.

5. Gently toast the fennel seeds under a grill, crush coarsely and leave to cool. 6. In a bowl, mix together the honey, red chilli powder, crushed fennel and chaat masala.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth, and add to the warm double cream, whisking constantly.

7. Coat the pineapple chunks with the spiced honey glaze and cook under a grill until gently browned on the edges.

3. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve, and add the rose syrup. Mix well, then transfer to a freezer container and freeze overnight.

8. Remove the bits of star anise from the pineapple and slice. Brush with the spiced honey glaze again and serve hot with a scoop of rose ice cream.

4. Pierce the pineapple flesh with segments of the star anise and set aside.

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Gold Gilted Dream This Gold Gilted Dream is a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and a hint of Kaluha. Embellished in a sleek theme of white and gold, the cake makes a statement with its simple yet stunning features. It is topped with golden roses and flaunts a gorgeous glimmering ribbon on each tier. Cake Architect: For Goodness Cake

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Frilled to Impress This cake features a composition of ethereal fondant frills, a stenciled garden pattern and a sugar crown topper. The gold accents awaken a sense of luxury, and the frills add movement to the overall design making it exclusively classy. Intricate patterns included on each tier are accompanied with gold dusted flowers making it a perfect cake for your perfect day! Cake Architect: Custom Cakes Atelier

Voguish Desire This cake features a gorgeous lace pattern from a bride’s gown and a display of sugar primroses. The lace is over-piped with icing to add dimension, and brushed with eatable gold for a vintage look. With its romantic and delicate grace, the cake impressively blends uniqueness with sophistication to make your celebratory day a memorable one. Cake Architect: Custom Cakes Atelier

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Golden Age A delicious red velvet cake with cream cheese icing is a scrumptious delight for all. This Victorian-era inspired theme infuses a tinge of spring by placing a bouquet on the top tier boasting eloquent details. Each tier is bordered with edible white pearls and looks gorgeous adorned in white and gold.

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Funky Modes Of Transport! A big shout out to all the fun-loving creative couples who constantly surprise us with their whacky yet classy impressions. Here are some ideas which you can cheat and steal for your summer wedding.

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Talking Romance

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Get romantic with flower power. If you had a traditional ceremony, something artistic like this with flowers can show your guests your creative side.

From tiny details to elaborate features, wedding décor is what sets the first impression. With so many businesses offering unique ways to make your wedding a talk-ofthe-town, you have no excuse to play safe.



▲ Gorgeous in White Had too much fun at the wedding? Go with a one-colour theme for a classy finale reception and enhance it with beautiful chandeliers and flowers.

Here Comes Joy A fantastic idea to have cute bird cages with light installation inside! You know you are in for a joyful summer wedding with the warm colours and glittered curtains.


A Regal Soiree Here we have a regal setting complete with tones of red and gold. Complimenting the theme is the glow of the beautiful chandeliers and candles.

In Rosy Hues


The bride must have asked for a fairy tale wedding! The gorgeous installation of this art piece is beautifully adorned with flowers making it a magical stage for the bride and groom.

Wowed! You know you are in for a fun and exciting wedding when the stage has a traditional jhoola (swing) for the bride and groom (fantastic idea!). The colourful dĂŠcor theme with cute bulbs adjoining two marquee tents means guests get a chance to interact more.

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The subtle yet classy hues of the season - pink and blue, make this wedding dĂŠcor speak sophistication. The fact that it is outdoors, makes the entire setting look truly enchanted.

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Narayan Jewellers Fitting perfectly into a ceremonial evening theme, these earrings are a masterpiece of technology and expertise.

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FREYWILLE Inspired by French Impressionist Claude Monet’s paintings of his verdant gardens, the Homage à Claude Monet ‘Giverny’ collection utilizes FREYWILLE’s trademark handcrafted goldinfused enamel work to bring the beauty and vivacity of nature to life.

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This spectacular pair of earrings by Pomellato characterized by a large nude stone gracefully captures sophistication.

Dior Characterized by a pink metallic rim, these elegant sunglasses by Dior will effortlessly flatter her. The frames come equipped with grey lenses providing 100% UV protection.

Alexander McQueen FREYWILLE Heavenly Joy is one of FREYWILLE’s original collections, designed by their team of in-house artisans. The interwoven gold ribbon draws the design together, giving the handcrafted enamel work the vibrancy of stained glass, conjuring contentment in both the wearer, and their admirers.

A precious scent created from three night-blooming flowers - Sambac Jasmine, Tuberose and Ylang Ylang. The gold feathered crown is impressively reflecting bespoke craftsmanship.

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Make the last fling before the ring, a night to remember


edding season is just around the corner and while the bride-to-be is busy planning for her big day, the bridal party has some planning of their own to do. Bachelorette parties are becoming extravagant events to suit all kinds of interests.

If you're looking for a night out that involves more than just drinks and dancing, the endless options to get your girlfriends together in honour of the bride-to-be will let you create the perfect personalized party.

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Paint & Party Are your friends the creative type? Painting parties are popping up all over and it's the perfect way to gather some girlfriends and let your creative juices – as well as some beverages – flow. Sign up for a Paint Nite at a local restaurant or set up your own crafting stations at home. If you're looking for something a little more risqué, check out companies like Drawn to Men who bring art lessons along with a male model straight to your home for a studio session your girls won't want to miss.

If you're looking for a night out that involves more than just drinks and dancing, the endless options to get your girlfriends together in honour of the bride-tobe will let you create the perfect personalized party.

Get Out of Town It's said that travel can bring people closer together so why not plan a girls getaway? Pack the car, stock up on snacks and crank up some classic tunes as you cruise into a new town. Travelling offers tons of time to catch up and reconnect while perhaps doing some sightseeing, getting adventurous, or kicking back before the big day. Whether it's camping in Tofino, a cabin across the border or an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, time away from the dayto-day worries will let you focus on fun with your good friends.

Plan a Photo Shoot What's more fun than getting glammed up with your closest girls? Begin your day with a little pampering, pull out your best Blue Steel and let the cameras capture it all. Hiring a photographer for a fun photo shoot can be liberating and confidence-boosting – especially when done in a group! Plan to recreate old pin-up photos of the past with some vintage clothes and a cheeky pose. Or maybe Glamour Shots is more your style and a throwback to teased hair and satin gloves will get some great snaps along with a lot of laughter.


Try Something New Never tried axe throwing? Been to a comedy show? Made your own sushi? Time to step outside your comfort zone and try something you and your crew have never done before. If it's going to be your first time, no better way than with a bunch of your closest friends! Not only will you bond over the shared experience of unfamiliar territory but the support and encouragement that comes along with going as a group may calm your nerves and have you and your besties jumping at the chance to sit front row or be first in line.

Take a Wine Tour Not only are wineries a unique place to learn something new and treat your tastebuds, it's also a great way to sip and socialize with your closest friends without the crowds or loud music of a club. Local wineries offer tours and tastings alongside carefully constructed menus making it a relaxing and satisfying way to spend a day celebrating the connoisseur in your life. Turn it into a weekend of fun by visiting several of the over 130 vineyards in the Okanagan or, if your budget allows, fill your cup in Napa Valley, only a short flight away in California.

Be Active Dancing in a club isn't the only way to get your group out and moving. With so many mountains near by, grab your hiking gear and climb your way to the top of Grouse for some incredible views. With activities like ziplining and stand up paddle boarding so close to home, you can enjoy a perfect day outdoors in the company of your closest friends. If indoor activities are more your thing, try signing up for a group dance lesson or put your girlfriends through an intense bootcamp or barre class. Friends that sweat together, stay together.

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At Virk Law Group, we know that saying 'I do' is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We also know that when planning a wedding, there is little time left to prepare for what may lie ahead. Fortunately, we are here to remind you that your future is in your hands. Our goal is to deliver sound legal advice to provide you with the peace of mind you need to enjoy your big day, and your new life.

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Art of

HENNA Meet Darcy Vasudev, Destination Wedding Henna Expert Photo Credit: Henna Lounge

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What inspired you to carve a career as a henna artist?

Your advice to prevent any mishaps?

When I first started doing henna, as a hobby, in the San Francisco Area there weren't a lot of other artists so there was a lot of demand and Henna Lounge was born. Now, there are easily 50 or more artists in my area, so four years ago I started working on destination weddings instead, where there is still a real need for skilled artists who use natural henna.

The stain will get darkest if water can be avoided for 24 hours, which is especially important for destination weddings where the swimming pool may look awfully tempting. Additionally, you should never wrap the hands in Cling-Wrap, as you can perspire, which can re-melt the henna resulting in an unfixable smeared mess. A professional henna artist mixes their paste fresh for each event, so a great stain is guaranteed without resorting to old, messy techniques.

How has the art of henna evolved over the years? Even 50 years ago, henna designs were still really simple, maybe just a circle and some dots, or painstakingly applied with a stick or wire. The ubiquity of plastics means that anyone can make a cone and this makes it so much faster and easier to apply a precise design. What was once viewed as something "folksy" is now viewed as high art.

What is the biggest mistake brides make and undermine their henna experience? A bride should trust the artist to create from the heart. A sophisticated bride wants a custom mehndi pattern, not something that has already gone viral on Pinterest.

What are some tips you can give to brides so they can have the most out of their henna experience? If you can, schedule your bridal mehndi for the morning, or even the day prior to your mehndi party. It's very important for the bride to sit perfectly still in order for the artist to do their best work. Then on the day of your party, you can dance and socialize without worrying about messing up your henna. That quiet time you spend with the mehndi artist, may be the only relaxing part of your whole wedding week. Enjoy it! Visit to learn more about Darcy Vasudev.

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Are You ‘Fit’ For

Marriage? By Taslim Jaffer


nce the magical date has been set, there is a huge pile of decisions to be made before you can officially tie the knot! With the benefits of fitness being decreased stress and increased happiness and energy, there are important reasons to make it a priority during this exciting

time of preparation. We’ve curated some simple ideas you can implement to make it happen! Overall, the idea is to make healthy choices throughout the day. Whether your goal is a particular dress size or confidence in meeting the challenge of planning your perfect wedding, keep these 5 tips in mind:


There’s no better time to start a healthy lifestyle with your future spouse than now. Develop habits of regular exercise as a couple that will take you far into your new life together. This could be as simple as brisk walks around local parks, or neighbourhoods. You have to discuss wedding plans anyway, right? Instead of doing it over dessert and coffee, put on your running shoes and get outside. Exercise sparks creativity and boosts those feel-good hormones – it could help you work out some of those tricky wedding details! Or join a gym together and make one of your date nights a workout session. Add some fun to the challenge! Set a target number of exercise hours in a week; whoever makes their target gets to enjoy a meal made by the other person!

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Grab fruits, veggies and nuts as snacks, instead of sugar-laden granola bars. The convenience of something that is ready to consume out of a wrapper can often sway our choices. Be one step ahead of the game by pre-cutting veggies and keeping them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Do the same with fruits. An apple is much more inviting to eat when you can pull slices out of a container rather than trying to manage a whole one in between meetings. Buy nuts without shells that are easy to pop into your mouth and give you a protein boost to stave off the mid-day hunger pangs.

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Stay hydrated throughout the day. Develop a system of opting for water (rather than other dehydrating beverages or sugary sodas) that works for you. A pitcher on your desk at work could be just the reminder you need to drink up when you are unable to rip yourself away from the task at hand. Keeping a stainless steel or glass water bottle in your car could also help (avoid plastic bottles as those contain chemicals that leach into your water, especially in a hot car.) This habit takes time to develop, so start now! Every cell in your body will thank you – and your skin will look radiant when you walk down the aisle.


Eating out can do a number on your waistline and your overall energy level. Often the foods we order in restaurants are heavy on sodium and fat; the portions can also be greater than we need to consume. This being the case, get creative in the kitchen! Do this solo or as a couple, or even start a group among your friends. Take turns trying and serving new recipes. Compile a binder of favourites; by the time you are married, you will have a huge repertoire of dishes to cook for each other.


Last, but certainly not least, keep in mind that wellness is a mental thing, too. Eating well, keeping hydrated and staying active are pieces of a larger puzzle. Included in that is a calm, positive outlook. To facilitate some zen during one of the most stressful times you have encountered, set aside quiet time doing whatever it is that makes you happy from the inside out. What are your hobbies? What do you do purely for fun? Those activities shouldn’t stop when you get engaged, even if it doesn’t include your significant other. In fact, maintaining your individuality does as much for the health of your marriage as it does for you, personally. So, in the busy-ness of it all, don’t forget to stake a claim on your own time and space. This will help bring your best ‘you’ to your marriage.

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Wedding is the perfect excuse to go out and splurge on your dream pair. Pamper yourself with these precious possessions that can make you feel like a million bucks. Here’s some inspiration for brides-to-be!



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umayun Alamgir has been developing his own signature mix of royal moods for the sophisticated groom while also designing modern portraits for contemporary Pakistani men to take on.

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Bridal Couture Week Hum Sitaray in Pakistan showcased Humayun Alamgir's latest sherwani collection with tones of black and gold on velvet pieces.



How has fashion evolved in Pakistan? We have witnessed a phenomenal shift in fashion's paradigm. The proof is that the general public has started taking keen interest in today's fashion trends. We are now taking fashion as a need or luxury in our daily life. People in Pakistan have become very particular about looking fashionable in the smallest of events.

What are you fascinated by at the moment? What really fascinates me today is the fact that the grooms of today have realized that the wedding is not just about the bride looking good. The same pressure is on the groom too. Men have started to become receptive towards the idea of heavy sherwanis. The increasing trust in the local market is commendable and is a promising sign.

How would you define the Humayun Alamgir man? Our tailored man would be a person easily recognizable, trendy and bold. I feel that time is the most precious commodity today and a man only has enough time to get dressed once for the entire day, that being said he should be adequately equipped for a meeting/lunch/get together or even a spontaneous dinner plan. It's all about being ready to face anything any time!

Best advice you’ve received? "History repeats itself and fashion is no different, create your own edge". This was an advice given to me by a very close friend of mine and I could not agree more with this analysis. I don't say what we offer is not available anywhere else, we just try to do it better! Enjoy it!


Ethnic Dukaan's Exquisite Saree Collection




thnic Dukaan is one of the few e-sellers in India working with an in-house setup of designers and artisans, combined with products sourced directly from weavers and manufacturers across India. It is an online portal of Aashirvad Sarees, which has

been dealing in Indian women’s wear for the past three decades. Currently, over 600 weavers, designers and artisans are either directly or indirectly engaged in the production/making of these products. Ethnic Dukaan endeavours to revive and promote traditional hand-craft and handloom products and fabrics in modern trends. Over the next five years it aims to engage over 25,000 such weavers and artisans. Ethnic Dukaan has become a rage among Indian women, who like a western and functional touch in their ensembles.






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ne of India’s most popular designers, Rohit Bal, captured magnificence with his 2015 couture collectionHusn-e-Taa’iraat, beauty of the bird. The runway was transformed into an elegant garden to showcase the exquisite collection only to be cherished by art and fashion aficionadas. Bal has described this collection as a tribute to the beauty of wildlife, birds and flowers, and also the artisans and craftsmen of India. In a statement released about the collection, Bal mentions “All the art & fashion in the world isn’t enough. There should be more fashion

and less world, more ideas and less time. I see art in everything. Not just in squares of space hanging on walls or chiseled edges of stone or scrambled letters on pages of books. I see art in forms that might not be conventional or preconceived of what it’s meant to be. If you believe in the honesty of art, I believe you will find it anywhere and everywhere. In a thread or yarn on a canvas, on a street, on a sidewalk. Most importantly you will find it in your mind.”



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Karleo Creating Intricate and Timeless Bridal Wear


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Archana Kochhar

Design Inspired by Innovation, Creativity & Belief


How has your work evolved since you launched your label? What can brides and grooms expect from 2016 in bridal fashion? Wedding is one of the most important moments for a couple. A bride and groom should look the best on this day. I feel a bride should be adorned with beauty, grace, elegance and sophistication on her wedding. A proper three piece lehenga is a must have for very Indian bride. A bride should go for a vibrant colour which brightens up the mood of the person and the occasions. While they look beautiful on their D-day it is equally important that the bride chooses the rest of her wedding trousseau with equal care and attention. Her trousseau should include heavy and light saris, beautiful salwar-kameez, anarkalis and chudhidars.

For me, innovation, creativity and belief are the three key elements that I have continued to focus on. Designs gets obsolete every season and today the audience/customer is very fashion conscious. It is vital you continue to be innovative and be creative with your work, otherwise you will not survive in the long run.

What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your designs? I am fascinated by flowers and pearls lately, and this is translated into intricate texturizing embroidery technique for my upcoming collection.



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e peek into the fascinating realm of a doll house with these imageries and a covert love story that follows. Garbed in elegant ensembles from Brentwood Bridal, these pretty

figures accentuate the typical vintage doll representing glamour and elegance of the contemporary bride.

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Swarovski encrusted bodice in floral pattern with over 30,000 hand sewn crystals and beads. Finished with a full volume English net skirt.


This season, lace reveals its sexier side in Prinia. This A-line gown of misty tulle features layers of decadent hand-beaded lace appliquĂŠs that trim the strapless sweetheart neckline and adorn a flattering bodice featuring a dazzling crystal hand-beaded belt that emphasizes the waist. Completing this stunner is a back corset and chapel length train.

163 Flocked all over lace tulle gown with a detachable beaded sash paired with sheer lace straps and deep V-back finished with satin covered buttons. Embroidered overlay lace on flocked dotted tulle satin fabric.

Men seem to be wearing the brunt of pampering women with luxury. Here are some ideas to return the gesture ladies!

TAG Heuer TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T, in an automatic chronograph combined with a titanium and carbon flying tourbillon. The strap is matte black alligator sewn onto black rubber with matching stitching Deployant buckle with safety push-buttons.




165 Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta's navy bi-fold wallet is crafted in Italy from high-shine crocodile. Open it to reveal two slip compartments, eight cardholders and two additional back pockets.

Rado This chocolate coloured cutout dial strategically reveals key elements of the pulsating Swiss movement inside. Turning exquisite craftsmanship into works of wearable art, the gents’ Centrix model comes in two delectable colour combinations – rich chocolate brown flanked by either chrome or rose gold coloured elements.

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Berluti Berluti's 'Playtime' sneakers are nothing short of exquisite. Mirroring the sporty basketball shoe, this high-top style is crafted from smooth Venezia leather, that's known for its sleek, burnished appearance.

Cartier Panthère de Cartier brooch comes in 18K white gold, set with 252 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 1.47 carats. Panther has inspired Cartier’s timeless and elegant collection of jewellery and timepieces that show the multiple facets of the animal that can be at times bold, regal or sensual.

Berluti This crocodile leather belt takes its inspiration from Berluti’s exquisite Saturnin shoe collection, giving any pair of trousers greater character.

FREYWILLE Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s portraiture is lovingly represented in FREYWILLE’s Homage à Gustav Klimt ‘Adele’ collection. The flourishing curls and elegant patterns are drawn from Klimt’s Symbolist paintings, and embodied on these handcrafted cufflinks.

Stefano Ricci Large business briefcase features a combination lock with 'STEFANO RICCI' accessory. The outer back includes a large pocket and comes with gold plated detail.

Choosing the right option for your wedding

Bow Tie Vs.

Neck Tie By Joseph A. Federico


our wedding should be special, that is easy enough to comprehend. However, long gone are the days where formal wear is a unanimous “must,” and grooms meet their wives-to-be at their homes for a long procession. This is a new era – a time for the bride and GROOM, especially, to take on a life of their own and as a couple. And it all starts at the wedding reception. If you choose to sport a bow tie for your reception, be sure it is funky. And, remember, is has to be an 'actual' bow tie; none of this pre-made business. Bright colours, sexy patterns (of fire trucks, flowers, and mustaches) should adorn your neck. A bow tie says you are easy going, that you are in control and going places. You are chill. And the kind of man who sports a bow tie should also be sporting a welltailored suit from Wings+Horns. It will be a great match, trust us.




Plus, a bow tie is less casual. If you wear one, your wedding party can also sport them, or, if you would like to be the center of attention on your big day, they could wear matching neck ties. Which, matter of fact, brings us to our second option. Neck ties are more formal, which most men wear on their wedding

day. It is a tradition that is old as time; and if you sport one of these bad boys, you are nodding to that tradition, and classiness. You may also wear a thicker neck tie. The thicker ties are a nod to the 1960s and 1970s, where business men had to look their best at all times of the day. Truthfully, wear a neck tie that is a solid color: grey, pink, red, so on and so forth. You may match your blushing bride, but that may be too old school, don’t you think? Have your groomsmen wear neck ties, too, but different shades of your original color. Stick together, just differently. Feel us? Bow tie or neck tie, be the groom of her dreams by having your true style on your wedding day. You won’t regret either choice.

Photo: Barneys New York, Burberry, Freywille

By Joseph A. Federico

If you choose to sport a bow tie for your reception, be sure it is funky. And, remember, is has to be an 'actual' bow tie; none of this pre-made business. Bright colours, sexy patterns (of fire trucks, flowers, and mustaches) should adorn your neck.


Men Looking good is not enough unless you don’t feel good about yourself. With so many brands extending a The Bearded Man Company’s Beard Balm

Jack Black Protein Booster Skin Serum

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Cleansing gel from L'Occitane


Oil Free moisturizer by Boscia

Kama Ayurveda's Lavender Water

Moustache Wax Veerappan moustache wax by Lush comes with nourishing waxes and oils and includes rose wax and sandalwood oil. Use a dab to style or on a full beard for a softening and sculpting effect.

Beard Balm Nourish, shape and tame your beard with The Bearded Man Company’s Beard Balm. Enriched with oils, butters and botanicals, it styles your beard without leaving a greasy residue.

Veerappan Moustache Wax by LUSH

Aftershave Mist The brand, Kama Ayurveda, has collected Lavender Water from the Himalayas. It instantly boosts the skin while reducing stress.

Eye Serum This anti-fatigue eye serum by Clarins deflates puffiness, reduces dark circles and early wrinkles around the eyes.

Facial Scrub

Oil-Free Hydration A moisturizer with antibacterial benefits with long-lasting hydration. Boscia has also infused it with pore minimizing properties.

Truefitt & Hill’s No. 10 Finest Shaving Cream

Hair Pomade Blind Barber suggests applying this hair wax from the back of the head first, and then working the way to the front to ensure coverage on the roots.

Shaving Cream Truefitt & Hill’s No. 10 Finest Shaving Cream is enriched with willow bark, borage oil, meadowfoam seed oil, sweet almond oil and olive oil.

Cleansing Gel An energizing cleansing gel from L'Occitane, it effectively removes impurities and dead skin cells for a more refined skin texture

Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel by Boscia

Anti-fatigue eye serum by Clarins

Skin Serum Jack Black Protein Booster Skin Serum is power-packed with high-performance peptides, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. It works on skin's surface to improve texture and clarity and on the cellular level to fight deep wrinkles.

Hydration Gel Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel by Boscia refines skin texture and brightens and clarifies the complexion while minimizing the look of pores, both instantly and over time.

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Anthony facial scrub exfoliates and brightens skin tone. It includes Bora Bora white sand, aloe vera, algae and chamomile which soothe and refresh skin.



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Go exotic. Go bold on your wedding day. Try accessorizing with a bracelet or two. Show your true masculinity by

being a bit… feminine. It sounds odd, but trust us, it is very in at the moment. A hand made

pieces will last as long as your marriage, and


maybe even longer, as they can be passed

all night long. Try to think of this as a

down to children and generations to come.

modern alternative to a bow tie or Euro

Balinese silver bracelet is the perfect addition to your collection. If that is not your style, try some amber jewellery. Plus, these suggested

its religious meaning, but carry this with you at your reception.

Be true to yourself, and your purpose

tie. Another quick idea is to match your choice of jewellery to the colour on your vest, or even coloured socks.

wedding day. A cufflink is almost (I said


makes a true statement, and says, “I


ALMOST) as important as the wedding

am fun, I am playful, and ready for a

also exude personal style and come in

ring itself. It must reflect your bubbly,

night to remember.” If you are having

many shapes and sizes. Rule number

quirky personality. Do you like Star

trouble finding one, look to Dat Tran

one: Do not go too big; you will regret

Wars? How about writing or mountain

at the Asia Store; he is a true scarf

it. Have fun with it, though. A whale

climbing? There are cufflinks for you,

mastermind. Or, you could also turn to

shape, perhaps? How about an anchor,

trust me. If you cannot match your links

your local retailer and find the right fit,

or a dog? You can be a little bold with

to the colour you are sporting in your

size, and colour for your special day.

your selection of tie clip. Make sure

tuxedo, go with an extremely out there

Make it a statement piece.

to position it between the second and


Cufflinks are a must. Do not go with the drab links that your father had on his

patterned piece of jewellery.


Consider a mala. Okay, it has

Try out an hombre scarf in lieu of a tie, guys. An infinity scarf will suffice, too. A paisley scarf

Do you want to stay somewhat traditional? Okay, not a problem. Use a tie clip if you are

sporting a Euro styled tie. Tie clips can

third button down on your shirt.

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Accessories For The Groom To Party To…

By Joseph A. Federico


Editorial by Truefitt & Hill




MAN although, understandably the


focus will be on your beautiful

A good shaving routine is also essential in not

bride, you also need to make a

only keeping your skin looking its best but also

great impression and have to consider your own

in preventing any rashes or ingrown hairs. Use


a badger shaving brush, one of our shaving


our big day is approaching and

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creams and nourish the skin with aftershave


balm once you have finished shaving.

Start planning a few months ahead


Preparation is key, so start planning a few months ahead as to how you will look your best on your wedding day. There will be a lot of photographs taken and you would be wise to ensure that your appearance withstands the scrutiny not only of professional photographers, but also of a plethora of smart phones and video cameras being pointed at you from all angles. A daunting prospect perhaps, but do not worry – with the abundance of brands and products for men, you are guaranteed not to be disappointed. A recommendation here would

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Start with a

time to experiment with a new haircut. Choose a classic style that will stand the test of time

big day

hands will also be on display and will be closely

Why not enlist the support of your best men

scrutinised and photographed. Take care that

on this special day and book the whole party

your fingernails do not spoil the picture!

in for traditional hot towel wet shaves on the morning of your wedding? At the same time,


Perfect Skin on the day

you should also book a manicure and get your hair professionally washed and styled, ensuring you enter your married life putting your best face forward.

To ensure you are looking your very best with a clear and radiant complexion on your big day, make sure your skin routine is in place well in advance of your wedding day. Remember, problem areas cannot be fixed overnight. Your


Finishing touch

regimen should include a deep cleansing at least

So, if you want to experience what it feels like to

so ensure that you book your pre-wedding ap-

twice a week as well as the daily use of a good

be a king for the day, a finishing touch should

pointment with this in mind.


be an aftershave balm like Trafalgar by Truefitt

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Treat yourself to a facial

and liaise with your hairdresser several months

Even if manicures are not the type of treatment

Last but certainly not least, why not leave the

in advance so that he or she can help you plan

you would normally indulge in, do book one

final touch to the experts and treat yourself to

properly. It is likely that your haircut will need

in preparation for your wedding day. Although

a facial treatment a week prior to your big day.

a few days to settle down before your wedding,

your wife will be the focus of attention, your

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AG Hair Dry shampoo AG Hair offers four flavours of dry shampoo. Go back to the basics with Simply Dry Shampoo or choose one of three multifaceted Root Touch-Ups that blend with your hair colour. Natural tapioca starch soaks up excess oil, while hydrolized silk protein adds moisture and shine. Perfect if you don’t wash your hair, but want it feeling refreshed.

Eugenia Kim’s Brigitte Straw Hat Eugenia Kim’s Brigitte straw hat – a natural textured hemp boater with black grosgrain band and handembroidered black suede “a rose is a rose is a rose” – is ideal for a tropical honeymoon destination. Add it to your attire to portray a classy look and save yourself from the tan.

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Salvatore Ferragamo backpack A backpack is a must to carry much-needed items like water, sunscreen and wallet when sightseeing on a honeymoon. The Salvatore Ferragamo backpack for men is stylish and of an ideal size when travelling. For the ladies, the Mansur Gavriel lady bag or crossbody bag is a perfect fit.

Westward Learning Sunglasses Can a summer-time honeymoon be complete without sunglasses? Try the Westward Learning Pioneer or Flower glasses – a unisex accessory that can match any outfit and up your style quotient.

Caryl Baker Moisturizer Honeymooners beware; a trip to a tropical destination will get you tanned. Caryl Baker’s Papaya Perfecting Daily Renewing Moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen 30 protects against skin damage and premature aging. It nurtures, hydrates and conditions skin for a brighter, smoother and bright-looking complexion.

Makeup Forever Lip balm Brides, make sure to protect your lips while travelling. Set in a chubby stick, Makeup Forever’s lightweight lip balm from the Lip Fever collection is made of Polyglyceride Esters to provide a buttery, gliding effect with triple-benefits by adding colour, comfort and shine. The universally flattering “Flushed Cherry” leaves the lips feeling ultra-smooth with a glossy finish.

Truefitt & Hill Travel Kit The Essential Travel Kit by Truefitt & Hill has everything a man needs for travel. It includes their award-winning Pre Shave Oil, an Ultimate Comfort Shaving Cream Tube, a hand-made super badger shaving brush and the Ultimate Comfort Aftershave Balm.

The Body Shop’s Shade Adjusting Drops Change the colour of your foundation, either lighter or darker, with just one drop. The darkening drops are perfect if you’re traveling somewhere warm for your honeymoon. Use it to change the shade of your foundation as you get tanned in the sun.

Olloclip’s Studio

Sahajan’s Discovery Kit One needs to look their best on a honeymoon. Sahajan’s Discovery Kit comprises of five mini Ayurvedic products – Protective Face Serum, Nourish Face Cream, Restorative Eye Cream, Nurture Hair Oil, and Ritual Body Oil – along with a natural wood compact mirror in a stylish linen makeup bag.

Olloclip’s Studio, an integrated mobile photography solution for the iPhone 6/6S or 6/6S Plus, combines an all-new protective case design with an integrated rail-mounting solution and a series of mountable accessories. Its features include finger grip, 1/4-20 mounts, cold-shoe adapters, and kickstand. Go ahead, get clicking and make beautiful memories.

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Top 10 Must-dos in Maui Whale Watch Visit Maui Grown Coffee Company Store Golf Maui Shop (At Wailea, Whalers Village, Lahaina Cannery Mall) Try Maui Brewing beer Watch sunset at Haleakalā volcano Drive the road to Hana Visit Maui’s Aquarium and dive with the sharks Tour Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch Dine at Mama’s Fish House, Chef James McDonald’s Pacific'O and I'O, Lahaina Grill and Sushi at Sansei



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lanning for a perfect wedding and the day itself can be stressful, so when it comes to a honeymoon, your adventure should be a good time to wind down and truly enjoy each other’s company without having to please others. From Vancouver, Maui is just a six-hour direct flight, and with such diversity in activities spread lavishly across various regions, it couldn’t be easier to chill out and satiate your senses. We’ll explore a few options around this diverse island!

Getting there Both Air Canada and WestJet fly directly from Vancouver.

Wailea Wailea is on Maui’s southern sunny coast groomed with luxurious accommodations, fine dining, shopping centres and a beautiful golf course. Here you’ll want to check into the Fairmont Kea Lani, a spectacular oceanfront resort on 22 acres of land. The resort has just gone through

$70 million in renovations and is home to a full service spa, fine and casual dining, three swimming pools as well as some great cultural programmes including Hawaiian canoe rides. Don’t miss dining at the onsite Kō Restaurant, a gem with plantation inspired cuisine, and drinks at Luana, the new lobby bar serving up a taste of Hawaii’s modern culture through cocktails, island inspired tapas and music. Nearby golfing is a must for those into the sport, and the malls at Wailea offer over 70 boutiques,

From Vancouver, Maui is just a six-hour direct flight, and with such diversity in activities spread lavishly across various regions, it couldn’t be easier to chill out and satiate your senses.

Photos: istockphoto, Hawaii Tourism Authority


galleries, shops and dining spots. If you want to energize while you holiday, the hotel has just launched ‘Inspire Your Energy,’ a curated fitness and wellness program. Enjoy personalized wellness experiences along with fitness classes such as Yoga, Mind Body Barre, Boot Camp, Meditation Breathing, Aqua Fitness and more. Post workout, rebalance your energy with restorative treatments at the Willow Stream Spa. Come back refreshed without holiday weight gain!

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In West Maui, just north of Lāhainā, is Napili, a beach front community where Napili Kai Beach Resort is located; low rise accommodations scattered throughout a gorgeous 10-acre property. Here the spacious suites all have kitchens, so you can cook up some of the great local food gathered from the markets, or dine onsite at the highly acclaimed Sea House Restaurant. Don’t miss the banana pancakes at breakfast or the macadamia nut-encrusted fresh catch for dinner. Onsite you can swim, snorkel or paddle board, or enjoy an oceanfront massage, nearby you can hike, explore and golf. Be sure to book the super-romantic ‘Na Hoku’ dinner, a memorable dining experience under the stars set in a private location at

the edge of Napili Bay. Indulge in a romantic dinner for two or celebrate a special occasion for up to 12 people, lit by torchlight on a bluff overlooking the sea. The Na Hoku Dinner includes a private location, personal waitperson, four-course dinner and wine paired with each course.

Hana Driving the famed Road to Hana brings you to Travaasa Hana, a legendary newly-renovated 70room resort complete with generously sized ocean bungalows scattered Oceanside. Decks with

hot tubs and an onsite dining that is locally focused, incorporating high-quality ingredients sourced from the bounty of Hana, the island community of Maui and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands. Menus reflect gourmet seasonal fare and Hawaii’s cultural diversity. An onsite spa treatment would complete your visit.



A stroll down the beach, underwater adventures and leisure stays, the Bahamas can be your perfect escape to kindle romance after a hectic wedding

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hen one thinks of the Bahamas, pictures of white sand beaches, conch shells and endless ocean are bound to come to mind, and while this certainly is a place where you can have the whole beach, or even an entire small island to yourself, there’s much more going on throughout this country’s diverse islands. We explore a few regions for honeymooning in the Bahamas, the more populated Nassau, and the more leisurely paced Exumas.

Getting there We surveyed a few sites and currently the best way to travel from Vancouver is by WestJet through Toronto or Calgary. Spend the night in Toronto and you’ll be refreshed and ready to feel the sunshine on your face, or go through Calgary and take a nap on the beachside. From there, a quick flight or boat ride will get you out to each island.

Nassau and Paradise Island Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and is on a 21-mile long Island with its main harbor protected by Paradise Island. Over 200,000 people call the island home, many living right in Nassau. You will find plenty of duty-free shopping, casinos, night life and resorts in Nassau and Paradise Island has a plethora of activities awaiting you. You can choose just to do relatively nothing and relax at your resort while enjoying your new marital status. The beaches are perfect for a casual stroll, but if you prefer to get pampered instead, there are fantastic couple massages available.

Stay You will truly never have to leave the resort with the Atlantis, Paradise

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Island. From casinos, golf courses and spas, to water-parks, nightclubs and fine dining, Atlantis has it all covered. The only disadvantage (if you consider it one) - it is rather family friendly, so depending on the time of year you’ll run into some young ones. For a more European feel, the popular adult-only Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island is considered one of the most elegant all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Its amenities are top of the line and Sandals even has its own offshore island with two beaches- one for quiet sunbathing & snorkeling and one for water sports. Meals will mostly be covered since you’ll likely be at an all-inclusive, but for those looking for an ultimate fine dining experience in Nassau, One & Only Ocean Club’s Dune is a must. High above the white sand bluff looking out at the ocean, you’ll dine on a Bahamian-influenced cuisine created by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

To Do Why not take up diving as a pre-wedding bonding project and then practice your new-found skills beneath the Bahamas waves; those less adventurous may want to snorkel. There are spectacular coral reefs, shipwrecks and all sorts of tropical fish and marine

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animals to explore. Boat tours leave almost hourly; choose from a fishing adventure to a leisurely catamaran ride. Many of the other islands are less than an hour away, so you can head out for a day trip and easily experience another side of this country. Other than that, you have plenty of historic sites to visit, a brewery and rum distillery, eco tours, culinary tours and even horseback riding for you and your partner.

When one thinks of the Bahamas, pictures of white sand beaches, conch shells and endless ocean are bound to come to mind, and while this certainly is a place where you can have the whole beach, or even an entire small island to yourself, there’s much more going on throughout this country’s diverse islands.

The Exumas A 40-minute flight from Nassau takes you to the vastly different Exumas. As opposed to Nassau, Georgetown, Great Exumas’ largest city, has a population of less than four figures. The Exumas include an archipelago of 365 cays and

islands, each offering a unique Bahamian experience.

Stay Grand Isle Resort & Spa is situated on a mile-long beach on Emerald Bay on Great Exumas. It’s a laid back property consisting of less

than 80 villas, but it’s highly rated and you’ll find one of the Bahamas’ most romantic restaurants on site as well as the regions top-rated spas and plenty of ocean activities just minutes away.

To Do One of the most interesting activities here involves swimming with a group of domesticated pigs, but there are plenty of native Bahamian creatures to gaze upon. Other ocean activities include kitesurfing and boating. For a truly unique nature experience, take a kayak tour of nearby Moriah Harbour and you’ll find mangroves and creeks; be sure to bring your binoculars for bird watching, both sea birds and raptors.

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Nestled along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea with more than 31,000 kilometers of pristine coastal waters, Croatia is dotted with thousands of islands to explore and has become a unique Mediterranean destination.


o you picture your honeymoon as one with long blissful days spent lounging on romantic secluded beaches? Perhaps it’s sampling award-winning Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, or strolling through charming medieval towns steeped in history. If all of this sounds perfect, Croatia is the ideal honeymoon destination for you. Nestled along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea with more than 31,000 kilometers of pristine coastal waters, Croatia is dotted with thousands of islands to explore and has become a unique Mediterranean destination. With seven UNESCO sites, 14 UNESCO Intangible Cultural

Phenomena, eight National Parks, and 11 Nature Parks, it’s the ultimate romantic getaway for those seeking natural beauty, amazing cuisine and rich culture. On the southern coast, Dalmatia is a region known for its warm sea, stunning landscape, rich history, beautiful islands and is perfect for those who love outdoor activities, history and culture. It is also known for its world-class ports and as a destination for the jet set crowd. A visit to the 3000-year-old city of Zadar, situated along the coast is a must on any itinerary. Zadar is home to modern architectural wonders that embrace the best of what nature has to offer and encapsulates historical heritage with breathtaking natural beauty to create a perfect harmonic experience. Situated between the vivid blue of the Adriatic and sparkling white of the Dalmatian stone beaches, Zadar is home to the largest Roman forum on the Croatian side of the Adriatic along with unforgettable Romanesque churches, such as the Church at St. Donatus. Further north is the Istrian peninsula and storybook Rovinj, considered to be one of the most beautiful and

Situated between the vivid blue of the Adriatic and sparkling white of the Dalmatian stone beaches, Zadar is home to the largest Roman forum on the Croatian side of the Adriatic along with unforgettable Romanesque churches, such as the Church at St. Donatus. romantic towns due to its unique setting and natural surroundings. The ancient town center, Rovinj’s 67-kilometer-long coast, 2,289 hectares of protected greenery, and 14 islands make it one of the most unique places in Croatia. The capital city of Zagreb sparkles like a gem upon a crown of rich history and culture. Explore the historical sites of the Upper and Lower Town, picturesque farmer’s markets, oneof-a-kind museums, interesting festivals, events, and musical performances throughout the year.

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Zagreb has an exciting restaurant scene, abundant open air cafés, numerous walking trails, and great excursion options to surrounding areas. Above all, Zagreb has some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. It is a wonderful combination of Central Euro-

pean civilization, Mediterranean lifestyle and warm hospitality. Croatia’s cuisine brings together a diverse mix of Hungarian, Viennese and Turkish influences. With succulent meat and vegetable dishes from the continental regions, to endless bounties from the sea inspired by Greek, Roman and Illyrian Mediterranean flavours, it’s a foodie’s paradise. If strolling along ancient award-winning vineyards is more your pace, Croatia has a rich history of wine making that dates back 2,500 years, with many traditional grape varieties surviving the test of time. Croatia is a destination that can bring you all of these experiences in a single trip. To help plan your ultimate honeymoon, visit - Editorial and photos by GRAYLING NY

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