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Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the MyShadi Bridal Expo. This cultural event showcases traditional products and services essential for Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Sikh weddings. A wide range of vendors, including wedding and event planners, photographers, caterers, and decorators, will be available to answer your questions and provide you with information about their services and products. In addition to great formal event planning resources, outfit designs, and food samples, don’t miss the fashion shows that will showcase the latest in formal clothing and jewelry designs. Be sure to also attend the live mehndi and makeup demonstrations for ideas on wedding day looks. Good luck to all who have registered to win a free trip to India! If you have not yet registered to enter the grand prize and raffle drawings, you still have time. Stop by the registration desk to enter. Last but not least, I would like to thank everyone involved with this event. This event would not be a success without the support of Expo attendees, show participants, and vendors. Enjoy the MyShadi Bridal Expo and good luck with all of your wedding and event planning! – Aruna Shah

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 1:30 pm: Fashion Show #1 Sponsored by Belsis Collection 678-313-7807 • Booth Number 20 2:30 pm: Fashion Show #2 Sponsored by Indian Closet 618-960-5601 • Booth Number 14 3:30 pm: Fashion Show #3 Sponsored by Makeup by Nashwa / Shanze Couture 214-519-4006 • Booth Number 28 4:45 pm: Mehndi and Makeup Winner Announced 4:50 pm: Grand Prize Winner Announced


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Zamana Photo & Videography 678-860-2921

Belsi’s collection

We have the right jewelry to define your mood for any occasion and add an aura that compliments your presence making a royal statement.


elsi’s is a collection of modern accessories with Indian inspired influence, is the brainchild of Riddhi Fazal, an IT professional , whose love for culture and fashion drove her to drop her career in 2011 and launch her collection. A self taught designer, Riddhi created a mélange of classic shapes with contemporary designs, each piece a beautiful balance between elegance and edgy. At Belsi’s collection, we have the right jewelry to define your mood for any occasion and add an aura that compliments your presence - making a royal statement. The jewelry collection includes statement earrings, statement earrings, glimmering cocktail rings, and breathtaking cuffs incorporated

with an eclectic mix of exotic stones, metals, wood, and distinctive silhouettes.

Belsis Collection 678-313-7807


Bridal Expo Fashion Show Sponsors

Belsis Collection 678-313-7807

Indian Closet 618-960-5601

Makeup by Nashwa 214-519-4006

Shanze Couture Shanze-Couture-and-Designs

Medawala Boutique 478-731-8669

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Photo Courtesy: VKM Studios Inc


Photo Courtesy: VKM Studios Inc


Photo Courtesy: Digital Dream Studio


olorful, lively, and festive. Extravagant yet elegant. A compilation of centuries old rituals and traditions set against a modern backdrop of thoughtfully designed place settings and memorable favors. Intricate details come together in a lush, breathtaking picture. If you have ever attended an Indian wedding, you have likely walked away reeling from the experience. More than just a ceremony bringing two people together for one of life’s ultimate journeys, the celebrations surrounding Indian weddings accurately portray the importance and sanctity of marriage. For Hindus, marriage is one of 16 samskaras, or rites of passages, experienced during the course of one’s life. With parents not only eagerly waiting for the day their child gets married, but also saving money for the big day, it is not hard to understand just why the is surrounded by such grand celebrations. A recent Pew Research Center study based on 2010 United States Census data confirms that Indian Americans place great value on marriage, parenting, and families. Over 64% of Indian Americans, compared to 34% of the general public, believe that having a successful marriage is one of the most im-

portant things in life. A successful marriage begins with a joyous celebration, one where no expense is spared and unique experiences are embraced. As the Pew Research Center study indicates, Indians equally emphasize the importance of education and hard work, both of which contribute to their ability to earn a median household income of $88,000 (as compared to the general pubic which earns $49,800). Strong purchasing power makes Indian Americans less likely to be concerned about finding ways to cut costs, especially when a wedding is involved. With a rather generous budget and multiple events over the course of three to four days, couples do not shy away from extravagance or creating their own trends. These multi-day affairs are typically attended by both close family and distant acquaintances alike. With a guest list that averages 300 or more guests, couples and their families seek venues not only with visual appeal, but also one that can comfort

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ably accommodate a large crowd for multiple events. Many family members and friends travel from all over the country and the world to be a part of the celebrations, so choosing appropriate lodging arrangements is just as important. The three-day celebration typically culminates in a lavish reception that not only honors the newly married couple, but also gives family a chance to relax and dance the stress of wedding planning away! Recognizing it as the fastest growing wedding market, many businesses are now customizing services to meet the culture-specific needs of Indian weddings. With an average budget of $75,000 to $100,000 (an average American wedding costs $25,000), vendors truly cannot afford to ignore the potential windfall this market offers. From understanding dietary restrictions when developing menus to creating multi-day packages, hotels, banquet halls, and other wedding industry vendors are now rethinking the way services are presented and offered. More than just glitz and glamour, the extravagance of Indian weddings is an extension of the value that the Indian community places on marriage and commitment. For couples, their weddings

reflect individual style and desire to share their love for one another to the world. For vendors, Indian weddings offer a lucrative opportunity while being a part of a sacred ritual.

About Rina Shah

Rina Shah is the CEO and founder of The Arpan Group, a boutique public relations firm that specializes in developing campaigns to capture untouched ethnic markets. From press releases and media kits to marketing materials and by-line articles, The Arpan Group customizes solutions based specifically on the client’s needs. For more information about The Arpan Group, visit or call (703) 651-6670.

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Bridal Expo Platinum Sponsors

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel (770) 953-4500

MyShadi (954) 784-8100

The Arpan Group (703) 651-6670

by Suhani Patel


or any bride, choosing not only a look appropriate for the occasion, but also one that showcases your personality, can seem like a daunting task. You “oooh” and “aaah” over glamorous shots in glossy magazines, but reality is there lurking in the back of your mind. Will I be able to wear this for 5 hours while bending, stretching, and dancing? Will these colors make our wedding pictures lasting memories? With so many aspects to think about, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Major Trends Colors of the season: White and gold are a predominant combination this spring. The simplicity of white fabrics with gold embellishments and embroidery are sure to emphasize any bride’s natural beauty on her wedding day. Simple statements: An outfit comprised of simple fabrics in vibrant colors with simple borders that emphasize the jewelry will be sure to make you - and only you - stand out on your big day. Belts: Not only are belts a practical accessory keeping the sari or choli in place, but they also accentuate the narrowest part of a woman’s body, making it an essential figure flattering component of this year’s trendiest bridal attire. Florals: Any bride will feel divine

in pretty pink flowers. Whether you opt for a bold floral print or a soft lace, your femininity is bound to shine through. Consider using fresh floras as an accessory for your hair.

The Wedding Day Materials: Mix the heavy and the light. Sheer, light, airy materials paired with heavy silk embroidered borders are a perfect way to make a striking presentation.

Cuts: Embrace the flare! Full flares are in full fashion this spring. Embrace the sleeves! (Or not) Try a bold look with either a long-sleeved blouse or a blouse with no sleeves at all. If you prefer the traditional short sleeves or the elbow sleeves, style up the sleeves with some stitched embellishments. Colors: This year is all about extremes. Go with white and creams,

golds, nudes, pale pinks or with embrace bold color with reds, hot pinks, bright yellows, and royal blues.

The Reception and After-parties

Materials: Reception outfits that are light and full of movement will allow for maximum dancing capability! Since most receptions are held in the evening, feel free to play it up with plush fabrics like velvet and embroidered chiffons. Don’t go too overboard on the velvet though balance the look with accents and put your own twist on it by contrasting different fabrics. Cuts: The sharara style is sure to flatter any body type. Long sleek fitting tops overlying full flared skirts are an incredibly glamorous way to spruce up your reception look. Colors: Don’t be afraid of dark colors - always elegant and perfect for an evening statement. And black is always in style! Change things up with deep navies and rich mahoganies.

About the Author Suhani Patel, a senior at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, is majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Spanish. A healthcare enthusiast and an avid reader, Suhani will read anything from classic literature to Web MD articles to the Harry Potter series. Suhani enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants and has a weakness for local coffee shops.

Makeup By Nashwa


ashwa is one of the most sought after and leading makeup artists in the Metro - Atlanta community. An accomplished and creative makeup artist with years of experience in fashion, video, print as well as bridal and wedding makeup. Whether on location to a wedding or a Photoshoot, Nashwa displays her skills for creating that perfect flawless look us-

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ing techniques she learnt from celebrity Makeup artists in Dubai and Mumbai. With her Natural sense of style and creativity, she has worked with top most Atlanta photographers, models and clientele fulfilling makeup requirements from European, Asian and Arabic Styling. She works with a talented team of Hair

and Makeup artists to fulfill requirements of full parties be it a wedding, showers or corporate events. Their goal is to make the experience a fun and beautiful one for each and every client.

Artful Pose Studios

For More info and portfolio please visit Facebook/ Makeup By Nashwa For bookings contact: 214-519-4006

SHANZE COUTURE aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Driven by the quest for perfection, The SHANZE COUTURE collection carries garments created for those who stop nowhere short of perfection. We offer an in house design service, particularly for bridal wear, where garments can be designed towards each individual’s needs. SHANZE COUTURE collection consists not only bridal wear, but also includes casual and occasion wear for women which have given new definition and rendition to the salwar suits, sarees, lehenga and kurtis. Shanze Couture recognizes latest trends and embraces a varied product line, all with great emphasis placed on impeccable cuts and top notch tailoring. At SHANZE COUTURE the cuts, fabrics, embroideries and refined embellishments for garments are setting new standards for quality and style. A fusion between rich customary styles and western tastes. Shanze Couture is flexible in fulfilling your

Driven by the quest for perfection, The SHANZE COUTURE collection carries garments created for those who stop nowhere short of perfection. We offer an in house design service, particularly for bridal wear, where garments can be designed towards each

For More info and portfolio please visit Shanze-Couture-and-Designs For bookings contact:

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Noon to 5:00 PM

12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Hilton Orlando

250 Racquet Club Road, Weston, Florida 33326

6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32819

The Largest Event

of its


Expo showcases products essential for Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Sikh weddings

Win Two FREE Tickets to India Brides & Grooms Families & Visitors All are eligible to win Register Online!


Free Admission Free Parking


Free Food Sampling Interactive Sessions

Attention Exhibitors: Reserve Booth Today Platinum / Gold / DJ Sponsorship Available

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THE WEDDING YOU ALWAYS IMAGINED THE VENUE THAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE Discover the ultimate venue for your wedding celebration. From our wide array of lavish function spaces to our in-depth knowledge of Indian culture and traditions, the Renaissance® Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center has everything you need to make your wedding vision come to life. Three gorgeous ballrooms that can accommodate up to 1,200 guests. And an astonishing 14-story atrium that will wow your guests from the moment they step through our doors. Savor delectable cuisine from our award-winning culinary team or take advantage of our long-standing relationships with the area’s best South Asian caterers. Customize every moment of your unique event, from authentic Indian décor to cutting-edge themes and designs with the help of our dedicated Event Planners and Atlanta’s most talented and creative preferred vendors. Enjoy the expert service of our highly trained staff dedicated to upholding your most cherished traditions and customs.

To learn more about Indian wedding at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, contact one of you Catering Sales Experts at 770.953.4500 or visit

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My Shadi Indian wedding Bridal Expo Atlanta 2014  

My Shadi Indian wedding Bridal Expo Atlanta 2014 showcasing Indian wedding planning, Indian wedding decorations, Indian Wedding Planner, Ind...

My Shadi Indian wedding Bridal Expo Atlanta 2014  

My Shadi Indian wedding Bridal Expo Atlanta 2014 showcasing Indian wedding planning, Indian wedding decorations, Indian Wedding Planner, Ind...