Why Bangalore is a great choice for destination weddings

Of course there’s something special about getting married against a backdrop of mountains, sunny beaches or ancient palaces. As gorgeous as these locales are, don’t forget the legwork that goes into planning a destination wedding. After all, there are more practical considerations to take into account like the weather in your chosen location, ease of connectivity of flights, availability of variety of accommodations among of host of other things.

As wedding planners in Bangalore, a lot of our clientele come from various parts of world to get married in this beautiful city. We used to wonder why they chose Bangalore instead of destinations like Rajasthan and Goa. But over the years we realized Bangalore is one of those rare cities which gives you all the comforts of a big city at the same time as adding the unique charm of a destination wedding.

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Connectivity

You don’t want to tire your guests with multiple layovers before they even check-in.  Easy accessibility and good connectivity plays a key role in choosing the right destination. Bangalore is well connected by air, rail and road. In fact Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport is rated one of the best airports in the country.

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Weather

One of the most important factors to consider for your destination wedding is the weather. For Bangaloreans, the city’s weather is a badge that we wear with pride. It is pleasant pretty much throughout the year. When it gets too hot, the rain gods are kind enough to throw in a shower for a few minutes and it is back to lovely, enjoyable weather. So while the rest of the country is baking during the summer months or freezing during the winter months you can avoid weather issues altogether and get married in Bangalore with its pleasant weather year-round.

The best weather in popular vacation destinations like Rajasthan and Goa tend to correlate with the tourist season, when there are typically more crowds, fewer hotel and venue availability, and higher rates all around. Given that Bangalore is not your typical tourist destination it is easy to find availability all year-round.

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A Large Variety of Accommodation Options

Bangalore has a large inventory of rooms and you can choose from a host of options. There are modern designer hotels through to those with colonial charm dating back to the 1800’s. Give your guests an experience of staying at a large ancestral home or enjoy the palace feel in the heart of the city. Apart from five star hotels, you can choose from boutique hotels, service apartments, bed and breakfasts and everything in between. Whether you are paying for it all yourself or your guests are paying for their own accommodation we can’t stress enough on how helpful it is to have great options in all budget ranges.

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Choice of Different Kinds of Venues

Your wedding location sets the mood for your celebrations and it is very important to prioritize a venue that goes well with your overall vision. ‘The Garden City’, Bangalore, is home to some of the best open air wedding venues. Choose from the iconic Bangalore Palace to add a touch of royalty or the Taj West End Hotel with its old world colonial charm. Go for Tamarind Tree if you want the feel of a traditional ancestral home or one of the many lush green farm houses for the garden feel. What we can guarantee is no matter where in Bangalore you get married you will take back great memories and beautiful photographs to last a life time.

The Bangalore Palace

Availability of Vendors

Local suppliers are very important in making your wedding both stress free and memorable. Flying vendors into remote destinations can be a logistical nightmare and very expensive. Luckily Bangalore boasts some of the best talent in the country. From a variety of caterers, great wedding planners, makeup artists to photographers and decorators. This city has it all.

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What Activities Does Your Destination Offer?

Bustling with restaurants, pubs, discotheques and shopping malls, the city of Bangalore truly has something to offer everyone. Bangalore has the largest number of pubs in the country and is called the pub city, as well as the Garden City and the Silicon Valley of India. Alongside the modern city is an older Bangalore which is great to explore for its ancient temples, bustling markets, lakes and parks, palaces and forts and gracious bungalows all remnants of a bygone era.

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With its inherent cosmopolitan feel the city has no language issues with people from all parts of the country calling it home and a thriving international community. Laid back and welcoming the city is safe, easy to get around and friendly. For those of your guests who have come a long way and want to explore further, the coffee plantations of Coorg and Chickmanglur or the historic city of Mysore are all within half a day’s drive.

Guests travelling far and wide will thank you for choosing a wedding destination that is convenient to get to and has plenty to offer. For further help planning your dream wedding you can reach us here.

 

Bridal Trousseau Shopping in Bangalore

In a 150 year old haveli hidden in a busy lane in Jayanagar a designer creates magical weaves that are delicate and exquisite. Latha Puttanna is one of those rare designers who has achieved what most other designers can only dream of. You probably haven’t heard of her that is because she goes out of her way to keep a low profile. She firmly believes that her clothes should speak for themselves. Therefore she has a dream clientele with the who’s who of Bangalore flocking to her for their bridal wear and more.

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Dr Nirupama Shivrajkumar daughter to Karnataka film industry’s most beloved family could have shopped anywhere in the world for her bridal outfits when she got married. But she chose Latha because she felt she was lucky that she din’t have to look too far from home for someone who could design for her personality. She particularly loved that Latha does not use imported fabrics and weaves her own fabrics with natural dyes. The color’s and designs are timeless and every piece has a story of the bride in it. This is because Latha spends so much time with each bride understanding  their likes, dislikes, personalities among other details. In choosing Latha’s clothes she felt that she was selecting a piece of heritage beautifully and lovingly designed for her that no doubt will be passed down to the next generation.

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Nirupama applauds Latha for her discipline, on time deliveries and one day alterations a trait so rare in designers. She hardly had to worry about her clothes which usually is the biggest stress point for most brides. When I asked her what she bought from Latha, the list was endless. Not only did she shop for the main outfits but also bought a lot of stuff for her overall trousseau.

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When I spoke to another bride Ameya Shetty daughter of one of the world’s leading heart specialist Dr Devi Shetty about her experience with Latha she only had superlative things to say about this talented designer. Ameya chose to go with Latha for the uniqueness of her designs. She feels that Latha’s designs cater to all age groups. Therefore Latha was a one stop shop for not only all her bridal needs but also for the whole family. Latha designed clothes for Ameya, her mother, sister-in-law as well as her husband.

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To see more of Latha’s work –

www.lathaputtanna.com/

www.facebook.com/lathaputtanna

Tips on Indian Wedding Trousseau shopping

A wedding is the one day that a girl gets to have her own red carpet, paparazzi and the entire spotlight on her. This makes trousseau shopping a daunting and at the same time an exciting experience. One of our very special brides is a popular image consultant based out of Singapore. We asked her to share her experience and advice for Trousseau shopping.

  1. Research before you start your shopping spree

This is a must and a great way to stay focused. Start by book-marking instagram and pinterest bridal accounts that you like and saving photos of outfits that you closely resemble your style.

Sangeet Outfit: I chose a hot pink with gold lehenga as it suits my warm skin tone and went well with my Bollywood Sangeet theme. I needed a pop of color to stand out yet blend into the vibrancy of the event. I went with a choker, chunky earrings and lots of bangles, which incorporated the colors of my outfit. I wanted my look to be fun and colorful.

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  1. Shortlist your colors

Make a list of your events and then get down to short-listing colors accordingly.

Another important aspect to keep in mind is your skin tone and photography. Not all colors may look good in pictures. I love silver and pastel colors but somehow I look faded in them when photographed. So take pictures while trying outfits to see how well they suit you.

The best colors can be chosen once you identify what suits your skin tone. Check your veins and overall skin color in the sun to find your palette. If you have more blue than green veins chances are you are a cool tone. Colors like silver, sky blue, pastels, maroon, burgundy, grey are your colors.

If your veins appear more green than blue then  you could be a warm tone. Burnt orange, fiery red, mustard, hot pink, olive green, gold, khaki are your colors to go. You could also be neutral which means both set of colors look great on you. Voila! You are the lucky one.

Mehendi : For the Mehendi ceremony, I went with a peachy pastel pink anarkali and kept the look elegant yet fresh. Since pastel is not part of my color palette, I had to be careful about the makeup. I added shimmer to make sure I don’t look pale.

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  1. Keep in mind the theme of your events while choosing outfits and their colors

Consider the occasion, venue, the time of the day and number of occasions while you choose your outfits

For day time events stay away from heavy fabrics and dark colors

Embellishments, sequin work, crochet, lace work best with evening events.

For vibrant function like sangeet and mehendi, go for a pop of color, red, yellow, parrot green, hot pink, orange, etc

Wedding: I had to change my sari twice. For my first outfit, I went with a half and half mustard yellow and gold sari. I wore a red polki set to complement my red velvet border.

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I always wanted my wedding sari to be red. Since I have a warm skin tone, I chose bright red and not maroon. I also changed my necklace to a gold choker so that I can comfortably wear a mangalsutra, which will be longer in length and not obstruct the beauty of the choker.

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Since it is tough to change accessories between outfits, I kept my bangle, armlet, waistband and maang-tika neutral in gold.

I had to be careful with the nose-ring as most places I could only find big ones. Since my face is small and I was also wearing a maang-tika I had to be conscious of the size of the nose-ring. I chose to go with a slightly smaller clip-on ring without any attachments.

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  1. Fabric and fit

Sometimes the simplest outfit can look like a dream if it fits well. Even if you buy an outfit off the rack, make sure you get a tailor to fit it as if it was made for your body.

During your wedding day, all cameras will be on you so you have to be comfortable in your own skin. Identify the body parts you want to show and those you want to hide.

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  1. Always try outfits with heels 

The look can change according to the shoes you wear. So try outfits with the height of the heels you might be potentially wearing on your event days. Also bring those heels along when you are getting your outfits re-sized and tailored as even a half-inch can make a difference.

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Cocktail:

Our cocktail event was quite formal so I chose a dull gold lehenga with stone embellishments. Since the lehenga was heavy and full of work, I kept the accessory really simple with just a pair of chunky earrings so that the look is not too overwhelming and blends well with the elegance of the event.

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  1. Accessories
  • The biggest mistake a lot of brides do is to buy accessories separately from their outfit. Make sure you take your outfit along or at least a clear picture of it when buying bangles and other jewelry.
  • The other thing to keep in mind is that your jewelry and your outfit need not always match. You can add in contrasts. If you wearing a dull gold lehenga, go for an emerald green or bronze earring. With pink you can opt for sapphire. Add a bit of variation and play around to make your outfit fun.
  • When buying maang-tikaas and nose-rings, make sure to keep your face size in mind. Don’t go for the super huge ones if your face is small.

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~ Nupur Singh, Image Consultant, Stylist and founder of fashion blog The Crispy Corner www.thecrispycorner.com , Instagram: @thecrispycorner