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Ambika Gupta’s tips for hassle-free monsoon wedding

Ambika, who is known for her keen interest in sustainable weddings, says during monsoons, chances of delayed flower shipments are high…reports Asian Lite News

What could be more romantic than rain when you’re in love and about to embark on a new chapter in your life? In this situation, a monsoon wedding sounds ideal, but how practical is it? Of course, during the rainy season, resorts, hotels, and vendors offer discounts, and it is easier to book popular venues, but how can we ensure that unexpected showers do not inconvenience guests and ruin the dreamy atmosphere?

Entrepreneur, founder of The A-Cube Project and luxe event designer Ambika Gupta says, “Monsoon also brings with it many logistical challenges such as delayed delivery, travel impediments and traffic snarls etc. Rain proofing your venue, ensuring the comfort of the guests and managing the seamless flow of service are some of the other challenges. However, if planned effectively, monsoon weddings can be magical and unforgettable.” Ambika shares some tips to ensure a hassle-free monsoon wedding:

Choose an indoor venue

Ambika, who has pulled off many celebrity weddings in different venues and breath-taking settings, advises an indoor wedding during monsoons. She says, “A lot of clients also opt for waterproof marquee tents, and romantic gazebos but to ensure the comfort of your guests when they arrive and leave during heavy showers can be a concern. Personalised umbrellas can be given to the guests and can even be used as part of the decor but if you want everyone present to enjoy the wedding in a totally protected environment, an indoor venue is the best bet. As a designer, I get inspired by the season, the venue, the personal story of the couple and so a monsoon wedding is the perfect opportunity to turn even an indoor space into a dream setting with decor accents that evoke romance.”

Monsoon appropriate decor

While brides get busy choosing exquisite pieces for their trousseau and weighing whether to opt for a georgette, chanderi, gota, net, or an organza outfit for a monsoon wedding, wedding or decor designers have to weigh what materials and design accents are most practical during the rains. Ambika says, “Just as it is important to consider the length of the hemlines and how moisture could affect a bridal outfit or jewellery during the monsoon, a wedding designer must weigh which materials are most appropriate and how to create and assemble installations at the venue, how to transport backdrops, furniture, and a million other things needed to create a perfect ambience.” She recommends planning in advance, the logistics of transporting materials, work force, flowers, light fixtures and more. She adds, “Rains are unpredictable but a wedding designer has to deliver every single time. I suggest that nothing be left to the last minute and every small detail be planned well in advance.”

Avoid easily perishable flowers

Ambika, who is known for her keen interest in sustainable weddings, says during monsoons, chances of delayed flower shipments are high. She adds, “It is better to source flowers from trusted local vendors during monsoons or use sustainable options like Shola flowers which are not perishable. Tropical plants, an assortment of hyper-realistic flowers made from paper or fabric can create beautiful settings as well. The point is to work with what is easily available, practical and yet beautiful.”

Plan your menu wisely

Food usually does not fall under the purview of the wedding designer, says Ambika but it has to be styled as well to become a part of the overall experience. She adds, “During monsoon, details like where the food is coming from, when it will arrive and how it will be served, are very important for a designer. That is why I always recommend synergising with the caterers so that the timelines match and we know what kind of courses are being served well in advance.” It is also important to be mindful of allergies and contamination during monsoon and serve only freshly made, piping hot delicacies rather than cold cuts, seafood and chilled salads, adds Ambika.

Mind the comfort of your guests

In the end, guests always remember how well they were taken care of or if they were subjected to unnecessary discomfort. She adds, “A lot of times, clients want to host pool parties and rain dances before a wedding. I advise them to check how many guests would be comfortable with these ideas and consider questions like will they have to carry extra sets of clothes, will they need flip flops, where will they change etc. It is also important to ensure that while arriving and leaving, they are escorted with umbrellas.” And lastly, the venue must be designed to be comfortable and must exude a sense of warmth and safety no matter how hard it is raining outside, she concludes.

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Vicky and Katrina shares pictures from Sangeet Ceremony

Celebrity couple Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, who recently got married, have shared the pictures from their ‘Sangeet’ ceremony…reports Asian Lite News

The couple took to their respective Instagram handles and shared a bunch of pictures in a celebratory mood with their friends and family at the wedding.

Keeping up with their streak of putting common captions, they wrote, “Mehendi Taa Sajdi Je Nache Saara Tabbar.”

Vicky and Katrina shares pictures from Sangeet Ceremony

Everyone in attendance can be seen adhering to the ‘Sangeet’ theme and colour palette as they wore outfits in varying shades of green, yellow, grey and red.

Vicky’s ‘jugalbandi’ with his younger brother on what looks like high-energy ‘bhangra’ beats, spells the bond between the two brothers but what takes the cake is Vicky’s dance with his wife.

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The happy faces and dreamy pictures certainly tell the story of a royal wedding.

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Vicky Kaushal to arrive in style for Haldi ceremony

Vicky Kaushal will arrive in style at the wedding venue, riding a seven horse-drawn chariot…reports Asian Lite News

After a rocking ‘sangeet’ ceremony of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, the traditional ‘haldi’ ceremony will be performed on Wednesday. And, sources have said that Vicky Kaushal will arrive in style at the wedding venue, riding a seven horse-drawn chariot.

Vicky Kaushal to arrive in style for Haldi ceremony

The ‘sangeet’ ceremony was held on Tuesday night.

On the request of the couple, the 700-year-old Six Senses hotel fort Barwara situated in Sawai Madhopur district, has been decorated with a heritage look as the couple wanted something natural other than the artificial decor.

Sources said Vicky Kaushal would be riding a white-coloured chariot driven by seven horses.

The security of the wedding ceremony venue is being looked after by the company of Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera. Shera’s company is looking after the hi-tech security of the wedding, said sources.

On Tuesday, in the sangeet ceremony, the bride and groom danced merrily on the trending dance songs.

The family and friends also shook their legs on the occasion. Fireworks and colourful lights lit up the fort.

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Earlier, Sojat’s ‘mehndi’ decorated Katrina’s hands. Her family and Vicky’s family members also got mehendi done on their hands. After the mehendi programme that lasted for about an hour, the sangeet ceremony started.

The entire fort has been decorated with beautiful lights and lights.

Around 50 celebrities having joined the celebrations so far and more are expected to come on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Vicky’s family all set to welcome bride with Mehendi function

Vicky’s big family is all set to welcome the bride to the family with a grand celebration…reports Asian Lite News

The stage is set for Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif’s wedding with the celebrations kicking off with a ‘Sangeet’ ceremony on Tuesday followed by the ‘Mehendi’ ceremony on December 8.

Vicky’s family all set to welcome bride with Mehendi function

Sources told IANS that the ‘Mehendi’ ceremony will see both the families in attendance, “Katrina and Vicky will celebrate the Mehendi ceremony with both sides of the family. Vicky has a big, loving and warm Punjabi family on his side and his chacha, chachi, mamaa, mami are all looking forward to officially welcoming Katrina into the family.”

It might be a very intimate affair with only 120 people attending the celebrations but, the power couple has left no stone unturned to mark their wedding celebrations with utmost grandeur, “The wedding preparations have been in full swing on his side for quite some time now. It’s going to be a joyous occasion for both sides with both their friends and family getting together to celebrate the couple’s special day!”

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“Katrina’s family has also specially flown down from London – her mom, her sisters and brother and her close group of friends. While it’s going to be a private, intimate affair, the celebrations are still going to be grand and they have spared no expense to ensure that they make their special day a memorable one!” the source adds.

The most anticipated wedding of the season will take place on December 9 at Hotel Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan followed by a reception on December 10.

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Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal wedding rituals start from today

The wedding rituals of Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif will start from today…reports Asian Lite News

The wedding rituals of Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif, who will tie the nuptial knot on Thursday (December 9) at Six Senses Fort in Sawai Madhopur, will start from Tuesday.

The couple along with family and friends reached the wedding destination on Monday night where they were welcomed with grand fireworks. They were offered garlands, and ’tilak’ was applied to their foreheads.

Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal wedding rituals start from today (Credit: Pallav Palival)

The sangeet ceremony will start from Tuesday night.

Earlier, since Monday afternoon the Jaipur airport was buzzing with activity as Katrina’s siblings and friends arrived one after the other.

On Monday night, a dozen guests came along with Katrina and Vicky Kaushal, who were given a rousing welcome at the Barwara Fort. Three luxury vehicles were arranged to pick up the family of Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif to the Barwara Fort.

Katrina Kaif-Vicky Kaushal wedding rituals start from today (Credit: Pallav Palival)

Vicky and Katrina will stay at the Barwara Fort till December 12. After marriage, both are likely to visit the temple of Chauth Mata.

As per the sources, the couple will have a ‘sangeet’ ceremony on Tuesday night which will be followed by ‘Haldi’ ceremony on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Thereafter, on December 9 will come the D Day when functions like ‘Sehrabandi’ are scheduled. The couple will take ‘phere’ at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and then there will be dinner and poolside party at night.

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The couple will tie the knot in the ‘Rajwada’ style.

This marriage ceremony has been kept strictly private.

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Vicky-Katrina wedding preparations began at Rani Padmavati suite

Preparations for the much-hyped marriage between Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif have begun at the Six Senses Fort Barwara located in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan…reports Asian Lite News

An event management company has been entrusted with the responsibility of making all the necessary arrangements for the big day.

Accordingly, special suites have been booked for the bride and the groom at the lavish hotel. While Vicky will put up at the Raja Mansingh suite, Katrina will be staying at the Rani Padmavati suit, both most expensive suites in the hotel. The tariff for the suites is Rs 7 lakh each for one night.

Both the suites have private swimming pools and gradens attached to them, while the windows open to a grand view of the Aravali hills.

The hotel has two more suites costing Rs 7 lakh each per night, while it has 15 suites worth Rs 4 lakh. The one-night tariff for the rest of the rooms is Rs 1 lakh per room.

Security has been tightened in the entire area, and restrictions have been imposed on the movement of people.

Katrina and Vicky, along with their family members, are expected to check-in on December 6, and depart on December 11.

The wedding preparations have been entrusted to six different vendors, who will arrange flowers, decoration, security, transportation, food and jungle safaris.

For security arrangements, 100 bouncers will come from Jaipur on December 5. Rajasthan police personnel will also be deployed for the security of the VIP guests.

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The wedding programmes are likely to be held between December 4 and December 12. The two are expected to tie the knot on December 9, as per Hindu customs.

The ‘Sangeet’ ceremony will be held on December 7, followed by the ‘Mehendi’ ceremony the next day.

A special reception will be held after the wedding ceremony on December 10.

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Malala Yousafzai ties knot in UK

Malala also underlined the importance of girl’s education, calling it a ‘social movement’ and vowed that she would continue to advocate it in her home country…reports Asian Lite News.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has confirmed that she had tied the knot in a small nikkah ceremony at Birmingham home.

“Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead,” Yousafzai tweeted.

Malala wore a tea pink outfit paired with simple jewellery. Her husband Asser wore a simple suit and matched his tie to her outfit.

Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai also posted on Twitter about the news. “It is beyond words. Toor Pekai and I are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Alhamdulillah,” he wrote on twitter.

Yousafzai, an advocate for girls’ education, survived a Pakistani Taliban assassination attempt when she was just 15 years old when they shot her in the head.

Since then the Oxford graduate has become a global figure promoting education for girls. In October 2012, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for actively supporting girls’ right to education in Mingora, Swat Valley in northern Pakistan following which she left the country and shifted to Birmingham.

Malala also underlined the importance of girl’s education, calling it a ‘social movement’ and vowed that she would continue to advocate it in her home country.

At the age of 17, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to and struggle for promoting education for children. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist.

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UAE Allows 80% Capacity At Weddings, Gatherings

All attendees must provide negative results of PCR tests conducted less than 48 hours prior to the event’s date…reports Asian Lite News

UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) on Tuesday announced updates to protocols related to hosting celebrations, gatherings, weddings and funerals at home, and restrictions on business charter flights.

During a UAE Government media briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, NCEMA spokesperson Dr. Taher Al Ameri said that, over the two years of the pandemic, the UAE succeeded in transforming all arising challenges to opportunities, proving its readiness to manage the worst conditions.

“The UAE’s crisis management model has become an example to be emulated, and is considered a unique experience in taking proactive measures to avoid risks,” he affirmed.

Announcing the updates, Dr. Al Ameri said, “The new protocol on home gatherings, weddings and funerals includes setting a capacity of 80 percent for such activities, and an attendee limit of not more than 60 people, in addition to 10 extra individuals as service staff.

“Attendees who have received the vaccine more than 14 days ago are allowed to attend, provided they meet the green pass requirements through the Al Hosn application, and those of the third dose and other relevant protocols.”

All attendees must provide negative results of PCR tests conducted less than 48 hours prior to the event’s date, he added.

The protocol also includes a number of preventive measures aimed at ensuring the safety of attendees, including temperature checks, mandatory face mask-wearing and sanitisation.

The entry process will be regulated to avoid overcrowding, along with using barriers to organise entry and exit activities.

“We urge attendees to not shake hands and keep to a physical distance of 1.5 metres at all times, while a maximum of 10 persons may be seated at the same table,” Dr. Al Ameri continued. “We also urge you to not show up to such events if you have any respiratory symptoms or fevers.

Al Ameri also announced the new protocol on business charter flights.

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He clarified that the protocol covers resident and visiting businesspersons and stipulates they must register their arrival, by submitting the relevant through the ICA website. They must also present the official approval issued by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security and a copy of vaccination certificates upon arrival, he continued.

Businesspersons arriving in the UAE must also present a negative PCR test result with a QR code dated less than 48 hours prior to departure, as well as a negative result of a Rapid PCR test taken at the airport within six hours of the departure time.

Moreover, a PCR test will be carried out upon arrival to the UAE, with two more to be taken on the fourth and eight days. The protocol also includes cancelling the maximum capacity of business charter flights, allowing all vaccinated businesspersons to enter the UAE as per the set guidelines.

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Nod for outdoor weddings for first time

It comes as a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England and Wales from Monday will increase the number of people able to attend weddings and civil partnerships…reports Asian Lite News.

Outdoor civil wedding and partnership ceremonies in England and Wales will be permitted for the first time from next month.

The ceremonies at approved premises such as hotels currently need to be in a room or other permanent structure, the BBC reported.

The change, which also applies to civil partnerships, will allow outdoor ceremonies from July to next April, and will mean more guests can attend events affected by social-distancing rules, it was reported.

A consultation will take place to see if the change should become permanent.

It comes as a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England and Wales from Monday will increase the number of people able to attend weddings and civil partnerships.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said: “A couple’s wedding day is one of the most special times in their lives and this change will allow them to celebrate it the way that they want.”

“At the same time, this step will support the marriage sector by providing greater choice and helping venues to meet demand for larger ceremonies,” he said.

The change will benefit almost 75% of all weddings in England and Wales that are non-religious and which take place on approved premises, along with civil partnerships.

A Law Commission report later this year will present options for further reforms which will then be considered by the government.

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Apt choices for your big day

A pair of glamorous golden or red chunky heels is the perfect pick for the bride who believes in keeping the glam quotient high and making a grand entrance…writes Puja Gupta.

Wedding day is the most memorable day in everyone’s life. Spring wedding season is fast approaching, and brides-to-be must already be on their toes, planning everything down to the very last detail. Planning a perfect wedding is no small feat.

From doing rounds of multiple outlets every day to buy your dream lehenga, to visiting one jewellery store after another to finalise that perfect ‘rani-haar’, it can all feel a tad overwhelming at times. Owing to the ceaseless wedding check-list, brides generally tend to put off shopping for the perfect footwear till the very last moment, and then end up opting for the wrong pair due to time constraint. The right pair of shoes can make or break your entire look. Sometimes a perfect pair of shoes is all you need to add a dash of magic to your entire ensemble; we all remember what it did for Cinderella, right?

Well, no need to fret just yet! We have Matteo Lambert, Chief Collection Officer, Bata India Limited, to help you make the correct choice that will help you be every inch of the gorgeous bride that you always dreamt of being. Here are a few tips from him:

For the glam goddess

A pair of glamorous golden or red chunky heels is the perfect pick for the bride who believes in keeping the glam quotient high and making a grand entrance. The best thing about chunky heels is that you can pair it with a number of outfits in your wedding trousseau and have both your style and comfort quotient on point.
For the minimalist bride

If you are someone who likes to keep it minimal yet chic, you should go for footwear in pastel shades. From pumps to wedges to flats, pastel hues work phenomenally for all shoes styles. Shades like dirty pink, periwinkle blue, beige and lilac are going to be all the rage this wedding season.

For the hopeless romantic

If you are the quintessential romantic bride who wants the element of whimsy in her bridal ensemble, a pair of floral or bejeweled heels are the perfect choice.

Wedding ensemble.

For the laid-back bride

If you don’t believe in the entire big-fat-Indian-wedding hoopla and just want to relax and enjoy with your loved ones, then a pair of ballet flats would be your ideal bet. Ballets will allow you to dance the night away without worrying about the blisters and pain.

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For the modern bride

Most new-age, millennial brides know exactly what they are looking for and aren’t big sticklers for rules and traditions. They love experimenting with the latest styles and giving it their own modern and quirky touch. For all such brides, sneakers would just be perfect. Sneakers are trendy, comfortable, stylish, and most importantly, easy to dance in!

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