We love all things wedding related. So of course, we made a quick dash for yet another wedding exhibition in South Mumbai. Gorgeous bridal wear, wedding invites, elegant accessories, gifts and more made this a one-stop-shop for all brides-to-be.
Meera Mahadevia’s luxury bags are ideal if you are looking to shop for your bridal trousseau. This 25-year old brand ranks high on aesthetic appeal and is often carried by celebs like Rekha, Kareena Kapoor and even Elizabeth Hurley. Handcrafted using silver, brass, copper, marble inlays, woodcarvings and precious stones, these gorgeous handbags are elegant enough to be paired with a gown or a lehenga.
Shawlart had some interesting pashmina and silk shawls on display. These digitally printed shawls make for lovely gifts for friends and family. We also think that they are ideal to keep your guests warm at night at your outdoor wedding. A thoughtful addition to your wedding plan!
Designer Shaina NC as always had some beautiful saris on display at this wedding show. Her collections comprise of ready-to-wear bridal saris, allowing you to be comfortable, and yet look gorgeous on your special day. Pastels, metallics and bright hues dominated her collection, all of which are embellished with embroidered borders and stitched using surreal fabrics.
Yet another designer that caught our eye was Abha Choudhary, known for her elegant and shimmering bridal wear. Her bridal saris are adorned with Swarovski crystals and stones. Upping the exclusive factor of her ensembles is the rich and intricate embroidery, unique to each garment. Her collection comprised bridal saris and other Indian wear such as lehengas and kurtis.
‘Maya- Not That’ is a kitchy brand that comprises Indo-western wear made from organic fabrics, perfect for Indian summers. What we really loved though was the colourful Rajasthani parasols, which are perfect to add a fun and quirky touch to your wedding ambience.
If you are looking for basket-fillers to be placed in your guests’ hotel rooms, then Nyassa’s range of deliciously scented beauty products is ideal. Soap bars in different flavours, cupboard fragrant sachets, bath salts, scrubs and more made up Nyassa’s bright stall at this wedding exhibition. The well-packaged gift bundles comprised mini versions of these products. We think these could also be perfect as gifts for the ladies at your Mehendi function.
Decorative wedding boards and other colourful paraphernalia used at wedding ceremonies also caught our eye at a stall under the name of ‘Kshitij’. Interestingly, all the products are hand-made by developmentally handicapped adults. We must mention though, that there were a ton of other NGOs as well, all of whom displayed beautiful bags, gift envelopes, and other wedding-related products. So great to gift, and donate to a good cause at the same time!
And, if you are looking out for a unique way to invite guests to your wedding, we suggest you have a look at this. Ferrero Rocher, the popular brand of chocolates launched their special wedding collection teaming up with a fabulous invite designer company to allow you to do away with the clichéd tradition of sending Indian sweets with your wedding invite. Who doesn’t love Ferrero Rocher, right?
Lastly, we got an exclusive taste of Ferrero’s Liberty sugar-free mints. These tiny mints come in flavours as diverse as cinnamon and red cherry. What is even more interesting is the metallic hued boxes of different sizes that these sweets come packaged in. Soon to be launched in India, these sweet boxes work well with wedding invites or even as a gift in your guests’ hotel rooms. Or, you could even serve these tiny treats as an after dinner mint at your wedding reception.
A good exhibition we thought, however, some more wedding focussed vendors would have been perfect! We hear there are many more wedding exhibitions coming up, let’s hope they have more interesting finds in store! Stay tuned for more from Marry Me – Mumbai wedding planners.
About the Author :
Beverly Pereira is a freelance writer with a penchant for music, travel, photography and design.