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Setting a Big Fat Asian Wedding Budget

4th August 2022

Ah yes, probably the most difficult aspect of the entire wedding. Traditionally, this is the largest and most expensive party you will ever throw, but are things changing? With many now opting to save up more for a house, cutting out a few distant wedding guests (ie., the neighbours doctor), and having a smaller close-knit wedding; we see 2 unique types of wedding occurring nowadays, and we’re obsessed.

Let’s be honest, no matter how many siblings of ours get married, we still have no clue how to divide our wedding budget to ensure we’ve covered everything, accounted for wedding inflation, and taken into account your unique couple preferences ie., your partner cares more about the food & decor, and you care more about your cake & outfits.

Remember, a wedding budget should be unique to you and reflect your particular circumstances and position. Check out some of our starting steps below

1. Talk openly with your partner about your financial situation and about the contribution:

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Maybe it’s just the two of you and your fiancé. Or perhaps your parents or other relatives might like to contribute. Whatever the situation, determining who is willing to contribute to your wedding is the most open, honest & efficient way for determining your entire budget.

Don’t shy away from the conversation, and don’t even think about it being awkward. Your two families are becoming one, and knowing the base line budget will reduce a lot of your stress.

Top tip: Think of who has always wanted to chip in, perhaps your grandparents are determined to purchase a wedding dress for you and they’ve said this to you since childhood. Take it into account and factor in accordingly.

2. Create an approximate guest list

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How much you should strive to spend or save will depend on the size of your guest list. The amount of visitors will influence the venue size, the catering requirements, and the number of wedding favours etc.

Putting the expenditures of your wedding into perspective requires thinking about the “per head” costs. The number of goods you’ll need to purchase, such as invitations, table, and chair rentals, cake size & so much more, will depend on the number of guests attending. This will also inevitably be the first question any supplier will ask you, so it’s good to have your rough estimate.

Did you know? Around 15-20% of guests, on average, will RSVP as “No” from your guest list. Don’t be offended, it’s just the norm!

3. Contingency reserve

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Not going to lie, this ones done a LOT in corporate work projects, but whose to say we can’t use this best practice for the wedding?

General wisdom suggests that 10-15% of your budget should be set aside in a contingency reserve, and your split allocations below should be net of the reserve amount. This is so that you have enough leeway for some of the unexpected costs (trust us, they’re inevitable).

On the flip side, you will also always have some places where you save & spend less than expected. Pop that cash into the contingency reserve too!

The BEST trick: In your mind, tell yourself that the contingency reserve that you save, will automatically be added to your honeymoon pot! The more you save, the more fancy dinner’s you can fork out on.

4. Category allocations & setting priorities

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Start allocating a rough percentage to each of your categories, for example:

Venue – 12-18%

Catering – 12-18%

Outfits – 7-8%

and so on…

This list will totally vary dependant on your priorities. Think about what you and your partner care most about, individually & together. Perhaps you’re both willing to compromise on wedding favours, and want to spend more of that money on the DJ? By knowing each others non-negotiables, you’ll find it a lot easier to know where you can dip into the contingency reserve, and where it’s just not worth it for you personally.

5. Double check if you’ve forgotten to budget for any of the below!

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Unfortunately, the most forgotten costs are:

1 – Registrar fees

2 – Engagement ring cleaning fees

3 – Any pet-sitting costs for the day

4 – Wedding party gifts (or either sides of the family etc.)

5 – Post-wedding costs (thank you cards, flower preservation etc.)

6 – Tailors / outfit alterations

7 – Transport to and from the venue

8 – HMUA trials

9 – Storage costs (boxes & bags for your outfits, jewellery, shoes etc.)

10 – Wedding invite postage costs

11 – Wedding insurance

12 – Dry cleaning

13 – Wedding guestbook

But don’t worry, Tip No.6 will make sure you don’t forget this!

6. Download the Eternity UK Wedding Planning App – the FIRST App dedicated to South Asian Weddings!

Top 7 Wedding Cake Cutting Songs

25th July 2022

After a wonderful day of celebrations & unity, the first sweet taste of married life starts from your wedding cake. It is commonly said that slicing the bottom layer of the cake is a symbol of the couple’s long-term commitment to one another.

Music has such incredible power, to make moments like these even more memorable. While some couples like a deep, sultry song, others want to get the audience going with an exuberant, lively song. The music you select for the wedding cake cutting sets the tone for the start of a wonderful night, so it should reflect your own style and that of your future spouse, while still being enjoyable for the guests.

1. How Sweet It Is, James Taylor

 “I just want to stop and thank you, baby, hey now / How sweet it is to be loved by you, oh, baby /How sweet it is to be loved by you, yes it is”

These lines from the song has the perfect meaning and is worthy for the cake cutting at the wedding. The original recording of this well-known wedding song, which is also a great first dance song, was made by Marvin Gaye. Any rendition of “How Sweet It Is” will work well for cutting the cake. If you want something soft and classic, choose this wedding cake tune. Additionally, if you’re hosting a live band performance, it’s a fantastic option!

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh__udyczFM

2. This I Promise You, N’Sync

A pair promises to be there for each other out of love. And I’ll hold you where you belong in my arms once I take you in. During the cutting of the cake, let the pledge be heard.

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6thmPrTxBtI

3.  I Like Me Better, Lauv

Given how much couples adore their cake, why not have lively, uplifting music lively, uplifting music playing throughout the cake-cutting ceremony? Like most love songs, the words are quite lyrical since the writer is attempting to express their feelings as effectively as possible. The song “I Like Me Better” is about a young couple who improve each other.

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVkf-z28YU

Here’s an Asian rendition for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC0Pn37Z2eo

4. Ambarsariya, Fukrey

This song by Fukrey is for people who want a gentle, calming tune playing in the background while they cut the cake. It’s another simple yet powerful love song. This song has the right amount of romance without becoming excessive. This song will be ideal if you and your companion are the classy, quiet lovers.

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UDkYz64ehA

5. My Dil Goes Mmmmm, Salaam Namaste 

One of the most popular Indian wedding cake cutting songs of all time, which still touches millions of people with its mellow yet soothing melody. The song My Dil Goes Mmm from the film Salaam Namaste fits the atmosphere.

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV4x7OCqFLA

6.  Mein Rang Sharbaton Ka 

One of the top Indian wedding songs for cutting the cake is this, and it should be played nonstop. Because of how exciting the lyrics are, Atif Aslam fans will relate to it more. Make your cake cutting memorable by going for it.

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnzZyGQi2ps

7.  Sugar, Maroon 5

 “I don’t wanna be needing your love. I just wanna be deep in your love. And it’s killing me when you’re away, ooh, baby, ’cause I really don’t care where you are. I just wanna be there where you are. And I gotta get one little taste. “

For their cake cutting, couples used to prefer calm romantic tunes, but this one is a little more energetic. This will undoubtedly create a mood. This love song conveys your feelings for one another.

Listen now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09R8_2nJtjg

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Not in the mood for cake? Check out these unique alternatives to a Wedding Cake for your Big Day

6 Beautiful Ways To Commemorate Loved Ones Who Have Passed Away On Your Big Day…

25th July 2022

It’s meant to be the most special day of your life, and it can be extremely emotional when you’re missing a loved one on the day. There’s so many beautiful ways that you can commemorate them on your big day. Dedicating a small part to them at our wedding is one of the kindest gestures. Have a look…

1. Light a candle

Candle via Etsy

Bring attention to those who aren’t able to join you. A ray of light denotes the welcoming of a bright future with lots of positivity and happiness. Lighting a candle in the remembrance of our loved ones can make it even more special in the auspicious moment during the weddings.

Where? We found this beautiful one on Etsy, check it out.

2. Accessories

Without creating an overt show, flowers are such a wonderful way to include a specific memory in your ceremony and reception. Walking down the aisle, with the pictures of our loved ones hanging around their favourite flowers makes the occasion all that more special. These sweet charms can be placed on bouquets, groom button holes & tied to your dupatta too.

Where? These gorgeous charms are available on Etsy, check it out.

3. Wax statue?!

Missing the loved ones in the family picture? A wax structure of our deceased one? Sounds even more surprising and makes everyone emotionally bound. A physical appearance of a beloved one brings back all the sweet memories they once had together.

Truly, we’re not sure how to feel about this one. We saw a bride, in Hyderabad, whose family created a wax statue of her father, and rolled the figure down the aisle on her big day. What are your thoughts?

4. Around the Mandap

A slideshow of images or framed images of your loved ones around the mandap are a truly special way to have them watching over you during the ceremony. Most of our couples say they’ve loved to see snippets of their loved ones in their wedding pictures, when they look back at them.

Where? We love these rustic frames from Amazon, which are likely to also match your mandap.

5. Special place

Choosing a location for the event in the favourite place of our loved ones makes it special, by feeling their emotional attachment to that place. Whether it be their favourite holiday destination, their wedding location, or even a unique place you had your favourite memory with them. In a location they loved and frequented, it would be beautiful to have a celebration in their honour, to commemorate them.

6. Signature dessers or drinks

A signature food or drink of the beloved soul, is such a lovely way to remember them whilst they were indulging in something they truly love! We’ve seen personalised couples drinks, why not have them as part of your something sweet to celebrate? Include the things that you and your spouse find to be the finest and most comfortable.

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Oh and…be sure to download the Eternity U.K. App if you haven’t already – get started & get ahead of your planning.

The NEW Sabyasachi Couture Collection 2022

20th July 2022

With years of couture behind them, Sabyasachi has done it again with an incredibly powerful and unique trendsetting collection. There’s so much behind the glitzy, glamorous & chic collections, and we’re here to share our thoughts.

“Strong, sophisticated and confident. Couture 2022 celebrates the timelessness of nonchalant glamour.” – says the designers.

The Colour Palette

Dusky gold, grey, mauve, bronze – there’s a lot of the deeper neutral tones that we see coming through the collection. Whilst the brand has most definitely recently been known for its muted tones, we’ve always seen hints of colours & florals that bring out more character into the designs. The new couture collection is definitely different to what we’ve seen before.

Gold, a colour which symbolises wealth & success; and one which is prominent all over the new collection in a very unique & elegant manner. We see a range of subtle borders, heavily embroidered blouses, and a whole lot of sequin work.

Mauve is the hue of decadence, youth, and femininity. Combined with their signature prints, from the recent Sabyasachi Bridal Collection, we can see how the designer has beautifully incorporated hints of mauve & deeper greens into the dupatta’s and skirts of this collection.

Dark green can symbolise a wide range of emotions, from transition, ambition, wealth, to calmness, freshness. The best way to describe certain aspects of the collection are calming. We move away from pairing heavily embroidered blouses, dupatta’s & skirts, to a more is less approach with some focal points.

The Textures

Sequins are back! But are they here to stay? Some of the most standout pieces of the couture collection showcase bevel beads & sequins, and we’re obsessed. Perfect for a beachy reception bride. Going one step further, we also see a beautiful & elegant tulle saree draped in sequins.

Sabyasachi is truly transforming the old trends that we’ve grown up with, into newer reformed pieces.

Sabyasachi says “The crumbling grand mansions of North Calcutta, venetian chandeliers and tarnished silverware—an intense integrity beneath the patina of age. Strong, sophisticated and confident. A smoky hand-dyed colour palette of brooding silver, dusty gold and withering grey. The textured depth of layering silk, wool, velvet and tulle. And the drama of hand crafted old-world zardozi, printed vintage florals and artisanal embroidery. Couture 2022 celebrates the timelessness of nonchalant glamour.”

What do you think about these new colour palettes and possible upcoming trends?

Inspired by the hues?

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Inspired by the sequins?

Check out the new Sonas Couture collection, featuring all the glitz, glamour & elegance.

Pop over to our Instagram & share your thoughts of the new collection.

Oh and…be sure to download the Eternity U.K. App if you haven’t already – get started & get ahead of your planning.

6 Unconventional & Unique Wedding Cake Ideas

14th July 2022

…there’s always room for dessert!

For starters, let’s be honest, traditional tiered wedding cakes are always the go-to when it comes to feeding our big Asian families, friends & most definitely the little kids! With that being said, have you even considered trying out an unconventional alternative?

Take a look at some quirky ones that we’ve spotted recently!

Not a fan & want to browse traditional cakes? We’ve got you covered. Check some out here…

1. Cheese Cake

Well, what did you expect? Have a think about replacing the cake & champagne with a bit of cheese & wine. Perfect for those with less of a sweet tooth, those going for a rustic vibe, and definitely and if you’re looking for something which your guests would definitely not have seen before.

Pair with: We would pair this with a grazing table, instead of your standard dessert tables. Cheese, wine, grapes, crackers & so much more.
Price: Amazon 5 cheese – GBP 479.99, Amazon Mega Cheese tower – GBP 699.99, Costco 4 tier – GBP 74.99, Costco 5 tier – GBP 164.99, Costco 6 tier – GBP 299.00
Where can I get one? Amazon or Costco

Looking for a grazing table? Why not enquire with MumNFood…

2. Donut Cake

Donut worry, we’ve got you covered if you have a sweet tooth. Not only do these look so unique & stunning, they’re sure to be a hit with any little children at the wedding. (Sorry in advance for any major sugar rushes – oops!)

Pair with: A mini one-layer celebration cake as the top tier, so you have a little something to be part of your cake cutting ceremony.
Price: Starting from GBP 76.00
Where can I get one? Crosstown Doughnuts

3. Macaron Tower Cake

Let your inner Parisian out, and experiment with these gorgeous macaron towers. They’re a beautiful decoration, as well as a tasty treat, and definitely have less waste than cut up pieces of cake left to go stale (our inner sustainability champions approve.)

Perfect for a Bridal shower or Pre-Wedding events.

Pair with: Gorgeous faux floral decor or elegant bows.
Price: Starting from GBP 100.00
Where can I get one? Anges De Sucre & Not On The Highstreet are our personal favourites.

4. Chocolate Cream Puffs

This is for all our chocolate lovers. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a chocolate eclair or cream puff?! And what’s even better than decorating this up with gorgeous dainty flowers. We’re obsessed with this minimalistic look.

Pair with: Dainty flowers to match your theme.
Price: Starting from GBP 100.00 approximately.
Where can I get one? This is a DIY job, for all our DIY-lovers out there! Check out this gorgeous profiterole / macaron stand, perfect for an entire macaron tower as above, or for chocolate eclairs.

5. Cupcake Cake

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, cupcake cakes are the most practical cakes out there! We’re yet to see one of these used at an Asian Wedding, maybe yours will be the first? Not only does this look unique & beautiful, it also gives you the option to serve a range of different flavours to your guests.

Pair with: One beautiful small cake as the highest layer, to top it all off.
Price: TBC, depending on your cake artist
Where can I get one? You can either DIY it, using these stunning Lola’s Wedding cupcakes OR speak to your cake artist to create a beautiful bespoke design

6. Cheesecake

We mean an actual cheesecake this time (!) A layered cheesecake is an upcoming trend, and we see this as a 2023 staple at a lot of minimalistic weddings. They look absolutely beautiful and open your options up to a whole different range of flavours. So unique!

Pair with: Espresso martinis. A cheesecake & a bit of coffee is the perfect pairing in our eyes. The cosiest night cap.
Price: TBC, depending on a cake artist
Location: this is another one to be designed & made bespoke with your cake artist

Appreciate the above but still want a traditional tiered cake? We got you. Check out our favourites here.

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Top 11 Unusual Honeymoon Destinations 2023

13th July 2022

Maldives, Bora Bora, Mauritius, as gorgeous as they are, we’ve seen them all over our Instagram, TikTok, & Facebook! Looking to try out something new with your loved one, and experience some of these incredible hidden gems scattered across the world?

Check out Eternity UK’s top 11 Unique Honeymoon Destinations for 2023…

1. Havana, Cuba

2. Ice Hotel, Sweden

3. Bermuda, British Overseas Territory

4. Singita, South Africa

5. Chalkley Treehouse, Sabi Sand

6. St Vincent & The Grenadines

7. Borobudur, Indonesia

8. Lake Hotel, India

9. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

10. Lord Howe Island, Australia

11. Nevis, Carribean Sea

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1. Havana, Cuba

Havana skyline. Image via KimKim.com

Havana oh na na (!). Imagine salsa dancing with your partner, through the romantic streets of Cuba, as the sun sets over you. The vintage cars, beautiful music & unique architecture is something out of an old Hollywood movie. Get your red maxi dress or tan chinos ready, as this will be a holiday you’ll never forget.

How to get there: Jose Marti International Airport is the best way to get there

Best months to visit: January & February

Language: Spanish

Currency: Cuban Peso

Activities not to miss: Tropicana Nightclub Show, Classic Car Tour, & drink some rum in a box!

2. Ice Hotel, Sweden

The world’s first Ice Hotel. Image via IceHotel.com

Not only is it one of the world’s FIRST, it’s also one of the LARGEST ice & snow hotels in the world. Located in Jukkarjarvi, this is perfect for those of you looking to explore a romantic getaway under the stars. If you’re not one who does great in the heat, and loves to get on those snow boots, this is a perfect unique destination for you.

How to get there: Kiruna Airport, Sweden

Best months to visit: December to March

Language: Swedish

Currency: Swedish Krona

Activities not to miss: Abisko National Park, Northern Lights (hopefully!)

3. Bermuda, British Overseas Territory

Underwater caves. Image via GoToBermuda.com

Even though it’s more-so known for the eerie conspiracies surrounding Bermuda Triangle, it’s actually one of our top honeymoon destinations for it’s hidden underwater caves, beautiful beaches, and full array of activities, perfect for anyone looking to explore a new location.

How to get there: L.F Wade International Airport

Best months to visit: March or April

Language: English

Currency: Bermuda Dollar

Activities not to miss: Scuba Diving, Crystal Cave, Sunset Cruise

4. Singita, South Africa

Kruger Park via Singita.com

Animal & nature lovers unite. This unique & scenic view of the wildlife, is perfect to experience in your own little cocoon hidden away in Singita. In case the luxury lodges & gorgeous sunsets haven’t already sold it to you, there’s even occasional leopard sightings across the resorts, which truly make this a once in a lifetime experience.

How to get there: Singita Safari Lodge Airport

Best months to visit: May to October

Language: Swahili

Currency: South African Rand

Activities not to miss: Bungee Jumping, Hot Air Balloon tour

5. Chalkley Treehouse, Sabi Sand

Treehouse via Sabi-Sands.com

Also known as ‘the best place in the world for a safari’, Sabi Sands is one of the most gorgeous & secluded locations for your honeymoon.  Wildlife in the Sabi Sands Reserve is well habituated resulting in extraordinary close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The views, the architecture, the lights – the perfect combination for a romantic getaway as newlyweds. Just look at that view (!)

How to get there: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (for lodges in the western sector), Skukuza Airport (for lodges in the southern sector), Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (for lodges in the northern sector)

Best months to visit: May to November

Language: Afrikaans

Currency: South African Rand

Activities not to miss: Safari, Helicopter rides

6. St Vincent & The Grenadines

Palm island via AudleyTravel.com

Explore the Carribean like you’ve never seen it before. Sun, sea, palm trees, cocktails – sounds like paradise. Whether you want to relax on the sparkling white sand beaches, or anchor up in the sky blue seas, there’s enough for everyone to do on these gorgeous islands.

How to get there: Saint Vincent Airport

Best months to visit: February to April

Language: English

Currency: Eastern Carribean Dollar

Activities not to miss: Tobago Cays, Montreal Gardens

7. Borobudur, Indonesia

Borobodur Temple. Image via LonelyPlanet.com

Known for it’s vast range of historical landmarks, there’s so much to do in Indonesia, making it perfect for the couple who wants to explore some rare locations in South East Asia. Located on the island of Java, the magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders.

How to get there: Yogjakarta Airport

Best months to visit: April to October

Language: Indonesian

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah

Activities not to miss: Borobodur Temple, Manohara Sunrise

8. Lake Palace, India

Taj Lake Palace via TravelPlusStyle.com

Clear water, blue skies, pure luxury – explore the motherland in the most unique way. The stunning lake palace, surrounded by 360 degrees of water in Lake Pichola, has the most breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. This award winning hotel, is also one of the most photographed destination, both inside and out.

How to get there: Udaipur Airport

Best months to visit: September to March

Language: Hindi

Currency: Indian Rupees

Activities not to miss: Explore the beautiful white arches and sleep under the stars

9. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Giraffe Manor via TheSafariCollection.com

Home to the rare Rothschild giraffes, Nairobi is one of the most romantic yet unusual honeymoon destiantion for the wildlife lovers. Feeding adorable giraffes in the hotel is both scary and exciting. But if you love wildlife, this is certainly your kinda place. With so much to do, you certainly won’t be running out of a checklist of activities anytime soon.

How to get there: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Best months to visit: July to October

Language: Swahili

Currency: Kenyan Shilling

Activities not to miss: Helicopter rides, massages, safari parks

10. Lord Howe Island, Australia

Lord Howe Island via AustralianTraveller.com

This crescent-shaped, World Heritage-listed island is your ultimate honeymoon getaway. Did you know? Only 400 visitors are allowed at any one time, meaning this destination will truly be your own little paradise. The destination is filled with luxury resorts, white sandy beaches & beautiful coral on the world’s most beautiful and protected marine park.

How to get there: Lord Howe Island Airport

Best months to visit: September to May

Language: English

Currency: Australian Dollar

Activities not to miss: Bird watching, Hiking, feed the fish & explore the marines

11. Nevis, Carribean Sea

Low-key and relaxing, Nevis is known for its gorgeous, slow, crystal clear waters, and white sand beaches. With a range of hiking trails, breathtaking views, and gourmet food, Nevis has everything you’ll need for a romantic getaway like no other. With beautiful and intimate lodges, you’ll find a piece of heaven on earth in this gorgeous destination.

How to get there: Amory International Airport

Best months to visit: February to May

Language: English

Currency: Eastern Carribean Dollar

Activities not to miss: Mount Liamuiga, National Parks & clear seas.

Happy Honeymooning – you deserve it!

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#Trending: Mehndi ideas for brides, mums & much more!

5th July 2022

Mehndi is a beautiful form of body art & temporary skin decorations, which originated in South Asian subcontinents and is most commonly used at weddings, as well as, important events throughout the year ie. Eid, Karva Chauth, Navratri & much more.

Mehndi, otherwise known as henna, has traditionally been associated withpositive spirits and good luck. The core significance of applying mehndi is to utilise its natural medicinal herbal remedies, which are seen to be effects of cooling the body and relieving the bride of any stress before her big day. Henna is applied to both the hands and the feet as a means of cooling the nerve-endings of the body, preventing the nerves from tensing up.

Whilst we love the traditional mehndi designs, we’ve also been obsessing over some of the unconventional mehndi work that we’ve seen recently, check it out…

1. Mehndi Blouse

Mehndi: Creative Faces By Jain, Seattle WA

This gorgeous blouse took the internet by storm last year, and we’re still not over it. The contrast against a white lace sari, the beautiful blouse design, the intricacy along the shoulders – it’s all incredibly designed. The practicality of this one is definitely up for debate, but it’s absolutely perfect for a quirky, yet elegant, pre-wedding shoot in our opinion. A gorgeous way to get to know your mehndi artist better, before your big day, and help them explore more ways to be creative.

What are your thoughts on ditching her blouse and instead wearing henna tattoo designed as a blouse along with a beautiful sari? Yay or Nay?

2. White Henna

Mehndi: Jemini’s Mehndi, London

So it’s not technically “white henna”, as this is not actual “henna”, it’s really body paint. Henna is derived from a natural plant. In actual fact, it’s an adhesive body paint that may look and feel like actual henna, but it’s actually a mock stain which stays on the upper layer of your skin for a limited set of time. This ones absolutely perfect for the brides who don’t want mehndi stains on their honeymoon.

We love this reel by Jemini’s Mehndi, showcasing how body paint can be so fun for a holiday or a festival! Will this ever become a wedding day trend?

3. Mehndi for the Groom

Mehndi: Krunal Tailor, London

Who says brides should be the only ones having all the fun! If mehndi is traditionally worn as a stress-reliever for brides, don’t grooms also need a little stress buster before the big day? We’ve seen a number of grooms wearing their partners name, their wedding date, or their wedding logo on their hands prior to the big day.

Krunal Tailor created this beautiful masterpiece, and we’re loving how it contrasts against the suit – so chic. Would your groom consider mehndi before your big day?

4. Baby Bump Mehndi

Mehndi: Divya Mendi, London

We’re taken away by this breathtaking maternity shoot on Makeup By Deesha. She worked with Divya Mendi & Rithika Flowers, for their beautiful milk bath maternity shoot. This was a unique and gorgeous shoot, one that we’ve never seen before.

The detailed designs of mother & baby were beautifully curated to celebrate the first pregnancy, and it’s definitely one which they’ll remember forever. Divya said that the idea came from adapting the tradition of ‘shagan’ or good luck, which is often associated with mehndi.

What are some of your favourite unique mehndi trends? Send them over to info@eternity-uk.com to be featured…

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun”

25th June 2022

Does anyone else just start blasting out that song in their head, every time they read it? It’s truly the ultimate Bridal Party anthem, as well as, our newest campaign (😲) featuring some of our incredible suppliers.

The campaign embodies the bond between the girls in your life, whether it be your sisters, bridesmaids, cousins, childhood friends…anyone! They all come together on your big day to celebrate you, so we believe in making sure everyone can enjoy your special day to the fullest. To look good, to feel good, and to be as comfortable as you can whilst busting your moves out on the dance floor: our motto for 2022 weddings.

To check out more of the campaign, head over to our Instagram & check out the suppliers below, and enquire now for your big day…

Did you know? It’s 70% quicker to create an enquiry via Eternity UK, than a direct email or message.

Jewellery: Adorn SK The Collection:

“We only wear this jewellery on days ending with ‘y’ 💎”

Founded by Simrita Kaur, Adorn SK The Collection embodies classic Indian jewellery, and showcases the modern maharaani. For this particular shoot, Simrita chose to pair some of the seasons boldest Kundan pieces with the outfits from Pahri Designs, to create contrasting effects and make the girls shine bright.

To enquire more about their pieces, click here

Outfits: Pahri Designs:

“Life is a party. Dress like it 🍾”

Founded by sisters, Simran & Harmol Sehmi, Pahri Designs is redefining the asian luxurywear market, curating customisable pieces for your bridesmaids. They specialise in elegant & contemporary pieces, for the modern day ‘Pahri’s’ (fairies). The inspiration behind their designs for this shoot, was creating new bespoke pieces that make Pahri’s feel like a real life princess. The new designs focus on details, using butterflies and pearls. The butterfly symbolises, the inner beauty and how brown girls have grown into strong independent, women.

To enquire more about their pieces, click here

Hair & Makeup: Steffi Sandhu Makeup Artist

“Just call us the bridesbabes 💋”

Known for her incredible work which enhances your natural beauty, Steffi has been working with her brides for a number of years to make them look good & feel good on their big day. We love to see her work, she always leaves everyone glowing!

To see more of her work, check her out here…

Photographers: Manu Singh Photography & Peeyush Kaushik Photography

“A photograph is the pause button of life 📸”

Living the moment is amazing, but capturing the moment is artistic. Manu & Peeyush did exactly that for this beautiful shoot, and have done so for a number of years at various collab shoots, weddings & occasions.

To work with Manu & view more of her work, click here…

To work with Peeyush & view more of his work, click here…

A massive thank you to Shraddha & Simrita for being incredible muses for this shoot. It takes a different kind of confidence to strut your stuff incredible in the middle of Birmingham, and the girls did an amazing job at showcasing the wonderful pieces.

Want to be part of a collab shoot? Pop us a message over at info@eternity-uk.com or DM us have a chat!

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Is Social Media turning us into Bridezilla’s?

16th June 2022

Bridezilla”: A soon-to-wed woman, who (by no fault of her own!) can easily stress about the little details of her wedding, causing angst towards the wedding planning process.

Managing budgets, families, priorities, & so many more aspects can really make wedding planning a stressful and unfortunately unpleasant experience at times. Luckily, there are so many tools & tips out there to try and streamline the process as much as possible. P.S. We know a great Digital Planner, check it out 😉

This week, we were lucky enough to have Samneet, from the The Dancing Dentist, to share her thoughts on the psychology behind Social Media & Wedding Planning. Known for her love for Dentistry & Dancing, Samneet has grown her platform for a number of years, and is well known & familiar with the good, the bad & the ugly sides of Social Media. Check it out…

Bridal Shoot: The Dancing Dentist

THE TABOO’S:

Weddings…one of the biggest milestones of a person’s life. It’s not surprising why people would want to extravagantly share it with their loved ones, from the venue, the outfits, and to the couple themselves. But, has the reality of getting married become a competition to have the best wedding instead of focussing on tradition and the sanctioned union between both parties? 

The fast-growing era of social media is making it easier & easier for millennials these days to find inspiration for their big day. Traditionally, especially for South Asian ceremonies, red is worn by the bride to represent love, strength, bravery & commitment, and this is portrayed through wearing a sari, lengha-choli or ghagra symbolising prosperity & fertility in her new life to come. However, it is seemingly becoming a norm for traditions to change due to brides venturing to other colours to maybe follow a particular trend or desired theme inspired by the online community.

Even though red is still a statement colour in most south Asian weddings to some extent, times are definitely evolving where the realisation that other colours do in fact have significant connotations relevant to newlyweds. With an increasing number of destination weddings occurring, the idea of a heavy lengha is also becoming a thing of the past. Imagine walking down the beach in layers of material underneath your lengha, with heavy embroidery stitched onto it in the blazing heat of Cancun? I’d rather not (!) The light, flowy dress is the current vibe for destination weddings currently, not to say that people don’t wear heavy attire on the beach, it’s just less likely.

Digital Planner: Eternity UK

Wedding service providers are also taking social media to the next level by using large platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Youtube (to name a few) to market their brands on a wider basis. This not only helps them grow, but also aids the bride and groom to be to have all of these services presented to them at the click of a button. Isn’t social media just great? Who knew technology could become so advanced and it’s only improving by the days and it’s amazing how much you can find in just a few minutes.

On the flip side, as much as looking at all these lavish weddings on Instagram is addictive, people may find it hard to live up to these expectations. South Asian weddings are already so big, through a combination of catering for such large extended families & accounting for a number of events; so all the little things can really add up! If people struggle to budget for what they may have seen someone else do online, it can be a little disheartening if they are prone to falling into the comparison trap. It’s important to remember that there are always alternatives for anything & everything. Even if your wedding doesn’t exactly match what you’ve saved on your Pinterest board to a T, it will always be unique and special to you.

It’s important to take everything that you see on socials with a pinch of salt. A wedding doesn’t have to be theatrical to be beautiful (but if that’s what you truly love, then we’re here for it!). Like they say, “big things come in small packages”, and intimate weddings with just close families can be extremely special, strengthening the bond between both sides even further. Don’t just take it from me, we’ve seen a number of celebs do exactly that recently.

This definitely became apparent over the recent and ongoing pandemic, forcing ceremonies to be under 30 people. People who got stuck in this uncontrollable situation have definitely made the most of it, and even though they’ve faced such stresses, I’ve heard first hand from close friends who have recently tied the knot that it was the best thing that ever happened for them to have small wedding. A true blessing in disguise. 

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt's wedding is more than a reformed bad boy  meets good girl story | Vogue India
The Fairytale Home Wedding: Alia Bhatt & Ranbir Kapoor

So to summarise, I truly think social media is a great source of inspiration despite people having many qualms with it, and it’s all about how you want to interpret things you see online. It’s at anyone’s disposal; so whether you just want to scroll through cute wedding pictures for outfit inspos or actively search for wedding planning tips & tools (*hint hint*, you’ve found one of the best sites for it), I say take full advantage of it! Always remember, if it’s not for you, don’t sweat it, there’s plenty of other ways to go about your big day!”

Samneet, The Dancing Dentist x

THANK YOU! A massive thank you to Samneet for sharing her insights for us. What are your thoughts? Does Social Media stress you out, more than it inspires you?

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Buying your Mehndi outfit from SHEIN?!

9th June 2022

Maybe it’s just us & our cookies, but has anyone else seen a range of kurti’s / kaftan’s popping up as SHEIN & Zara ads?! Loving the concept & inclusivity, but we’re all about supporting local & supporting sustainable 🌍

We’ve seen so many brides pick & design their own pre-wedding event bridal looks by mixing & matching outfits and existing pieces they find online or in their own wardrobe. We love the idea of utilising pieces which can be work with western & traditional wear, and we’re here to suggest some of our favourite sustainable alternatives from UK based businesses that you can support! Keep reading to find some of our top picks…

1. Coco Shrine Official

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Oyster Dress with trouser & pearl scarf

This oyster dress caught our eye as a stunning piece, specifically the tiered pearl detailing at the bottom of the dress. It’s modern-day shape is the perfect dress for a glam night out in town, a classy dinner on holiday, as well as, styled for a wedding event / traditional wear. The neutral tones on all 3 pieces, make it a great fit to mix & match with other pieces in your traditional wardrobe as well – you can never have enough embroidered gold chunni’s in our opinion…

The founder, Ranj, says her brand stays away from the “old fashioned wear it once” attitute – and we totally agree!

Check out more of Coco Shrine Official here. Keep your eyes peeled for more of their MONACO & SAINT TROPEZ collections…

2. The Naked Laundry

Square tie bow crop top in cream, styled by Nikita, the founder of TNL

Built on providing versatile crop tops & skirts for all western & asian occasions, we love the range of sizes, shapes & colours The Naked Laundry provides for their customers. Their colour palette of options will definitely make you stand out of the crowd for all the right reasons, both at a wedding & a girls night out. Reds, pinks, browns, mauve, white, black – they’ve literally got it all!

Check out their Instagram to see the great range of ways that their pieces can be styled to perfection, the best addition to your wardrobe for all seasons!

3. Saashi London

Women supporting women campaign

The pastels, ivory & neutrals are what we obsess over with Saashi London. Their unique & versatile cuts & shapes are great to mix & match within each other, or with a pair of jeans for a fun bottomless brunch, in our opinion! The bespoke & made-to-fit pieces showcase the amazing attention to detail Rav, the founder, provides.

Their brand is all about women empowerment, which it notably amazing as seen on their promos & campaigns. Check out more of their collection over on their Instagram

Moral of the story? Our favourite 2022 trend is: Fun & Comfortable Bridalwear

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