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

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

Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram, with a cocktail (or snowcone) in hand!

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!

To find more Asian Wedding Suppliers in your area, check out our supplier directory.

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?

To stress less, take a break from Instagram & check out another great App to help you plan on the go…download now 📱

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

Oyster Dress with trouser & Pearl Scarf image 1
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

To keep up to date with more local businesses, with a sustainable purpose, keep up to date by following our Instagram 📱

Want to find more womenswear brands in your area? Check them out HERE!

Weekly Newsletter #2:  Cute & quirky wedding favours 🎁, Sustainability contradictions 🍃, & Henna for your big day 🤲🏻

24th May 2022

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to our fortnightly Eternity UK Newsletter, the place for brides, grooms, families & suppliers to keep up to date on all things wedding…

Whether you are in the midst of joyously planning your wedding, stressfully nearing your big day, enjoying the newlywed life, or just obsess over all things South Asian weddings , we hope our newsletter helps you to learn something new, be inspired & have a little laugh…

Eternity UK Team 🤍

TRENDING

Image via DecorAsian

Wedding favours! Check out our top 6 cute & quirky favours for your big day. Ranging from funky mehndi & sangeet favours, to the most elegant favours for your winter wonderland themed wedding. We even have a sustainable alternative for one of the most famous & viral favours we’ve seen – check it out!

Read more…

IT’S ALL ABOUT…

Wedding welcome bags. Let’s dive into the best items to include – including some top tips specifically for your guests! Check them out…

Learn more…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Image via Akruti’s Henna

Have you seen all those viral TikToks & reels on the most beautiful and creative henna designs? Check out Akruti’s Henna, who can take you through an entire consulting and design process to create your dream patterns! Based in Pinner, and prices starting from GBP 30.00 onwards…

Enquire now…



MY GREEN WEDDING

Image via Circular Threads

Each week, we discuss sustainability & the importance of incorporating this into your big day.

“DON’T THROW AWAY THAT TUPPERWARE, BUT YOU MUST BUY A NEW OUTFIT FOR THAT WEDDING!” – check out Circular Threads and their thoughts on unsustainable contradictions made by South Asians.

Read more…


TIP OF THE WEEK

“Make sure you have a detailed itinerary and that key people who have any tasks or responsibilities on the day are aware of these.”

– Pooja Rupalia, UK Blogger


IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR

Each newsletter, we share a fun task for you to do, to help keep your wedding planning enjoyable & light-hearted! 💍

Plan a fun outdoors date for you and your partner – we hear the weathers meant to be beautiful over the next few weeks, just in time for a long weekend.

SFun ideas include: homemade picnic, bike rides, fun hike, an outdoors game of tennis – the list is endless. Take a break from wed-min!

Enjoy…🤍


SUPPLIERS!

Welcome to our first weekly newsletter, we hope you enjoyed reading it. For your reference, this is sent out to all our suppliers & couples each week, so you can stay up to date…

We recently organised our first promo shoot for suppliers who were looking for opportunities to promote and collaborate, to be released in the upcoming weeks – stay tuned! In the meantime, if you’re looking for further opportunities to cross-promote your business, get in touch by replying to this email…

Happy wedding season! 🌹

Eternity UK Team x



6 Perfect Wedding Favours for your Guests!

23rd May 2022

Your wedding day is the most special day of your life, and you’ve spent so much time, effort, and planning to get here; which is exactly why you deserve to let loose, have a laugh and dance the night away with your wedding guests. They’re all here to celebrate you, so why not add a little something to make it extra special for them?

We’ve spotted some of these ideas recently and couldn’t wait to share them! If you’re looking for some different and cute ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

If you end up using them, be sure to tag @eternity.uk on Instagram and share them with us 🤓

1. Sunglasses

You can’t go wrong with a pair of sunnies for cute mehndi / sangeet / reception favours – especially for those destination & outdoor weddings. Guaranteed to be loved by kids, cousins, aunties, uncles & definitely the grandparents!

Here are some of our favourites – check them out:

Aviator style: https://amzn.to/3yTmHOA

60s style: https://amzn.to/3sQwYaa

Heart shaped: https://amzn.to/3sQmzvw

Top tip: when displaying favours on the table, you don’t need to buy one favour per person. Not everyone will want to use them and you don’t want loads to go to waste either. The best way to calculate this is by looking at your guest demographic vs. the favour, and allocating enough for at least 50%, and then you’re good to go!

2. Personalised portrait tattoos

How cute and unique are these?! Similar to the stamps you get at most clubs, these are the cutest addition for entry into your wedding or reception – why not have a bit of fun with them! Use caricatures, your wedding hashtag, or wedding date as a cute momento. Perfect for pictures, especially if you get a self inking stamp which only works under UV lights!

Here’s some cool ones in the UK – check them out:

UV light: https://www.stampsdirect.co.uk/uv-self-inking-hand-stamp-22mm-circular.html

Normal stamp: https://www.stampsdirect.co.uk/self-inking-hand-stamp-22mm-circular.html

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3. Sparklers

We absolutely love this trend, and all the pictures during the couples send off. Be sure to have a sign and note on the sparklers telling your guests exactly when it’s happening and standard safety hazards (ie. keep away from unsupervised children), along you logo & wedding date obvs!

We’re always looking for sustainable alternatives, here at Eternity UK, and found these amazing eco-friendly sparkler packs from Amazon. Be sure to check them out: https://amzn.to/3sPKAT6

Biodegradable Snow confetti Eco-Friendly Wedding Favours

4. Fake snow

Planning a Winter Wonderland or Christine Quinn inspired wedding? These are perfect for your wedding guests (& especially loved by kids!). Avoid the fuss of having glitter or confetti on you, your outfits, and the venue for ages by using this biodegradable eco-friendly confetti. The coolest thing is that it disintegrates into water after a few minutes, so it’s super easy to clean.

Check it out:

Snow confetti: https://amzn.to/3yPPFyR

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5. Flower seeds

“Let love grow”, “Spread the love”, “Sow in love” – obsessed! These are beautiful keepsakes for your wedding guests, especially if you and your guests are nature lovers. It’s a beautiful opportunity for them to plant a few seeds in their back garden, in memory of your beautiful day. Cute, quirky and memorable.

Check out a few of our favourites:

Brown paper sleeves: https://amzn.to/3wN3XxD

White paper sleeves: https://amzn.to/3sOjkVm

Image via DecorAsian

6. Make your own!

Feeling creative? Make your own beautiful & high quality favours. We love these gorgeous mini favour boxes by DecorAsian, which allow you to customise your colours and patterns to fit your particular theme. Add whatever you like to it, specifically something which means something to you as a couple: loose-leaf tea, coffee beans, mini chocolates / M&Ms, mints – the list is endless!

Loving these particular boxes as much as we do? Check out DecorAsian and enquire now to have your initial consultation.

Looking for more Wedding Suppliers? Get started and search our South Asian Wedding Directory now…

Stay tuned for more Hints, Tips, Inspiration & Planning tools!

Make sure to follow us on Instagram (@eternity.uk), or contact us if you have any queries.

Eternity Family x

Behind the Brand with Ananya Cards: Vaishali Shah

18th May 2022

Cover image credits: Tell Your Story Photography & Film

Welcome to Behind the Brand, where we showcase the founders and their journeys, successes & a bit more about them…

This feature we speak to Vaishali Shah, the brains behind the Luxury Wedding Stationery Brand: Ananya Cards. With over 21 years of experience in marketing, and over 16 years of experience in the wedding industry, Vaishali speaks to us a bit more about her brand, as well as, shares more about her personality & interests.

Want to enquire with Vaishali? Click here to get in touch…

Image credits: Xander Casey Photography

About Ananya Cards:

Why did you initially decide to launch your business?

I have always loved stationery. I had been fortunate enough to travel the world from a young age and I would collect cards from each country I visited. I was fascinated by the unique qualities, symbolism, and themes of each culture and how they were expressed through their stationery.

I was looking for beautiful stationery in the UK but could not find anything that I liked which had a contemporary nod to my culture and reflected my appreciation of art and different lifestyles. So having spotted the gap in the market, I launched Ananya in 2006 with the ambition of bringing together interesting aspects of various cultures in a way that was stylish, exotic and contemporary.

The reason I called the business Ananya is that it means ‘without equal’ in the ancient language of Sanskrit and this is what drives me and the business…to create something distinctive, exquisite and unique.⁠ ⁠ I am passionate about working with couples and listening to the individual story of every single couple, each one different. I love being part of their special celebration and life journey and help bring their vision to reality.

I want all our clients to look at their stationery in 10 years to come and for it to bring a smile to their faces. With a base in London and Dubai, I am so grateful and proud here at Ananya to be celebrating our 16th year in an industry so filled with talent, emotion, passion and collaboration.

Behind every company, there is the hard, dedicated work of someone making their dream come true, and the team of people making the magic happen around them. Ananya is my labour of love. ⁠

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How would you describe your job / business to family & friends?

Because I’m doing something I love and am passionate about, I don’t consider my role in the business as a ‘job’. My family and friends tell me that when I talk about my business and describe my innovative, design-led collections or the latest technique or finishing touches I am experimenting with, my face lights up!

It is a very fulfilling aspect of my work and one that really inspires and nourishes my creativity. As with any business, it does involve a lot of hard work, commitment, and perseverance, but it has been very rewarding building the business and establishing my credibility and I’m enjoying the success!

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What has been the most rewarding / memorable moment of your business so far?

One of the most rewarding moments in my business journey would undoubtedly have to be when Ananya was handpicked by Historic Royal Palaces to be their sole recommended cultural wedding stationery partner. This was a moment that was both humbling as well as one that filled me with pride. What a perfect match, being a stationery partner with Historic Royal Palaces! There is total synergy between the grandeur and opulence of the palaces steeped in history and the stunning and sumptuous stationery I design.

At Ananya we love to pay homage to historic traditions while adding a contemporary and innovative flavour, and the Palaces provide exceptional venues where our elegant and sophisticated stationery can be highlighted on our couples’ most memorable day.

One of my favourite wedding industry events was a Wedding Showcase at Kensington Palace. I was honoured and proud to have been invited to showcase my Ananya stationery together with live calligraphy at the event, with my scented gift tags/bookmarks scribed and personalised for each guest.

I was commissioned to create an invitation suite which was to reflect the grandeur and opulence of the Palaces as well as being contemporary and innovative to appeal to the guest list of leading media and wedding and event planners. So I used the brand colours of the various Palaces and introduced a modern golden brush stroke effect to add some oomph, creativity and sophistication and to reflect the theme of the evening ‘Our Canvas Your Creation’.

Historic Royal Palaces partners with Ananya
Image credits: Sanjay D Gohil. Copyright: Historic Royal Palaces

Is there any advice you would like to give our couples who are getting married?

I always say to my couples that their wedding stationery is a perfect way to show their personality. The best source of ideas is them, their stories, and all the things they love and share. My top suggestion is to take a step back and think about what matters the most.⁠

If there’s a style of design, a theme, or a colour palette you want to explore throughout your wedding, your stationery can be a wonderful way to capture it. Your save the date or invitation is the first experience that your guests will have leading up to your day, so will set the scene for everything else to come. ⁠

If you have, for example, a certain type of flower that reminds you of home, your stationer can incorporate that visual or that scent into your unique design. If there’s something special you share, like a profession or hobby, don’t be afraid to let it inspire you! If you have children, or much-loved pets, let them play a role too. Think back to your most treasured memories together and tell that story.⁠

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About Vaishali:

What is your biggest motivation?

Kindness and making a difference are at the core of everything I try to achieve at Ananya.

Making a difference is really important and one of my key brand values.⁠ It’s always been very important to me that the business be run in a way that is sustainable, ethic, and that gives back to society.

For every stationery order, I plant trees part of my ‘Plant Grow Sustain’ initiative. As a business revolving around paper, I do take my responsibility to the planet very seriously. I have always directed 10% of Ananya’s profits towards donating to charity, and a few years ago, I started partnering with SankalpTaru Foundation – the first technology enabled non-profit organisation that plants trees in India, while also supporting rural livelihood, empowering women, promoting bio-diversity and making schools cleaner and greener.

I have also been an advisor and trustee for a number of charities around the world.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Even when I’m not working, my brain craves inspiration! One of my favourite pastimes is to explore London (and now Dubai) for new museums, art galleries, and exhibitions. I can so easily lose myself in art.

Art has always been so important to me – in fact, my family used to own an art gallery that I had the great joy of curating for many years. We offered it as a free space for local and international artists, to give them a platform to showcase their amazing talents. The project was born out of passion, and our urge to support and nurture up-and-coming artists.

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If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Starter, Main & Dessert!)

That’s a difficult one, as I like variety! Starter – Paneer Tikka or Arancini Balls. – Main – Pizza or Masala Dosa. Dessert – my mum’s Gulab Jamuns, served hot.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or past, who would you choose and why?

Steve Jobs. As a creative, I am a huge Apple fan and use Apple products for my businesses as well as for pleasure. Steve Jobs is inspirational for me as he wanted to change the world and technology for the masses. He has shown the world how to dream and how to achieve your dreams even if there are many hurdles along the way. For entrepreneurs, I know the products that he has created, from iPhones to iMacs, have helped many.

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What is your hidden talent / skill?

My memory! I am very fortunate to have a really good memory. I can remember conversations, important dates, client calls, what people were wearing when I met them, how people are connected and related to each other and more, without having to make any notes. This ability has made a crucial difference and given me an edge when networking. For example, when I meet people I can refer, make appropriate recommendations and introductions. It’s a great hidden talent, I think!

It was a pleasure to speak to Vaishali & learn so much about her journey, successes and initiatives!

All wedding stationery imagery is courtesy of Ananya Cards.

Want to feature on our next Behind the Brand? Get in touch via emailing over to info@eternity.uk.com

Eternity UK x

Weekly Newsletter #1:  Bridgerton inspired weddings 👑, Staying sustainable 🍃, & Mixologists for your big day 🍸

10th May 2022

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to our fortnightly Eternity UK Newsletter, the place for brides, grooms, families & suppliers to keep up to date on all things wedding…

Whether you are in the midst of joyously planning your wedding, stressfully nearing your big day, enjoying the newlywed life, or just obsess over all things South Asian weddings , we hope our newsletter helps you to learn something new, be inspired & have a little laugh…

Eternity UK Team 🤍

TRENDING

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Bridgerton S2 inspired South Asian Wedding: Luxurious, royal & regal…👑

It’s the talk about town, Bridgerton S2 had it ALL – the culture, the elegance, and the K3G style drama. Check out our recent blogpost where we talk about the show: what we loved, a Bridgerton-inspired moodboard, and some of our favourite tweets.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT…

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Wedding websites: convenient, efficient & sustainable…💻

We hear about them, but are they really necessary or as convenient as everyone says? If so, where do you even start with one?! Check out our blogpost on them, to get started…

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Hyjack Cocktails: the mixologists for your big day 🍸

Bespoke cocktails, a wonderful bar experience, and entertainment for your guests: Hyjack Cocktails has it all! Having worked at a range of venues & with a large number of years of experience in the wedding industry, they’re perfect for your big day.

Enquire now…

MY GREEN WEDDING

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6 tips to make your wedding more sustainable 🌿

Each week, we discuss sustainability & the importance of incorporating this into your big day. Check out our recent post with some ways to make your events more sustainable.

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TIP OF THE WEEK

Make sure you give your phone to someone to capture all the behind the scenes of your wedding & events. After the wedding is done – you will just want to relive it!”

– Ravika Sabh, UK Blogger


IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR

Each newsletter, we share a fun task for you to do, to help keep your wedding planning enjoyable & light-hearted! 💍

This time, stop what you’re doing, take a trip down memory lane, and write down your 3 favourite memories with your significant other!

Surprise them with a written note of these on your next date! It’s the little things that you can often forget, especially when all your conversations turn into Wed-min.

Enjoy…🤍


SUPPLIERS!

Welcome to our first weekly newsletter, we hope you enjoyed reading it. For your reference, this is sent out to all our suppliers & couples each week, so you can stay up to date…

Did you know? We now offer digital marketing services to help promote our suppliers further. To find out more, feel free to give us a call or reply directly to this email to get in touch. 

Happy wedding season! 🌹

Eternity UK Team x