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When singer Akriti Kakar tied the knot.

Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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Kalki through the looking-glass

As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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Sonam and Paras Modi share their marriage mantra…

We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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19 Feb

Are brunch weddings the next big thing?

Looking for that little extra something to infuse fun into your pre-wedding celebrations? Experts wax eloquence on how to throw a memorable event that spells personal touch

A few years ago, when Mukta Kapoor, Director of Yuna Weddings, suggested a brunch soirée for one of her client’s pre-wedding events, it was met with disbelief. “They thought I had misunderstood the concept of Indian weddings,” recalls Kapoor. An hour of convincing and a few lookbooks later, the planning had begun. “The idea seemed chic yet extremely colourful with a hint of the grand Indian wedding, and of course it was, cost-effective.” Many couples feel that hosting an intimate get-together like a brunch or a casual garden party is a good idea, especially for pre-wedding events since ceremonies like mehendi, sangeet or a bachelorette are meant to be fun and intimate as compared to a wedding reception.

 

Let’s get brunch-ed

A seasoned wedding blogger, Kapoor has since planned for some of the most lavish weddings including that of UK-based industrialist Pramod Agarwal’s daughter in Puglia (Italy) last year, and says the trend is slowly evolving from traditional and grand to creatively lavish, with brunches being one of the popular concepts. Echoing this point of view, Shruti Ravindran Founder, Vida Weddings adds, “Couples and their families, today, are constantly looking for ways that complement an Indian wedding while being personal in nature; concepts that are built in and around who they are, and what they want people to know them as. And this is where a brunch gives them (and us) a wide canvas to play around with.”

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12 Feb

The science of gastronomy

As the gourmet industry is pushing boundaries to create experiences that aim to please more than your palate, we explore how molecular gastronomy—a visually delightful technique—is changing the way we look at ingredients and presentation

Maybe you’ve been oblivious to the fact that the nitrogen ice cream stations set up at elite weddings, which you’ve been raving about are actually an outcome of molecular gastronomy! Nitrogen, once associated with balloons, is now being used to churn ice cream. That’s the magic.

 

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9 Feb

The world on your plate

To ensure that your wedding menu finds favour with your guests, here’s a roundup of some of the hottest food trends from around the world

Eclectic cuisines 

Once upon a time, the cuisines on offer at a wedding were limited to Indian, Continental, Chinese and, perhaps, Thai or Mexican. Shares wedding planner Rupali Sheth, “Nowadays, however, the definition of exotic has changed immensely. Expect to find Vietnamese noodles or a Portuguese dessert on the menu, too. Regional palates are also coming into play—such as from a specific region of India.”

 

Comfort over pretences

Rather than the structured meals that generally get served at weddings, laidback is the on-trend ambience. Comfort food is making its presence felt through delicious burgers, hearty fries, bite-sized pizzas and more. Food trucks, a recent addition to the global food scene, are another feature seen at celebrations.

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31 Jan

Top 10 tips to gain weight

Struggling to gain weight for your wedding? Then here’s what you really need to know

Usually, a lot is said and written on how to lose weight. But, what about women who struggle with the weighing scale that dips too low? As it turns out, gaining weight (think muscle mass) can be as tough as losing weight. This is why we consulted experts to draw up a list that will aid you in your weight gain mission.

 

BMI

“Women with body mass index (BMI) below 18.5 should consider gaining weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep nutrient deficiencies at bay,” says celebrity fitness trainer, Yasmin Karachiwala. Your BMI is a clear indication of where you stand. The first step to managing your weight is to find out your BMI.

 

BEGIN EARLY

The healthy way to gain weight is a process that spans over months. Gaining one kilogram a week is considered to be the average benchmark. “It could take 2-3 months for a bride-to-be to put on 8-10 kgs,” points out nutritionist Anshul Malik Narula.

 

INCREASING APPETITE

Low appetite could be the primary reason to being underweight. Boost your appetite by drinking lemon and ginger shots early every morning.

 

WORK OUT THE CURVES

“Regardless of body type, it can become difficult to achieve fitness goals,” says Karachiwala and recommends exercises that help in building muscles. “Squats, lunges, pushups, pull-ups, planks, side planks, criss-cross and sit-ups are some exercises that help in building your curves,” she reveals.

 

BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS

A hearty breakfast plays an important role in adding the right calories. So never skip your breakfast. Add whole eggs to it, they are an essential source of protein and fat.

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28 Jan

The history behind royal treats

Over the centuries, India has been home to more than a few royal families each with its own signature cuisine and tightly-guarded recipes that never left the palace kitchens. Here’s taking a closer look at four signature dishes and the royal legacies behind them

Kachhe Gosht ki Biryani

Much has been said about the quintessential Hyderabadi biryani, replicated straight from the kitchens of the Nizams who, in turn, were influenced by the Persians. And even with the extravagance tuned down, this biryani has managed to preserve its aristocratic essence. “Biryanis have become an all-too-common affair at the typical Indian wedding dinner table. However, digging into an authentic Hyderabadi biryani, especially one such as the Kachche Gosht ki Biryani is an experience of an entirely different kind,” reveals Chef Michael Swamy. The trick in this recipe lies in how the meat is marinated. Here the meat is first tenderised by marinating it with papaya-paste for close to ten hours. Then, the kachcha (raw) gosht (meat)—as the name suggests—is cooked along with long-grained, fragrant basmati rice to make an authentic Hyderabadi speciality. If you really want to give your guests a taste of royalty, ensure that the chef uses only the finest quality of lamb meat, spices and vegetables when preparing this delicacy. Chef Swamy adds, “Pure cow’s ghee is essential to this dish. Also, tender lamb meat makes a world of difference to this biryani.”

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21 Dec

The Fitness Fight

Find out how brides have been sweating it out over the past few decades

While getting in shape is a priority for to-be brides, ‘the shape’, so to speak, has been changing over the years. To trace this evolving silhouette, veteran fitness trainers reveal the workouts that have reigned over the last four decades.

1980’s: LOVE FOR THE LEAN

During the 80s, Bollywood was teeming with curvy femme fatales. From Vyjayanthimala Bali to Hema Malini and Asha Parekh, the leading ladies proudly flaunted their hourglass figures during the early 1980s. According to Leena Mogre, director of Leena Mogre’s Fitness, as the decade inched forward, people started favouring a leaner figure like that of Jane Fonda, who revolutionised the fitness scene with her videos and fashion sense.

THE REGIMEN: Alongside the craze for Fonda’s lean physique grew the love for aerobics. “Even I began my career in fitness as an

aerobics instructor because it was so big at that time,” says Mogre, as she recalls the demand for leotards and leg warmers.

THE DIET: This was the decade of fad diets. “Everyone was reading a book called Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond that served up suggestions like ‘eat only fruits till noon’,” shares Mogre.

LEARNING: The obsession with aerobics and a lopsided approach to nutrition took a toll on some people, who went overboard with their fitness routines. “Those who overdid it with aerobics are now stressing about knee replacement surgeries,” says holistic coach Mickey Mehta.

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12 Dec

The best of India on your plate

Serving multiple Indian cuisines at your wedding reception might just be the smartest menu decision you could make. Global chefs weigh in

In a country that’s a potpourri of cultures, having limited cuisines on a wedding menu may seem underwhelming. But then, dishing out assorted cuisines leads to a pressing question: how much is too much? Well, follow the advice of global chefs and the answer to that could be: the sky is the limit!

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13 Nov

Food trends to look out for

Wondering what to serve your guests? Well, to help you plan the perfect menu, industry experts highlight the top wedding food trends

Weddings in India are clear indicators of the country’s eating habits. As young Indians lean towards organic ingredients and chefs point to calorie-conscious wedding menus, we know that something has changed. So if you’re still wondering what to serve your guests, then look no further than these evolving trends for inspiration.

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9 Aug

Your guide to an Indian wedding feast

The big fat Indian wedding is a traditional affair and it is evident on the elaborate food platter as multi-cuisine buffets are now passé. Read on to know more

Unarguably, food and beverage is one of the most noteworthy aspects of the festivities and calls for some imagination and meticulous planning. Hosting a wedding feast involves Herculean tasks of deciding on the menu, zeroing on the caterers, carefully seating guests to arranging food counters based on their preferences. Giving the guests an ultimate culinary experience at a wedding is not a cakewalk.

For over 40 years, Amit Dua, the founder of FNB India, has cooked up delicacies and helmed many a well-catered celebration. “Food plays such a key role in Indian culture that every wedding is remembered for the variety and quality of the fare. It is a matter of pride for the host. Wedding menus take months to plan with multiple rounds of tastings and adjustments,” says Dua.

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