Review: Barfia Fusion Mithai {London, UK}

Review: Barfia Fusion Mithai {London, UK}


Back in February, I had the fortune of being able to taste samples of Barfia's extraordinary fusion mithai collection based in London. The packaged sweets came complete with a [...]

The 7 Basic Lipstick Commandments for South Asian Women {Makeup Mantra}

The 7 Basic Lipstick Commandments for South Asian Women {Makeup Mantra}


Lipstick can be a hassle - and an extra one if you've got darker lips like many South Asian women do! Fear not, these basic lipstick commandments will ensure that you can dazzle in your favorite lip color, whenever you want!

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Bridal By Jyoti - Makeup, Hair, & Dressing

As a makeup and hair artist, one of the greatest pleasures I have is the building relationships with my brides to make beautiful on one of the most important days of their life. I am an industry veteran with more than 15 years experience, including companies like Lancôme and Helena Rubenstein. In addition, as a licensed [...]

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The Essential Guide to Hindu Weddings: Introduction

With over 800 million followers of Hinduism in the world, you can bet there are a bunch of Hindu weddings happening all over the place - from Bangladesh to the UK.  The Big Fat Indian Wedding is here to help.  With the Essential Guide to Hindu Weddings, we'll tell you all you'd ever need to know about how to throw (and attend) a Hindu [...]

The Essential Guide to Mughal Weddings: Introduction

The vast reach of the Mughal Empire of the 1500s and 1600s may have ended with the victory of the British Army in 1857, but the Mughal influence on India’s art, architecture, fashion, and culture still persists today. They left behind an influence on India so deep, that almost no form of art and culture has been untouched by the Mughals.

The Essential Guide to Maharashtrian Weddings: Introduction

The Maharashtrians, originating from the Western state of Maharashtra, are a diverse people that have roots everywhere from Kashmir to the Middle East. Hailing primarily from religiously-affiliated castes, such as Brahmins and other priests, the Maharashtrians are a very traditional and pious people. Their wedding [...]

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The Plight of the Holiday Brides {Social Justice Sundays}

While child marriage has received a lot of attention over the past few decades, in recent news, cases of NRIs and diaspora-inhabiting men traveling back to South Asia for sham marriages have become almost commonplace. With the sham marriages, men, usually from the UK, marry women from poorer parts of India.  They [...]

Borrowed, Blue & Vegan Too! {eBook Review}

Half notebook, half wedding planning guide, the lovely new ebook  Borrowed, Blue & Vegan Too!: Your Guide to Rocking a Vegan Wedding from Vegan Weddings HQ is 100% wonderful. As a vegan staring down the far-off but still potential barrel of a wedding gun, reading Borrowed, Blue & Vegan Too! was like applying balm to [...]

Part 1: The Bridesmaids’ Guide to Brides

You’ve just been asked the epic question. Your response determines an overwhelming number of responsibilities, financial obligations, and possible debauchery. No we’re not talking about THE question, but the close second that dubs you a doting bridesmaid. While you may be excited about your elite bridal party status, you might [...]

The Saptapadi, or Sath Phere {Hindu Wedding Rituals}

The Saptapadi, also called the Sath Phere in many North Indian regions, is possibly the most important part of the Hindu Wedding.  According to Hindu law, a couple is not married until the Pheras have been completed. In place of the vows typical to Western weddings, the Saptapadi acts as the symbolic forging of promises that will [...]

Myra & Sami's Sweet Pakistani Wedding Reception {Virginia}

Myra & Sami were married last year just shy of New Year's Eve in a gorgeous Muslim wedding. Their reception was held at the Dunya restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia featuring great food and some shoe stealing! The bride wore an intricate peach lengha with embellishments of gold, black and orange. She complemented the [...]