First Impressions I first met Naphisha at the Suhaag Wedding Show in 2012. I remember two things from our very brief interaction: 1. she had a British accent, and 2. she came across as really professional. I then contacted The Perfect Setting in July of 2012 – that’s right, over a year before my big day(S). Brides… Continue reading The Decorators, Chapter 2: Naphisha, The Perfect Setting.
Finding a decorator. Man. Where to start? By far, finding a decorator was THE MOST exhausting part of the whole wedding planning process. If there's a hole in the desi wedding market, it's definitely with decorators. (I attribute this mainly to the lack of customer service and professionalism in this vendor category, but more on that… Continue reading Drum-roll please . . . The Decorators. (Chapter 1 – Raj, Dream Party Decor).
1. Weddings are expensive. Like crazy expensive. The word wedding is the industy's cue to up their price points! How do you combat this? A budget is a good place to start. Listing every single expense that you can think of for the wedding, and the estimated cost beside it in an excel sheet, will… Continue reading Real Talk: 3 Things I Learned From Planning MyBigFatPakistaniWedding
I've been meaning to blog about this for a while. After all, it is, next to ice cream, the thing that makes me the happiest in life. That is: cake. (Cue: Rihanna). And for me, finding my wedding cake artist - Fine Cakes by Zehra - was the easiest, best vendor meeting a girl planning her… Continue reading The (Delicious) Story of My Cake
Pakistani weddings are great. This is fact. More than the couple, Pakistani weddings are about family, warmth, joy, and jovial celebrations. But there's a truly ugly side to desi weddings that I think needs to be addressed. And that is: the inevitable comparisons that guests make about the events thrown by the girls side (shaadi)… Continue reading The Ugly Side of Desi Weddings
Ladies (And Gents?!) Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! I knowwww; it’s been forever! In the last couple of months that I’ve been MIA I have: moved apartments; been job-searching; planning our vacay to Europe and trying to lose all of that post-dawat weight (be warned brides, be warned!) But, I’m back! This blog has – and still is -… Continue reading All My Single Ladies!
Hi guys! Long time! Well, a great way to break my blogging hamoshi (silence) is by introducing you to my fellow blogger Mona and her fun blog, Mona's Beauty Bag! Mona's been obsessed with beauty products since forever, and for those brides shopping for their jahez (bridal trousseau) what could be better than checking out… Continue reading Mona’s Beauty Bag
Hi Guys, I thought I would share an article that I wrote for Suhaag magazine (published in October 2011) about how to choose a wedding venue. The article was inspired by my own frustrations in trying to find a wedding venue (balancing cost, capacity, and venue uniqueness). I'm republishing it below; hope those in the… Continue reading How to Choose a Wedding Venue!
Hi guys! I realized you can't really talk about shopping for your wedding trosseau in Pakistan, without talking about buying unstitched kapray with completed kaam. When I was shopping in the PK last year, in addition to all of the readymade outfits that I got (which were the majority), I also got a few outfits… Continue reading Unstitched Kapray with Kaam (Clothes with embellishment)
Ladies, and gents, I'm sounding an alarm bell: our generation is at risk of losing our rich cultural traditions. How so? This past weekend I was at a dholki (pre-wedding event where you play the traditional drum and sing wedding folk songs). An aside, this is what I wore, another outfit from Chinyere, the same… Continue reading Dholki Song Booklet (Urdu Edition!)