In Canada, there is a saying: "it's either winter, or construction." While that is very true, so is this: in Canada, it's either winter, or shaadi season. Over the next eleven days, I have eight wedding events to attend. Nine including the event that I attended last week. Which of course leads directly to the: "what… Continue reading And so it begins!
A couple of weeks ago UK-based writer Isabelle O'Carroll reached out to me about being part of a BuzzFeed article that she was writing on beauty tips from recent brides. My favourite part about Isabelle's article? She made it a point to profile all types of brides, bodies and love. From Pakistani weddings (holla!) to same-sex celebrations, check out… Continue reading Thanks for the love BuzzFeed!
Hi All! I wanted to share with you a feature article I wrote for a new South Asian magazine, called ZINDGI (meaning, "LIFE", for all my non-Urdu/Hindi speakers!) They wanted me to write a piece about weddings (broad, I know!) so I decided to write about the evolution of South Asian weddings; how for so… Continue reading Desi Weddings: Then and Now
This week my Big Fat Pakistani Wedding was featured on a new, fresh South Asian wedding website based out of India - wedmegood.com. This site gives you access to tons of ideas and real weddings, and the creator Mehak's voice is so fun to read! Definitely check it out! Also, got some love from the… Continue reading Shout Outs to Wed Me Good and British Asian Bride!
Hi Everyone, And here it is...the post which concludes the main days of my big fat Pakistani wedding: the valima! The valima is the reception hosted by the groom's side following the wedding; it is truly a welcoming of the newly married couple (making their debut entrance together) and celebration of the families that have… Continue reading Wedding Day 3: The Valima! (Reception)
Gasp. I know. What crazy girl would want to cancel Shirley Wu for her wedding?! "But she's supposed to the best!?" "Girls would kill for that appointment!" True, perhaps. But I've recently had a major change of heart about my MUA and here's why: 1. Looking back at my trial pictures, I realized that I… Continue reading Canceling Shirley Wu
It’s true. Especially Pakistani ones. Our culture is one where food = love. And so throughout our courtship how does my fiancé want to show his love? By feeding me. (Shhh...we're not talking about the part where I happily obliged). The result? Since I met him in May 2010, I gained 19 pounds! 19! How? Because when… Continue reading Fiances Make You Fat
Hi! I’m Safa. I’m a 20-something, Canadian-Pakistani, Toronto-based writer and bride-to-be. And this is a blog is about my upcoming big fat Pakistani wedding (BFPW). (Consider the acronym officially coined!) “When’s the big day!?” is a fairly simple question that is asked of brides-to-be. And typically, the anticipated answer is straightforward: a date. One date.… Continue reading Inspiration for my Big FAT Pakistani Wedding