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In celebration of the Indian Wedding Site relaunch, Featured Vendor 3 Bees Paperie is awarding one winner 50 Thank You Cards! After the celebration of your wedding, it is important not to forget to send out thank you cards to your guests, and 3 Bees Paperie has the perfect cards for you!
3 Bees Paperie – an eco-friendly, South Asian inspired stationery company – offers 10 designs in their Thank You Card Collection. The cards are inspired by South Asian elements – from Persian emblems to tribal art to henna patterns. Unique and inspired, 3 Bees Paperie’s thank you cards are a perfect way to greet someone special, with style!
Each set of 25 folded blank cards are printed using digital offset technology, use FSC-certified (eco-friendly) paper, and come with matching envelopes, made from at least 30% post-consumer waste. The collection can be purchased from their Etsy store.
3 Bees Paperie is now offering 2 sets (50 cards and envelopes) to one lucky winner, including shipping! (Open to residents of USA or Canada only.)
About 3 Bees Paperie:
3 Bees Paperie is a wedding and social event stationery company that provides high quality and eco-friendly paper with contemporary, South Asian inspired designs. The company aims to provide unique inspirations for life’s celebrations through its three collections: Couture Weddings, ready-to-order wedding stationery; Baby Bees, ready-to-order baby announcements; and Made for You, for custom stationery.
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Need a new outfit but don’t want to spend a ton of money on something you’ll only wear once? Well we have the solution for you! Renting or buying a sari has never been easier thanks to our Spotlight Vendor, Saris and Things! Three readers will each win a $100 gift certificate good towards any Sari or Sherwani Rental from Saris and Things. Choose from pre-stitched saris, saris for your entire bridal party, or the perfect men’s outfit! Additional shipping charges apply and only open to US residents.
Saris and Things is a fabulous online boutique where you can rent or buy Saris, Lehengas, Blouses and Accessories. It was launched in the fall of 2011 keeping in mind the needs of beautiful women who need to look gorgeous and dress different every single time. With all the Indian weddings, baby showers, celebrations and pujas that women need to dress up for, we know it can be overwhelming and expensive. Saris and Things lets you rent saris at a fraction of the retail cost so you don’t have to spend a fortune every time you receive an invitation in the mail and you never have to worry about repeating the same outfit ever again. We carry the latest styles straight from Bollywood. Getting married? Now you can relax. Now you don’t need to spend a fortune on clothes that you are only going to wear once. We have Bridal wear, Bridesmaid saris and wedding party wear for you, your family and all your friends. We even have Men’s wear.
New to Saris and Things are an extensive collection of Designer ready-made sari blouses (for sale, not rent) in every color and style!
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In celebration of the Indian Wedding Site relaunch, Simrani, one of the leading South Asian US based girls’ clothing websites, has graciously offered one winner a chance to pick any flower girl outfit from their website free of charge! From fashionably bright suits to flowing lenghas, Simrani is sure to have an outfit that will fit any color scheme and style! This promotion is only open to US residents.
Shanon Tuli and Ashees Jain co-founded Simrani in Fall 2012, committed to bringing traditional Indian girl’s clothing stateside. Shanon has experience at three of the most celebrated fashion magazines- In Style, ELLE and currently Harper’s BAZAAR. After she became a mother she was devoted to applying her creative expertise to a more personal endeavor. Ashees has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and was also keen on levering his experiences for a venture that hit closer to home.
Between the two of them, Shanon and Ashees have three little girls—hence the evolution of company name Simrani, a beautiful blend of all three. With the brand’s bounty of jewel-tone hues and majestic textiles, it’s all too fitting that Simrani recalls the Hindi word for queen, rani. Neha and Tina are our talented designers—handcrafting the garments in small batches in India—infusing each with elegance and originality. Comfort, and quality of materials from swatches of semi-brocade silk to luscious layers of dupion—are paramount.
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For couples looking for the perfect wedding invitations and stationery, but don’t feel like traveling very far, we have an Indian Wedding Site relaunch special opportunity for you! Our Featured Vendor, Raniti International, provides an exclusive and wide range of invitation cards for all occasions along with token and gift bags, money and check envelopes, gift wraps, table cards matching invitations, wine bags and many other wedding accessories sure to meet everyone’s need. Three lucky winners will each receive a $100 Gift Card that can be applied towards anything on Raniti International’s website!
Raniti International, based in the US, was established by Ruchika Agrawal in 2004 with the idea of introducing the beautiful art and designs of invitations from India to people looking for an ethnic yet contemporary collection of invitations for their special occasions outside India. Our Invitations are selected from the available latest designs in India and includes our designer series of Invitations which is an exclusive collection and can be customized to meet your requirements. All our Invitations are made and printed in India by our wonderful team of designers and workers and shipped to our clients worldwide from India. This enables us to provide you the best and latest of selection with the superior quality of work you desire. We believe in high quality customer service and work with you until you job is done. We provide services Worldwide!
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If you have not heard of JADE by Monica & Karishma yet, well you are certainly missing out on one of the most innovative and fabulous bridal designer duos. I met with the lovely Monica in New York and talked with her over coffee about JADE and bridal fashion in general. She talks a bit about where Indian bridal fashion is heading, her favorite things and more. Plus, did I mention that JADE is giving away a fabulous lengha to one lucky bride to be?
How did you and Karishma get together?
Well we are actually sisters in law and have a family business exporting fabrics for 2 decades to many of the high fashion houses in Italy; once India started doing more high fashion we decided to go domestic.
So that is how JADE came about?
Yes, we wanted to do our own theme and styles with our expertise, we wanted to do go forward and join the Indian market and create our look.
What is the inspiration behind the JADE look?
The modern woman, women in India are not as before in the old times, they are well traveled and educated. They are looking for fun fashion not only traditional pieces and they want to feel beautiful like a princess.
What is your favorite part of the creative process when you are designing?
I think it’s two ways. I create something on paper, then I see it but it’s a lot of swatching that we do with colors and embroidery. Then you have to turn it and see it created into a beautiful piece.
I saw all of the photos of all the celebrities you have dressed, which one was your favorite to dress?
Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya, Dia Mirza among a few. But my absolute favorites? All my brides are my favorites not only celebs.
So tell me more about your bridal collection -
In the bridal collection is divided Kalash – a traditional Indian symbol, this collection has a lot inspired of gold and metallics; Jewel- perfect for evening light, frosty and embroidered. Vermillion – beautiful embroidery and lots of traditional motifs lenghas and saris
I know you said that you created JADE because you wanted women to feel beautiful, was this also the inspiration behind the bridal line?
Yes very much, I think the bride wants to look the best in her wedding day. Her natural beautiful glow and shine is already there and we just want to really enhance that with our outfits.
What sets Jade apart from other bridal lines?
In many ways we are similar but what sets us apart is we have a lot of young and fun stuff. At the same we make them look like modern princesses. Our outfits can be worn many different ways to western weddings, jeans, lots of bright colors.
Do you feel brides in India are still very traditional or are they leaning towards a modern look?
I think there’s definitely a market for both. They still want some of the heavily embroidered and traditional pieces but they also want lighter and more versatile clothing.
Most popular bridal color?
Pink, red and coral. Well actually deeper blues do really well and peacock blues. Brides do better with warmer colors as they look more flattering on most Indian skin tones.
Where do you see the Indian bridal fashion going in trends?
It is shifting for a fun and younger feel instead of just traditional feel. In terms of fabrics lighter fabric in silk, net and khadi with a more contemporary cut; it’s not just about bling but more contemporary with different textures and layers.
Which trends are you not too crazy about?
Too much blingy stuff overdone with too many crystals and too many concepts happening. I like my pieces to look more simple clean and beautiful. Elegant and classy, less is more, something that becomes you. A beautiful well made piece that you can pass along to your kids, with great craftsmanship, that is timeless.
Most important piece of advice give a bride shopping for her dream dress?
I think she should wear the most comfortable piece that she feels the most beautiful in. Choosing her wedding dress is highly personal decision that she should make; for every bride that piece is different.
When you were married who designer your dress?
Ha, ha I didn’t have Jade at the time. I just went to a local boutique, no designer. I would have loved to wear Jade.
Would you have done something different?
Yes, definitely. I would have picked a very simple choli but that is my personality.
Your favorite part of weddings?
The entire ceremony, it is beautiful. The meaning of the rituals, the way the brides look, just everything is beautiful about it.
Are we going to see more of JADE in the U.S. soon?
Yes, very much. We are working with a few boutiques who will be carrying JADE soon. Soon we will be selling select pieces online and once brides have seen our stuff and how great the quality is, they will certainly feel confident ordering online as well.
Are you wanting a piece from JADE all for yourself? JADE by Monica and Karishma are helping us celebrate our website relaunch and they are giving away a gorgeous saffron lengha with classic embroidery and a textured gold and pink choli, valued at $1,870 to one lucky bride-to-be. Simply tell us your engagement story and we will select our favorite one to win this beauty. Click on this link to enter and if you are not following Indian Wedding Site and JADE on Facebook yet, now is the perfect time.