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Saturday , February 9 , 2013
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Guide for a B R I D E

He proposed, you said ‘yes!’ but before saying ‘i do’, it would do you good to know the a-z of your w-gown!

wedding DRESS

If you have to walk around meeting guests at the wedding reception, avoid a long trail. If you plan to be parked at one spot, go all the way! Most gowns need a can-can underneath that keeps the dress a few inches away from your body, preventing you from tripping. Haider Ali Tailors (in the lane opposite St. James’ School) makes one at short notice.


The last person to put the bride’s veil down before she leaves for church should be the mother/ elderly aunt. And the one who lifts it up is the groom when the priest says, ‘You may kiss the bride!’ Also, keep white headgear to change into at the wedding reception.


Mittens or gloves add the finishing touch. Pick ones that leave your fingers free for the ring to be slipped on!


The criss-cross back pattern is a smart option for brides who lose or gain weight easily, saving time on alterations.


Buy a pair of white heels a month before your wedding and wear them in. For


W-Day, wrap them in satin or tulle, stick on a bow, and say goodbye to shoe bites!





The flower girl: She walks down the aisle ahead of the bride as a precursor. Do make sure your flower girl is dressed pretty as a posy, in keeping with the colour theme of your wedding. Think pink, light blue, mauve and gold.






AWW FACTOR: Your pup should also be a part of your big day. Look at this little darling dressed up in a frock with matching booties!




WEDDING CAKE: The cake that the bride and groom cut at the wedding reception is usually a dummy cake. One corner of the dummy cake is cut away to fit in a piece of real cake — plum, if you please — and that’s what the bride and groom feed each other! Ready-made cellophane-wrapped cake slices are then distributed among the guests along with glasses of wine. A toast is raised together. Saldanha Bakery (19 Nawab Abdul Rahman Street, off Wellesley) is best-known for Christian wedding cakes.


1Keep calm. You will be surprised how many arguments you will get into with your parents in the run-up to your wedding.

2Delegate. Before I got neck-deep in wedding work, I assigned family members and close friends with tasks. Like doing a recce of hotel rooms for guests, getting the gown steam-pressed two days before the wedding, checking up on the cake and flower deliveries, briefing the photographer, looking after the wedding gifts so they wouldn’t get stolen, making sure the extra food was packed to take home after the reception, co-ordinating cars for airport pick-up and drop and so on.

3Research. Since many of my guests were out-of-towners, I wanted to take them out for a Bengali meal. I dedicated an entire day to eating at 6 Ballygunge Place, Bhojohori Manna and Kasturi. Not only was I assured that I was getting the best, it was also a much-needed fun outing with my fiance! At night, I visited three nightclubs — Roxy, Nocturne and Plush. I had one drink at each place, checked out the ambience, the rate cards and the service and zeroed in on the spot for my bachelorette!

4Keep back-ups. Not the groom, silly. Your wardrobe. A friend I know started her periods a day before the wedding! Not only did she have to be very careful in her white gown, she also very sadly kept away her white Anita Dongre jumpsuit meant to be worn for a dinner the day before. Lesson learnt? Keep wardrobe back-ups.

5Fun it up. Add personal touches, like arriving in a vintage car (we tracked down a gentleman called Gautam Mukherjee, brother-in-law of Byloom’s Malavika Banerjee, who rents out vintage cars). We (unofficially) hired a tram to ferry guests from the church to the wedding venue just for a feel of Calcutta! Outside the venue, we placed an easel where guests could scribble their messages for us and before the cake-cutting, ‘advice for the couple’ sheets were passed around for people to fill in — some of the comments were just hilarious and we laughed all night reading them! We also made personalised stirrers for the cocktails and music CDs with a playlist of our favourite songs as ‘return gifts’.

6Me-time. Check into a hotel the night before your wedding. You need to be away from everyone and you need sleep. Ask your best friend to sleep over.

7 Don’t call your ex. The night before your wedding, that is. Hopefully, you’ve been courteous enough to already let him know!

8Check make-up. In between greeting guests, take two minutes to glance in the mirror for runny kajal around the eyes and lipstick marks on your cheeks.

9We-time. Plan an escape for a day or two with your brand new husband after the wedding. It totally de-stresses you!

10Smile. Finally, on D-Day, just forget about everything else and enjoy the moment. Look at him when you walk down the aisle, hold his hand when he reads his vows, and blush a little when he kisses you. At the end of the day, this is all that will matter.


diet and fitness tips to get wedding-ready in three weeks

Fit food

Hena Nafis,
nutritionist and t2 columnist

Being relaxed is the most important thing. Sleep well, at least for six hours every night. And minimise stress. Stress and lack of sleep show on the face.

Eat right. There are a lot of invitations on the days preceding one’s wedding. Before you head out for the next do, eat something at home. That way you can do a portion control.

Cut down on carbohydrates and fried food. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Drink a lot of water. Avoid alcohol and soft drinks.

If you do not need to watch your weight, drink a lot of fresh fruit juice. Those with weight issues should go for vegetable juices.

If you have dry skin, eat a handful of nuts and three or four teaspoons of flax seeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds every day. Those who have oily skin should eat one or two teaspoons of the seeds.

Fit workout

Neeraj Surana,
fitness trainer

A weekly body massage helps in de-stressing and removes any kind of soreness in the body.

One should try to do yoga twice or thrice a week to take care of flexibility and mobility.

More workouts are not always good. One should not work out for more than 30 to 40 minutes a day.

Opt for interval training — a short burst of high-intensity exercise, followed by a period of rest. For example, exercise for 30 seconds to two minutes and rest for the same or double the time.

Compound exercise is good as it incorporates

whole body movements. For example, squats, crawls, push-ups and pull-ups help tone up.

Fit diet

Arpita Ghosh Deb,
clinical dietician, Belle Vue Clinic

Early morning: Green tea or liquor tea with a bit of lime juice.

Breakfast: Cereals or a seasonal fruit with a milk product. Non-vegetarians can have a boiled egg.

Mid-morning: Salad, one bowl of vegetable soup or one fruit.

Lunch: 50-60g rice or three/ four rotis, 100g chicken or fish (light preparation).

Tea: A cup of green tea and biscuits, 20 to 30g light cereal preparation, a bowl of salad or one fruit.

Dinner: One roti or 30 to 40g rice, light, thin dal, chicken stew with two chicken pieces, or two pieces of fish or two eggs. Vegetarians can have vegetable stew or a paneer dish.

Quick tip: Walking is a must. Brisk walk for about 45 minutes for five days a week should be included in one’s schedule. It helps reduce one’s weight proportionately.