Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Planning a Wedding this Season ? Here are Top 5 Movie Inspirations !

Before you start reading this, let me be absolutely honest with you guys – I have spent hours planning a show to welcome my mamiji , Sooraj Barjatya style, a-la ‘suno ji dulhan ab inse miloji’. There have been weddings when my cousins have waited and waited for that perfect – ‘Joote do Paise lo‘ moments. My brothers have checked out their own Chandnis singing ‘mere haatho main nau-nau’. Yashji and the whole Barjatya ‘pariwaar’ have since decades inspired us for the perfect – mehandi look, sangeet look and the thumkas that go with it.

Today, however, I step forward to take you through some of the OTHER movies which make me wish – shaadi ho toh aisi ! Yes, presenting my Top 5 that would give you serious wedding goals – from the decor, to music, to dressing up and to all things in-between. Enjoy !

Monsoon Wedding

The chaos at home, squabbling relatives, marigolds, and a dreamy entry of a US return prized catch (remember Jas Arora’s entry in the rain?) – this movie has all the ingredients of a masaledaar Indian wedding. But what makes me spring a step every single time? It is this – Chunari Chunari number by Neha Dubey. Serious Serious sangeet goals ! Who can’t dance to this number ? Also, if you are it, just move on 2:29 and catch young Randeep Hooda 😉

Band Baja Baraat

A movie which changed the face of how Lajpat Nagar (and all their uncles and aunties) looked at weddings! This movie brought back the color, kitsch and all the extra ‘tadka’ to a desi Indian weddings. Don’t believe me, then check out the movie for some amazing decor goals and inspirations created by Shruti Kakkar and Bittoo Sharma ! Seriously, bread pakode ki kasam 🙂

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Though this movie was primarily about three friends and their amazing trip, one cannot CANNOT miss the wedding at the end ! How many times have you wished to make that entry, have a swing made of roses, white flowers on your head and tiny sparkles lit by all your friends around ?

A striking contrast to my previous pick, this song delivers on how a white wedding, full of pastels could create a wedding of dreams with lovely moments captured in frames! Just check out how pretty this whole thing looks ! Swoon..

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Looking for some friendship goals this wedding season ? Look no further ! One of the most stylized weddings of recent times, shot beautifully in Udaivilas, what stood out for me are those moments between Aditi (Kalki) and all her friends. From planning the sangeet, to making the perfect pout at mehandi, from the haldi rasam to those mean dance moves, from bringing her down to the mandap to making buddies out of her spouse – you have a LOT to learn from this movie !

Bar Bar Dekho

Latest kid on the block is from the yet to be released Bar Bar Dekho. And no, I am not talking about Katrina’s flat abs (though that would be some wedding goal to have!). The movie is yet to be out and I am totally addicted to Aalo Bade Karaare dance number. With Kaala Chashma already topping the charts, some dancing goals will definitely be revisited with this song. Also, did anyone mention the Bindi !? I am so in love with this look !

I know 5 is just a number and I could actually go on and on with beautiful moments like the simplicity in 2 States , or all the oomph inAisha. Or for that matter Kavya’s craze about her wedding lehanga inHumpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya. With the wedding season coming up, it’s time to get your inspiration right, add your own twist to it and create memories of a lifetime ! If all fails, you always have Shahrukh to help you get it right –

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Travelling to Italy ? {Part II}

Italy has so many beautiful places, but in our maiden trip, we decided to go with the most popular ones – Rome, Florence and Venice! This part II takes you through our first pit stop of this amazing holiday – Rome!

Rome is a museum .. no no .. seriously .. and that too on the roads.. the moment we landed on the ‘Roman Soil’ I had a very happy feeling. Every place I turned to was like a post card .. ready to be clicked and framed !

The first things first – we were handed with our very own ‘Map of Rome’ , so if you don’t have one, ask your host! Trust me , this is the Holy Grail while you are at Rome. Coz you can ACTUALLY cover whole of the city (well whatever is worth a visit) on foot ! So go grab the map, and be your own guide.. get lost.. get into a random church and be in awe of it.. look at the tiny street lamp.. read all the ‘VIA’s and make your own routes… this really is the best part about the whole city !

Trip Highlights

·      GELATO ! Have.As.Much.As.Possible !
·      And Berries , when you are at it ;)
·      Trevi Trevi Trevi ! You can’t get enough of it :) Please go see it in the day and the night. Yes, it looks different and its worth it ! Best thing - reach there by 5ish.. spend some leisure time, sit down , take a stroll, have a gelato..  and then come back again at 8 ! If you cant figure what else to do , go to Spanish steps and take in the happy air !
·      Rome by Night – if you are up for it , spend a night strolling around the main sights. Capitoline Hill , Roman Forum , Trevi , Pantheon all look wonderful in the night.. Highly recommend it !
·      Alio Olio – the times you don’t know what to eat, just go for this option :) 
·      Castle Gondolfo – what a find ! It was my husband’s birthday and we chose this place for lunch.. less than an hour train ride from Termini station will land you to this beautiful sleepy place (which is also Pope’s summer residence btw!) and a quaint little station ! One of the best meals with the most spectacular views I have had in the Italian trip was here :)

We spent four nights at Rome.. well actually you can cover it all in 3 nights as well !

Suggested Itinerary:

  • Day 0.5 – If you land late in the day, just take in the city. If you have time, say hello to Trevi!