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So your wedding day is only round the corner and you want to make sure everything is perfect! Whilst you can’t control everything that happens on your big day, it’s always great to have a bride’s survival kit at hand for any emergencies! We’ve created a list of things you need for yours.
20 Things you need for your Bridal Survival Kit
- Hair Pins – It’s always a good idea to keep extra hair pins in case anything falls out of place, especially if you’re having a dupatta on your head for your religious ceremony and removing it for the reception.
- Safety pins – Always needed to keep your dupatta in place or in case of any zip emergency.
- Plasters – Always handy if those killer heels start to cause cuts or blisters.
- Tissues – When the day gets a bit emotional!
- Blotting powder – In case it’s a hot day or you tend to have quite oily skin.
- Lipstick – For a quick top up during the day.
- Straw – So you don’t mess up your lipstick!
- Snacks – It’s a long day and it’s aways good to have something to snack on – that’s not messy!
- Flat/comfy shoes – You don’t want aching feet to ruin your night of partying so make sure you have a comfier pair for later.
- Hair spray
- Cotton buds
- Mini sewing kit
- Mini Perfume
- Nail file
- Compact Mirror
- Gel foot pads
There’s always so much to consider when getting married so we thought we’d help out by giving our brides to be some reception party inspo! We love the hair, makeup, outfits and jewellery in these photos and think they make gorgeous reception party looks!
Let us know what you think of these looks we’ve created!
A lot of brides love having an up-do for their religious ceremonies and have their hair down for the reception. Curls are gorgeous when you have your hair down and there are so many different styles of curls you can go for.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite curly hairstyles that look so elegant on brides.
Some brides can find choosing a hair and makeup artist a tough decision. Other brides know the exact look they want to go for and they’ve even had their eye on a hair and makeup artist for ages!
At Anu Malhi we make sure the bride is happy with her completed look. We are happy to do trials where we will firstly discuss the look before trialling it.
Take a look at our real Anu Malhi brides
Beautiful Bride Preet, looking stunning on her big day! 💕
Thank you for choosing us to be part of your magical day!
Hair & Makeup: by our Amazing Team Artist: @pam_anumalhi
Loving this whole look!!
My beautiful bride Reena! 💕
Loved this look, so pretty in pink! Makes me so happy when a look all comes together and the bride is over the moon! 😘
Hair & Makeup: @theanumalhi
The final look for my lovely bride @jeevangill1 😍
Thank you for choosing me as your hair and makeup artist for your special day!
“Anu, big thank you for my hair and make up yesterday. I received so many lovely compliments! You pulled my look together!”👌
”Hi Anu! Just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday! I got sooo many compliments and felt like an absolute princess! Can’t wait to do it all again for the wedding! xxx”
We love braided hairstyles! They are so elegant for pre wedding events and registry weddings. A lot of brides opt for having a braided hairstyle on their mendhi night if they don’t fancy doing the traditional Punjabi paranda hairstyle. You can even add fresh flowers to your hairstyle as seen in the last image below.
See our favourite braided hairstyles below that our team have created.
Don’t you just love a nude lipstick!
As you probably know asian weddings usually last a week with a different event everyday. Often, brides want to go for a more casual makeup look completed with a nude lipstick for pre events and save the iconic red lip for the wedding day. Or brides may even prefer to wear a nude lipstick on the wedding day too! We’ve rounded up our favourite nude lipstick looks that Anu Malhi and her amazing team have created.
So you’ve planned everything but still confused about your hair! Look no further…we’ve got you covered!
There are two types of brides – one who knows exactly what she wants and the other has a camera roll full of completely different looks with no idea! There are quite a few things to consider when choosing the perfect look so here’s a list of what we think will help you make your final decision.
1. Dupatta. Will you be wearing a dupatta on your head? This is usually required for some religious ceremonies and it’s important to have your dupatta with you especially when doing a trial or considering various hairstyles. If the dupatta is quite heavy, your hair stylist will have to consider extra hair padding to make sure the dupatta doesn’t compress the hair down too much. Usually, a bun is the go-to look whenever a bride is wearing her dupatta on her head.
2. Hair Jewellery. Are you thinking of wearing a tikka or other jewellery pieces in your hair? Your parting will depend on where these jewellery pieces are going to be placed, especially if you have a dupatta on your head too.
3. Face Shape. It’s a good idea to see what kind of hair style suits your face shape best. Before having a trial with your hair stylist or confirming your hair style choice, you can have a play around yourself. If you want an up-do, you can tie your hair in a low bun or pony and see how you like it. Then do the same but tying your hair in a mid pony/bun and then a high pony/bun. Have a think about what you prefer and your hair stylist will be able to suggest various up-do’s based on what kind of bun you want.
Low Bun – If you want a simple yet elegant look, a low bun is perfect especially for registry weddings.
Mid Bun – This is a popular option as a mid or high bun is great if you have a dupatta on your head. Mid buns look beautiful if your going for fresh flowers in your hair too.
High Bun – A high bun is great for that ‘face-lift’ effect and is perfect if your having a dupatta on your head too.
Here are some more of our fave hairstyles
All looks are created by Anu Malhi and the Anu Malhi team or students from the Anu Malhi Hair & Makeup Academy.
Ladies we live in the 21st century – the days where a man only had a toothbrush and a bottle of aftershave on his bathroom shelf is long gone! They have been replaced by just as many creams, makeup and facial routines as women, and why not? It’s important for a man to take pride in his appearance and especially on his wedding day. For those of you who are still living in the Indian Stone Age, here’s a quick guide on how to groom yourself.
Exercising is one of the first methods you can try if you are not into all the skin regimes. Brisk walking or joining a gym for light exercise can really make a difference. It will make you feel refreshed, energised and this will definitely show in your appearance. It will also help get rid of extra baggage you might be carrying!
Drinking plenty of water is also essential. This will rid you of any impurities and clear your complexion. Facials are also another method of revitalising your skin. Men don’t be afraid to search the internet to gain tips on healthy skin. Having a facial is proven to remove dead skin and dirt (but make sure you don’t go for the first time on the week of your wedding as your impurities can surface your skin). The beauty centre you visit can also provide information about skin care regimes. Using a cleanser, toner and moisturiser is the simplest method to wake up your skin. Shaving is also key in looking refreshed; shaving in the direction your hair grows is imperative. This prevents irritation. Remember to moisturise after! Asian men have to move into the 21st century to support their brides.
Planning weddings aren’t easy, especially on a budget. We all aspire for the finer things in life, for something out of the ordinary, but in reality it all amounts to money. Organising an affordable wedding doesn’t mean your special day will be less memorable or enjoyable, it’s being smart! Try to get the best deal by shopping around. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of haggling – it’s in our Asian blood.
When planning for your wedding, it is important that you have a realistic budget in mind. Being the bride you want to have that one truly memorable day. You want to hire the dream venue, the best makeup artist, the best Indian caterers and the best musical artists. But this all amounts to serious money.
Firstly, you and your partner need to decide on what type of wedding you want. How big or small do you want your wedding to be? It is a good idea to draw up a guest list before you make any decisions. This could affect the decision you make as you need to consult the capacity your location can hold. You also need to settle on if your wedding will be an intimate western affair or a full on Asian extravaganza. You may also decide to downscale pre wedding events to budget effectively. It is also essential that you consider all factors that will contribute to your wedding day; flowers, photography and outfits. Remember set a budget you can afford and that you are most likely going to stick to! The wedding of your dreams is still achievable, just plan ahead! The bridal party will just have to play a helping hand so you don’t get too stressed.
It is vital when picking the song for your first dance at your Asian wedding that you choose a song that represents your happiest memory as a couple. The song not only demonstrates the connection between you and your partner, but invites your guests to embrace the beginning of your marriage.
Choosing the right song is one of the most difficult decisions you and your spouse will have to make and will most probably spend hours if not days debating it over. It is imperative that you decide upon a song that both of you are comfortable with and that your guests will be able to share. You may also decide that one song is just not enough to display your love for one other! Why not try a composition of various songs that may later get the guests to join in and really get the party started!?
Most couples typically choose a recent Asian film song. Why not try something different? Be spontaneous! Or perhaps you could try something out of the ordinary? Salsa dancing is a new craze taking Indian weddings by storm! You could choose a musical artist that you both love. Don’t forget it’s not only the song that makes your moment special. It’s the dancing too! It is always worth practicing with your partner, making sure you are both relaxed and ready for the big day. No bride wants to be embarrassed by her husband on her big day. Everybody has heard the horror stories about the groom who ruined his bride’s hair by trying a spontaneous spin. You may want to take dancing lessons. Remember to be supportive of your partner and offer guidance. Most of all remember to enjoy your big day and the first dance.