Indian Bridal Culture By Reena Patel

Reena Patel explores the créme de la créme of Indian wedding suppliers….

Indian Bridal Culture

The Make-Up Artist

Asian beauties need to carefully balance their make-up with the heavy designs and colours on their bridal dresses. Gini Bhogal is the popular make-up maestro of choice, who ensures the eastern look is neither extreme, nor overshadowed. During an initial trial session, Gini requests the bride bring along her outfit to ensure the overall look is beautifully balanced. Using luxury cosmetics including Nars, Bobbi Brown and MAC, Gini effortlessly and swiftly applies gentle strokes of flattering shades and tones for a fresh, radiant and dramatic finish. Gini swears by a heavy flawless base and eyes swept with dark, dramatic kohl-liner to really stand out on your big day.

Initial Trial from £83, make-up on the day from £450.

The Venue

Asian weddings are usually big, so finding a suitable space to seat 350+ guests could prove to be pretty tricky. However, it will be love at first sight with The Mansion House at Wokefield Park. Set in 250 acres of Berkshire’s picturesque parkland, this eighteenth century building has been the family home of nobles, dignitaries and society movers and shakers for centuries. The largest room, the Maple Suite, backs out on to a stunning stone-paved terrace, overlooking a manicured lawn and private lake for outdoor ceremonies, making it the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures. We have also selected Wokefield Park as our top wedding hot spot to suit unpredictable British weather – it’s versatile come rain or shine.

The Caterer

No Asian wedding would be complete without a full-on feast! London-based specialist caterer Premier Rouge delivers a sumptuous banquet to suit all taste buds. Co-founder Lakh Banwait will talk you through a bespoke menu for the big day, selecting favourites such as chicken tikka and lamb seekh kebabs, a main course of curries with naan bread and rice and a dessert of gajjar halwa with malai kulfi (warm sweet grated carrot with Indian milk ice-cream). Premier Rouge pays attention to the finer details and goes the extra mile by serving canapés in paper cones wedged in wooden logs and starters in martini glasses. Also an events management company, Premier Rouge will help you to plan a full itinerary for the day to ensure the whole occasion runs smoothly and right on time.

The Ceremony

Hindu weddings are performed in a four pillar structure known as a mandap. Available in natural stone, carved wood, shimmering crystal and metal, these elegant designs create a magical backdrop for the religious ceremony. To suit the period-built venue of Wokefield Park, opt for a natural teak wood version featuring a floral twist pattern, designed by Rikesh – the creative talent behind Om Creatives.

Mandap hire from £1,500.

Tel: 07599 888 869

The Photographer

Swedish photographer Stefan Lacandler specialises in capturing unrivalled wedding photographs that ensure you can look back on your day with pride. Stefan carefully selects images to produce a portfolio of fashion portraiture and stylish reportage shots that are ideal for the entire family to flick through and cherish. Stefan doesn’t rely on gimmicks, special effects or other new-wave photographic techniques, aiming instead to achieve simple, timeless images. Not one for cutting corners, he also includes a pre-wedding shoot to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera, find your favourite poses and assess your best angles.

Wedding packages from £1,550.