It seems to be the season for weddings and with that brings wedding inspiration, outfit ideas, memories and of course photography – that’s pictures to you and me.
The big day is looming whether you’re a guest or the main protagonist, it can be the most exciting day of your life! With it comes lots of feelings; excitement, nervousness, love and sometimes pure adrenalin.
There is something exciting about the planning of the day; the venue, the flowers, cake and the biggest of all – what you are wearing! It’s every bride’s dream to wear the best dress and wedding outfit that she can find. The bridal outfit is the biggest and best chance for the bride to look her very best.
An Asian wedding can be really extravagant and its best to have a clear budget in mind. With the outfit, accessories and makeup a bride can look her very best. The difference between an English wedding and an Asian wedding is that the traditional colour to wear is red.
I will talk you through my special day, as it is a great way to also walk you through what I wore and being the “Asian Bride”!
My big day was in Pakistan and an arranged marriage. I knew of my husband (he is from my mother’s family), but didn’t personally know him and chose to go the traditional route of marrying then loving!
We had our wedding in a marque, in front of my Aunt’s house. In those days food was under jurisdiction where only two dishes were allowed. This is so that there is little money wastage, the idea is that it doesn’t put pressure on the bride’s family to spend too much on the food and wedding. So there is no difference or equality between a poor families girl and one that can afford it.
Let’s come to the main event. The typical Asian bride usually wears red, or a similar colour like maroon, but I opted to be different and went for pink. I chose not to be shocking, not going for shocking pink, but instead went for a pastel pink, or tea pink as they call it in Pakistan.
I wore a matching jewellery piece which consisted of earrings and matching necklace and my shoes also were the same colour as my outfit.
It is also traditional for a Pakistani bride to wear a length (a skirt and top with scarf), but I again opted to be different and wore a long dress with leggings, also know as an anarkali.
Asian bridal makeup is also a little different, where many brides go for a more muted and natural look. An Asian bridal look, however is more vibrant and powerful. She is there to make heads turn and literally is made to look drastically different and the belle of the ball!
I got married quite a while back when there were techniques applied that were not at all famous/iconic and unheard of. It was the first time I saw them use gold under the eye and in the corners to lift the eye. I must say Pakistani makeup artists are really good and above their game.
I would never have put an orangey red lipstick with a pink outfit, but it worked and my lips haven’t looked fuller like that in my life.
I was adorned with fabulous jewellery and henna filled hands. With my bouquet I was set to sign on the dotted line and become a wife.
The makeup abroad can be very good, as the artists in the salons are well trained over months and they know what colours and makeup suit Asian skin. It is vital to go to a reputable salon.
My eye makeup was revolutionary, because back then things like making the eyes stand out wasn’t as common or a trend as it is now.
I can truly say that I haven’t looked as good as I ever have, than at my wedding (but I guess I am biased LOL) and that is what all brides would love and attain to.
I hope you like my pictures too and apologies for the quality, as these have been taken from photos already developed.