Top Beauty Tips EVERY Bride Should Know!

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Are you ready to celebrate your special day with friends and family?  However, are you feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to looking and feeling your best?  That’s ok, every bride goes through these emotions but we have got you covered here at Bride Icon as we have asked our beauty experts to come up with some of the top beauty tips to share for your big day and here they are….

No more refined foods – One of the best ways to stay as beautiful as ever is to avoid eating refined or highly processed foods. Such types of foods can take away important nutrients that are needed by your body and that can make your skin look dull.  Aside from that, they can also get you constipated!

woman surrounded by sliced lemonsRaw food is better – Eating raw foods means not overcooking your meals. Such practices will only enhance your beauty, since raw foods are still filled with vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients that can take care of your skin and hair. It is a known factor and has been proven that raw foods can make wrinkles and age spots less obvious too.

person holding amber glass bottleFirst thing to do in the morning – It is really important when you wake up in the morning you drink a glass of water, and eat a piece of your favourite fruit for example a banana. This would ensure that your skin is properly hydrated, and the fruit would also help in maintaining its radiance.  In addition, such a practice can also help you maintain your weight, or lose some.

floating woman on body of waterPreventing grey hairMaking use of oil for your hair can help in preventing grey hair.  However, to make it more effective, you can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to it.  Not only that you can also eat a teaspoon of curry leaf chutney at least every other day, since it has components which can strengthen the cells that form the pigmentation from within.

woman doing poseSeal your nail polish Having a nail polish that is shiny and glossy offers that extra special touch.  Thus, it is best that you prevent it from scratches and peeling by applying a top coat over your nail polish – this will ensure a protective seal to last even for up to 7 days.

assorted Honest bottlesPractice a morning skin care routine – Following a skin care routine each morning can help a lot in maintaining your beauty.  A typical routine that you can follow would involve removing all dirt from your skin with the use of a deep cream cleanser, and rinsing it with water; applying a mild moisturizer; and applying a small amount of face powder to control oil build up.

woman with pink lipstick on hole of pink paperUse cream as your skin cleanser – Cleaning your skin on a regular manner is essential in maintaining its beauty. However, it is best to make use of a cream cleanser to do this, since it won’t take away the natural oil from your skin, which protects it. Don’t use anything that can dry out your skin, since it can become prone to bacteria and cellular damage.

Honest cosmetic setUse rosewater as toner – Using rosewater as your toner provides a lots of key benefits.  Aside from maintaining the radiant looks of your skin, rosewater actually contains substances which can also maintain your skin’s moisture.  It is also a good solution that you can use if you have allergic skin or to treat sunburn.

sliced lemon on bathtubGet enough sleepGetting enough rest is one of the most important things to do, when it comes to maintaining your beauty.  You need to have at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night;  the best way would be if you are already asleep by 10 in the evening so you can maximise the benefits from your beauty sleep.

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Drink enough amounts of water – To maintain your beauty, you need to have a skin that has good moisture. To achieve that, you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Aside from flushing out harmful toxins from your body, it can also get rid of excess heat.  Drinking enough amounts of water can also help you maintain your weight, and prevent constipation.

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Get your calcium – Drinking milk is one of the best things that you can do in order to maintain your beauty. Having a little milk each day, will provide your body with the essential nutrients to strengthen your hair and bones.  It can also make your skin look younger, enhance your health and the looks of your eyes.

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Refrigerate toners and floral waters during summer time – Toners and floral water can help you freshen up, especially during the warmer months. Thus, it is best that you keep them inside the refrigerator during the summer months, so that you can use them cold. To feel refreshed, you can always spray your face with it too.

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Never pick pimplesHaving lots of pimples on your face can affect your beauty. Thus, you don’t want it to multiply. Picking your pimples is actually one of the things that can make you have more of them.  This is because pricking it can spread the infection further, not forgetting it can also damage your skin tissue around the pimple.

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Exfoliate your hands each week – Having hands that are soft and smooth are a must. To achieve this, you should exfoliate your hands once a week, with the use of a natural exfoliating liquid.  Use it in light circular movements to gently massage your skin.  It will be worth it!

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Fix your yellow nails – Yellow nails is not something that you can be proud off.  Thus, if you have them, you can simply make use of a homemade whitening bath for it.  All you need to do is to mix enough lemon juice and rose petals into a bowl of clean water, and dip your hands into it.  After going through that process, apply a moisturizing lotion to enhance the results.

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Replace candies and chocolates with fresh fruits – One of the many weaknesses especially for brides is to crave for sweets, which can affect health and of course, beauty.  Thus, instead of sweets, and other food items that are filled with sugar, you should try to eat a lot of  fresh fruits.  Foods that have high sugar content can enlarge your pores, aside from the fact that it can make you gain weight.

Have a facial once a month – Going through facial each month can provide you with lots of benefits. Some of which would include collagen and elastin recovery, improve the circulation of your blood vessels, even out your skin colour, improve hydration, and help with the skin tone.  It can also make your skin soft and radiant.

Keep your makeup simple and light each day – It is always best to show people your natural beauty. You can achieve this by keeping your makeup as simple and light each day. When you do that, you would also prevent skin damage, which is one of the effects of using heavy makeup on a regular basis.

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Using lip balmKeep in mind that maintaining the condition of your lips can also enhance your beauty. To do that, it is always best to carry a lip balm wherever you may go. Lip balm can prevent your lips from drying out and it is one of the best ways to prevent or cure lip chapping. With the right kind of lip balm, it can also soften your lips. There are plenty of flavoured balms too so try them out.

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Be gentle with your skin near your eyes – The skin under your eyes is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Thus, it is best that you are gentle with it. You should not pull or stretch it, since it would definitely show, and affect your looks. With regular pulling and stretching in that part of your face, it can look wrinkled or saggy in no time.

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Be conscious of your weight – One of the many biggest issues for brides is weight and it is a time when all brides are conscious of wanting to lose a few pounds to look their very best.  It’s important to note, whether you gain or lose weight you may have problems in properly fitting your clothes. Therefore, it is best to maintain your weight at an ideal level, so that you can feel healthy and you can fit perfectly in your dream dress.

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Don’t visit the kitchen too often – If you want to prevent having bouts and bouts of acne infection, you should avoid going to the kitchen, especially when someone is cooking.  Its good to keep in mind that there is oil floating around your kitchen, when it is heated.  Therefore, if you visit the kitchen during times of cooking, then you would be accumulating oil on your skin, which is bad news.  Not exactly practical but something to keep in mind.

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Minimize stressWhenever you are stressed out, it would actually show on your eyes, the expression of your face, as well as your skin. In fact, stress can also cause pimples. Therefore, you should minimise stress as much as possible – easier said than done given brides are renowned to be stressed – however take action by taking deep breaths whenever you encounter stressful situations.  Following other healthy practices in breathing and meditation can also help alleviate stress.

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Avoid oily foods – When you eat foods that are filled with bad oil, it would eventually get accumulated, which can lead to weight gain. Gaining weight can alter your figure, aside from the fact that it can put you at risk to a number of diseases. In addition, oily foods is also one of the top causes of pimples. The key factor here is to be eating the good fats that help skin and not the bad ones.

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Keep your hands off your face – If you want to prevent pimples to affect your image, then you should keep your hands off your face.  You need to remember that there is always a tendency for your hands to touch certain things, which may contain dirt and bacteria. When you touch your face on a regular basis, then you may irritate it.  Thus, touch your face only when you need to, and only with recently washed hands

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Keep away from the sun –  Although we all love the sun, exposing yourself to the sun can irritate your skin, which can lead to having pimples. Aside from that, it can also cause dry skin. Therefore, it is best to stay in the shade in most parts of the day.  If you are out in the sun do make use of a quality sunscreen product.

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Get help with severe acne – There are times when acne can attack without warning. If you do have severe acne, you should not hesitate in getting help for it.  Visit a dermatologist as soon as possible, so that you can finally put a stop to it, and live a life with healthy and acne free skin.

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Try one product at a time – To cure acne or any other skin disorders, you may have a tendency to make use of different types of products all at once. Instead of doing that, you should try one product at a time, so as to give it a chance to work. Aside from that, it is best to focus on a reliable product, than applying different ones, since applying too many of them may irritate your skin even further.

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Wear the right clothes – You have to keep in mind that the way you dress can have a huge impact on the way you feel.  Therefore, make sure that you wear clothes that makes you feel good whatever the occasion.  When it really doesn’t matter wear comfortable clothing, so that you would be able to move freely, and be yourself and we know exactly how that feels!

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Be mindful of what you apply on your hair – When you apply certain products on your hair, such as gel, hairspray, or mousse, you should do it sparingly. This is because, using it excessively can irritate your scalp.  If you have long hair and it constantly rubs against your face, then it can also be the root cause for having acne infection.  Something to really consider.

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Bridal Skincare

Bridal Skincare: The Pre-wedding Prep Your Skin Needs

Bridal Skincare

You have been waiting for your big day for as far as you can remember, and every woman’s dream is to look her very best with her skin reflecting the inner glow she is feeling. However, the biggest fear would be waking up a few days before with signs of a pimple or blotchy skin – but now these things can be prevented if you know how!

Skin specialist and product developer at Colorescience, Patricia Boland, has revealed the only pre-wedding prep your skin needs. She explains here on Bride Icon, when you should begin the prep and what you need to achieve that effortless glow that will look picture perfect.

When should I begin the prep?

A lot of brides want their skin to be luminous and have a natural but dewy complexion which allows them to wear less makeup on the day. In order to achieve that smooth surface you need to invest into a better skincare regime which preps the skin. The later you leave the prep, the more stressed you will become as you will have less time to react to any skin issues on top of the many other responsibilities you hold. Please don’t try anything brand new and drastic before the wedding day as you may get red and flaky skin, stick to what you know suits your skin best.

Start your prep 8 weeks before your big day, most of the work is simple can be done by yourself at home so you don’t to worry about spending a large budget on expensive treatments and products. By maintaining this 5-step process for 8 weeks you will see a big improvement in your skin health.”

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So, the 5-step process:

1. Weekly intense hydration mask

Your skin needs to look and feel revitalised as opposed to dehydrated. This is not be confused with dry skin, which is down to a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin. Low levels of moisture can give you a dull complexion, increase fine line and wrinkles and even cause sensitivity and irritation. This affects every type, even oily skin – this step ensures your t-zone is oil free and ready to be a clean base for your makeup. A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful and healthy skin.

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2.  Salt scrubs

Brides tend to forget about their arms, legs and chest during their bridal skin prep. All eyes are on you during your big day, so you need to reduce any existing or potential dry patches. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate, this will break down the dry patches and make your skin supple and a sponge for moisture.

3. SPF always

Sun damage will undo all your hard work and you can be affected more easily than you think. Dull, lackluster skin and dark spots can all be a result of UV rays. Either apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine in the morning or incorporate makeup with a high SPF to protect your skin. If you are wishing for a slightly sun kissed and bronzed look for your big day then gradually build in a bronzed moisturiser about 3 days before your wedding. This will give time for your colour to adapt into a beautiful and natural subtle tan.

4. Exfoliate and moisturise your body

Use an exfoliation product, whether in a wash or lotion that has AHA or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to break down dead cells on the top layer of the skin, doing this daily allows further penetration of the moisturiser you apply. Do not exfoliate with physical scrubs or loofahs as these often remove living cells as well which cause damage to the skin.

5. Achieving the dewy look

Use a natural face oil and work firmly in small circles upwards and outwards over your face. By using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, work along the jawline and use the heels of your hands to press and hold under the cheekbones. Do this daily before you go to sleep to allow the ingredients to settle into your skin, this will give the skin an incredible quality and glow whilst defining the face contours.

Shaan Mu

Shaan Mu Expert Make-up Artist @ Aashni & Co Wedding Show


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Shaan MuSomerset House, played host to the top South Asian fashion and beauty experts for the much anticipated Aashni + Co Wedding Show in London.  Among all the embellishments, jewellery and lavish designs, Bride Icon caught up with the celebrity makeup artist Shaan Mu.  This cheeky chappie with a sparkling personality promotes a mega clientele list ranging from Bollywood stars such as Shraddha Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez to becoming a YouTube sensation in a short span of time with his outstanding expert beauty tips and masterclass tutorials.


Shaan Mu (Muttathil) began his career as a BSc fashion designer, and insists it all happened as a mistake!   No mistake when a chance offer to do a hair and makeup styling course in Delhi changed the direction of his career forever.  After becoming top of the class in cosmetics, he was certain, this is what he wanted to set out to do.  His career as a makeup artist began in 2006 unknown to the world of cosmetics, but 12 years later he holds a proud and gratifying catalogue of being part of 47 Bollywood movies, including 1 Telegu film and 1 international film.


We asked Shaan how it felt to be beautifying some of the most elite Bollywood stars and celebrities in the world!  Being the ever so professional he feels so blessed, appreciative and loves that he has been given such an opportunity.  No doubt saying it’s also been a struggle consisting of a lot of hard work.  However, by acquiring quite the business mindset, he has earned himself the recognition that he deserves as an accomplished makeup artist.  Shaan acknowledges being in the film industry is not easy and even super stars have to go through their tough times.  After struggling for years Shaan has reached the place he wants to be – although we think the world is still his oyster!


Shaan MuAs for brides, Shaan is clear on bridal looks and creativity, although he will advise and share his ideas on what would look good for a bride – he will always ensure the brides have their say, especially if they were after a particular look – recognising this is her day.  This celebrity makeup expert is a follower of trends and keeps up with them, but not necessarily all the time.  He would prefer as a beauty expert to mainly highlight their faces, especially around the eyes, lips and cheeks – the holy grail to the art of beauty!



Bride Icon couldn’t resist asking Shaan who would be the ideal icon that he would love to create a superior look for and, of course, internationally it had to be Kim Kardashian, who he says is a superb businesswoman in her own right.  Nonetheless, there is no doubt his heart is set on Rekha the Bollwood film idol who he considers a beautiful soul both inside and out would be the epitome of his career – we hope it happens Shaan!  We would like to say a huge thank you to Shaan for taking the time out to speak to Bride Icon at the Aashni & Co Wedding Show in London.


Feature & Photos by Sinni Kumar
Founder & Chef Editor of Bride Icon

House of iKons

House of iKons, 17th February 2018, London


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House of iKons Founded by Savita Kaye under Lady K Production the House of iKons fashion show will take place during London Fashion Week on 17th February 2018, at the Millennium Gloucester, London.  Since the launch in 2014, House of iKons success is based on the unique concept, celebrating the new generation of global fashion talent. Savita Kaye’s ambition is for House of iKons to be a global brand, known for launching emerging designers. Working with global media partners has enabled House of iKons shows to be aired worldwide to millions of viewers.


In addition to the London Fashion Week shows, House of iKons have taken place in Los Angeles, Bangkok Beijing, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and partnered with official Budapest Fashion Week.  Designers have been signed to departments stores, boutiques, wardrobe for music videos and working with major celebrities such as Beyoncé, JLo, Katy Perry, Lady Ga Ga, Paris Hilton, Brtiney Spears, Tyra Banks to name but a few.

House of iKonsHouse of iKonsHouse of iKons has been created as a platform to launch emerging designers to the next level. Models and presenters who have taken part with the House of iKons shows here in London, Dubai and Los Angeles have all benefited working in TV and films.  As well as supporting new emerging fashion creatives, but also supporting emerging music artists giving them a platform to perform and providing exposure via events here in London and overseas.

In addition, House of iKons is working with a number of charities and organisations providing internships and work experience in fashion, media, event planning and filming.


Here are a few highlights on what to expect:  Mimi Parrel Pimentel; this amazing designer creates and designs directly for The President of Republic of the Philippines and the First Family.  This will be their first time in London exhibiting with government officials flying direct from the Philippines to celebrate and support this designer.

House of iKonsLavender Rose Designs: This is an inspirational story that has touched many hearts already about this young designer. Sharlene is an amazing mother and wife. Sharlene is a self taught designer and her 8 year daughter Tayla gave her mother the inspiration to make designs. Tayla enjoys modelling and catwalks as a hobby, but Tayla has sensory issues that go hand in hand with her Autism, so Sharlene decided to start making Tayla a few clothes.  But recently Tayla has run ideas past her mum about colours, shapes, designs and creativity.  Tayla, is a beautiful 8 year old child who has got so down about making friends, as she can’t understand why she can’t make friends. So Sharlene decided that they both need to do something together. Tayla who is only 8 years old has inspired her mother to create and design, the designs and creativity are from Tayla.


House of iKonsThe CEO of House of iKons has quoted “I am honoured and humbled to announce that Lavender Rose Designs by Tayla Mai our youngest designer will honour our catwalk February 2018 DURING #LFW. Taylor Mai at the age of 8 years of age has a gift; she sees beauty, creativity, designs and shapes in everything, something probably you and I may not see. Her condition does not hold her back, but has accelerated beyond words.

Another young designer brand ‘Designed by Josh’ will also be launching and exhibiting with House of iKons in London.  His very first women’s capsule day to night collection is designed to take the woman from a normal workday in the office to any evening event.  His main aim is to bring some glamour back to the boardroom in his designs.  This is no ordinary designer, he is only 12 Years of age.  His collection has already begun a storm not just in UK but also in UAE. This young designer will be “one to watch” with TV interviews planned in UK and USA.


House of iKonsHouse of iKons have also teamed up with Doris Pearson a celebrity singer and song writer. Doris was part of a five group pop sensation called “Five Star” where their albums went platinum four times over in the 80’s and 90’s. Now Doris writes songs for pop artists today, and will be coming on board to choreograph the House of iKons show.

This season House of iKons is proud to support The Sharan Project, a national registered charity that supports women who have experienced domestic violence, forced marriage, honour abuse and other forms of violence against women and children. They work in partnership with NGO’s, Police forces, the Legal & Private Sector and various Government departments here in the UK and worldwide.  Savita said “Raising awareness that all forms of abuse against women and children must STOP not just here in UK but globally.”


Sponsored by Club Organix, Bryanna Angel Media Makeup Artist, Ideal U and Kids Acting Showreel.  Here’s the full list of the designers participating and details on how you can get your tickets.

Afternoon Show 3.30pm

  1. Grand Opening: Adam & Alice London
  2. Camellia Couture – Children’s Designer
  3. Che Arunjuez
  4. Roseanne McNamee
  5. Jennifer White
  6. Mimi Parrel Pimental
  7. Be Unique Be You – Children’s Designer
  8. Grand Finale: Iris Rodriguez

Evening Show 6.30pm

  1. Grand Opening: HoneeMoon
  2. Lavender Rose Designs – Children’s Designer
  3. Bowen-Dryden
  4. Shenannz
  5. JAL Kids Fashion – Children’s Designer
  6. Shahenda Hegazy
  7. Designed by Josh
  8. Jolie
  9. Grand Finale: Aandrei David



Aashni & Co

Aashni + Co Brings 2018 Wedding Show To Somerset House, London

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Tarun Tahiliani

Following its continued success year on year and an ever increasing demand for tickets, the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will return bigger and better than ever before, taking place at the iconic Somerset House, London on 21st January 2018.  After three successful residencies at The Dorchester, Mayfair and continuing to surpass itself each year, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will transform one of the UK’s leading cultural venues, Somerset House, into a wonderland for discerning brides and fashionistas alike, setting a landmark precedent in the South Asian fashion and bridal sector in the UK.  Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform, from established, A-list fashion houses to the most sought after new-gen talents. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show.

The full line-up of participating brands to exhibit in the Department of Clothing will be: Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Astha Narang, Bageecha, Elan, Gaurang, Mishru, Samant Chauhan, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shehla Chatoor, Shyamal & Bhumika and Varun & Nidhika.  Exhibiting brands in the Department of Fine Jewellery will be: Amrapali, Araaya, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Jewels by Queenie, Khanna Jewellers, Moksh, Rose Diamonds and Sunita Shekhawat.

Participating names in the Department for Jewellery and Accessories will be: Aamir Naveed, Ahujasons, Ambreen Ahmed, Amishi London, Chakra, Isharya, Outhouse, Paraphernalia, Rani Pink, Rusaru, RWS, Shaan Mu and The Wedding House.

Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of intimate masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere.

Aashni & Co
Tarun Tahiliani

January being the seasonal buying and browsing period for Summer brides and grooms, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will curate the latest bridal, occasion wear and couture collections from the top tier of the South Asian design spectrum, alongside the leading brand names in jewellery, accessories and wedding services. The grandiose of Somerset House will be further transformed through floral styling by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.

Aashni + Co Wedding Show at Somerset House, Strand, London
on 21st January 2018, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Standard Tickets: £25

Additional Masterclass Tickets to be announced shortly.

Ticket purchase via:  Website:  or

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Luxury Wedding

Luxury Wedding Fair @ Olympia London

Luxury wedding

With intimate salon catwalks, one to ones with the most prestigious and sought after wedding designers, artisans and experts including Emmy London, Artisan du Chocolat, The Wedding Club and more – it is the place to be this weekend!

Luxury Wedding

Debuting at Olympia London , The Luxury Wedding Fair has brought together over 50 of the most coveted designers, location specialists, planners, artisans and more for an intimate luxury wedding experience. Guests are being waited on hand and foot with Prosecco and canapés on arrival and exclusive access to the salon catwalks, showcasing the latest collections from the likes of Caroline Castigliano, Sassi Holford, Ruth Milliam, Emmy London and more, with those in attendance able to meet the designers face to face.

Tickets to The Luxury Wedding Fair, include a selection of canapés, prosecco, a beautiful complimentary take home gift, plus access to The National Wedding Show also taking place at Olympia London from 22nd – 24th September, costing £40, available on the door Saturday 23rd Sunday 24th.

The Luxury Wedding Fair has teamed up with urban retreat at Harrods to offer VIP tickets for £90, which include a 30 minute private consultation with Terry or Kerastase experts as well as an Urban Retreat goody bag worth £250.  For tickets and information visit

In what is an unmissable opportunity to experience the most prestigious in the industry, limited tickets are still available to join the bespoke weekend that will grant access to the most desirable brands and designers from the world of luxury wedding planning.

Alex Butler, Event Director, The Luxury Wedding Fair, comments: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the inaugural Luxury Wedding Fair. In a climate where brides have higher expectations than ever before for their wedding day, we have produced a stylish and intimate setting where they can benefit from one to one consultations with the industry’s finest designers and creators.”

Expert tailors Scabal, the acclaimed British designer Ian Stuart, the connoisseur of luxury bridal and evening wear in the UK.  Caroline Castigliano the celebrated British designer Stephanie Allin Sand many more await guests for one to ones with ticket holders.

Ruth Milliam of  Ruth Milliam Bridal Couture said: “The Luxury Wedding Fair definitely brings the luxury element. It is the place to be for all things luxe.”

Sassi Holford said “We’ve seen some lovely brides-to-be that have found The Luxury Wedding Fair a lovely
environment to be inspired. It is great for us to showcase in a different environment outside of our boutique and reinforce the brand.

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Attendees to The Luxury Wedding Fair can sample the couture chocolatiers ARTISAN DU CHOCOLAT, the award winning boutique cake design studio BLUEBELL KITCHEN and meet the culinary experts behind PURPLE GRAPE. The latest collections are on display from the world’s leading diamond jeweller BLUE NILE and the multi award-winning Goldsmith and diamond mounter, Richard Talman’s RTFJ.  The most exclusive venues including THE HURLINGHAM CLUB and CORINTHIA HOTEL LONDON, plus wedding planners including GRACE KENNEDY EVENTS, EVENT DEN, AMORETTI WEDDINGS & EVENTS and more will be on hand to talk one to one.

BEYOND WEDDINGS have curated an exclusive pavilion filled with their experts, on hand to offer one to one advice on the most unique and exclusive wedding venues not just in the UK but worldwide.

The Luxury Wedding Fair have also teamed up exclusively with THE WEDDING GALLERY – a highly anticipated retail and planning destination opening in London this October, set to revolutionise the way weddings are planned. Guests at The Luxury Wedding Fair are the very first to be introduced to the concept of The Wedding Gallery, and how its 200 plus brands will help support over the planning process.

The Luxury Wedding Fair at the Olympia, London
Opening Times –
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 5pmTickets £50 advance / £90 VIP

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Summer Preview

Summer Preview @ Grosvenor House, London

Summer Preview

Grosvenor House Hotel, London became the venue for the hottest summer sizzlers with an exclusive Summer Preview of some of the finest South Asian fashion, accessories and lifestyle collections.  Hosted by Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad the event featured seasonal collections by leading names in South Asian couture and luxury prêt, including the traditional heritage classics by Umar Sayeed, Delphi, AnA by Anu Singh and Archana Bhushan.

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JMD ‘Design to Empower’ showcased the art and craft of female artisans in India, who have learnt and practiced traditional hand embroidery techniques for generations.  JR Jewelry, combined silver pieces with precious and semi-precious stones.  Rĕsa Fine Jewellery, spearheaded by Megha Malik, featured distinctive and statement pieces embodying exquisite design and fine craftsmanship.  JADAU by Kanwal Toor, brought out some very intricate, handmade jewelry embedded with precious and semi-precious stones, marking an evolution of elegance passed down through India’s rich history of art and design.

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Crystal bags by Sago a luxury brand, brought in a range of exquisite colourful bags, encrusted with Swarovski crystals, while Jawaad Ashraf  the renowned hair and make up artist provided a live tutorial, creating a flawless and glamorous look perfect for every bride icon!

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If that wasn’t enough, guests were also treated to an exclusive fashion catwalk of some of the latest designs by the leading South Asian designers in fashion and jewelry.  Bride Icon have featured some of our highlights of the day and we are certain you will love what you see!

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Pakistan Fashion

Pakistan Fashion Week, London 2017

Pakistan Fashion

Pakistan Fashion week took place in London’s historic Lancaster House this week, which witnessed the first Pakistani celebration of fashion in its two hundred year history. The eleventh season of Pakistan Fashion featured over 40 of Pakistan’s leading and emerging designers presenting their latest collections. With leading Pakistani models Fouzia Aman, Fia khan and Eshal Fayyaz walking the ramp, Bride Icon have selected some of our favourite looks from Asaaaleh, Aisha Imran, Uzma Babar and Lajwanti.

Pakistan Fashion


The production was designed by event directors Riwayat and led by the accomplished Creative Director Adnan Ansari, which incorporated the 70th anniversary celebrations of Pakistan’s independence. Organised in partnership with the High Commission of Pakistan, London, the event was one of a series of events planned by His Excellency Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UK.

Pakistan Fashion
Aisha Imran
Pakistan Fashion
Aisha Imran

Over two thousand people registered for the event which saw a catwalk run through the three grand halls of the Royal Palace. Ambassadors from a large number of London based embassies joined the celebrations, which included a nine room exhibition allowing the guests to talk with the designers and buy from their collections.

Pakistan Fashion
Uzma Babar
Pakistan Fashion
Uzma Babar

Fashion is one of Pakistan’s leading export industries and runs to a multi-billion pound industry and growing. Events profiling the leading names of that industry serve to challenge the West’s perceptions of Pakistan and increase the trading links between our two nations.

Adnan Ansari, Creative Director at Riwayat said “It was a privilege to work so closely with the High Commission to deliver this hugely successful event. Their commitment to deliver a truly inspiring event matched with Riwayat’s expertise and ability to deliver was a powerful force. We are so proud of our Pakistan and so proud to present it’s best face on a huge platform in London.”

Pakistan Fashion
Pakistan Fashion

Event Directed by Riwayat
Commissioned by Pakistan High Commission, London
Head Stylist Nabila
Consultant Advisor Maheen Khan
Hair and Make up Saima Kiran
Choreographer Hajira Ahmad of EBH
Official Photographer Shahid Malik
PR Enigme Internationale

Celebration Spa

Celebration Spa Day At Bedford Lodge Hotel

Celebration Spa
Relaxation Room

Get that Pre-Wedding Day Glow with the Celebration Spa Day at The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel!

Following a stressful period of wedding planning, an effortless, relaxed and sophisticated way to celebrate your engagement with your bridal party is an exclusive luxuriously pampering Spa day out. Arrive with your bridal party at The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel for the Celebration Spa Day for some relaxing yet fun bonding time which will leave you all feeling totally pampered, glowing and relaxed.

Located in the gentile town of Newmarket in rural Suffolk, the Spa is a beautiful and intimate setting to spend the day with your closest family and friends. Taking a maximum number of 12 people in the Spa at any one time, the space will feel exclusive to you and your bridal party, perfect for engaging conversations and relaxing together.

SpaDuring the Spa Day guests will receive an ESPA Mini Facial, to help boost the radiance in your complexion, or a Relax and Revive Massage, to gently ease out any stress the bride-to-be or Maid-of-Honour may be feeling after a busy time in the lead up to the ‘Big Day’! The entire bridal party will have access to the Spa’s hydrotherapy and heat experiences which includes a hydrotherapy pool, steam room and modern sauna and the experiential showers to stimulate and soothe the senses followed by a delicious 2 course lunch with glass of champagne to toast to the future and each other.  We’ve added some details below to book your special Celebration Spa Day!

Price per person £86 (4-8 people)

Package includes:

  • Robe and Slippers
  • Access to the Spa’s hydrotherapy and heat experiences
  • ESPA mini Facial or Relax and Revive massage
  • 2 course lunch with a glass of champagne

The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BX

Tel:  0800 652 2991

Makeup Plus

Makeup Plus Launches – The Ultimate Beauty Destination For London Fashion Week

Makeup Plus

During London Fashion Week, 17th – 21st February, the innovative beauty app, MakeupPlus will go from being a virtual destination for the hottest beauty looks to a reality. As the brand, in partnership with Fashion and Beauty Monitor, transforms London’s most Instagrammed venue, ‘Lights of Soho’ into ‘The Ultimate Beauty Destination’.

During the five days, The Ultimate Beauty Destination brings tech, beauty and fashion into one seriously stylish space. Set to be London’s no. 1 venue throughout LFW for MakeupPlus fashionistas to embrace a ‘FROW’ experience in the glossy world of beauty with live workshops, makeovers inspired by the catwalk, celebrity discussions, an interactive photo space, a live streamed selfie wall and beauty tutorials from some of the world’s biggest beauty bloggers.  All this along with the opportunity to exclusively access and watch live streaming of London Fashion Week official ‘on schedule’ shows as they happen, ensuring beauty junkies are LFW ready. With the full events schedule to be announced in the coming days, these are but a few of the must experience happenings being held in the space.

Complimentary drinks, free wifi, a lounge to hang out in and goodies bags, are the finishing touches to this exclusive space.

In order to gain access to the meet & greets, fans simply need to download the free app and flash their widget on arrival. Other attendees must be on the guest list.


The Ultimate Beauty Destination,
Lights of Soho,
35 Brewer Street,

17th – 21st February 10am – 6pm Daily

Red Dot Jewels

A Fashionable Evening With Red Dot Jewels

Entwined amongst their trademark for stunning jewellery pieces, Red Dot Jewels presented an evening of Diwali celebrations and fashion. Bride Icon were invited to view the illuminating range of asian jewellery, combined with a selection of beautiful fashion designs by renowned tailor Manoj Makwana.

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Shalini Gupta Patel, Founder and Creative Director of Red Dot Jewels offers authentic fine pieces of handmade jewellery, created with traditional Indian craftsmanship. Situated in Pinner, North West London, Red Dot Jewels brings together a beautiful and chic collection of bridal and ready to wear jewellery. Framed in a stylish setting with a bridal lounge for the momentous statemPreview Changesent pieces, Red Dot Jewels also includes a pret collection of subtle Indian inspired collections. Shalini’s great love for Indian culture, art and fashion features significantly into each of these creative designs.

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The evening was completed by Manoj Makwana’s debut collection of Indian fashion.  Manoj is renowned for his professional tailoring and alteration methods. With accolades ranging from western designers such as Ian Stuart and the man behind the tailoring for the Asian fashion industry, you can see exactly why his debut collection oozes perfection and style.

An evening of refined elegance and exquisite jewellery!

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Red Dot Jewels

                       Photos by Sinni Kumar

Urban Retreat

Urban Retreat at Harrods

If you are looking for a one-stop-shop for the ultimate in bridal indulgence, then Urban Retreat have introduced the new Bespoke Bridal Package on the 5th Floor of the world’s most famous department store Harrods.

Urban Retreat

Urban Retreat offers an exclusive service with a team of experts to look after every beauty need for the bride-to-be.  To begin with, she will receive a one-to-one consultation with a selected member of the team to tailor the treatments that is most suitable to her.  The exquisite beauty treatments available ranges from luxurious blow dries, sumptuous facials, invigorating massage therapies and even make-up tutorials –  offering the bride everything she needs all under one roof!

Urban Retreat

One of the treatments that caught our eye is the lavish Moroccan Spa – introducing the Hammam Ritual inspired by old ancestral Moroccan beauty customs that sets the scene to bring purity for the mind, body and soul.  It doesn’t end there!  The Spa also includes an array of pampering sessions that include hydrating massages, nourishing facials, superb wraps, manicures and pedicures. What’s more exciting is that if you are looking for the perfect bridal hen party the Spa can give you and your bridal party an experience to remember, with some of the most exotic treatments available –  including a New Talent Blow-Dry all served with champagne and canapes from The Urban Retreat Café.

Urban Retreat

Urban Retreat are offering any Bride-to-be to receive 10% off all personal services for a whole year in Urban Retreat at Harrods for a deposit of £500 or more onto her client card.  For more details of the treatments available at Urban Retreat see their link

Urban Retreat

Bohemian Chic Minerals

Bohemian Chic Minerals

Bohemian Chic Minerals


Contains:  1 Pot Foundation- customised shade, 1 Pot Blusher – customised shade, 4 Colour Correctors (Hide & Seek, Banish Blemish, Cool Blue and Brighten up Pink) plus 1 Large Foundation Brush.

Get flawless looking skin with Bohemian Chic Mineral’s Foundation Gift Set. Vegan and chemical free, the gift set is made from the finest, top grade ingredients and is designed to minimise skin irritations, whilst helping you to achieve a fresh, dewy look.

Give skin an overall glow with the Chemical free and Hypoallergenic foundation, which can be customised to suit your skin tone.

For imperfections and impurities, the cleverly designed Skin Correctors (Hide and Seek, Banish Blemish, Cool Blue and Brighten up Pink) work together to reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, whilst minimising visible veins, spots and uneven skin tone. Finish by adding a healthy glow of colour to your cheeks and definition to your cheekbones with the customisable blusher.

Bohemian Chic Minerals


Contains 3 vibrant shades; Mystical (orange), Ice Cold ( Blue) Berry (Red)

Made from earth derived minerals, the mineral eye shadows are one of the most natural pigments on the market.  The entire Bohemian Chic Mineral’s eyes shadow range boasts an impressive collection of vibrant and subtle shades for every skin tone.  The purity of the pigments provide excellent long-wearing shades that can be applied wet for an intense shade or as an liquid liner. Choose from opaque, shimmering, sparkling or more translucent shades.