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Wedding shenanigans

Planning a wedding is a lot of hard work. Not only the wedding and the reception itself, but the pre- wedding events take up a lot of effort and time; and of course they are more the fun!


One of the recently hyped and celebrated pre-wedding events with a lot of pomp and zest is 'rang khela' (game of colours). So, there is not much you can do except wearing all white. The decor and the clothes all the guests wear are usually plain white as later they become the canvas of a hundred more shades.


Bridal shower is an all-girls get together where the bride's female friends and family members come together to throw her a little surprise. Bridal showers can be done very differently and there are plenty of ideas to make the day a memorable one. Most of the bridal showers we have attended or seen pictures of usually are decorated with an all pink theme.

The cupcakes, balloons and cakes are either bright pink or pink with a tinge of white. A black and white chess patterned theme can be done easily. Black and white supplies are available almost everywhere. With black balloons, dress code and all things black, you could perhaps have a white cake to add contrast to the whole theme.

A garden theme can also be affordable yet classy. For garden themes, use colourful or different shades of green, and a colourful cake with delish butter cream flower frostings!


It is a very vibrant gathering with only close family members and so there is not too much crowd and thus the best approach to a Mehendi Shondha is the minimalist approach! A very common, yet elegant theme for Mehendi Shondha is green.

Henna is the main focus of the ceremony. With energetic music in the background, and with everyone wearing green, some dancing and others putting henna. Mehendi Shondha is a pre-wedding event to enjoy to the fullest with you close ones.

Green is the obvious choice but if you want to do things differently, candles can be your answer. Candles come in all shapes and sizes, and scented candles can be put to use as well to minimise the strong smell of henna since as a lot of people do not like it.


From décor to dress code, everything is yellow! That is a ceremonial Holud for you.

Bangladesh has big wholesale shops to purchase Holud-related items. If you visit Elephant Road, you will find 'dalas' and every other possible item needed for decoration! Apart from yellow, many other colours are also being used for themes in Holud functions to brighten up the atmosphere. Along with different coloured themes, floral can also be a very good theme for Holud events. It gives the whole place a vibrant and artsy look. Flowers always spread a joyous vibe. So, to make the room light up with happiness, there can be more uses of flowers and floral decors.

Weddings come once in a lifetime. There is no better way to celebrate this promising event, than enjoying them to the fullest without a dull moment!

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

Models: Risila, Mashiat and Mili

Make-up: Farzana Shakil's Makeover Salon

Wardrobe: Tenzing Chakma

Jewellery: Tenzing Chakma and Kanok

Location: Eskay by Saimul Karim

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