Wednesday, 15 September 2021

5 Ways to Plan a Luxurious Wedding in a Budget

There’s something incredibly special about Indian weddings – a jam packed, colorful, two to three day extravaganza filled with lavish décor, mouth-watering food, dance and loads of relatives you’ve never ever met! 

However despite weddings being fun to plan and attend, there’s no escaping from the dreaded wedding budget. It’s no surprise that the cost of an Indian wedding has almost doubled over the last few years.

While executing each and every step of your wedding, you will be highly astonished to realize how much of a simple flower arrangement would cost! And to execute a budget wedding you need to look closely over each and every element of your wedding because an enchanting decor, beautiful wedding attire, an expert catering service, photographers, and gifts come with a hefty price tag.

For all the expectant brides and grooms who are closer to their BIG day, here are 5 tips to help you out Plan a Luxurious Wedding on a Budget.

  1. Host your pre-wedding puja’s or religious ceremonies and parties at home

Anything you spend for your wedding not just for the day but also pre- wedding pooja counts as an expenditure to your wedding budget. Your pre-wedding functions don’t have to be over the top. To begin with, we suggest you invite only your closest friends and relatives. Seek assistance from your relatives and friends to help you with decorations and if need be, song and dance. If your house is too small to hold an event, don’t worry about hosting it at a friend’s or family’s place (that’s what friends are for ❤) or a well equipped venue. 

  1. Draft your Financial Situation in Detail

Finance is one of the important elements for any party, ceremony or event. For organizing a successful event you should be backed up with the necessary funds to arrange the wedding of your dreams. Compartmentalize each and every segment of your wedding and attach an expected/ maximum budget to them.

  1. Get married on a weekday

It’s a fact that some venues charge extra for a weekend wedding? The season also makes a difference. Summer is the peak wedding season with Spring coming in at a close second. So we suggest you have your wedding on a week day.

  1. Book a Musician

Music is an important part of a wedding and instead of hiring a band or a DJ for the full night, book a musician for the early hours of the reception. Then, you can switch to a curated playlist that a trusted friend or family member can manage. 

We suggest that this little trick can cut your entertainment budget in half!

  1. Choose a unique venue

Choose a venue with a theme already set so you spend less on decorations. Think art museums, botanical gardens, and heritage homes that are already well decorated from entrance to the halls and all you have to do is adapt to the theme.

Just remember that an expensive wedding doesn’t mean or guarantee happiness. You must be in love first, before you get married. ❤

Kalyanamalai wishes you the best!

Monday, 13 September 2021

Top 5 Bridal Mehndi design ideas

If there is something that the bride and her tribe enjoy the most during the pre-wedding functions is definitely the Mehndi. 

While prepping for Mehndi includes everything from arranging floral jewellery, selecting the outfit and having a cute photo booth with props, the most important element is choosing a good mehndi design for your big day. 

When it comes to henna designs, brides have their own preferences. Some like a simple mehndi design, while others want to go all out with an intricate bridal mehendi design. 

Whatever may be your liking when it comes to mehandi designs, we have you covered with the top 5 mehandi designs that we spotted on real brides that will look fabulous on anyone!

  1. Royal Bridal Mehndi Design:

This wedding bridal mehndi design for front hands looks marvellous. Especially the way the design has depicted the maharani adorned with floral and peacock motifs. All these Royal Designs are very Easy Mehndi Designs. You can apply it comfortably on your Hands. It looks Very Beautiful to see as well. 

  1. Arabic Full Hand Mehndi:

In case you are not a huge fan of mehndi that covers every inch of your skin, here’s what you can get. 

The subtle Arabic Mehndi designs that adorn your hands on your big day! As far as we are concerned, Arabic Mehndi is the traditional Indian Mehndi simple yet elegant! 

If Indie Mehndi designs are intricate and stunning, then Arabic designs are delicate and charming! Suit yourself.

  1. Portrait Mehndi Designs:

Well, if YOU don’t get cheesy on your big day, who else will?

Lately, we’re seeing brides getting portrait bridal mehndi designs, and we can’t tell you how much we adore them! 

What’s more beautiful is that, a chance to let the most important people in the world know what they mean to you!

Some brides get portraits of their parents, some their fiancé, a few of the brides are even getting portraits of their fav deities, or of the wedding ceremony itself drawn on their full hands with mehendi. The list goes on!

  1. STORY-BASED Mehndi Designs:

What’s your story? Where did you guys meet first? Who proposed whom? Where did it all begin? When? How? Who?

There’s a never-ending train of questions that you’re bombarded with, even at your wedding. Right? How about letting your full hand bridal mehndi design speak for itself? A little portrait of the place where it all began? A portrait of who proposed, and how? Best memory you’ve had. 

Having a story-based mehendi is really exciting and you sure don’t want to miss out on the fun! 


  1. The Floral Bloom in a Bridal Mehendi:

Geometric shapes romance with floral elements and artistic leaves to add the freshness of nature's beauty to your palms. Opt for this latest bridal mehndi design for your wedding day if you want to keep it contemporary.

Mehndi adorns the hands and life takes on a new colour!

Comment below your favourite mehndi design with us!

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Good things might take time!

Leela, the bride's mother, was worried as they were looking for a match for her daughter, Kavitha for about 3 years, but wasn't able to find a suitable groom for her.  

In October, Kavitha and her family visited their relatives house in Trichy and that's when Leela (Kavitha’s mother) found Kalyanamalai’s Magazine and enquired about Kalyanamalai amongst her relatives.

Kavitha’s relatives were the members of Kalyanamalai and shared their experience with Leela and her family. 

Hearing about the services that Kalyanamalai provides, Lela registered her daughter, Kavitha at Kalyanamalai’s Trichy office.

Kavitha was registered in the month of November and within a month, she found a perfect match for her. 

Kavitha got married to the guy of her dreams in the month of December. Both families are happy, especially Leela, who mentioned that her wait dint go in vain as she is happy to see her daughter married.

Sometimes good things might take time, but it will happen.

Register with Kalyanamalai to find your ideal match!

Friday, 27 August 2021

5 Most Expensive South Indian Celebrity Weddings of all times

Every girl has grand plans for her dream wedding which is decorated with flowers, colors and lights, which comes straight out of movies. 

Here are the most expensive South Indian celebrity weddings where everything is bling and bright, featuring some couples who got a big-fat Indian wedding.

In fact, if it were to happen in today’s time, it would easily be featured as a show on Netflix.

To start off we have…

  1. Allu Arjun & Sneha Reddy:

One of the most beautiful and popular couples of the South Indian film industry, Allu Arjun and Sneha Reddy tied the knot in a magnificent ceremony.

The wedding took place at Hitex Grounds in Madhapur and the wedding was photographed by none other than the popular wedding photographer, Joseph Radhik.

Joseph Radhik on Allu Arjun and Sneha's wedding: This wedding had more than 40 photographer and most of them we appointed to capture the candids and behind the wedding scenes only.

It was a wedding that was filled with people and almost brought Hyderabad to a standstill.

  1. Surya & Jyothika: 

Surya and Jyothika, one of the most loved and popular couples of South Indian, exchanged vows in a grand and romantic ceremony. 

Jyothika’s outfit was estimated to be priced over Rs 3 lakhs, matched with a beautiful diamond necklace . 

Famous celebrity  guests like Kamal Hassan, Dhanush and Aishwarya among many other celebs attended the wedding.

  1. Sneha & Prasanna:

The famous Kollywood actors Sneha and Prasanna, tied the knot in a beautiful traditional wedding function. 

The money spent on this wedding makes it one of the most expensive South Indian weddings. 

Sneha’s 22 carat gold jewellery, including Todu, cost around Rs. 2 lakhs and her Addgai Patkam was around Rs. 6 lakhs. It sure was a golden wedding!

  1. Ram Charan Tej & Upasana Kamineni: 

Ram Charan Tej, son of politician K. Chiranjeevi, married his long-time girlfriend and the granddaughter of Apollo Hospital’s Chairman, Pratap C. Reddy in a wonderful ceremony. 

As celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Bonny Kapoor and his wife, Shri Devi attended the grand celebration, the budget had to have run in crores. 

The couple’s wedding invitation was designed by Upasana Kamineni’s aunt which cost around Rs. 1200/- each. The venue of the wedding was a Temple Tree resembling a grandeur opera hall with the pearl strung halls and small balconies. This couple's wedding did majestic justice

Last but not the least, we have…

  1. Dhanush and Aishwarya: 

The South-Indian actor, Dhanush married quite young to our all time favorite/our very own “Thalaiva's” daughter, Aishwarya. Rajnikanth’s daughter, Aishwarya studied law and is a well  known director married Dhanush in a lavish wedding. Dhanush’s father is also a very powerful figure in the South Indian film Industry. Dhanush’s father was a former director and producer. 

The joining of these two powerful families was a surprise for various Tollywood and Bollywood celebs.

Comment below your favorite South Indian celebrity wedding!

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

5 places to shop for A Groom To Be in Chennai

Getting married to the love of your life is one of the greatest moments in a person's life.

Indian wedding is a bit of a huge deal. It’s colorful with delicious food, dance, music, and an enthusiastic crowd. 

So we suggest you to not compromise on your wedding look, to be grooms. It’s your big day so, it’s only fair that you look nothing less than a royal king!

Today, we share with you some of the most popular go-to brand shops in Chennai for wedding suits and sherwanis for men. 

These stores stock a huge collection for both grooms and groomsmen in the latest styles at a reasonable price. So, go ahead, waste no more time and check out these top shelf shops.


The 1st shopper stop is at Fabindia

VR Chennai, 2nd floor, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Anna Nagar, Chennai 600040

Fabindia is an ideal store for a for a minimalist look for grooms who likes a simple and sophisticated ethnic look. 

The store’s main aim is blending traditional craft techniques with contemporary designs with handloom fabric. 

Whether it is hand-woven textiles, block printing or hand embroidery, all their garments are sure to have a handmade touch to them.

To add on, Fabindia is also a 'Fully Certified' Organic brand. They have an impressive selection of quality merchandise. 

The 2nd shopper stop is at Nihal Fashions

Nihal fashions, for one, don't just have Indian groom wedding outfits, it has a huge variety of Indian men's outfits to choose from, so you will never feel like you are running out of choice here.

Nihal Fashion hosts an exotic range of outfits for not just grooms in India but abroad too. 

So you will have a wide variety of options to choose from. 

The 3rd shopper stop is at Raymond

One of India’s oldest brands and even generations of your family probably might have been their customers. So why not get in line?

Their collection ranges from very modern western wedding suits to traditional, ethnic sherwanis that would make your mum tear up as soon as she sets her eyes on you. :’)

Not to mention, the fabric they use is top notch and that merino-wool blazer is going to have you looking very dapper at your reception.

The 4th shopper stop is at Manyavar

VR Chennai, 2nd floor, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Anna Nagar, Chennai 600040

Manyavar is popularly known specifically in the ethnic wear. But amongst that, their main collections consist of everything from traditional wedding sherwanis and men’s suits in contemporary and indo-western styles.

Their designs are sophisticated and a number of grooms choose Manyavar to be their one stop shop for wedding outfits. 

From rich embroidery designs to minimalist looks, they have it all.

The 5th and the last shopper stop is at Diwan Saheb

One of the oldest brands in the list, this shop is now online too, has kept up with the trends for more than 60 years now. 

Even with their latest collection, they show us that time just makes their collections better. Every piece of clothing you find here will not just be a simple garment but a work of art that will not disappoint you.

Now that you have the right idea about the outfit, you can get started with your happily ever after

Comment your favorite shop below!

Monday, 16 August 2021

5 Best Designer Earrings for Brides to Be

 Are you planning a wedding this season? 

Well, congratulations on your new beginning!

When it comes to wedding jewelry, earrings have a special place in every girl’s heart! 

If you think about it, earrings are that piece of wedding jewelry that you’ll end up wearing the most even after your wedding – let it be your friend’s wedding or a Diwali party. 

So we bring to you our collection of handpicked earrings from jhumkas to chandbaalis to danglers for you to go Gaga over on your special day!

  1. Pretty Golden Ones with Green Emeralds:

Outshine any occasion with this Magnificent Stunning Pair of Emerald Earrings. It's not just the earrings but the entire jewellery set will take our breath away!


Look at the bride all dressed up in this pretty traditional red outfit and golden chandelier earrings decorated with bottle green emeralds. To lead you on to a small secret, green pearls at the bottom give you the exact elegance but at a much more feasibility. 


The bride’s smile, of course, makes this one all hearts ❤!

  1. Dazzling Diamond Earrings:

The amazing thing about diamond jewelry is that it is a trend of its own.

No matter what happens in the world, people still buy diamonds because of their beauty.

A pair of diamond earrings adds elegance to your outfit – be it a gown, a saree or a lehenga.

There’s definitely something about diamonds that makes them ‘every girl’s best friend’

  1. Go Jhumkas: 

It really doesn't matter, if you’re going for a modern or a traditional look, jhumkas work wonders with almost every outfit from lehengas to sarees to anarkalis! 

Silver/gold jhumkas with pearls or stone hangings can never go out of style. 

Get yourself a pair of polki jhumkas adorned with rubies, minakari and pearls to glam up your bridal look.

There is no denying the fact that the intricate beauty of a South Indian temple style jhumkas with no extra stones can only make people jealous of how gorgeous you look! 

  1. The Classic Chandbali:

These stunning gold chandbalis with green and white micro pearls or stones makes the bride look nothing less than queen! 

Chandbali resembles the crescent-shaped moon and adds beauty and wow factor to the bride’s Indian outfits, and we just can’t stop loving them enough!

  1. Dangler We Cannot Get Enough: 

Golden dangler earrings with diamonds are ideal for brides who want to glam up their look. 

The pearl detailing at the end of the earring makes this one no less than a masterpiece.

Remember, no matter what you’re wearing on your special day, your earrings are that part of your wedding jewelry that will lighten up your face. 

So save the ones that you liked and comment below your favorite from the list!