Pippa Middleton

The world's most famous bridesmaid is about to become a bride: Kate Middleton's younger sister Pippa, 33, is getting married.

Kate's wedding was a massive state affair watched by billions worldwide. But reports indicate that Pippa's celebrations are going to be much smaller and more private. Here's everything we know about the nuptials thus far.

Her fiancé is a mysterious multi-millionaire.

Matthews grew up in a mansion near Grantham, England and had expensive schooling. In his teen years, he was a successful race car driver, but at age 24, he decided to pivot and launch a hedge fund management company. Now, at age 41, he's still the CEO.

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Matthews and Pippa have been dating steadily since 2015, though they were together for a brief stint in 2012. Despite his connection to the royal family, he's managed to keep an extremely low profile.

The ring cost than more $250,000.

Pippa's four-carat ring was designed specially by Matthews, People reports, and came from jeweler Robinson Pelham, who also designed the earrings Kate wore on her wedding day. After snagging a rare in-person interview with Pippa last September, the Daily Mail described the ring as "impossible to ignore."

Matthews proposed during a romantic getaway in the scenic Lake District last July.

The wedding is set for May 2017.

Us Weekly recently reported that Middleton and Matthews will be married in May 2017 at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. Other sources have reported an exact date of Saturday, May 20. The reception will be at the bride's parents' house, just a few miles away.

But this won't be any old backyard wedding reception: The Middletons live in a $7.3 million manor on 18 acres of land, and a source told the Daily Mail that the reception is going to be "bling-tastic." The party is expected to feature high-end champagne, custom cocktails, and an expensive menu.

The dress is still a mystery.

In November, designer Giles Deacon was seen carrying garment bags into Pippa's home in London, according to Us Weekly. Deacon hasn't said if he's designing the bride's dress, though.

"I can never really comment on rumours," he told HELLO! Fashion. "Until things are confirmed it's just rumours." (Though he did praise the Middleton sisters' style as "divine.")

Princess Charlotte is going to be the flower girl.

Us Weekly also said that Middleton's niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, will be a flower girl and page boy in the ceremony. The report also says that her sister Kate will not be a bridesmaid — though a source suspects that she may perform a reading during the ceremony. (No word yet on why Kate won't be a part of the wedding party.)

It's believed that the groom's brother, British reality TV star Spencer Matthews, will be the best man.

Pippa and Matthews are going on an "early-moon."

The almost newlyweds will be traveling to visit Matthews' parents' five-star resort in St. Bart's before the wedding, a trip that a writer for the Telegraph dubbed an "early moon." No word yet on whether the trip is a replacement or just an addition to a more traditional post-wedding honeymoon.

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MOST women fantasise about having the perfect wedding and any little bump in the road can be stressful.

But one bride has taken offence at her 16-year-old sister-in-law for getting pregnant, asking fellow Mumsnet users whether it would be unreasonable to kick her off bridesmaid duty.

Many were unimpressed with the question and slammed the woman for her views on her sister-in-law’s situation.

Explaining herself, the woman known as Hesdeadjim on the forum, said she’d originally asked her groom-to-be’s two sisters to be her bridesmaids on the big day.

But far from it being a smooth process, she recently found out some big news that’s now affecting her decision.

The bride said: “We found out last night that 16-year-old sister is pregnant and will have a four month old baby at the time of the wedding.”

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Going on to explain that there are “mixed emotions” about the pregnancy within the family, the bride states that: “She planned the baby without her boyfriend or anyone else knowing about it so she’s happy even if no one else is.”

But despite her mother-in-law and father-in-law coming to terms with the pregnancy, the bride-to-be queries whether it’s now unreasonable to ask her sister-in-law to relinquish her bridesmaid duties.

She said: “She’ll have a four-month-old to care for and it’s really not fair to expect father-in-law and mother-in-law to take on care duties while sister-in-law does bridesmaid stuff, it’s their son’s wedding.”

She adds: “Sister-in-law is still living in a fantasy world where she’ll be able to care for the child as a single parent and still live the life of a normal teenager so I can’t ask her if she’ll manage it, she doesn’t know the reality of children yet.”

The bride adds that she’s worried the newborn will steal the limelight from her and her husband-to-be on their wedding day.

Part of her objection is that her and her partner have wanted children for four years but held off until they were married and had bought a house, saying she “can’t help but feel anger,” about the whole thing.

She said: “What’s more, my family were horrified when my cousin got pregnant at 23 outside marriage, so I know they will see sister-in-law and the baby and instantly judge my partner’s whole family.”

She continued: “It will be a massive elephant in the room.”

The bride ends her post asking whether it’s acceptable to ask her pregnant sister-in-law not to be a bridesmaid anymore and also not to bring the baby to the wedding.

Other Mumsnet users were quick to point out that the bride was being “unreasonable”.

One user said they “lost all sympathy,” when the bride claimed her niece or nephew would steal her limelight and added that she should, “grow up”.

Another said she’d had a similar situation at her own wedding, but had easily come up with a solution to her bridesmaid having a baby.

She explained: “She used to carry her baby in slings so I bought her a Kokadi Wunderland sling in a colour which matched her dress and her daughter became our youngest bridesmaid.”

Another Mumsnet commenter slammed the bride and said: “It sounds like you’re ashamed of having a 16-year-old mum as part of your wedding party.

“She will be having a hard enough situation without you ‘punishing’ her.”

Others commented that the bride should be rallying behind her young sister-in-law and offering her help rather than making her feel excluded.

The bride later said she didn’t want the baby at the ceremony for “obvious reasons,” but her two dogs would be coming for the whole day.

Apparently her partner is “still furious at her for getting pregnant so he’s all for revoking her invite.”

Other women were then quick to point out that it seemed strange to have dogs at your wedding day but be worried about a baby.

One user commented that uninviting the sister-in-law would cause arguments and “a massive rift in the family.”

Another woman said: “It sounds like you wanted all the attention of getting married and then having the first grandchild and she has taken the attention from you.”

While another Mumsnet user simply stated: “You are being unreasonable. And pretty self obsessed, precious, judgy and mean.”

After reading the many comments left under her post, the bride seemed to see the error in her original message.

In another long post she said she understood she needed “a reality check”.

She was worried her sister-in-law got pregnant because she needed "a purpose," and wanted her boyfriend to move in with her.

She added that her sister-in-law stopped taking the pill so she would become pregnant, with her and her husband-to-be concerned about how "difficult" the teen's life might be.

She ended by saying that although she found it hard not to judge her sister-in-law, she had decided not to revoke her invite and ask the baby not to come.

Recently, a mum caused outrage on Mumsnet after asking for tips on visiting sex clubs, while another user moaned about her noisy neighbours who kept having sex in their hot tub at 5am.

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Bride brigade

Designers are doing all they can to woo the modern Indian brideThe modern Indian bride is decisive in nature and wants to be in sync with the global trends. Keeping up with her requirements, designers all over are working on distinct ideas and are creating original designs for the bride. The following boutiques in the city serve testament to this. Each one of them offers bespoke bridal services, designs and collections with a trademark aesthetic while serving the bride and her entourage with the right mix of tradition, panache and exclusivity.

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KavaniInfantry RoadKavani is a christian bridal wear label founded by Tan Kuruvilla. The designer from Kerala started designing bridal sarees when she couldn't find good wedding saris for her wedding. The label has now launched a store in Bangalore. Their latest collection 'Varna' offers a simplistic aesthetic that is devoid of heavy stonework and glittering attachments. She states, “My collection is fully handmade and the colour palette consists of traditional colours such as gold, white and off whites, but the designs are contemporary in nature.” The designs showcased seek inspiration from the traditional Christian bridal wear of Kerala and are modelled to appeal to brides who are looking for simple ensembles in ethnic colours.

FulkiKoramangalaFulki is a one stop shop for brides who are seeking a quick assemblage of their wedding wardrobe. The store consists of quintessential Indian bridal lehengas, saris, gowns, capes and dresses featuring intricate hand work in pure handlooms and fabrics such as silk, chanderi, georgette and crepes. The CEO of the label Rocky R elaborates further, "We customise at the same time we have a pret collection and a couture collection ready. If you don't have time and you want something to wear for tomorrow we got it ready today." The bridal store also offers occasion wear, menswear, jewellery and bags for the wedding.

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Lustre studio brings to fore the marriage of modern and contemporary silhouettes with traditional hand work and design patterns. The designer label founded by sisters Shaista Roshan and Subia Roshan offer bridal lehengas, jackets, corset saris, gowns and dresses. They feature rich work such as zardozi sequins, gold applique, bead and stone work on an unconventional colour palette such as pastels and blues. Shaista says, “We believe in making wedding outfits which can be worn by the bride later on as well and not just for the special occasion. Hence the designs include party wear pieces which can be reworked with the bridal outfit such as a jacket blouse over the wedding lehenga.”

Bride and beautifulColes RoadDesigner Kimi Wason of Bride and beautiful doesn't consider white as the ideal colour for a Christian wedding gown. She states, “The market is full of China gowns which are cheap and they are mostly bright white gowns that are really unflattering for the Indian complexion. Therefore, I work with off whites, ivory and champagne white."The designer uses a lot of lace, delicate embellishment work on fabrics such as polyesters, georgettes, satin and mikado fabric. The designer offers jewellery, tiaras, shoes along with dresses for the bridesmaids and the flower girl. The entire wedding can be coordinated with the bridal outfit too, as the designer has decorators, make-up artistes and hairdressers working with her.

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Solomon Pond Mall

Solomon Pond Mall, a Simon property in Marlborough, Mass., will host its second annual Wedding Expo on Saturday, March 11, 2017. In addition and new this year, Solomon Pond Mall will host a Prom Preview Fashion Show on Friday, March 10, 2017, featuring prom, after-prom and quinceañera fashions.

The Friday runway fashion show starts at 7 p.m. in Ann Taylor Court on the main level and will showcase the most stylish dresses of the moment for teen girls, as well as the opportunity to win prizes. Guests are encouraged to enjoy dinner before the show and catch a movie at Regal Cinema afterwards.

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The Saturday Wedding Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ann Taylor Court and feature exhibits from a variety of wedding businesses and vendors for all bride and groom-to-be needs, including florists, photographers, venues and more. Two runway fashion shows, at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., will showcase the latest styles for brides, grooms and wedding parties – from dresses to suits to the accessories to complete the perfect look. Wedding dresses from The Special Event Bridal Shoppe will be featured and other participating Solomon Pond Mall retailers include: Ann Taylor, J.Jill, LOFT, Francesca’s, H&M, JCPenney and Macy’s.

The first 100 brides-to-be who pre-register for the free Wedding Expo fashion shows online here will receive a complimentary goodie bag at the registration table, while supplies last. Door prizes and giveaways will also be offered throughout the day.

Brides can also get ready for their big days by taking advantage of The Special Event Bridal Shoppe’s pop-up shop at Solomon Pond Mall, featuring gorgeous gowns at affordable prices. The Bridal Shoppe will be located next to Talbots on the Main Level in Macy’s Court through April 30.

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Churchtown Wedding Cars won Wedding Transport Supplier of the Year at the Wedding Industry Awards 2017. The company had claimed the regional title at the end of last year and beat of tough competition to claim the top prize.

Olympic silver medallist Roger Black hosted the awards ceremony at the exclusive Cafe de Paris in London.

Based on a combination of factors including customer service and value for money, the awards are given out with a large emphasis on customer feedback as the most important factor.

Steve Mann, owner of Churchtown Wedding Cars, said: “This year, customers were also asked about specific things that they felt went above and beyond the call of duty and why they chose to book with Churchtown Wedding Cars instead of other companies. Obviously the majority of the responses were in relation to the cars but the friendliness of everyone involved also scored highly.

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“Brides particularly liked that Churchtown Wedding Cars only do one wedding a day and that there is no limit to the number of journeys or time allowed for photographs.

Steve took over the firm around 18 months ago from previous owners Pat and Roy Cropper, who had run the business for 22 years, and says he was able to build on the excellent reputation it already earned.

The company has vehicles it uses for weddings, a Beaurfort, an Imperial, a Mercedes and a Dorchester and Steve added that there are plans in place for future expansion, including new premises and different cars.

The company also works with venues and suppliers in the town promoting wedding services under the banner, ‘Radiance, The Wedding Professionals’

Radiance is a group of suppliers including Debonair Brides, Tarleton Photography, Smileomatic Photobooths and of course Churchtown Wedding Cars who organise the events on a voluntary basis spending all the exhibitors fees on targeted local advertising. A number of local venues have seen booking rise considerably since Radiance’s formation, according the group.

This collaboration, as well as the work Churchtown Wedding Cars does for Gift Of A Wedding Charity ,helped set the business apart from its competition and seal the win.

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Bride and Groom

It seems like you can't log into Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat these days without your feed being covered in wedding-related posts. Sharing photos of your engagement, bachelorette party, or wedding day can be a great way to show off your bridal bliss to your community, but does everyone you've ever met really need to know every time you try out a potential wedding-day nail-polish color or get in a fight with your wedding planner? When it comes to wedding-planning posts, at what point does sharing become oversharing, especially before the big day has even happened?

"As a bride, just like with any other milestone life event, you need to stop and think before you post," says Jodi R.R. Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, "because there are a number of things that could be potentially hazardous to you and your event as you move forward." How much of the planning process you want to share on the Internet is inevitably a personal decision, but here are five things you should keep in mind about oversharing on social media before the big day.

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Consider Who's Seeing Your Posts

Unless you want all 900 of your Facebook friends at your wedding (856 of whom you haven't spoken to since college), you may want to pause before you share certain details. "The second you get engaged, the minute you put it on your feed, everyone who follows you assumes they're close enough to be invited to the wedding," says Smith. "Because they were included in the initial excitement, they now feel they should be included in the event." Save sharing any specifics about the wedding (like the date and location) until you send save-the-dates; that way, only the people who are actually invited will know to show up at the event.

Realize You May Be Offending People

Remember how crappy it felt in high school when you didn't get invited to someone's Sweet 16? Even though you thought you two were close? And then you had to listen to everyone talk about it during lunch? For some of your Facebook and Instagram friends, that's what it will feel like when they realize they didn't make the cut for your big day. "Every time you post something, it's a reminder they're not included," says Smith. To avoid any hurt feelings, Smith suggests using technology to your advantage to create a private Facebook group or text thread so you can easily share any intimate details with your nearest and dearest, and anyone who's not going to be invited won't feel left out.

Maintain a Little Bit of Mystery

As far as things to look forward to on a wedding day go, the big dress/cake/venue reveals are some of the most exciting parts (aside from committing to spend the rest of your lives with someone you love, that is). "If a bride posts everything—every dress fitting, cake tasting, meeting with her wedding planner—there are really no surprises," says Smith. "As a bride, you don't want people to have wedding fatigue by the time they get to your event." Smith suggests posting about the wedding once every other day at most; anything beyond that can be overkill.

Don't Be Negative

It's no secret that wedding planning is stressful, and at times there will be things you'll want to complain about to anyone who will listen, but a social-media page is not the right place to air your grievances. "Getting resources and suggestions [from social media] can be good," says Smith, "but be careful about writing something that's specifically negative, like 'I went to this bakery and that was disgusting.'" There are many, many ways it can backfire on you (like if you end up having to order the "disgusting" cake you posted about for whatever reason), and it will end up sending some pretty major bridezilla vibes out into the community.

Make Sure You and Your Fiancé Are on the Same Page

This advice should go for the entire planning process (and for the relationship as a whole, really), but the two of you should have an honest conversation about how much you want to share in regard to the event so that no one feels uncomfortable. "The guideline is that you default to being more private rather than more public," says Smith. "You can always add additional information at a later date and share more later on, but once info is out there, it's impossible to take it back."

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Brandon Hamilton's wedding

When it comes to wedding entertainment, the trends are always changing.

At my wedding on April 17, 2016, my beautiful wife Chelsey turned the reception into an epic performance. As a former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, she gathered her girls and choreographed a dance. Not only did it entertain, it also energized the crowd. One of many ways to change up the reception flow.

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When it comes to technology, DJ's now have their hands on the best of the best technology.

"Keeping the crowd entertained is key. The one thing that has changed is everything is computerized and on hard drives. With technology now and access to apple music and other resources, it’s hard not to have a song that guests want," said Manny Torres, DJ with Push Play Entertainment.

We've all seen photo booths, but this is something new.

“It’s the same concept as a photo booth, but instead of photos we make flip books. We take a seven second video and turn it into a flip book, so it’s an interactive party favor that guests get to walk away with at the reception,” said Amy Wahl with Flip Book Memories.

Plus, there are always new ideas as far as guest books go.

“We are offering rustic wood themed guest boxes. Guests can write on the wood hearts and it can be displayed in the home for years to come," said Marc Pendergraft with Engrave My Memories.

Whether you choose a new trend or create your own idea, making your wedding unique is key.

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The Bridesmaid 'Ask'

As someone who half-heartedly struggles through any crafting activity, I agonized a bit over how to officially ask my bridal party. I hoped to invite my favorite ladies to be part of my big day in a fun and creative way. But due to social media examples of insanely beautiful and original ideas (thanks but no thanks Pinterest), I was feeling the pressure.

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Fortunately, I realized that I'm lucky to have some quality individuals to stand by my side, who wouldn't care how they were requested. Creating some over-the-top, totally uncharacteristic bridesmaids box would be bizarre and unnecessary. Upon some reflection, I figured out I wanted to go with the classic "Will you help me tie the knot?" wording. From there, I paid a visit to "old faithful" aka the Kate Spade outlet at Nebraska Crossing. I found a simple rose gold bangle with a bow (which would match my ring and wedding accent color), so I scooped up 7 of those pretties.

My next step was to reach out to my friend Christina, who is an insanely talented custom cookie baker, and founder at Sugar Chic Design in Omaha. I had originally hoped to ask them to help me "tie the knot" on an edible confection, but it would have too much going on on one sugar cookie. Christina experimented and realized she could write my bridesmaids names on cookies in rose gold glitter and it would look less cramped. She hand painted an elegant floral design onto a sparkly gold and white polka dot background, then added the rose gold script. I could not have been more pleased with how they turned out. Everyone raved about them!

My last move was to figure out how to package the bracelet and cookie in a cute, mailable way. I have a unique situation, where my lady friends live all over the country; I knew I'd have to ship parcels to Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Rochester, Atlanta, Chicago, and one locally in Omaha. Luckily, my go-to Target (Tar-jay Boutique) did an amazing collaboration with Sugar Paper LA, which included these slate blue beauties that also happened to match my wedding color palette. I used extra gold foil tissue paper to make sure the cookies wouldn't break, and packed them into padded envelopes. The end result felt fun, but not too fussy, and they all said yes, so I'd call this a success!

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Wedding Tips

When it comes to your wedding, we're sure you want to be in the best shape ever - from head to toe. And one slightly temperamental feature, that we're sure you're concerned about, is your skin. If you want it to look flawless and glowing on your wedding, we can help. Here are a few ways to get your skin in the best shape.

Drink water, LOTS of it.

Sure, you've been told to drink water since you were a kid. But when it comes to your skin and your body on the whole, water works like magic. The best thing you can do, to get the skin of your dreams for your wedding day, is to stay hydrated. Water helps in all essential bodily processes, and prevents issues like acne and dry skin. So keep a bottle handy all the time before, and after your wedding.

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Stick to a skincare routine that you are sure works for you.

While we're all for experimenting when it comes to wardrobe and make-up, stay away from experimentation when it comes to your skin. If you have a skincare routine that you know works for you, stick to it. Also, if you have problem areas, make sure you pay extra attention while taking care of them, pre-wedding.

Stay away from food that messes with your skin.

Another thing to take control of, to get flawless skin for your wedding, is to make sure you eat the right kind of food. If you're aware of certain foods that cause you to break out, or affect your skin negatively, stay away from them. Stick to food that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, like berries, dark chocolate and fish like salmon, to mention a few.

Take a break from make-up sometimes.

In the time leading up to your wedding, give yourself a few make-up free days. Give your skin some time to breathe, instead of clogging up your pores. The days of your wedding ceremonies are going to be make-up heavy anyway, so in order to prevent any sudden breakouts or skin problems, keep your skin clear of any products. Pat on a tinted moisturiser with SPF, if you need to. And if you are wearing make-up, make sure to remove it completely, at the end of the day, and gently cleanse your face as well.

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Winter Carnival

Every outfit had a story Thursday night at the Snowflake Costume Fashion Show at the Boscov’s auditorium at the Fairlane Village mall.

The 17 high school juniors competing in the 50th annual Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival carefully picked out what they wore Thursday to express their personalities and impress the judges.

But first, each contestant came on stage and pulled a random question for the 2016 Snowflake Princess Rachael Cataldo to ask them.

In response to what superpower she would choose to have, Kathryn McCarthy, Mahanoy Area, said she would like the ability to fly.

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“It would be neat to see the world from a new perspective,” McCarthy said.

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She later came out dressed in black with a gold skirt to represent the “golden anniversary” of the Winter Carnival. She also is a cheerleader for the Mahanoy Area Golden Bears and a member of the golf team, she said.

“I have a golden love for the sport because of my dad,” she said. “He’s my biggest fan.”

McCarthy said that the Winter Carnival is an experience she will never forget.

“The memories and friends I made here will stay with me through my golden years,” she said.

Corrine Ellis, Minersville, was asked what she would tell her younger self if she could travel through time.

“The advice I would give to myself would be to be more involved in extracurricular activities,” she said.

Ellis later appeared on stage with a ukulele and performed a song that she wrote.

“Recently, I decided to write a song and with my sister’s help, we came up with the melody,” Ellis said.

Ellis said that her melody in life is the many activities she is involved in, like cheerleading and cross country, while her family and friends are her harmony.

“With those two things together, every day is a song and my life is an entire symphony,” she said.

Samantha Puzzi, Blue Mountain, was asked about the one place in the county she would take a family member or friend visiting the area for the first time.

“I would take them to Hawk Mountain because it is one of my favorite places in Schuylkill County, and I believe it is where you can really appreciate the beauty of Schuylkill County,” Puzzi said.

Puzzi then came back on stage wearing cheap wedding dresses coat and black slacks. She recited a quote from Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for women’s education who was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17, and said that she inspired her to pursue a career in politics.

“She has inspired me to not just go into my career field but to help others while I do it,” she said.

Kassandra Kuperavage, Pottsville, was asked to tell the audience about a quality that sets her a part from her friends.

“The one quality that sets me a part from my friends is definitely being more outgoing and always being on the move and always getting my group of friends involved in things,” Kuperavage said.

She later showed off various shoes as they pertain to her life. She brought her sneakers for volleyball, the cleats she wore when she had the game-winning hit in a 13-inning game against Pine Grove, and the shiny silver heels she will be wearing at the coronation pageant.

“No matter the outcome, this experience will truly be one I don’t forget,” she said. “Thank you Winter Carnival for 50 years of memories.”

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What wedding?

It wasn't until after another routine opening-round beatdown that Serena Williams offered a startling glimpse into the ruthlessly compartmentalized mindset that accompanies her to the Grand Slams.

She was engaged recently to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, but said she wasn't going to fully process the life-changing, milestone event -- until February.


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"I guess it feels good," Williams said in her postmatch press conference. "I really haven't thought about it too much, because I wasn't even really going to think about it until after the tournament.

"I just kept saying that February I'll start looking at the bigger picture of my life."

For now, the smaller picture is winning a seventh title at the Australian Open.

The evidence, the early returns of the nascent 2017 season, suggested Serena's first-round match would be taxing.

Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic was a top-10 player a year ago, but injuries contrived to leave her unseeded here at the Australian Open. They had split their previous two meetings and, considering Serena's advanced age (35), there was some plausibility in those questions echoing around the grounds at Melbourne Park.

With temperatures creeping into the mid-90s Tuesday, Williams burned even hotter, comfortably ruining Bencic 6-4, 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena.

Shame on all the cynics, the skeptics, the haters -- and you know who you are -- who doubted Serena's motivation. By now, after all these years, we shouldn't be terribly surprised.

There were questions about her extended offseason as well as her work ethic and preparedness after going out early in Auckland, New Zealand, and committing a zany 88 unforced errors.

We can report (this just in) that Williams is now a tidy 65-1 in first-round matches at Grand Slams. And while there are wildly differing qualities of victory, mark this one in the category of surpassingly solid.

Serena repeatedly bludgeoned Bencic's not-good-enough serve, taking some first offerings from a position a foot inside the baseline. The second serve?

Don't ask.

Williams made a handful of sublime shots, including a running, sliced backhand winner late in the first set that had no business landing in the court.

"I didn't come here to lose in the first round, or the second round, or at all," Williams said in her pretournament news conference. "If I can play the way I've been practicing, it will be fine."

Sure enough, that's just what happened. We should have known.

Serena, a six-time Aussie Open champion, has developed a remarkable reputation here. Since 1999, she has never lost before the third round.

Losing to Angelique Kerber here in last year's final set in motion her season-long struggle to maintain the No. 1 ranking. If she can get to the final here, she'll have a chance to reclaim it. Kerber, for the record, looked a little sketchy Monday, dropping a set on her way to the second round.

Serena's second-round match Thursday, naturally, seems fraught with all kinds of peril. She'll play 2015 French Open finalist Lucie Safarova, also a one-time Wimbledon semifinalist and Australian Open quarterfinalist.

Safarova, for what it's worth, should have a healthy supply of belief after saving a staggering nine match points in her first-round victory over Yanina Wickmayer.

Yes, the sky is falling all over again. How can Serena possibly rise to yet another potentially daunting occasion?

Clearly, she lives for this kind of shrill hysteria.

"Right now," she said, "I'm just so focused that this is kind of all I can think about."

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Same-Sex Wedding

Two Christian artists who create hand-painted invitations and cards could be facing jail time and heavy penalties for refusing to make invitations for same-sex weddings.

Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of art design studio Brush & Nib, challenged an ordinance in Phoenix, Arizona that prohibits them from refusing clients for same-sex weddings. Under the same ordinance, they are also not allowed to discuss their convictions or the reason for not accepting clients for same-sex weddings.

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If they should violate these laws, they would be imprisoned for six months for every day they fail to comply. They would also be fined $2,500, according to Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Kristen Waggoner, who appeared on Fox’s ‘The Kelly File’ last week to talk about the case.

Duka and Koski filed a lawsuit against Phoenix for violating their rights to create art according to their religious beliefs and for preventing them from talking to others about their art and religious beliefs.

On September, a trial court judge refused to suspend the ordinance against them, saying “the purpose of a wedding invitation is simply to convey the details of the date, time, and place of the wedding and to identify the persons getting married.”

Waggoner said that the government should not force Duka and Koski and other artists to create something that is not consistent with their convictions under threat of jail time.

“This case involves artistic expression. The issue here is whether the government can force artists to create art in violation of their convictions,” Waggoner explained. “And this ordinance imposes jail time potentially on artists, as well as fines — six months for every day that Joana and Brianna are not in compliance. We don’t force artists to create artistic expression under threat of jail time.”

Waggoner also said the ordinance prohibits Duka and Koski from talking about their views about marriage, which is why she was the one who appeared on the show instead of them.

“If they in any way, directly or indirectly, suggest that they may have beliefs that are based on marriage between one man and one woman, they can face the six months in jail for every single day they’re incompliant. It’s an extreme penalty,” she said.

However, in a voice recording played on the program, Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego said the city is determined to protect the ordinance for economic reasons.

“You’ve seen companies such as PayPal leave communities that don’t stand up for all of their residents. Major events like The Final Four will not come to communities that discriminate. So this ordinance is an important economic development tool and we will protect it,” Gallego said.

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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.

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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!

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The wedding affair

Eyes down. Don't smile. Indian brides never smile." Remember those lines from the hilarious Bend it like Beckham? Well, luckily, a lot has changed since then. Not only do Indian brides now grin happily for the camera but they also kiss the groom, pull faces for the lens, dance like no one's watching and even dive into a swimming pool in all their finery-all for the perfect wedding album and more importantly, to make sure the wedding hashtag (cleverly created especially for the shaadi shenanigans) gives those unable to attend major FOMO.

Of course, the job of creating a good hashtag mustn't be underestimated. It's no longer about marrying two names to create a Brangelina or Saifeena imitation. Think Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover's #monkeywedding. Talking of Bollywood weddings, the most recent trend seems to be white weddings. While Bipasha stuck to the traditional red at her Bengali wedding, she did lighten it up with floral pink at her mehendi and a stunning gold lehenga at her reception. But it was Lisa Haydon and Neha Bhasin who chose to walk down the aisle in virginal white. Both beauties snuck away from the Mumbai limelight by picking a beach wedding in Thailand and a fairytale Tuscan wedding respectively.

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Bridal colours

Not every Indian bride might be open to picking white, traditionally considered the colour of mourning. But red is not the only bridal colour anymore, with brides choosing from a wide colour palette. Some even opting for neons. Priyal Sheth, marriager.com, refers to these as the Monroesque Brides. From the trend she is seeing on her wedding planning website, Sheth says a lot of brides are open to wearing black too. "If not pure black, they're mixing it up with another colour. Wearing white is a lot more common now than it was earlier," she reveals.

The 'smart' bride, who is more involved in the planning of her own wedding, is also thinking in terms of cost-effectiveness. "So brides are more likely to go in for heavy dupattas and light blouses on their lehengas, so they can wear the outfit again later," says Sheth. Fashion designer Surily Goel agrees that brides have become more experimental with their outfit choices. "A lot of it even depends on the venues and locations for that matter. With destination weddings now in vogue, themes are more different and bridal wear has a new twist to it. There is immense focus on colour combinations as well as the cuts and silhouettes as opposed to the embroideries.

The off-shoulder and cold shoulder trends are gaining popularity as it is feminine yet flirty at the same time," says Goel, whose latest collection includes elegant whites with embellished off-shoulder blouses. The Indo-western fusion trend is becoming more popular with each passing day, believes the designer. From stitched saree gowns to even losing the dupatta, Goel is a strong supporter of the fuss-free and more flattering style. Blues, greens, and jewelled tones have also been added to the palette, says the designer.

Of baraats and bidaais

The feisty non-conformist "Monroesque" bride needs to make a grand entry, and she can't rely merely on her clothing choices. Why should the boy's side have prerogative over boisterous baraats? A bridal baraat, says photographer Ankita Ashtana, is the next big thing. For WeddingNama co-founder Asthana, attending a number of weddings every season is just an occupational hazard. The bride and bridegroom's entry goes one step further with every ceremony, she notes. Brides want their entry accompanied with dhol-baaja and the whole shebang too.

"I definitely feel that the bridal entry or the couple's exit should be paid most attention to. People use cold pyros, confetti, rice, sparklers," notes Asthana, who enjoys capturing the moment on camera. At Nishka Lulla's Bangkok wedding, which was shot by Asthana's WeddingNama, the bride made an entry on a boat. "People have since been attempting to replicate that grand entry," laughs the photographer. Pooja Ghai, managing director, Tranquil Weddings, has another suggestion. "We've always used elephants for the entry of the groom, but we are now doing bidaai on an elephant too," she offers.

Get 'groom'ed

Did you read about the 258 grooms in Surat who arrived at their wedding venue on bicycles? How's that for reducing pollution and encouraging eco-friendly, sustainable practices. Clearly grooms are more involved and more open to experiment than they were earlier. "They're also far more aware of what works for them and what their fashion personality is. Also, they like to add elements of their personality to their clothes," says Kunal Rawal, fashion designer.

"I had a client who was a big comic book buff and wanted that incorporated in his outfit. It's not something that would necessarily be appropriate for a groom, so I added a couple of elements on the inside of his jacket, the pockets and buttons," he explains. Although the opulent Maharajah look is out, nothing beats the classic Sherwani, says Rawal. Hiral Khatri, owner of the iconic Borivali store Arvindbhai Khatri and Sons, suggests a fashionable twist on the classic. According to him, the latest trend is that of Anarkali-style Sherwanis. "The kurta under the classic sherwani jacket must be flared. This can be paired with jodhpuri pants or trousers," he suggests.

Rather than buy off the rack, men are more likely to go for something custom-made, believes Vinisha Jain, founder of Gentleman's Edition. "For those who are looking for something more affordable, I'd recommend Govinda Mehta, who does fantastic tailormade western and Indian wear, or Arjun Kilachand, who uses interesting colours-sky blues, pinks, maroons," she offers. The bride and groom need not match, but must complement each other. "Both outfits need to have lives of their own," says Rawal. When deciding both need to keep in mind what the function is and where the wedding is taking place.

Planning 'fun'ctions

Fun, rather than tradition, is the operative word at weddings now. But little is left to chance. Everything is choreographed, even traditional pheras, which are often accompanied by surround sound live chanting, reveals Alisha Shirodkar, marketing director, Tamarind Global. The mehendihaldi-sangeet trio is passe. "People like to mix it up with a pool party or something similar. The main focus is on helping the ladka walas and ladki walas mingle. So the focus is on more interactive events," says Ghai.

Like Shilpa Shetty did at her wedding, the couple could host a party, especially for their closest friends. Or take it a step further and head off for a "frenimoon." These involve 30 to 40 of the bride and groom's closest friends heading off to a destination to party it up, explains Sheth. This would be a great idea for those planning a destination wedding. This way the party is extending a few days more. While Rajasthan, Goa, Thailand, Bali have been favourites, wedding planners are putting their best foot forward to find the most exotic, unexplored locations possible.

The season is looking good for photographer Asthana, who is heading to Cambodia for a wedding at the Angkor Wat and then to Mexico. Shirodkar reveals some of their best finds. "The Middle East is trending, with Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Oman as good options. Those open to exploring South East Asia must look at Kota Kinabalu or Sepang in Malaysia. The other places are done to death," says Shirodkar. For a charming heritage-inspired European wedding she suggests Vienna, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Malta or Valencia. "Here we often make use of the heritage structures to plan our functions around them. This way the guests are able to sightsee a little bit too," she adds.

Trending themes

A wedding at a charming heritage property in Europe needs little in terms of decoration. "That's why the theme must be decided only once the destination and venue is fixed," suggests Shirodkar. From white weddings, to Gatsby, Mela or Casino nights, the Tamarind team is full of ideas. The Nikki Beach décor, a comfortable, clean, white look, is very much on-trend, especially when it comes to beach weddings. Ghai calls it the vanilla sky theme. "The décor needs to be white while the accessories are in bright colours," she explains. Sheth has ideas for those who are on a tighter budget. "Instead of spending money on real flowers, you could go with a boho theme and use paper flowers. Instead of bulky, expensive lanterns, you could pick simple fairy lights," she suggests.

Video wows

'Save the date' videos are a unique excuse for the couple to take off to an exotic location a few months before their wedding. "Earlier, these shoots would be a one-day affair at a drivable distance. But now we've done 10-day couple shoots as well and gone as far as Ladakh to Capadoccia, Turkey to USA," reveals Ankita Asthana, WeddingNama. Apart from save-the-dates, couples have begun to use these videos as replacements for invitation cards too. "A blogger I am working with has a lot of family and friends based in the USA. She realised that sending out physical invites would cost too much. So instead of wedding cards, she's using the electronic media," reveals Priyal Sheth, marriager.com.

Feast fit for a wedding

There's so much more to wedding food than chicken and potatoes. From decadent cheese platters to push pops for dessert, Sanjay Vazirani, CEO and MD, Foodlink Services India Pvt. Ltd, is full of ideas to spice up your wedding. From farm-to-table fare to satellite bars, here are ideas to consider for your standout reception menu.

LOCAL LOVE Local offerings can inspire the menu and create one memorable meal. Source ingredients from the wedding locale and make them the focal point of the food setup. Guests will love getting a taste of the destination through each sip and bite. Foodlink sources local chefs who travel for the destination weddings to serve local delicacies. Like chole kulche from Amritsar, the chef also carries the water and all the local ingredients to offer the authentic local taste. Chefs from Rajasthan ensure that aromatic chai is served in a kulhad if it's a Rajasthan based wedding.

PERFECT PAIRS Favourite dishes shrunk down to bite-sized canapés accompanied by mini sips will delight your guests during cocktail hour. Some miniature pairing ideas to consider- taco crostinis with margaritas in Patron nips, sliders with mini mugs of craft beers, grilled cheese finger sandwiches with Bloody Mary shooters, and tuna tartare cones with sake cups.

DESIGNATED DRINKERS In addition to your standard beer, wine and mixed drinks setup, couples are now also having second bars known as satellite bars, designated for a specific spirit or your signature drink of choice. The bartenders can stir or shake the martinis to each guest's preference, serve the drinks in frozen vintage cocktail glasses and garnish with fresh citrus peels, cured olives and dehydrated fruit slices. For a gin bar, consider setting up a variety of coloured tonic waters, juniper berry-infused ice cubes and garnishes such as muddled cucumber and fresh herbs.

SAVOURY SIGNIFICANCE If you're planning on including cultural traditions in your ceremony, have them extend to the menu as well. Even if the two cuisines aren't enjoyed together traditionally, see if your caterer can "marry" the cultures through food and come up with a few fusion dishes.

DESSERT PLAY Provide guests with a different point of view with unique dessert installations, like a doughnut wall, cake pop croquembouche, floating candy bars or an upside-down cake hanging from the ceiling-or re-create a classic dessert in an entirely new way for your guests.

EXOTIC FLAVOURS People seek local flavours along with world cuisine varieties. Some of the most popular exotic cuisines are fried tarantula, wasp crackers, century eggs, Haggis, Balut, Live cobra heart, monkey brains and more.

PIECE OF CAKE This wedding season, from dip-dye to marble, one can expect to be served slices of cakes that resemble paintings, layers of salted caramel, floral details, and versions of the enduringly popular 'naked cake' with its peek-a-boo layers of icing.

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Fairy tale wedding dress

Her name is Harmony Lawrence, and she spent six months designing her fall-themed wedding gown. Using gold and brown colors, she carefully crafted her unique gown as well as her groom’s outfit.

“About three of the those months were spent thinking about how things were going to look and creating the patterns, then it took three more months to sew the outfits, with the dress taking a majority of that time,” Lawrence of Portland, Oregon, told ABC News.

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The dress used more than 2,000 beads, 5 yards of lace and 10 yards of other fabrics before Lawrence was finished.

“My mother, CC, our photographer Lauren and I were actually sewing beads on it until the day before the ceremony,” she recalled. “It got finished the way I hoped, but it definitely got right down to the wire!”

Thanks to being able to repurpose a lot of secondhand material, Lawrence said the entire project cost her about $300 to complete.

“The main material for my dress was actually donated by a family member who had it left over in their attic,” said the bride. “Because of its original color, I wasn’t sure at first if I was actually going to use it, but after putting it through a dying process it came out perfect! The flowers were made out of leftover remnant materials and some old prom dresses I’d collected.”

Lawrence is no stranger to gown-making. In addition to having her own photography business with her husband, Sean Parker, she designs ornate, one-of-a-kind gowns and dresses on her Etsy page, which made the choice to create her own wedding gown a no-brainer.

“Getting to see it actually come together is the best part of any dress project, and this was no exception,” she said.

The creative couple wed on Sept. 23 in Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon coast.

The following week, they lived happily ever after traveling down the coast modeling their whimsical wedding attire throughout state parks in northern California.

“The dress needed a ton of cleaning after our trip down the coast,” said Lawrence. “The bottom hem got super muddy hiking through forests and wading through creeks. At one point, a hoop bone came loose after trekking through the woods for a few miles, but I managed to fix it on the trip using a rock hammer and a hatchet as a makeshift anvil.”

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth reunion were as controversial as their break up. After being spotted spending time together earlier this year, wedding rumors started circulating once more. After a few months,however, new speculations suggest that the wedding will be called off once again. "The Voice" judge was deemed unworthy of being a wife.

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Wedding Canceled Again?

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth may have gotten back together but the wedding seemed far off. In fact, a source claims that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's wedding was never going to take place. "The Voice" judge feels that she isn't confident in herself to take on the role of a wife.

Reports state that the former "Hannah Montana" actress and the "Independence Day" actor are arguing about the unusual habit - marijuana use -- of the former. More so, their personal differences hinder the couple from reaching the altar.

In fact, News Weekly claimed that the brother of Liam Hemsworth - "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth - is worried that Miley Cyrus is not wife-material. He pointed out that Liam is oblivious to these hints. Liam may not realize what he's getting into.

Chris also pointed out that Miley and Liam have vast differences that could wreck their relationship in the long run. Admittedly, Miley genuinely loves Liam; the couple is not on the same page. In the end, Liam may be in for another heart ache. The "Love and Honor" star seemed ready for marital bliss while his fiancée seemed reluctant.

There are possibilities that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth may break up eventually, given Chris' thoughts about his brother relationship. He could play a major role in breaking up Chris and Miley.

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Herrin-Sundquist Wedding

Miss Melissa Michelle Herrin, daughter of Michael and Shirlene Vanderwall of Metairie and Wayne and Diane Herrin of Abita Springs, was married to Mr. Stephen Bert Sundquist, son of Yvonne and Bert Sundquist, at Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation.

Michael Vanderwall escorted the bride down the aisle. She was attended by her matron of honor, Ginger Mader of Metairie, and her maid of honor, Elizabeth "Mikey" Vanderwall of Metairie. Her bridesmaids were Elena Sundquist and Jessica Sundquist of Metairie.

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The groom was attended by best man Jason Lowrance of Metairie and groomsmen Johnny Avants and Marc Hernandez of Metairie and A.J. Avants of San Diego, CA. Pastor Chris Christopher officiated the ceremony and the wedding was photographed by Van Hotard. The rehearsal dinner was held at Café B.

Melissa is the granddaughter of the late Vernon and Irene Delatte, the late Vivian Loe, and Elizabeth Vanderwall of Metairie. She received a B.S. from Tulane University and works at Cowan & Lemmon. She is also a member of the Association of Legal Administrators.

Stephen is the grandson of Blair and Lois Sundquist and Gloria Joubert. He is employed at Airgas Priority Energy Services.

Following a two week honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will reside in Metairie.

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Wedding Tips

Pair jackets with exaggerated palazzos and try monotone hues of pink, turquoise, teal and mint green to make a style statement at your friend’s wedding this season, recommends an expert.

Sidhika Gupta, Fashion Head, Roposo, shares a few tips on how you can shine through the celebrations.

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* Extended choli

The choli is extended further with net or lace attached to it, falling either high and low or straight onto the lehenga. Unique crystal placements and mirrors will make you stand out.

The extensions that flow beneath the actual choli add length, grace and volume to both the attire and your style.

* The trail

Make heads turn and look your mermaid best in an exquisite trail. A trend which has been the favourite on the Hollywood red carpet. A trail adds glamour and richness to any lehenga.

* Jacket style

Jackets have become a versatile fashion statement that can be modified in many different ways. You could pair it with a lehenga-choli or team it up with an exaggerated palazzo.

The jacket in zardosi, embroidery, or intricate velvet is the one-stop solution for fashionistas. Pick an opaque masterpiece in silk-brocade or go for a layered chiffon delicate. Fitted, flowing, flared, short, long, sheer, open or closed — doesn’t matter how you style your jacket because it’s all good.

* Contemporary chic

Try capes, dhoti-pants, shararas, palazzos, and crop-tops — the drapes and silhouettes are endless.

An impeccable section of colour can do as much to your outfit as a designer does. Choose from the neutral palette, or go monotone in blush, turquoise, teal or mint green, the vibrant colours will seamlessly up your game.

To go a step further you could go obmre. Ombre has taken over the latest hair colour, nail paint and even lipstick trends. Ombre lehengas are surely the next step.

* Floor sweeping fantasies

Make a sweeping statement in the Indian version of a gown and embrace its grandeur. So, opt for a floor length anarkali.

Be thoughtful with layering and take cues from the season’s colours, cuts, embroidery and embellishments.

* Minimalism

If you don’t like heavy dressing, then this trend is absolutely for you. Go for tasteful elegance in place of an ostentatious display.

Off-shoulder floral maxi-dress, chevron printed lehenga or a classic georgette sari can put you right under the spotlight.

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Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves‘ style has been anything but boring at CMAs past. In 2014, she brought giant hair (“I’m from Texas!”) to the red carpet, and had to ditch her stick-on undies at the last moment for a performance with Loretta Lynn. In 2015, she opted for an elegant forest green gown with Old Hollywood hair. And in 2016, she went even more over-the-top in a lavender tulle tiered confection so roomy, she joked to PEOPLE she had room for sweatpants.

The star offset the super-sugary, cakelike vibe of her dress with a dark wine lip and slicked-down bun, and with both she bucked two of the biggest CMA trends: sequins and giant hair. (But she did give us flashbacks to Rihanna, Lena Dunham and Jennifer Lawrence in the process.)

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Musgraves chatted with PEOPLE on the red carpet about the dress. “This is a custom Christian Siriano, I’m a big fan of his work, I was happy when he wanted to dress me and make me my own thing,” she said, before going on to joke that the skirt afforded her so much room, “I have sweatpants on and Nike sliders under this!”

An extra layer might be reassuring after her 2014 wardrobe malfunction. “We’re not going to have a repeat of that tonight, I learned my lesson that night with the stick-on underwear,” she said, joking she didn’t even know that was a thing before the night it betrayed her. “I don’t know what happened, all I knew was that in two seconds I was underwearless, the curtain opened and it was me and Loretta Lynn. I prayed some prayers in that moment.”

Her prayers were answered: She got a gorgeous dress that won’t let her down andthe chance to sing Dolly Parton at the CMAs.

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IT WAS more like something out of a horror film than a traditional wedding.

However that was just how Hampshire couple Debbie Clarke and Norman Clifton would have wanted it as they tied the knot in spooktacular fashion.

Guests arrived to the horror wedding bash of the year at Ampfield Golf Club on a Terminator limo with smoke coming out behind them.

Bride Debbie, 51, dressed as Dracula's bride and groom Norman, 55, came suited as a modern day Dracula.

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Even the bridesmaids got in the spirit of things on Saturday as they dressed up as zombies while the page boy Jayden Bishop, 12, who is Debbie's grandson, got dressed as a mini dracula and carried the rings in a mini coffin-shaped box.

The couple, from Chandler's Ford, have been together for seven years and got the inspiration to do the Hallowe'en wedding after enjoying a spooky murder mystery at the golf club two years ago.

Debbie said friends and family were initially taken aback with the Hallowe'en-theme, but they soon warmed to it.

She said: "At first they were a bit shocked, but when it sunk in they were so excited and couldn't wait.

"All our friends said it was one of the best weddings they were looking forward to.

"It lived up to expectations, everyone dressed up and looked wonderful. Even our chauffeur was dressed up for it."

From zombies, ghouls, draculas and even a voodoo doctor there was a real range of grizzly-dressed guests who got into the spirit, and the only person not dressed up for the occasion was the vicar.

Debbie added: "The guests said out of all the weddings they have been to, this is the one they are going to remember."

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