You knew this post was coming. I’m a Pakistani bride-to-be, of course I was going to dedicate a post to Bunto Kazmi. For those of you who don’t know who Bunto Kazmi is, she’s the Vera Wang of Pakistani bridal outfits – every bride’s dream. Many bride-to-bes save up for years just to be a ‘Bunto Bride’ on their special day.
Bunto uses a fabric called French-net for all her outfits. She also uses a lot of Kaamdani to make the outfit ‘shine’. But that’s not what makes her outfits so special. The intricate work, the designs and the various color combinations she uses, are what make her outfits so exquisite.
During my extensive search on bridal outfits, I visited various forums and blogs written by Pakistani bride-to-bes around the globe. I came across GupShup (paklinks.com) which has a whole thread dedicated to Bunto Kazmi’s designs. You will never see her designs at a retail location, and she doesn’t have a Facebook page or a website, so this was the first time I came across any of her work. She’s well known simply through word of mouth. Her creativity is unimaginable and the bejeweled work is so intricate and delicate, that anyone would fall in love with her designs at first site.
So I did it. I decided to email her daughter Fizza Kazmi, who takes care of all the administrative duties, to find out the price range of her outfits. Her starting range was between $4,500 and $5000. I wasn’t too keen on spending so much on just one outfit, and since there was still over a year left to my wedding, I didn’t bother. However, a few months later, I had the opportunity to see a ‘Bunto Bride’ for the first time in Canada. Although her work is pretty common/popular in Pakistan, you don’t see Pakistani-Canadian brides wearing her designs. I fell in love. I emailed Fizza back the next morning, only to find out that she was already booked a year in advance! I begged and begged her to make an exception and to squeeze my order in, however Fizza refused. Sigh.
Even though I won’t be a Bunto-bride, I can still admire her work. Below are some of my favorite designs by her.
** Please note all images have been taken from Paklinks.com. Please send me a message if you would like to have any of the images removed**
I am not sure why I picked this title – but I did. I’m writing this as I munch on a strawberry strudel from Tim Hortons. Weight has been a constant struggle for me and I am sure for others as well. I feel like I am constantly counting calories and avoiding foods I just wish I could indulge on. I understand how it feels to be overweight – and I know how hard it is to get rid of that fat. I was about 132 pounds when I first got engaged (back in February). Today I weigh about 115, and I still do not feel totally satisfied with my body. I can always pinpoint the excess fat somewhere or the other. Everyone keeps telling me to stop the weight loss – but I know for a fact that I still need it. My goal is to lose another 5-10 pounds before the search for the perfect dress.
To be quite honest, I decided to dedicate this post to myself and other women out there who have to face this constant struggle. All I have to say is, keep at it. Its very hard to get your body the way you want it in a short time span – and trust me its very discouraging at times when you don’t see desired results – but I promise you one thing – you will soon enough.
Done & done. We have finally managed to book all our vendors except for lighting for the Valima (reception party on the groom’s behalf). I am so excited about this that I can talk about weddings all day long. My upcoming post will speak to our most exciting vendor pick – our decorator.
Okay so it’s been a while since I updated this blog – and I am totally defeating the purpose of updating my few readers of my wedding preps. So let’s go back to February – the hall search. Before I begin this post, I’m going to tell you about how blessed I am with having such an amazing family and such amazing in-laws. Both families went together for the search and we both made sure we were aware of all the details before booking. So our first stop was Le Jardin. This place is absolutely stunning! I discovered this gorgeous venue when a Facebook friend posted pictures of a wedding she attended at this venue. It was absolutely stunning. It gave a very Victorian look – and was very classy. It was a good 45 minutes away from our place, which was the first thing my family pointed out. When we went in – we were in awe of the beauty of this place. A gentleman greeted us and told us he would give us a tour of the place. Although we loved the venue – we were extremely disappointed at the size that was being offered to us (FYI – we had about a guest list of 300+ in mind). So extremely disappointed with the hall size being offered to us, we had to decline. So we continued our search…. Chandni Convention Centre was the once place my sister had been talking about from the get go. She mentioned that there was no better venue to hold our Mehndi function at. So that was our second stop. Now this venue has 3 different halls. We were greeted by an extremely nice individual who was very accommodating to all our requests. We knew this was going to be the one. Status: Day 1 Complete We ended the day by visiting Apollo Convention. Instead of going on and on about how terrible our experience was with this particular individual we were dealing with – I am going to talk about the two other halls we did end up booking. Embassy Grand: We loved this place from the get go. Their halls were so classy and the people were pleasant to deal with. I had the chance to attend a wedding at this venue this summer – and was in love with what the place had to offer. Pearson Convention Centre: This venue was recently renovated into a stunning hall with a modern yet classy feel to it. My fiancé was in love with it the moment he entered into the lobby – and that made my day 🙂 So there you go. After visiting approximately 25 venues across the GTA, calling multiple hall managers – we managed to complete our search. Below are pictures of each of the halls. I promise to update my blog more often, as I should. Bye for now 😉
Chandni Convention Centre
Embassy Grand Convention Centre
Pearson Convention Centre