Style File: Sana Safinaz

The dynamic duo, as I would love to refer to them as, have dominated the fashion industry in Pakistan. The two, Sana Hashwani and Safinaz Muneer, ensure that their designers cater to women of all ages and sizes. Today’s post is dedicated to their bridal wear. I have seen Sana Safinaz bridal’s in person, and have to say, that their cuts and embellishments are to die for. Their work is quite popular in North America, and from what I have heard, they now have many fans in India as well! The great thing about their work is that they have a signature style and always ensure that their bridals can be spotted from the distance. They use different mixes of colors and from my observations they tend to use mostly applique work.

So this one is for the buyers, what is their customer service like? I know of 4 brides that have purchased from their formal/bridal wear collection.  3 out of 4 received their outfits on time, while one had to wait longer than the time promised.  Overall, I have heard great things about the duo, how they are very friendly and will guide you well.

Here is their information, for those interested, and here are a few pictures I have gathered from Pinterest and Paklinks.com. Enjoy!

Contactinfo@sanasafinaz.pk, sanasafinaz.usa@gmail.com

Phone: Karachi: (+92 21) 353-71768, Lahore:(+92) (0) 300-451-6939

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Style File: Bunto Kazmi

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**

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Done!

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.

Mission Possible: The Hall Search

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

Chandni Convention Centre

Embassy Grand Convention Centre

Embassy Grand Convention Centre

Pearson Convention Centre

Pearson Convention Centre

 

My Fiancé- SS

So since nobody’s aware of my blog (nope not even my fiancé, although I do plan on telling him…soon), I will not be able to disclose his name or post his pictures. As he is who I plan on spending the rest of my life with, I thought I would dedicate my first post to him. So here it goes:

How did we meet?

I first saw SS at my sister’s friends wedding last year. He was the groom’s cousin, and I was attending from the bride’s side.  I recognized his younger brother right away, as he was a year elder to me in high school. Anyways, I noticed SS as he was a part of every choreographed dance from the groom’s side at the Mehndi (one of three main wedding events in South Asian culture – that is dedicated to dancing and singing).  Also, since my elder sister was good friends with him back in high school, I knew his name by default.

No this was not when we met.

Our mothers became good friends and kept in touch. Oh, and I forgot to mention, his parents live in the United States. A few months later, his parents were visiting Toronto for Eid and invited us for lunch at a local Pakistani restaurant.  And that was the first time I met him. It wasn’t love at first site, as we didn’t make much of the meeting. But we did end up adding each other on Facebook and started getting to know each other from there.

Our first date:

He asked me out a few days into us exchanging numbers. Our first date was at Yorkdale Mall where we went to watch Argo and had dinner at Moxies. And so it began…