Glamorous! Shimmering! And oh-so sparkly! Jewelry really is a decadent and wonderful part of life, and our lucky winner is about to go on a spending spree! I’m super excited to congratulate Kavita Aggarwal as the March 2013 Maharani of the Month sponsored by Blue Nile! This winning Maharani receives a $100 gift card to use on diamonds, emeralds, rubies, or any dazzling Blue Nile jewelry she can imagine. Sparkle is a key element for any Maharani, so this is a perfect prize! Thank you to all the gorgeous Maharanis who entered this month’s contest; the complete album of contestants can be viewed here. Now, Kavita, it’s your time to shine in the opulence of your choice!
Submissions for the April Maharani of the month start this Friday, so make sure you enter! We love all our Maharanis!
What’s more eye-catching than a palm full of mehndi art? A whole forearm, of course!
This week, the beautiful Maharani Shilpa of Sacramento, California stopped us dead in our tracks with her beautiful henna artwork. The intricate mehndi begins at the bride’s fingertips and delicately trails up to her elbow like a wild vine. From a distance, the mehndi resembles lace gloves — and we just LOVE it! Stick around to view more from Shilpa’s wedding, which will be featured on our site tomorrow. Photography by Adit Studio.
We are also super excited for our Mehndi Maharani Contest, where celebrity mehndi artiste and dear friend Ash Kumar will help MaharaniWeddings.com readers crown the BEST Henna Artist in the U.S. If you have the skills that will blow us away, please fill out our Mehndi Maharani Submissions form and send us 8-15 images of your best stuff by 11:59 p.m. PDT TONIGHT.
All-you-can-brag rights as the BEST Henna Artist in America!
To vote for YOUR favorite contestants, visit MaharaniWeddings.com next week when we host “Mehndi Week” (Monday, July 23 to Thursday, July 26). Ash Kumar will be on hand to help determine the winner, but his opinion only counts for half the votes. The rest is up to YOU! The following Monday, July 30, Ash will help us announce the winner of our Mehndi Maharani Contest!
Okay Maharanis, I need some help. I am totally flattered to be a judge in the Minted.com Something Old, Something New Wedding Invitation Challenge and I have spent the entire afternoon pouring through the hundreds of gorgeous designs. I am completely mesmerized by the invitations, there are modern ones…romantic ones….ones perfect for a destination wedding…you name it, they got it. And, for this wedding dreamer it is just too hard for me to choose alone! So, I need all of you Maharanis to pretty please take a look and leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite, I will totally owe you one!
Here are a few of my favorites…
I am totally in love with the top left with the church, but then the bottom two make me want to have a party now! And, between the square ones…one romantic, one modern, I simply can’t choose. Is there even a better one that I could have missed? Head over to the Minted.com Something Old, Something New Wedding Invitation Challenge and please let me know your favorite! After all, us Maharanis have to stick together!
It’s that time of the month again….we are on our final day of the June Maharani of the Month contest. This month’s lucky winner will be crowned as our Facebook avatar and win a $100 gift certificate to Exclusively.In. Voting closes at 5pm PST, so make sure you head over to The Maharani Weddings Fan Page on Facebook and *like* the photo of your favorite Maharani! Just a note, for this contest, we can’t count comments, only likes, and only one vote per person please.
From South Africa to the sunny beaches of Southern California….meet our gorgeous contestants from around the globe!
Seshni Coopsamy: Simply loved this website, was an absolute inspiration for my garden wedding in april 2011, from the hairstyles to mendhi… my family and frends loved every moment, definitly set a new standard for indian weddings here in South Africa
Harpreet Lakha: I love this picture of my sister from her wedding day..She looks absolutely beautiful so I thought of sharing it!
Karishma Gautam: Like everyone else here, I love MW, the pictures are so gorgeous, and every event an inspiration. I got married March 14, 2010 and believe it or not we were able to pull the whole thing together, from start to finish, in 5 weeks! My parents brought my wedding lehenga when they came from India as I never had a chance to go to there to shop! But despite the time constraints, everything turned out perfect (or so I feel). Obviously tons of inspirations were to be had from this website, so a BIG Thank you for that.
Anuradha Ana Mohleji: I absolutely LOVE Maharani Weddings. It is is an absolute must for any South-Asian bride-to-be. It serves as a great source of inspiration. The best part about it is that this website is constantly updated and relevant. Right now I am a bride to be and I hope to look as great as all the gorgeous brides featured on this website
Divya Sai Vaswani: sharing my maharani moment! maharani weddings is such great site…it’s the perfect tool for brides to be.
Monika Morovic: i love maharani weddings! i got inspired a lot by the pictures and links here – this inspiration was important during the preparation for our wedding: i am from slovakia and my husband is indian… our wedding was a lovely fusion of our cultures also thanks to the inspiration found here… thanks!!! this is a picture of me from our wedding weekend: a slovak maharani! Hope you like it!
Neha Daryanani: Love love LOVE this website! You really helped me to plan my January wedding in Arizona! We got some great ideas for decor and color themes for each event and I love that people share their real life experiences. There are great money saving ideas too! I recommend this site to every one of my friends that are planning their weddings and even though mine is over, I still love to view the website every day
Nika Patel: Maharani Weddings is the best site that I have ever been to! It’s up to date on everything, which helped me plan my dream wedding to be perfect! My family and friends were amazed with how everything looked and said it was like a royal gorgeous wedding! I had to tell everyone about Maharani Weddings because that’s where I did most of my research. Even though I’m married now I still love looking at their site and helping anyone else that is planning a wedding! I love it!
Priyanka Patel: I LOVE Maharani Weddings, It has truly been a inspiration to my dream wedding. The best part of the website is the Platinum AMAZING Vendors! THANK YOU for helping me plan my dream wedding!
Rajni Seehra-Thiara: Love this site always have refreshing ideas and inspirations. Always look forward to new updates. The Platinum Vendor list is very helpful. Your doing an amazing job. Maharani to me means having a distinctive royal style. Along with the perfect attitude to carry it.
Tamika S. Jaswani: Maharani weddings served a a great resource for me during my wedding planning….even if it was just one picture of a beautiful wedding. I received personal emails on where I could get a bridal lengha to my specifications. Even for a non-traditional bride, all you need is available on this site.. if not they will help you find it….Love it!
Megha Kaushal Kadiyala: I got married almost 2 years ago but STILL visit Maharani Weddings on a daily basis. I’m slightly obsessed with Indian weddings and MW does an amazing job feeding that obsession! This is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding because it shows how happy and content I am, even though around me the crazy wedding festivities are going on! And I also love the fact that the happiness is coming through when I’m with my husband! I truly felt like a Maharani with my Maharaja
Arpana Uppal Bhatia: My family and friends loved this pictures, as did I. It was taken as I was getting ready for the wedding ceremony. Everyone said I looked like an old Indian movie actress. That was great, as our whole wedding weekend, I felt like I was the star of a Bollywood movie — with my Bollywood hero, my dulha raja, awaiting me!