South Asian Bridal Show 2005
By Hina Qureshey

Irvine: The long anticipated South Asian Bridal show was held at the Irvine Hyatt on the 9th of January that drew large crowds of people from all over South Asia. This show was arranged by Ravissant and Unique Elegance of Artesia, California. The show had everything you need to plan a wedding or engagement under one roof. The vendors consisted of caterers, jewelers, bridal boutiques, photographers, DJ’s, wedding planners, beauty salons and henna artists.

For instance the Empire Trading, Inc. CA served samples of their kulfis that came in a variety of delicious flavors including pistachio, mango and malai. The creamy kulfis reminded me of the kulfis served in traditional weddings back in Pakistan.




The highlight of the event was the fashion show that displayed the latest bridal fashions for men and women from the subcontinent, along with magnificent matching jewelry. The beautiful glittery lenghas, saris, shararas and shalwar kameezes were from Miss Vogue and Ravissant and had the crowd applauding and screaming with elation.
The show was at the grand ballroom big enough to accommodate the large crowd that came despite the heavy rain. The show was from 11 to 5 and ended nicely when Dhamaka Productions showed off their talent by playing the traditional “dhol” on stage.
Whether you are engaged, married or even just looking it was a great event to find out the newest trends in Desi bridal fashion and bring together people from all over South Asia to appreciate what our rich cultures have to offer.



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