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Atlanta Bridal Show is a Match Made in Heaven

February 2005
Atlanta Bridal Show is a Match Made in Heaven

What do you get when you have talented mendhi artists, groovy dance numbers by Atlanta's finest DJs, and a spectacular display of d�cor, colors and Indian fashions? The answer is easy. It's the Asian Bridal Show, which was held in Atlanta on January 23rd at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel by the airport.

Inside the hotel, three of Atlanta's Indian restaurants ? Minerva , Lajawaab and Bhojanic ? displayed their scrumptious entrees for the audience to sample, and they ranged from mouth-watering samosas and bhelpuri to chicken 65. Many visitors were impressed by the sheer diversity of the stalls. One bystander commented, "The show is very classy, elegant and well-organized." From the elegant floor decorators of Mandap to the innovative hairstyles and facial packs, there was something there for everyone.

The most anticipated event took place in the afternoon when Mumtaz Fashions featured a fashion show with three acts that were emceed by Abhay Kumar from POHP. Goldie impressed the audience with the enchanting beats of dhol in the opening act. This was followed by an 8-year-old child sensation, Chastin, who vowed the audience with his style and stage presence. Despite technical glitches, this brave young lad carried himself very well. Then seven male and female models from Atlanta lined up on stage, and while popular songs like Kehna Hi Kya and Dhoom Machale played in the background, each couple walked up to the podium with poise and displayed the latest creations by Mumtaz. The carefully selected outfits included ghagra cholis, salwars and kurtas. Young Samta Savla rendered a flawless kathak dance piece, which captivated the audience.

"I can honestly say that this one afternoon spent here at the bridal show is worth hours of planning," said Mrs. Hansha Shah who has a wedding coming up for her daughter. Arti, the daughter, while initially reluctant said she was glad she came. "We really did pick up some very good ideas and getting in touch with so many wedding vendors under one roof was priceless! I and my cousins had a ball." Picking up the queue, cousin Bela offered, "Just coming here makes me want to get married!"

The event was sponsored by Renaissance Concourse Hotel, Khabar Magazine, Meena Jewelers, and Mumtaz Fashions. Ragini Patel, of Weddings InStyle, and Balvinder Bhandari, who took the initiative in organizing the show, paid close to attention to every detail. As Bhandari remarked, "This year we had an even bigger location than last year." Ragini added, "Our goal is to have an elegant bridal show that brides will enjoy and find helpful. We also want to keep it local and only promote the quality vendors that we have in our town."

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