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10 Bridal Designers Share Sneak Peeks | New Collections

15 Jul Anushree Reddy floral pink lehenga 2015 collection

What Sabyasachi, Anita Dongre and others have lined up for Bridal Wear this upcoming season

With all the major exhibitions and fashion weeks lined up to take place over the next 3 months, and sale season on in full-swing right now, it can only mean one thing - NEW COLLECTIONS are just around the corner! Over the last few weeks, designers have slowly been revealing sneak peeks of what’s coming out of their design houses this year, and based on the pictures - it’s going to be another season of fabulously dressed brides :)

If you’re trousseau shopping right now, you have to make a decision - buy outfits that are from the previous season but are on sale, or wait to see what the new collection looks like. Well, your answer lies in here. Have a look at the designs and colour palette coming your way over the next few months.  Continue reading

Wedding Wardrobe: Sahiba

25 Jun

Wedding Wardrobe Sahiba trousseau

I first saw pictures of Sahiba & Jitin’s wedding on Photo Tantra’s Facebook page, and couldn’t help but fall in love with the bride! From her natural looking makeup, to classy jewellery and beautiful wedding outfit - she makes for a perfect inspiration for brides to be. I wanted to feature her on my blog and so I got in touch with Photo Tantra and eventually, the bride herself! Sahiba was really sweet and shared plenty of details about her wedding to help out fellow brides. Have a look!

First up – a breakdown of Sahiba’s wedding outfits! Continue reading

How I Found My Reception Outfit Part 2

15 Oct

how i found my Indian wedding reception outfit jacket lehenga rakhi & vandana

I told you I’d be back with Part 2 of the Story of my Reception Outfit soon! Part 1 can be read here.

Right, as I was saying…

I asked the salesgirl, “How much is it for?”

Salesgirl:  [insert price that’s 3 times the budget I had in mind]

Me (in my head): Moving on…!

So although that pink lehenga was gorgeous, it was way too expensive. I saw another outfit that was decent, but even that was over INR 40,000! I decided to head back home then.

In the evening, my MIL called to tell me she had found a few outfits at a store in South Ex and that I should come see them on Sunday. So the next day, I went with her – and the first store she entered was Rakhi & Vandana! She then pointed out the same pink lehenga I had seen the day before, and asked me to try it on! What a coincidence! But I asked my MIL, “isn’t it too expensive?” – to which she said, “no, it’s alright.” Hmmm…something didn’t sound right. Even my wedding lehenga was not this expensive! So I re-confirmed the price of the outfit with the salesgirl, who once again told me the 3x price she’d mentioned the day before. That’s when we realized that the salesgirl had told my MIL how much the jacket part of the lehenga cost, not the whole outfit! My MIL still asked me to go ahead and try it out. So I did. And, it was just as gorgeous. And beautiful. And stunning. But, the price!!!

Eventually, we got a few of the details removed from the jacket-lehenga and brought it closer to the budget, but in my opinion – we were still pretty far from it! We’d have to get it made from scratch, albeit a bit lighter. And time was running out! My MIL even went out to a few more stores by herself that day to check out other options. But she called me that same night and said, “we’re buying that jacket-lehenga for you, just go tomorrow to give your size!” For many hours, I was split in my emotions – on one hand, I wanted to jump with joy! That was hands-down the best reception outfit I had come across so far! And I lovveeed it! But, the price of it was killing me – it was just too much. Eventually, I figured – my parents-in-law have so sweetly considered buying me something so beautiful, they’ve spent so much on it, and I’m going to sit around feeling bad about it? That would make all the effort pointless! So I chose to enjoy it. Enjoy the beautiful embroidery, the beautiful shades, and the beautiful feeling it gives me!

The jacket-lehenga is being made for me from scratch now, I’ll get it in the next 1 week. Before this, I didn’t even know this style of lehengas existed! A big thank you to Mehak of Peaches & Blush blog who recommended places for me to go visit for my reception outfit. And the biggest thank you of all to my amazing parents-in-law who’ve bought me something extremely special for one of the most special day of our lives :) THANK YOU!

Edit: You can see what the lehenga finally turned out like in my Reception post.

Trousseau Destination – Hauz Khas Village #4: Ole Couture

9 Aug

hauz khas village Ole Couture Trousseau destination

This is the final post in the series on designer stores in Hauz Khas Village. You can find parts 1 to 3 here, here and here.

Yet another high-end store. Ole Couture has a lot of unique pieces – in both Indian and western wear. I always find lots of pretty tops and dresses here, but never buy them because they are so expensive. They have lehengas as well, heavy and light ones. The designer will also sit down with you to design it if you please.

I found a very nice sangeet lehenga here, very “fluffy”. You know the ones that make you feel like a princess? J But we weren’t too sure what to pair it with, so we didn’t take it. And now I’m glad we didn’t. Although it’s fluffly, it doesn’t have that kind of ghera and fall that will make it twirl endlessly while you spin around on the sangeet. I want one of those. Like the one in this video below (see 1:22 to 1:30) -

Where can I find one like THIS???

Back to the store – they have party footwear as well for brides, but they’re best avoided as I didn’t find any comfortable. The bottomline on this store is – it’s got some pretty nice and different kind of Indian as well as Western wear for your trousseau needs. Do check it out, but keep in mind that it’s a pricey place.

Update: I went to a wedding recently (July, 2013) and saw a lot of the guests in Ole Couture pieces! If you can afford it, definitely buy a few pieces for your trousseau from here.

Trousseau Destination – Hauz Khas Village #2: Ogaan

5 Aug

hauz khas village Ogaan Trousseau destination

I’ll summarize my Ogaan experience in a single line for you first - Jaw-dropping brilliant, but stupid store policy. Now read on for the finer details.

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Trousseau Destination – Hauz Khas Village introduction

4 Aug

I visited Hauz Khas Village (HKV) for the first time a few weeks back, and wrote a post on Rewaz by Dolly J - a wonderful shop for some very ethnic yet unique Indian wear designs. HKV is packed with all sorts of stores to amuse you – from run of the mill to designer Indian wear, quirky cafes and restaurants that serve all kinds of mouth-watering dishes to stores that sell unique stationary and vintage bollywood posters. For an extensive list of places to visit in HKV, go here to brownpaperbag’s website (it also includes a very useful map of HKV to help you not get lost).

Hauz Khas village map via brownpaperbag

I went there today to, surprise surprise *yawn* - look for my Sangeet lehenga! Although I didn’t finalize on my lehenga, what I did discover was an amazing array of high-end stores that catered to all my wedding trousseau dreams. I kid you not. The only downside? See how I said “high-end”? Yup, they were – pardon my language – bloody expensive. Anyway, even if I can’t benefit from the discovery of these heavenly stores, those of you with pockets deeper than mine should definitely know about these stores. I present to you a choice of stores to burn a hole in your parents and/or fiancé’s pocket. Brides, pick your poison.

#2 Ogaan - coming up in the next post.

(#1 was Rewaz by Dolly J, the first in a series of Trouessau Destination posts on Hauz Khas Village. Click for links to #3 Aumbre and #4 Ole Couture)

July Wedding Updates - Less than 100 days left to the wedding!

22 Jul

I realised I haven’t given you an update on my wedding in quite some time! I’ve been trying hard to gather information relevant to fellow brides and myself, but this blog started off as a place to write about how my wedding planning was progressing - so today’s post is going to be all about that! (those of you who follow me on twitter might already know parts of this, or as much as I could summarise in 140 characters!)

#1 Meeting with photographer that involved sitting on a road divider

The fiancé and I met a photographer recently who we both loved. Phew! He’s a candid photographer, is based out of Delhi and we have the option of asking him to bring along a candid videographer who is, although still out of budget, atleast somewhere in the vicinity of our original budget. I promise to give more details, but only once he has been booked for sure. And the story about the road divider goes something like this - once the meeting was over, the photographer asked us if he could click a few pictures of us outdoors. We obliged, and what followed was a 5 minute photo session of the fiancé and I posing against a thin bark of tree, holding hands…followed by us sitting on a road divider, holding hands. Can’t wait to see those photos! :)

#2 Wedding Lehenga - Order Placed & Fingers Crossed

The order for my wedding lehenga was placed quite a few weeks back. I have not said much about it because it’s in the process of being made, and I’ll tell you how much I love it only once it’s in front of my eyes looking as pretty in flesh and blood (ok, more like…in silk and thread) as I have imagined. It comes to me by 10th August so till then, hold your horses!

#3 Remember how I wanted a maximum of 8 saris in my trousseau?

I started off on 30 June with the purchase of my first sari for the trousseau. 18 days later, my trousseau shopping for saris is more or less complete! I am now the proud owner of 14 saris - some bought, some gifted, some stolen from mother’s cupboard! I don’t even know what I will do with so many! Married readers, please tell me I will be using them extensively over the course of my married life! Just 1 is pending (you can see it here on my pinterest page). Other than that, saris for small functions at home (such as haldi, etc) are pending. I went out today with the fiancé’s family and mine to pick out the Reception sari. And guess what? I actually found it in under 3 hours! Now, while that may not sound like an achievement to all, those who know me will surely appreciate the enormity of it. I take days, sometimes weeks, to find the right outfit for any relatively big occassion. My reception is a massive occassion! The best thing about the sari is that everyone loved it - both sets of parents, sisters and of course - Mr. Husband to be. One more big function outfit - DONE!

#4 Slowly but Surely Filling up My Trousseau

Other trousseau items that have been purchased include lots of suits ka kapda (that need to get stitched, soon!), a pair of jeans (Levis), some footwear (Accessorize & Shoppers Stop), a golden clutch for parties (Accessorise), and other such knick knacks.

#5 MNBB (My Nose But Better) Update

I’ve visited my dermatologist for my blackheads, and he’s given me an ointment to apply for the next month or so. Will keep you posted on whether it worked or not.

#6 My Experiments with…Makeup

Started buying a few makeup items, and experimenting with some (stolen) products from my mother and sister’s dressing tables :) Have discovered an alternative sunscreen and foundation that also works for me. Have a new favorite lip balm. Ok, I could go on. But this needs a whole other post (and trust me, a whole post I shall do)!

#7 Why isn’t The Wedding Workout Tracker page updated?

It’s NOT because I’m slacking off. I’ve joined yoga classes and have been extremely regular with them (not an option really, since the instructor comes knocking on my door 3 times a week!). Body is feeling great, touch wood! But I’m still waiting for the washboard abs to grace me with their presence. I need to start adding NTC workouts on my days off from yoga. Oh, and I know how to do surya namaskars, and they truly are harder than they look!

Now, for what’s pending -booking a mehendi artist, engagement rings, Sangeet lehenga, invitation cards, honeymoon bookings, visas, getting all the suit ka kapdas stitched and getting falls put on saris, getting blouses stitched, blah blah blah. You got it, quite a bit is pending! But I can also look at the glass half full - that half of the wedding prep is done. With less than a 100 days to go, I am SO excited, I can hardly wait!

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