thedelhibells: Pre-Wedding Week

28 Jan

1 week to the wedding. The chaos of preparation was at its peak. Daily Sangeet practices at home, pre-bridal, pre-wedding shoot, the works. I was watching my last week as a bachelorette pass by in a blur. Oh, but what a beautiful blurry image it made for.

Sangeet Practices - Part 4

Dance Rehearsals

We’re a family of pro-dancers. Well, even those who don’t really know how to dance LOVE to dance! And our favourite function at any wedding is the Sangeet! Dance practices had been on for over a month. One of my cousin’s had actually asked me TWO months before the wedding, “shouldn’t we start dance practices now?” I had been collecting a song list since…well, March! A lot of people’s inputs had been taken into consideration so that at the beginning of Sangeet practice, there was a ready reckoner to refer to any time THE question came up “which song should we dance on?”

The Dance Committee seriously pondering over serious issues, such as - two people want to dance on the same song, who should we give it to?

The Dance Committee seriously pondering over serious issues - two people want to dance on the same song, who should we give it to?

During the final week, we had practice sessions at home almost daily upto the day before the first function. I was worried the elder generation – our parents – would forget their steps by the time the Sangeet rolled in if we didn’t make them rehearse close enough to their performance day!

"Hilter-bride" to the rescue! Overseeing yet another dance practice

“Hilter-bride” to the rescue! Overseeing yet another dance practice with the “oldies”

Friends and family flew in, and there were last minute additions to the final song list, and participants list! You know how there are always a few, well - many, who say they don’t want to dance a choreographed number on stage? Make them sit through just 1 dance rehearsal and they’ll be jumping, literally, at the idea! Suddenly, you’ll hear them saying “I’m dancing on JUST one song?” Eventually, I had convinced (forcefully or through tact) almost everyone I knew to be a part of Sangeet night. There was one last Sangeet practice at home 2 days before the actual Sangeet, and it felt like a mini-Sangeet itself, with all of my closest family members practicing their numbers one final time!

Dance practices in full swing!

Dance practices in full swing!


Another minor decision we made during this time was the caterer who would take care of everyone’s food needs at home during the wedding days. We had trial sessions with two of them, and we used our very own family members as guinea pigs! During the Sangeet practices, everyone needed to be fed. So we had food-tasting sessions right in the middle of our dancing sessions! And am I glad we did that?! The food served at home seemed to be appreciated by the wedding guests, so taking a family consensus on whose food tasted better helped!

Pretty-fying the Bride

Ah, the dreaded pre-bridal. I had been unsure for the longest time whether I should get anything done except the normal stuff (my normal does NOT include even a facial). I finally gave in, and got almost the full package at Affinity salon. The lady who did mine was someone I had been to many times over the last few months for waxing, and she’s also the one who did my first facial ever. So I went in for the usual bleach, wax, pedicure, Casmara facial and added a body polish to it. I did not take the manicure (I believe I don’t need one) nor the head massage as the cost was adding up quicker than you could say “HOW much?” But I was really happy with the end result. A little more confidence is definitely one of the bonuses, but most importantly – you get time to get out of the house, shut your mind off wedding planning and just get pampered. Oooh, the feeling!

Just one thing left before Wedding Week commences! Any guesses? I’ll give you a clue - it starts with “pre”!

Photographs by Tarun Chawla Photography

You can read the whole thedelhibells series here:

  1. Prologue
  2. Mata Ki Chowki
  3. Pre-Wedding Week
  4. Pre-Wedding Shoot
  5. Haldi
  6. Mehendi
  7. Sagan
  8. Sangeet
  9. Wedding
  10. Reception Preview
  11. Reception

10 Responses to “thedelhibells: Pre-Wedding Week”

  1. Marathi Weddings January 28, 2022 at 3:06 pm #

    Hehe.. Serious issues like Two people wanting to dance over the same song!!

    Are you talking about the “pre-wedding photoshoot”??


  2. Deepti Rawat January 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm #

    hahaha.. pre wedding shoot with Tarun Chawla ;)


  3. Bhumika M January 28, 2022 at 5:42 pm #

    Sounds like a blast! :D I loved my pre-bridals! Did it with my usual salon-Plum ggn! It was superb! So relaxing! And fun!
    The pre-wedding shoot! :D Super fun no?


  4. thevowsandbeyond February 1, 2022 at 1:34 am #

    There is so much that happens the week before - its mind boggling!!! Well done for keeping sane and doing awesome performances :D


  5. Akansha July 26, 2022 at 11:41 pm #

    Is body polish really good? What if I skip it? What else is included ib pre-brodal and how much did it cost?


  6. Parul October 3, 2021 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Shinjini… I know this is an old post.. .but I hope you’ll be able to help… What all is included in the pre-bridal… and how much did it cost you…? :) Thanks


    • thedelhibride October 3, 2021 at 7:52 pm #

      Hey Parul. Price of pre-bridal package totally depends on where you get it from, and which things you choose to get done. Brides typically get facials, mani/pedis, bleaching, body polishing, etc. depends on what u need, and what u like!


  7. Nupur November 14, 2021 at 1:16 pm #

    Hey, could you pl suggest some songs for the couple dances and for bride’s solo dance?


  8. Aks December 10, 2021 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi i wanted to know the choreographer you hired for this function
    and how much he/she charged?


    • thedelhibride December 10, 2021 at 4:13 pm #

      Didn’t hire a choreographer. My sister is a professional dancer, and my cousins are fabulous dancers themselves, so we just choreographed it ourselves!


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