thedelhibells: Sagan

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Saturday. Sagan+Sangeet day. The morning passed by in a blur. All I can recall is the growing sounds of laughter as guests poured in, and plates – lots and lots of plates stacked with puris and jalebis. Last minute dance practices could be seen in a few corners of the house, interrupted only by the occasional jalebi break.

One of my friends walked in close to 1 pm – he had flown down all the way from USA to attend my wedding. I sat with him for probably 5 minutes, before excusing myself to take a nap in my room. Honestly, I don’t even remember if I got any sleep that afternoon, but I did try for 30 minutes to keep my eyes closed. Once I was up, I rushed to get my things together – I had to leave for b:blunt with ALL of my things. I’d reach the venue directly from there. So I had to carry my outfit, jewellery, shoes, back-up shoes, emergency kit, phone, cash – the works! Putting it together took longer than anticipated and after a rushed lunch, I was out the door.

My makeup artist (MUA) was the same woman who had been cutting my hair over the last 8 months. I’d had a short meeting with her shortly before the wedding where I’d shown her my outfits and we’d decided on a rough draft of what we wanted the look to be like on all the occasions. Point is, I was already comfortable with her.

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Excited for the transformation from girl next door to bride!

While she got to work, I just tried to make the yawns go away. Imagine just sitting there, for almost 3 hours, with nothing to do except stare at yourself in the mirror.

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The photographer kept it slightly entertaining for me, and I remember eating a LOT of Hide & Seek biscuits. The staff at b:blunt was really hospitable, and they kept an endless supply of biscuits going.

Step #1: Style your tresses
Step 1: Style your tresses
Step #2: Step into your dancing shoes
Step 2: Step into your dancing shoes
Align the latkans on your dupatta
Step 3: Align the latkans on your dupatta
Step #4: Pin up, and you're ready to party!
Step 4: Pin up, and you’re ready to party!

I was running short of time by the end of it, but we managed to wrap up by 6.30ish. The only problem was, the venue was only 15 kms away from where I was and start time was 7 pm! I must admit, I was a little stressed about reaching the venue on time. Thankfully, it was Eid that day, and the roads were pretty empty. I entered the venue at 7.05 pm (5 minutes late), and literally made a run for the little room that was reserved for me.

For blog - Sangeet4I was relieved to find that no one from the boy’s side had turned up yet – I had been stressing for no reason! This was beginning to feel like the roka all over again. The bride is running late, but is saved by the equally late arrival of the boy’s family! Phew!

They arrived around 7.30 pm finally, and started off with the Sagan ceremony. This was a new experience for my family, as we had never seen a Sagan in action before. Only the boy is supposed to sit through the puja, and I was waiting inside the room till this part of the ceremony got done. Unfortunately, I had to sit in there for over 1 and a half hours! My true bride-zilla colors were beginning to show. Thankfully, only my closest family and friends were around to see that side of me – I was close to screaming at having to wait so long on my own Sagan/Sangeet! I was thoroughly prepared to wait on wedding day – I knew that the girl waits inside patiently till the groom enters the venue. But this was NOT wedding day, and I was not prepared to wait this long on the Sagan/Sangeet!

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The Sagan Ceremony

Finally, I was told I could come out. I was glad to see my groom in the distance, looking dashing in his blue kurta. Once I was on the stage, things moved at a quick pace. We finally got to the part where rings had to be exchanged. This was the moment I had been waiting for. Call it whimsy encouraged by years of watching too many Hollywood movies and shows on Star World, but I wanted my groom to go on his knees and propose. I had even written a whole post on this, and as the seconds went by, it seemed more and more likely that he would not give in to my childish demands. But I kept prodding, saying I wouldn’t give my hand till he went on his knees. Finally, reluctantly, he obliged. And he may not realize this, but it made for a beautiful memory. For me. Later on, I felt a tinge of regret at making him do something he was probably uncomfortable with, but I’m sure we’ll get over it 🙂

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Up next – Sangeet! Can you guess what surprises were in store for the bride and the groom?

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

29 thoughts

  1. Ur looking like such a doll…congratulations for so many things..the wedding the centuries on ur blog..well done 🙂
    u look like such a sweet heart…that i feel like i know u even though we hav never spoken. thanks a lot for stopping by my blog n leaving ur comment ..really appreciate it…cant wait for ur wedding post…so im following u now 🙂
    all the very best n a big hug from me…love


  2. so cute… every girl waits for guy to got down on knees to propose.. its such a pleasure to see your dreams turn into reality… God bless you..


    1. thanks! my mother was extremely uncertain about the lehenga till even a few days before the sangeet…she kept saying “I’m still willing to go out and spend on another lehenga for u, isn’t this too plain?” but eventually, the lehenga was such a huge hit – sooo many of my mom’s friends asked her “whereeee did u get that lehenga from? we loved it!” So eventually, all went well. Phew!


  3. Hey….. jst started reading ur blog…. & loving it…. you are looking really cute & I love the way that ur would be went on one knee & proposed u….. both of you are looking really amazing…..:)


  4. Haha. I love how you stuck to your guns about not giving your hand in till he gets down on his knee.
    Also, love your lehenga. So simple and classy.


  5. its just beyond perfect..!!! I always run from marriage.. n coming across your blog is just so wonderful that I really wanna get married now… Uber like!!!!


  6. hey delhi bride… i think my parents attended your wedding, your description of the functions sounds like what they attended haha 🙂


  7. hey delhibride, I really liked your sandals.. Mu hunt for my weddign sandals in on. Could you please tell from where you bought your ones and recommend good shops to buy weddign shoes. Thanks a lot.. I have been constantly following your blog and must say you looked lovely on all your functions and your blog is actually serving as a great guide.


    1. Thank you! I bought mine from Lajpat Nagar mannnyyy years ago. Other good places for shoe shopping are Stilletoes (not sure how you spell their store’s name) in Lajpat Nagar and Venus Steps in South Ex – for bridal bling-type shoes. If you’re looking only for comfort, then Clarks is the best.


  8. I love reading your blog! I can’t believe brides in India wait for their grooms wHile it’s the other way in moSt countries!


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