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thedelhibells: Wedding Part 1 + Part 2

25 Mar

If you’re new to the blog, start reading thedelhibells series from here. This is post #9.

thedelhibells wedding

thedelhibells wedding

Part 1

Sunday. I wake up for the last time as a single girl. I look around my room – it’s still the same as it has been for the last 4 years, except for the cupboards that are now half-empty and the floor with half-filled suitcases lying on it. I look over to the right side of my bed – that side has been empty for many years, I’ve slept in a room alone for too many years. I feel the mattress beneath my palms, the pillow I had bought specially for myself when I had shifted to a hostel, the dressing table which I’ve kept messy despite my mother’s multiple attempts to get me to keep it clean, and my beloved bookshelf which I’d gotten made when I was in Class IX in a shade that matched the rest of the furniture in my room.

Everything is about to change.

I go to my parents’ room, still half-asleep – something I’ve done everyday for the last 3 years. They are not in their room, and I hadn’t expected them to be. Their first daughter is getting married today for heaven’s sake; major preparations are already underway!

I have a light breakfast – I’m not feeling too hungry. And barely any time has passed by when I realize it’s time to pack up for the parlor. I am supposed to reach by 1 pm, so I pack up super quick and have an even quicker lunch.

I tell my sister to hurry up, because we need to leave. She gets all her things together, and I’m about to step out of the house when my mother calls out to me “Bhagwan ko pranam kar ke jao!” So I run back into my room, open the door to the “mandir”, say a quick “thank you and I wish everything goes well” to God and rush back to into the car with my sister.

I am not coming back home as a single girl again after this. But this is not how it was supposed to happen.

You see, in my family, the bride and groom come back to the bride’s house post the wedding and spend their first night there. The vidaai then takes place the next morning, when the rest of the baraat comes to pick up the newlyweds. But my groom is a Punjabi. And in their family, the vidaai happens “taaron ki chaaon mein”, which basically means that I have to say goodbye to my family from the wedding venue itself. When I first realized this, I was totally against the idea. From when I was a little girl, I’ve only seen one thing – the bride and groom come back to the girl’s house. The vidaai happens the next day. My mind is spinning when I’m looking at the alternative. My groom has told me multiple times – just say what’s on your mind, what your wish is, and we’ll try getting that done. You are the girl after all, it is your vidaai, maybe nobody will mind if we do it your way. But an Indian wedding is not a marriage of two individuals, but of two families. So I leave the decision in my parents’ hands, and they are totally cool with sending me off directly from the venue once they realize how important the “taaron ki chaaon mein” vidaai ritual is for the groom’s family.

Although it’s not how it was supposed to happen, it IS happening. And honestly, on wedding day, there is no freakin’ time to think. I am feeling nothing but sheer excitement and happiness, and I’m just storing away all my feelings about not going back home after the wedding in a safe place in the corner of my heart. We’ll deal with those feelings later (that day will come 4 months later!)

We reach b:blunt just a little bit late, and my MUA gets to work immediately. She puts my hair in curlers (a bun is easier to make if the hair is already curled up) and starts with my makeup. I take out my phone and start reading out a list of do’s and don’ts to her – I’d jotted down all the things I did not like about my look on Sangeet so I could help her create a look I liked a little bit more for my big day.

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Mona, my MUA, gets to work!

She’s making me a bun, which I was also completely against before wedding day. But she explained to me that a bun is needed to keep the dupatta in place, and she’s promised to make me a modern bun. I sit there with my fingers crossed, hoping I don’t get the “Aunty bun”, which is basically a bun that makes a bride appear much older than her actual age.

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Before she starts with the bun, she wants to put on the maang tika. I stand up and go to the area where all the packets are kept – and I start digging around the multiple packets looking for my jewellery box.

And…I can’t find it.

Guess what? I’ve left it at home!

I take a deep (very, very, very deep) breath and call my mother. She’s in a parlor near my house, but she tells me that one of my aunts is at home. While I’m calling up my home landline, I realize I must have placed the packet containing the jewellery box on the sofa in the drawing room when my mother had asked me to go “do pranam” to God. When my aunt picks up the phone, I describe the packet and the jewellery to her (she hadn’t seen my wedding jewellery before that) and thankfully, she finds it. And instead of wasting time sending my driver back home to pick it up, the second driver (who is already at home) is asked to rush with it to the parlor (which is 15-20 minutes from my house). On a sidenote, can you imagine how foolish I was to leave my WEDDING JEWELLERY unattended in the middle of the drawing room for a full 2 hours?

Thankfully, this driver drives quicker than Schumacher when it’s required. He’s there in under 15 minutes and work on me begins again. The MUA places the maang tika in my hair, glances down at the rest of the jewellery and a look begins to form in her mind. She gets to work, while I get back to gorging on Hide & Seek biscuits.

MUAs, take note. This is what an unhappy bride looks like. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT leave the bride in this state.

THIS is how happy your bride should be with her look. Thank you, Mona!

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The makeup is done, and I’ve put on all my jewellery. But before she can drape the dupatta, the photographers want to click a few pictures. We have enough time for a few clicks.

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Posing!

Some more posing

Some more posing

When she starts to drape the dupatta, it starts to get a little painful. I’m going “ouch, ouch, ouch” a million times a minute! But she asks me to please bear with it a bit because it’s the pins in my hair that will hold up the dupatta.

Once the dupatta is draped, I’m all done. It’s 5.30 pm. The baraat has already reached the venue (dot on time, may I add – at exactly 4.30 pm!) but is yet to begin dancing. I make the payment and my sister and I get back into the car. We’re now officially on our way to my wedding venue! While we’re in the car, I pop in a Combiflam, because I don’t want the pain of the dupatta on my head to come in the way of my having fun (yes, it was slightly painful because the pins kept poking my scalp!) I proceed with sliding the Choodas onto my wrists (at that point of time, nobody had told us we’re supposed to do a puja with a pandit and there’s a whole ritual involved with putting on these bangles!) with the help of a little Soframycin. I finish up with a pair of gold bangles that my nana nani gifted to me for the wedding, and I’m all set to get married!

I reach the venue by 6 pm, and the baraat is just beginning to start dancing. I can’t enter through the front entrance, so the car is taken in via a back entry, and I’m literally standing in the backyard of the farmhouse for a full 5 minutes before my cousin manages to find someone to help open the door from inside.

And then, I wait…

And also get some pictures clicked in the meantime, of course!

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theshybride (yeah right! :p)

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All set to get married!

Part 2

I enter the room that’s been reserved for me, the bride, and soon I am surrounded by my closest friends and family members. Excitement sets in, as does nervousness. I can hear the faint sounds of the baraat in the distance now. My time is almost here.

I hear the baraat getting closer. It’s getting louder. I assume they are at the gate by now. The music stops, and I start mentally preparing to head out into the crowd. My time is here.

I head towards the door, and place myself in the centre under the phoolon ki chaadar. My brothers, chachas and friends are holding it up, and with my girlfriends behind me, I’m all set to go.

Suddenly, I feel a tiny hand clasp itself around my right hand, and I look down to see my 5-year-old niece standing right beside me. Damn, that kid’s cute! As tiny as her hand is, it’s reassuring to have her next to me. If for no other reason but to have something to do with my hands while (what seems then like) a gazillion eyes staring right at me! I have to confess – I’ve dreaded this moment for the past many months. I hate being the center of attention, and I’m afraid my awkwardness will show up all over my face while I’m walking up to the stage. But I keep saying to myself “just smile and it will all be ok.”

Motto for brides: When in doubt, smile.

Motto for brides: When in doubt, smile

When I step out, there are smiles all around me. I recognize so many faces in the crowd, I keep trying to give a discrete nod of recognition to as many as I can. I don’t think I’ve smiled so much in my life. And oddly enough, the smile comes so naturally. I am just plain happy!

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But my eyes are on the lookout. Where is my mom? I finally spot her. She’s smiling, but she’s getting teary-eyed. Already mom? Really? The wedding hasn’t even begun! And finally, my eyes find my groom. And a sliver of emotion begins to make its way up my veins – my day, is here.

He comes to the edge of the stage, and gives me his hand to hold. With one hand in his, and the other supporting my lehenga, I walk onto the stage for the first part of our wedding ceremony.

We’re both given jaimaals in our hands, and the crowd on the stage parts into two clearly distinct groups – the boy’s side and the girl’s side. For my groom and I, it’s a tradition that will signal the beginning of our wedding. For our families though – This. Is. War.

The groom’s friends ready themselves around him (one is literally under him!) to pick him up. I’m facing my groom, jaimaal in hand. My cousin brother, who is standing on my side, whispers to me, “let them pick him up” to which I respond, “shouldn’t I try to get him before he’s out of reach?” He shushes me, and before I know it – the groom’s friends have picked him up, he’s in the air, and I’m watching as my family grabs his jootis while his friends are busy holding him up! Oohhhh! So THAT was the plan! Brilliant! Unfortunately, only one jooti has been grabbed, and a tug of war has begun for the second jooti. The groom is still in the air, but half his friends have forgotten that they need to hold onto him; they’re too busy trying to not let go of his second jooti! I don’t get to see most of this, because my cousin has wisely and swiftly taken me to the corner of the stage where I’m safe from the pulls and pushes of the war that’s taking place in the centre.

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Joota Wars!

Crowd enjoying the on-stage war

Crowd enjoying the on-stage war

It’s a tie. The groom’s friends have managed to keep one jooti with themselves.

Groom's side victory celebrations

Groom’s side victory celebrations

Round 2 of jaimaal begins. This time, both of us get lifted into the air. I used to play basketball as a teenager, and I’m channeling my inner child at this time (not that I was ever very good at making baskets). The groom’s shoulder’s glisten like a basket’s rim, I take a shot, and…SCORE! The jaimaal lands in place 🙂

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Soon after, our feet are firmly on the ground and we head off to the mandap. It’s already 7 pm and we haven’t even begun the wedding ceremony!

My poor groom is walking to the mandap minus any jootis (he wasn’t carrying a spare) but nobody can help him at this moment. He gets to sit at the mandap first, along with my parents. I wait on the side, and use the time to gulp down a few appetizers on the sly 🙂

The wedding ceremony goes on smoothly, and before you know it, it’s time for my groom to tie the mangalsutra around my neck.

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When he has to put sindoor on me, I quickly and quietly tell him “don’t put too much, ok?” When he applies it, the pandit says “zara ache se lagao” and he puts on a little bit more. What the pandit doesn’t realize is – in my family, 5 women have to put sindoor on the bride after the groom is done, 3 times each – a total of 15 times! Once everyone is done, I have a line of sindoor that begins in my hair and goes down all the way to the tip of my nose. I can’t see myself, but I’m sure it’s happened to me – that dreaded red nose. As for the groom, he doesn’t have it any better either. While I’ve been mulling over my nose, the groom’s sister has removed his sehra, and his hair’s a mess.

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Looking messy!

We need to make ourselves look presentable, so we excuse ourselves and rush to the room (reserved for the bride) inside. My sister passes me my emergency kit – I use a wet wipe on my forehead and nose, and dab on my foundation after that. The groom combs his hair. We’re done in under two minutes, and head back onto the stage.

My parents are the first people to come onto the stage to meet us, and my dad shakes my hand and says “Congratulations Mrs!” After that, it turns into a meet and greet. There is a sea of faces that pass us on stage, most familiar, some not so familiar. There are introductions, and more introductions – and the groom and I are standing with our hands perpetually folded, ready to say “Namaste” to the next set of guests.

At one point of time, somebody realizes that the groom is on stage without any footwear! My sweet cousin brother, who is wearing the sherwani from his own wedding, gives my groom his jootis to wear as they match his sherwani and he ends up walking around barefeet for the rest of the night!

Stepping into my cousin's jootis

Stepping into my cousin’s jootis

Finally, all the guests have congratulated us, and we get to step off the stage. Our photographer, Tarun, whisks us away for some couple shots under the mandap, and while we’re posing, he quickly realizes that the groom may not be very comfortable with getting mushy photographs clicked while so many eyes are on us. We head back into the room inside, and finally, my groom feels a little freer to let his emotions flow. Although I am not into posing too much for pictures, I’m glad Tarun made us take out some time for this, because we’ve got some wonderful images from those few minutes. He made us pose a bit, but it’s the candid moments that got captured between those poses that make for the most beautiful pictures.

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Is it time to eat yet? Wait, there’s one last thing to get done – negotiations for the jootis. Correction – jooti. Singular. As if the day isn’t long enough, my sister and cousins negotiate with the groom for over an hour. By the end of it, I beg someone to get us our dinner. The groom is not touching his plate because he’s still in the middle of the argument, but after a point, I just can’t take it. I shamelessly begin to eat my dinner, completely switching off from the ensuing battle of how deep a hole my sisters will leave in my brand new husband’s pocket.

Pitching in during the negotiation on one hand, and eating my dinner from the other!

Pitching in during the negotiation on one hand, and eating my dinner from the other!

After this long drawn battle, I am beginning to feel a little tired. And the Combiflam is beginning to finally wear off – I can feel the dupatta pulling at my head. Not soon after, I’m surrounded by the women in my family, and some vidaai rituals are done (read: my mother just follows instructions given by experienced mothers of married girls). The groom and I then begin our walk to the exit. I keep thinking about how tired I am.

The car pulls up in front of the gate. My mother says “bye” to me, and I’m about to get into the car. But I quickly realize – wait a minute, this is my vidaai! I should say a proper goodbye to everyone. (My mother later told me even she didn’t realize that this was it – this was goodbye – because like I said, we’ve never done this vidaai straight from the venue thing before!) I give her a hug, and move on to give a hug to everyone else in the family. By the time I’m done, I look around to find my mother crying and even my sister tearing up! I know that if I keep standing there, I’m going to cry – seeing your closest family members in tears can have that effect! So I run to sit in the car and once I’m in, my groom gives me a concerned look. I just manage to mumble “Everyone. Crying. That’s why.”

Saying goodbye is never easy

Saying goodbye is never easy

I am trying to take deep breaths to calm down when my groom puts his hand on me reassuringly (and he keeps it there till we reach his house). And in that moment, I know. It’s that feeling that probably should have come during the kanyadaan, but it strikes me now. I have left my family, but a new one awaits. My HUSBAND awaits. He will take care of me, as I will of him. And calm spreads through my veins like water through a burst dam. I am going home.

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
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117 Responses to “thedelhibells: Wedding Part 1 + Part 2”

  1. Marathi Weddings March 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Loved your Lehenga n jewellery too!! The last pic is so cute.. loved to see you as a bride!! 🙂

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    • thedelhibride March 26, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      thank u! 🙂

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      • Anusuiya Singh November 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

        can you please tell me the price of this lehenga, its so pretty, you look gorgeous in that…. plzzz plzzz m waiting

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        • thedelhibride December 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

          thanks Anusuiya! Sending u a mail!

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          • Sandhya Samant January 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

            hi
            even I loved your lehenga and you were looking amazing ..
            can you please tell me the price of this lehenga. I am getting married on 21st April, 2014.

            Thanks
            Sandhya

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            • thedelhibride February 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

              sent u a mail!

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              • Manisha May 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

                hey!! u look stunningly beautiful n i loved ur lehenga an jewellery…plz can u tell me d price of dis lehenga..m gettin married on 26th sept, 2014….
                thank in advance

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          • afia October 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

            hi.. loved ur lehnga. pls share d store details n price also..
            u loved lovey
            best wishes
            afia

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      • DIvya Vohra July 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

        You look lovely my dear.. Just the way I want my daughter to look like on her wedding who is just nine:-)) can you send me more pics on my email divya.vvohra@gmail.com.. Will keep them for my daughter to see when she grows up..

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  2. vanu March 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I can sense butterflies in my stomach by just reading dis post. Already nervous. Just 20 days left for me too. I can feel every second passing by.

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    • thedelhibride March 26, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      Don’t be nervous. It’s going to be the BEST day of your life – enjoy every moment from today. Take a deep breath every time it seems overwhelming, you’ll be able to feel the happiness a lot more if you just breathe. Otherwise it will pass by in a blur. Seriously, remember to breathe deep and take it all in 🙂 Btw, I can’t find your blog?

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      • vanu March 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

        Thnx for ur comforting words. I’m trying to b as calm as possible bt still get bouts of sleepless nights. I tell every bride to relax when I’m trying rlly hard for d same 😮

        I deleted my blog few months back 😦

        I luv ur simplicity and d way u write. Keep d gud work coming!

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        • thedelhibride March 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

          thank u for your kind words. but whyyyy did u delete your blog???

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          • vanu March 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

            I got bored n cudnt see me neglecting my blog so deleted it 😦 I get bored easily wid things.
            Now I am silent reader but rlly luv ur n Mehak from PnB’s, writing. The way u put forth ur views is worth appreciating 🙂

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  3. Sonia March 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    So pretty! And beautiful lehenga! Where is it from?

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    • thedelhibride March 26, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Thank u Sonia! It’s from Om Prakash Jawahar Lal at Chandni Chowk

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  4. thediaryofamadbride March 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    You make a very pretty bride 🙂 I love how your makeup is so subtle and not over the top … Your lehenga is absolutely stunning .. Waiting for the next posts !

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    • thedelhibride March 26, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      thank u!!! I’m glad the makeup turned out ok 🙂

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      • Smriti March 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

        From where did u get the makeup done… Do you know of any good makeup artist in noida.

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        • thedelhibride March 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

          Hi Smriti! Got mine done from b:blunt at GK-2. Looks, Sec – 18 in Noida is good according to this bride Aanchal who said “Girls in Noida can totally trust the owner Deepika here. She insisted I don a chic, minimalistic, classy look, exactly something that I wanted too.” You can check out Aanchal’s wedding pictures on this link http://www.peachesandblush.com/2012/07/p-b-real-brides-meet-bride-to-be-aanchal.html

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          • Aanchal April 4, 2013 at 12:04 am #

            Hey, that was my roka! I did go back to the same place for my engagement make-up and loved it again! 🙂
            Girl you looked ravishing, the lehenga and the jewellery exude class! The post was really well-written, and totally worth the wait, par yeh dil maange more (read – reception updates)! 😉

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  5. Shikha March 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    very cute…

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  6. thevowsandbeyond March 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    You make a very pretty bride!! The excitement is just pouring out of the pictures!!

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  7. Sukanya March 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    am so in love with your lehenga ❤ ❤ you look super cute

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  8. peachesandblush March 26, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Show us that ring! 😉

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    • thedelhibride March 26, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      🙂 will put it up in a separate post – just pictures of it. A post, dedicated to just my ring. hehe.

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  9. Aditi March 26, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    love the pics, love the makeup, love the jewellery… everything so subtle but oh so gorgeous 😀 😀 all the best 🙂

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  10. Nidhi Nagpal March 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    loved it ! got goosebumps reading it !

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  11. Bhavna March 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Awww! You make such a gorgeous bride 🙂 …pink is one of my fav color and i am so in love with the kind of pink u chose for your wedding lehenga. After reading about the wedding lehenga shopping spree i was desperately waiting to see pics of ur lehenga and finally i see it! I feel so relieved..haha!

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    • thedelhibride March 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      🙂 glad u liked the lehenga!

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      • sheel March 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

        lovely lehenga and u made the sweetest bride ever…:)

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  12. lookingoodfeelingfab March 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    ur look so so pretty…amazing pics and awesome bride:) the first para..brought back bitter sweet memories of my wedding day…its so tough to leave ur parents n ur home…sob sob..
    wait till u become a mum to a daughter…mine is just 3 n i already dread the day she will leave me…sooooooooooooobbbb
    lookingoodfeelingfab.blogspot.in

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    • thedelhibride March 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      thank u! and yeah i’m sure it’s hard on the parents as well 😦

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  13. aakriti March 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Congratulations….i could imagine all dese moments just by reading ur post …you’re one pretty bride 🙂

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  14. Shikha Chauhan March 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    cute…

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  15. Lea March 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Very useful blog! I’m about to marry an Indian guy and I’m completely clueless about Indian weddings. Could you recommend some great venues / vendors in Delhi? I’ve not seen specific names / references in your posts but maybe I missed them :o$

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    • thedelhibride March 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Hi Lea! Please send me an email with all the vendor recommendations you’re looking for and I’ll let you know the details!

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  16. JC March 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Loved reading this post.
    You look lovely in the pictures. 🙂

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  17. vishakha kohli April 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Loved your look….& of course your lehanga is soo beautiful…. it seems like this lehanga is just made for u…. nd your jewellery very beautifully compliment your lehanga and your overall looks…. I m not any near of getting married at least not for 3 to 4 years…. but really like reading your blog its…. jyst simply awesome.:)

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    • thedelhibride April 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      thank u! the original lehenga that I had seen at Heritage actually made me feel that way – that it was made for me! But glad to hear you say that about this one as well 🙂 makes me feel happy! And thank you so much for following!

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  18. neetu92 April 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    the part is so beautiful! I can literally imagine the emotions! Congratulations!

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  19. thediaryofamadbride April 2, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    I loved reading this one .. Especially the vidai part .. Brought back memories .. Oooh And I did the same thing .. While My husband was applying sindoor .. I kept muttering – Halke se lagana 😛

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  20. Mrinalini April 2, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Such a lovely post! You look gorgeous!!!

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  21. Shilpa Shri April 2, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Loved your post and I too can feel ur emotions 🙂 But now waiting for your reception posts now 😉 “Greedy Me” 😀

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  22. lookingoodfeelingfab April 2, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    what precious moments 🙂
    lookingoodfeelingfab.blogspot.in

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  23. avika April 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    started following your posts recently, like so many before me allow me to thank you. your blogs have made for an excellent guidance. and congratulations, you were looking gorgeous on all occassions 🙂

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  24. Supriya April 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Totally loved your lehenga and your story as well…just gave me goose bumps!!
    Wish you a Happy Married life!!

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  25. thevowsandbeyond April 3, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Very very well worded 🙂 And the pictures are fab!! Congrats – it all went without a hitch!

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  26. Diksha April 4, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Such a frank flow of emotions! Its heart-touching and wonderfully written!! loved the lehenga. you have a new fan on the blog 😉 take care and god bless!

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  27. bhawna April 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi.. really loved ur lehnga.. i wll also check out this chandni chowk shop.. bt apart frm this cn u pls suggest some gud shops or designer for wedding and engagement lehngas.. i wll be getting married in few months and now about to start my search for evrythng.. wll that be a gud option to srch in shapurjhat first..

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    • thedelhibride April 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Hi Bhawna, thank u! Yes, Shahpur Jat is a good place to start. You should check out Lyra there for sure. They have pretty anarkalis and specially lehengas that are light – good for reception and Sangeet/engagement days. You can also try Aumbre and Dolly J at Hauz Khas. What’s your budget for the lehengas?

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  28. Maitri April 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I loved your blog i could actually see myself in that position in about a months time am soo tensed to walk down the aisle and the whole crowd stare at me for the night :(:P.:/.!Thanks for sharing your beautiful experience…:)

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    • thedelhibride April 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

      Thanks Maitri! Don’t be tensed about that walk…it’s actually fun! Trust me, you will not stop smiling 🙂 🙂 And just be on the lookout for your groom…all shall go well! How is wedding prep coming along?

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  29. Manali April 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Wow…. this post is really touching… you have just poured out your heart , I had goosebumps reading the vidaai part…. also, amazzing choice of lehenga….. the best and prettiest i have seen in recent times 🙂

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  30. Kriti May 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    You have a new follower:)..jus looove the blog..addictive..you defntly made a pretty bride! pretty you:) whr did u get ur wedding jewellery from? love the lehenga and jewellery..

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    • thedelhibride May 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

      Thank you so much Kriti! 🙂 Glad you like the blog! Please send me an email at thedelhibride at gmail dot com with all your queries.

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  31. Sunshine May 30, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    hi delhi bride,
    Is your jewellery kundan? could you suggest jewellery shops where i can pick up a similar neck piece as yours?

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    • thedelhibride May 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      Hi! Yes, it is. You can try out Veeni Jewels in GK1.

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      • Ruchika August 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

        Hi TDB, ive been going thru ur blog for quite some time and u have me added on to ur fan list.. Well m getting married in dec and hunting for lehenga and mua, i absolutely loved ur look and want a similar one for myself as i am a non bling person. Iam planning to visit om prakash this weekend on ur recommendation and was wondering if you could spill the beans on the price of ur awesome lehenga, can u also please let me know who was ur mua in b blunt and how much did she charge u? I kno m just pestering u for these details but the deal is that i have to manage everything on my own, basically pay for everything out of my savings.. So i was hoping to get some insight on what kind of expenses i should look gorward too..

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        • thedelhibride August 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

          Hi Ruchika! Will email u the lehenga price. As for the MUA, u can read all the details on my post – vendor review of Mona from bblunt. Check it out and let me know if u have any more questions.

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          • Ruchika August 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

            Thanks a ton! Just read bout mona..😊

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          • Shilpi Dixit November 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

            Hi Dear !!! must ay you have an excellent blogging skills and thanks for such informative blog !! I went to OPJL today and with mu budget of 30 k or max 35 they let down this budget very easily saying they have a starting range of 60 k…… very much under depression. They say they have closed bookings for jan and will soon close it for feb and my D Day is 3rd feb.Could you pls send me your lehenga price on 12sep.shilpi.dixit@gmail.com plsssssss !!! Dont have much time left and would be finalizing on in coming 2 days. Pls pls mail me or suggest me some good shops which good give a decent non chamki styled lehenga in my budget!! eagerly waiting fr ur reply !! Thanks loads

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            • thedelhibride December 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

              sent u a mail Shilpi!

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            • Shikha December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

              I have been hearing a lot of people say that OPJL have a starting range of 60K. Having been to that store recently, I can say that isn’t so. I just got back from India and went to a lot of different stores in search for my outfits but in the end I thought that I got the best value for my money at OPJL. I ended up getting my sangeet, wedding, and reception outfit from that store. I think they have some snobby salesmen that are telling people that they only sell lehengas over 60K but I was shown some very decent options for 32K, 36K, 38K, and 45K.

              When I was in Delhi, I finalized my wedding lehenga on day 1 of shopping (strange I know but I only had 10 days in Delhi). The next day I headed to Frontier Raas in South Ex and I totally fell in love with an outfit there but it was way out of my budget. After negotiating and taking some of the work away, it was starting to sound more reasonable. However, right at that moment when my mom and I were thinking of placing the order, we saw another salesman pull out the EXACT same lehenga that I got for my wedding from OPJL. It was priced at over 1L more than what I paid. I looked at my mom and said to her that we really need to get the hell out of here haha.
              Having said this, if you in a rush and need something fabulous, head to Frontier Raas. You will find something very nice there but you will have to pay through your nose.

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  32. Shikha September 12, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    I have been reading your blog for the last few months so I can be prepared for my big shopping trip to India this year. As most readers, I come here for inspiration, ideas, and simply being in-the-know about all things wedding. This is my first comment here and honestly it is not because of your lehenga, jewellery or makeup that I am writing here (although I must say you look amazing!) but it is because you are an exceptional storyteller. Thanks for calming me down and getting me really excited about my Big day. Keep up the good work here.

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    • thedelhibride September 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      That means so much to me, Shikha! 🙂 🙂 You just made my day!

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  33. Vivek October 6, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Hi TDB,
    Well I am trying to help out my fiancee in her search for that perfect wedding lehenga and fortunately, while I was googling for some tips, l found this blog. Must say, u hav explained everything exceptionally well. The moment i read the post i sent the link to my fiancee.
    We’ve just started with the lehenga search and hav visited few shops like Rati Ram Ram Vinod and Apsara in chandni chowk . (lot of ppl recommended them) bt couldnt find something of my fiancee’s choice. Hav read ur post and we’re definitely gonna visit OPJ. Would be great if u could tell us some good lehenga shops in kamla nagar. Also, would appreciate if u could share the price of ur lehenga.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

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  34. samreen October 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    can i hav omprakash jawaharlal’s address plz..

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    • thedelhibride October 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      It’s in Naya Katra.

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      • Pami October 23, 2013 at 3:34 am #

        I will be travelling to Delhi next March 2014 in search of my daughter’s bridal wear. She does like the moghuls style bridal wear and we are on very tight budget. Please could you advise us Few stores in Delhi where we can view the moghuls style bridal wear. Like your self my daughter does not like bling bling.

        Many thanks
        Mrs. Bains

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        • thedelhibride December 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

          Please send me an email, will be able to help out in more detail!

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          • poonam October 22, 2015 at 5:34 am #

            Hi thedelhibride,

            I am getting married this jan.
            I totally loved your lehenga. Can you please tell me the price for it.
            I am planning to come to India 30 days before my wedding( cant get sooo many leaves)
            How many days the om prakash jawahar lal took to give your lehnga??

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  35. Lalinka October 25, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    Really enjoyed reading about your wedding. I’m a Sri Lankan marrying a Punjabi and we are having a Christian ceremony in Sri Lanka followed by a North Indian wedding in Delhi. I’ll be coming to Delhi to pick out my wedding outfit and I just wanted to know where you got your jewellery from and how much should I typically budget (at a reasonable level) for a chain and ear ring set? Needless to say I am very confused about the Indian ceremony 🙂

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    • Leena Sharma November 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Hey Shinjini,

      I must say ur Blog posts are amazing and interesting, i dint get bored and read all ur posts in one go. i loved your outfits and you look so simple n beautiful in each of them. can i request to to mail me price and shop details for your Wedding and reception outfit

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      • thedelhibride December 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

        thank u Leena! 🙂 So sweet of you to say! Will email you the price.

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        • thedelhibride December 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

          mail didn’t get delivered. can u please send me your email id?

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    • thedelhibride December 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Hi Lalinka, congratulations, firstly! I got my jewellery from Veeni Jewels in GK1. Umm…jewellery prices seriously vary depending on what stone, metals and purity you are going for. Can’t really give you a number for it! Do email me with any other queries you may have regarding North Indian weddings 🙂 When is your wedding?

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  36. Arshia December 17, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    You were the most amazing bride… hands down!

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  37. Manushi January 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi,
    You look gorgeous ….. everything was perfect … lehnga, jewelery , makeup everything ….. u made me ur fan ……I m reading ur all blogs posts comments one after the other …..

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  38. naina February 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    You were looking so beutiful.. everything
    Was perfect.. your lehenga.. jewellery.. makeup.. can you plz mention the price of your lehenga.. i m going to get married in april.. nd search is on 🙂

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  39. jyoti February 5, 2014 at 3:50 am #

    Loved ur lehenga and u look so beautiful…I m getting married on 3rd march 2014..could u plz tell me from where did u buy this lehenga and wats the price of it????could i also get same lehenga in such a short period of time????Plzzzzzzzz help me..

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    • thedelhibride February 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Hey Jyoti! Bought it from Om Prakash Jawahar Lal in Chandni Chowk. Sure, u can still get one! But you’ll have to pressurise them into delivering it quickly!

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  40. aalam March 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Love your lehnga …please tell me the price

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  41. Shikha March 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    I must say your blog is superb!!Description of everything is amazingly beautiful. I have my wedding at the end of this year.Will start lehanga search soon.I would really appreciate if you inbox me the price of your lehanga.

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  42. Konica Chadha March 8, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Hi…
    Loved you blog.. It’s way tooooooo awesome…
    Loved your lehenga.. Very beautiful and you looked lovely…
    Can you please tell the price and also the price range available at OPJL…
    P.S. I’m a soon-to-be bride. 🙂

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    • Konica Chadha March 31, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      Hi,
      Please reply.. I don’t have long..
      Waiting… Please..

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  43. Nisha March 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi Doll, you looked absolutely gorgeous in the lehenga.. I am getting married in April 2015 and was planning to come over to Delhi for the wedding shopping (I am from Malaysia) . Would appreciate it much if you could let me know how much you got your lehenga for. Also I was thinking of wearing a Bridal Anarkali for the gurdwara ceremony, but am unsure if i can find a nice one. People have said that they can actually turn a lehnga into an anarkali..How long do they take to custom make a piece? I will only be there for about 5 days! What are your thoughts? Would you have any advice for me?? Thanks 🙂

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    • ankit keyal April 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      ASIANA COUTURE Relatively new kids on the block but already making a ton of waves in the Chandni Chowk bridal scene (LOL- i make it sound like Chandni Chowk has a ‘scene’) . I hadnt actually heard of them when i went shopping for my lehenga, but over time i have seen brides wear some lovely pieces from here. Then i actually visited them and absolutely loved some of their stuff- a lot of new , current styles and very like high quality pieces which if you follow Indian designers, you will know! Prices are not super cheap again, but because they are lesser known than OPJL, you will get a better price for sure ! Again, stay far away from custom.

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  44. avinash kapur May 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Please tell what is this can can, how does it look and also how to stitch can can for lehenga please do a post on can can

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  45. Shruti July 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Amazing Lehenga. I am going through Lehenga blues. Can you please share the price.

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  46. Kriti Agarwal September 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Hi. Loved your lehnga. I am getting married in December. Could you inbox me the price of the lehnga.
    Thanks!

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  47. Bride-to-be December 26, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    I don’t know whether to thank you, be angry at you or to simply appreciate you for painting a marvelous picture with words (and your lovely photos of course)… For the first time and in an intense way, you made me feel the pangs of ‘leaving’ my home. However logically we try to arrange things, there is suddenly a gust of emotions that throws everything around and a feeling of longing is all that remains… You brought it about for me.

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  48. Anuja Shah March 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi,

    You make a lovely bride, could you please tell me the price of your wedding and reception outfit.

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  49. Swati March 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi
    You look beautiful & cute as a bride.
    As others I too luvvvvvd ur lehanga. I had this lehanga pic saved in my phn even before I saw yours.. And now when I saw u wearing that I’m sure my taste is good ;)..
    I am aware of the shop but could you let me know the price of this lehanga..
    Thanks

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  50. Heena June 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    Lovely….I felt really good reading your post…..i was looking out for shops to visit chandni chownk for wedding lehnga n i ended up here…..U look adorable…..let me know if u have more info about wedding lehnga shops which offers a reasonable price….

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  51. aditi June 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    Girl, you are a damn good writer. you have penned down exactly how i feel, or expect to feel. . .and the advice on the chandni chowk lehenga is too good. i plan on going there myself now. thanx a ton!!

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  52. Manoj K Saxena October 16, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Oh man…. that was some pretty good writing there…. Now i could feel what will be going inside my to be wife in the time to come…. Thank you for such lovely writing… Cheers!!!!

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