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“I’m about to make the best decision of my life. Or make the worst mistake.”

That’s what I wrote down in my journal on a sweltering hot June morning last year. I was in the second trimester of my pregnancy, and I had just got an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or, well, didn’t want to refuse.

In a year where I had already taken it easy with my blog (thanks largely on account of my horrible morning sickness), an up and coming wedding website had wandered down my path and suddenly, I could join hands with a whole team and take my mission of helping Indian brides to a much bigger level than I’d ever imagined.

I took a deep breath, and jumped into the deep end of the pool.

It’s been almost 9 months now, and I have since joined a startup, given birth to my sweet baby girl, gone on maternity leave and come back as a working mom.

It sounded crazy to me last year. I almost laughed out loud, literally, when I even considered the option – join a new startup AND have a baby, all in the same year? Absurd! Who does that?

HI! *I* do!

It’s not that I won’t talk about weddings on my blog anymore. I will continue to share my personal everything here – from weddings I attend to marriage talk and now, of course, pregnancy and baby and parenting matters! (yes, they are 3 separate things!!!)

But a majority of what I’m trying to share about weddings will be now done on Shaadisaga.com – I’ve been their Chief Content Officer for months now, and if you head over to our blog, you’ll see a plethora of posts that will hopefully help you plan your wedding with ease ūüôā {We are still fine-tuning things on the new website, so bear with us till it looks exactly how we want it to}

I write only intermittently these days, to be honest, because…TIME! Between feeding my baby and working full-time in a role where I don’t “just write” anymore, there’s very little time to breathe, let alone write. And those of you who are writers know that writing needs breathing time, lots of it.

I also have a lot of pending posts in draft stages for this blog of mine, and I’ll get to them as time permits. But pregnancy and motherhood are what I’m going to focus on sharing about over the next few months. Stick around if you can, I want to tell you everything about surviving pregnancy as a Delhi girl (including maternity fashion!), giving birth (just…WOW), what it feels like to be a new mom, and getting back to work full time with a 4 month old baby!

I can hardly wait to start (over)sharing again!

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PS. While posts will get published here on a bit of a haphazard schedule, I try and keep everyone posted on Instagram & Facebook. Follow me there for regular updates!

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I’ve been keeping a secret from you…

10 Jul I have a secret

There’s something that’s been cooking for a while now.

I’ve been keeping it to myself for months!

And I’m sick of keeping it inside me now.

I want to come out in the open and just say it.

thedelhibride is… Continue reading

The Ensemble SALE is back!

8 Jan Sale in Delhi for Bridal Wear at Ensemble

Every January, Ensemble holds it’s biggest sale of the year – upto 70% off on some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The sale starts TODAY in their Delhi & Mumbai stores, and I’ve got all the details for you! Continue reading

Meena Bazaar: SALE & Insider’s Tip!

17 Jan

Meena Bazaar SALE January 2014

Meena Bazaar goes on sale starting tomorrow – 18th January. ALL INDIA! Upto 20% off.

But since there are many other stores that go by the same name, just to clarify, there’s a full list of the stores that are actually going on sale tomorrow – at the end of this post.

The Big Insider’s Tip

So you didn’t think this blog’s tagline was “An Insider’s Guide to Wedding Planning” for nothing now, did you? A little birdie has told me you can actually visit a Meena Bazaar store TODAY, find out the SALE PRICE of the item, tell them to keep it aside for you and pick it up TOMORROW at the discounted rate! You get to avoid trying to find your perfect outfit amidst the mad shopping rush tomorrow. But no guarantees there won’t be a rush there this evening after reading this post ūüėČ Try your luck! Two of my heaviest trousseau saris are from Meena Bazaar, and I got one of those during a sale!

Which Meena Bazaar stores are Actually On Sale?

Delhi

  • South Ex
  • Vasant Kunj (DLF Promenade)
  • GK1 (M-block market)
  • Rajouri Garden
  • Pitampura (Kapil Vihar)
  • Rohini (City Center Mall)
  • Laxmi Nagar (V3S East Centre Mall)
  • Shahdara (Cross River Mall)

NCR

  • Noida (Sector-18 market)
  • Indirapuram (Shipra Mall)
  • Greater Noida (Ansal Plaza)
  • Vaishali (Mahagun Metro Mall)
  • Gurgaon (MGF Metropolitan Mall & DLF City Centre Mall)
  • Faridabad (Crown Interiorz)

Other Cities

  • Mumbai, Dehradun, Patna
  • Kanpur,¬†Agra,¬†Indore,¬†Bhopal
  • Raipur,¬†Bilaspur
  • Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Chandigarh
  • Dehradun
  • Mumbai

You can find detailed addresses of all these Meena Bazaar stores here.

To further clarify, THIS Meena Bazaar is NOT on sale.

Are you going to your closest Meena Bazaar today?

If you’d like to know about other ongoing sales in India, visit the Sale Alerts¬†section on the blog.

SALE Alert! Ensemble at 70% off

9 Jan

The ENSEMBLE SALE starts tomorrow!

Both the Ensemble Delhi stores are having an end-of-season sale, starting 10th January, 2014. The sale includes a selection of western wear, accessories and the best of Indian wear from The Ensemble Design Studio. Designer-wear from Tarun Tahiliani, Anamika Khanna, Rohit Bal, James Ferreira, Amit Aggarwal, Pero, etc is on sale Рup to 70% off!

Here are two pieces that I love!

Anamika - Before 97,400 After Sale 42,000

Anamika Khanna lehenga – this one is a beauty! And at a great price considering it’s designer-wear. Perfect for your day wedding! Or if you want to splurge, then for your Sangeet night.

Rohit Bal Before 39,200 After Sale 29,900

Rohit Bal suit – would love to have this elegant piece as part of my trousseau!

 Date: 10th to 19th January 2014

Time: 11:00am- 8:00pm | Emporio Mall (Phone: +91-11-46040745/46040746)

Time: 10am- 6:00pm| Santushti Shopping Arcade (Phone: +91-11-26882207/24121669)

Website: www.ensembleindia.com

Note: Stay updated on the latest sales in India (city-wise list available) on our Sale Alerts page.

Full Scoop on the Virtual Wedding Show (Contests, Celebrities – all included!)

14 Dec
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Sooo…
You have to wait just a teeny tiny bit longer to see who won the contest.
But¬†ALL of you can still join in the live chat! It’s happening THIS MONDAY (or Sunday evening if you live abroad). All you have to do is

RSVP here.

Type in your questions, now or live during the shows, and your question could be picked!
Here are all the details you’ll want to know about the Virtual Wedding Show hosted by IndianRoots.com –
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The hangout begins with a beauty workshop by celebrity make up artist Anu Kaushik and skin specialist Dr. Varun Katyal followed by trousseau specialist Neeta Lulla. Then we’ll have the girls from Yash Raj Film’s latest fashion venture Diva’ni who will tell you everything you need to know about the latest Bollywood wedding trends. We top that up with a quick interview with the very beautiful and super quirky Masaba and end our first session in Mumbai with the fashion legend and India’s favourite wedding designer Sabyasachi.
The second session will see super sexy Mandira Bedi who’ll tell you how you can strike the perfect balance between work and marriage. This will be followed by a chat with two extremely talented wedding bloggers from Delhi, who have their finger on the pulse of Indian wedding trends and follow that with Ambika Pillai who will meet with 3 young brides-to-be from around India. We have Anita Dongre, the designer behind the very popular Jaipur Bride concept and for the grand finale, we will bring on the pioneer of Indian fashion, Rohit Bal.

Don’t forget to take part in the hourly contests and stay tuned for the big fat giveaway right before the grand finale. You can stand to win some super chic merchandise from our guests.

You see that wedding bloggers session? I’ll be going LIVE in front of the (web)cam for the very first time, with the super awesome fellow blogger Mehak of Peachesandblush.com! Aaaahhh! It’s so exciting yet nerve-wracking all at the same time! Cannot wait to hear what’s going on in the minds of 2013 & 2014 brides. Do tune in and ask us all your wedding questions. Of course, I needn’t tell you that you should definitely be tuned in to watch the entire Virtual Wedding Show to hear from heavyweights of the great Indian wedding industry. I know I’ll be watching their sessions to get as many tips as possible!

Here’s an updated schedule for you –

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The show starts 6.30 am IST and for our NRI brides, it’s 5.00 pm PST. They’ve kept the timings like this so that brides from all over the world can attend it. Don’t forget to

RSVP here.

Which sessions will you be watching?

PS. You KNOW I’ll be getting you behind the scenes live coverage of the whole thing, so make sure you follow TDB on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

PPS. What should I wear?! Any ideas?!

Come Meet Me At Tanishq on Sunday!

27 Nov

If you’re a Delhi bride (and I know at least half of you are), I have something super special in store for you.

Many of you are getting married in the next few weeks or months, and we’re here to help! I’m collaborating with Tanishq and bringing to you – a bridal styling session, by ME!

bridal styling by Shinjini thedelhibride for Tanishq“Uncertain about how to look picture perfect on your wedding day? Meet our bridal styling expert, Shinjini,¬†thedelhibride¬†as she showers you with tips for the big day!”

I’ll be there all day THIS SUNDAY – 1st December – at the Tanishq South Ex store in Delhi. Come meet me and get your wedding day look just right. If you’ve already bought your wedding outfits, bring them along so we can style you on the spot! Or if you’ve just started shopping for your trousseau, drop by so we can give you some tips on what will look good on you! It’s a free bridal styling session, so this is your chance to get all your questions answered directly by me! Just make sure you drop by between 12 to 7 pm.

You can RSVP here.

(so we know how many of you to expect!)

I’m super excited to meet my readers – finally! ūüôā And of course, do share this with any Delhi brides you know.

See you on Sunday, brides!