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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

My Wedding Diaries - The Muhurta

11/13/2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

How are you all doing today? It's still November, which means it's time for another wedding related post. Yippie! *throws confetti at herself* Let me refresh your memory a little bit. Since it's my wedding month, all of the posts this month are exclusively for my wedding series. The last time I got down to writing here, I spoke about the first part of the wedding. If you haven't checked it out, click here for the same. So let's move on?

The wedding saga

One of the not-so-fun-for-the-bride customs of a South Indian Kannadiga Brahmin wedding is the constant outfit change tradition! Usually, brides love to change into multiple sarees in a span of 2-3 hours and I honestly don't get it! That's absurd and there was no way I was doing that! After a little banter, my mum and I negotiated and I agreed to change once. As soon as my participation in the first set of rituals were accomplished, I went back to the room to change for the muhurta. There were a whole bunch of other stuff going on at the mantap, some of which included the groom as well. But I guess till the actual muhurta, the bride and the groom don't really see each other. As I went back inside the bride's green room for my next saree change, there were some more rituals that were to be performed inside the room! (Oh yeah, it's never-ending and literally happens at any corner of the wedding hall, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime thingy, so I ain't complainin'!) I had some of my friends and family keeping me company while I changed to the main wedding saree! *a huge round of applause for me please*

I was getting super impatient because of all the waiting! I mean, come on, I thought it was supposed to be my wedding! At around 11.00 am or so, I finally was allowed to step out for the ramp walk! Well, not exactly a ramp walk, but a glorious procession for me to walk towards the mantap where the groom was waiting for me. My dear mama (maternal uncle) escorted me while the ladies walked with beautiful diyas as I walked like a princess! That was probably my favourite part of the wedding! I literally felt like a supermodel! There were cameras all over the place capturing my expressions, people waving and smiling at me as I walked and most importantly my family dancing with me, my brothers holding the doli over me and in that moment, everything felt so surreal! Weddings are not just the union of two souls, it's about everyone getting together and celebrating your happiness. It's about everybody's participation in your big day. And at that moment, I knew that everybody who were there were genuinely happy for me.

Once I reached the mantap, I saw my sweaty, tired dulha smiling away. The rest of the ceremonies included the tying of the taali, the seven pheras and some other regular wedding stuff. We also had a Kashmiri ritual where we were worshipped as Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and were covered in flowers. By around 12.00 pm or so, the whole process of getting married was done and dusted! We were on stage till about 2.00 pm and everybody came forward to give us their blessings and wishes. 

Outfit Details

Saree: The muhurta saree was also from Saree Palace and cost me around 20K INR. I wanted something in pink or red to keep it traditional. I mean, a red-pink saree screams desi dulhan, doesn't it? I did not want to play around with the blouse too much, so I kept it simple with some gold embroidery.

Hair & Make-up: I didn't change the hairdo or my make-up due to time constraints and stuck to the same as before.

Jewellery: I didn't change the jewellery much either, except maybe the colourful fake bangles in order to match with the saree.

That's it, guys! I was married! Just like that! Well, for my next look and to know what happened next, stay tuned.

Hand On The Hip

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

My Wedding Diaries - The Beginning

11/06/2018 0 Comments

It's November already! Yay! I am excited because it's my Wedding Month! (#Prishub lasted a whole year without killing each other! *pats herself and her husband on the back*) I don't think I was this excited last year though :D Anyway, my hubby and I are soon going to be celebrating our first year wedding anniversary and I have been waiting for this month to start so that I can share my entire experience with you guys about my wedding week last year. I have decided that the whole of November is going to be dedicated to this special occasion and what better way to relive those memories than document them! I already spoke about how I designed my Sangeet Lehenga in an earlier post and I am really grateful to you guys for all the amazing feedback I received. Well, I wanted to design or at least style all my clothes for the wedding myself because, hey, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

The entire wedding charade lasted a week or so and it was probably the most tiring week of my life! I am a very light sleeper, always extra anxious about everything, so you can imagine what my crazy brain might have brought upon me. After spending the night before the wedding dancing, singing and making merry, it was time to buckle up for the big day! I was about to have my "Brace yourself, S*** just got real" moment! :D

The D-Day

My make-up artist asked me to be at the mantap at sharp 6.00 am and I got zero sleep the night before! (No surprises there!) I somehow got my lazy ass out of my bed and reached the venue on time. The wedding shenanigans began with the baaraat arriving at around 8.00 am where the groom, his family, his friends and everyone else danced to the beats of a dhol. Unfortunately, I was still inside the room getting ready for the wedding. (So unfair, right?) And trust me, the pressure is real! Since my husband is a North Indian and I am a South Indian, we had a little bit of both customs in the wedding. My family welcomed the groom's family at the entrance and the groom was taken to his room. There were some rituals being performed and I finally got a chance to make an appearance on stage. Although it was hardly for a few minutes, my precious saree got a chance to meet the crowd before I headed back for my next change.

Outfit Details

Saree: I bought this gorgeous green Kanjivaram saree from Saree Palace in Mangalore. I think it cost me around 20K INR. I did not wanna spend loads of money on clothing that would see the light of the day just a couple of times before it gets discarded. If it were up to me entirely, I would have probably gotten married in my jeans! Hehe! Anywho, I wanted to jazz up my wedding trousseau a bit, so I purchased a few meters of this purple brocade material from Mysore Silk Udyog in Bangalore and used it for the blouse and also gave the saree a purple border.

Hair & Make-up: I had booked Lakme Salon for the entire day and they did a decent job with my hair and make-up. I wanted to go traditional, but also keep it classy with my hair - so I decided to get a bun with flowers instead of the traditional braid with flowers. I wanted to use copper-ish hues on my eyes, bright lipstick on my lips and wanted to keep the make-up as simple as possible. The make-up brand used was Kryolan and they charged around 20K INR for two functions that included make-up, hair and saree draping. The make-up was the one thing that I did not want to mess up at any cost! I mean, come on, I am a beauty blogger. You understand that, right?

Jewellery: Again, I wanted to keep the look very simple and very traditional, so I went for temple jewellery. I got the necklace, jhumkas and some bangles from Jos Allukas. I also got some 1 gm gold jewellery like the head embellishment, waist chain and some bangles from a random store in Mangalore. My best friends gifted me a gold ring from Malabar Gold which I decided to wear as well.

Well, the wedding definitely was a lot of fun, much more than I had anticipated and not very stressful. Because of the effort put in by my loving familia, who divided all of the tasks like managing guests, booking halls, making payments etc. among themselves, executed them to it's best and drove this whole project, I could chill and have a happy wedding! For now, this is all the scoop you get. I hope you enjoyed this post as well as the supporting pictures. Do stay tuned for the next few posts to get a complete picture of my wedding diaries!

Hand On The Hip

Monday, 29 October 2018

The perfect bridesmaid outfit for Indian Wedding Sangeet

10/29/2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's officially wedding season! At least 90% of my close friends have tied the knot during the last two months of the year. I got married in November as well. I am sure most of you have weddings of  your best friends or close cousins lined up for the next 2-3 months at least and when you're the attendee, you're not just another person in the crowd. You're the flower girl. You're the person that needs to bend down to look for that tiny pin that decided to gleefully fall off the bride's hair. You are that water boy who is constantly looking after the bride's hydration system. You're the woman who's in-charge of everything bride-related! It's a very delicate spot to be at when you are your bestie's go-to girl at her wedding. This makes it very challenging because you need to be able to look second-best and at the same time, be incredibly comfy in your attire. And as we all know, the word "comfort" does not exist anywhere in the Indian wedding scenario! But the good news is, things are changing and we have more options now than ever.

Talking about the list of bridesmaid duties, there's one item that is absolutely impossible to get out of - the sangeet dance number! Well, with all the madness in the background, you also need to prep and perform at the wedding. When I was asked to dance at my bestie's wedding earlier this year, I was two hundred thousand percent sure that I had to ditch the heavy sequined saree I was planning to wear to the function and that's when I came across Iza Multidesigner Boutique in Indiranagar, Bangalore. I found a very simple, yet chic ethnic skirt and a blouse that I could twirl, twist and Tango in! The soothing green color attracted me towards it and trust me, no one at the ceremony wore something like this! The skirt comes with mirror work at the bottom while the grey blouse goes perfectly with the skirt. I wore simple jhumkas and some basic bangles with it. Not only did I receive a bazillion compliments for the outfit, I could also sway away to glory without worrying about a thing.

If you know the flow of my post, you'll know that most of posts tend to have a takeaway. And as always, I would love to help you guys pick that perfect bridesmaid outfit for your best friend's wedding sangeet!
  • Ditch the heavy lehengas and stick to flowy ethnic skirts with minimum sequins or embroidery. This was my mantra when I picked up this outfit and it was really convenient to run around without worrying about a heavy dupatta falling off or sweeping the floor. You can always make up for the simplicity of the skirt by wearing a heavy blouse!
  • Keep the jewellery minimal as well. You don't wanna look like a gold shop at someone else's wedding! If you're outfit is shimmery and has a lot of bling detailing, then you should stick to just earrings and bangles or for a plain blouse, wear a big necklace, but ditch the earrings.
  • Wedges or kitten heels are your saviours! If you're the bridesmaid, now is not the time to experiment with stilettos or anything that six inches high. Find a nice pair of ethnic wedges or something with very less heels that has a comfort level of 9.5 on 10!
  • Keep the hairstyle as simple as possible! You might love different kinds of fake flowers on your hair or pearls or a lot of hair spray, but that's not ideal when you're running up and down the stage. The best thing to do is leave your hair wide open! It looks stunning always and is probably the epitome of comfort.
  • Play with your make-up and try to amp up the shimmer factor here. Well, this is the one area where you don't need to compromise. Since you have mellowed down your outfit, feel free to adorn yourself with shimmery eye shadows or bright, loud lipsticks.
  • I have some more options for outfits for you guys like ethnic gowns, a simple chiffon saree with a heavy blouse, a long ethnic kurti with palazzo pants or probably an ethnic skirt.

The key is to keep it simple. With that, I am going to let you experiment with wedding outfits for the upcoming weddings you need to attend. Good luck and make sure you have fun!

Hand On The Hip