The family was very excited. The news of a cousin getting married reached us and it was an opportunity for us to be a part of the celebration. Indian weddings are surely grand events. Multiple ceremonies, colorful decorations, meeting people, and of course dressing up in fine Indian clothes- weddings in our country is a grand spectacle. With barely a month left for the wedding, we had just about time to get all the outfits in place, and deciding what would be more appropriate for each of the ceremonies. With a full time job, packed schedules and two school going kids, it seemed more practical to pick up the outfits online.
With traditional outfits being the norm in our weddings, I chose an ensemble of lehenga-cholis, anarkalis and sarees for myself. The husband chose kurta and a pair of pajamas, a sherwani, and a shirt with a dhoti. Weddings in our country are spread across 3 to 5 days. With multiple ceremonies, the perfect look was required for each one of them. Here is a quick brief on the various ceremonies and my outfit for it.
- The Haldi Ceremony: This ceremony is conducted on both sides- the groom as well as the bride. The bride and the groom are applied a paste of turmeric, by every member of the family. To avoid stains of turmeric, for this ceremony I chose a simple blue and yellow salwar kameez, teaming it with Bindi and metal bangles.
- The Mehendi Ceremony: This is when the bride’s hands are adorned with henna. Generally it is the women who are involved in this. So the men prefer being in more casual outfits. I decided on a short sleeve orange lehenga, as my hands would have mehendi and it didn’t make sense to wear anything with long sleeves.
- The Sangeet Ceremony: This is the fun part of every wedding, as the families get together to dance, sing and generally enjoy the moment. It is the best time to dress up and flaunt. I picked a beige colored net lehenga choli with nakshi touch and velvet patch work. It was teamed with a matching blouse and dupatta. With an inner satin fabric, the outfit was comfortable for the entre course of the ceremony. My husband was in a beige cotton linen kurta pajama with patch and pintuck work.
- The Wedding and Reception: This is the main event when the actual wedding takes place, with the seven pheras. I decided on a saree for this ceremony. It was a yellow net saree with a matching green blouse. Husband wore a Pink Banarasi Silk Brocade Sherwani with resham, sequins, beads and zardosi work, with a matching bottom.
Shopping for the kids
Kids seldom want to be left behind when it comes to wedding dressing. For my two daughters, I purchased a lehenga choli and a salwar kurta. The elder one’s favorite was the Pink Art Silk Choli with butti work, along with jacquard lehenga and net dupatta. For the younger one, I loved the blue art silk salwar kameez, designed with stones and beads work, along with matching art silk bottom and net dupatta. It was a pleasure to see the young ones join in the celebrations with fine clothes that they loved to wear.
The fun shopping experience
More than the fun and gala time at an Indian wedding, the experience of shopping and the preparation that goes days before the event, is equally fun filled. As a close family member of the bride, we as a family wanted to be a part of every ceremony, soaking in the celebrations. We wanted to look our best and shopping for the right look was vital.
Luckily, online shopping came to our rescue, and despite the limited time at hand to shop, we managed to get what we wanted. We desired smart ethnic wear for the kids and something different for husband and me. A portal best suited for such an occasion is Nihal Fashions. The portal has a wide range of ethnic Indian wear. From an extensive collection of kurta pajamas, to designer sarees, to wedding lehengas, there is plenty of choice for every style and for every occasion. Tailored to perfection, outfits are made out of finest quality fabrics, to complement different looks. Apart from the extravagant ethnic clothes, the portal has a good range of casual ethnic wear as well, for all those simpler occasions. Nihal fashions is a one stop destination, to address those needs of ethnic wear, for every single member of the family.
Indian weddings are filled with fun, frolic, and celebrations. It is truly an occasion worth dressing up for. No wonder, we often call it the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’.