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Peacocks

Take a look at this elegant peacock design. It is perfect for invitations. The artist has included the vecor file. Check out her site. http://www.definatalie.com/archives/31-Free-Vector-Shapes-Peacocks.html

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Jewels

Although I value clothing more than jewelry. Jewelry can really play up an outfit to create a finished look. Here are two collections I really like.

 

Tanishq, India

This boutique has several collections, namely the Jodha Akhbar collection and the Kundan and Polki collection. These pieces are beautiful if you are trying to create a Heritage look.

http://www.tanishq.co.in/

 

ArtKarat, India

This boutique offers semi-precious designer jewelry. These pieces are beautiful and don’t dent the budget. They have a very authentic feel to them and are perfect for a bridal look.

They often have shows in the US. There is one show in Houston this November.

http://www.artkarat.com/

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Going to India to shop for bridal wear can be chaotic and take up a lot of time in travel. I have decided to go local for my shopping needs and have found some helpful resources.

 

The Grand Trunk, Fremont, CA

A collection of Indian designer wear, including Sabyasachi and Renu Tandon. Komal and Tanuja are great at assessing your needs and working in your budget. Some pieces can be made to order; other pieces are first come first serve. They usually bring back a batch of clothes every January.  

http://www.thegrandtrunk.com/

 

Sahil, Chicago, IL

On Devon Ave, this boutique has a great collection of bridal wear and groom’s wear. Their prices seem a bit steep for not being designer labels. They really want you to spend the whole day with them and buy all your outfits at once. They are stingy about letting you try on their items.

http://www.sahil.com/

 

Mirage, Los Angeles, CA

This boutique in Artesia has extensive bridal and party wear. I visited them a few years ago for my sister’s wedding. Their pieces have tasteful embroidery and great colors.

http://miragecollection.com/

 

Sheetal, Iselin, NJ

This boutique, headquartered in Mumbai, has very tasteful bridal and party wear. They have great customer service as well.

http://www.sheetalindia.com/

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I have discovered so many talented Indian designers in my quest to assemble the perfect wedding trousseau. I have cataloged some of those designers below. My absolute favorite is Sabyasachi Mukherjee. His design aesthetic gets me in a way that I can’t describe–he understands Heritage but can reinterpret it in a modern, fresh way. I want my primary bridal outfits to be his designs. In addition to Sabyasachi, check out Neeta Lulla, Satya Paul‘s Raja Ravi Verma collection, Swapen Seema, Ritu Kumar, Varun Bahl, Ritu Beri, Manish Malhotra, and Tarun Tahiliani. I will add more as I find them. 

 

//photogallery.indiatimes.com/photo.cms?photoid=2456878 for more images

Sabyasachi

Varun Bahl

Varun Bahl

Satya Paul, Raja Ravi Verma

Satya Paul, Raja Ravi Verma

Swapan & Seema

Swapan & Seema

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A wedding at home

Traditionally Indian weddings were done at home, hosted at the bride’s house. I remember going to India for my uncle’s wedding. The baraat arrived at my aunt’s house. The reception was first, then the wedding. We stayed up till the wee hours of the night watching all the rituals and having some fun of our own! 

 

For our wedding, my fiance and I wanted to evoke that spirit of coming to a home. Instead of opting for a hotel, we picked a home in Northwest Houston. It is such a beautiful home!!! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to get married there. I could imagine all the parts of the wedding. The baraat will make its way up the driveway. They will arrive at the fountain in front of the gate. The bridesmaids will be up on the balcony making fun of Navin and dropping flowers on the baraat…reminds me of a cute scene from a Bollywood movie. After everyone enters there are two winding staircases and they’ll make their way to the wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids and I will make our way to the mandap and Navin will be waiting there! The ceilings are very high and there is a balcony above so people can even watch from there.

 

The colors and decor inside really complement Indian colors–there are natural orange tones and rustic chandeliers. I have included some pictures below. The venue is called Chateau Polonez

    

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Although there aren’t formalized roles for bridesmaids in Indian weddings, they add visual drama and provide great support to the bride. Bridesmaids look great in the bride’s procession to the mandap for the jai maal. They can carry silver thalis with the garlands, aarti, and flowers.

I just finished the saree designs for my bridesmaids…yayy! They are going to look soo beautiful. I am using a palette from green to blue. The girls will wear maroon blouses and have a peacock feather in their hair or on the saree as a broach.

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Colored

Play with many different color options. Think about your flowers, lighting, bridesmaids dresses, and your wedding trousseau. For color ideas check out Color Lovers

I have included the color set that my fiancee and I have chosen. The colors include Adobe Orange, Spring Green, and accents of Peacock Blue. Of course there will be Antique Gold accents as well! 

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