Essentials for Your Trousseau

Essentials for Your Trousseau



Your trousseau basically is all your articles of clothing, you accumulate over the years before beginning your life as a married woman. Our clothing is a reflection of our personality and largely determines the image we want to create, how we want others to perceive us. This is why there are a few must-haves in every bride’s trousseau for all occasions.

  1. Ethnic wear

While you may not be used to traditional attire, many family gatherings particularly the ones right after the wedding call for ethnic wear. Right now with the plethora of styles and colours, and the melange of western and ethnic styles, you can easily find something you are comfortable with.

Make sure you have suitable ethnic wear even for casual gatherings. People keep their ethnic wear as “special” dresses full of bling which can’t really be worn on normal occasions that still demand traditional wear.

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2. Footwear

Have footwear appropriate for all occasions and conditions. You may live in an area where it rains a lot, or have to move around on foot a lot, so get something durable yet elegant. Have something for exercise or even adventure trips and have something for parties and formal traditional gatherings.

Other than having the regular black, brown, and nude colours, you can experiment further and try colours that pop. When teamed up correctly, striking combinations can change your entire look for the better.

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3. Jewellery

Many women don jewellery on a daily basis. People end up owning either too much daily wear or too many grand pieces of jewellery. It is important to strike a balance. One can even take care of this problem by buying a few pieces that suit all occasions.

Jewellery too calls for a lot of personalisation and variety. Purchase something that complements your skin tone. Have a good mix of stones as well as pure gold. Antique rustic jewellery is in vogue these days and suits all occasions work as well as grand festivities.

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4. Lingerie and Nightwear

The night is when you get to loosen up and relax so you can wear whatever you like. Loose clothing made of soft material is the way to go. Also having dark coloured clothing for that time of the month is a necessity.

Nightwear aside, your lingerie is something your spouse will really be keen on seeing you in. If you have time, do discuss his preferences (colour, material etc.) and find something the both of you would like. Spend wisely as your lingerie is likely to be torn to bits in moments of passion.

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5. Casuals

This includes daily wear, work wear, and just stuff for outings. Jeans and many things black (pants, t-shirt, stoles, footwear) are a must-have. Make sure no single colour is dominating your wardrobe. Experiment with different styles and ensure every article is nothing less than super comfortable.

The rest of the items on this list aren’t as important as your casual wear, as this is what you’ll be clad in most often. Keep it modern and classy, just like your personality.

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6. Make-up

While some women use little to no makeup on a daily basis, quite a few do. Nude tones of every item are a must, as they go well for all occasions. After marriage, your sindoor also finds a home in your makeup kit. You will be putting it on for a few days soon after marriage and on all festive occasions.

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E-wedding! Is it possible in the digital future?

From e-mails, e-commerce, e-shopping and many other luxurious facilities over the Internet, the focus can certainly shift to E-wedding in the Digital Future.

Hindu mythology and traditions term wedding as a pure legal relationship of two individuals so that they can pursue their duties, possessions, physical desires and ultimate spiritual release together. It is the union of two individual as husband and wife. A grand affair where every ritual, pre- and post wedding hold a special importance to lead a blissful life together. Traditions in a wedding include physical presence of both the individuals. If E-wedding, literally means doing a wedding agreement over the Internet without having some rituals together, it will just ruin the meaning of wedding. Wedding is a celebration, a celebration of an initiation of a new life for two families indeed. E-wedding will be just like a contract deal done between two individuals.

Digitalisation has indeed made its mark in the 21st century. Money has also been digitalised but digitalising realties and their traditional customs will be a demoralising fact for any Mythology. It can be possible but then, wedding will just be a contract signed over the Internet. Earlier, it was a tradition to distribute wedding invitation cards to all the relatives by post or by visiting them but e-wedding cards have taken over the scene. Wedding can be overtook by E-wedding certainly but post it, two individuals have to live together, so the motive of e-wedding will be useless.

In a recent case study, it was seen that Muslims can take divorce through SMS and other online services but it was termed legally not appropriate by the government. This might not be possible in today’s world but we can surely see the probability with the growing technology that things like these can surely happen in future.

And indeed it is possible in the digital future to have E- Weddings. Many matrimonial sites may be modified to matrimonial plus e-wedding sites. Digitalization can certainly take over all the fields of life over the Internet.

Things To Do After Your Wedding


While you may have had a dream wedding people forget what a long and tiring affair weddings can be. If planned out systematically, the whole elaborate function and its aftermath will be smooth sailing. Generally, weddings were entirely planned and carried out by the elders but as society is getting more progressive, the couple itself is taking a more active role in what the wedding should be like.

Here’s a checklist of things you ought to take care of after your wedding:

1. Sort out your gifts

People tend to bring gifts along even after the customary “No Gifts Please” clause in the invitation. It will be rude to refuse so just pile them up and carefully go through them after the wedding. There might be quite a few things you may actually need to start a new life, others you can donate.

Whatever the case, make sure you carefully go through the gifts pile and avoid hoarding. Some gifts even come with receipts, which allow you to exchange them for something you prefer.

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2. Send out thank you notes, return calls, and submit reviews

The more personalised the notes the better. Even if you don’t have the time for it, make sure you send one out to every family who has attended, addressing them correctly. Thank them for any gifts received. There may even be people who couldn’t make it to the wedding but have called you on the phone or sent you a warm email. Reciprocate their kind gesture, respond to them as soon as possible.

Some vendors or suppliers who contributed to the wedding may also request a review, thank them and give them an honest review of their service.

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3. Disposing of the Decorations and other Paraphernalia

While many of the suppliers/organisers themselves handle this, there may be times where you are responsible for some of these things. If anything is unused and still in its packaging, try returning it. If the item(s) are reusable, see if you could use it as a décor item yourself or sell it on some online platform.

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4. Donate

Some people like to preserve their wedding dress for its sentimental value, while others wouldn’t mind giving it away. Your old clothes and even artificial jewellery could make someone else’s day. The same goes out for many of the gifts and other articles and accessories for the wedding. The floral decorations and showpieces, while they may be perishable, you could plan out the events such that they could help someone else’s ceremony soon after.

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5. Wedding Album and Footage

The entire course of the ceremony would have been photographed and shot, down to the last detail. Make sure you’ve gotten most of it preserved and recorded safely, somewhere it can’t be deleted easily. Also, while you may be satisfied with just the digitised version but get a wedding album. It is generally an opulent bound book with all the classy and elegant shots, made by professionals. It functions as a tangible memorabilia from your wedding.

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6. Wedding Registry and Websites

Online portals and registries are all the rage these days and rightfully so, they allow for so much creativity and personalisation. It will be sensible to leave the registry and invitation on for a few days after the wedding as well, but make sure you take it down after a reasonable amount of time.

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7. Legal documents and Finances

If you are planning to change your name after getting hitched make sure all your personal documents and accounts reflect this change to avoid hassles at a later date. Also, make sure to safely guard the marriage certificate and any other legal documents that will be affected by your marriage.

The financial planning should have begun well prior to the wedding. Even if not sort out your and your spouse’s bank accounts, incomes, tax return and the like. A lot of these things are affected (even though only slightly) by one’s marital status.

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8. Living Together as a Couple

This is the real deal about marriage. You have to figure out a way to peacefully coexist as a couple. You have to figure out the arrangements in the new house or room you will be living in. Figure out your schedules and who is in charge of what. Each partner should try to make the other feel comfortable and communicate what they like in their new family and new life.

Honeymoon destination for 2018

After immersion from wedding chaos, it’s finally time to go for your most awaited and dreamt about  honeymoon. It’s very important to decide the place before the wedding. But if you haven’t, no worries, Shaadismart is here to help you select your alone time with your spouse.

  • Bali

This Indonesian island is home for Indonesian’s Hindu minority. Surrounded by beaches. This province does not only have the ball but also other smaller neighbouring islands. You see, you have hell lot of beaches to show off those sexy lingeries. 😉

  • Greece

The cradle of Western Civilization. One of the most beautiful historical country of southern-east Europe. And of course it is has been the location of so many movies. Tell me why won’t anyone want to go to a place which they saw on the screen of their TV.

  • Prague

“The city of hundred spires”. Prague capital city of Czech Republic. The sites of Prague are breath taking , lying between nostalgia and modernization. It’s famous landmark are St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles bridge, Prague castle and the list is long. You are never going to be disappointed in choosing Prague.

  • Scotland

A country in UK. Scotland is a land of mountain wilderness. Scotland comprises of majestic castle and breath-taking landscape perfect place for your adorning honeymoon.

  • Venice

The capital of Italy’s Veneto region. “ Wow! What a beautiful place.” Wasn’t that your first sentence when you saw Ranbir and Deepika in “ Khuda Jaane” song. Why not go there and sing the song yourself.

Best Mehandi Artists in Mumbai

In Mumbai, it’s hard to get away from style and fashion. Mumbai is famous for its larger than life celebrations, whether it is a festival or wedding. And mehndi is part of almost all the occasions. Our ladies love decking up with the art of mehndi. Here we have brought you few professional mehndi artists from Mumbai, to deck you up for your big day.

  • Deepa Sharma mehndi artist

Price-7500 onwards

Bollywood’s favourite mehndi artist. From Amitabh to Genelia our Bollywood celebrities drool over her designs. Her beautiful mehndi designs were adorned on the hands of the most beautiful lady of B town, that’s right Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Get her beautiful mehndi designs on your beautiful hands for your wedding.

  • Raju mehndi artist

Price-7000 onward

With the experience of fifteen years, his designs are very unique and elegant. His patterns are Arabic, zardosi and our own Indian designs. Looking at his designs I felt like getting married 😀 .

  • Kamaljeet mehndi artist

Price- 7500 onwards

Kamaljeet is a professional mehndi artist. His award-winning mehndi designs are elegant, beautiful and very fine. The perfection in his can be seen in the above picture. Every stroke of his design is so beautifully done that I cant take my eyes off of his designs. Go get hold of him before he is booked by someone else.

  • Afreen mehndi artist

Price- 4500 onward

Established in the year 1991. Afreen is a resident of Andheri East. Specialised in bridal mehndi, her design is mixture of Arabic, Rajasthani, and Indian. The intricacy of her designs is going to make your hands and feet look admirable.

  • Saba mehndi artist

price-5000 onwards

Saba Shaikh has 9 years of experience in this field. She is specialist in bridal and floral designs. Her quality of mehndi is 100% natural, in which she adds nilgiri and clove oil to ensure dark colour.

  • Aksha shah mehndi designer

Price-7500 onwards

The owner of the above beautiful design is from south Mumbai. With the experience of over 7 years. Her constant innovation and creation of new designs are making her quite popular in this field. She is specialized in bridal, Dubai, Arabic, zardozi and traditional patterns.

Seeing all the beautiful designs, I feel,  I should get married so that I can have those beautiful designs on my hands. what are you delaying for? Go grab the artists to make your hands look beautiful on your big day.

Footwear Trends For The Groom

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Many men claim that their wedding day was the first time they put a tonne of effort into looking “well-groomed”. Mindless efforts are often fruitless, it is important that you also have a good idea of where you’re headed and the kind of look you are aiming for.

Here’s our list of recommended Footwear the groom can opt for on his big day:

  1. Juttis

Also called Mojaris or Nagras are the most commonly worn traditional footwear by men on occasions that demand an ethnic attire. While in recent years the trend was western clothing and styles, off late it is shifting back to more indigenous styles. Even big brands are manufacturing classy yet colourful Juttis that match your sherwani, dhoti, or anything else you opt for. You can also buy a pair that goes with most ethnic outfits if you’re the minimalist kind.

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2. Sandals

Like Juttis, these have several varieties and are available in many colours. Whats more? They’re super comfortable whilst still completing the traditional look. Sandals are also practical for daily wear and help you walk around easily. While most sandals are simple there are some brands that sell grand sandals specially made for weddings.

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3. Moccasins

Yet another option for those who prize comfort over style. They are apt if the wedding is likely occurring during the winter months. Most moccasins are made for daily wear or formal occasions, nevertheless, they can easily be paired with traditional attire and complete the whole elegant groom look.

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4. Shoes

This is the laziest option to go for but it works. It especially looks good if you will be wearing a sherwani. Basically, shoes look good with any bottom that isn’t too flared or puffy. The common choice is black shoes, but most Indian wedding attire is available in shades of cream, off-white, maroon, and brown. hence, the suggested colour is brown. Also, brown gives off a more Indian look as opposed to shiny black.

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Whatever your choice, make sure it is something you’re comfortable moving around in. Ethnic and traditional footwear is preferred over western. Buy something you can easily team up with different attires on many other occasions.

Reducing Wastage at Weddings

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Even if we are big fans of grand get-togethers and celebrations, we have to admit a wedding is probably the most expensive occasion that we or our parents incur. While getting married and celebrating such union is not a bad thing, we should ensure every paisa spent gets its due.

Here are a few ways we can minimise and even eliminate wastage at weddings.

  1. Guest List

While it may seem hostile to not invite every possible acquaintance to every possible function that is part of the wedding, we should realise this is really not necessary. I can’t even count the number of weddings I’ve been to where the bride and the groom were clueless about at least two-thirds of the guests at their wedding. Likewise, I know so many weddings that I have attended where I had no idea who the couple getting married is. Keep a wedding the private special occasion that it is. Chances are, you (and the uninvited guest) will hardly care about not being invited.

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2. Wedding Card

Wedding cards today range from simple minimalistic cards to small or even big decorated boxes. Great idea! But again, a lot of room for cutting down on expenditure. Your wedding is an important occasion for you, a huge majority of the people are just guests. They will be happy and attend the wedding with as much fervour even with a regular card if you matter enough to them.

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3. Food

Yes, the starving children in Africa is an outdated argument, but even so, wasting food is horrible. Nearly all religions teach you to respect and earn your food, it would be an insult to treat it as such on as auspicious an occasion as a wedding. People like to flaunt their wealth by keeping an unlimited amount of the most exotic dishes to impress hundreds of people who are probably going to forget their wedding a few months if not weeks down the line.

Keep a limited amount of dishes. At every wedding, there are only a few dishes that the guests go gaga over while the rest are left untouched. Make sure the waiters and caterers pay close attention while serving people and give small portions. Encourage the guests to take seconds but not overload their plates just at the sight of the dish. This should be considered even more strictly when giving food to children who have the habit of overfilling their plates but not finishing their food.

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4. Decorations

Flaunting one’s wealth and overdoing stuff seems to be the trend these days. It has extended to the decorations as well. While you may want to have the most exclusive exotic flowers adorning pillars and beams in your wedding hall, make sure the decoration can be reused at least once more. Many wedding halls and venues host weddings back-to-back, contact the people organising the other wedding(s) and ask them if they’d not mind reusing the decorations,. You can even ask to reuse theirs if you don’t have any qualms about it. Some décor items (that are durable) can even become part of your new home.

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5. Clothing and accessories

Thanks to Feminism the whole trend of a wedding being The Absolutely Most Important Day in the bride’s life is subsiding. However, many people still like to splurge on clothes and jewellery. For your dresses, buy something that isn’t that showy that you can wear it on no other occasion. Clothing is an expense with no resell value, irrespective of what you paid on its purchase. Jewellery is worth as long as it is of a precious metal.

Don’t restrict yourself from buying the essentials, buy how much is absolutely necessary, try to cut down on the rest. Your wedding dress could make someone else’s day so you can donate it to a bride from a family of limited means.

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10 necklace designs to make you a beautiful bride

Jewellery is an essential part of all the Indian bride’s trousseau. Every piece of jewelry has its own appeal. With diversity in our culture, there are thousands of designs depicting different culture. It becomes so difficult to select a perfect design. While you are busy buying lehnga and keeping up with parlor appointments, let us help you select the necklace for your wedding Or at least we can give you an idea.

1-    Kundan choker

Your wedding is incomplete without a kundan set around your neck. Instead of going for heavy kundan work, go for this elegant and classy necklace. This Choker style kundan necklace is good to go with any colour lehenga for any function. Be it sangeet, Mehandi, baraat, you can opt for this beautiful design.

2-    Gold with kundan

Kundan embedded in gold design with polka is good to go with your deep neck choli. This bold design makes the bride stand out of the crowed. And can be worn with any colour dress for your wedding.

3-    Goldy gold

We Indians are obsessed with gold jewellery. If you are ever stuck in “what to wear?” situation, you can always jump on golden jewellery. This awe-inspiring design has my eyes stuck.

4-    Mughal queen

Not only Mughals gave us Mughlai chicken but they also gave us a lot of other things to drool over. And one happens to be jewellery. This beautiful piece goes up till your stomach and makes you the site for eyes. Maroon moti beautifully placed in gold design is perfect to opt for your maroon lehenga.

5-    Satlada

Traditional satlada (seven layers) necklace covers your wish of wearing 2-3 necklaces. Pearl and polka work of this satlada is so eye catchy that guest will not be able to stop themselves from praising it.

6-    Pearl statement necklace

Pearls have always been my favourite. The intricacy of this design is making my mouth water. On a meshwork elegantly placed pearl and diamond are perfect to make you look ten times more beautiful.

7-    Kundanfied bride

So pretty! Layers of kundan. Rani colour stone in the center makes it exquisite. Five layers covering the blouse and three layers sticking around your neck is perfect for jewellery loving brides.

8-    Dazzling diamond

Layers of diamond around your neck are good to go with any dress on your wedding. Be it sangeet, barat, reception, you can opt for this necklace for any function. This necklace is good for affluent brides.

9-    Southern beauty

Layers of gold in southern style is cherry on the cake as we all know gold goes with all the colours. So hurry up, beautify this necklace around your neck.

10-    Intricate gold

3D flowers on a gold plate with the mixture of kundan work. This is a perfect design for your sangeet function.

What are you waiting for? There are hardly days left for your wedding, go grab these necklace.


Make the Groom go WOW on your Entry!

For months you have been preparing for your union. With a high spirit, you have arranged everything perfectly. From makeup to your lehenga and jewellery, everything is breathtaking. So, why should your entry be anything less than “oh! So grand”. Here we have some ideas for your grand entry.

Enter with your gang in a jeep

From sharing your tiffin in school to make you ready for your first date, you had their back. Why not enter with them in your new life. And of course TASHAN B)

Make your girl gang announce your entry on scooter

Your girl gang riding their scooters just ahead of your car. WOW! What an electrifying entry.

Steal his horse

Astonish the groom with you riding on horseback. I would love to see his mouth open 😉

Enter with flow of water

This will be a great idea if you are having your wedding close to a lake or close to any water body.

Make it dramatic with smoke bomb

This works well when you have an outdoor day wedding. Make your surrounding colourful and happy.

Sparkling affair

Light up the bride’s path with sparkle and firework. So dreamy and perfect after dark entry.

Ditch the flower chadar for flower umbrella

Your cousin also had the entry with flower chadar  but you love flowers. Umbrellas decorated with flowers are the perfect substitute.

Put your niece to work

Aww! So cute. Niece carrying your entry sign.

Dance your way through

If you are someone who loves doing things in your own way, there cant be any better entry for you than this.

Get yourself carried in floral DOLI

Doli is my favorite. Making your entry in grand flower palki is sooo…………. I have no words.

troublesome bachelorette ideas

For bachelor’s party, all groom’s friends have to do is call his close friends, buy bottles of old monk, arrange for lap dancer (at least 😉 ) and he has earned the certificate of being the bestest friend. When it comes to the bachelorette party, the bride expects her party to be different, happening, and fun, though she won’t say it directly  . And the knife hangs on her best friend’s neck. Here we are to make you escape that knife.

Glow it up

Rock her world with everything glowing. From glowing scarves to glowing face colour. And you know the basics, all the drinking and stripper stuff 😉 .

Give her a hangover

Party like insane. Make the would be bride drink like never before. Go on a night ride (only the sober one driving) click pictures, let her do what she can’t do when being sober. Just remember to record her, so that she never forgets.

Go tripping

Plan a trip with your gang. Go to an exotic place, let’s say Thailand or Goa may be. Be untamed. Keep a night for clubbing.

Bikini-clad party

Pool parties are always insane. Arrange a psychotic bachelorette for your bestie or sister. You can even have strippers over 😉

Wild in the wilderness

For adventure loving brides, no bachelorette can be better than this. Go camping. Make this trip full of adventure, for example, zip lining, bungee jumping and what not…

Slumber party: for budget conscious

Party in night suits, so my kind 😀 . Call her close friends over, dance like crazy. And guess what you will have another session of bitching about anyone and everyone.

You can combine the ideas for example pool party with a hangover, a trip with strippers to make it loonier. Don’t forget the kinky cake.