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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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.

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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How to Pull off a Theme Wedding

Theme weddings are all the rage these days. Traditional weddings are fun and exciting as well but theme weddings add on to the entertainment factor. They also happen to make for some picture-perfect moments.

Weddings are primarily religious events and it may become a challenge to smoothly incorporate a theme in such a solemn gathering. However, the following pointers can help you pull off a themed wedding.

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Top 5 Budget Destinations for your Honeymoon (International)

All couples look forward to their honeymoon, even the ones who have spent a sufficient time together well before tying the knot. A honeymoon is when they finally cement their bond as a married couple and even go on to make memories that will last them their lifetime.

It is, for this reason, everyone wants their honeymoon to be special, preferably away from all familiar locations closer to home, in a getaway that would separate them from all that is routine. Lucky for you we have come up with a list of destinations that you could visit even on a budget.

1. Mexico
Mexico is reasonably priced and gets cheaper depending on the season. It offers adventure, scenic beauty, culture, art, cuisine and more. It basically has everything you could hope for on a honeymoon. While Mexico City has most of the popular tourist destinations (such as art and museums), the Yucatan Peninsula deserves special mention. It has many 5 star hotels that give deep discounts and offers plenty of opportunities to go diving in the longest Barrier Reef in the western hemisphere.

Price Range for a 5-day stay – ? 80,000 – ? 1,00,000

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2. Bali
Constantly labelled one of the best budget honeymoon destinations in Asia, Bali offers you luxury even on a conservative budget. It is also home to magnificent beaches, resorts, and spas, some of which also host various adventure sports. There is also an assortment of temples you can visit and it is known to have an active night-life. Bali is a popular favourite and doesn’t seem to lose its shine as it has something for everyone.

Price Range for a 5-day stay – ? 50,000 – ? 60,000

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3. Malaysia
Malaysia is truly Asia as it is a fine melange of Indian, Japanese and various other cultures. Malaysia can be posh yet ethnic at the same time. Kuala Lumpur, its capital city, hosts many of the popular tourist attractions. Other than this there are several beaches and islands, some of which are even unexplored. You can even trek in the Taman Negara National Park if you find solace amidst nature in its truest wildest form.

Price Range for a 5-day stay – ? 60,000-?75,000

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4. Singapore
Singapore with the rate at which it is developing has become a very cosmopolitan country. It is influenced by both western trends and eastern tradition equally. Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam are all manifestations of the Eastern influence. There are also several gardens and bays you can spend an entire day strolling. It also has a very active nightlife for all you party-lovers.

Price Range for a 5-day stay – ? 90,000 – ?1,00,000

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5. Vietnam
While Vietnam does offer some adventure sports and other activities, it is popular for its national parks and World Heritage Sites. It is home to 31 national parks and has many opportunities for trekking or even a simple stroll. It offers luxury and extravagance at affordable rates and is suitable for lazy travellers who wish to relax and admire the scenery around.

Price Range for a 5-day stay – ? 60,000 – ? 75,000

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Car decoration ideas

Weddings are all about grandeur and style. This extends to even the rides in which the couple bid adieu. A well-decorated car ensures the spotlight remains on the bride and groom even as they depart from the wedding. However, a balance must be struck to ensure that the decoration doesn’t look too flashy or tacky in the name of style. Here are a few car decoration ideas.

Floral decorations

This is the most common and effective car decoration idea. While in yesteryears, people stuck to using a single variety of flowers and minimalistic designs, at present, an assortment of flora is used. This doesn’t just make the vehicle look bright and colourful but also symbolic of the journey the newly-wed couple is about to embark on.

Previously, using many colours was frowned upon but now the people have managed to make beauty out of a medley of colours and textures.

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Ribbons, Sashes, and Bows

Ribbons are used far less often or along with floral decorations but never exclusively. However, some people choose to decorate using only ribbons. The advantage with ribbons is – not only does it stick easily to the surface of a car but they are also available in whatever colour and print you desire. Unlike flowers, they don’t spoil either. They also allow for more flexibility and creativity with the design.

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Temporary Car Paint

Painting or drawing a pleasing pattern is the easiest way to decorate. There are professionals present who have temporary paint and the required artistic skills to decorate your car for D day. Paint is preferred as you can have any design painted on your car. If it is a theme wedding, you can even paint the design or pattern used throughout the wedding as per the theme. Unlike ribbons or flowers, it doesn’t need to be stuck on the surface.

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Minimalistic Side Sashes

These are apt for people who like simple and calm designs and aren’t much for decorations. These sashes can be made using any of the above materials – paint, fabric or flowers. These decorations even work if you want to show off your car and not let the decorations take all the attention.

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Blend different styles

People seldom use just flowers or paint to decorate their care. Often they use at least two if not all of the above items. This is because each of the things has an advantage of its own and contributes to the overall look of the final decorated car.

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Hashtags For your Wedding

With the onset of social media and the feeling of compulsion to share everything with all your acquaintances, coming up with a nice hashtag is almost a necessity. It makes people feel more involved in your wedding and instils excitement well before the actual wedding. Here are some hashtag ideas you can try.

Portmanteau of the Couples names

This is the most common hashtag used. Recently it was #Virushka that gained popularity as two very famous personalities from the field of cricket and acting got married in Italy. This portmanteau ends up becoming an easy and personal way to address the couple in the future. Many a time this blend of the two names becomes an existing word with a beautiful meaning in itself.

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The Couple’s Story

Some couples met in school or college, while others fell in love after having their marriage arranged by their families. Other couples met up over coffee or developed a relationship over other interests.  Nevertheless, each couple has their own story and if it can be told in 5 words or less makes for a cool hashtag. #LoveInTimesOfEngineering is an apt hashtag for a couple who met while doing engineering.

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Keeping Up with the Theme

As Love Marriages are becoming more and more acceptable, more couples have built a relationship based on common interests. This has made themed weddings popular. Thus, you hashtag could reflect your wedding theme. While this is an extension of the previous idea, it is more specific to the wedding celebrations. #WeddingIsComing can be a good hashtag idea for a GoT themed wedding.

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Incorporate Wit and Humour

If both the bride and groom have a common name it is likely they have a hard time coming up with unique hashtags. Even otherwise an effective hashtag is always a task to arrive at. An easy way to do this is by incorporating wit, puns or even an inside joke in the hashtag. This doesn’t just make it catchy but also makes it memorable well after the wedding.

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Go Bollywood

About 90% of the movies churned out each year surround the topic of love. While they may not have great stories, they have a creative set of titles, song lyrics, and even dialogues. Each couple can tweak this as per their names and interests. #CollegeNeBanaDiJodi is a nice hashtag for a couple who met at college.

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Bridal Hairstyles

Women love their hair. Even a cheap haircut gone slightly wrong results in numerous sleepless nights and several failed attempts at diverting attention from the remotely possible hair-raising catastrophe.

This attitude just amplifies as a bride is preparing for her wedding. They want to look their best on the D-day, whilst guarding their unique sense of style. Here are some hairstyles contemporary Brides can experiment with.

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Weight Loss Tips For Brides

Being a bride, as silly as it sounds, is not an easy job. It is the brides who face the pressure of looking good more than the groom. It is on her attire that more money and time is spent. The stunning actresses of our country have set super high standards of what looking good means. This is why all brides feel the need to lose weight for their big day. Whatever your weight loss goal, try starting at least 3 months in advance and have patience and discipline.

Losing weight is a challenge on normal days but even more so when you’re approaching your wedding. You don’t have any set time every day that you can fix for an intense workout. Thus, your weight loss plan should form a part of your routine.

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