One of the biggest joys for any bride is setting up her bridal trousseau. I am no exception. As soon as my wedding was fixed last year in March for September the same year, I did not wait a single day to start my search. I searched online for the kind of clothes and jewellery I want. Being the picky control freak that I am, when I look back now, I cannot believe the bridezilla (me :-P) got everything just the way I wanted for my Kerala Hindu Wedding 🙂
Tying the Knot:
This was to happen in front of the famous Guruvayur temple in Thrissur. Being a traditional affair with only a few really close friends and relatives joining, I wanted to wear the quintessential Kerala sari – the kasavu sari.
I didn’t want it to be too plain. I wanted the new trend in kasavu saris – the tissue. It is heavier than your typical kasavu sari because the golden threads are interwoven throughout the body of the sari and not just the border to impart a shine throughout. I first checked the most famous shop for Kasavu – the Kasavukada in Cochin. I didn’t like anything there and moved onto Kalyan saris showroom in Cochin. There I found what I wanted.
Function at Hotel Devaragam immediately after tying the knot:
Since Guruvayur is a very busy temple, we barely get 5 minutes there. So everything else is continued at a hotel or auditorium that you chose nearby. For this function, I had no doubt whatsoever, that a beautiful classic red sari is what I want. It had always been on my mind. We checked the famous Seematti, Jayalakshmi Showrooms in Cochin, but I didn’t like any. Where better to get a beautiful Kanchipuram Silk sari than Kanchipuram itself? So, we all left for Chennai (where we checked Nalli, Pothy’s etc., and I didn’t like any) and from there to Kanchipuram. Babu Sah is the most famous name there, so we checked that out. Average designs and dull reds and maroons – I was thoroughly disappointed. Till that time, I had rejected at least 150 saris! Now you know how choosy I am. I thought I would have to adjust with some mediocre sari from Chennai.
As we were returning, we saw Prakash Silks showroom and decided to give it a shot. The same situation there also – one sari after another – saris pouring in front of me! I had lost my heart. After about 20 saris, I finally saw this one and it was love at first sight!
Not just the saris but even the jewellery hunting was equally daunting for my relatives (poor things!). I wanted temple jewellery only and wouldn’t settle for the usual boring Kerala designs that I just hated. We walked in and out of at least 15 jewellery showrooms and I finally got what I wanted!
Gold:Earrings and 1st necklace-Vummidi Bangaru, Chennai
2nd necklace-NAC Jewellers, Chennai
3rd necklace-Bhima Jewellery, Cochin
4th necklace-Kalyan Jewellers, Cochin
Bangles-GRT Jewellers, Chennai
Non-gold: Kundan Maang Tikka- online.
Kamarbandh, Armlet & Choti-Goodwill collections, Cochin
Hair, Sari draping and jewellery setting-Nimmy Sherif’s La Femme, Thrissur
Reception dress hunting was a breeze (at least for my relatives) because I had decided to get it tailor made from a boutique called Label M in Cochin instead of settling for a readymade or ready to stitch attire. First I had to select the design. Though the designers at the boutique could design one for you, I wanted to decide the design I want (bridezilla indeed!). I swam through 100s of websites before finally settling on a Manish Malhotra design. It was an anarkali gown. I showed the pictures to them and the work started. Since I was in Mangalore at that time, I could test the progress only once a month and had to resend it many times because I didn’t like what they had done. Finally, it looked at least 95% like I had wanted. *sigh of relief*
The Kundan earrings and necklace are from Goodwill collections, Cochin (that is another long story of checking out online shopping sites and other stores in Cochin, Mangalore & Chennai. Phew!)
Hair- Ambika Pillai Salon, Cochin
In spite of all the daunting tasks and hunting, I am extremely happy at everything I collected, to make up by bridal trousseau 🙂
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