Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Few Wedding Shopping Tips from India

Are you planning an Indian wedding outside of India? Don’t worry! Every wedding requirement from a baraat with a traditional brass band and horse to a multilingual pundit to bhangra dancers can be made available in almostany part of the world (or flown in!). You even have boutiques offering the latest designs and styles of Indian bridal wear, jewelry and accessories all over the world and there is also the option of online shopping for the adventurous bride. But, every year there are numerous brides visiting India for a complete wedding shopping trip. A lot of these brides are accompanied by us when they are doing their wedding shopping here in India. India not only offers a wide variety of options for bridal shopping but is also comparatively cheaper option.

Most Indian wedding invites are very elaborate and extensive and it is therefore cheaper to order them from India. You can browse through a range of ready options or design one of your own in a matter of days. You can either ask for the order to be shipped to you or carry the order along with you. In case you are ordering them online, make sure that you proofread the final copy thoroughly and ask for a proof before confirming the final order.

For your wedding outfit, you can opt for a heavy embellished lehenga or a beautiful simple Kanjeevaram saree along with a kundan, jadau or polki set. Certain specific ornaments like the mangtikka and mangalsutra are required in all Indian weddings and are found commonly in Indian markets.

India is the ideal location to shop for a bridal trousseau, which is as diverse as the country itself! A Kashmiri Pashmina shawl, a couple of Bengali raw silk and Banarsi brocade sarees along with some Punjabi churidars, a Hyderabad pearl bracelet or ear rings along with a jadau or polka set, hair accessories, some Gujrati cotton bandhini sarees and you have essentially captured your Indian heritage in a bag. You can also pick up some Indian home décor like embroidered cushion covers, Persian carpets, sandalwood and rosewood carvings and bed linen with Kalamkari or Kantha embroideries as part of your wedding trousseau.

And don’t forget the gifts! India offers a range of gifting options from antiques, handcrafted masterpieces, textiles, jewelry and other commodities. You will also find embellished money envelopes, exquisite gift bags and also different favor and packaging options. These products can be ordered in bulk quantities at reasonable rates. These gifts will not only give your guests a glimpse of India but will also help your Indian guests recapture the essence of their native land. And while on your trip, can also pick up some knick knacks which you can use as part of your wedding décor. We would love to hear about your experience while wedding shopping in India.

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