The traditional Bengali Wedding boasts of typical customs that often run into many days. One such ritual is that of “Boubhaat“. It is observed on the morning of the day when the reception party is hosted by the Groom’s side. The bride is introduced to the extended family of the Groom and as a ritual, she serves ghee-rice to the relatives during lunch. Another ritual that is observed on the same morning is that on “Bhaat Kapor”, where the groom promises to take the responsibility of the bride’s food, shelter and clothing from now on (Probably they forgot the parlour visits, pizza parties, etc.). Times have changed and women are independent and quite capable of taking care of their own responsibilities. Yet, these rituals add an element of fun and quirk in the otherwise mundane ceremony.
Sharing what I wore for my boubhaat and the kind of look that I adorned for the ceremony.
I draped a blue jaamdani for my Boubhaat ceremony. It was very light and easy to manage with the help of a few safety pins tucked into place. I had draped it in a typical Bengali “aatpoure” style. Since jamdanis do not come with blouse piece, I managed to get hold of an old blue polka dotted brocade three-quarter sleeved blouse to go with it. The saree was a steal from “Jaamdani Ghar” located at Rashbehari Avenue, Gariahat. The shop is a storehouse of jaamdanis with beautiful motifs. Mine had golden thread work over it. The idea was to replicate the look of a traditional bangali ginni (Bengali Wife), with a modern twist. The open hair added the modern twist, which could have been otherwise tied into a neat low bun. Jewellery was simple and minimal, all thanx to my in-laws who never encouraged the jewellery show business on Boubhaat. It was a plain simple mangalsutra that I had picked from the jewellery section of Shoppers Stop, City Centre, Salt Lake. A double-jhumki/two tiered jhumki adorned my ears. It was a gift from a very special friend/sister, who got it all the way from London. Silver Kamarbandh to hold the saree in place. Big polki ring on my finger. Silver anklets on my feet. Traditional Shankha Pola along with a host of golden bangles. And the traditional nath on my nose.
Makeup was also very simple. My base was done with Mac Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 Foundation, followed by the Mac Select Sheer Pressed Compact. I used Lakme eye pencil on my upper eyelids in the shade turquoise. Mac Modern Twist Eye Liner in Black for my lower waterline and Lakme Eyeconic Mascara to complete it. Lipstick was some maroon shade from Lakme’s Absolute Range (I don’t even remember the shade’s name). And a small maroon bindi. That’s it. Wore “Jovan Musk” that used to be my favourite perfume in those days! So that was how I styled and carried myself on my “Boubhaat”. I got a Blue Chikan Kurta for my husband all the way from Lucknow, and he wore it on the same occasion.
Hope you found this post informative. Do let me know how did you style yourself on your “boubhaat”. Till then, this is S.P. signing off. Have a great day.