Welcome to the Indian Bridal Trousseau Series of Tic Talk Toe. This series has been divided in a few parts, starting with the first essential that a Bengali Bride looks forward to – “Saree“. The Indian Bridal Trousseau Series will act as a saree checklist for your basic as well as fancy elaborate trousseau. Basically you might just thank me as well if you are looking forward to tie the nuptial knot anytime soon!
I am a bride who does not believe stuffing her wardrobe with too many sarees. For my wedding, I wanted very few sarees according to my own taste. So apart from my wedding and reception saree, I chose six to seven other sarees for my trousseau. I specially hand picked the sarees, keeping in mind that I would want to get back to them even after my wedding, and that they better make an easy drape in my Maa’s absence.
Bengali’s, specially “ghotis” celebrate this auspicious occasion with great excitement. An aai-buro bhaat is supposed to be your last meal as a spinster at your parents place. The bride is served delicacies, along with cooked fish (maacher matha-fish’s head). Unmarried sisters/friends join the bride for this meal, and the ones who eat from the bride’s plate are considered to be married off early next.
For my aai-buro bhaat, my mother always wanted me to drape a red saree. I never like the typical things that every bride gets to do at her wedding, including draping a red saree for this occassion, but since it was one of my mom’s rarest wishes, it had to come true.
And after we saw English-Vinglish, where Sridevi had draped a Red Chanderi in the last scene, where her niece gets married, I myself couldn’t take my eyes off her saree. The very next day, I knew what i was wearing for my aai-buro bhaat. This red silk chanderi with golden bootis, has been purchased from Mrignayani, Dakshinapan. This was paired with a brocade silk blouse. The blouse piece was sourced from Vidhaata’s, New Market.
I got myself another saree specially reserved for parties and events post marriage. And as luck would have had it, I wore this to my sister-in-law’s reception party, which was hosted in a few weeks after I got married.
This one is a Peacock blue Bangalore silk with Cut-work Border. Simple, elegant, classy – describes a lot like the ideal saree I would prefer having in my wardrobe for a cocktail party. I always pair this up with a dressy blouse, simple makeup, and a basic sequined clutch.
And this brings an end to the first part of the Indian Bridal Trousseau Series.
If you would like to see more about my wedding trousseau, please click on the links below:
This is me signing off! Have a great week ahead!