Effervescent, Bubbly and Full of Smiles. My classmate from Delhi School of Economics , she recently tied the knot with her best friend and colleague, whome she asked to marry her!!! . Hear her story- its quite a read!
Love / arranged marriage ? What’s your love story ?
“Being colleagues for over 2 years and best friends for 3 years, it never struck me what he meant to me till the day he told me his parents had started talking about his wedding.” Ours was quite a bollywood story. For myhusband it was somewhat like love at first sight (this was something he told me after we got married.. lol ).. He says, he knew from the very first moment that there was something special that could happen between us. .He tried really hard to woo me, but never really said it directly as he feared he would lose a great friend. He made sure that we worked together on practically every project, even when the managers had not put us together by default. He made sure that I accompanied him on every work trip, even when the managers thought that either one did not need to go (he was good at figuring out ways to convince the managers). We shared a good rapport even outside work. We shared everything about our lives with each other .. He noticed every small little thing about me. My likes, dislikes, mood swings, everything and made sure he did everything possible to make me smile. He kept giving me hints about his feelings but I was too naive too understand.
After 2 years of working together, I got another job opportunity and decided to change my job. That was a real test for both of us. In my initial months at new job I missed him terribly, but I didnt realise that it was his absence that made me jittery. I would take half days from work to visit my old office. But I never wanted to admit that it was actually him who I wanted to see and meet. All this went on for 3 years. In the meantime, my parents started talking to me about my wedding and made me meet a couple of guys. I never realised that subconsciously I compared every guy to him and found absolutely none as good as him. Idiot me, I still didn’t realise how much I wanted to be with him. He was extremely patient and waited for me to realise my feelings. But when he relised that I was taking way too much time to realise he decided it was time for him to do something dramatic ..
We had gone on a trip to Chandigarh and Shimla (with our common friends). It was there that he told me that his parents had selected a girl for him and he would have to meet her after he goes back to Delhi. That was it!!
I couldn’t sleep for days thinking that this was not right. He could not be with anyone else as he had always been with me.. So the smarty was successful in making me propose him for wedding :D.. A month after coming back from Chandigarh I confessed my feelings to him and asked him to marry me. We told our parents, they agreed.. and within 6 months we got married :)
We had 5 major functions, here are where i got some of my outfits from
I bought a 3-pice suit (Pajami, Kalidaar kurta and a long jacket over it) from Meena Bazaar Lajpat Nagar.
Price Range: 20K
- Engagement/ Sagan: Gown cum lehenga- The skirt/lehenga was made of extremely light net and had a huge flare (flair, whichever spelling is correct). Over the lehenga was a long fitted kurta (with no lining or inner except at the bust area) which was made a heavy net and was embroidered. This outfit was desugned by an amateur desighner in lajpat nagar. She is the daughter of the owner of Home Saaz showroom in Lajpat Nagar and has started her own range of ethnic wear by the name of Reet.
- Wedding: Lehenga from CTC .
Price Range: 1.3 Lakh
I always knew that I did not want to wear a conventional Red/Magenta/Pink lehenga on my wedding. So I always looked for different colours. I had gone to CTC for collecting some sarees, and not actually to look fr my wedding lehenga. I just happened to glance at their bridal section and there I saw this lehenga. I just tried it once and I knew this was what I wanted. It was a mix of 3 of my favourite colurs. The skirt was lavender/purple, the material used was raw silk and it had a mix of zari, sequins and very light stone work on it. It had a turquoise blue border, which was actually the colour of the choli. The dupatta was of net and of an entirely different colour. It was between hot pink and magenta and the border was same as that of the skirt.
When did you have the most fun?
Mehendi/ Sangeet and Engagement were the most enjoyable functions (sorry can’t choose one)
Mehendi/ Sangeet: because it wasn’t a very formal function. Only close friends and family were invited. Everyone was chilled
out.. There were performances, and we danced as well.
Engagement: Cos our friends made it really special for us .We danced on both Engagement and Sangeet.
On engagement we did a slow number – Ishq Waala Love (though we both hate the lyrics, the music was perfect to dance on, for the ocassion;) .On Mehendi/ Sangeet, we did a parody of 4 songs: Rum whisky, Ainve ainve, hum tujhko uthake le jayenge (from Jab pyaar kisi se hota hai) and Pani da rang
Since Engagement and Wedding were the 2 major functions, I decided to get dressed at Ambica Pillai’s studio at South Ex..Ambica did my make up on the wedding day, whereas on the engagement I got it done from one of her senior artists.
On the other functions, I got ready at a parlour in Lajpat Nagar (Charms)
My experience at Ambika’s was awesome. The service, the setup everything is perfect. And Ambika herself is a darling. She made me feel completely at ease and did exactly what I wanted her to (quite contrary to what people had said about her to me)
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