Your wedding date is set. That’s when the excitement begins and so does all the shopping, from getting the wedding clothes in place, jewelry purchase, scouting for vendors, the venue and the list goes on. Getting an enviable trousseau with silk sarees, trendy salwar suits, bed sheets, elegant shoes and bags is every bride’s dream.
The traditional Indian bride carried heavy Indian wear, purses, utensils, rick silk sarees and jewelry. During the reign of Maharajah’s, they would even gift pieces of land as a status symbol. However, just like all other traditions, the trousseau shopping has become pragmatic in today’s day and age. The modern bride manages to balance the budget constraints along with extravaganza and doing this is not an easy task, especially for women with a full-time day job.
As the wedding dates near, so does the panic button. So, a smart bride needs to plan early, pick right and ensure her purchases satisfy the value for money criteria. Here are some really useful tips, especially for brides on a budget. I used these tips during my trousseau purchase and I would love to pass on the same to you.
Have a bit of everything
It’s important your trousseau is eclectic with a mix of suits, sarees, skirts, blouses, pants, palazzos, lehengas, in a variety of colours so that you are ready for any occasion. Ensure you have an elegant and rich silk saree in your trousseau for the next day pooja. Also, ensure that you have a choice of heavy Indian wedding wear, as well as medium to light Indian wear for post-wedding dinners. Don’t forget the night suits and lingerie. A combination of juttis, flats and high heels would be ideal.
Set up a budget
Set up a budget, research, make a list of things you need and allocate the budget across your needs. Good planning will always lead to proper management of purchases.
Take stock of what you already have
It isn’t necessary that everything you buy has to be new. If you open your cupboard you would most definitely find some stuff that hasn’t been used or used just once. For instance, if you have a lehenga that you made for your sibling’s wedding and have worn only once, make it a part of the trousseau. Some girls use their mother’s age-old traditional wedding dress or jewelry to wear on their own wedding day.
Stock well but stock only what’s needed
Somehow looking at the lovely clothes and accessories while shopping might just tempt you to over purchase. But it’s important you don’t splurge on the trousseau shopping as trends change and what you’ve purchased might become redundant soon. For instance, buying too many of cold shoulder dresses and capes would not be advisable.
Don’t let the tailor know you are the bride
This is the best piece of advice I ever got as the bride. The same tailor will charge you a different price if you go to him as a bride and otherwise.
Think of where you can save
There are lots of avenues where you can save, for one, that shoes under your wedding lehenga or saree won’t show, so don’t go for an extravagant pair. Get a package deal with your makeup artist for all your functions and get the siders also at a low cost.
Wait for the annual sale to kick in to do most of your shopping to get more in less.
Some important must-haves in your trousseau
- High heels
- clutches both Indian and Indo-western
- Classy lingerie and swimwear
- Fitted or ripped jeans
- Makeup essentials
- The LBD
- A good smelling perfume
- Branded bags
Happy shopping brides!