'Tis the wedding season and you must be looking forward to the festivities, good times and parties. But between the hassle of getting the sangeet choreography right, gift selection for the couple, booking your hair appointments, finalizing outfits can become the least favourite part of wedding planning.
Amidst all the fun (and chaos), the idea of running around markets for fabrics, trims, and alterations seems horrifying when pitted against the option of shopping online and door-step delivery. Wedding clothes are an investment and hence need our special attention. To free you from dilemmas of fabrics and appropriateness, here are a few knacks and hacks to ease your experience.
1.Divide and Decide
Organization should be your first step for sorting out each and every detail of your ensemble. Jot down the functions that you have attend, preferences and what gels well with your comfort and taste. Also, it wouldn't hurt if you have an inspiration picture of your favourite celebrity. Bollywood will definitely give you ideas for fresh and spell-binding lehengas and Anarkali-suits.
2. The 'function'alities
To make sure all your looks are absolutely stunning, experiment with different silhouettes for each ceremony. For the haldi ceremony, choose a fun indo-western attire in bright, contrasting colours. Pair it with funky accessories like a printed clutch or a mojari. Reserve something heavier like a banarasi lehenga or a fully embellished saree for the main function. A Pakistani sharara or an Anarkali is apt for the sangeet ceremony as the flare will compliment your dance moves and look picture perfect.
Excessive consumption is the new mandate with social media platforms showing us things which we do not necessarily need. This can lead to confusion and deciding on a budget will help you narrow down the plethora of options and prevent overspending. You can set aside the biggest amount for the wedding and mindfully choose affordable alternatives for smaller functions and accessorize them well with style.
4. Season and time
These two factors are very important for your choices. For winter evenings, you can opt for a velvet dupatta which looks regal and doubles up as a shawl providing much-needed warmth from the outdoor chill. A jacket style lehenga is also a viable recourse for December weddings. Clothing for day functions can be a tad bit subtle and lightweight. You can also invest in pastel tones that would work for the next season's summer weddings.
Fabrics like chiffon, georgette and tulle are pretty light-weight, manageable and perfect for summer days. Chanderi silk also works well for the summer season while raw silk and brocade are more suited for the cold weather. When looking for embroidered styles, choose gotta patti over zardozi for its gentle feel.
5. Customizations, Delivery times, trustworthy sellers
The biggest nightmare of online shopping is not getting exactly what you ordered for. Make sure you scroll through all the images, use the zoom in feature and read up all details given with the product. Customer reviews are a great way to get authentic information about the product. Though most sellers provide customization, you can still request for ample margins to be left so that last-minute changes can be made.
Prior to placing the order with any website, check if they partner with reliable distribution partners for timely delivery of your purchases. A prompt customer-care response is indicative of good service, so getting in touch with them will be to your advantage. Shopping online may seem tedious in the beginning, but once you learn all the know hows, you might find going out hunting for clothes is a waste of time and money.