Monday, July 29, 2013

Delhi Bling

I have fallen sick dear blog and you know why, because I am sooooo stressed out. My parents, in laws and AD all are very worried for me but what do I tell them that the super smart Neha Dua cannot handle stress anymore. Had it been a small tiny winy thing, I would have managed but this weight, wedding and work stress is killing me. Anyway, I had to take an off today so that I could go to the doctor and take some medicines. It has been a dull and extremely painful day so I want to enliven my spirits and thus this post is on my most favorite subject in the world - shopping, wedding shopping!

I began my tryst with wedding shopping way back in February but that was the casual shopping, you know I was just passing by and I picked up something. Now, it is an extremely structured, methodical shopping experience and it is quite wonderful.

This may be slightly maniac behavior but fact of the matter remains that I don't want to miss going to any store that has been recommended to me. I don't want to miss checking out any market which has been written down anywhere on the internet/print media etc. So, last month, I made a mental list of markets I wanted to visit before I finalize my wedding lehenga. I earmarked each Sunday to hop from one market to another and I am indeed impressed with the Delhi bling! In this post, thus I will list down the must visits of the Delhi.

  • Frontier Bazaar, Karol Bagh - Fresh and pleasing stuff. They have a friendly staff and a good collection of all the bling that a bride may want in her wardrobe
  • Anarkali Store, Karol Bagh - This is an exclusive store, the store may not look as fancy as other big stores but you name the designer and they have it there. It is indeed an art to go to Anarkali and come out empty handed so beware when you go!
  • Roop Sarees, South Ex - The name may actually not be a true representation of what all the store has. It has an amazing and elegant collection of suits, dresses, sarrees and more.
  • Malhotra, Lajpat Nagar - This is one of the blingiest places I have been to. Right at the crossing of Main Lajpat Nagar market, they have some of the most unique designs but go there only if you have a thing for bling!
  • Bombay Selection, Noida - My roka dress was from Bombay Selection and thus I will have all the good things to say about these guys :)
Oh, by the way in this shopping update, I forgot to mention that last week I was in Jaipur and it was an amazing amazing weekend!

Friday, July 5, 2013

The place I will take the vows

Suddenly, dear blog I have many many things to write about. it is not that they have erupted out of somewhere, but its just that I have decided to share them right here, right now. It was sometime in February, my wedding date got finalized and the day my daddy cool was convinced that his daughter is going to be a pretty bride (yes, I am in a mood to call myself pretty :D) he got hyper about booking the wedding venue. Unfortunately, it was the same week that I had to travel for work and he missed me more than anything else! As soon as I was back, I was bombarded with the menus and venues for my wedding. The finicky freak I am, I wanted to visit all of Delhi before taking a call and daddy cool acted it was as if the whole of Delhi will be pre booked 8 moths in advance! So, we started hopping from this place to that. In a matter of 15 days, all the venues between Vaishali and Chhatarpur were on our finger tips and hence I shall share my wisdom of what to do when you book a wedding venue.

First things first - know your budget and your taste! I believe budget is self explanatory, but taste isn't. By taste, I mean what at feel level you prefer. An indoor wedding or on outdoor wedding? Most other things like decor, menu can be managed but the outdoor - indoor is a personal choice and hence one should go with clarity in the mind. I am a very indoor person generally but I prefer outdoor weddings any day. And if you are also an outdoor wedding person then following are in the must-consider list:
  • Maple Exotica, Chhatarpur - This place is spacious, good looking and has an elegant feel to it. It has a wedding lawn which is neat and can be decorated beautifully
  • Tivoli Garden, Chhatarpur - Tivoli is synonymous with weddings and not without a reason. It has an aesthetically designed entrance and generally has a sophisticated feel to it. They have three wedding lawns of different capacities and thus can cater to different requirements
  • Oodles, Chhatarpur - This was by far the cutest place for a wedding. If you have a gathering of say 250 people then it is just perfect. They have a place next to the swimming pool which looks stunning.
  • Mallu farms - If you choose to ignore the name then trust me dear blog it is an awesome venue. And if you are a sucker for larger than life things then you will love this place. Grand is the only word which can describe it well.
  • Country Inn and Suites - This is a luxurious place and is a charming wedding venue. The added advantage with Country Inn is the brand, which will add a little more oomph to your wedding.
  • Fortune Park, Chhatarpur - Yayyyy! ok, so this is where I take my wedding vows! Do I need to say anymore :)
Apart from the ones mentioned above, I have visited and researched on at least 15 more places but then they don't make the cut so well this is where I close this post with a final piece of advise. Book your wedding  venue only when you are convinced about it, after all you will have a host of memories to carry along :)