Meet our new bride : Kanaka who got married this January. She hails from Bangalore and she had her wedding in Bangalore and reception in Delhi. So lots of tips for brides from Bangalore and Delhi.
It was a small intimate Iyengar wedding with lots of Punjabi Tadka. I had fun talking to her few backs and I am sure you guys will love reading about it too.
How did you guys meet ?
Sameer is doing his PhD in computer science in Barcelona. But we met in Delhi through a common friend in a wedding. We chatted with each other all the time, and he convinced me to come to Barcelona for my masters. The following year that I spent in Spain was by far the best time of my life. Every day was insanely fun, and I realised how much fun I had hanging out with Sameer. Throughout the year we travelled around Europe, ate amazing food, tried (and failed) learning Spanish together, and just had an overall beautiful experience. Eventually we realized that we like other a lot and decided to take the next step :)
Tamil Iyengar Bride and Punjabi groom – What was your parent’s reaction when you told them ?
We had met each other’s parents separately. His family was very very sweet and I got along with them very well. And my parents loved Sameer – I think even more than me! So I didn’t really have to deal with any family drama, every one was pretty cool about the whole thing.
What Kind of Wedding – Iyenger or Punjabi ?
Sameer was a sweetheart about the whole thing. He was like – See, I don’t have any dreams of any ideal wedding , so we can go for what you want to do and then mix somethings up. So we decided to go for an Iyengar wedding with a Punjabi tadka :) I had my choora and kalirey. And Sameer was wearing his pagdi all the time during the wedding.
So how long did you get to plan your entire wedding?
I got engaged in October and then I just had 3 months to plan the whole Wedding.
3 Months!!! How did you plan the whole thing in 3 months?
I never wanted a big wedding. I always wanted to have a small wedding with say 100 people.When we started looking for a location, all the banquet halls were booked. And while googling, I stumbled upon this Neemrana Heritage Villa (Villa Pottipati) in the heart of Banglore. It’s a big house with beautiful vintage decor. It doesn’t have a lot of space but it was a perfect choice for a small intimate south indian wedding. And the good thing is they give you basically the entire property for the day. Also, it was available on such short notice because they never really had a big wedding over there and people never considered it as a plausible option for a wedding.
I have to tell you, I love the vintage look of your wedding outfits- classy and elegant. Tell us something about where you got your outfits.
The best part of south indian weddings is it’s all sarees. And my mom has this brilliant collection of Kanjeevarams. So I decided to wear one of my Mom’s kanjeevarams- a bright pink and orange saree for the major part of the wedding. And I changed into a mango yellow and maroon saree – a 9 yard saree (from Nalli’s ) for the Kanyadaan.
For Mehendi, I got a bright red and green patiala suit stitched for my mehendi. It was extremely comfortable for me to manage the suit and sit for hours with mehendi on my feet and hands.
We had a reception, the day before the wedding, for that I wore a classic deep green and red kanjeevaram with a gold palla. I fell in love with it as soon as I laid my eyes on it.
Up to this point it was pretty simple. The actual challenge was to find a befitting outfit for the Punjabi Delhi reception. It was going to be a glamorous evening and I was extremely nervous since I wanted to wear a lehenga but was just so tired of the expensive-but-average designs I had seen in Bangalore.I was googling a lot to find a designer and I accidentally landed upon IFE and I loved their work.
I started a conversation with them and I sent Farha pictures of what I wanted – I always wanted a champagne gold outfit. Farha called me up all the way from UK and we discussed what I exactly wanted. She and I would discuss every inch of the dress in detail and were on the same page throughout. And when the lehenga arrived, it was a pleasant surprise as they delivered 3 days before I expected. The lehenga was extremely beautiful!!! I loved it :)
Where did you get your makeup and hair done. I loved it , it was simple and classy!
For the reception and wedding I had this duo Lekha And Meghana do their magic on me. I had gone for trials a month before the functions and they created the exact look and hairstyle I had wanted for both the events, giving me the classy vintage look I wanted.
For the Delhi reception I had booked an appointment with Renuka Pillai. I hadn’t taken any trials but her assistant Pallavi (also her niece) heard me out and gave me her take on the subtle yet glamorous look for my very elegant lehenga. It was brilliant.
Tell us something about your photographer. Also tell us about the Selfie moment.
The mehendi, reception and wedding were shot by Myriad Hues. They were a team of four really nice, friendly guys who built a great rapport with all guests over the wedding weekend and made everyone extremely comfortable with the camera. The shooting for the reception in Delhi was done by Prem Studios, who were very quick in delivering the movie and photos and did a really good job too.
During the bangalore reception, everyone left by 10. So after everyone left, we were just chilling with friends and clicking pictures of each other. That was the time we clicked that selfie.
Any advice you want to all the readers out there?
My advice would be to just chill out on your wedding day! I know it’s easier said than done, but all the running around you’ve done leading up to that day will speak for itself. If something goes wrong, do not panic! There are loads of friends and relatives around you who will take care of it. Enjoy your big day and be happy!