TROUSSEAU SHOPPING woes of an NRI Bride in India
“There is no greater force against evil in the world than the love of a man and woman in marriage”
—– Cardinal Raymond Bruke
We freakishly believe in the sanctity of the institution of marriage and do believe that couples are made in heaven. It is pre-destined who your soul mate will be and how and when you both will cross each other’s path in life. With unwavering belief in this thought, we do consider marriage a very sacred affair too and so is the day of your wedding. Nothing should be compromised or settled down with half-heartedly for your wedding day. As much as someone has envisioned the kind of partner they want to be with, so have they made an image of the kind of wedding they want to have. And we are just there on our toes, leaving no stone unturned to make your dreams a reality.
When it comes to NRI weddings, it could be quite a task to plan your entire wedding celebrations in India, sitting miles away in a far-off land. And for the NRI brides, who have to plan their entire Trousseau Shopping from India, the distance and the shortage of time are reasons enough to give them sleepless nights. Trousseau Shopping as such is a tricky task with all the planning, scouting, ideating and minute execution involved, and not being able to be physically present around could quite make the situation more difficult. That is when professional wedding stylists like us come into picture. To take away your woes and make the shopping experience as seamless for the bride/groom and their families as possible.
“Though my family moved to Canada when I was just 3 years old, I always harbored a longing for my culture and my roots throughout my growing years. And when it came to be getting married to the love of my life, I could not think of any other place but India, to solemnize the marriage vows. Getting married in my country, amidst my people and the entire Indian food, clothing and fanfare was probably the best decision of my life.”
—– ALAISHA KHANNA, Vancouver, Canada
Almost all NRI’S wish to have their wedding ceremonies in the homeland, India. Firstly, because they have memories attached to the place, and want to celebrate the best day of their life at the place of their native origin. Also, Indian food, culture, the entire wedding setup, music dance, fun and frolic has such a warmth and celebratory note to it, that the wedding festivities just seem a little incomplete without them.
But it is quite a challenge to plan and execute a wedding in India for an NRI family.
“I had quite a difficult time thinking about how I would go about Trousseau shopping for my wedding in India, since I couldn’t take enough leaves from my work and also I had absolutely no clue of where to start from.”
For a lot of NRI brides who are shopping from India, the biggest dilemma is where to begin shopping from. In case you wish to shop your entire Trousseau from a particular known designer, it is a different scenario. But in an ideal case, if a bride has to shop from reputed stores across the Delhi, Mumbai cities, she really needs to have a blueprint of her shopping strategy before she actually goes around scouting the markets. Lack of enough time and adequate knowledge are some of the major deterrents to this. Most of the NRI brides do not get enough time to look out for outfits of their choice, to actually visit a few stores to check out what’s trending and also to do a comparative analysis of the costs.
Image Source – Gautam Khullar Photography
“I was just vaguely sure of in my head about the lehenga I wanted to wear on my wedding day. I wanted to look around and explore in the markets before making a final decision. Since, I couldn’t get enough time, I settled for a lehenga at a showroom in Chandni Chowk, Delhi only to realise later that I could have easily got in a stunning designer lehenga in the same budget or just by adding a few more thousands.”
—– Priyanka Sharma Kapoor, Sharjah, Dubai
Also, when it comes to designers in India, there has been an upsurge of some brilliant and innovative new talents in the recent times. Each one of them has a very distinctive style and stands out from the other. A bride cannot just help but fall in love with all of them. One actually needs to sit down, ideate and strategize how she wants each of her look for the various ceremonies to turn out and then go about making final selections. For her Trousseau, a bride actually needs to have some stunning pieces from quite a few of these stellar designers that she has a more wholesome collection for her post wedding days. These outfits cost a bomb and one actually needs to do some research and comparative analysis before making the final purchases. For the NRI Brides and their families, who are hard pressed for time, they can always hire a Trousseau Shopper and a stylist to help them through this entire process.
Another challenge faced by NRI brides and their families is their lack of complete knowledge when it comes to buying jewellery. They either trust the age-old family jewellers or go by the recommendation of their Indian families and friends. We as subject matter experts in Trousseau Shopping and Wedding Styling are thoroughly acquainted with the industry and know the best jewellers in various cities across India. Our clients trust us for hand holding them, ensuring that they get the best value for their money and also only the most exquisite and stunning pieces in their bridal shopping.
Having been in the industry for such a long time, we know the best makeup artists who are worth every pinch of their salt, who are not just a reputed name in their field of work but also deliver more than committed excellence and quality in their services. We guide all our NRI brides to the artists who can do justice to their looks. Each bride is unique and deserves a customized handling of her needs, and that is one of our topmost points to remember while delivering.
“I could manage to travel to India just 15 days before my wedding. But thankfully I had hired one of the best Trousseau Shoppers to help me. After some discussions on video calls, they understood my tastes and preferences pretty well. By the time, I was in India, everything was researched well and presented to me to finalize. I shortlisted my lehenga out of some of the best options they showed me, suggested a few alterations and no unnecessary time was wasted. I am glad I planned my entire wedding shopping and Trousseau with them”
—– VANDANA MEHRA, Investment Banker, New York
For an NRI bride, to make herself available for trials and fittings is not really feasible. When we have an NRI client with us, we do detailed video calls with them and their families, days in advance of the wedding. We try and understand their backgrounds, their visions, the cultural preferences, how they actually see themselves as a bride. Also, for strategizing their entire Trousseau and wedding shopping, we need to have a thorough understanding of their lifestyle, their aesthetic sensibilities and what would their practical requirements be. Then our team goes on planning their entire Shopping strategy and goes about market searching. So, before the bride actually lands in India, all the groundwork has been done. The sizes are also discussed on the calls and perhaps it just takes a fitting session or two before the final ceremonies happen. This actually saves them a lot of time, effort and stress.
Since our Indian culture and traditions hold a lot of importance, maybe more so when you are staying far way, we do believe that an NRI bride must carry something of this in her Trousseau. We believe in shopping some heritage jewellery, outfits for NRI brides from across the Indian cities, which gives them a strong feeling of their bond and attachment to their culture. Also, it serves as a souvenir of their land once they carry it to the foreign country. Indian brides do get generously complemented by their foreign friends and acquaintances whenever they wear a saree or maybe some traditional gold jewellery. Since an NRI bride doesn’t have time to travel to Agra, Jaipur, Ajmer or cities further down for their purchases, we do that on their behalf.
“My friends in New York could actually not hold their excitement when they once saw me wearing a banarasi saree post my wedding. I guess, my husband was blushing more than me whenever someone would pass a compliment.”
—– ANANYA BHASIN, Software Engineer, USA
We want out NRI brides to be gushing in all their beauty and glow on their wedding celebrations, whether getting married in India or abroad. All of the preparations and running around can get quite taxing on them and does usually end up taking a toll on their hair and skin health. There is shopping, last minute hassles, shipment of all the heavy expensive finery and finally the emotional excitement and anxiety around the wedding as undeniably this is one of the most sentimental phases of life. Leave the effort and the tasks to us and just prepare to be beheld in the arms of your life partner and start on, on the most wonderful and joyous journey of your life.