Today we bring you our Unwrapped series featuring Manjiree and Hardik’s ceremony outfit! The most common questions we get asked when we post images from weddings we plan and coordinate to our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterst are- What did she wear? Where did she get her outfit from and is there any significance behind the clothing and color choices she made? To help answer some of these questions we started a series called, Unwrapped!
A special thank you to Photographick Studios for providing us with detailed images to share today!
Q: Where did you get your ceremony sari from? Do the colors have any significance?
A. My sister actually did most of the shopping (with me via Whatsapp and FaceTime) in Pune when she went for our cousin’s wedding last year. She got my ceremony sari at Rangavarsha in Pune. The traditional outfit for a Marathi bride is a yellow sari with the green glass bangles which I also wore. I opted to have the green border on my sari to match the bangles. We got Hardik’s sherwani to coordinate with the green in my sari and bangles.
Q: Where did Hardik get your ring from and how did he propose?
A. All three of our rings are Tacori, but we bought them through a local store in Philadelphia. Hardik proposed to me at my condo in April 2013. He did four different set ups around the condo. When I came home, there was a sign on the door telling me to go to the first set up. Each set up had rose petals, candles, little momentos/memories and a box. At the first three set ups, the box was filled with pictures from different parts of my life (family/childhood, friends/college, and our relationship) and ended with a card telling me where to find the next set up. The boxes each had one word on top which read “Will you marry” and he was waiting at the final spot with the box which said “me?” and had the ring in it.
Q: Where is your ceremony jewelry from- has any of it been passed down in your family?
A. My ceremony jewelry set was actually my mom’s wedding jewelry, except for the bangles which were new.
Q: Any other details you would like to “unwrap”?
A. My ceremony shoes were low wedges which my sister got in India as I wanted to make sure I had low heels so my sari wouldn’t drag when I took them off for the ceremony. I also ordered the clay flower hairpiece from DK Design on etsy both because I was afraid a real flower would wilt, and also because I have allergies to flowers. My parents also got the shawls for the ceremony so they matched our outfits and color theme.
Q: Any tips for future brides?
A: For any future bride who is doing her wedding shopping in Pune, finding the bridesmaids saris was the biggest challenge. There’s a tiny shop on Prabhat Road, Lane 11 called Lavanya who custom dyed the saris for us so we could get four matching ones in the exact colors I wanted. She does all our sari blouse tailoring so my sister thought to ask her, but my sister looked all over town prior to that and no one else could do four matching saris. Hopefully that tip saves someone a ton of time with their shopping!