I’ve been taking a bit of a breather from blogging lately. If you’re following me on instagram you’ll know that it’s because I’ve been busy planning my wedding. I thought I’d write a quick blog post about the big day and how I incorporated illustration and art into my big day.
First, were the invitations. Obvs, I illustrated them. I went for something stylised and elegant. There were three invitations for three different events- the mehendi, the Reception and the Valima.
Traditionally, the mehendi is a party with choreographed dancing, music and opulent colors. We had a whole Arabian Nights thing kinda goin’ with lots lanterns and bangles. The whole shebang.
It’s also traditionally where women apply henna on their hands – I opted out of it because I can’t stand the smell … instead I got “henna” cookies made from chocolate. Now THAT’S a smell I can get used to!!!
Check out our matching co-ordinated bangles.
At a mehendi function, it’s a tradition for the bride to make an entrance by walking under a red duputta held up by her entourage consisting of close family and friends. This red bandini duputta is my grandmother’s and she used it at her wedding so it has some sentimental history!!
I illustrated some “thank you for coming” cards which were printed onto business sized cards and then we attached them to the favors – colorful bangles in cylindrical festive cushions.
For the reception, I wore an ice blue sari I found. Our rosette ombre cake was from Magnolia bakery and I made my own cake topper out of fimo clay. Does it look like us?
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper wedding without some silly, wacky photos …
The Valima is a big dinner party hosted by the groom’s side of the family. I wore a red and gold lehenga and we made an entrance with a fun dance featuring a medley of 90′s Pakistani songs which was really nostalgic and offbeat.
My cousins hid the groom’s shoe which is a tradition to stop the groom from taking the bride away. To get the shoe back, the groom must pay a “ransom” fee. Eventually after much haggling, he obliged – but not without an animated negotiation.
Luckily, I wasn’t that stressed at the wedding. Everything ended up magical and pretty. I’ve been told I’m quite a laid back bride, although I had a few bridezilla moments.
I won’t lie, there were a few hiccups and a few moronic, insufferable characters I met along the way. Also, I was stressed out about my eczema showing through the make up.
Upon reflection, I would definitely advise all brides to be to keep things in perspective and to refrain from the idea perfection – no one will remember what shade of mint your napkins were … you’ll only remember the fun (and maybe the food!!!)