May 5 2011
Ms. Jasmine is getting married and she is letting her parents pick the wedding dress for her.
In early December, my parents are going to India for 6 weeks. It’s a trip most Indian families take when their son or daughter gets engaged. Indian clothing, jewelry, and textiles tend to be cheaper in India and the selection is often much better than you would find in the United States. It’s also customary for the bride’s family to outfit members of the family with clothing for the wedding. So my parents are going there to buy special saris for my mom and aunts, salwar kameez and lehngas for my cousins; a sherwani for my brother; specialty fabrics for our favor pouches (more on that later)… and my bridal outfits and bridal jewelry.
I’m a tiny bit afraid that they will come back with something hideous (I’ve already warned my mom in terms of colors– no “hot” anything, no bizarro color combinations!). And I’ve provided some pictures as guidelines of what to look for. I’m really close to my parents and I trust their taste– I feel pretty certain that they will choose something I like.
What will they choose? Would she approve? Would the groom approve? From the examples she provided, it seems that she likes somber colors, intricate patterns and a touch of royalty sprinkled in.
Chances are her parents will choose a heavy, embroided lenhga for her. As a wedding dress, for a contemporary desi women, especially if she is expecting non-indian guests at the wedding party, lehenga probably works better any way!
Hopefully we will find out what she got from the wedding pictures! The wedding is in June 2008, so we’ll have to wait.
We wish her the best!
Ms. jasmine at Wedding Bee