& the Baraat Beckons!

Coming back to where I had left on Arjun’s Wedding!

It was in a long time I was going to be part of a family baraat. The concept of baraat is not that strong in Mumbai as you are invited to the venue – Hall (Read: Hole by Gujaratis),  straight for the reception, hand over Cover ( Read: Shagan) and finally Jaman ( Banquets). Your visit to marriage is over.  But that is not the case in North India, we all love to be part of baraat, welcomed by Ladkiwalas, enjoy some good music, catch up with long lost relatives, have fun with friends, cousins…welcome bride to the mandap and then finally jaimaal.  Of course, baraat procession is to watch out for. You can dance your heart out, or if you can’t dance, you can watch people dancing!

After rocking sangeet, the day came for Baraat, for which all of us were quite excited. After ceremonious sehrabandi, Gurchari and temple visit, the baraat left for the venue in singing and dancing mode. The crowds danced like as if no one is watching to Bhangra beats, hip-hops wat not. Music was loud, but we all loved it. Arjun was looking every inch a Prince in the Chariot and Jijaji, handsome father of Prince ( So you understood who) and Vandana, proud mom of Dulha.

The bride looked resplendent in beautiful designer maroon velvet lehenga, complimenting the outfit of the groom and they made a breathtakingly handsome couple, much in love, they proceeded for the Jaimaal.

In between all this and more, we enjoyed sumptuous cuisine spread laid out by Leela Palace banquets.

Coming to fashion trends, heavily embroidered lehengas are in vogue mostly in pastel shades, teamed with just one heavy neckpiece. Tanvi, Arjun’s sister looked like a princess in her ivory, gold and dabka work lehenga with her doll Omairra in tow, probably in a designer one.

For me, Designer Yashi, suggested Lehenga for me for the first time for baraat, though I was quite apprehensive about her choice. But she convinced me and selected a teal colour raw silk lehenga with pure georgette dupatta, straight cut outfit. She styled, stitched and sent the Triveni Set for me, which I could not even try due to the paucity of time and watch yourself, how beautiful it complimented me.  Never before, I had received so many compliments on the choice.

Please watch the breathtakingly beautiful performances by Egyptian troupe put – up for the Saxena & Sharma family members.

Truly a memorable one!

 

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