Kalire !

The sweet moments of wedding are not only unforgettable for the bride and the groom but also for the near and dear ones. One such moment is the chuda ceremony which is celebrated at bride’s place just a day before the wedding. Once the chuda has been worn, the bride’s friends and cousins tie Kalire to the chuda. Kaliras (or known as kalire) are ornaments worn on the hands of Punjabi brides. While this is traditionally a Punjabi wedding custom, most brides these days opt to wear them thanks to our bolly movies.
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They hang like beautiful chandeliers and come in a range of colors to match any outfit.These are pieces of umbrella shaped gold or silver ornaments. These signify good wishes for the bride’s new life ahead and are also meant to remind her of her friends and cousins. It is said that the number of leaves on kalire are as many as bride’s friends. Kalire’s are encrusted with dried coconut and dried beetle nuts.
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I absolutely love the way they look, needless to say the logo shows my love for kalira’s. There’s an interesting ritual associated with kalire. The bride shakes her hands over heads of all the unmarried girls in the family one by one and if a leaf or a part of kalira falls on anybody’s head, then it is believed that she will be the next one to get married.
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So what happens to these post the wedding? Usually the couple visits the temple/gurudwara the morning after the wedding to take blessing this is where the bride leaves one of her kalira’s and the other is stored with the bride a momento. My mom still has her kalira’s and I plan to use it for my wedding, incorporate it in my phoolon ki chaadar how kool right? Here’s another way of storing them and keeping those wedding memories fresh
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Where to buy these? while finding them in Dubai will be a task they are readily available in India. The best ones are offcourse from Amritsar, Gandhi Market in Mumbai is another great place to buy these from or infact buy anything typically Punjabi.
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Having difficulties getting hold of some Kalira’s? contact us and we’ll have them shipped to you!

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Anju & Namit

Their Story- We had a love marriage. We met in Glasgow, United Kingdom during our Post Graduation. Namit and I became good friends within weeks of meeting each other. He was really easy to talk to and super fun to be with. We would talk for hours in a day. At a time when I most needed a friend, he was there by my side. And then somewhere down the lane, we realized there was something more to the friendship. One of our friends acted as a cupid and finally he asked me out on March 5, 2011; we had our roka in a year and got married after 2 years !

Wedding Tales-It was a lot of different cultures to deal with 😉 Ever since I was a kid I wanted a North Indian wedding, with loads and loads of dancing (I blame Karan Johar and Yash Chopra movies for that 😉 ). My parents were super chilled out and said that I could have a Punjabi wedding if that’s what I really want. So we had a Punjabi wedding and a Kerala style reception.
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Trousseau Tales- For my Sagan & Ring Ceremony I wore a red and golden Dolly J lehenga. Namit’s mom and sister picked it up for me, from AZA for roughly under 2 Lakhs (though we got a 50% discount on it). For my Mehendi & Sangeet, I picked up a pinkish-peach Varun & Nidhika floor length anarkali, from AZA for around 40-50K . For the wedding, I wore a Rimple & Harpreet Narula lehenga, also from AZA.
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I wore a magenta kancheepuram saree for my reception in Kerala, which I got from Jayalakshmi Silks, Kochi.

I had come down from Dubai for a week to do my shopping in Delhi. It was day 2 of lehenga hunting and I was already frustrated since I had so less time on hand. After visiting a lot of shops, we ended up in AZA The minute I saw this lehenga I knew I had found my wedding lehenga.. Red in color, with loads of gheras, antique work… It was exactly what I had in mind 😀
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Fun times?
The most fun function was the sangeet. I loved seeing all my friends and family perform. The best performance was that of my mom and dad’s, along with my uncles and aunts. They performed on a fusion of old songs with the grand finale of ‘Oppa Gangnam style’ 😀 I performed a duet with my sister… and a musical with my cousins….the musical was based on our love story. Namit and I did a couple dance on ‘Pehla Nasha’, complete with loads and loads of lifts J
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WHo did your makeup and who shot these beautiful pictures?
My makeup for Sagan & Sangeet was done in Vidya Tikari Studios at Lajpat Nagar..The makeup artists were fantastic.. I did not want very heavy make up for any of the functions. And they did a fantastic job in keeping the makeup light and natural.
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My wedding makeup was done by Shalini Singh. She did an amazing job and she was super easy to work with. I did not want to be caked up with heavy makeup…and Shalini really got what I wanted and did a fantastic job..

The photographer we hired was from Dipak Studios. They did an amazing job in capturing all the candid moments.

The reception in Kerala was covered by SL Anand. He was really fun to work with; always coming up with innovative and fun shots. The makeup in Kerala was done by La Femme Salon, Thrissur. I wanted my look to be completely traditional, with jasmine flowers on my head and long braided hair. The makeup artists were really good and efficient and my makeup was done in an hour’s time !