As you all know, Bear bought my wedding Sari in India.
And a beautiful, luscious, positively gorgeous Sari it is. My Bear has excellent taste in clothes THANK GOD.
We could have gotten the Sari here, I could have picked one for myself. However the prohibitive cost of Sari’s here in the US was a great deterrent. Essentially, if I had bought the same Sari that Bear chose for me here, it would have cost close to $2000 dollars. You should have seen my face when I first learned that. Shock is not the word.
So, I called Bear (when he was back home in Pune) and told him “Happy Shopping!” and off he went to fend for himself in the wide wide world of shopping for an Indian Wedding Sari.
Once here thought, we realized we were missing a few things. So, last Sunday Bear and I made a trip to “Little India” with our friends Sujata, Pramit and their young daughter Ridhu to search for the things I needed. But we ran into some problems. My green glass bangles for one. Here they are too expensive and not the right color green. My toe ring, here they aren’t wedding-ish enough (as per my friend Sujata…and yes she used that word). The bridal mehndi was also not right and would not stay tinted on the skin for long. And the Dupatta. The Indian equivalent to a veil. Here, it cost nearly $200. In India, a much more beautifully worked Dupatta would cost the equivalent to $20 US Dollars.
Thankfully, we have a friend who is visiting India for a week this month. She has been tasked with getting the things we were missing. Including the Dupatta. Which she will have to “try on” when purchasing. Apparently there are many different lengths and weights (heaviness of the actual dupatta after the stitching and bead work). And my friend is Muslim. I know she will have tons of fun. J
Also, the invitations that we liked were a problem. What we originally thought could be purchased and printed here in a short period of time, turned out to be VERY not true. The invitations that we chose had to be made and printed and shipped from INDIA. This meant 6 weeks minimum for delivery. We don’t even have 4 weeks!!!!
So, I went to Target, where they have the sweetest little Invitation do-it-yourself kits. I purchased a plain one in chocolate brown that opens like a flower. When I print the cards this weekend, I will add the clipped art that we found online and add that to the printing project. So, we will have cards similar to what we want, quickly and I can say I made them myself.
Then there is the caterer. Thankfully he and Bear have picked out the food list and I don’t have to do anything but test it. Taste testing food is SUCH a chore. 😛
Have I mentioned I still haven’t found the Mandip and Musician yet?
And finally the wedding cake. We are taking care of this tomorrow. Bear does not care for too rich or sweet cake. He’s also not a big fan of icing. So what to do?
Well, I once made him an angel food cake and put fresh cut strawberries and mangos on the side lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar. He loved it. So with that in mind, I have found a bakery that can make us a mango flavored angel food cake with a strawberry and mango fruit layer (they will cut the angel food cake in half) and then fresh fruit and light butter icing on the top. The only problem is that they can’t make this particular choice into a full wedding cake. SOOOOO I had another great idea. We will have that as our cake….on the top tier. The other two tiers will be of cupcakes of varying fruit flavors with the same butter icing on top!!!!! No need for someone to stand there and cut pieces of the cake for the guests! Kids (and there will be many at my wedding) will love running around eating cupcakes! YAY!
And right now….that’s the extent of what I have done. There is still so much to do! That’s why I’ve been a little lax in my blogging recently, but I promise to update that soon. Perhaps more this afternoon after cooking lunch for Bear. One can hope.
Till then, everyone take care and have a GREAT day!