Bridal Notes: Five Fabulous Jutti Brands from India

These are my wedding juttis that still make my heart do somersaults. The picture was taken by my ace wedding photographers Pixelena Studio. Such talented folks they are.

From wedding hashtags to whether the drapes should be rani pink or fuchsia pink, brides are bombarded with canon-like decisions and questions. Most times, you’d wish people would just shut up and move along, but of course being the bride, you’re slightly obsessive about anything that has to do with your big day (mercy to poor soul who asked), so any decision must be approved and tick-marked by you. While there’s a wedding hashtag generator *lol* available for you to use, other decisions toh you’ll have to either say haan ke naa to. Trust me, it gets easier and post shaadi your decision-making skills could get you a spot on TEDx.

Judge me if you want, but I recall messaging my bestie Nattu (remember her shaadi) and asking her whether I should wear heels or juttis. It did give me one sleepless night, however I had my eureka moment and the mind kicked away the heart’s love for a pair of gorgeous heels and instead urged me to opt for juttis. The reasons listed below.

1) I’m like bambi on ice when I wear heals. Not half as cute tho.
2) I wouldn’t have enjoyed my own shaadi which would have been dreadful, if my feet were sending me pain signals.
3) I’ve got fairly decent height to make others feel tiny.

So khussas/juttis it is, buuuuut where to find ’em?

When you live in Bengaluru and don’t have the courage to spend minimum 2 hour of your precious single life in traffic to go hunting for juttis, then you say hello to online shopping. Also, all the best jutti brands are mostly online.

My top picks in no particular order.

Coral Haze

coral haze gold dust jutti

I bought my engagement juttis from here. I picked a pair of ornate gold juttis which are neutral and festive enough to wear with most indian wear. Also, the design is pretty timeless which is perfect since I believe in future planning and all. Also, who wouldn’t fall for a pair of juttis called “Gold Dust”. While the design range is superb, I like how they go the extra mile by informing you how exactly to care for your juttis. Find out here.

Also, check out their casual collection which I think is perfect for any mehendi function or just to add a little whimsy to your jeans and tee look. I lurv the buggy ride ones.

NeedleDustneedledust twilight jutti

If you’re looking to give your outfit a hint of fun on the big day, then my vote goes to NeedleDust for their adorable-meets-gorgeous juttis which have carnivals, cityscapes and chattris on them. Though the collection is comparably smaller, they’ve focused on unique designs which are a bonus any day. Quality over quantity, doston.

My absolute favourite is the “Twilight” pair that sets the perfect mood for any shaadi with its havelis and jharokhas that are beautifully embroidered in gold zari. And… they have the cutest collection of tiny juttis for the little divas-in-making.

Pastels and Pop

I’ve had my eyes on this particular pair of juttis for forever now. Psst… it’s my birthday month. Someone, anyone?

I my opinion (which could matter), I think their juttis hits the sweet spot between modern and traditional. The collection goes superbly well with tunics, jeans and kurtas alike. I’ve got eyes set on the pompom ones and also this cute “Sweetheart” pair. Predominantly, I think their whole range is perfect for the sister-of-bride and bridesmaids. Just saying.

Juttichoo

With a name like that, you’ve already got my attention. Juttichoo has a good range of juttis that’ll do for most events on your social calendar. You can opt for some modern birdy prints ones or indulge in their gorgeous diamante embellished juttis. I’m pretty kicked about the florals ones which would look kickass under palazzos and a plain kurta. My other absolute favourite is this cute “Pop Parade” pair that has these embroidered dabka puppet horses. Too cute!

Also, if it matters, celebs have been adding Juttichoos next to their Jimmy Choos. Check it out.

Fizzy Goblet

And if all other juttis don’t make the cut for you, then maybe Fizzy Goblet’s latest offering might foster some love from you. Just when you thought juttis were becoming a copy-paste, they revealed the sneaker-jutti hybrid *applause*. I think “Honey Bee Denim Sneakers” almost melted my heart. And the whole khandaan can shop here cause they cater to babies and men too. I actually think the men’s ikat juttis are quite kickass. I wish P wore juttis.

I hope all you girls & boys find this post a little helpful. Next time someone asks me where to get juttis from, I’m just gonna share this link. Ok, bye.

 

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Bridal Jewellery by Mortantra

Mortantra bridal jewellery

Because so many people asked me where I got my wedding jewellery from- here you go and thank my obsessive insta-stalking later.

From the jewellery to the lehenga to the latkans, wedding shopping is all kinds of exciting, especially when you’re the bride (miss those days). However, what people don’t tell you is that it can also be bloody nerve-wrecking and emotionally draining (read: true story).

Way before mum joined me in Bangalore to plan the wedding, I had already done the basic ground work when it came to the look/theme for the shaadi. I spent hours and hours on Instagram (in bed, on the bus, at the dinner table) looking for bridal jewellery, lehenga design inspirations and basic shaadi stuff. While inspiration is good, it can also be so damn confusing- I was pretty much an organised mess. I knew what I wanted but I just didn’t have anything in front of me! Where was the fairy godmother when I needed her the most? Or maybe a personal wedding shopper?

This is what happens when you’re an over ambitious bride who wants to design her own lehenga, hunt for unique pieces and be frugal at the same time. However, I didn’t give up (cause I’m not a quitter) and spent the next few months determined to see the other side of this gruelling journey. My first buy happened to be my jewellery which I bought way before my lehenga got stitched. Crazzzy, I know! But it’s like the question of who comes first- the egg or the chicken? The jewellery or the lehenga?Mortantra Bridal Jewellery

I had already bought the fabric for my lehenga which was a beautiful pink Benarasi and I knew I wanted to go all out on the bling- the mathapatti, naath, necklace, earrings, bangles and a string of jasmines to put in my hair. As a family we had decided we weren’t going to visit any sonawalla or make rounds at the Gold Souk, instead I inherited my grandmother’s and mother’s jewels that are far more precious to me than anything. So, obviously for the bridal jewellery I was going to go all imitation and my brand of choice was Mortantra who I happen to stumble upon on Instagram (it was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow).

Mortantra bridal jewellery Mortantra bridal jewellery

Mortantra is an Ahmedabad based jewellery store run by Shaili Naimish, that legit has the best bridal jewellery collection ever. From temple jewellery to stunning meenakari sets, the collection is diverse and so so beautifully curated. Also, Shaili entertains requests for customised pieces that is a big bonus point to note. I basically picked up everything apart from the bangles from Mortantra and let me just say that my bridal jewellery is my most favourite buy from all the shaadi shopping.

Things to note:

  • I placed the order via email and sent her a bank transfer for the whole amount which I think was quite fairly priced.
  • From the date of transfer to delivery it took little over a month, so please book well it advance.
  • I put my whole heart and trust into Shaili, as obviously I had no idea how the quality or pieces actually looked, but I was really really really happy with what she delivered.
  • Don’t forget to ask for the dimensions, it’ll give you a better idea of the product.

Mortantra bridal jewellery

I also picked up a bulk order of earrings and statement rings from Mortantra as gifts for our relatives and friends. I think this was the lot that came home to us.

Also, please take a minute to admire these beautiful shots taken by my wedding photographers Pixelena Studio. They were absolutely fab! And my makeup was done by the gorgeous Shreeya.

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These Cute Leheriya Puppet Potlis

leheriya puppet potlis

Guys, when you’re getting married and on the hunt for stuff, you come across the most adorable things! There’s a whole freaking industry out there that’s just catering to your shaadi! I had spent a whole lot of time on wedding portals like WedMeGood and endless hours on Instagram looking out for inspiration and all- which really really paid off. I found my main wedding jewellery on Insta(post coming up) and a whole bunch of cute things like these to-die-for leheriya puppet potlis- this one was purely by luck. The second my finger tapped the heart button, I knew I had to make these babies mine. By this time, we’d already bought smaller potlis from Bombay but I was pretty sure these would come to good use. Also, isn’t your heart doing somersaults by just looking at them?

indian wedding gifts

Here are the deets- I chanced upon Jaipuriyo on Insta and immediately DMed them for the price, delivery, blah blah. The very sweet Vedika got in touch with me and I placed an order instantly. And that’s it! Her company, Jaipuriyo, has a riot of colourful products that are perfect for your mehendi or vidhi event- from potlis to gota jewellery to boxes and embroidered umbrellas. Definitely very Rajasthani inspired. What’s great? They take bulk orders and deliver on time- a gold star from my bridal book.

You can find them here or directly get in touch with Vedika at 9509333093 and jaipuriyo@gmail.com.

indian puppets

Psst… I kept these two for myself *sneaky smile*.

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Bringing Sexy Back with Latkans as Mehendi Favors

parrot latkans

I literally cannot contain my excitement- I’m like a confetti cannon that’s about to explode! Why why? Well, our wedding pictures are finally here which means I have a baraat-full of shaadi posts lined up for you. I’m going to be treating these posts like my very own shaadi Pensieve (if that makes any sense).

While I’ve mentally thought about how to arrange the posts, I’m still not sure if I should blog them in chronological order (much harder to do) or to just randomly shoot away. I promise once I have a few posts going, I’ll organise them.

Today’s post is about these cute little mehendi favors we had at our event.

During our shopping trip to Delhi and Bombay, mum and I had kept in mind that apart from the important stuff like the clothes, jewellery and pooja stuff, we had to keep an eye out for the fun stuff like the mehendi favors, moolah envelopes and tiny potlis to put some gifts in. I wasn’t very sure what I wanted to giveaway as the mehendi favors, but I was determined not to exploit the budget.

I wanted something that was cute, inexpensive yet thoughtful. Gota rings are adorable but not perfect for the aunties, clutches would probably just be an add-on to the pile of unwanted bags, bangles would find their way at the bottom of the box. So, what exactly did we want then? Hmm… something that catered to the younglings and to the oldie goldies.

After walking through the streets of Karol Bagh like headless chickens, we decided to make one last stop at a beads-and-ribbons-kind-of-shop which Gayatri (our shaadi shopping pro) swears by. That’s where we found containers filled with all kinds of latkans, from cute parrot and pompom ones (my favourite) to beautiful gold bead embellished tassels. These were absolutely perfect! Why didn’t we think of it before?? Duh! The latkans could be used on blouses, as keychains, as trinkets or anything really. No manual required here.

So, mum, Gayatri and I spent the next hour picking up 80 assorted pairs of these and walked out of the shop happy to bring sexy back! We also got some bindis from this gem-of-a-shop in Santacruz called Beautyspot– the ladies in my fam having been buying bindis from here for generations. Also, they custom make bindis- how cool, na?

mehendi favors

Here’s a small peek-a-boo of my mehendi function.

mehendi decor

Happy memory from this day- I absolutely loved my mehendi, it was just perfect. Also, we had a tiny episode with the mehendi artists turning up late (no surprise here) but my super duper talented friend Priyanka (Pinku) kind of saved the day and did mehendi for the squad. What’s even cuter? They had french fries, coke and whole lot of nonsense as their designs. Still hunting for the pic with their “designer” mehendi, but catch her in action here. mehendi design bridal

Take note- we had a really cute photo booth and this fun pinwheel inspired decoration done by our wedding planner extraordinaire Neethi and her team from Purplerings. I’ll be sharing all the deets soonish.

Picture courtesy- the fantastic duo Pixelena Studio.

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Boozy DIY Bachelorette Party Favors

DIY BACHELORETTE FAVORS

Situation: Your squad is about to whisk you away for a “surprise” bachelorette party (mine) to Pondicherry and that’s when you start counting and thanking each one of your stars  and the little planets that you have such kewl friends like them. You also know that this is the one time (besides the boozy tears) when you can show them a little love back too.

Solution: Knowing my friends, cupcakes or vanity kits wouldn’t make the cut- they probably fake smile at me the whole time. Besides, I also had the boys coming along on the trip. So, thinking gender neutral, I thought to myself (with some help from Pinterest), “how about miniatures”. Perfecto!

I went over to my local daru dukaan, picked up some vodka *shudders*, then made my way to Itsy Bitsy to grab some cute tags and burlap to wrap around the mini bottles. But, that’s not it! I knew there was no way these bottles were going to make it back to their desks or shelves, so a little keepsake for each one was necessary. For that, I picked up a bunch of brooches from Koovs that were so perfectly apt for this party!

With some tying and wrapping here and there, my little bottles full of good spirits and cheeky wordings were done. Ta-da!

 

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