Wedding shopping could be a hectic, time consuming affair. Especially for working professionals who want to save up their leaves for the wedding and post-wedding plans, but end up wasting them running errands and getting all worked up with their long To-do lists. While there are wedding planners to take care of the venue and other important things, you can hire a Personal Shopper/Stylist to assist you find the right outfit and help you look stunning for the most important day of your life. You can now sit back, relax and plan your honeymoon while you let the experts do what they are best at.
Since my last post was about wedding trends. I wanted to share a wedding story and my experience as a Personal Shopper for two beautiful people, who not just happen to be my close friends, but one of my best clients too. Amy/Amu (Amreen) and Prady (Pradeep) as we like to call them.
Amy is known as ‘The Tomboy’ amongst friends :p. Mostly seen in Jeans, shirts and T-Shirts, she has always preferred keeping her make-up minimal, with nothing but a hint of kohl in her eyes. So, when she approached me saying she wanted to hire me as a Personal Shopper for her wedding, I guess I was more thrilled than she was, for I have always wanted to give her a make-over and see this feminine side of her.
With barely a month left for the wedding, we set the dates and time as per her convenience, and were all set to get what we needed for our bride-to-be.
Day 1. Selecting a Dress for the Marriage Ceremony.
We decided to go for something simple yet elegant keeping the jewelry and make-up minimal, since the marriage was a close knit ceremony with family and friends only during the day. Amy looked stunning in this Fuschia long-sleeve Anarkali dress which she accessorized with small gold jhumkis and an elegant watch.
Day 2 . Selecting Outfits for the Reception Party
There were two post wedding parties planned. One being a cocktail reception held at The Paul, where Amy wore a gorgeous Chiffon-Net saree with heavy gold embroidery, embedded with swarovskis and pearls, that we picked up from one of the showrooms in Commercial Street. Pradeep on the other hand, looked dapper in his Black 3 piece Suit from Raymonds, with a knitted red bow and pocket square which we purchased from Snapdeal.
The second reception party was organized at The Leela Palace, which was more of a traditional rendezvous. Amy looked like an elegant, million dollar bride in her beautiful peach ball-gown lehenga, with heavy zardozi work, which was perfect for the occassion.
Image Courtesy: MKB Photography
Day 3: Shopping for Cosmetics and Jewellery
As a Personal Shopper, the first rule I follow is getting my clients what they really need, without going over-board suggesting them anything they might have no use of later. Our bride being a bare minimum make-up girl, I decided to get her a few basic cosmetics ensuring we stick to good, yet not indulge into any overly expensive brands since she is not a regular user.
We went to Garuda Mall, and picked up her usual moisturizer and kohl pencil first, followed by
-A Primer, Foundation (I always prefer a shade warmer than the original skin tone), a Concealer / Brand: Colorbar
– A Compact Powder, Blush, Red Lipstick for Evening-Wear and Coral Pink for Day Wear. Two Shades of smokey eye-shadows, again a black and grey color for evening and a lighter shade in brown for daily wear, along with a Mascara and a Gel Eye-liner / Brand: Maybelline.
As soon as we were done with the cosmetics, we headed to Commercial Street to pick up accessories. Amy, like a lot of other brides these days, preferred buying jewelries that matched her wedding outfits, instead of wearing anything in gold or platinum. So, we went ahead and chose a red and white pearl ear-rings and pendant set, which looked antiquey yet contemporary, and matched very well with her gold and red saree that she wore for the cocktail party. The second one was more of a traditional jewelry set with a maang-tika, which she wore with the peach-gold lehenga.
Day 4. A Make-Up Tutorial at home.
We had a 2 hour make-up session the following day at home, where I showed her a few basic make-up tricks, and a step-by-step procedure on how to do them. Blush strokes as per her face-shape, etc. We started with the day make-up, keeping it light and minimal and moved on to making it heavier for an evening look.
Wish the pictures were of a better quality, I wasn’t really planning on using the images back then.
Amy and Pradeep’s love story is magical and it is amazing that they have each other as companions, for some relationships are just meant to be. I am glad that I was there to witness and help them get through the most important days of their lives with as much ease as I could. Wishing them a Happy Married Life. 🙂
If you guys want me to help you plan a new wardrobe. Would like me and my team be a part of your wedding, or need help with any kind of styling and shopping suggestions. Leave your comments below or just drop me a quick e-mail.