Building The Right Trousseau for the Indian Bride
What is a Bridal Trousseau?
Today’s trousseau for the Indian bride consists of several of the same things as the early days, and a few extras — gleaming jewels from the family, saris and other outfits to tide the newly-wed over, accessories to make her look great, lingerie, and other objects that she holds dear. These can also include decor, household ornaments, and heirlooms from the family.
Many brides wonder when is a good time to start preparing the trousseau hamper. The earlier you get to it, the better. The process of searching for the right objects, curating your favourites, and purchasing them from multiple outlets is more time-consuming than you may think, and getting a head start right after your engagement works best. The most exciting bit about the trousseau is that it keeps changing over time to accommodate new events, needs, and ideas you think of as time passes. Making lists is a great way to start, and helps in keeping track of what’s missing too. Your mother plays a crucial role in shaping your bridal trousseau!
Every bride is unique, so would her accoutrements be. Fortunately, there is no one size fits all, and every woman’s likes, dislikes, and general preferences figure into the making of a fantastic trousseau: a wedding stylist could help with that. We love that it has evolved with the times, and here is a guide to some inclusions you can make to your all-new paraphernalia while keeping the sanctity of traditions intact.
A Mix Of Indian And Western
Some classic styles in both casual and smart western ensembles are great — think cocktail dresses, everyday and dressy blouses, well-fitted pants, and all-purpose blazers. Even Indian wear can range from the weighty, embellished outfits to light shararas, fusion coord sets, new-age kurta and trousers, and other conceptual looks. With these essentials on hand, you’ll feel ready to take on anything that life throws at you, with confidence.
Include Experimental Lighter Outfits
These outfits are also generally a lot more useful for after the big day, or any follow up dinners and get-togethers after the wedding. These outfits usually come in handy more than the heavy ones.
Jewellery is an obvious way to include family valuables in your trousseau, but anything from retro silk saris, lace table runners, antique decor pieces, brooches, and beautifully crafted hair clips from decades ago counts. Heirlooms in your trousseau allow you to carry with you the love and care of your ancestors and begin a tradition of your own, for your offspring.
In addition to skin care, a bride needs the right makeup with her. This, too, is hugely subjective, but it helps to include vegan, hypoallergenic, and cruelty free brands to make your vanity a responsible one. Scope out shades and hues you’ll need for any foreseeable events: think dewy brunch looks, deeper and shinier dinner beauty, or earthier tones.
Classic Bags And Accessories, And Some Fun Pieces
Accessories like shades are a must, but also scarves, several types of shoes (think kitten heels, stilettos, flats, slides, and sneakers, according to the bride’s preference), and wearable jewellery can’t be missed. Heavyweight jewels must be balanced with more minimal precious fare so that the bride isn’t left without pieces for her everyday needs.
Home Decor And Knick Knacks
We love the idea of including a few good quality soy candles for a scented home, vintage lace table runners, linen for your beds, and crystal pieces from your family home in the trousseau. Apart from beautifying your abode, it adds a sense of homeliness and comfort that few other things can provide.
Play With Colour
Feel free to mix and match palettes with each other: a pastel pink handbag would look fabulous with a bright pink outfit, and monotones like black and creams could do with a pop of red somewhere in the look. Play with colours, but smartly, so that everything complements each other beautifully in your trousseau.
Apart from wedding lingerie, there’s a lot a bride needs for the honeymoon. Take into account which location you’re jetsetting to, what the weather is going to be, and how you want to dress on the vacation. Holiday dressing is not like regular dressing, so a few extra pieces wouldn’t hurt for this.
A beach honeymoon calls for swimsuits, coverups, kaftans, and floaty pants and camis, while a wintry one would require one or two good coats, cute sweaters, boots, warmer t-shirts, hats, and a few woolen dresses with tights, if you want to look cute in the chilly weather. So, remember to get these looks in the trousseau too!
With these handy guidelines, it’s time for you, bride-to-be, to go forth and shop your heart out for your special gift. Trousseau shopping is done better with overarching style tips, rather than specific pieces, since the tradition is so personal and dependent on a bride’s individual preferences.
There is a lot to remember while putting a trousseau together, and while the process is fun, it can be time consuming too. Finding the right pieces takes effort, and curating them also requires a practiced eye. If trousseaus have got you in a tizzy, let CLAD do it for you. Our wedding styling services include impeccable trousseau building, and our international reach allows us to give you the latest designer pieces before they hit Indian shores. Contact us for more details about our services.
*This article was written by Fawzia Khan, Creative Features Editor at CLAD