From the Bride - Ours was an arranged marriage. I belong to Delhi and my husband belongs to Chandigarh.
Salil (my husband) and my meeting was arranged by our families in Delhi. Thereafter we met three times before saying yes to each other. Our families weren’t acquainted with each other.
We belong to conservative Jain families where till today mostly marriages are arranged and first meetings are full family affairs. Considering this ours were comparatively modern meetings. Our families didn’t meet each other till we said yes. And we also didn’t meet each other’s parents till we said yes to each other. Our roka was then followed by six months long courtship wherein we got to know each other better. Our wedding took place in Chandigarh.
As per our families traditions my wedding lehenga and jewellery were from my husbands side.
My husband is a jeweller and he especially designed my wedding jewellery keeping my likes in mind. Jain brides rarely wear a passa/jhoomar, but I wanted to wear one. So Salil designed one for me.
A part of a Jain brides jewellery is elaborate hand jewellery like hath phool or ratan chaunk. Another staple in a Punjabi Jain brides jewellery is Paribandh- which are traditional pure gold bangles with ghunghroos work between the chooda.
We chose a light weight lehenga for me considering the heavy jewellery. And the colour- fushcia pink was my choice since I didn’t want to wear the typical red on my wedding. My husband chose an Ivory achkan to complement my lehenga. He wore an emerald string and a jadau kalgi to match his achkan.