Hey Hey Hey Desi Brides!
How you been keeping? Good I hope! I have been pretty much been chilling out since I returned back from Honeymoon five weeks ago and it’s safe to say that I am pretty much in wedding day bubbles (I know still). By that I mean that I’m still on a massive high from the wedding and because I haven’t been working I have been chilling out loads, more than ever actually. I have decided to give myself some much needed down time after the wedding, which for 15 months took over my entire life. So I’m taking some time out to work out what I want to do next and do things that I acutually LOVE, such as cups of garam chai and lonnnng afternoon chats with family and friends as well as taking the time to properly look after myself mentally and physically. I do have some exciting news though which I will be sharing with you in August and it is VERY exciting indeed! But for now that focus is project blog and project home (as we bought a new house and its completely bare so it needs some TLC which I am working on).
Anyways I am going off on a massive tangent. So today’s blog post will talk about my Pre Partttty!!
My Pre Party was the night before the wedding so it was pretty hectic! It was at the Punjabi Community Centre in Swindon and it was beautifully decorated by Maz Events. Here are some lovely images of the decor. Apologies again these are off my Iphone but the professional images are going to be ready in the next few days so I’ll get them out ASAP!
I opted for beautiful pink and orange ceiling draping which automatically gave the community centre a massive face lift and instantly made it stand out and transformed the hall. I also opted for orange and pink crush velvet table covers along with matching chair covers. We had a gorgeous floral canopy/stage in the middle where we showcased the Nanke Shaak and also used it as a backdrop/area for my chura ceremony.
I wanted to look very simple on my pre party and follow tradition and you all must have heard the saying “Don’t be the bride before the wedding” I had minimal makeup and wore a yellow traditional Punjabi salwaar suit. I did have a lovely hair plait which made my look very Punjabi. Here I am posing with my friends from Hong Kong!
The pre party started off with the Nanke Shaak being showcased, this included all the beaut bridal things my mums side of the family had gifted me which included two gorg outfits, my chura, my wonderful Jimmy Choo’s and lots of other lovely bits!
We were very keen to stick to timings and I wanted to make sure the party kicked off by 7pm, so whilst we were waiting for all the guests to turn up (because of course they were late) we served starters to save time and we started with the emotional chrua ceremony. For those of you that don’t know, this is when the Nanke (my mum’s side of the family) get me “ready” for the wedding. So they dressed me with the chura, kleere and placed the chunni on my head. It was pretty emosh and there were tears all round. Here are some snaps of the chura ceremony…
Once this was done then we cracked on with the starters at 6.30pm. The starters went down well and once this was done we did the Jago and the Partying – YAY!! Here are some jago pics! I had some funny fancy dress lengha’s made for my family to dress up in as well as some jackets which said “Sharn’s Jago Night” everyone loved wearing them!
The dancefloor was packed all night thanks to the great music provided by DJ Subz but the real star of the show were Desi Ronak. Desi Ronak, I hear you ask? Yep, this Baba and Bibi made sure that all the guests were on the dance floor and had everyone in complete hysterics. You are probably thinking what the hell am I talking about, well here are some images – hahahahaha!
The Jago was of course heaps of fun! I got fully involved with the dancing from that point onwards! We partied hard till 10pm and I really didn’t want to stop but I knew I had to get a few hours sleep in before the big day! I can truly say I enjoyed every minute of my Pre Wedding Party and wasn’t a bridezilla (for once haha).
So I got home at around 11pm and then showered up to get all the hair spray out of my hair and off I went to bed, but I only got around 2/3 hours sleep! You can probably guess how I was, because I was only a few hours from getting up for the wedding day – the biggest day of my life. I set my alarm for 4am and off I went to sleep (well I tried). There was a mixture of excitement, nerves and worry all rolled into one emotional blob, but I did get a few hours sleep.
The next blog post will be all about the wedding!!
All planned and executed by this Desi Bride – Sharn Khaira