Chapter 19: The Domestically Challenged Desi Bride, Signing in Mumbai & Dhaka-Style Ceremonies!

Chapter 19: The Domestically Challenged Desi Bride, Signing in Mumbai & Dhaka-Style Ceremonies!

MissMalini

Please Note: For those of you still asking the question, will the blog now be called MrsMalini (surprise, surprise you are not the first to crack that joke!) and you’ll find your answer here… So now you know. We’re keeping it MissMalini.com, thank you bhery much!

MissMalini the bride
MissMalini – the blogger bride

Merry Christmas everybody! As you know by now, I’m in Dhaka for the first part of my wedding festivities (part 2 is happening in Goa in Feb) technically though, this is part 2 because part 1 was the signing in Bombay followed by lunch at The Table so I’ll post a few pix from that one too :) I’m most excited to show you pictures from Dhaka though because I got to doll up all traditional Bengali-style for my Gaye Holud and Reception (while somehow dodging the porcelain-white foundation action at the salon in the bargain *phew* remember brown is beautiful peeps!) wanna see pix?
PS. We’ll be kicking off 2012 with a series of contests related to my wedding so you get a piece (or 10!) of the action and many many goodies from my wedding gift bags, yay! :) xoxo

And So it Begins…

Did you know that for a civil marriage you need to put up a notice for a month of your intention to marry and if nobody objects you go back 30 days later to sign? It’s even more fun if you take friends along to celebrate and ours were amazing :)

MissMalini's Mumbai Signing
MissMalini’s Mumbai Signing

My Didi, The Dala Queen

Just like we do back home, in Bangladesh families traditionally exchange gifts, known as “Dala’s” we had loads of fun opening theirs and making ours, my sister (aka Shalini didi) and brother-in-law were the master gift-wrappers and did an amazing job!

MissMalini's wedding in Dhaka
MissMalini’s wedding in Dhaka
MissMalini's wedding in Dhaka
MissMalini’s wedding in Dhaka
MissMalini's wedding in Dhaka
MissMalini’s wedding in Dhaka

The Domestically Challenged Desi Bride Gets a Gaye Holud!

Props to my mom-in-law for hooking me up with the most gorgeous traditional Bengali saris! And lots of love to my new Mami and sister dearest for spending hours at the parlour with me each day getting my look just right! Love you guys :) xoxo

MissMalini prepping for Gaye Holud
MissMalini prepping for Gaye Holud
MissMalini
MissMalini
MissMalini's Gaye Holud
MissMalini’s Gaye Holud
MissMalini's Gaye Holud
MissMalini’s Gaye Holud
Nowshad Rizwanullah and MissMalini
Nowshad Rizwanullah and MissMalini
MissMalini's Gaye Holud
MissMalini’s Gaye Holud
MissMalini's Gaye Holud
MissMalini’s Gaye Holud
MissMalini's Gaye Holud
MissMalini’s Gaye Holud

The Domestically Challenged Desi Bride, Reception (and Cake!)

One of the things that truly stands out in my memory of these occasions is just how big and warm all of Nowshad’s family is. I’ve been greeted with nothing but love and enthusiasm since I got here and not to mention buffet upon buffet of delicious food (Zareen Watson we may need another boot-camp!) So getting dressed up and posing for pix was really just icing on this already very delicious cake :) xoxo

MissMalini gets ready for The Reception
MissMalini gets ready for The Reception
MissMalini's Reception in Dhaka
MissMalini’s Reception in Dhaka

MissMalini's Reception in Dhaka
MissMalini’s Reception in Dhaka
MissMalini's wedding ring
MissMalini’s wedding ring
MissMalini's Dhaka Reception
MissMalini’s Dhaka Reception
MissMalini's Reception in Dhaka
MissMalini’s Reception in Dhaka
MissMalini's Dhaka reception
MissMalini’s Dhaka reception
The blogger-bride
MissMalini’s wedding in Dhaka

Dawat # 189

The other cool tradition here is how the newly weds are invited to dinner by close friends and family pretty much every night of the rest of the month! Also as per tradition the bride must be welcomed into a lit-up house so everywhere we went I saw the most spectacular sparkly-light displays both inside and out!

MissMalini's Wedding in Dhaka
MissMalini’s Wedding in Dhaka

So there you have it! We’re heading back in the new year and will be back in B-Town on January 1st 2012. Let the partying begin! xoxo