Couture Rani

First the name had us at hello, then I found out that this newly launched online boutique carries that oh-so-delicious Gaurav Gupta peacock lehenga I’d shared a few days ago….and then the love fest began!

We all know that from the east coast to the west and in between, there is precious little access to high-end Indian designer fashion. With Couture Rani now, founder Gina Mathew brings an e-commerce site that sells made-to-order bridal and evening wear by India’s top designers. That’s right, you get to order a custom made, individually tailored piece from the comfort of your home!! The requisite pre-wedding India shopping trip now becomes optional!

Here are some goodies from currently showcased designers – Ritu Kumar, Varun Behl and Gaurav Gupta. The site plans to add new designers and additional product lines in the coming months so hop on over and take a looksee!

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All images courtesy of Couture Rani.

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The trinkets you adorn yourself with on the big day should be nothing but FINE jewelry. Unfortunately however, all too often these days that’s not what you see – be it a case of mis-education or a preference for the tacky stuff but it is absolutely NOT acceptable to wear fake baubles under any circumstances (least of all your own wedding!).

Wear something small and chic if that’s all you can afford but do wear real jewelry….beg, borrow, (don’t steal!) or save up for something breathtaking like these pieces from Manju Jasty.

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Block-printed goodies

At Indian weddings, packaging/presentation of the customary gifts exchanged between the families doesn’t get much thought. Bungalow offers a gorgeous assortment of block-printed goodies with patterns of paisleys, florals, and repetitive motifs that guarantee love at first sight!

How about using these handmade paper boxes to house your bridal trousseau items, gifts for the bridesmaids, or the in-laws?! The thought of using these to hold sweets (mithai, ladoos, etc!) is equally charming…

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