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Wedding Shopping In Jaipur

The Pink City of India, Jaipur is a treasure trove for shoppers and when it comes to Ethnic Bridal wear Sarees they are marketed in every nook and corner of the city. Jaipur is considered as one of the most important centers in the world for cutting and polishing precious and semi precious stone, diamonds as well. Thus it is a complete package for all your wedding shopping.

Most tourists visit Jaipur for its grand monuments but there is this another large section who go to Jaipur for shopping. It is indeed a shopper’s paradise too. You will find almost every kind of things in your shopping list here. The most popular items are jewelry, textiles and saris, good made of marble, wood, stone, lac, clay, metal and leather. The city has been the traditional hub of the finest of jewelry bedecked with both precious and semi precious stones, enameling of gold in green, red and white, the favorite colors of the Mughals infused by Raja Man Singh. Jaipur is also famous for diamond and emerald cutting.

If you are looking for lac jewelry, I would suggest you to visit Maniharon Ka Rasta where lac jewellery is made and sold and the Johari Bazaar where jewellery is crafted and sold. The most sold items on the list are table tops, mirror frames, betel nut boxes and sindoor holders. Again, statuettes, photo frames and pill boxes are abundantly available on M.I. Road and the silver shops on the Badi Chaupar crossing. In the Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldiyon ka Rasta you will find a number of jewelry shops too. The cutting, polishing and selling of precious and semi precious stones is centred on the Muslim dominated area of Pahar Ganj in the Surajpol Bazaar area. You will also find numerous factories and showrooms on the Amber Road between Zorawar Gate and Holiday Inn. Hand block prints, blue pottery, carpets and antiques are plentiful.

Not only jewelry, handicrafts like papier mache and carved furniture are also available. Another wonder of Jaipur is the glazed blue pottery, an art that was imported from ground Persia. Again suraghis, pots, ear-rings, soap dishes, door knobs, mugs and jugs are largely on sale. Brass statures of various sizes are available besides toy brass animals. Items made of white metals are also popular, especially those statues of gods and goddesses, animal and human figures. Carved marble bowls, vases and other decorative items are irresistible too.

Jaipur for wedding shopping: where to go

  • Bridal Saree zari, sattava at narain singh circle/nikhar fashion at saraogi mansion
  • Ramganj Bazar for shoes or jutis
  • For Jewelry johari bazar and chora rasta.
  • Maniharon Ka Rasta (Tripolia Bazar) for lac bangles and other items
  • Kishanpol Bazar for tie and dye textiles
  • Achrol House, Subhash Chowk for carpets,
  • Sanganer village for block printing, hand-made paper and blue pottery
  • Khajano Walano Ka Rasta for marble carving

The local ‘Kundan’ a kind of jewelry from Jaipur is famous around the world. The exotic blue pottery, the batik painting, block printed textiles of Sanganer and Bagru, tie and dye fabrics, Mojari- (the local shoe), sandal wood carving items, beautiful stone carvings are a few that tops the list. The main markets are along Johari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazarn ad M.I. Road. Shops that is famous for precious and semi-precious stones crafting and jewelry.

Jaipur is one of the most active jewel markets of the world. The Pink City is famous for precious and semi-precious stones and also for the cutting, polishing and setting of these stones, diamonds, topaz and emeralds in particular. The Jaipur brass worker is successful in infusing life like charm into the dull metal too. Lacquered brass and carved brass are two of its specialties. Jaipur enamel or Minakari has a class that matches none.

Jaipur is also well known for its awesome textiles. Sanganeri and Bagru block prints are the fashion designer’s craze. And how can we forget Bandhej print – the pride of this region.

You will also find a large number of shops dealing in antiques and pseudo-antiques near the Hawa Mahal. Shops opposite Hawa Mahal is seen with the famous Jaipuri quilts, weighing from a few hundred grams to a kilogram.

The stone and marble carving industry also requires special mention in Jaipur. The stone used is either procured from within Jaipur or from the marble mines of Makrana. The carvings portraits and busts created in here are held in high esteem everywhere.

M.I. Road

You will find a large number of emporia selling a variety of goods ranging from jewelry and brass work to textiles, to blue pottery, to woodwork, etc. They mostly attract the tourist from around the world.

Tripolia Bazar and Chaura Rasta

It is famous for textiles, utensils, ironware and trinkets. If you were always enthusiast about artisans at work, you may simply step into the side lanes and see for yourselves.

Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar

Come here for textiles, local perfumes and shoes made of camel skin.

Johari Bazar

This market is famous for jewelry and bandhej sarees. Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldion ka Rasta house numerous establishments selling jewelry. Traditional tie and dye fabrics and textiles are in abundance.

10 tips make your Fiance enthusiast about your Wedding

What I appreciate in my wife is that she not only manages to lure me into getting the required household stuff but also uplifts my mood for the same. You all know how difficult it is to shop for women and men hardly do that. All you need is to play a little smart to make us work especially when there is a boys reunion to attend or during “Sachin batting in England”

shopping for boys
Boys and Shopping

During our wedding, fortunately my wife finished off her lehenga shopping within 1-2 weeks. I am sure you must be wondering HOW! And with half a day of shopping exposure I do not get much to mock her on wedding shopping. Well, this is what we are. I have come up with 10 tips to make men a part of your wedding planning that too with full on enthusiasm. Have a look:

1. Men do not like doing girl-ey stuff: I am not being chauvinist and only just stating a fact. You will feel a lot better once you accept this fact. Do not complaint much. When your partner will see the entire burden falling on your shoulder, he will come to you all by himself.

2. Plan well in advance: Tally your plans according to his convenient time and availability. If needed reschedule your calendar too. Try to frame your question right. He will never be able to completely deny for that matter.

Advance Plan
Advance Plan

3. Be selective: You do not need him all the time. Therefore, save his presence for crucial times. Men are very good observers, so the next time you ask him to come with you, he will understand that the job is important and he will make no complaints.

4. Stay focused: Whenever, you go out shopping with him, prepare a list before hand on the shops you plan on visiting and what you plan on buying. Men do not like wasting time on malls for shopping and will come up with an excuse the next time you want him to go shopping with you. .

5. Men are not your driver: If you are too tired to drive or to travel alone book a cab. Do not substitute your partner for your driver. Don’t expect him to cancel his plans just because you need a driver. He will never like this gesture.

6. Club it all: Do not plan your wedding as something as he will have to ride pass through. Make it interesting for him.

7. Take a friend along: If you have a mutual friend, probably a male friend, take him along as well so that he does not get bored. Use this as a trump card.

Shopping With Girlfriend
Shopping With Girlfriend

8. Consider his opinion: Majority of girls does not abide by the opinion of their partner in shopping and as such the guy feels less valued. I did not mean that you need to buy whatever he says, but at least consider his opinion as well. This will make him more interested in lending you a hand in shopping.

9. Sound like a cost controller: It does give heart attacks to pay the bills no matter how rich your partner is. I am sure he must have skipped a few heartbeats merely by listening to the wedding planning. Know how to manipulate the truth.

10. TRICK him: Trick your guy to speak his heart out and use it as a shield against him. Like each lock has its own key, you will have to find out what will make your man speak. Well, a known devil is better than an unknown angel!

If you use the above tricks smartly – one at a time, I am sure he will be accompanying you in most of your shopping sprees. Whatever less is left to you, can be done with your father/mother/mother-in-law/brother/sister. Spare the poor soul completely on those days. Happy Shopping!!

These are some of the foolproof plan that will sure to be effective for wedding shopping with your partner. And wherever will be left can be done with your father/mother/mother-in-law/brother/sister etc. Happy Shopping!

Effective Tips to Save Money While Trousseau Shopping

If you belong to the Indian sub continent, and about to get married, I am sure you must have fantasized about complete new wardrobe filled with a whole new set of Trousseau.

Yes, your parents never say ‘No’ to anything within reasons, but what is the harm in saving money wherever you can? In that way you will be able to use that extra money while shopping in your honeymoon.

Well, here are some tips on where you can save and where you should splurge

Main Outfits

Wedding Outfit Trousseau

  • Wedding Outfit: Splurge!
  • Tilak/Engagement/Reception Outfit: Splurge!
  • Sangeet and Mehendi Outfit: These are the most fun functions in your wedding as you need to dance your heart out. Therefore skip heavy embroidery and shop for those that are comfortable. Save!
  • Haldi/Pooja Outfit : If its Haldi, Save! You are gonna get dirty anyways. For Pooja you may stick to Anarkali or Saree outfits. Save!

Trousseau (Saree, Suits, Western, others)

1. Trousseau 11 Saree’s: Majority of family in India insist on a minimum 11 Saree’s packed Trousseau. But if you are not much into sarees, what is the point of buying so many? Take more than 5 heavy saree, I mean Splurge on 5 Saree’s. Well, why even 5? This is the only time no one will be looking at price tags and finally a day will come when you will need to present yourself as a ‘newly wed’.

How do you even save on these 5?

Buy colors in Red or maroons. In India it is considered to be the color of the newly wed. Even it is not heavily embroidered; it will still carry the effect.

Buy Tie-Dye (Bandani Saree). Even the ones with a light border appeals a lot to your personality.

Buy 4 good South Silks: South Silks come in variety of price range. They can be both expensive and inexpensive. But what the hack? They look equally elegant. They are comfortable and can be easily dressed up or dress down. Splurge or Save as your budget permits. I would recommend Nalli as they have beautiful Silk Saree’s in all price ranges.

South Silks Saree

Buy only 2 ‘In-fashion’ saree: If you plan on following 11 saree’s concept, 2 fashion sarees will be enough. Fashion changes very fast. Hence, Save! So buy the ones you know you’ll wear and then pick up the rest as the fashion changes.

2. Suit: If you are much of a T-shirt Jean girl, I would suggest you not to jump into them in the first month of marriage. Well, you will need a lot of them too. Therefore, try to Save! Get fabrics and get them stitched instead of buying ready-made. The fitting will be perfect too.

Splurge on 2 good Anarkali’s. It will come as a savior when you get tired of wearing a saree or can’t figure out the pleats. They look dressy and all you have to do is slip them on.

Anarkali Suits

anarkali-suits-1

Western

When it comes to arranging your wedding wardrobe, buy only those that you will need during your honeymoon. The rest can be bought with the changing fashion, later on.

Buy a Lot of shorts, Tshirts, tops, tunics, jeans, skirts, dresses, and a good mixture of 10 garments.

western dresses for girls

Pick up pieces from bigger retail shops. Also check the Export surplus places as they generally have good stuff too, just dig deep. You can always think it to be this way. Since, it is export surplus, it will anyways going to Zara and H&M’s of the world.

So for western wear Save!

Others

Bags, shoes, artificial earrings. Stick to basics! And Save! Pick those colors that will go with at least 3-4 of your outfits.

Shopping Tips

A few other Tips

1. Shop during SALE time!

2. If you know your wedding date before hand, shop during off-season as you get a lot of inflated rates with discount tags on that way.

3. Do not confuse yourself in the shop. Decide on what you wish to buy beforehand and stick to it.

Well, at the end of the day I would only ask you to enjoy whether you Save or Splurge.

Cheer up! After all you are getting a Brand new Wardrobe! Happy Trousseau shopping!