Monday, December 18, 2006

Wedding Preparations - I

Wedding preparations can be quite hectic and can take a toll (greater than the ones charged in the Mumbai Pune Express Highway) on your physical and mental state. We think preparations are more time and energy consuming than the actual wedding itself. We being the groom, being the person needing lesser shopping and all are in this state, so we really cant imagine how Iyeropatni would be. She'd be prolly half dead by now. And in case she doesnt know it, she'd be completely dead on the day of the marriage. We mean how can she survive the taanas and gaanas of people for her mistake of marrying us and deciding to spend her entire precious life with us. But that is something we'd keep for the future and post the yearly/monthly/weekly/daily/hourly/minutely/secondly torture she'd be going thru after marrying us. As usual we digress... and we realise that and come back to the topic of Preparations.

At first hand we figured out from our parents that in Iyer marriages, the groom and the bride is given less importance than the visitors coming in from various parts of tamil nadu and kerala. And how? How would you think would you explain the fact that the first thing we set out for is to look for accomodation for all the guests coming from our gaav instead of going to some designer shoppe and buy ourselves a pair of mojdi or even designer polka dotted football shorts(we'll come to this later) for us? So first thing we run pillar to post to figure out a place where all these dozens of relatives can be put to rest (literally). And surprises of surprises... There is no single hall/dormitory in mumbai that allows night stay. Even the goddamn wedding hall doesnt allow people to stay overnight on the grounds of that area being a residential area... Dont really know where that connects... But the problem still is the fact that our relative Iyers from gaav are going to be stranded. BTW, the issue is yet to be resolved. And in case we dont find a solution to that problem we are planning to distribute stations and platforms amongst our relatives to stay and put up for as long as they want.

Then comes the difficult part, Bridal Jewellery and Sarees. Phew... We must be the first guys to be breathing a sigh of relief on this matter as this was taken care of by Iyeropatni and my to be in laws by shopping for the above at Kerala. Crashing all the schedule in 4 days is quite a task and we agree that our Saas Sasur are quite a task master. So no major hassles for us on that front. Iyeropatni would have had, but she doesnt have a blog... So really cant let out the secrets here...

And the most toughest part (atleast for this post) is the groom's (yours truly's) clothes for the wedding day. Started off with looking for a "decent" pair of clothes to be worn for the reception. The shop guy at first showed us sherwanis and suits and jodhpuris and what nots with so much amount of glitter that it blinded our eyes for a moment. And when we regained our sight back, the prices of those blinded and paralysed our thoughts for the next 1/2 hr. After regaining consciousness and after heavily persuading him that it was a "madraasi" shaadi, did he bring his budgets down to our level. And we've promised ourselves to use the term "madraasi shaadi" everytime somebody uses stuff that is way above our budget. The toughest (within the toughest task) task was to look for the wedding dhoti. Yup, we madrasis wear only dhotis for our marriage. TOPLESS. And this is the most toughestest task to select a dhoti. Why? Think about this... You are supposed to select a dhoti. The shopkeeper comes with a variety of dhotis. The only variety available here is the thin borders on the dhotis. Rest all is white. Do you even imagine how hard is it to select 1 or 2 amongst the 278 white dhotis that is presented in front of you. We felt like we were standing in a "Swayamwar" and all to-be brides were dressed alike with ghoonghat over their faces and we were to select the bride only by looking at the nail polish applied to their toe nails. It actually feels like that :)

And this, my friends, is only the beginning of the preparation. We have some additional things to add on to. Which are much more interesting (read time consuming and boring) as compared to the mundane tasks of selecting a mundu (we like this term... mundane - mundu - mundane - mundu)... And they will follow this post... Please make it a point (not) to read it :)

adios...

17 comments:

Cloudy said...

Haha First! (Has this game been played on Iyerospace yet?)
Enjoy the preparations! I can guarantee that the bride and groom are treated more like little inconveniences, forget about pampering!!!! (Tho, I didn't have an Iyer wedding - something close)...

IYER, ALL THOSE PUNS!!!!!!!! Arrrrrggghhh! Does Iyeropatni know what's coming? ;-)

Sense said...

Muahahahahah *translation-evil laugh* Poor iyeropatni is going thru worse, and if she's half the sadist I am, She'll suffer thru' it in silence and wait for the next relative to bite the dust, so it can be returned 'sood sameth' ...

Iyer Education said...

@cloudy, iyeropatni, as evident from the engagement pic, is suffering... so i really cant say anything much.... and what wedding did you have? swahili style?

@sense, she isnt sadist... if she's goin thru worse then i'd be on the receiving end of her anger... so dont worry about her taking it all with silence.... i am the one silent... havent included a lot of preparation travails in here :P

Biju said...

doesn't iyeropatni enjoy,love, (add ur own adjectives here) shopping like most of the women(that I know) do?

and yeah as cloudy asks does iyeropatni about what's coming?? :-)

memphis said...

Bro, Leme know if you need any help

Debalina said...

Hmm... guru, this is smell of shaadi ke laddu...
but all the shopping involved in wedding is very very lucrative...
a girl like me would want to get married again n again...cos i can shop again and again...

KJ said...

love the new look

"designer polka dotted football short" - is this ur reception dress ( knowing ur penchant for showing up at 5 star hotels in boxer shorts :P)

and this is just the beginning... aage aage dekho hota hai kyaa..

Hugs

Iyer Education said...

@biju, iyeropatni likes shopping... but she doesnt have a blog of her own to put forth her shopping travails

@memphis, thanx bro... will let u know if i need any tips for hair care :)

@debalina, u sure about getting married again and again just for shopping... you can rather marry a mall owner just once :)

@KJ, thx for the look compliment... and yes i plan to be polka dotted shorts wearing football player for the reception... its actually fancy dress theme and iyeropatni is going to be lalita pawar... together we'd make a great jodi

KJ said...

dont worry iyer, we will make sure that iyeropatni reads all this...especially the part where u say that she is gonna b lalita pawar...

u finished..:P

Bird said...

K, i wouldnt be surprised if iyer has already told this to iyeropatni, i mean, iyeropatni has already made the worst mistake of her life, what else is there to go wrong? Rest assured whatever iyer may say, she'll be the only person who everyone will look at in the wedding & iyer will come across as the waiter or someone who set up the pandal.

And despite all this we still love iyer, a little bit less than iyeropatni obviously.

KJ said...

bird,
LOL @ And despite all this we still love iyer, a little bit less than iyeropatni obviously.

Obviously - We are not the ONE getting married to him..:p

Now, I am really beginning to pity iyeropatni...:P

But still u never know, he might turn out to be quite different after his marriage, as they say " haathi ke daant dikhane ke aur Auur khane ke aur" u never know, do u?

:P

KJ said...

@ iyer

where is the blogroll proclaiming
"sweetiepie KJ with cutiepie di"

I sorta miss it ...

:)

Why Am I said...

ayyo paavum a@iyeropatni....:)....happy shopping and all!..all this is actually fun when its not for urself...

Ashish said...

Sounds like a pretty good description of the hassle involved - wonder how the relatives staying matter was finally resolved ?

Vinod R Iyer said...

Starters was excellent. When is the main course(Err..The marriage)..

Sis Rubz said...

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