Surviving Wedding Season - A Sneaky Tip

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Leia from Leia's Delight is one of my most favorite bloggers and a wonderful person too. Yesterday you read my version of an South Asian Wedding. Here's her version and outfit of the same. Though she currently resides in Dhaka, Bangladesh the culture and traditions are quite similar as up until 1947 India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were one nation! But enough on the history lesson ... Over to the charming and gorgeous Leia...  


Surviving Wedding Season - A Sneaky Tip


If you’ve ever been to or lived in South Asia during the winter, you’ll know that most weddings take place during this time. Just like spring weddings are favored in the West due to the warming temperatures, winter weddings are common in South Asia because it’s finally cool enough to step outside without breaking into a sweat!

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Every country, region, city, religion, sect or even family have different traditions, so attempting to go into any detail about what the ceremonies entail would be an impossible task! But if you’re interested in that, check out Tanvi’s wedding posts. Weddings in Bangladesh are a mix of Muslim traditions (the predominant religion here) and Hindu customs (‘leftovers’ from when Bengal was a Hindu/Muslim state in India), and there are normally five occasions to attend: Holud (Haldi in Hindi), Pithi, Mehendi, Nikka, and Reception. Not to mention countless celebratory lunches and dinners after the reception - no rest for the poor bride and groom who are probably desperate to escape to their honeymoon! ;) Weddings are very dressy affairs - everybody dresses to the nines, usually in traditional outfits e.g. saris, lehengas, or in some cases dressier salwar kameezes. So, for all of those who are to attend the wedding celebrations (often 200 or more people!) getting dressed is a bit of a daunting task.


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So, after this prolonged introduction I am going to tell you my sneaky tip for surviving wedding season... the ZIP UP SARI! I know I’m not the only one who has difficulty getting those pleats just right (am I?!) The length of the sari has to be perfectly proportionate and everything has to be pulled and pinned exactly into place... so why not take your sari to a tailor beforehand and get him to transform it into a ready-made zip up? All the pleats will be stitched in, so all you have to do on the day is wear the sari like a skirt, zip it up, wrap the pallo however you please, and you’re ready to go in five minutes. 


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The secret that was meant to be shared... 
Can you tell I’m wearing a zip-up?

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34 comments

  1. How Ingenious and Adorable, me wants a zip up sari toooo, where can I get one? please help!!!!

    Thanks sweetie, I LOVE reading this so much!!!!

    Kisses
    J
    xoxo

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  2. How gorgeous is to know more about the beautiful Leia.
    Her style and her blog is unique and effortless
    Lee x

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  3. That is such a sweet introduction! Thank you Tanvi! <3

    For those wondering where you can get a zip-up, I don't think they are available in shops. You have to take a sari to a tailor and he will alter it into a zip-up based on your measurements!

    Leia

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  4. What a brilliant idea! I tried to tie saris on my own after buying one in India and it's so hard to get the pleating right and then secure it! Zip up saris are awesome!

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  5. Oh, Leia is the cutest! I love dressing up for weddings!

    Zip up saris are so great and fuss free:)

    xx

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  6. I've read about those zip-up sarees, such a great idea for us clumsy Westerners who haven't got a skilled sari wearer on hand.
    Beautiful outfit, Leia. xxx

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  7. I'd never heard of this!! It still takes me close to half an hour to wrap the saree right (and I break into a sweat doing it !) I have to give this a shot! (not with the classics, but with one of the trendier saris? )

    Thanks for the idea---you look wonderful!

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  8. whoa a zip up saree! how convenient :)) I love the saree btw, and good to know how similar/ diff weddings are on the other side :)

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  9. Oh this dress is SO gorgeous! <33


    xx Bonnie

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  10. hahaha such a great tip! I remember in high school, on culture day a lot of the South Asians would wear saris and there'd be a long line of girls in the bathroom trying to figure out how to wrap it correctly! And Leia, you look stunning here! Such a beautiful sari.

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  11. That's a really cool idea! Love the saree you have on!!! :)

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  12. Tell me about wedding season. I loved both yours and Leia's wedding posts Tanvii. You salwar suit is so gorgeous and I could never tell in a million years that Leia's Saree is a zip up. :) You must take me to your tailor when I visit Leia. :)

    Look forward to hearing from you

    Love

    Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

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  13. This is the most marvellous piece of tip... love it.. Will try that out for sure.. thanks for sharing!

    XX

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  14. Beautiful dress. When I renew my vows next year I want my dress to look like that! I'm in love.

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  16. Zip up sari? How genius. We heard of prestithced saris...but never with a zipper.

    Looks great! You can't even tell the difference.

    www.stylishdesi.com

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  17. It's beautiful! And no I definitely could not tell. Fabulous guest post and so nice to meet you :)

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  18. The saree is gorgeous and and Leia looks stunning. I could not tell its a zip up!! brilliant idea:-)

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  19. So lovely to find you here, Leia. The zip-up sari sounds genius!

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  20. Stunning.

    Im your newest follower, hope youll want to follow me too : )

    www.baublesandbangles.blogspot.com

    -Stephanie

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  21. Leia looks lovely!

    Pleatless sarees are such lifesavers!

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  22. No I can't tell! What an amazing outfit! xo style, she wrote

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  23. She looks gorgeous as always and I never would have known there was a zipper!

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  24. Wow thats a blessing for ppl like me who hate to wear sarees coz they r cumbersome.

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  25. I love hearing and learning about weddings! Well, Leia, you look divine, i really really love this outfit and cannot tell that it's zip up what so ever!

    x.o.x.o

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  26. Leia is always full of such fabulous advice - and looks glamorous to boot! Loving this post!! :)

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  27. This is an incredible development! I don't remember zip-up saris when I was in South Asia thirteen-fourteen years ago. And I was research sari production back then!

    I was so sad I could never comfortably wear one! Now, with the zip-up, I bet I could!

    And you look beautiful in your white sari! Stunning!

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  28. Zip up Sari?? Amazing. Why did no one introduce this to me back home in Trinidad when I used to attend my friends' Divali celebrations and weddings?
    And Leia looks lovely :-)

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  29. That's a brilliant idea! I love saris, they are sooo glamourous!

    Stay Happy and Positive!

    besos,

    ML


    20 YORK STREET

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  30. Brilliant tip. I've seen them in the shops and always wondered how they look when worn. You can hardly tell the difference. Sadly, though for our weddings we wear it differently as I mentioned on my blog. Perhaps someday there'll be a zip up version of that.

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  31. Very resourceful. I would of probably put a zipper in the sari myself if I was wearing one, you really can't see it at all. You look beautiful as always.

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  32. Leia, you did a wonderful job on this post! I loved learning everything!!!

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  33. leia looks angelic in the white and silver, and what the heck is up with the zip up sari!!??
    ingenious! why hadn't i heard of this before! lol (not that i wear saris or anything, but when i did, zipped up pleats woulda saved me many an embarrassing moment) HA!

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