Every bride-to-be comes with her own customised to-do list but one task that's important to all is that of buying the dream bridal lehenga. Let's face it - bridal shopping is not easy, especially when you have the entire wedding to plan alongside. This is why we recommend starting early, researching well and finding an outfit that defines 'you' as a bride. Your bridal outfit directly affects many other important decisions around your wedding like the stage décor, your jewellery, makeup and of course, your groom’s outfit! Refer to our simple shopping guide before you hit the markets and make buying your bridal lehenga fun and not stressful.
Research well and find your bridal style
Step one towards buying your dream wedding lehenga requires research. Spend time browsing websites and Instagram to shortlist outfits and styles that appeal to you. Attend bridal exhibitions because they expose you to designers outside of your city and help widen your perspective on brands and designer wedding lehengas. All of this research will help you figure what colour, silhouette, fabric and style works for you, giving you some much needed confidence for the process ahead.
Shortlist brands according to your budget
Use your research to shortlist stores and studios that fit your wedding budget. That way, you won't have the heartbreaking experience of leaving a lehenga you loved, just because it doesn't fit within your financial bracket. Decide on a minimum and maximum price and visit shops that will get youl great ehengas within that price range. The result will be a wedding lehenga you love and won’t regret for the rest of your life.
Say yes to colour
India’s top bridal designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Anita Dongre and Manish Malhotra love experimenting with colours and so should you. Your friend may have looked stunning in red but that doesn’t mean you have to be a red bride too. Your wedding outfit should reflect your personality and if your favourite colour is blue, then don’t let anyone keep you from wearing a lehenga in that colour. Take inspiration from our offbeat brides and pick a colour that suits your personal bridal style.
Plan a different look for every function
The big fat Indian wedding gives every bride the chance to experiment and create a balanced trousseau set. With that in mind, remember to plan a different look for all your wedding functions. Try an Indo-Western outfit for your mehendi, a classy bridal gown for your cocktail/ reception, and a traditional lehenga for the wedding. Keep this in mind when you start bridal trousseau shopping and you’ll come back with outfits that you love.
Don't forget the external factors
Your wedding date directly impacts your bridal lehenga, in terms of fabrics, colours and even silhouettes. You can’t wear a velvet lehenga during a summer wedding nor can you wear a chiffon saree for a winter haldi. Keep these external factors in mind to ensure complete comfort on the day of your wedding.
Save funds and time for accessory shopping
Many brides end up neglecting their jewellery, shoes and hair accessories while choosing their bridal lehenga. Make sure you devote some time shortlisting accessories like the chooda, kalirein and most importantly, your bridal footwear. Turn to Instagram to discover independent jewellery designers and unconventional shoe brands before finalizing your entire look.