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Bridal Picks from Manish Malhotra | Amazon India Couture Week 2015

5 Aug Heavy Sequin Gown - Manish Malhotra - Amazon India Couture Week 2015

It sucked that we didn’t get invited to Manish Malhotra’s show. It was one of the 3 shows that took place off-site at Amazon India Couture Week, and for some reason, off-site = limited media entry. I overheard someone state matter-of-factly that only 30 Media Seats were available. Wow, that’s just great. But what about us bloggers, Manish? I thought our meeting earlier this year meant something to you.

Mehak and I got a wedding blogger selfie with the guru of wedding wear! And we actually introduced him to the concept of wedding blogs 😊 #selfie #ManishMalhotra #LakmeFashionWeek #BlueRunway

A photo posted by Shinjini Amitabh Chawla (@thedelhibride) on

I thought we explained what wedding blogs are to you, and you…you promised you wouldn’t forget! Is this how you repay us?! For the one hundred and eighty five seconds we took out of our busy lives to introduce the concept of wedding blogging to you?! *turns away dramatically*

Well, let bygones be bygones. Maybe next time we meet you’ll have a gift ready for me. You know, to make it up to me? A lehenga maybe. Well, alright alright. Don’t get angsty *rolls her eyes* Even a dupatta will do.

I need to praise your collection now. These brides na, won’t leave me alone even for 2 minutes to speak to MM. They want to see the pictures NOW. Off you go, M. I’ll see you next at the Vogue Wedding Show, darling. *air kiss* *air kiss*

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10 Bridal Designers Share Sneak Peeks | New Collections

15 Jul Anushree Reddy floral pink lehenga 2015 collection

What Sabyasachi, Anita Dongre and others have lined up for Bridal Wear this upcoming season

With all the major exhibitions and fashion weeks lined up to take place over the next 3 months, and sale season on in full-swing right now, it can only mean one thing - NEW COLLECTIONS are just around the corner! Over the last few weeks, designers have slowly been revealing sneak peeks of what’s coming out of their design houses this year, and based on the pictures - it’s going to be another season of fabulously dressed brides :)

If you’re trousseau shopping right now, you have to make a decision - buy outfits that are from the previous season but are on sale, or wait to see what the new collection looks like. Well, your answer lies in here. Have a look at the designs and colour palette coming your way over the next few months.  Continue reading

10 Unforgettable Wedding Details | Shonan & Adesh

14 Apr

Their spectacular wedding has taken over the blog this week - with photographs by Joseph Radhik lending stunning visuals to what was one of the best weddings of 2014. You’re still wondering - What was the Sangeet like? The Wedding? Shonan & Adesh had a dozen pre-wedding functions, and zooming out to give you a taste of the highlights of the rest seemed the right way to conclude their story. This is the last post in the series.

If you haven’t seen the previous posts, go back to them here - first, second, third, fourth and fifth.

10 Unforgettable Wedding Details ways to make your wedding unique Shonan & Adesh | thedelhibride Indian weddings blog

Shonan & Adesh’s wedding was not only spectacular, it was also unique - with their thoughtful families and friends coming together to help them celebrate the best day of their lives with a lot of love, fun & creativity! While I heard all the stories the bride and the people involved in organising the wedding were telling me, I started to notice how certain details stood out. Things I’ll never forget - whether it was the awe-struck feeling of seeing an image for the first time, or the realisation of how beauty shines through small acts made out of love. These are 10 of those precious moments, that made their wedding truly unforgettable. Learn a little, appreciate the rest, and be inspired.

A Touch of Her Grandmother’s Bridal Outfit to Her Wedding Lehenga

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My Second Karva Chauth: In Pictures

6 Nov My second karva chauth re use wedding lehenga

I generally follow a strict chronological order on this blog, and I refuse to share the latest unless the backlog is all cleared out. I’m making an exception now, because there are a few posts I need to share with you NOW! Here’s the first one!

My second karva chauth re use wedding lehenga

When does a girl re-use her wedding lehenga? On her sibling’s wedding, or her first karva chauth. I wore mine on my second karva chauth! If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that Continue reading

Bridal Wear at Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013

19 Jul

Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013 womenswear heavy 4

I attended the media preview of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013 today. Yes, TDB is media now! Who would’ve thought?! When I received the invite, I was more than elated to have a first look at Tarun Tahiliani’s latest couture line for the upcoming wedding season. And since you follow this blog, you get not just the sneak peek, but the full scoop before anyone else does!

The exposition will be open for the public to visit on 19-20 July at DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi from 11 AM - 7 PM. For consultations, call Mansha Sahni at +91-9717022332.

For Mumbai brides, the exposition will be held at The Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel on 2-3 August.

I’ve got a ton of pictures to share with you, so I’m going to keep the text as limited as possible in this post. Let’s begin!

TDB’s Picks

I’m getting straight to the pictures of my favourites from what I saw today! You can read more about the collection at the end of the post. Continue reading

Trousseau Destination - Hauz Khas Village #1: Rewaz by Dolly J

18 Jul

rewaaz by dolly J trousseau destination

Update: Rewaaz has now shifted to Defence Colony. It is no longer in Hauz Khas Village.

The first time I ever visited Hauz Khas Village was a few weeks ago (yes, you read right – a few weeks ago for the very FIRST time). I don’t know how I managed to live under a rock for so long, but I genuinely had no clue that such a great shopping district for Indian wear existed so close to my house. I visited just 3 shops here, and they were all great. Today, I’ll tell you about Rewaaz by Dolly J.

This shop has great, great, GREAT lehengas! I found a gorgeous off-white, red and blue wedding lehenga – it was so nice that I started re-considering the wedding lehenga I had already placed an order for at Chandni Chowk! The price of this lehenga was close to my chosen wedding lehenga as well. I thought it looked great on me, and that I looked very bridal in it. Eventually, I let it go only because my mother told me that although this one looked great as well, the one I had already chosen looked like it was made for me. Now after hearing her say that, how could I possibly want any other lehenga?

But this shop is great for Indian wear. They have some really nice lehengas, albeit expensive ones. But they’re not Sabyasachi type expensive – the cheapest and simplest lehengas were around INR 35,000, with some really nice ones at the INR 60,000 range. The designs are quite gorgeous, so it’s definitely worth a look. Another reason you should visit is that the designs are not typical ones. You see, I think the lehengas in most South Extension stores mimic each other. You’ll get more or less the same, typical designs all over South Extension - from Frontier Raas to Ushnak Mal. And copies of all these designs are available at Chandni Chowk. At the end of the day, a lot of the designs at South Extension and Chandni Chowk are just copies of designer wear (such as Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi). Rewaaz is also designer-wear, but designer-wear that we can afford (or atleast, most of us) – and they have their own designs. They don’t seem to copy anyone, but don’t take my opinion too seriously as I only have so much awareness of fashion designers and their bridal wear (which is not much).

If you are one of those brides who doesn’t want the typical chamki (bling-ed out) lehenga – you just might find your wedding lehenga here. And this is definitely the right place to go look for your sangeet lehenga (of course, you need to be willing to spend over INR 40,000 on your sangeet outfit).

PS. You can also find different types of saris and suits here, but I didn’t look at them in detail.

When is the right time to start looking for my wedding lehenga?

26 Jun

The answer is always - asap. Unless your wedding is more than 9-10 months away, start looking as early as as you can.

Reasons to start off as early as possible

  1. Find the right shops: If you want to go to a LOT of shops to first get an idea of what is available in the market, start spending some time shopping asap. Go out and explore what shops are there, which ones suit your budget and your style. I had never been lehenga shopping, so I started looking in February for my October wedding.
  2. Lehengas are not made over-night: Most lehengas are custom-made, and they can take anywhere between 1 to 3 months to make, depending on the kind of work you want. Keep enough time margin to get any alterations made.
  3. Find matching accessories: You also want to leave ample time to find jewelry, shoes and other accessories that match your lehenga.
  4. Plan the colors for all events: You don’t want to repeat colors on multiple-wedding functions. Knowing the color of your main wedding lehenga beforehand will help with choosing the color of your mehendi, sangeet or/and reception clothes. Since shopping for other functions is not as time-consuming, best to get the wedding lehenga out of the way first.
  5. Wait for a sale: A lot of shops go on sale during certain months of the year. Do a little bit of research and find out if you can time your purchase during sale season. Again, the earlier you start, the more the probability that a sale will be on during the time you’re looking to buy.

Avoiding the I-found-a-great-lehenga-in-the-first-store-I-visited syndrome

When you first start looking around, you can potentially find a lehenga very early on that you feel is “the One”. Please ignore the strong urge to just buy the lehenga and save yourself months of shopping (if you have that kind of time, that is). The wedding is too far off, don’t buy it. I’ll tell you why -

I found a very pretty lehenga in February itself but since the wedding was a good 8 months away, I didn’t buy it. And in retrospect, I’m glad I didn’t pick it up. Why? A number of reasons. I found a much better lehenga later on. Back then, I was clueless about what kinds of lehengas were available. Figuring out what style I liked also took some time. So start looking asap, but hold your horses – don’t buy one till you’ve gone to atleast a few good shops. Getting a sense of what’s available, what your personal style is, and what fits your budget – it all takes time. If you have the luxury of time, use it. And don’t forget the all important aspect of lehenga shopping with your family – enjoy it! You get to be a bride only once (hopefully)!

Where to shop for Wedding Lehengas at Chandni Chowk?

25 Jun

where to shop for wedding lehengas chandni chowk

The first and only time I went to Chandni Chowk was with a bunch of my guy friends to eat at Karim’s. It was hands down the best meat I’ve ever had, by the way. Melted in the mouth! Yum. Anyway, I remember walking around with my 5-6 guy friends surrounding me from all sides, so I felt quite safe and didn’t have to bother with anything.

This Saturday, my mother wanted to go to CC with me. It was just going to be the two of us. Honestly, I was not very comfortable with the idea – since I have this wonky image of Chandni Chowk and all it’s shady men. My mother rubbished my concerns, and said we’re going just by ourselves. No bodyguards, mother? Are you sure? “Stop acting like a 5-year-old” is all I got in return.

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Looking for my wedding lehenga at South Extension

21 May

I needed to make a trip to South Extension market on Saturday morning, before heading off to Chandni Chowk. So I went to Ushnaq Mal first, since my parents thought they had good wedding lehengas. Most of it was too much chamki (in-your-face-shiny) that not only looks fugly but also photographs terribly. But, there was ONE lehenga, a beautiful light pink with a lot of embroidery, but the toned done kind. It was a sophisticated lehenga, and I had even decided to get it made with a coral pink base matching with a mint green blouse (don’t ask me why but I’m totally obsessing over this coral-mint green combo)! However, I didn’t put down an advance for the order and told the guy that I would confirm by the next day. The reason was that, although the lehenga itself was beautiful, other than the embroidery there was nothing else that we “designed” for it. I mean, anyone can get a pretty base for a lehenga was subtle embroidery, put a straight line border of a contrasting color at the bottom, a matching blouse and 2 dupattas that also match. Ummm…it didn’t involve any real designing, it wouldn’t be as unique as I’d wanted and honestly, since I took elements from three different lehengas to put mine together, I just couldn’t visualise it. The guy said he’d have it ready by early September, but…I wondered how stressed I would feel for the next 3 and a half months not sure of how the lehenga would turn out. It’s a matter of trusting someone’s sense of design. Take Mansi Gupta for example (shes a designer who sits at Le Meridian in Delhi and designed my roka ceremony anarkali suit) - even then the whole concept and color combo was in our heads, we designed it together, and I was barely able to visualise it. But the outcome was amazing! I loved what she did and now I am sure that she understands my sense of style, I trust her blindly to give me something I’d love. I get her now, and she gets me. I obviously didn’t have that level of comfort with that uncle (who btw is a pervert, so word of caution to all the girls - avoid Ushnaq Mal, and if you can’t then do insist on the girl taking your measurements, definitely not that old uncle).

So I left Ushnaq Mal thinking, the lehenga is so pretty, but I’m just not sure about it.

I’ll continue this story in tomorrow’s post…off to sleep now, need to wake up early to workout (YES, I’ve started doing some basic stretches and crunches at home for the last few days. Another post on working out some other time, I promise!) Good night fellow Bride to Be’s!

Wedding Lehenga Shopping Begins!

16 May

I have been pinning the lehenga looks I’m loving onto my pinterest boards. There are very few bridal lehengas, because I’m picky like that. I’m narrowing down what I like, will be going to Chandni Chowk this weekend to check out some out. Till date, I have seen lehengas at -

  1. Kapil & Mmonika, Lajpat Nagar - Some modern stuff, but most of it is really heavy and really expensive - in my opinion, not worth it. One of the sales women is really annoying, over-bearing types - she keeps giving her opinion even when it’s evident you don’t care about it! The other sales woman is really sweet - she gives you your space to decide (you will need that since they’re so expensive), but provides help willingly when you need it.
  2. Heritage, South Ex - It has some really, really classy Indian wear, for both men and women. Their sherwanis look really great, and they have an absolutely amazing collection of suits and sarees. I haven’t really looked for lehengas over here, but there was ONE that I saw that I fell in love it (but it was for 2 lakh!). The only downside? It’s an expensive shop.
  3. Frontier Raas, South Ex - has a good variety of lehengas, and caters to many budget sizes. Although most of their stuff is something almost every bride will wear (uniqueness factor is low for most lehengas), they still have some pretty solid designs that will flatter and please most brides. Must-visit. (I already saw a pink lehenga here I absolutely adored and would’ve bought it but the only problem was - I found it in Feb! Was too early to buy my lehenga, plus it was one of the first shops I’d stepped into)
  4. UM MoolChand, South Ex - I don’t remember the name of this shop, but they showed me a few pretty lehengas. Their range starts from about 60,000 to 70,000. Again, not very unique pieces but would appeal to most brides.
  5. CTC, Great India Place, Noida - They also had a fairly decent lehenga collection - large variety. Found a dark blue one that looked good on me, but, the color didn’t seem very bridal. Had gone there during sale season and decent bridal lehengas were available for 20,000 to 30,000!
  6. Anita Dongre, Phoenix Mills, Mumbai - Some really wearable lehengas, not super heavy and obviously, very stylish. But the damn price tag! Definitely a good choice for people who can afford it!

Still to see -

  • In South Ex: Ushnaq Mal, Greenways (not sure if they have lehengas?), Perfection House, Ritika Bhasin
  • In Karol Bagh - Frontier Bazaar, Anarkali (recommended by a lot of people)
  • In Modi Nagar - CTC Mall (recommended by a friend, but it’s REALLY far off from where I live. Let’s see if I manage to get there)
  • In M-block market, GK2 - Art Karat Creations (one of my relative’s got a gorgeous wedding lehenga from here)
  • M-block market, GK1 (clueless about which shops sell lehengas here)

In case you’re looking for an extensive list of shops to buy bridal lehengas from, check out this post on Peaches & Blush (P&B). In case this is the first time you’re hearing about P&B, YOU’RE WELCOME! :)

I’ll keep adding updates to this post over the next month and a half. I need to place the order for my wedding lehenga by end of June. God help me!

PS. Another great post on Wedding Shopping in Delhi can be found on Marigold Events here.

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