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

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 multiplewedding 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)!

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10 Comments

  1. So you started shopping in Feb for October wedding, I guess me thinking of starting in Jan for an October wedding is fair then haha. I am getting engaged in Jan and wedding is Oct 14.. but I don’t live in delhi.. or India for that matter.. I am reaching a couple of weeks before my engagement and leaving couple of weeks after (during which I have to travel around jaipur etc-mandatory family road trip) so i will barely get time to shop around.

    Please let me know of some nice shops around delhi (including CC but other areas as well)
    and if you know of some good places in Jaipur (since I will be there for a day-ish).

    you can e-mail me as well sheryl.singh at gmail dot com.

    Thanks a ton delhibride!! your blog rocks !!!! 😀

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  2. I am a bengali bride and have never shopeed for lehenga in family marriages as well but i really want to wear a lehenga in my marriage .. as its not a custom to wear a lehenga .. i am so confused and worried how do a bridal lehenga looks, how gorgious should it be and what will suit me as I am 5’1 only and a little plum, very fair and typical bengali looks n all i have got …also i have got freinds in Delhi, do you think it will be a good idea to go der and shop as i have no idea about lehenga shops in kolkata .. plzzz help

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  3. I am a Bengali bride and have never shopped for lehenga for myself in any family marriages as well but i really want to wear a lehenga in my marriage .. as its not a custom to wear a lehenga .. i am so confused and worried how do a bridal lehenga looks, i mean how gorgeous should it be and what material etc and what will suit me as I am 5’1 only and a little plum,fair complexioned and typical bengali looks n all i have got …i do have got friends in Delhi, do you think it will be a good idea to go there and shop as i have no idea about lehenga shops in kolkata .. plzzz help

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  4. Hi,

    Please mail me some nice shops in CC as i am planning to buy my wedding Lehenga from CC.I am from hyderabad and need to travel to delhi for getting the lehenga.I just know that CC is a good place to buy wedding lehengas but not aware of the good shops there. Please help 🙂

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