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How I Styled 1 Anarkali in 3 Different Ways this Wedding Season

13 Jan 1 Anarkali Styled 3 different ways to wear to weddings

Indian wear is expensive. Or should I be saying, my tastes are expensive? Either way, most anarkalis I love don’t start below Rs.15,000 (at minimum!) and just a set of unstitched suit fabric in raw silk costs Rs.8,000. Of course, I still go on a manic hunt every time to find something more reasonable, but the fact no one can deny is - ethnic clothes cost a helluva lot these days! Which is why, when you have bought something, you want to get all the use out of it you possibly can.

I have one anarkali in my wardrobe that I love so much, I wore it to 4 different wedding events last winter. But when you’re wearing the same outfit over and over again, you want to style it differently each time, however slightly, so that it doesn’t look the exact same over and over again. Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Shopping in South Ex

21 Oct Frontier Raas - a pink net dupatta I bought as part of a suit fabric set

Everything you needed to know about Wedding Shopping in Delhi’s famous South Ex market

Ask anyone in Delhi - which are the best markets in Delhi to do some bridal shopping - and South Extension is guaranteed to be in their top 3 list. But if you’re not familiar with the market, shopping at South Ex for the first time as a bride can be an overwhelming experience.

Aunties and relatives will give you their own version of “beta you must shop at this store” and suddenly you have a list of 20 stores to visit, and no clue about what the specialty of each store is. You will head into the market on Day 1 expecting to get everything done in a single visit, and realise after 7 visits that there are still a dozen more shops on your list and you’re nowhere near completing your trousseau shopping!

Well, calm down already. I have lost count of how many times I’ve been to South Ex for bridal shopping - either for myself or a friend or a cousin, and after years of “wedding research”, I’ve put together the most extensive list I could possibly put together in a single post.

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Vendor Review: MUA Shruti Sharma of Monsoon Salon

14 Oct

Shruti Sharma Makeup Artist MUA Monsoon Salon review cover

Edit: I just got to know Shruti no longer works at Monsoon Salon. She’s now freelancing as a makeup artist, and you can get in touch with her at +91-8800578358

I first met Shruti when I had accompanied a bride to be for her makeup trial at Monsoon Salon. Monsoon was (and still is) giving free trials for wedding makeup, and I had suggested we give it a try and see if it’s right for the bride. We met Shruti at Monsoon’s South Ex salon, and my first impression of her was Continue reading

Wedding Wardrobe: thedelhibride

24 May

wedding wardrobe thedelhibride

Where did I get my wedding outfits from?

I’ve been asked this question many times, and I thought I’d answer it all in one go Continue reading

How I Found My Reception Outfit Part 2

15 Oct

how i found my Indian wedding reception outfit jacket lehenga rakhi & vandana

I told you I’d be back with Part 2 of the Story of my Reception Outfit soon! Part 1 can be read here.

Right, as I was saying…

I asked the salesgirl, “How much is it for?”

Salesgirl:  [insert price that’s 3 times the budget I had in mind]

Me (in my head): Moving on…!

So although that pink lehenga was gorgeous, it was way too expensive. I saw another outfit that was decent, but even that was over INR 40,000! I decided to head back home then.

In the evening, my MIL called to tell me she had found a few outfits at a store in South Ex and that I should come see them on Sunday. So the next day, I went with her – and the first store she entered was Rakhi & Vandana! She then pointed out the same pink lehenga I had seen the day before, and asked me to try it on! What a coincidence! But I asked my MIL, “isn’t it too expensive?” – to which she said, “no, it’s alright.” Hmmm…something didn’t sound right. Even my wedding lehenga was not this expensive! So I re-confirmed the price of the outfit with the salesgirl, who once again told me the 3x price she’d mentioned the day before. That’s when we realized that the salesgirl had told my MIL how much the jacket part of the lehenga cost, not the whole outfit! My MIL still asked me to go ahead and try it out. So I did. And, it was just as gorgeous. And beautiful. And stunning. But, the price!!!

Eventually, we got a few of the details removed from the jacket-lehenga and brought it closer to the budget, but in my opinion – we were still pretty far from it! We’d have to get it made from scratch, albeit a bit lighter. And time was running out! My MIL even went out to a few more stores by herself that day to check out other options. But she called me that same night and said, “we’re buying that jacket-lehenga for you, just go tomorrow to give your size!” For many hours, I was split in my emotions – on one hand, I wanted to jump with joy! That was hands-down the best reception outfit I had come across so far! And I lovveeed it! But, the price of it was killing me – it was just too much. Eventually, I figured – my parents-in-law have so sweetly considered buying me something so beautiful, they’ve spent so much on it, and I’m going to sit around feeling bad about it? That would make all the effort pointless! So I chose to enjoy it. Enjoy the beautiful embroidery, the beautiful shades, and the beautiful feeling it gives me!

The jacket-lehenga is being made for me from scratch now, I’ll get it in the next 1 week. Before this, I didn’t even know this style of lehengas existed! A big thank you to Mehak of Peaches & Blush blog who recommended places for me to go visit for my reception outfit. And the biggest thank you of all to my amazing parents-in-law who’ve bought me something extremely special for one of the most special day of our lives :) THANK YOU!

Edit: You can see what the lehenga finally turned out like in my Reception post.

Wedding Planning (Mini)Update - How I Found My Reception Outift Part 1

14 Oct

how i found my Indian wedding reception outfit jacket lehenga rakhi & vandana 2


I know, I’m getting married in 2 weeks and I seem to be absconding from the blog! But it’s not because I don’t want to post - I have an insane amount to share with you! Those of you who are getting married in a few weeks time will understand - there is just SO much to do! My to-do list will truly not be complete till the day of the wedding. Now I understand - you make a to-do list, but as you keep checking things off, you also keep adding new things! New additions to my list? More sangeet practices (btw, did you hear that Bebo’s sangeet practices are also in the works right now?), pre-wedding shoot planning, last minute honeymoon shopping (yup, I keep coming up with more things I need to buy!), planning a meeting with MUA to discuss my looks for both days…I could go on!

The biggest update I have to give to you right now is - I’m now wearing a jacket lehenga on my Reception!

Remember how I’d gone out and bought a sari with my parents-in-law many months back? Well, my MIL recently started second-guessing the outfit. She told me that she hadn’t seen any brides wearing saris on their Receptions these days, so she wanted something different. Then she started glossing over these Wedding magazines (fyi, stay away from these the closer you get to your wedding - you’ll keep finding new outfits you want to buy!) and found herself wanting me to wear a layered flowy anarkali or new-style-lehenga. She’s way more fashionable than I am, for sure! Unfortunately, the kinds of designs we were looking at were Manish Malhotra and other “hi-fi” designer types, and I was pretty sure that these were not even available at the stores we normally go to. I was also getting super-stressed, because there were barely 3 weeks to the wedding and now we’re considering a whole new look for an important function? Seriously, super-stressful! Anyway, we decided that it can’t be a priority item (although I knew how badly she wanted me to not wear a sari and be a more fashionable bahu :p) but that we’d look around whenever we were out in the market. Last Saturday (yup, exactly 3 weeks before the wedding), I was passing Rakhi & Vandana in South Ex and decided to take a look. My eyes went straight to a beautiful pink lehenga that seemed exactly like the kind of thing my MIL was looking for. It was just so gorgeous!

I asked the salesgirl, “How much is it for?”

Salesgirl:  [insert price that’s 3 times the budget I had in mind]

Me (in my head): Moving on…!

Hmmm…you know what? This story is way longer than I have time to write right now. Need to head out to Lajpat Nagar to buy Choodas! My mother and I are clueless about it – I’m not Punjabi, and have never seen anyone in my family wear it. Any guidelines from Punjabi brides?

I’ll wrap up the Reception outfit story the next time I have time to blog. Which could be………. :) Relax, I’ll be back sooner than you can finish saying “What the ****!”

Edit: As promised, you can now read Part 2 here.

The Wedding Lehenga Story

21 Aug

how i found my Indian wedding lehenga chandni chowk om prakash jawaharlal

I went to Chandni Chowk this Saturday to pick up my wedding lehenga, finally. But the journey began many months ago, in South Extension…

When I had started off my search for the wedding lehenga, I had been sorely disappointed. Everything was so…chamki! And oddly, the lesser the bling, the more the price!

One hot summer day, I was walking around South Ex market browsing wedding lehengas. I went to Ushnaq Mal and saw a few pretty designs. Nothing wow, but still some nice lehengas. Realizing that my dream lehenga probably didn’t even exist in the real world, I decided to pick one of the sober yet prettier lehengas at that shop. Then we sat with the salesman to decide on the colors and design of my wedding lehenga. Because I was not a 100% sure, I told him that I would confirm the final order by the next day.

When we came out of the shop, my mother suggested that we look around some more. After all, South Ex has so many good shops for Indian wear, no harm in looking. When we crossed Heritage, I remembered looking at a beautiful lehenga on display at the window a few days back. I had loved the skirt part, but the blouse had been too full of bling so I had dismissed it from my mind. Today, I thought, I should go and atleast see that lehenga. The skirt was truly beautiful.

I went to the first floor of the shop and asked for that lehenga. When I laid my eyes on it, I realized my memory had not served me wrong – it was as beautiful as I remembered. And the chamki blouse from the window? Oh, that was from another lehenga. This one had a blouse with similar shades and embroidery as the skirt.

How much is it for? [insert dimaag ki batti uda dene wala price]. Oh, I’ll still try it!

Those of you who have experienced this will know what I am talking about – it felt like I was in lehenga heaven. This was perfect. Like, it was made for me! There was nothing wrong with this lehenga, well, of course – except the price! Damn. I wish I were richer. It was just exquisite. Unfortunately for me, even though it was way over budget, I fell in love with it. And……I wanted it.

But, how? To cut a long story short – we went to 3 separate people to copy the lehenga for us. We were not satisfied with either their samples, or the prices they were quoting. We got sick and tired of trying to get the exact same lehenga. So much stress, so much tension! Mother said, let’s go to Chandni Chowk and see if we can find something. Which is how I landed up at Om Prakash Jawahar Lal. They had some really, really nice designs which were very wedding-worthy. Then, something unexpected happened – almost like, it was meant to be:

I asked my mom, “Should I show that picture of the Heritage lehenga to this guy? Ask him if he has something similar?” She agreed. By this time, the salesman was in front of us about to unfold the 40th lehenga for us to see. He opened it, and voila! It was almost a replica of the one I was just about to show him from Heritage! Insane, right?

I placed the order immediately, and I kept stressing to him that it should be as close as possible to the original. I even sent him the picture I had of the Heritage lehenga. I got it for lesser than 1/3rd the price!

But it was, after all - Chandni Chowk. And the lehenga he had showed me was in a mess – the threads were falling out, I could barely make out what the original lehenga looked like. I was stressed out - would he do a good job? What if it came out looking horrendous? What would I do then? Would I have to go and buy the expensive Heritage one? Or go looking for a completely new lehenga? Argh!

And the long duration between placing the order and the lehenga arriving didn’t help one bit! Honest to God, I had a nightmare the day before I was supposed to go pick up the lehenga. Just like the one you have a day before your exams start. I dreamt that I reach the shop, and he shows me a lehenga with just the fabric put together – and he’s saying they’ll start embroidering it starting tomorrow! All that emroidery, and they hadn’t even started yet?! I was freaking out!

Fortunately for me, this story has a very happy ending. Like I was saying…

I went to Chandni Chowk this Saturday to pick up my wedding lehenga, finally. When they opened it in front of me, I could see that the most of it was just like the original. I obviously noticed some stark differences as well, but I kept my mouth shut. I just wanted to try it on, and I had tried very hard over the last many, many weeks to convince myself that I didn’t need the lehenga to look exactly like the original. What mattered was that overall, I should look good. And I did. And the lehenga did. Some of the things that were different actually made this lehenga better. Yes, better than the Heritage one. You can blame it on my determination to not feel buyer’s remorse but I’ll say it again – the lehenga from Chandni Chowk was better than the one from Heritage. They made it look more “bridal”. It’s an Indian wedding after all, who wears a toned down lehenga on their own wedding? I almost did, but Om Prakash Jawahar Lal made sure I didn’t ;)

Update: To see pictures of my wedding lehenga, go here.


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