If we talk about weddings and we don’t mention the lehengas , it just doesn’t happen. But lehengas nowadays also contribute to a major expenditure in a wedding. However , every bride would want to get that perfect lehenga, she has always wished for, the overboard prices do play a spoilsport , in case of most of budget weddings. If its designer, its too costly, if its store brought , its too common. To find a perfect balance , is tricky yet important.
Although marathi brides usually do not wear lehengas , but since we belong to M.P, the sister wanted to flaunt lehengas in few of the ceremonies. When we started the shopping for wedding trousseau for her, we first visited various designer studios; Shyamal Bhumika, ekaya, Sabyasachi, Elan ,Jayanti Reddy etc etc. The stuff at some places was amazing and beautifully crafted. we fell in love wih some pieces at Sabya & Ekaya etc. however after a while spending lakhs on just one outfit didn’t seem to be reasonable. We decided against it and started checking some local showrooms instead. To our dismay, these showrooms also had almost the same prices ,and not that great designs, which was a big disappointment, provided the fact that there weren’t much time left fro the wedding and we had not bought any of the lehengas as yet.
We searched in Indore and found one, which was a simple chiffon based , bandhej lehenga in a lovely shade of hot pink. We picked it up as the mehendi outfit, as it was easy to carry and also did not burn our pockets. It costed us around 4K and also could be easily worn after the wedding as well.
For the Sangeet and Reception lehenga , we found a local designer at C G Road , Ahmedabad called “Zari”. We sourced the lehengas and dupattas from her and got the blouses stitched on our own. The Sangeet lehenga costed us 6.5 K and dupatta was 3 K, while the sangeet costed us 14 K. We were truly happy with the finds as they were just the way we wanted, not very gaudy or OTT, but subtle and elegant.