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.