Wedding Planning 101: How To Get Your Dream Lehenga in Your Budget

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  1. Very good ideas. I actually have you and the peachesandblush to thank for my lehenga. I went to OPJL straight (after reading both your posts) without going anywhere else (my first trip to Chandni Chowk and that too alone!) and found my lehenga in the first five mins. It was cream colored with a red blouse and red border and red dupatta. I just loved it- but my husband was v keen I wear red or pink for the wedding. So despite loving the cream lehenga, all I did was to tell them to make the same thing in all red and put a pale golden dupatta. And lehenga shopping was done in two hours including commute!

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  2. Most shops at Chandini Chowk are willing to customise lehengas to make them within your price range! However, one needs to have ample time to be able to actually make something like this work out. OPJL takes atleast 45 days to do a lehenga!

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      1. “She bought the lehenga she wore on my wedding from Om Prakash Jawahar Lal (at Chandni Chowk). The original was actually a bridal lehenga, with heavy gota patti work all over.”

        Hello, I am trying to order stuff from Canada… but haven’t been too successful… it seems like everyone is not willing to negotiate prices with NRIs as much 😦

        Can you please tell me the designer’s name of your sisters lehenga from OPJL?

        I love the gota patti work!

        Thank you πŸ™‚

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  3. Big big fan of ur allll posts πŸ™‚ m definitely gonna follow them, great help for to-be-brides. Pls cn u tell from whr u bought ur reception lehnga?

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  4. Hey Shinjini..very good and helpful information…I luvvv reading your blog…I bumped into your blog last year when i was looking for bridal outfit for my wedding on google.BTW my wedding is in March this year…I can’t tell you how informative your blog is (u probably know it :-P)..its not only informtaion, the way u write is like a vision to us..i can feel when you write your experiences (specially ur wedding ones)..there is not a single post of urs dat i can afford to miss…luv you..mmuuuaahh!!
    Regarding this post, actually I have done the same for my wedding attire…I am studying in US and I will be in India only 2 weeks before my wedding (no shopping..how scary that is!!) ..I almost gave up a month ago and thought I will have to buy and WEAR a typical red full of mess embroidery lehenga (huhhhh!)…at that point I was very afraid of asking designers or anyone else about the price of a piece I like because of my budget limitations..and to make things worse, some of them literally made some embarassing comments when I told them abt my price. But luckily, I found one designer and I thought of taking a chance and contacted them,,,voilaaa..I found mine!! we together thought of removing some embroidery to cut the cost..I will get to see my lehenga when I go to India ..I am so xcited..yayyyy!! So I just wanna say to all the would-be-brides out there that dont give up..you will find ur lehenga ..m sure πŸ™‚ !!

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    1. Hey Anchal,

      Am from Mauritius and to be married in June…planning to be in Delhi mid March (my leaves have not been approved yet 😦 mind sharing the designer’s detail? i might get some help…thank u πŸ™‚

      Shinjini thank u for yet another awesome read.. πŸ™‚

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    2. Hi Anchal,
      Please do share the information about your designer! I’m in the same boat, I’m flying down in about 3 weeks from Australia, with limited leave, and as usual about 4 cities to visit too (cos how can you visit India and not meet EVERY SINGLE family member!). So please share your experience!
      πŸ˜€

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  5. Hey…
    Have been following your blog for a long time now.. And wanted to thank you for making the lives of brides-to-be so much easier!!! I’m getting engaged next week and wedding is in April (I found out all this only in mid of Jan :P) So once engagement outfit was sorted, my first trip was to OPJL in Chandni Chowk last week for my wedding lehenga which was finalized in less than an hour :D… And YES it was 20% over my budget but unfortunately I did not think of minimizing the work to reduce down the cost! But awesome timing of the post πŸ™‚

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  6. What if they’re a big shot designer…you possibly can’t ask for a price that is lower than what they’ve listed it for right? I will most likely end up buying online and then when I’m in India, going into the store to try out fittings.

    I have a question: if you’re buying your lehenga online from a proper designer, can you ask them to send you samples of the fabric? Esp colours because there are so many different shades of red/pink/orange/blue etc that how would you know which one looks best on you in that material.

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    1. I believe it totally depends on the designer. Not sure if they’d make the effort of actually sending you the sample abroad, but they can definitely click pictures of it in different lights and send them to u. No harm in asking!

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  7. Love the ideas! I am basically from chandigarh & getting married this December’14! Now i KNOW FROM WHERE to SHOP! thanks to your look book and ideas! I am certainly going to follow your blog!
    Keep up the good work! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Much Love! πŸ™‚

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  8. Loved your ideas! And Bargaining is a MUST! After continuous bargaining, we brought down the price of a lehenga from 16 lakhs to 9 lakhs WITH THE SAME WORK! Luck also plays a part though πŸ™‚ The designer was present and she was very sweet..Rimple Narula@Defence Colony

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  9. Very wise! Great decision to customise the lehenga. In any case I’m a firm believer of the motto Less is More. One motif too many and the entire outfit looks too much. I prefer the lehenga that you customised. Thanks for all the tips.

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  10. Brilliant ideas to bring down the cost…I wish I had thought of that when I was getting my lehenga done. I am south Indian and we dont actually wear lehengas, only sarees, but I wanted to wear a lehenga for an informal occasion and had a tough time finding something which was in my budget. It never struck me that I could cut down a few details to bring down the cost…ultimately ended up creating a DIY lehenga πŸ˜› It could have been a lot better but I was happy as I got a lot of compliments from my relatives who were not used to seeing the bride in a lehenga πŸ™‚

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  11. Lovely post Shinjini. I also caught the interview of yours. You were very calm, collected and well put together. Kudos.
    Customisations are good but i wouldn’t recommend them in a place like Chandni Chowk, especially if they involve changing colours. One never knows how an embroidery or stone work will look on a different colour/material. Tread with caution. Telling you from experience. I am currently in between jobs and in my free time creating a blog based on my wedding experience. http://postcardbride.wordpress.com/
    Let me know what you think!

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  12. This is so familiar! I had this done to my sister’s lehenga for my wedding. The shop had asked for way too much than what we were willing to pay. So we asked for some bits of embroidery to be removed and that brought the price down a lot, and you couldn’t even tell in the end! Awesome tip!

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    1. Hiii ur blog is fab i must say…m looking for lehenga price range (honestly between) 12-15 k.please suggest shops in delhi

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  13. Hi….
    I know it might not be trlated to the topic, but could anyone help me please? I’m an indonesian who is going to have a wedding in delhi. I will have 2 parties in indo and 2 parties in delhi. Since my wedding dress in indo already cost me around $3500, I dont really want to spend too much on a bridal lehenga which I cant hardly rewear anyways..could anyone please tell me where to rent a designer bridal lehenga? My budget is around $1000. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks a lot:))

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  14. Hiii delhibride…ur blog is too good…i m looking for lehenga price range between 25-30 k…..Please suggest good shops in delhi…

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  15. Hi thedelhibride – I am soon going to organise wedding for my devar and getting a cold feet. I need to buy wedding dresses for bride, groom, myself, husband, and parent inlaws!! Can you suggest me some good stores who may be reasonably not-that-expensive and who will be able to customise work to bring the cost down. I am not from delhi.

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  16. Hi
    Thank u all for the relevant information & i found it very useful.
    M planning to get marry in April end -may first week
    Planning to wear lehanga n gown for my engagement n reception.
    And m from Bangalore as time is short.
    Please suggest me the quick places where can i get it done n if anything in Bangalore who can serve my wedding wear needs.

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