The Mumbai Bride’s Guide To Lehengas Under Rs 50,000!
Nasrin Modak SiddiqiGuest Contributor
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Until you go out and look around, you won’t really know the options available in the bridal lehenga shopping market in Mumbai - each one more beautiful, more exquisite than the other. And a soon-to-be bride can get a bit overwhelmed with the multiple options and gazillion place to go and hunt for “the one” in the city. So, to make things easier for you, we’ve listed out a few places where you find gorgeous, budget-friendly bridal lehengas in Mumbai. Take your pick, ladies.
The rows of stores at Marine Lines, Kemps Corner, Kalbadevi and Breach Candy will leave you spoilt for choice. Some of these have been there since your grandparents got married, so you ought to find some really traditional and classic lehenga-choli sets and sarees here.
Roopkala: They’ve got lehengas with heavy stone embroidery, and banarsi and bhagalpuri silk sarees that are worth a dekko. From kundan and aari work to cut dana and foil print, the options are plenty.
Indrani Silks: If traditional bridal colours are not on your mind, you must visit this store. Teals, tangerines, cherry reds, greyish silver, cinnamons, emeralds…the unusual colour options and combinations will make you stand out as a bride.
Kala Niketan: If you have traditional silk outfit on your mind, you’re at the right place. They have a plethora of options in bright reds and golds, and you can choose from among lehengas and sarees with intricate embroidery in Benarasi weaves or south silks. Take you pick from this elaborate range, ladies.
Want the contemporary look that’s quirky and kitschy, but carries a distinct bridal look? Try these:
Ogaan: Some of their designers have gorgeous lehengas with gold sequin, pearl embroidery and bead work, chanderi with gota borders, and block prints with extremely flattering silhouettes.
Aza: Satiate your net obsession here - they have some stunning embroidered net lehengas, with embellished dupattas, gota lace embroidery in carnation pink, watermelon, sunshine yellow and royal reds.
Kimaya: They have a good collection of panelled lehenga cholis that you might want to check out. Delicate floral embroidery on net overlays, embellished with clusters of sequin and gota patti, edgy blouses with sequined hemlines in great fabrics that add to the twirl-ability of your outfit. You’ll go crazy with the options.
This is where all your designer stores are and if you really look hard, you might find an exquisite Bollywood-ish piece for price starting at Rs 40,000. There is a Kala Niketan here too. Between Andheri and Vile Parle (West) is where the best boutiques are.
Aishwarya Design Studio: Here’s where you’ll find glamorous lehengas with heavy embroidery. The royal zari and diamond work on rich taffeta silk and net dupatta with pitta motifs and kundan border are surely some of the things that’ll catch your eye. Striking is an understatement for the collection you will find here.
Ella: If it is intricate work that you’re looking for and you don’t want the regular run of the mill stuff, this is the place to check out. You’ll find a lot of rich weaves and silk based handwork that makes the designs exclusive. Oh, and there is plenty of red here!
It’s a bridal haven here, ladies! Right from designer wear to high street stores, you can scout the area for some really good deals.
Seasons: Blame the large hoardings you see on Linking Road, but the first word that comes to mind with Seasons is “sensuous”. An inspiration for all brides; there is no limit to the number of colours and elegant lehengas you’ll find in the store. From intricate designs and beautiful motifs on pure chiffon, velvet and georgette to elegant silk sarees and customized lehengas – they have the best ethnic wear!
Bawree: Beautiful raw silk lehengas with resham, golden stone thread, zardosi, sequins and kasab work - all this will make your heart melt. They have some exclusive Swarovski border work as well. The silhouettes are flattering and the options are plenty!