The month of June is upon us, and we have some problems. First, how did half a year just fly by so fast? It seems like just yesterday that you were drunk-dancing at your cousin's wedding! Second, when we hit the mid-year mark, we know that shaadi season will be upon us soon! And whether you're the bride or the plus one who only ever knows one person at the wedding, if there's one thing we know, it's that you DON'T want to be scrambling from boutique to boutique the last minute only to find out that all the good stuff is gone! Plan your outfits in advance--you'll thank us later!
Now that you've decided to shop for wedding outfits in advance (you're welcome), you have all the time in the world to travel to places far and near in order to find that *perfect* outfit. Bored of the regular boutiques in Shahpur Jat and the shops in Chandni Chowk? Why not take a trip to the lands of the royals, aka Jaipur, in search of that perfect ensemble? Don't know where to shop there? We're here to help with that.
1. Pratap Sons
Pratap Sons is the OG wedding shopping store in Jaipur, and no trip to the city is complete without a visit--even if you don't have a wedding to plan! This store will fulfil every wedding need – lehengas, saris, suit pieces, silks and Indo-western wear –so don't wait for him to pop the question! It's always good to have a great outfit on reserve, right?
If you're looking for OTT blingy outfits, this isn't the place to be. Vasansi's clothes channel true royalty: they're simple, yet elegant, whimsy and breathtaking at the same time. Here you'll find lehegas, suit pieces and saris in intricate handwork and zari designs. Buy your wedding outfit from here if you're looking for the subtlety of contemporary designs as well as the grandeur of traditional wear.
Where: Vasansi, D-69, JLN Marg, Near Trimurti Circle, Jaipur
If you're the kind of bride who wants to ditch the lehenga and go old school with an elegant sari, Woven Tree will have the *perfect* sari for you. Here you'll find an array of handwoven saris, salwar kameez and dupattas. If saris are not your thing, maybe you can pick up a nice salwar kameez for the haldi ceremony? Have your pick!
Once you've *finally* picked your dream outfit, you need to move on to the next most important detail..the jewellery! And the Gem Palace is *the* place for all your jewellery needs, whether you want to go for traditional designs or more contemporary pieces. The place has been around for eight decades and once served the royals of Jaipur, so you can't really go wrong with this one!
Where: The Gem Palace, Shop 348, MI Road, Jaipur
5. Umrao Jewels
This is the place to shop at if you're going for that truly traditional, regal look--think Aishwarya Rai in Jodhaa-Akbar. Here you can find elaborate pieces in vintage cuts, perfect for that OTT bride who wants to look like a queen on her D-day. What's great is that you can even customise your jewellery for that personal touch!
Where: Umrao Jewels, 348, MI Road, Jaipur
When it comes to jewellery, Amrapali is a name *everybody* has heard of. And for good reason--they truly have the most stunning designs as well as quality pieces. Founded in Jaipur about three decades ago, you can see celebrities sporting a lot of their pieces, which speaks of their work! Need we say more?