Looking for a perfect outfit for your Wedding day? Check out this list of popular Delhi markets that bring forth the best of trendy and affordable bridal wear:
1) Chandni Chowk
So, you like a saree from Sabyasachi lineup or a bridal lehenga from Neeta Lulla collection, but can’t afford it. Go online, take a print out of what you want and head straight to Chandni Chowk. It’s one of the most crowded areas of Delhi and yes, taking a metro is the wisest choice. Even from the metro station, walk up to the market rather than taking a rickshaw because you just might regret it. Getting there is a hassle, given the narrow streets and heavy traffic (no parking available). But once you are there, you will be amazed at the abundant variety of ethnic wear available here.
You can get the replica of any designer ethnic clothing that you saw a couple of months back on the ramp. A Sabyasachi lehenga, Manish Malhotra saree, Ritu Kumar anarkalis, Shyamal and Bhumika traditional wear can be found here at unbelievably low prices. A designer lehenga that costs about Rs. 2.5 lakhs may be quite heavy on your pockets, but at Chandni Chowk, you can get the exact copy at around Rs. 30,000. Remember that bargaining is the key.
2) Karol Bagh
For so many years, this place has been the second most sought-after shopping destination, after Chandni Chowk, for wedding apparel. In Karol Bagh, there are numerous shops housing a wide array of wedding lehengas starting from Rs. 15,000. However, such low-priced lehengas don’t have detailed work in them. The good ones range from Rs. 25000 up to Rs. 4 lakhs.
Best shops to go lehenga-hunting are Satya Paul, Meena Bazaar and Frontier Bazaar. Also, you should take a look at an exquisite range from various states of India at Chhabra 555. In 2013, Karol Bagh Saree House (KBSH), a famous outlet in this marketm collaborated with Yash Raj Films to bring forth an ethnic collection with a hint of Bollywood in it.
3) Hauz Khas
Rather than merchandise, shopping is more about the experience and Hauz Khas market gives you an experience that makes you feel fulfilled at the end of a hectic shopping day. This market has wonderful alley ways that are speckled by a number of boutique outlets and a bunch of coffee houses to take breaks every now and then, before you start looking for that dream lehenga again. The most famous bridal wear shops and outlets include Ole Couture as well as Ogaan - which is also located in Khan Market and Emporio Mall at Vasant Kunj. The designers’ bridal wear available here range from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2 lakhs or more.
4) Greater Kailash 1 & 2
Wearing replicas is not your style? Just visit Greater Kailash 1 (M and N Block market) and Greater Kailash 2 (M Block market) for some original bridal lehengas and sarees. If a Ritu Beri or Manish Malhotra designer wear is still too expensive for you, this place includes a number of independent designers, who apparently have some mind-blowing bridal wear to offer. The collection of lehengas available in this market is a vibrant splash of colors ranging from rich reds and fuschia pinks to deep blues and soft golds.
5) South Extension
If you are looking for something in the midst - neither too pricey nor too cheap, this market is the right place. The most famous shop here is Frontier Raas. An elaborate range of lehengas and sarees are on display here. The typical pricing starts from Rs. 60,000 and goes upward. However, for just 60 grands, you can lay your hands on a well-designed lehenga with intricate work. Those who want the glitz, and have deep enough pocket for it, should visit one of the three Ushnak Mal Mool Chand stores.
6) Lajpat Nagar
One of the most famed markets of Delhi, Lajpat Nagar is renowned for its variety of items available at moderate prices. The best shop to go for your bridal lehenga is Libas, which offers a selection of lehengas with mind-blowing designs. At Rudrakshi, you can find lehengas with distinctive style at reasonable prices. Another place to go for is Kapil & Mmonika, located close to the Lajpat Nagar metro station. They have an ample range of exclusive lehengas available at prices ranging from Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 3 lakhs.
7) Defence Colony
Best place to buy bridal sarees, especially Nalli Silk Sarees. Defence Colony has emerged as an upscale hub in the recent years. And the collection of bridal wear you get here is extremely sophisticated in style. Right under the Defence Colony flyover, there are elite designer boutique stores, where you will find an amazing range of lehengas and sarees. If you want to look at the designer stuff, this area also includes clothes from bigwigs like Tarun Tahiliani, Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor, and Shantanu & Nikhil.
If outdoor shopping is not your thing, malls are the next best thing. And Delhi has plenty of them. You can find several designer stores in malls across Delhi. For total bling lehengas, visit CTC Mall in Moti Nagar. You will love the silhouettes and colors over here. But go there only if you like the Bling.
So, you can go an extra mile or several in fact to find your perfect look. Try GIP Mall in Noida - it is home to stores like Bombay Selection, Satya Paul, Janak and Meena Bazar. And if you are closer to Gurgaon, take a stroll down DLF Emporio mall and look out for labels like Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, Falguni & Shane Peacock, and Kimaya.
9) Bridal Exhibitions
Wedding Asia is one of the most prestigious bridal exhibitions offering the best of exclusive designer lehengas, accessories and jewellery - all showcased under one roof. Thus, making it simple to get your hands on amazing wedding products in just a day!
10) Shahpur Jat
It’s an eclectic shopping place. Various small time designers are scattered around the market and with extensive range of trousseau. Some of the shops can be quite expensive, however, you will be delighted at the sight of unique designs and of course, you can get the apparel customized to your liking.
Delhi has many other shopping options for bridal wear. Namely, local markets, Santushti, The Qutub Cresent, and famous designers’ boutique outlets! The choice of wear depends on you, especially your requirements and budget. Trust us when we say, there is something good available for every pocket!